“Because we care, we make it our business to know how to care for you.”
It’s in those words — and the genuine heart behind them — that one feels the difference in the way the Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, S.C. cares for the women who enter their doors.
Founded by Dr. Rami Kaldas three years ago, he and providers Dr. Donald Menya, Dr. Yadira Rafuls, and Katie Stam, board-certified nurse midwife, are known for their unique approach when it comes to traditional women’s health. There’s nothing customary about their treatment philosophies or their drive to go above and beyond for their patients, who are naturally considered a part of the family.
“It is one hundred percent about the whole person,” Dr. Kaldas explains. “At the Kaldas Center, we wed medical knowledge, the individual, seeing the person as a whole and a hefty dose of a lot of common sense. We’ve got to know how a person’s symptoms fit into their life.”
Communication and making a connection between patient and everyday life is essential, and for Dr. Kaldas, it often comes down to one simple question: “How does this bother you?”
“We need to know not just the problem, but how it fits into a patient’s life to best fix it,” he says. “We adapt to the needs of all women.”
And like the lives of the women they meet, each health journey is unique and presents diverse options for care. The Kaldas Center is perhaps best known for their unmatched expertise in fertility and minimally invasive surgery including treatment of endometriosis, pelvic prolapse, and incontinence, but more typical visits are welcomed as well.
“We do annual exams, and that’s really a pleasure for us,” Dr. Kaldas says. “That’s the way we avoid sometimes having to do surgeries. If we can catch things early enough and be proactive and preventive, we like to. We fill all niches.”
Holding the highest medical standards in fertility and pregnancy care along with the utmost level of attention in traditional women’s health, is just the beginning when it comes to why the Kaldas Center has become an unrivaled space for compassionate care. It’s their overall philosophy and commitment to their patients’ happiness that catapults them to excellence.
“Yes, we sometimes simply do things others might not be able to do,” Dr. Kaldas says. “But it’s also that life is going to throw humbling situations at people. We’ve been put here to overcome those indignities with our patients. When things seem hopeless, we’ve been able to help.”
In their own words…
I’ve always been passionate about helping other women… not just helping with their medical condition but helping to shape their future. I feel a calling to doing that.”
—Dr. Yadira Rafuls
“The word midwife means “with woman.” I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with women and their families during this incredible journey!”
—Katie Stam, Board-certified nurse midwife
It is truly an honor to care for women’s health. It is my goal to provide the most complete care for each of my patients as each one’s journey is unique.”
—Dr. Donald Menya
When I was a child, I was afraid of going to the doctor. If I had to go to the doctor, then something was wrong. Sometimes it was really necessary, like when I had a bad earache. I thought nothing could hurt worse. I knew completely that the doctor would make me better, and I would be ashamed of my tears of anguish. I had trust.
Then I became a doctor. I learned so much and took the lessons to heart and wanted to apply them to heal, to earn people’s trust when they thought God did not love them anymore. So I worked hard at knowing deeply how to understand what my patients were saying to me, how to heal their physical and emotional wounds, and also to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
That is why I chose gynecology and obstetrics as a profession. For me and the rest of the team at the Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, S.C., it has evolved into so much more. The needs we meet range from cases of decades long battles of attrition with pain, life altering incontinence or urine and stool, years long struggles of yearning for a child, and pregnancy conditions that risk the life of both mother and child. Recently a professional article stated that only 1 in 5 residents finishing their education could independently complete a surgery that patients assume all OBs can do. That is sad. A guarantee of competence awaits those who come to the Kaldas Center. We aim to understand why an affliction happened in the first place. The better we know about “why,” the more proactive and individualized we can be with collaborative treatment.
Why do we do this? It is who we are. It is not a day job we get through to pay the bills. So blessed is the Kaldas Center with people who care and who care to know how to care and heal. I am daily humbled by their actions. Our own staff is the best example for me. These are the people who choose to conquer demoralizing situations that life has thrown at our fellow human beings. The Kaldas Center does this by being natural and sincere, one human face to face with another. Then we can reach happiness with and for our patients. Without happiness, there is no life. And we are very much in the business of facilitating life — a better life, quality of life — through understanding why and knowing how.
The fashion designer Christian Dior said, “It is unforgivable to do what one doesn’t love.”
We agree. We would not do what we do if we did not love life, love our patients and love to make their dreams of a pain-free life, of a family and of a safe pregnancy with a healthy baby reality. It is not a job we are doing. It is a calling.
When we evaluate a woman with pain and determine what is causing it, we are excited to learn if she has endometriosis, an infection or laxity of her organs that is causing her suffering. She is beautiful, but cannot feel beautiful. She has seen three or four doctors already. No relief has been had. No way forward.
Then she comes to the Kaldas Center, finds us through a friend, or online. To figure out why a couple keeps having the heartbreak of miscarriage after miscarriage, or to properly diagnose and fix why a woman is suffering the indignity of wetting or soiling herself, makes our days worthwhile. That is a game changer. The minute they make the call we insist that they understand that whatever life has thrown their way, they can trust the Kaldas Center to know the way forward. Normal pregnancy and annual exams are dear to us also. It gives us the chance to catch up from the year or years past and learn how we can promote wellness.
Dreams can come true. We have dream jobs, and with insight, patience, perseverance and skill, we will help our patients dream the impossible dream.”
—Dr. Rami Kaldas, founder of the Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, S.C.
The Kaldas Center is expanding!
On January 1, 2017, the team begins at their new home located at 701 S Nicolet Road in Appleton.
Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, S.C.
200 Theda Clark Medical Plaza
Suite 133, Neenah