Dr. Robin Poe-Zeigler’s medical story is one that is driven by love, passion, and a constant desire to spread hope. In 1982, Dr. Poe-Zeigler (known as a Dr. Robin to her patients) lost her mother to breast cancer- a loss that would shape her medical career forever. She started medical school with a focus on gynecologic cancer, trying to help women who suffered the same way her mother did, but as she progressed through school she realized that this course caused her to frequently relive the loss of her mother. So instead of focusing on cancer and potential death, Dr. Robin changed directions to focus on infertility and potential life. To this day, this still brings joy and great meaning to her life. After finishing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School and her 4 year residency at The York Hospital in York, PA, Dr. Robin was awarded a fellowship at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia in 1993. In 1997, Dr. Robin opened The New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine “on a wing and a prayer.”
Since the practice’s opening in 1997, Dr. Robin has helped bring over 3,000 babies to loving families all across the world. In the almost 20 years that New Hope has been open, Dr. Robin and the New Hope team have perfected a unique, personal and boutique style fertility center, where patients are family. While clinical excellence and success rates high above the national average mark her professional career, it is her hugs and compassionate style of care that has become Dr. Robin’s trademark. Being one of Dr. Robin’s patients truly means that you and your family will be a part of the New Hope family forever.
The entire New Hope team is dedicated to identifying your diagnosises and providing the treatment you need to help you start of expand the family you've dreamed of.
Admin Team:Tammie Poe: Practice Administrator (BBA)
Tammie S. Poe joined the New Hope team in 1998, shortly after completing four years in the United States Air Force. Tammie started education at York College but received her Bachelor’s in Business & Healthcare Administration from AIU (American Intercontinental University)- and started at New Hope as a Financial Counselor and manager of the billing department. Through her consultations and interactions with patients, Tammie’s passion and commitment to the New Hope mission grew, and she noticed more and more patients who needed financial assistance to continue with their treatments. Determined to find a solution to this problem, Tammie organized The New Hope Center’s relationship with five full-service banks and three online finance agencies. She also created and developed New Hope Center’s in-house financial assistance programs, C.A.R.E.S. This program has helped hundreds of patients afford the fertility treatments they need, and will continue to help more in the future. In Tammie’s words, she believes that “every person and couple deserves to experience the joy that comes along with having a family, and I refuse to accept that cost alone should be allowed to dictate which services are made available to a patient.”
Willa Hughes: IVF Clinical Coordinator/Supervisor
Willa has been with The New Hope Center since 2004, and works very closely with Dr. Robin getting the protocols for patients that plan to proceed with assisted reproductive therapy and IVF. She has been in the medical field for over 35 years, with 20 years of experience with OBGYN patients. Willa says that her hope for every patient is that they always have the feeling that the New Hope team is here for them and is there to help them in any way they can.
Martina Surrency, RN: ART & Third-Party ART Coordinator
Martina joined the New Hope Center team in February of 2000 and has been working in the field of infertility since 1998. Martina serves at the Third Party Reproduction Coordinator here at New Hope, and works with couples who are proceeding with donor egg or donor embryo cycles, or are using gestational carrier services.
Lisa Ray, MS EL/TS (ABB): Lab Director
Lisa has 20 years of reproductive experience with 18 years in IVF. She has her Masters from Southern Illinois University, certified in Andrology and Embryology the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB), and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Lisa also directs top rated programs in Birmingham, AL and Naperville, IL.
Caitlin Toler: On-site Embryologist
Caitlin attended Old Dominion University and graduated in 2011 with a BS in Biology. Following undergraduate studies she worked as a medical scribe for Emergency Physicians of Tidewater (EPT) in Sentara Emergency Departments. At the same time she began her Masters Degree in Clinical Embryology and Andrology from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She started working at The New Hope Center as a junior embryologist/andrologist in January 2014 and soon after completed her graduate studies in May 2014. Caitlin is now fully trained in all aspects of IVF and currently the laboratory supervisor. Since she was a little girl Caitlin has always dreamed of a career in the medical field. It is with this passion that keeps Caitlin pushing to provide the highest level of proficiency and the latest technology to any IVF procedure she does. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and training for her first half marathon.
Brittany Popp: BS, MSc
Brittany attended Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated in 2014 with a BS in Biology. Following her undergraduate studies she returned to her hometown Pittsburgh, PA, where she worked at The University of Pittsburgh as a research specialist. In 2016, she returned to Virginia upon accepting a position with The New Hope Center as an Embryologist/Andrologist, and recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Embryology and Andrology from Eastern Virginia Medical School. When she isn’t in the lab, Brittany enjoys doing yoga, spending time with her senior rescue dog, Jake, and baking chocolate chip cookies.