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 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.
Amy E Wootten, CNM/WHNP/CNS
Commander, Nurse Corps, United States Navy
Amy Wootten considers her home Philadelphia. She graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and minor in Military Science (ROTC). In 2004, she completed her Master of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania with a triple degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Specialist in High Risk Obstetrics.
Amy has faithfully and honorably served the military for 27 years as an ROTC midshipmen and as a Naval Officer. Her tours have had her work a myriad of roles from staff nurse, charge nurse, Department Head and as a provider. She was in full-time midwifery practice at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA doing full scope midwifery and infertility care. During her tenure at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth she was awarded recognition as a Master Clinician for her expertise, experience and care rendered amongst the tri-services. She has worked postpartum, antepartum, intrapartum and now she is very excited to work in reproductive medicine. Having delivered close to 1,000 babies in her career, she understands the desire to be a parent.
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, BBA: ART Administrator
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.”
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.
Rachel Pallister- Junior Embryologist
Rachel attended James Madison University and graduated in 2017 with a BS in Biology. Rachel is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Reproductive Clinical Sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Rachel has been fascinated with reproduction for as long as she can remember and is excited to be working in the field. When she isn’t in the lab, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.