For Temeka Zore, a lifelong competitive runner, the road to RMA was a little bit like a marathon, each step bringing her closer to the finish line and closer to practicing her passion.
“The road to becoming a physician is long and takes a lot of diligence, discipline and sacrifice,” said Dr. Zore, who recently joined Dr. Tom Kim and Dr. Katherine Green at RMA Southern California, located in West L.A. “But now I am where I always wanted to be – caring for patients as they attempt to build their family or preserve that ability for the future.”
“It’s such a privilege to be here.”
Dr. Zore is sensitive to the fact that infertility patients are running their own marathon, and strives to provide empathetic, compassionate care that helps patients feel they’ve finally arrived at the right place – so they can gather the strength necessary to finish their race.
“We know our patients have been through a lot before they even walk through our door, and are in the middle of their own hard-fought marathon when they arrive,” Dr. Zore said. “It is my job to relieve some of that stress by being a sympathetic ear for them. I strive to make my patients feel like they are talking to a friend when they share their history and to provide individual medical plans that will work best for each person or couple.”
“And of course, my goal is for my patients to win their race and be successful here. That’s what this is all about.”
Dr. Zore started her race in Louisiana, where she was born into a military family. She moved to Indiana when she was a young girl, and, despite not having any doctors in her family, fell in love with medicine during high school. As she worked toward that goal, she practiced another passion of hers: track and field, and in particular, the 800 meter run. As an undergraduate studying biology at the University of Texas in Austin, not only did Dr. Zore make the honor roll – she also collected a handful of track and field awards, including a four-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American Division 1 track and field honor, a significant athletic achievement.
The awards kept coming: she was awarded a full scholarship to the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where she developed a real passion for OB/GYN, and managed to be inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross-Country Hall of Fame while at the school.
She enrolled in OB/GYN residency at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, and, although she had met her life partner at that point, suddenly discovered a brand new love: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).
“Everything clicked for me at that point,” Dr. Zore said. “To be able to have an impact on a patient for the duration of their life, and practice in a discipline with so much innovation, it just made all the sense in the world.”
In 2016, Dr. Zore began her REI fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and, after three years of intensive fertility training, she graduated this June.
And now, at RMA Southern California, Dr. Zore begins a new journey at a place she has come to admire over the course of her medical career.
“I’ve always, always wanted to be at RMA,” she says. “To be affiliated with the incredible researchers and work happening here is remarkable.”
“This is a dream come true, and I will partner with all my patients to make their dreams come true, too – because every marathon has a finish line.”