Dr. Edwin Robins – Industry leader, serving Spokane for 18 years. One of the most celebrated and successful infertility specialists in the country.
Edwin Robins, MD is Center for Reproductive Health’s Medical Director and a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. He opened the Center in Spokane in 1998, and prior to moving to Spokane, Dr. Robins was an Associate Director at the Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Science of St. Barnabas.
Dr. Robins served as head of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the National Navy Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Robins received his M.D. degree and completed his residency at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He did a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and Federal Fellowship Program, where he later started the assisted reproductive technology program. The author of numerous research papers, Dr. Robins also served as assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Robins is committed to treating every patient with dignity and respect and takes time to understand each case of infertility, ensuring you get the most effective approach to your care.
Your Fertility Team
James R. Broussard, Director of Embryology and Andrology, Ph.D.HCLD (AAB). Dr. Broussard is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) in embryology. He performed his graduate studies at Louisiana State University, obtaining a Masters (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) degree while majoring in reproductive physiology of the female. Dr. Broussard is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Gamma Sigma Delta and The American Board of Bioanalysts and has been involved in research resulting in 20 peer-reviewed publications involving various aspects of mammalian reproduction.
Our experienced Patient Liaisons specialize in IVF Protocols. They work for you, offering support and conveniences to ensure your treatment experience is positive and the right fit for you. Patient Liaisons host informational classes to help you prepare for IVF treatment and other procedures. They take time to get to know you and fully explain the process and mechanics of your fertility treatment.
Our team of professionally-trained nurse coordinators will guide you through your care once you have seen Dr. Robins. You will establish a relationship with one of these nurses who will work with you individually through your entire course of treatment.
We are pleased to recommend the following professionals to our patients:
Michelle M. White is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Behavioral Medicine specialist. She has personal and professional experience with infertility. She is available for consult at (509) 534-9380. Her office is located at 325 S University Road, Suite 202, Spokane Valley, WA.
Melissa Garrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is experienced in fertility issues and has helped many of our patients. You may reach her office at (208) 755-6999. Her office is located at 721 S Lochsa St., Post Falls, ID 83854.
More than a decade of dedication to families.
The Center for Reproductive Health opened its doors in 1998 by Dr. Edwin Robins as the first Reproductive Endocrinologist in Spokane. The Center opened in conjunction with Northwest OB/GYN, a firmly established and well-known medical practice comprised of obstetricians and gynecologists devoted to women’s health care. Though a division of Northwest OB/GYN, the Center operated as an individual entity, offering specialized services in the relatively new area known as reproductive endocrinology.
The Center has developed a large following from both word of mouth, and physician relationships. The 10-year live birth pregnancy rate has remained one of the highest in the state, and Dr. Robins and his team often travel to Montana and Tri-Cities to see patients and spend invaluable time with physicians.
A Brief History of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Since the In Vitro conception of Louise Brown in 1978, ART has progressed exponentially. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was initially pioneered, as in the case of Louise’s mother, to help women with structural anomalies achieve pregnancy. Some of these anomalies may include blocked, damaged or absence of fallopian tubes. Today’s technologies now allow us to aid couples with many different reproductive issues including male factor, diminished ovarian reserve and unexplained issues and even cancer.
Some of the newer technologies began to develop in the 1990’s and include Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (CSI). ICSI allows us to circumvent sperm quality issues and has been used as a method of treating clinical male infertility since 1993. Of newer and just as exciting advances in ART, oocyte (egg) Vitrification and preimplantation genetic diagnosis have more recently followed, completely widening our ability to provide independent patient care.