The team at Poma Fertility has helped to shape the current world of assisted reproduction through their research and development efforts. Both laboratory director Klaus Wiemer, PhD and reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Michael Opsahl bring an unmatched knowledge, passion for learning, and experience with the newest approaches for treating infertility to Poma Fertility.
Dr. Klaus Wiemer
“I realized that the human infertility area was really an area in medicine that was lagging way behind compared to what we had done with other specialties,” Poma Fertility Laboratory Director Dr. Klaus Wiemer, PhD, HCLD, said thinking back to his early research and the start of his career. “I thought that this would really be a wonderful opportunity to do some work and really make an impact and a positive impression or leave a positive footprint.”
Wiemer holds a master’s degree from New Mexico State University in reproductive physiology. He continued on to receive his PhD in reproductive physiology with an emphasis on embryology in 1989 from Louisiana State University.
During his time at LSU, he was awarded grand prize by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for his new culture method that replicated the fallopian tube/uterine environment by creating a hospitable layer of cells for the embryo to be placed.
Dr. Wiemer was one of the first in the United States to achieve successful pregnancies with human blastocysts. In North Carolina, he ran a program with one of the highest pregnancy rates in the country.
Dr. Michael Opsahl
“It is such a basic human desire to have children and if you can’t its pretty tough,” Poma Fertility Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Michael Opsahl said. “It is important to us that if people are going to come see us that were going to deliver on our product and actually give them that baby that they want. That’s key and we do that really well.”
Dr. Opsahl graduated in 1978 from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology. Soon after, he served as a medical officer on the naval vessel USS Nassau. Following his service, he became resident at the National Naval Medical Center in obstetrics and gynecology. He went on to serve for two years as an obstetrician-gynecologist in Okinawa, Japan’s naval hospital.
In 1987, Dr. Opsahl completed his fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Hospital and the National Institutes of Health in reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Opsahl spent the remainder of his naval career as Director of Reproductive Endocrinology at NNMC in Bethesda, MD. He was an associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology until his move to Washington State in 2004.
“We offer the greatest value in the Pacific Northwest because of our pricing,” Opsahl said. “In infertility treatment, too many people are risking their life’s savings and then have nothing to show for it. The low cost of our treatment allows a lot more people to take advantage of these technologies than would otherwise be able to if they had to pay the standard rate for infertility care in the U.S.”
In addition to his clinical responsibilities at Poma Fertility, Opsahl has authored more than 25 scientific papers, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for fertility and obstetrics and gynecology medical journals, is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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