Q+A w/ the Founding Physician at Kindbody
When Dr. Fahimeh Sasan speaks people listen. Whether its walking a room of women through the IVF process, or answering questions about where and under what security frozen eggs are stored, Dr. Sasan has a commanding and comforting presence. She makes a topic that can be fraught with anxiety feel less daunting, and readily provides information to almost every question about women’s health imaginable.
Dr. Fahimeh Sasan is the Founding Physician of Kindbody and has been practicing and delivering clinical excellence for 12+ years. Fahimeh did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and was rated one of NY Times Top Doctors in 2016 and 2017. Dr. Sasan is passionate about helping women better understand their fertility and options for the future, and plays a key role in Kindbody’s mission to broaden the conversation around women’s health and fertility, and in modernizing the delivery of women’s health care.
by CHLOE.: Hi Dr. Sasan! Thanks for chatting with us. Please introduce yourself.
Dr. Fahimeh Sasan: I am a board certified OB/GYN. I was at Mount Sinai for 12 years prior to joining Kindbody. I am currently the Founding Physician at Kindbody and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai.
bC: by CHLOE. is so excited to partner with Kindbody for Beyond Mother’s Day. Can you tell our readers a little more about Kindbody, it’s mission and vision?
FS: Our vision at Kindbody is to provide a comprehensive women’s health network by bringing together complete gynecologic care, with a full spectrum of fertility services and incorporating mental health, wellness, and nutrition guidance. Our mission is to destigmatize women’s health and in particular fertility issues by improving access. Our goal is to improve access by 3 primary avenues:
1. INFORMATION: providing honest and easy to access information both digitally through our innovative tech platform, and live at weekly Fertility 101 events.
2. EASY TO ACCESS LOCATIONS: building a national network of practices across the country that are located on retail level and not hidden in professional buildings and hospitals.
3. DESTIGMATIZE WOMEN’S HEALTH: creating a national dialogue and encouraging women to talk about fertility. Whether it’s general questions about fertility, egg freezing, infertility issues, including the need for IVF or failed IVF, and miscarriages. The more we as women talk about it the less scary this topic will become.
bC: What are some common misconceptions about fertility? Any words of wisdom for someone who is overwhelmed by the prospect of starting their fertility journey?
FS: The biggest misconception is that you as a woman are alone. Over the last 12 plus years I have treated so many women with fertility issues, miscarriages, and gynecologic issues, and the one thing these women had in common was a sense of being the only one. My personal mission as the Founding Physician of Kindbody is to educate and inform woman about these issues, and, most importantly, make sure every woman dealing with fertility issues knows that she is not alone. For example, about 40% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage in the first trimester. But, as a result of the lack of discussion, the average woman generally has no idea how common they are.
bC: Kindbody offers many wellness services, like wellness coaching and mental health therapy. Why are these important to the fertility process?
FS: The most important thing to keep in mind throughout the fertility process is that we must address and treat the entire woman, not just her pelvic organs. A mental health, nutrition, and a comprehensive multi-system approach is instrumental in achieving a successful pregnancy, and to improve live birth rates. Women facing infertility issues require a team that approach of physicians, therapists, and clinical team members to help support them throughout the entire journey. The reality is that for most women, the fertility process is truly a journey that can be physically, emotionally, and financially taxing, so by providing our patients with a comprehensive team approach we address all these issues.
bC: Before Kindbody, you were an OB-GYN at Mt. Sinai for twelve years. What inspired you to leave your job and join a startup?
FS: Mount Sinai provided me with an exceptional foundation as a physician and the core of this foundation was clinical excellence. My decision to join Kindbody was rooted in a passion to provide exceptional women’s health in a more accessible environment, and to develop a network of women’s health practices created by women, delivered by women, for women. I am honored to be provided a platform through Kindbody to reach a broad spectrum of women and the opportunity to educate women across the country is priceless.
bC: Kindbody feels very different from a typical doctor’s office. The space is carefully curated with neon signs, plants, warm colors, and cute accessories. Why is the design of the space so important?
FS: The design of Kindbody is intentional and so important because women deserve a beautiful, inviting, and welcoming place to receive their care. Gynecologic and fertility services are unique in medicine in that women seeking this care are not ill, and as a result, women have options like no other specialty to find the exact provider and environment that works for them. Our mission at Kindbody is to create the physical space we ourselves would like to receive care. It is absolutely possible to combine a carefully crafted, beautiful space with state of the art clinical care and excellence.
bC: What’s next for Kindbody? Where do you hope to see the company in the next five years?
FS: To be a nationally recognized name and authority in comprehensive women’s health. To be a safe space that women feel they can obtain information and the services and care they need.
bC: You and other members of the Kindbody team will be involved with panels and events all month long as part of Beyond Mother’s Day. What excites you most about this campaign?
FS: I am delighted to expand our Kindbody family and honored to be uniting with such an exceptional group of women. But I am most excited by the opportunity to educate and reach a broader group of women.
Favorite place on earth? Santorini, Greece.
Early bird or night owl? Night Owl ( but now that I am a mother of a 2 year old – waking up at 6am to her smiling face has made me an early bird for sure!).
Choice super hero power? Fly.
Juice or smoothie? Smoothie.
Three objects you can’t live without? Unfortunately my phone, big bucket purses, my wedding ring.
Whatcha readin’? Series of novels by Irwin Shaw (my favorite is Rich Man Poor Man).
Dream dinner guest? Barack Obama.