Growing up in a family of doctors, Dr. Morales always knew the healthcare field was the career path for her. The topic of women’s health was always a topic of discussion at the family dinner table. Her decision to become a physician came much sooner than for most people, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to become a surgeon. Dr. Morales began taking college classes in 9th grade and eventually moved to be a full-time college student shortly thereafter.
As she completed her medical training, in vitro fertilization (IVF) was in its infancy. This infertility specialty combined many of the topics Dr. Morales was interested in focusing on in medicine: technology, psychology, ethics, and surgery. These are all still elements that drive Dr. Morales’s passion and commitment to her patients.
Dr. Morales founded Fertility Specialist Medical Group in 2000 with the intention of creating a clinic that serves everyone in need – no matter their situation – and focused on their family-building goals, not just the next pregnancy. When she founded FSMG, the IVF industry was a male-dominated field. Overcoming this disparity to create a successful clinic is something of which Dr. Morales is exceptionally proud.
If she had not gone into medicine, Dr. Morales would have enjoyed being a humorist. Her humor filters into her daily life and interactions with patients and staff. By finding levity and opportunities to experience joy in the most trying of times during fertility treatment, Dr. Morales hopes to keep her patients’ spirits high and focused on their long-term goals.
Dr. Morales is nationally recognized as a leader in reproductive medicine and has been named a Top Doctor in San Diego Magazine repeatedly for the past 15 years. While she values these accolades, she still believes coming into work and helping others is her greatest privilege.
Fertility treatment isn’t about making miracles. It’s about expertise, cutting edge science, perseverance, and hard work. It is also about compassion, understanding, and acceptance. We treat people, not numbers.
A lot of practices aren’t philosophically aligned. FSMG is a whole team of pros behind one philosophy, believing strongly that patients should choose a fertility practice because its philosophy aligns with theirs.
Every FSMG physician practices by this philosophy daily: Infertility Together.
Dr. Morales met her now-husband in college and the two have been happily married for over 35 years. During that time, the couple have raised two independent, successful daughters. Dr. Morales believes the best thing she taught her daughters was to be resilient and optimistic, a sentiment she tries to instill in her patients as well.
When not spending time with her daughters and husband, Dr. Morales is very active, enjoying biking, hiking and even “slow jogging” 23 half-marathons! She is also an integral participant in the San Diego medical community. Her areas of interest are bioethics, oncofertility and physician wellness (avoiding physician burnout). Dr. Morales strongly believes improving this area will enhance the quality of patient care.