Amanda Skillern, MD
Aspire Fertility Austin
Dr. Amanda Skillern is a native Texan with more than 12 years of experience in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Working closely with our Lab Director, she will plan and oversee the entire fertility process, maintain a relationship with our patient’s OB/GYN, and carry out Aspire’s mission to create a better fertility experience for each and every patient.
“I view assisting patients on their journey to build a family as my life’s work.”
Dr. Skillern earned a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. This culminated in an honors thesis in health psychology in the area of women’s sexual and reproductive health, solidifying her interest in this area. She went on to earn her Medical Degree at Texas Tech, followed by a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Skillern is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Skillern’s areas of interest include ovarian aging/ovarian reserve, and options for extending fertility, such as oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), embryo cryopreservation (embryo banking) and oocyte donation. Her scientific research has focused on the process by which primordial follicles (eggs) diminish over time, to better understand how the ovary ages. This knowledge fuels her novel clinical approach to women with diminished ovarian reserve.
With her background in women’s health psychology, she is also passionate about the psychology and ethics of fertility. She has published in the area of ethics and oocyte donation, and created the first and only tool addressing the informed consent process for oocyte donors: the EDICT (Egg Donor Informed Consent Tool). This work has also shaped a biopsychosocial approach to patients that encompasses all aspects of the patient experience: biological, psychological, and social.
Languages Spoken: English