Guided by her Greek heritage and Orthodox Faith, Dr. Beltsos chose her specialty to help people to be able to experience the joys and love of a family.
Dr. Beltsos launches Vios Fertility Institute
Dr. Angeline M. Beltsos brings experience, compassion, love, and faith to the new Vios Fertility Institute.
Meet Dr. Angeline Beltsos
Born and raised in Ypsilanti, MI, Dr. Beltsos traces her Greek roots to Vizikon, Gortynia, Arcadia; as well as Volos and Constantinople. She grew up at St. Nicholas Church in nearby Ann Arbor, where she attended Greek school. The Beltsos family was very active in the parish. Her mother was president of the Philoptochos and the local chapter of the Daughters of Penelope. Angie was the Master Dance Instructor for the Greek dance troupe, and served as president and governor of the local Maids of Athena.
“My father was chairman of the festival, so we were there from morning until night, helping all day. We were always involved somewhere.”
Finding her path
Angie said she tried a few things before settling on medicine. At college, she began her studies in engineering. Still unsure, she spent a year studying abroad in Greece, and performed with the national dance troupe, Likion ton Ellinidon. She studied Greek at the University of Athens and French at the French Institute. Upon her return, she embraced medicine as her chosen career path. She began nursing school, but soon realized she wished to be a physician.
“I was inspired by the scientific study of healing, the challenge of deciphering the puzzle of the best treatment plan, and also being able to help people in need.”
Becoming a physician
She studied bio-physiology (pre-med) at University of Michigan, and completed her degree with honors at Eastern Michigan University. From there, it was on to medical school at Michigan State, and then OB/GYN residency at Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Beltsos did her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
This specialty area called to her heart. It’s one that requires great compassion and empathy, as fertility issues can feel like a roller coaster ride. Personally, Angie embodies these qualities, and brings them to her work.
“It requires much personal care and strong relationships with patients. The patient experience must be the team’s utmost focus. The most rewarding part of the job is to see a beautiful, healthy baby born of this effort. It really does take a village.”
In practice since 1997, Dr. Beltsos is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, National Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and National Board of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her resume is most impressive, from her days in private practice, to serving as Clinical Assistant Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology at Loyola University Medical School. She’s a frequent speaker at fertility conferences around the globe. Angie’s research has been published extensively, and she’s a frequent guest on on TV news programs. Always at the forefront of the latest research and techniques, and to foster the knowledge of her peers, she leads the Midwest Reproductive Symposium International. As executive chairperson, she directs the annual conference that brings together the world’s experts in the field.
“My philosophy is to help guide the evaluation and treatment of fertility, believing in patient autonomy and choice. I also think applying the latest knowledge and technology to patient care is critical.”
For 10 years, Dr. Beltsos served as the medical director at Fertility Centers of Illinois. There she further honed her skills, which set the stage for the conception of Vios.
She is also Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Residents, medical students, and undergrads rotate with her and conduct research projects. This allows her the opportunity to shape the next generation of physicians. Students appreciate her approach to care, and the effective ways she imparts this knowledge. She’s been voted “best teacher” multiple times.
Heritage and faith
Greek heritage and Orthodox faith play a major role in Dr. Beltsos’ approach to her work.
“Family is a central element in our Greek heritage. After helping someone achieve pregnancy, then being invited to a Greek baptism where the whole family celebrates this new life is something that is difficult to put into words. One of the powerful things about our Greek culture is that it gives a framework for living and allows another vantage point to view life with its challenges and its celebrations. As I speak to a couple about some of the most intimate events in their relationship, the Orthodox respect for life and diversity has been a precious tool. Keeping the faith and respecting the holiness of life is also vital to my role.”
Vios is born
In August 2016, Vios Fertility Institute was launched in Chicago. The aptly named Vios comes from the Greek word for life.
“It’s perfect, because here, conception is our life.”
Vios specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility treatment. This includes all aspects of fertility care, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, donor sperm, egg freezing, and oncofertility. Angie serves as CEO and medical director.
“What makes Vios different is our personal link to the latest technologies and scientists around the world. We provide top fertility care along with an unparalleled patient experience. Innovative and leading edge fertility products, plus our patient care and services make us stand out.”
Thriving and growing
Vios Fertility Institute is young, but it’s thriving. With a clinic in St. Louis, and the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Wellness in Swansea, IL, it’s just taking its first steps. Vios plans to expand further in the Midwest.
Throughout her career, Dr. Beltsos has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Most recently, she was named to the Castle Connolly list of top doctors. This prestigious award is bestowed by colleagues in the field. She’s also been listed as one of the top doctors in Chicago.
CEO, dr., wife, mom
In addition to all of that, Dr. Beltsos is a wife and mom. She and her husband, Greg Poulos have four children.
“I know what it’s like to experience the joy of having a family. And I want others to be able to as well. It’s challenging, but we can help. This is why we launched Vios.”
Vios Fertility Institute is located at 1455 N Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL. 773.435.9036
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