The 3rd annual San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo will feature several new in-depth panels, including on insurance, budgeting and ethics!
Our Family Coalition and Men Having Babies are teaming again to offer a program dedicated to biological parenting for gay men — and this time for and expanded day and a half format. Our educational conferences offer a rare opportunity to benefit from a wealth of information from unbiased non-profit organizations, alongside access to a wide range of relevant service providers. The conference is based on a format MHB developed over the last 10 years in NY, Chicago, Barcelona, Brussels and Tel Aviv. This year we are adding several in-depth workshops and panels that will appeal to prospective parents on different stages of the process.
Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and Our Family Coalition.
Note: while the event is organized by gay parenting organizations, non-gay prospective parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco.
We strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have sold out. Online registration will end when we reach capacity, and no later than Thursday, January 21, at noon PST.
Note: If you need ASL interpretation services, we ask that you notify us by January 6 so that we may have time to secure an interpreter.
Agenda(more details below or see the official digital program here )
Saturday, January 23:
• 3:30-4:30pm: Registration and gay parenting expo
• 4:30-5:30pm: Opening session: Is surrogacy right for you? Looking at practical, psychological and ethical considerations in choosing surrogacy vs. other parenting options, and the long term implications of this choice in terms of the welfare of the child, the surrogate, and her family. We will present evidence from studies about the way surrogacy affects the involved parties, and highlights from MHB's proposed Framework for Ethical Surrogacy.
• 5:30 - 6:30pm: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and parents.
Sunday, January 24:
• 9:00-9:30am: Registration
• 9:30-11:00am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
• 11:00 -11:15am: break
• 11:15am-12:30pm: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP).
• 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch (courtesy of San Diego Fertility Center) and gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations).
• 1:30-3:30pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers.
• 3:30-4:30pm: Gay parenting expo & networking reception.
• 4:00-8:30pm: Optional private consultations
• 4:30-5:15pm: Specialty sessions I - Expert legal panel, Medical part 1, Psychological aspects of surrogacy
• 5:15-6:00pm: Specialty sessions II - Insurance and budgeting, Medical part 2, Life After Birth: Resources and Family Support Services with Our Family Coalition
Supportive Community & Media Organizations
About Our Family Coalition
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - free admission
Speakers / Panelists:
- Joshua Gamson, PhD, surrogacy father, professor of sociology at the University of San Francisco, author: “Modern Families”.
- Marcin Smietana, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Cambridge, UK.
- Michele Pine, surrogate mother and a member of MHB’s surrogates advisory board.
- Ron Poole-Dayan, surrogacy father
Matt and his husband Britt live in San Francisco with their son Grayson, now three years old, who was carried by Kassandra.
Kassandra, Mother of 3, is a Professor at Cal State University Northridge and a Southern California Camp Director. Raised by lesbian mothers, she was drawn to the surrogacy process after watching many family friends struggle with starting their own families. She carried Greyson (3) for Matt and Britt and they have just delved into the process of her carrying a sibling (or siblings!) for the family again.
Josh is a surrogacy dad of two from the east bay.
Michelle Pine and her husband have three children, and live in Oregon. She recently carried twins as a gestational surrogate for a gay couple from Tel Aviv, Israel. Michelle is also a member of MHB’s surrogacy advisory board, and took an active part in the development of the organization’s framework for ethical surrogacy.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Topics covered will include:
- Basic terminology, types and components of typical surrogacy arrangements.
- Typical sequence and timeline for gestational surrogacy journeys.
- Major decisions that shape the surrogacy journey.
- Considering your family vision, financial constraints, risk tolerance and ethical preferences.
- Known vs. anonymous egg donations.
- Where to start (agency, clinic, surrogate or donor)
- Selecting an agency and clinic
- Estimated costs, and factors that affect costs
- Cost saving best practices.
- Financial help through the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.
- Deborah Wald, Esq.
/ The Wald Law Group
- Tabitha Lundberg Koh, J.D.
- Dean Hutchison, Esq.
/ Circle Surrogacy
- Brandon Bankowski, M.D.
/ Oregon Reproductive Medicine
- Eldon Schriock, M.D.
/ Pacific Fertility Center
- Marcin Smietana, Ph.D.
/ University of California, Berkeley
- Gail Sexton Anderson
/ The Donor Concierge
- Shelley M. Tarnoff, Esq., MFT
/ Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist
- Victoria Ferrara, Esq.
/ Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists
- Kristen Hanson
/ Simple Surrogacy
- Steve Snyder, Esq.
- Jerald Goldstein, M.D.
/ Fertility Specialists of Texas
- Susanna Park, M.D.
/ San Diego Fertility Center
Gail Sexton Anderson
Gail Sexton Anderson is one of the industry’s leading innovators and creative thinkers. She has dedicated her career to helping intended parents from all walks of life build families. She founded Donor Concierge based on the principle of putting intended parents’ needs first, helping them sift through the myriad of decisions that have to be made when building a family through egg donation and surrogacy. Gail is a compassionate and empathic Harvard-trained counselor with nearly 20 years of experience helping intended parents. She completed her graduate research at Yale and went on to start two egg donor agencies, becoming the executive director of one of the oldest and most respected surrogacy programs in the United States. A frequent speaker at fertility conferences, Gail has an impeccable reputation amongst doctors, agencies, clinics and fertility professionals. Gail and her team at Donor Concierge have helped hundreds of intended parents from the LGBTQ community become parents. A passionate supporter of AIDS/LifeCycle Ride and an avid cyclist, Gail is the original Donor Concierge.
Brandon J. Bankowski, MD, MPH
Dr. Bankowski is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in the field of in vitro fertilization and genomics. He has practiced at Oregon Reproductive Medicine (ORM) since 2005. At ORM Genomics, Dr. Bankowski works to improve the genetic health of his patients through increased awareness, screening, and state-of-the-art preimplantation genetic testing. “We are the interface between the genetics world and the future world; our ability to eliminate disease and influence success is astounding,” he says. “We’re advancing at a phenomenal rate and it will change everything in decades to come.”
Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq.
Victoria Ferrara is the Founder and Legal Director of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, LLC, a successful surrogacy matching agency, through which she has helped many couples and individuals have children. One of her achievements is the landmark decision of Raftopol v. Ramey, 12 A.3d 783 299 Conn. 681 (2011), a Connecticut Supreme Court case that essentially created a new way to establish legal parentage in Connecticut, i.e., by being a party (Intended Parent) to a valid gestational agreement regardless of genetic connection to the child to be born to the gestational surrogate. Attorney Ferrara appears frequently in courts throughout the State of Connecticut for all matters in involving assisted reproduction law, pre-birth orders, and adoptions, including co-parent and step-parent adoption matters. She is a member of the Academy of Assisted Reproductive Law Attorneys, the Family Law Institute, the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.
Joshua Gamson, Ph.D.
Joshua Gamson is Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, where he moved in 2002 after nine years on the Yale University faculty. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America (California, 1994); Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (Chicago, 1998), winner of the Kovacs Book Award from the Speech Communication Association and the American Sociological Association Culture Section Book Award; and The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco (Henry Holt/Picador, 2005), winner of the Stonewall Book Award and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. He has also written for magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The New Yorker, and The American Prospect. In 2009, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His most recent book is Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship (New York University, 2015).
Jerald S. Goldstein, M.D.
Founder and medical director of Fertility Specialists of Texas, Dr. Jerald S. Goldstein is a native Texan who received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. He is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Goldstein was an assistant professor in the division of reproductive endocrinology at Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis. He has presented before numerous medical conferences and published in such peer-reviewed journals as Fertility and Sterility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Goldstein is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Kristen Hanson is the Co-Owner and Executive Director of Finance and Contracts at Simple Surrogacy. Kristen oversees the financial aspects of Simple Surrogacy, as well as managing the escrow accounts of our clients. Kristen’s legal responsibilities include working with associate attorneys to determine state laws and required legal proceedings; locating separate legal counsel experienced in surrogacy law for Client and Surrogate; review and assist in negotiating the surrogacy contract between Recipient Couple and Surrogate; and overseeing all necessary legal filings and procedures (such as pre-birth orders and step parent adoptions) to establish parental rights for Intended Parents. Kristen’s escrow responsibilities include overseeing the escrow and managing the account; monitoring and authorizing disbursements in accordance with your contract; and sending intended parents itemized monthly statements of the escrow activity. Kristen’s first priority is to make sure all of our client’s money is handled in the most responsible way, that our Surrogates never receive a late payment, and that our clients are assured that their money is well managed. Kristen is an experienced Egg Donor, and has extensive first-hand knowledge of the donation process.
Dean Hutchison, Esq.
Dean Hutchison is Director of Legal Services for Circle Surrogacy and Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Richmond and his law degree from Suffolk University. Prior to working with Circle Surrogacy, he was an attorney at Lawson & Weitzen in Boston, Massachusetts for six years. Dean has managed hundreds of ART matters over the course of his career and has organized and presented on many panels on the legal aspects of surrogacy and egg donation. He has been named a Rising Star in Massachusetts Super Lawyer and Boston Magazine every year since 2009.
Tabitha Lundberg Koh, J.D.
Tabitha is the Director of Legal Services at Northwest Surrogacy Center, LLC. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley Law School and an attorney since 2007, her practice areas include adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology, as well as estate planning and probate. She is licensed to practice law in California, Oregon, and Washington. Tabitha is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys , Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS), and the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association.
Susanna Park, M.D.
World renowned for her fertility expertise, IVF success and excellence in medical care, Dr. Susanna Park has practiced as an infertility physician for the past 15 years. Dr. Park joined the San Diego Fertility Center in 2013 following her tenure at Columbia University in New York City. Her passion is to combine her extensive experience as an infertility physician with individualized care and compassion. Dr. Park is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She graduated summa cum laude from Siena College and obtained her medical degree at Albany Medical College. Dr. Park completed her residency and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Park has developed a large international referral practice due to her excellent patient rapport and high success rates with a variety of treatments including IVF, donor eggs, egg freezing and gestational surrogacy. Dr. Park works closely with the leading surrogacy agencies to assist the LGBT community build families.
Eldon Schriock, M.D.
An internationally recognized expert in infertility, Dr. Eldon Schriock of Pacific Fertility Center has been at the forefront of assisted reproductive technology since 1981. He was a member of the medical team that performed the first in-vitro fertilization treatment in Northern California. Dr. Schriock is Board Certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Schriock is a native of Ness City, Kansas. He obtained his MD degree from Northwestern University where he also completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed a Reproductive Endocrinology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. After his fellowship training, he was appointed to the faculty at the University of Tennessee. During his time at the University of Tennessee, he continued his dedication to infertility research and became an expert laparoscopic surgeon. Dr. Schriock has repeatedly been singled out by his peers in the national survey "Best Doctors in America.” He remains active in fertility research and has authored numerous articles for medical journals.
Marcin Smietana is a postdoctoral fellow within the Marie Curie programme of the European Union at the University of California, Berkeley (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies) and the University of Cambridge, UK (Reproductive Sociology Research Group). In his current research (see: www.surrogarts.eu) he is looking at surrogacy experiences of intended parents – notably European gay fathers – as well as surrogates, egg donors, and practitioners in the US. Marcin has done research with Spanish gay fathers through transnational surrogacy as a member of the AFIN (Adoptions-Families-Infancies) group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as with gay father adoptive and surrogacy families and their children’s schools during his PhD at the University of Barcelona. He received his MA in sociology at the Jagiellonian University in his native Cracow (Poland). His recent publication is: Smietana, M., Jennings, S., Herbrand, C., & Golombok, S. (2014). Family relationships in gay father families. In: T. Freeman, F. Ebtehaj, S. Graham, & M. Richards M. (eds.) Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge University Press.
Steven H. Snyder, Esq.
Steven Snyder is the founding and principal partner of Steven H. Snyder & Associates, Attorneys At Law and the International Assisted Reproduction Center (IARC) in Minnesota. Mr. Snyder attended law school at the University of Minnesota, graduating cum laude in 1982. Mr. Snyder successfully litigated the first and only contested Minnesota surrogacy case to date in 2006 in which he won sole custody of the child for a single gay father. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Immediate Past Chair of the Reproductive & Genetic Technology Committee of the Family Law Section of the ABA, Past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Snyder also serves on the national legal advisory committee of RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association, is past chair of the legal advisory group for the American Fertility Association (for education, support, and advocacy on behalf of infertile persons), and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (national organization of fertility physicians) and its legal professionals group.
Charlie Spiegel's SF law practice includes adoption and surrogacy for gay and straight couples and single people. Charlie is a former co-chair of Lambda Legal's National Board, one of the founding Executive Directors of Our Family Coalition, and recent board member of www.CPCal.org and www.KidsTurn.org. He educates regularly for Adoption Connection and Our Family. He graduated with honors from New York University School of Law. While advocating for marriage equality over 25 years, Charlie became a parent through private infant adoption. Charlie won JFCS's Fammy Award, is an annual volunteer in the Gender Spectrum free legal clinic, and does other volunteer mediation and education work through the SF Family Court and Community Boards.
Shelley M. Tarnoff, Esq., MFT
Shelley is a reproductive law attorney and Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist with over twenty five years experience in the fields of infertility and adoption. She is a Fellow of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers/Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Shelley’s work evolved from her personal experience with infertility and adoption. In her Oakland practice, Shelley focuses on surrogacy, ovum donation, embryo donation, and sperm donation. Her associate is bi-lingual, offering assistance to Spanish speaking clients. Shelley has presented and lectured at ASRM, ACAL, Resolve, PACT, Contra Costa County Bar Association, and UC Berkeley. She earned her law degree at Hastings College of Law, her undergraduate degree at UCLA and is Board President of The Orion Fund, a charitable organization that provides grants to college students suffering from serious health crises. When not working, she can be found practicing Bikram yoga, hiking the East Bay trails, and swimming.
Deborah Wald, Esq.
Deborah Wald is the founder and managing partner of The Wald Law Group, a full-service family law firm in San Francisco. She focuses her practice on adoption, assisted reproduction, parentage and custody litigation. She has been practicing assisted reproduction law for over a decade, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys as well as the Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers. She also teaches at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Ms. Wald is standing Chair of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and an active member of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association. She and her partner have raised two sons, both now in college. There is no part of her work she enjoys more than assisting other members of the LGBT community with fulfilling their dreams of becoming parents.
OFC and MHB’s teams
Judy Appel, OFC Executive Director
Judy Appel became the Executive Director of Our Family Coalition in 2005 and has led the organization through a vibrant period of expansion. Judy has been a leader in bringing the voice and perspective of LGBTQ families to advocate for LGBTQ inclusion and equality. Prior to joining OFC, Judy worked as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the harm caused by drugs and drug policies. Prior to that, Judy founded the Civil Rights Legal Division of the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco and then worked at Chapman, Popik & White LLP as a litigator. Judy was elected to the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education in 2012, where she served as President of the Board last year, advocating for educational equity for all students. Judy received her JD from UC Hastings College of Law and her Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. Judy lives in Berkeley with Alison, her partner of twenty-four years and their two children who are 14 and 18 years old..
Anthony M. Brown, Esq., MHB board chairman
Anthony currently works for the law firm of Albert W. Chianese & Associates heading their Nontraditional Family and Estates Law division serving married and unmarried individuals, couples and families. Anthony is the Executive Director of The Wedding Party and has been a Board member since its inception in 1999. Anthony is the founder of TimeForFamilies.com, a web environment dedicated to assisting gay and lesbian couples create their own families. Anthony has worked as a law guardian at The Children’s Law Center, representing the legal needs of children in Brooklyn Family Court. Anthony also worked as a legal intern for Lambda Legal in the summer of 2002. Anthony was appointed as a board member and Secretary of the board of Men Having Babies upon its incorporation in July 2012 and has served as Board Chairman since 2013.
A.J. Edge, MHB Operations & Development Manager
A.J. has been with Men Having Babies since October 2013 and is currently the Operations & Development Manager. His past professional experience includes working for an array of not-for-profit organizations including a Children’s Museum, an Opera company, and a Zoo. A.J. graduated summa cum laude from Walden University with a BS in business administration and is currently working on his MBA also at Walden University. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, he now resides in New Jersey with his husband, Daniel, a veterinarian who works within the animal health industry for a large pharmaceutical company. Together they have two boys, Jackson and Peyton.
Michelle Pine, MHB Surrogates Advisory board member
Michelle Pine and her husband have three children, ages 8, 4 and 2. She recently carried twins as a gestational surrogate for two amazing dads from Tel Aviv, Israel. She and her family live in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where she teaches special education and language arts at the alternative high school. Michelle joined Men Having Babies Surrogates Advisory Board in 2015 and has been most instrumental in the development of the organization's Framework for Ethical Surrogacy for Intended Parents.
Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB board member / executive director
Ron is the executive director and founding board member of Men Having Babies. He has over 20 years of experience in marketing and business strategy development both in the USA and internationally. Ron earned his Masters degree in political economy and comparative politics from Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ron is married to Greg Poole-Dayan, the Administrator of the Jewish Home Lifecare Nursing Home in the Bronx. The couple met in 1994, and are among of the first same-sex couples in the nation to father children through gestational surrogacy. The twins, born in 2001, were conceived with the use of eggs donated by Greg's sister, and carried by a gestational carrier. Ron has been the MHB program coordinator since 2005, and was appointed as the Executive Director of Men Having Babies upon its in corporation in July 2012.
Georges Sylvestre, M.D., MHB board member
Georges Sylvestre is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist specialized in High-Risk Pregnancies, currently Division Director and Vice-Chairman at Jamaica Hospital in Queens. Georges and his husband David Margolis live in Manhattan, and are the proud fathers of Tristan and Noah, born in 2010 and 2013 via gestational surrogacy. Having grown up in France, Canada and Switzerland, the Sylvestre-Margolis boys speak French and English at home, and has traveled extensively across the world, making a point of meeting other LGBT gay couples raising children. Georges' profession and personal experience give him a unique advantage in understanding the medical, psychological, ethical and financial challenges of the IP/couple –egg donor – Gestational surrogate triad.
John Chally, J.D.
John Chally, J.D. is one of the Directors and Founders of Northwest Surrogacy Center, LLC. He has 20 years of experience as a surrogacy attorney, with a focus on securing the legal relationships between intended parents and their children. He also has nearly 40 years of experience practicing in the areas of adoption and adoption litigation. He has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, indicating the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards, and is ranked as a Super Lawyer. He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.
One of the early promoters of open adoption, John is a former member of the State of Oregon Task Force on Adoption Services and the Oregon Law Foundation Adoption Committee. In 1985 he co-founded Open Adoption & Family Services, Inc., one of the largest adoption agencies in the Pacific Northwest. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on adoption and frequently speaks at adoption seminars.
Donna Raidy is our Vice President of Operations and oversees all operations at Fertility Source Companies. Donna has over 30 years of experience in business management and takes tremendous pride in directing our great team of professional and compassionate staff who all truly understand and appreciate the journey our Intended Parents are on. Donna is a longtime advocate for children’s rights and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the dependent care system. Donna’s love for family and children, coupled with her extensive management experience is a unique blend that she brings to Fertility Source Companies and our Intended Parents.
Michael Feinman, MD, FACOG
Dr. Michael Feinman graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed his Ob-Gyn residency at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York and the fellowship in REI at the University of Pennsylvania. He then helped establish one of the first outpatient IVF programs at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Feinman’s team created one of the world’s first anonymous egg donor programs. He moved back to his native California in 1992 and joined HRC-Fertility in 1998. Since his return to California, Dr. Feinman has been very active in the area of third-party parenting and was an early provider of these services to same-sex couples. Dr. Feinman continues to speak internationally on the ethical aspects of third-party parenting, including the legitimacy of compensated egg donation and surrogacy.
Brad Spencer is co-owner and co-founder of Same Love Surrogacy, a full service gay owned and operated egg donor and surrogacy agency based in West Hollywood, CA. Brad partnered with close friends Jay Cook and Danny Wong for the inspiration of Same Love Surrogacy – the personal experience of three gay dads who created their families via surrogacy and egg donation. What all this personal experience taught us is that more and more LGBTQ individuals are seeking to become parents via assisted reproductive technology, and we want to assist intending parents through their journey to parenthood will giving back to the LGBTQ community. Brad was born, raised and resides with his husband and two twin boys in Los Angeles, California. He has worked as a successful investment professional for nearly 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Brad’s hobbies include tennis, golf, travel, and spending time with his family. Brad is also an active supporter and volunteer for The Trevor Project, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.
Said T. Daneshmand, MD, FACOG
Dr. Said Daneshmand completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California, Los Angeles after completing his residency at UCLA Medical Center. He is Specialty Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Subspecialty Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology. As the Practice Director of The Fertility Center, Dr. Daneshmand’s focus has been in developing safer and more successful protocols for patients undergoing IVF, especially for patients using an egg donor, a gestational carrier, or frozen embryos. Dr. Daneshmand has expertise in complex IVF cases and his research has included work on endometrial receptivity as a way to maximize the probability of success in IVF. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in egg donation and surrogacy and is one of the main providers of third party care in the United States, with patients travelling from more than 35 countries in 2014. His practice is known for developing and implementing cutting edge technologies, including next generation sequencing (NGS), the latest and most precise technique for assessing embryonic genetic viability.
Collin B. Smikle, M.D.
Dr. Smikle is the founder and Medical Director of Laurel Fertility Care. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility, he has extensive experience in IVF, all assisted reproductive technologies and advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is a highly respected physician, researcher, teacher and medical author. Dr. Smikle graduated Yale Medical School (1985) and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School (1989). After residency, he served in the USAF Medical Corps and held a teaching position at Wilford Hall Medical Center in Texas. He received specialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of California San Francisco where he also did extensive research in oocyte and follicular development and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). He felt that infertility patients needed a practice that remained at the cutting edge of assisted reproductive technology as offered in an academic environment or a large practice, but with the individualized attention of a small practice. With these loft goals, he founded Laurel Fertility Care in June 2005.
Guy Ringler, M.D.
In clinical practice for twenty years, Dr. Ringler has developed a large international referral practice due to his excellent patient rapport and high success rates with a variety of treatments including surgical correction of disease, IVF, donor eggs, egg freezing and gestational surrogacy. Dr. Ringler has worked closely with the leading surrogacy agencies to help gay individuals and same-sex couples build families. He has helped LGBT people worldwide achieve their dream of having children. As one of the world’s first fertility doctors to help gay men become parents, Dr. Ringler is a family-building spokesperson for GLAAD and a contributor at the Huffington Post. Dr. Ringler is committed to patient education and is on the Board of Directors of the American Fertility Association. With the AFA he has increased public awareness of fertility options for people with HIV, and he has successfully helped HIV-positive people have children through surrogacy. Dr. Ringler is himself a gay man and lives in Los Angeles with his long-term partner.