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VP of Laboratory Services

Kathy MillerKathleen Miller – Vice President of Laboratory Services, leads the team specializing in assisted reproduction technologies. The author of more than 100 abstracts and papers on fertility and assisted reproduction technologies, Ms. Miller is well known for research advances in the field of blastocyst culture, and pre-implantation genetics as well as a leading expert in laboratory management, quality improvement programs, and single embryo transfer.

Her state-of-the-art designed laboratories at Billings Clinic, University of Alabama, Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Gynecology’s Fertility Institute of Hawaii, Aurora Reproductive Care in Saskatoon, Coastal Fertility Center in Charleston, SC, UNC Fertility Center in Chapel Hill, NC, SpringCreek Fertility in Dayton, Ohio and Family Fertility Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston continue to deliver exceptional pregnancy rates and cutting edge technologies.

Ms. Miller is actively involved in research projects relating to many areas of assisted reproduction. As Scientific and research director at IVF Florida, she is actively involved in research projects at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. At IVF Florida, she continues to work on time-lapse technology to select embryos that have the best chance of developing into a successful pregnancy and birth.

Off Site Directors

Gary SmithGary D. Smith, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (ABB) is Professor in the Departments of Ob/Gyn, Physiology, and Urology at the University of Michigan. He is Director of MStem Cell Laboratories and oversees the United States leading Disease-Specific Human Embryonic Stem Cell production program aimed at understanding how congenital birth defects develop, progress, and discovery of novel ways to treat or cure diseases such as Adrenoleukodystrophy, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, and Spinal muscular atrophy. He is also the Co-Director of the Reproductive Sciences Program at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan Dr. Smith was on faculty at The University of Chicago.

Since 1995, Dr. Smith has been Scientific/Laboratory Director of Andrology, and/or Embryology at University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Huntington Centers for Reproductive Medicine of Brazil, Reproductive Gynecologist Inc. of Ohio, and Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Smith co-founded one of the Nation’s first Fertility Preservation Program integrated within the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide seamless reproductive care for male and female cancer patients and survivors. His pioneering works on oocyte maturation / vitrification, semen cryopreservation, embryo culture, and non-invasively embryo analysis and selection have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and Coulter Foundation.

Within his research laboratory, investigations focus on regulation of oocyte meiosis and chromatin segregation, male and female gamete cryopreservation, preimplantation embryo development, and integration of new biotechnologies (microfluidics and artificial matrices/scaffolds) in gamete/embryo/ human embryonic stem cell isolation, culture, and selection. Studies in his laboratory range from very basic in nature to translational research aimed at introducing new, or improving existing, means of preserving fertility or treating infertility.

Dr. Smith has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 20 book chapters. He is Board Certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (AAB) in both Andrology and Embryology. Dr. Smith is very active in Assisted Reproductive Technology education, surveillance, and information dissemination through committee service on the Infertility National Action Plan Committee. Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, USA and the Michigan Infertility Advisory Committee.

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Dr SalahSalah Abdelgadir, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., T.S., (ABB), H.C.L.D., (ABB), Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant at numerous full service laboratories performing all aspects of andrology, embryology and assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilization, ICSI, embryo cryopreservation, thawing, transfer, semen analysis, sperm wash and semen cryopreservation. Dr. Abdeligadir is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis as a High-Complexity Laboratory Director and a Technical Supervisor (andrology and embryology). He received his Ph D, (reproductive endocrinology), and his MS from Oregon State University. He earned his BS at the University of Khartoum in the Sudan, where he was born and raised.

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Karen Elkind-HirschKaren Elkind-Hirsch, MSc, PhD, HCLD is Scientific Director of Research, Woman’s Metabolic Health and Research Services, Woman’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Elkind-Hirsch, who has been actively involved in basic science and clinical research for 30 years, was Director of Research and Development at the Center for Reproduction and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (RBPG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and as the ASRM Practice Committee RBPG representative for 5 years.

Dr. Elkind-Hirsch received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Tulane University where she was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow. She then was awarded a 3 year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. She received her H.C.L.D. Board Certification in 1995. She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Journal of Drugs in Endocrinology. Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has published over 100 articles on topics in reproductive medicine and endocrinology with an expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance and gestational diabetes. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of over 50 clinical and basic science trials, with the most recent trials involving medical and lifestyle treatment of PCOS and screening and prevention of gestational diabetes.

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Jennifer Graves-HerringJennifer E. Graves-Herring, Ph.D., HCLD earned her Ph. D. (Biological Science) from Clemson University in 2008 where she also earned her M.S. (Animal Physiology) and B.S. (Animal Science). In her post-doctorial fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, Department of Reproductive Services she is performing research studying the preservation of cat oocytes by desiccation and developed of a study to increase the percentage of blastocyst obtained from in vitro production of cat oocytes. Previous laboratory responsibilities include implementation of FDA requirements, developing laboratory procedures and ensuring compliance. She is a member of the AAB and is certified as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (andrology and embryology).

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Laboratory Consultants

Colin CraigColin Craig, M.Sc., T.S. (AAB), holds a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Andrology and Embryology from the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University.

He has more than 10 years of ART laboratory experience. Most recently he was the Laboratory Manager for a major southeast IVF laboratory. He was directly responsible for training and evaluation of laboratory staff, played a major role in the development and implementation of lab protocol and policies and ensured maintenance of the highest levels of patient care.

Colin was been trained under the direction of Kathleen Miller, Vice President of MedTech Laboratory Services as senior level manager for IVF laboratories.

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Ellen C. Marello, BSEllen Marello, B.S., T.S. (ABB), joined MedTech as a Consulting Embryologist after more than 20 years of experience in assisted reproductive technology. Ellen earned her BS in Animal Physiology from the University of California, Davis. As an embryology lab supervisor, she has extensive hands on experience in IVF laboratories developing and implementing a full range of procedures as well as training laboratory personnel. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).

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juliaJulia H. Tucker, M.S., earned both her M.S. and B.S. (Animal Science)from North Carolina State University. She has IVF laboratory experience in all aspects of assisted reproductive technologies and has joined MedTech For Solutions as an embryologist/ andrologist.

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Michelle MarconiMichelle Marconi, B.S., M.T. (AAB), earned her B.S. in biology from Florida International University in Miami, FL and has pursued graduate M.S. coursework in Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Embryology and Andrology) from the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Michelle has been trained under the direction of Kathleen Miller, Vice President of MedTech Laboratory Solutions as senior level manager for IVF laboratories. She is certified as a Medical Technologist with AAB, has more than 10 years of laboratory experience, and has joined MedTech For Solutions as an embryologist/andrologist.

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pic.Joy.PetersonJoy Peterson, B.S., T.S. (AAB), ELD (ABB), earned her B.S. in animal science from Illinois State University and has pursued graduate coursework in aquaculture and reproductive physiology at Illinois State University and the University of Missouri. She works as a Clinical Manager of Fertility, is certified as a Technical Supervisor with AAB, and as an Embryology Laboratory Director with ABB, has more than 20 years of ART laboratory experience, and has joined MedTech For Solutions as an consulting embryologist.

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amanda-schultz-picAmanda Schultz, MT (AAB)), Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of Iowa, has been an embryologist for 10 years with experience in all aspects of embryology and andrology. She has assisted in training embryologists and lab technicians, maintaining the highest laboratory standards. Amanda has joined MedTech For Solutions as an embryologist.

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pic-sara-ellen-stringfellowEllen Stringfellow, B.S., earned her degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Alabama. She brings 28 years of experience in embryology, cryobiology and andrology to the MedTech team. Ellen served as the senior embryologist and Coordinator of Cryobiology Services at the ART Program of Alabama where she obtained vast experience in training and teaching as well as in all aspects of clinical embryology. She is a Certified Reproductive Cryotechnology Specialist through the American Association of Tissue banks which focuses on compliance, quality control and clinical techniques.

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Heidi Bayerlein, B.A., earned her BA in Biology and Chemistry from Carthage College in Southeastern Wisconsin. Heidi has five years of laboratory fertility laboratory experience, including Microbiology and Andrology. Her skills include semen analysis, Kruger’s Strict morphology, sperm viability, retrograde ejaculate urine analysis, semen preparation for IUI and IVF and cryopreservation. Heidi also has experience implementing new EMR systems, integrating new databases functionality and assisting practices with SART reporting.

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Camille Hughes, B.S., graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. She also graduated from Rose State College with an Applied Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Camille has over ten years of clinical and IVF laboratory experience and has assisted in training junior embryologists in IVF procedures.

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Patricia Mantooth, BS., graduated from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She continued her studies in microbiology and anatomy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Tricia has over 3 years of experience as both an embryologist and andrologist and has become proficient in all aspects of embryology including various cryopreservation and thawing techniques, trophectoderm biopsy for PGS/PGD, sperm preparation, testicular biopsy, ICSI, laser assisted hatching, egg retrieval, embryo culture and evaluation, data computation and analysis, and more. Tricia considers her career a rewarding and exciting experience with a limitless opportunity to learn.

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Charlotte Smith Taunton, B.S., earned her BS from East Carolina University and is continuing her education at the University of South Carolina as a candidate for MSPH in Epidemiology. With over three years of experience as an andrologist and embryologist Charlotte has become proficient in daily semen analyses, sperm washes for intrauterine insemination, sperm cryopreservation, testicular sperm extraction (TESE) and sperm preparation for in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection. She has also been responsible for completion of daily quality control checks of equipment in endocrine, andrology and embryology labs and maintained logs of current embryos and sperm in storage. Charlotte has joined MedTech For Solutions as an embryologist / andrologist.
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Christina Gumeny, B.S., earned her degree in Biology from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She has over 9 years of experience working in assisted reproductive technologies as an embryologist and andrologist. Christina is proficient in all aspects of the embryology lab including ICSI, grading, biopsy, TESE, vitrification and thawing. Christina has assisted in training junior embryologists, and is skilled in inventory management and purchasing. She has joined MedTech For Solutions as an Embryologist.
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Karen Dilloo, BS., TS (ABB), graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has over 20 years of experience as an andrologist/embryologist and has joined MedTech For Solutions as an Embryology Consultant. Karen is certified as a Technical Supervisor through ABB and is a member of ASRM. She is proficient in all aspects of andrology and embryology including, but not limited to, oocyte identification, intra cytoplasmic sperm injection, assisted zone hatching, blastomere and trophectoderm biopsy, sperm preservation for IUI and IVF and sperm cryopreservation.
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Ryan T. Brown, BS, a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Allied Health Science with a Biology minor. He is joining MedTech as an Embryologist. Ryan’s skills include identification, assessment, and culture of oocytes; embryo culture and assessment; cryopreservation, embryo freezing, storage and thawing; sperm preparation and insemination of oocytes; semen analysis; and micromanipulation.
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