Real Talk Series
Pregnantish invited a curated group of fertility specialists and advocates, each of whom has patient care at the center of their practice, to make sure the Relationship Guidelines Report and the Real Talk Series Workshop Program are shared in a way that will provide value, insight and support to those who enroll in the free Program. Click on their photos below to learn more about each speaker.
Dr. Elizabeth Barbieri
Elizabeth A. Barbieri, MD, is a board-certified specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility that joined ORM Fertility in 2009.
Dr. Barbieri has extensive expertise in the field of in vitro fertilization. She is particularly interested in genetic etiologies of infertility, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and egg freezing. As a doctor of reproductive medicine, she firmly believes in individualized and personalized reproductive healthcare. As a part of this, it is her goal to know each and every patient individually, so she can address the medical needs of each individual. By keeping the focus on the patient, she strives to diagnose each aspect of infertility so she can identify what particular treatment will help that patient succeed.
Dr. Anate A. Brauer
Anate A. Brauer, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. She serves as SGF New York’s IVF Director.
Dr. Brauer earned her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she graduated with distinction, and was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Prior to joining Shady Grove Fertility, Dr. Brauer was an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Brauer has published and presented at numerous national meetings on the topics of optimizing fertility treatments in patients with diminished ovarian reserve, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or those using a gestational surrogate; fertility preservation; and complementary therapies in infertility. She is especially passionate about helping young patients with cancer build families, which has led her to serve on the Advisory Board of the Young Survivors Coalition. Dr. Brauer is a regular contributor on a variety of women’s health topics to local and national media such as Parents, Reader’s Digest, Refinery 29, Woman’s Health Magazine, Byrdie and Shape, to name a few. For Shape, she serves on their expert Brain Trust.
She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Brauer enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. She also enjoys cooking and running or spinning for exercise in her free time.
Dr. Serena H. Chen
Dr. Serena H. Chen graduated from Brown University, and Duke University School of Medicine, trained in Gynecology, Obstetrics, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and now serves as Director for the Division of Reproductive Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas, as well as Clinical Associate Professor at the Rutgers Medical Schools. She’s been voted as a Top Doctor in reproductive medicine by publications including US News and World Report, Inside Jersey Magazine, NJ Monthly and NY Magazine.
Dr. Chen feels privileged to be trusted with the reproductive health of so many people in many different situations – infertile couples, LGBTQ and single people who want to conceive, women wrestling with PCOS, endometriosis, or recurrent miscarriage and patients with cancer who want to preserve their fertility or women concerned about their reproductive options who want to freeze their eggs. She strongly supports her patients’ right to be informed and involved in their own care. Please join her in raising awareness and education and in advocating for reproductive health for all on Instagram and Twitter @DrSerenaHChen or www.sbivf.com and www.DrSerenaHChen.com
Dr. Cindy Duke
Dr. Cindy Duke is the Medical Director at Nevada Fertility Institute. She is a physician-scientist who is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and fellowship- trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Cindy is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. In addition to fostering hope with her clinical family-building expertise, she is empowering her global village by promoting fertility awareness through social media and community outreach. Her Clinical and Research Interests include Oncofertility, Fertility Preservation, Investigating the Role of the Microbiome in Reproduction and Eliminating Disparities in Healthcare Access and Delivery for Treatment Infertility.
Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh
Dr. Aimee, also known as the “Egg Whisperer” is one of America’s most well known Fertility Doctors. She is a Harvard-educated board certified OBGYN, specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility; but it’s her “Egg Freezing Parties” that put her in the limelight. Her belief is that true family planning should include knowledge about your fertile potential regardless of where you are in your timeline of starting a family. Her goal is to teach everyone how to become fertility aware and how to “Get Ahead Of Infertility.” Be sure to catch her Egg Whisperer Show.
Dr. Eve Feinberg
Dr. Feinberg is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the REI Fellowship Program Director. She is active on a both a local and national level. Dr. Feinberg is the current president of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, she is an Associate Editor for Fertility and Sterility and is on the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Executive Board of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Feinberg is the founder and president of the Chicago Coalition for Family Building, a collaborative Chicago foundation that provides financial assistance to individuals and couples who want to build their families through IVF or adoption.
Eric Forman, MD
As the Medical and Laboratory Director at Columbia University Fertility Center, Eric Forman, MD, HCLD, oversees the medical practice as well as the IVF embryology and andrology laboratories. He also actively sees patients with infertility and those seeking to preserve their fertility. Dr. Forman has extensive clinical and laboratory research experience. He has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of topics in assisted reproductive technology (ART).
He has a special interest in using preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) to optimize IVF and improve selection for elective single embryo transfer (eSET). A randomized controlled trial he led demonstrated, for the first time, that transferring a single chromosomally-normal embryo can achieve the same live birth rates as transferring two untested embryos. After publication of this paper, eSET rates skyrocketed and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine references Dr. Forman’s study in its guideline on the number of embryos to transfer in IVF. He also has an interest in fertility preservation, and a study he led proved that egg freezing using the rapid vitrification technology does not increase the risk of genetic abnormalities in the resulting embryos. This study was cited as a “watershed in ART” by one of the world’s leading experts on cryopreservation.
Dr. Richard Grazi
Richard V. Grazi, MD is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Maimonides Medical Center and the founder of GENESIS Fertility & Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Grazi has published and lectured extensively on clinical and ethical issues related to reproductive medicine. He appears regularly in New York Magazine’s listing of Top Doctors and has been recognized consistently by the Castle Connolly Medical Guide as one of the nation’s top reproductive specialists. Dr. Grazi worked successfully with Pregnantish founder Andrea Syrtash in helping to establish New York State’s first insurance mandate for IVF and to reform the state’s surrogacy law.
Dr. Jason Griffith
Dr. Jason S. Griffith is a reproductive endocrinologist and serves as the practice director for Houston Fertility Institute. Jason earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, he received his commission in the United States Army Medical Specialists Corps. He served six years as an army officer with assignments in Washington, D.C., and overseas. After completion of his military service, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He stayed on to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, twice winning the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award. He continued fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility before moving home to Houston and joining his current practice.
Jason has been an active participant in RESOLVE’s legislative efforts, attending Advocacy Day events and working on Capital Hill with pharmaceutical companies and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine to advance the group’s legislative agenda. He was recognized for these efforts by being awarded the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Hope Award for Advocacy by RESOLVE in 2015. He is passionate about improving access to quality reproductive health care and patient choice in fertility treatment. Jason was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2016.
Dr. Amanda Hurliman
Amanda K. Hurliman, MD is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. She has practiced at ORM Fertility since 2013.
Dr. Hurliman is interested in all aspects of fertility care. She understands that everyone’s reasons for seeking fertility care are unique and has earned a reputation for delivering thoughtful and compassionate care that addresses each patient’s individual needs. She is committed to providing personalized, cutting-edge care that will maximize every patient’s chance of being successful. She has extensive experience and expertise with in vitro fertilization, the relationship between genetics and fertility, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and fertility preservation.
Mollie Huyck, is the Director of New Patient Relations for North America with ORM Fertility.
Mollie holds a unique combination of healthcare administration and nursing background; well versed in securing patient loyalty. She brings both professional and personal experience relatability through her own personal journey with fertility treatments. With an integral background of guiding, training and motivating team members while supporting both the patient experience and the organization objectives.
Dr. Roohi Jeelani
Dr Roohi Jeelani is Director of Research and Education at Vios Fertility Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Dr Jeelani earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, where she was awarded a Women’s Reproductive Health NIH K12 Research Grant. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr Jeelani has authored numerous articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, and presented her research at national and international scientific meetings. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr Jeelani is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Dr. Lowell Ku
Lowell T. Ku, M.D. is an award winning and leading provider of infertility treatments in the Southwest United States. Board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Dr. Ku has been awarded numerous recognitions including Texas Monthly Super Doctor® and as a D Magazine Best Doctors in Collin County and Dallas. However, the best award is being nicknamed Dr. KnockedUp by his patients. As one of Dallas’ highly respected infertility experts, Dr. Ku is regularly seen on television programs sharing his medical expertise on the topics of infertility and reproductive health. Having personally struggled with and overcome infertility, Dr. Ku has a never-ending determination to help his patients overcome seemingly impossible odds to achieve their dreams of parenthood.
Dr. Julie Lamb
Julie Lamb, MD, is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists in Seattle. She graduated at the top of her medical school class at Northwestern University, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Women’s Health in Harare, Zimbabwe. She completed her residency in ObGYN at the University of Washington, where she currently serves as clinical faculty. Her fellowship training in REI was completed at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lamb has published over 40 peer-reviewed research projects at national meetings and is an active member board member of ASRM patient education committee and embryo transfer committee, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, and Creating a Family. She is also currently serving as president of Seattle Gynecologic Society. Dr. Lamb is dedicated to changing the conversation surrounding fertility care and strives to empower women to learn about their fertility options, follow her on Instagram @JulieLambMD.
Dr. Satin Patel
Satin Patel, MD, a leader in the field of reproductive medicine, is a partner physician at Fertility Specialists of Texas. He is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Patel’s special interests include preimplantation genetic testing, fertility preservation and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Dr. Patel, a California native, received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and his fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Patel has published multiple scientific articles and has been invited to speak nationally on treatment avenues for PCOS-related infertility and hysteroscopic techniques on optimizing fertility.
Dr. Spencer Richlin
Dr. Spencer Richlin is Surgical Director and Partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). He is board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Richlin is Clinical Assistant Professor at Columbia University and Frank H. Netter School of Medicine.
Dr. Richlin received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and served his residency at The Stamford Hospital/Columbia program. He completed his fellowship in REI at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
He is interested in all aspects of reproductive health: IVF, egg and embryo freezing (fertility preservation), donor egg, and surgery.
Lisa Rosenthal has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of affordable, comprehensive services available to support her and others. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment and has done so through working for Patient Advocacy groups and with RMA of Connecticut for twelve plus years, where she serves as Patient Advocate and Senior Content Strategist.
Ms. Rosenthal is also the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a research-based program designed to support all people on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Dr. Susan Sarajari
Dr. Susan Sarajari joined Dominion Fertility in 2015 after having practiced for several years in California and Virginia. She was voted “Top Doctor” for infertility by Northern Virginia Magazine and “America’s Top Obstetricians & Gynecologists” by Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Sarajari was also voted “Top Educator of the Month” by Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Inova Campus. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Sarajari is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Inova Campus as well as an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Vicken Sepilian
Dr. Vicken Sepilian is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist. He is board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Sepilian practices in Los Angeles, California and is a part of Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles. Dr. Sepilian has received several awards from professional and consumer organizations. He has received “Top Doc” in Southern California designation by Pasadena Magazine, “Super Doctor” in Southern California designation by Los Angeles Magazine and as “America’s Top Ob-Gyns,” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America for several years in a row. He has been the recipient of the “Patients’ Choice Award,” for the past five years in a row. In 2015, he received the prestigious Independent Physician Leadership Award from the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Dr. Sepilian was also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Dr. Christopher Sipe
Dr. Christopher S. Sipe, president of Fertility Centers of Illinois, board certified reproductive endocrinologist
Dr. Christopher Sipe is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), and has been practicing medicine since 2003. He completed residency training at Northwestern University, where he received numerous awards for excellence, then went on to complete fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sipe is well published and has presented at both national and international forums focusing on improving fertility potential. His clinical expertise, personalized care and warm, engaging personality has been met with praise from his patients.
Dr. Aaron Styer
Dr. Aaron K. Styer is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, founding partner and co-medical director of CCRM Boston. He completed residency in the Harvard Integrated Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and fellowship in REI at MGH. He is nationally recognized for expertise in ovarian reserve, predictors of IVF success, LGBTQ care, and egg freezing, and has been honored with Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Top Doctor Awards, Most Compassionate Doctor Awards, and Patient’s Choice Awards. He aims to provide compassionate, personalized care, and to expand access for fertility treatment and educational/emotional support.
Andrea Syrtash is a Relationship Expert and the Founder of pregnantish.com, the first media site exclusively dedicated to helping singles, couples & LGBT navigate fertility treatments and infertility. A regular on-air personality, Andrea’s hosted television shows for Oprah’s OWN, Discovery and Fox; and regularly appears as a guest expert on TV and radio shows across the country. She’s the author of popular books including, “He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing)” and “Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband)” published by Penguin Random House. Andrea frequently speaks about how to improve relationships, most recently at the TEDx ‘Makers’ Conference, and is the host of the pregnantish podcast on Stitcher. She founded the Pregnantish Verified Network to connect fertility advocates, patients and providers to further enhance the fertility treatment process.
Dr. Bradley Trivax
Bradley Trivax, MD, is double board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. An honors graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Trivax earned his medical doctorate at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Trivax completed his subspecialty fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Award. Dr. Trivax excels in minimally-invasive surgical treatments for the management of fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine abnormalities.
Dr. Trivax is a clinical instructor at both Stony Brook University Hospital and Winthrop University Hospital. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Suffolk County Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Dr. Trivax is a huge advocate for the LGBTQ (Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Transgender/Questioning) community and offers sensitive fertility treatment plans to address their various needs. He serves on the board of directors for the Family Equality Council and has helped hundreds of LGBTQ couples and individuals start their families.
A scientist at heart, Dr. Trivax has conducted considerable original research on women’s health issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the treatments of fibroids infertility, adhesion therapies as well as research in the area of sexual health. Additionally, he frequently lectures both nationally & internationally on all aspects of fertility treatments.
Born in the Midwest, Dr. Trivax fell in love with Long Island during his residency and settled here with his wife to raise their children. He works with his staff to streamline the complex world of infertility for his patients so they are more comfortable with their options and with their treatment.
Dr. Alison Zimon
Dr. Alison Zimon is the Co-Founder and Co-Medical Director of CCRM Boston. She is Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Zimon is also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine.
She has been named a Boston Magazine 2017 and 2019 Top Doctor and a Castle Connolly 2018 and 2019 Top Doctor in Reproductive Endocrinology and a 2019 Castle Connolly Exceptional Woman in Medicine.