These support groups are free and open to all women experiencing infertility in Tampa.
- You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
- Registration is requested at least 24 hours in advance.
The Reproductive Medicine Group (partnership pending)
Florida Fertility Institute (partnership pending)
Shady Grove Fertility
Currently, Cara is a Product Development Specialist working on information technology e-learning products for high school students and adults. She has worked both in Higher Education and in the Software Engineering bootcamp space previously and is passionate about educating and empowering others during points of transition.
Cara is a graduate of the 2010-2011 Jewish Leadership Development Institute (now known as the Hope Cohen Barnett Leadership Institute). Most recently, she has served as a member of the Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) board and advisory council. Additionally, Cara participates in Resolve’s Federal Advocacy Day focused on increasing awareness and interest in fertility and family building issues with legislators.
Cara lives in New Tampa with her husband, Jeff, their 3 year old IVF son, Joshua, and their dog, Bailee.
Cara is passionate about the work of JFF based on her own experience. While going through her fertility journey, she recognized the importance of community, support, and advocacy. Having a medically complex case, Cara completed her family through IVF. Going through the process, Cara developed her self-advocacy skills and has supported other family and friends going through similar experiences. Being able to help others experiencing and impacted by infertility is a fulfilling way to give back.
Although Natalia never chose to pursue a career in science/healthcare, she has always been drawn to medicine and the human body. While living in Israel she became aware of the many people traveling to Israel for medical treatment. As she began to explore this more, she had the idea of creating a service to bring Americans to Israel for IVF treatment. While the logistics proved to be too much of a barrier at the time, the information and people she got to know during that time made a mark on her. Upon moving to Tampa and learning about JFF, Natalia knew this was an important resource for the community and was excited to help this program launch in Tampa.
Sara joined the Advisory Council because she believes that providing a way for a woman’s dream to come true to have a child is a humbling responsibility and an incredible privilege. Being a part of something this special not only allows other women to realize their most cherished dreams but allows her, in some small way, to assure the continuation of the Jewish people.
Rabbi Simon grew up in Denver, CO and holds degrees in psychology and Jewish studies from the University of Arizona Honors College, a Master of Educational Administration with specialization in Jewish Education from Xavier University and both a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH. While attending the HUC-JIR, he founded a Jewish rock band called The Minor Prophets. Utilizing his musical background, Rabbi Simon loves incorporating music into many aspects of worship.
Rabbi Simon has worked with many couples experiencing infertility and is extremely pleased to be able to work with the Jewish Fertility Foundation to help provide aide and support within Tampa’s Jewish community. He is proud to be an advocate and is willing to be available to anyone for whom his presence would be a comfort.
As a mother who has gone through surrogacy, I am very passionate about helping others through their fertility journey.
In 1980, Dr. Verkauf founded what would become the largest and most successful Reproductive Endocrine Infertility practices in Tampa. After retiring in 2017, he returned to the University to initiate the division of menopause to start the Menopausal Clinic within the Department of OB/GYN. He remains on the faculty as an affiliated professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
I think the Foundation has a value because one of the most trying times of a woman's life is if she is unable to conceive when she wants to. I've had experience in dealing with many women in that circumstance and have the pleasure of their appreciation for help in acquiring a pregnancy. Some women require direction in order to get to the appropriate doctors to see for this issue. The Foundation will help in that regard.