OUR STORY

Our Story

“My story isn’t unique. But I was lucky. I got pregnant via IVF twice in two years and I thank the universe every day. But for others it takes years, losses, and lots of tears and heartache before babies are made, if at all. And with the costs of IVF ranging from $15,000 – $25,000 in the United States, many don’t even have a chance for a chance. So I’ve turned my useless guilt into helpful actions by starting the Jewish Fertility Foundation (JFF). We provide financial assistance, educational awareness, and emotional support to Jewish families who have medical fertility challenges in the communities we serve. As a woman struggling with infertility, I know what it’s like to cry alone. But YOU are no longer alone. JFF is here for you.”

-Elana Frank, CEO & Founder of Jewish Fertility Foundation

JFF STAFF

Elana Frank

CEO & Founder - JFF

Elana (Bekerman) Frank, a native of Atlanta, GA, lived, studied, and worked in Maryland, Manhattan, Israel, and New Jersey. She has 20 years of experience working with non-profits (in America and in Israel) in fundraising, marketing, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, Board development and program development.

Elana "birthed" The Jewish Fertility Foundation. It took her ten years and countless rounds of IUI and IVF cycles and embryo donation to make three babies. Because she was a resident of Israel at that time of her first two children, their socialized medicine afforded her the opportunity to inexpensively reach a solution. When she returned to the US, she realized that others weren’t as lucky as her - in terms of treatment success, community support, and financial aid. She learned for others it takes years, miscarriages, unbearable debt, oceans of tears, and heartache before finally giving birth, if at all. And with the cost of IVF ranging on average from $14,000 - $25,000 in America many don’t even have a chance for a chance. Knowing that there was this grave need for funding, support and enhanced awareness of this sometimes “unspoken” issue in the Jewish community, she decided to create Jewish Fertility Foundation.

Emily Zaghi

National Program Director of JFF

Emily joined JFF after serving a variety of roles within the nonprofit sector. Her experience includes finance, accounting, development, programming, and operations. Immediately before joining JFF, Emily worked as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Asset Management sector.

Emily first heard about JFF several years ago and was immediately inspired by the incredible organization and the many families whose lives it has changed. Several of her siblings and close friends have struggled with fertility challenges and she has experienced through them the emotional and financial strain this can cause.

Emily was thrilled to use her skills to transition back into the nonprofit space and contribute to JFF as the first Director of JFF-Atlanta and now, the National Program Director. Emily currently lives in Sharon, Massachusettes with her husband, Moshe, and daughters Aura & Yaelle.

Anna Meyers Burke

JFF-CINCY Manager

Anna Meyers Burke is a proud New Englander at heart, having been born and raised in Rhode Island and studied at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she continued to live post-graduation to serve Northeastern Hillel as the Director of Jewish Student Life. With her passion for Israel and Jewish education, Anna went on to teach English in Ashdod and remained in Israel to complete her first year of Rabbinical School at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. She has since continued her rabbinic studies in Cincinnati, where she has enjoyed serving as an educator at Kulanu, the Madrichim Coordinator at Rockdale Temple, Rabbinic Educator at Hillel at Miami University, and TJF Fellow at RAC-OH. While completing her rabbinic studies, Anna is also finishing her M.A. in Jewish Education and is so thrilled to be a part of the team at the Jewish Fertility Foundation in Cincinnati to help support those struggling with infertility and provide educational resources for the community.

Kayla Heering

JFF-ATL Manager

Kayla was born and raised in Atlanta and moved away to attend college at the University of Maryland. After earning her undergraduate degree, Kayla lived in Washington, DC for six years where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from George Washington University and began her career as a physical therapist. Through her clinical experience and own pregnancy journey with her twins, Kayla gained an awareness of the many gaps in the healthcare and support systems for women from pre-pregnancy to post-partum.

Kayla was thrilled to move back to Atlanta in the summer of 2020. She is passionate about helping men & women in all stages of their fertility journey, and is excited to do so for the Atlanta community as JFF’s Atlanta Manager.

Julie Cohen

JFF-Birmingham Manager

Julie grew up outside of Chicago and fell in love with living in the South when she moved to Nashville to attend college at Vanderbilt University. She studied Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology and has worked as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in clinical and school settings since 2010. Julie moved to Birmingham in 2014 and immediately became active in the vibrant Jewish community there. After experiencing years of infertility to grow her family, helping others going through this unimaginably difficult journey became her passion. She doesn't want anyone experiencing infertility to feel alone and loves providing guidance in any way she can.

Julie is very excited to help Jewish Fertility Foundation expand to Birmingham through a collaboration with Collat Jewish Family Services (CJFS) She is looking forward to providing resources and support to those going through infertility in the Birmingham community.

Ashley Marx

JFF Lead Social Worker

Ashley Marx is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience. During her training, she worked in a halfway house for men struggling with alcohol and drug addiction and an outpatient clinic treating children, teens, and adults. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from Salem State College in Massachusetts in 2003, she continued to work in an outpatient clinic and a private school as a school counselor. She started a private practice specializing in working with teens and young adults.

After 10 years of private practice in Massachusetts, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she worked as a school counselor and now has a full time private practice. She treats a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, self esteem, parenting problems, and addiction. In addition to seeing clients individually and working with parents, she also runs Middle School and High School Girls groups for teens that may be struggling with friendships, family, and/or the overall stress of being an adolescent in a fast paced, online world.

She has received training in various approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) but strongly believes that the therapist/client relationship remains the most important aspect of treatment.

Emma Wimberley

JFF Development Associate

Emma graduated in May 2020 from Georgia State University’s master of Social Work program. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in Human Development & Family Studies in 2018, and has lived in Atlanta ever since. During her last year at Georgia State, she was a social work intern for JFF and then stayed on as a program support for a few months following graduation.

Emma is passionate about working with families, and is very excited to be back at JFF as a Development Associate. Additionally, she works for a transitional housing program in Atlanta as a case manager.

Madison Wilcox

JFF Graduate School of Social Work Student

Madison is a student at Kennesaw State University’s Master of Social Work program. She recently graduated from Kennesaw State with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis, and has been in the Atlanta area for 3 years. Madison has always wanted to serve others, and support them as they work through life’s challenges. She is excited to be working with this incredible organization and hopes to support everyone she comes in contact with!

Sarah Norris

JFF Graduate School Social Work Intern

Sarah is an MSW student at Georgia State University. She has always had a passion for serving those with medical challenges. This passion led her to the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with an Interior Design degree and began a career designing rehabilitation hospitals. Last year she moved back to Atlanta to pursue a career in social work with the hopes of walking closely alongside those who are going through a difficult life event. She is excited to serve the families of JFF and be a part of this amazing organization.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Vicki S. Benjamin

Vicki is an Atlanta native who graduated with honors from Emory University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. A former certified public accountant, Vicki practiced tax accounting with Williams Benator & Libby, CPA’s for more than a decade, prior to assuming responsibilities for managing the financial affairs of her family’s office.

Vicki, along with her husband of 35 years, Gerry, are the proud parents of a 25 year old daughter (Elyse), a recent Emory Nursing School graduate, and a 23 year old son (Erik), a Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications Film, Radio and Television graduate. Vicki enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family, and taking daily walks with her 2 year old golden-doodle, Sayde.

Vicki has served on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Anti-Defamation League, along with The Epstein Solomon Schechter School of Atlanta, where she also served as the School’s Treasurer for more than six years. Vicki is a past recipient of Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s “People Power” Award for her contributions in establishing and chairing the Epstein’s School Chesed Committee for many years. Vicki has been active in a wide variety of local community organizations focused on Jewish Philanthropy, Education, Pet Rescue, and Child Safety Advocacy.

WHY JFF?

Vicki wanted to work with JFF because she went through 5 long years of infertility while trying to get pregnant with her daughter. At the time, she felt no one else had the problems she was having and she felt all alone in the world. Vicki didn’t want anyone else to go through what she did on their own and was relieved to see that JFF existed to support individuals and couples going through what she did both financially and emotionally.

Elie Engler

Elie Engler was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2005, he decided to move down to Atlanta to be closer to family. He currently works as a financial professional at Ashford Advisors.

WHY JFF?

Elie has worked closely with clients who have struggled with the financial burden of fertility treatments. It is a struggle he is all too familiar with. He and his wife Elisheva underwent various IUI and IVF cycles and have been blessed with three children.

Lynn Goldman

Lynn Goldman is a leader in creating Georgia’s public policies and laws affecting children. She joined the Claiborne, Fox, Bradley, Goldman Law firm in 2014 after building a career as a child welfare attorney and mediator for the previous 17 years. After experiencing infertility herself in 2002 she was excited to work with other families on their family building journey.

Lynn’s passion for family law began long before attending law school. Upon graduation from the University of Alabama with a degree in Social Work, Lynn worked as a child protection case manager with the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services. As a case manager, Lynn approved the first same sex adoption in Clayton County in 1994.

Wanting to be a greater advocate for Georgia’s children, Lynn attended law school at the University of Georgia. While at UGA, she published an article on Munchausen by Proxy in the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Journal.

Upon graduation, Lynn began her legal career as an attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, where she handled a variety of cases including domestic violence divorces, child welfare cases, public benefit appeals and landlord tenant issues. During her years at Legal Aid, Ms. Goldman successfully defended a dependency case before the Georgia Court of Appeals.

From 2005 until 2010 Lynn served as the Managing Attorney for the One Child, One Lawyer Program where she trained, mentored, and supervised attorneys who volunteered to serve as child advocates in dependency cases.

Seeing mediation as a useful tool in domestic and juvenile court cases, Lynn became a registered dependency, delinquency and domestic relations mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. She has been meditating for the past 11 years throughout Georgia.

As Lynn’s reputation for being an effective mediator grew, she was given a grant with the Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children to promote the use of mediation in Georgia’s juvenile courts. Her grant has been renewed for the past five years. With this grant Lynn has drafted Georgia’s laws on juvenile mediation and developed guidelines and training requirements for juvenile mediators. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, helped to develop mediation programs throughout Georgia and has trained countless judges, attorneys and mediators on the use of mediation in juvenile court.

Lynn also recently served as the Program Coordinator for the Fulton Juvenile Court Deprivation Mediation Program, where she supervised mediators who handled deprivation and guardianship termination cases.

On multiple occasions Lynn served as a legal expert and guest commentator for “In Session” television on cases involving child abuse prosecutions. Lynn enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their twins. They are active members at Temple Sinai.

WHY JFF?

Lynn wanted to join the JFF board so that she could use both her personal and professional experience to give back to others with a cause that is so personal and close to her heart. She was also inspired by the efforts JFF has made to bring more Jewish children to the world to help rebuild the Jewish community.

Maynard Grossman

Maynard Grossman has been affiliated with Shalom Memorial Park and Shalom Memorial Funeral Home for over 35 years, and has served in the capacity of Executive Director for over 25 years. In leadership roles in his industry he has served as a member and Past President of the Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Association.

He has served as chairman for the Village of Deerfield, Illinois Cemetery Council. Mr. Grossman is an active member of the Chicago Jewish community. He is a past member of the Board of Jewish Education. He is also Past President of Moriah Congregation, a conservative synagogue located in Deerfield, Illinois, a Trustee and Past President of the Board of Directors of the Solomon Schechter Day Schools of Metropolitan Chicago.. He is also a Past President and founding board member of the Chicagoland Jewish High School, now known today as Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. Mr. Grossman lives in Deerfield, Illinois with his wife Janet and has a residency in Atlanta where he visits his grandchildren often.

WHY JFF?

Children are regarded as the hope of the future in every society. We are taught this strong concept in Judaism when we learn that “our children will be our guarantors”. I suppose that is why I have spent many hours of volunteering with Jewish Education. I started to witness children of friends, their sadness, pain and frustration as they experienced difficulties in trying to start their families and how soft spoken and sympathetic words would not ease their pain or sadness.

When I learned about the Jewish Fertility Foundation from the Engler Family, and the many families that needed assistance on their individual journey to building a Jewish home, I felt an overwhelming desire to try and help these individuals as they try to either start or extend their family. When asked to give a toast at a Jewish wedding, I always express my excitement that we have another Jewish Home starting. My hope that the work that JFF does that toast and that dream can come true for all couples that desire it.

Rachel Loftspring

Rachel Loftspring is a Partner at Essig & Evans, LLP, where she practices Fertility Law exclusively. As a Fertility Law attorney, Rachel counsels clients from the United States and around the world on family-building through surrogacy as well as egg, sperm, and embryo donation. Her clients are intended parents and gestational carriers, recipients and donors, married and single, and of all sexual orientations.

Rachel is a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Bar Association's Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee. Rachel posts about Fertility Law on Instagram at @FertilityLawAttorney.

Rachel received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and earned her BA from Emory University, where she graduated magna cum laude and as an alumna served as President of the Emory College Alumni Board. Between college and law school, Rachel earned her culinary arts degree from Mausi Sebess in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship awarded to her by the Buckhead Rotary Club.

Outside of her legal practice, Rachel is an active participant and advocate in her community. She is on the board of the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati, Chair of the Jewish Fertility Foundation - Cincinnati, and regularly organizes and hosts events for an array of organizations and causes. Rachel and her husband, a cardiologist, live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their 4 year old Lady Gaga loving daughter and airplanes obsessed 2 year old son. In her spare time, Rachel is teaching her kids (and herself) how to grow a vegetable garden and is working on her Peloton groupie status.

WHY JFF?

In her Fertility Law practice, Rachel provides legal counsel for clients experiencing infertility who are building their families through third party reproduction. But Rachel felt a need to do more. When she learned of Jewish Fertility Foundation and its incredible work in Atlanta, she immediately thought the Cincinnati community would benefit from having Jewish Fertility Foundation in Cincinnati.

Amy Nadler

Amy is an Atlanta native who went as far away as Athens for college. She dismissed her very wise dad’s suggestion that she major in accounting and instead got a B.A. degree in economics. After a couple of different jobs out of college, she decided that she should try a job in accounting. She loved accounting so much (yes, dad was right) that she went on to get a Master of Taxation at Georgia State University. She has been a tax professional in the Atlanta area for 18 years and currently is a Partner at Levy Tax & Consulting LLC. Amy works mostly with individuals and small businesses but also has experience with trusts, estates, and nonprofit organizations. She enjoys working in an area that some people find overwhelming and trying to make it an easy process for them.

Amy and her husband, Doug, have two children, Aiden and Hannah. Aiden was born in 2009 at 24 weeks gestation, weighing a pound and a half, and spent 18 weeks in the NICUs at Northside Hospital and Scottish Rite. Although it was a very difficult experience, it has given Amy and Doug a life perspective that they likely would not otherwise have and for which they are grateful. Amy and her husband organize a support group for parents with children on the autism spectrum. The group’s members especially strive to guide families with a recent diagnosis.

WHY JFF?

Amy is very excited about the opportunity to work with JFF in a capacity that can combine her financial background with her passion for helping people and families.

Naomi Korb Weiss

Naomi Korb Weiss is a Senior Consultant at TCC Group, a national social sector consulting firm. She brings over 14 years of experience in nonprofit management and executive leadership with expertise in strategic planning, program design, operations, and training and professional development. Since beginning at TCC Group, she has worked with a range of clients including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Jewish Education Project, Honeymoon Israel, the Jewish Funders Network, Bard Prison Initiative, the Danville Regional Foundation, and The Actors Fund.

Naomi is a frequent speaker, facilitator and consultant to organizations and entrepreneurs across the country. Before joining TCC, she was CEO of the PresenTense Group – an international nonprofit focused on training and mentoring Jewish social entrepreneurs – where she led the organization through a period of strategic growth over five years, expanding its reach into new markets and new products to meet evolving customer demand. Naomi managed and developed PresenTense’s Design Thinking curriculum and built a Train-the-Trainer model to scale its reach.

Previously Naomi worked in experiential education, managing training and leadership development at the Foundation for Jewish Camp and JEXNET, and serving as Special Assistant to the President at Hillel’s International Center.

Naomi earned her MBA in Strategy and MPA in Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Stern School of Business and Wagner School of Public Service, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Naomi also holds a B.S. in Marketing and Rhetoric from the University of Maryland. She is a graduate of Babson College’s Symposium on Entrepreneurship Education and of Advanced Education’s Transformational Leadership Program.

WHY JFF?

Jewish family is at the core of Jewish community life. Increasingly, Jewish families are looking more and more diverse, and for many - having biological children easily is not a given. For my husband and me, it has taken a 6-year journey and many many procedures and injections to bring two beautiful children into the world. Infertility can be incredibly isolating and even bring about feelings of shame; support and community help to counter those challenging realities. The Jewish Fertility Foundation takes a strategic, community-based approach to supporting individuals financially and emotionally, and I would be honored to help it grow its incredible impact! I believe my experience and connections running a Jewish organization and partnering with countless agencies and philanthropists would be an asset to JFF.

MEDICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Pavna K. Brahma, MD, FACOG

Pavna K. Brahma, M.D., FACOG, is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Brahma completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory University. During fellowship, her research in reproductive immunology was awarded a Prize Paper award at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) national meeting. Her fellowship thesis on the regulation of inflammation in adipose tissue was awarded the Basic Science Research award by Emory’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Brahma has practiced in Atlanta for over 10 years and has experience in assisted reproductive technologies and advanced reproductive procedures. Her clinical interests include optimizing outcomes in patients with diminished ovarian reserve, advances in vitro fertilization, recurrent pregnancy loss, fertility preservation, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr. Brahma has produced several publications and research presentations in the fields of endocrinology, infertility, and reproductive immunology.

She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Brahma is passionate about advancements in women’s health, and she is an appointed member of the Women in Healthcare Board of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Dr. Brahma’s most precious professional accomplishments are the awards she has received for patient care. She is married to Barun Brahma, M.D., a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and they have two children. She enjoys international travel, yoga and flower arranging in her free time.

Jennifer F. Kawwass, MD

Medical Director, Emory Reproductive Center
Associate Professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Clinical Director, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
Guest Researcher, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jennifer F. Kawwass, MD, joined the Emory Reproductive Center as an Assistant Professor in August of 2014. She is a native of Virginia Beach, VA where she was valedictorian of her graduating class at Norfolk Academy. She then went on to play Division I Field Hockey at Davidson College in Davidson, NC where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS degree in Biology. She returned to her home state to complete medical school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where she received the Medical Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award. In 2007, she moved to Atlanta for her Ob/Gyn residency at Emory University during which time she received numerous teaching, surgical, and research awards and was elected by her faculty and peers as an Administrative Chief Resident. She chose to stay at Emory as a Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and received awards for her thesis research project, which she completed in partnership with the CDC, where she remains a Guest Researcher. Dr. Kawwass is also the recipient of a national NIH / ASRM research training grant and of grant funding from the CDC.

Dr. Kawwass chose to join the Emory faculty because she genuinely believes that the Emory Reproductive Center offers exceptional evidence-based fertility care. She is committed to individualizing and optimizing care for each of her patients. She appreciates the emotional investment that goes along with fertility treatment and is dedicated to making the journey toward parenthood as smooth as possible for them. Dr. Kawwass is particularly interested in infertility, in vitro fertilization, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, third party reproduction, and fertility preservation (oocyte cryopreservation).

As a Guest Researcher at the CDC, Dr. Kawwass is also a member of the National ART Surveillance Team. A few of her recent contributions to the literature include publications in Obstetrics and Gynecology (tubal factor infertility and perinatal outcomes, monozygotic twinning among ART-conceived infants), Fertility and Sterility (assisted hatching trends and outcomes), and JAMA (donor oocyte trends and predictors of good perinatal outcomes, safety of ART in the US, and ICSI trends and outcomes). Her publications have received national press, including interviews by the Associated Press and USA today.

Dr. Kawwass is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is fluent in English and French, medical Spanish, and conversational Lebanese Arabic. Dr. Kawwass’ interests outside of medicine include distance running, foreign travel, and spending time at the beach. She and her husband, Peter Thompson, MD a Plastic Surgery Fellow at Emory, enjoy spending time with their two children.

Valerie Libby, MD, MPH, FACOG

Valerie Libby, M.D., M.P.H., FACOG, earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Honors Program studying Psychology and Spanish. She then earned a Masters in Global Public Health from George Washington University where she served as a fellow in Kenya for the Global Health Service. After finishing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Hospital, University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center, she completed a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Libby is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including polycystic ovary syndrome, male factor infertility, and ovarian aging. She is also accomplished in the areas of fertility preservation and elective egg freezing.

Dr. Libby has received several honors, including the Award for Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center; a Distinction in Medical Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and was acknowledged as an American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 Prize Paper Candidate. She has presented her research on in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes in fertile, sterilized patients at several national meetings.

An advocate in the reproductive endocrinology field, Dr. Libby has held a variety of leadership roles with the American Medical Student Association, American Medical Women’s Association, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Libby’s roots are in Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated from Woodward Academy and was a member of Temple Sinai. She enjoys tennis, biking, cooking, and dancing. She speaks Spanish fluently and loves traveling. Sharing in her passion for reproductive medicine, her father and two brothers are urologists. After completing four egg freezing cycles herself, she is very passionate about egg freezing and reproductive planning.

Dr. Libby joined Shady Grove Fertility in September 2020 and is seeing patients at SGF's Atlanta - Northside location.

Bonnie Patel, MD

Dr. Bonnie Patel is a Board Certified Specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at ACRM. Dr. Patel came to ACRM from Wake Forest University where she had been a practicing Reproductive Endocrinologist since 2012.

Dr. Patel completed her Fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Case Western Reserve University in 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from University of Georgia in 2004, graduating summa cum laude with Highest Honors. She then completed her Medical Degree at The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, GA in 2008. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Greenville Memorial Hospital, where she was elected by faculty and peers to serve as chief resident from 2011-2012. During residency, she was the recipient of the Thompson B. Gailey award for highest CREOG scores.

In addition to being a practicing Reproductive Endocrinologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health, Dr Patel also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Bonnie Patel's clinical interests include oncofertility, assisted reproduction and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Patel is a member of American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists.

Dr. Bonnie Patel stated:“It is such a blessing to be able to help someone who has been struggling with infertility to finally achieve a pregnancy. I am looking forward to meeting new patients and helping them achieve their dreams of building a family.”

Kasey Aileen Reynolds, MD

Dr. Reynolds completed her undergraduate education in microbiology and Spanish at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She subsequently completed her medical training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine which earning research accolades.

After completing medical school, Dr. Reynolds continued her medical education at Trihealth Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program in Cincinnati, training at one of the highest-volume, highest-acuity obstetrics programs in the state of Ohio.

Subsequently, she completed a three-year subspecialty training program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Barnes-Jewish Hospital through Washington University in St. Louis. During this fellowship program she earned multiple awards for her research, including an NIH-funded research grant, and has presented her research locally and internationally.
Dr. Reynolds is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Reynolds is the Medical Director of the Bethesda Fertility Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is actively involved in educating OB/GYN residents through the Trihealth Residency program as the
Director of Medical Education for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. Providing personalized care plans and tailored therapies is the main focus of Dr. Reynolds’ clinical practice. She is actively involved in reproductive clinical research, and her main areas of focus are obesity and nutrition, and their effects on fertility.

A deep understanding of infertility and the effects it has on a family guides Dr.Reynolds’ medical practice. For this reason, she is honored to participate in JFF. An inspiring program, JFF provides emotional, educational, and financial assistance to ease the burden of infertility on patients.

Dr. Reynolds lives in Cincinnati with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two mini lop bunnies.

Jessica Rubin, MD MSCI

Jessica R. Rubin, MD MSCI, returned to her hometown of Atlanta to join the RBA team of physicians in 2018. She received her B.S. degrees in Science, Technology and Society as well as Hispanic Studies at Vassar College. Dr. Rubin earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Motivated by her interest in women’s health, she completed a four-year residency at Emory University and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her residency training reinforced her passion for helping couples with reproductive struggles.

Dr. Rubin’s primary clinical interests include fertility preservation, in vitro fertilization, polycystic ovarian syndrome, third party reproduction, and diminished ovarian reserve. Additionally, Dr. Rubin focuses on fertility preservation for women before and after cancer therapy. She is a passionate patient advocate who is dedicated to providing a high-quality, individualized approach to fertility medicine.

Michael Scheiber, MD

Dr. Scheiber graduated with distinction from Stanford University, received his MD from the University of California at San Francisco, and completed his residency in OB/GYN at the University of California at San Diego.

He completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati and holds graduate degrees in both Public Health and Health & Medical Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Scheiber is board-certified in both OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Scheiber is Director of Reproductive Research and Co-Director of the IVF program at IRH. He is also a Volunteer Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

In addition to performing laparoscopic laser, robotic, and pelvic reconstructive surgery, Dr. Scheiber has conducted research and has special interests in embryo development, ovarian stimulation, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Scheiber lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three daughters.

Daniel Shapiro, MD

Daniel B. Shapiro, M.D. joined Reproductive Biology Associates in 1995. A native of Miami, Florida, he graduated Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He then went on to medical school at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and it was during this training that Dr. Shapiro first became interested in reproductive medicine by doing a research project with RBA in 1987.

Dr. Shapiro completed fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1995. Since graduating from fellowship, he has authored and/or co-authored over 50 scientific papers. He is an invited speaker on a number of topics in reproductive medicine and was recently faculty for a post-graduate course at ASRM. He is nationally and internationally known for his work with GnRH antagonists in IVF treatment and has consulted with other practices regarding the efficient use of these drugs.

With the advances made in egg freezing by RBA's lab, under Dr. Peter Nagy, Dr. Shapiro led the effort to establish a working clinical model for RBA's egg bank. Since the opening of the frozen egg bank for egg donation in 2007, Dr. Shapiro has acted as its clinical manager. Prior to this and currently, Dr. Shapiro also serves as RBA's medical director. In addition to his work in ovulation induction for IVF, Dr. Shapiro has interest in the management of PCOS, endometriosis and reproductive surgery.

Dr. Shapiro is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists.

Dr. Shapiro is married with three children. In his spare time he enjoys water sports, skiing, Scrabble with his children, and playing bit parts in community theater.

Stephanie Smeltzer, MD

Stephanie Smeltzer, M.D., joined Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine in the summer of 2020. She completed her fellowship training at Duke University in North Carolina.

Dr. Smeltzer earned her undergraduate degree from Samford University and then received her M.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. While at the University of Alabama, she received the John Di Placido Award, presented for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Smeltzer completed her residency training at Baylor College of Medicine where she received the First Place Award for Resident Research Day from the Department of OB/GYN as well as Best Resident from the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

She specializes in medical management, surgical management, and IVF. She is excited to come to Atlanta to join ACRM due to their national reputation for success rates, the expertise of physicians, and the friendliness of the staff, and is looking forward to helping her patients realize their dreams of having a family.

Dr. Smeltzer’s interests outside of medicine include golfing and spending time with her husband and son.

Jessica Spencer, MD

Dr. Spencer is the director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Division and Fellowship in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University. She attended the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She then completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and a Masters in Clinical Research at Emory before joining the faculty in 2008. She is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her research interests include premature ovarian insufficiency in girls and women with Classic Galactosemia, Fragile X premutation and in cancer survivors. She sees patients at the Emory Reproductive Center who need help getting pregnant or would benefit from advanced reproductive technologies including intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Suruchi Thakore, MD

Suruchi Thakore, MD is the Division Director for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati and Medical Diretor and Director of Third Party Reproduction at the UCHealth Center for Reproductive Health. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine in 2009 and completed her OB/GYN residency at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Thakore’s fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship was at University Hospitals at Case Western Reserve University. Her clinical interests include third party reproduction, fertility preservation, and reproductive endocrine disorders. Her current research is focused on social egg freezing and fertility preservation, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.