FertilitySmarts Contributors

Meet our team of contributors to FertilitySmarts!

The Experts

Our Experts know their stuff. Getting medical information directly from a reproductive endocrinologist, embryologist or a registered dietitian means that you know you can trust what you’re reading.

All of our featured Experts have the credentials and experience needed to speak on the questions that matter most to you.

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Dr. Julie Bindeman

Psychologist

Dr. Julie Bindeman has a doctorate in psychology from George Washington University. She has experience working with a variety of areas of concern...

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IVF and an Impossible Choice: Termination of a Wanted Pregnancy
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Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq.

 

Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq. and her firm, The Surrogacy Law Center, PLC, have represented over 3,500 clients, including Intended Parents, Surrogates...

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Understanding the Legal Side of Surrogacy: 5 Steps
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Dr. Alice Domar

Psychologist

Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health, the director of integrative care at Boston IVF, and an...

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Let's Stop Arguing About Whether or Not Stress Causes Infertility
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Inside IVF

 

Inside IVF was created in 2018 by embryologists working in the UK. We are here to simplify the science behind IVF and to promote evidence-based...

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Embryo Freezing and Thawing: What You Need to Know
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Risa Kerslake, RN

Registered Nurse Turned Freelance Writer

Risa is a registered nurse turned freelance writer from the Midwest who began blogging back in 2012 about the path infertility has taken her down....

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Dealing With IVF Injections When You're Scared of Needles
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Dr. Cecilia Kitic

Exercise Physiologist

Dr. Kitic is an Exercise Physiologist with a Ph.D. in Exercise Immunology and over 20 years of research experience in understanding how exercise...

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10 Things You Should Know About Exercise During IVF
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Dr. Angela Lawson

Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry

Dr. Angela Lawson is a clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Psychiatry at...

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What Research Says About Stress as a Cause of Infertility
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Justin Lioi, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) focused on Counselling for Men

Justin Lioi, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) focused on men’s mental health and relationship expert. He is a New York-based...

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Reframing Male Infertility
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Rebecca Matthews, PhD

Embryologist

Dr. Rebecca Matthews has a PhD in embryo implantation and currently works as an embryologist. Rebecca is passionate about her work and about...

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Assisted Hatching for IVF
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Jen Noonan, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jen Noonan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the...

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9 Unique Challenges of Secondary Infertility
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Dr. Oreoluwa Ogunyemi, Urologist

Board-Certified Urologist

Dr. Ore Ogunyemi is a board-certified urologist, entrepreneur, and medical writer. She earned her medical degree at UCLA, where she was inducted into...

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Dr. Huma Rasheed, MBBS

Expert Medical Writer

Dr. Huma Rasheed is a physician and experienced medical writer with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). She is a member of the...

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Dr. Lora Shahine

Infertility and Miscarriage Specialist

Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist currently practicing at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists in Seattle...

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Facts on Weight and Fertility
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Dr. Deborah Simmons

Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Therapist

Dr. Deborah Simmons has provided counseling for infertility-related trauma and pregnancy loss for more than 20 years. She received her Ph.D. in...

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Dealing With the Pain of Infertility as a Stepparent
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Dr. Diane Tober

Author & Assistant Adjunct Professor

Diane Tober, Ph.D. is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging. As a medical...

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Should I Donate Eggs Again?
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Dr. Mark Trolice

Infertility Specialist & Author

Dr. Mark Trolice is double board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) as well as OB/GYN. He maintains annual...

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Ashley Wong, MS, Clinical Embryologist

IVF Laboratory Supervisor & Lead Embryologist

Ashley Haine Wong works as a clinical embryologist and lab supervisor for Midwest Center for Reproductive Health and has an extensive working history...

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Understanding IVF Extras: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
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Dr. Temeka Zore OB/GYN, REI

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Temeka Zore is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist...

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Secondary Infertility: What You Need to Know

Voices Contributors

Just knowing that you’re not alone can make a huge difference, but hearing from others who’ve been through it all can also be a great comfort, raise important questions to consider—or even just help pass the time.

We’re talking about the power of community and we believe in it’s purpose. That’s why we feature those who inspire us, and they’re known as our FertilitySmarts Voices contributors. Our Voices gladly share their personal experiences and their takes on the fertility journey.

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Elyse Ash

CEO and founder of Fruitful Fertility

Elyse is the CEO and founder of Fruitful. Before Fruitful, Elyse spent 10 years working as a copywriter and digital marketing strategist in...

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Your Best Fertility Ally: Fellow Fertility Warriors
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Rebecca Atkinson

 

Rebecca founded Fertility Fact Checker during her fertility treatment journey that led to two perfect girls. Being frustrated at the lack of reliable...

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30 Ways You Know You've Been A Fertility Patient For Too Long
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Erin Bulcao

Blogger & Advocate

Erin Bulcao is a 36-year-old mom of twin girls from San Diego CA who has been dealing with infertility since she started trying to conceive. Staying...

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Pregnancy After Infertility: I Didn't Know I Would Still Feel This Way
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Arden Cartrette

Infertility & Miscarriage Advocate, Blogger

Arden Cartrette writes about her personal journey navigating infertility and pregnancy loss through her blog, Hello Warrior. Along with talking about...

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5 Things I Learned From Experiencing Pregnancy Loss
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Frugal Crib

 

We are Mr. and Mrs. Frugalcrib, coming to you live from sunny Florida. We’re two scientists in our early 30’s who are passionate about...

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5 Things to Know About Our IVF Treatment Abroad
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Maya Grobel Moskin, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Documentary Producer

Maya Grobel Moskin is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and psychotherapist in Los Angeles who specializes in supporting those struggling to...

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Where Babies Come From When the Old-Fashioned Way Doesn’t Work
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Joanna Hackman

Blogger & Infertility Support Group Leader

Storyteller and Infertility Support Group Leader, Joanna lives for loving on her community. She has found strength in sharing her story and...

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I'm Not Going To Have A Baby Next Year
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Katy Huie Harrison, PhD

Founder

Katy Huie Harrison, Ph.D. (English Literature) is an author, mom, and advocate for women’s reproductive, physical, and mental health. She&rsquo...

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7 Ways to Help Overcome Grief after Pregnancy Loss
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Kristen Jones

Accredited Embryologist

Kristen is an accredited embryologist with a master's degree in reproductive medicine and is certified by the Australian Professional...

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From Eggs to Blastocysts: Understanding IVF Attrition
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Jessica Jones

 

Jessica Jones is an infertility and life blogger. Her aim is to help raise awareness of the issue of infertility, including the effect on physical...

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Why Self-Care Isn't What I Thought It Was
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Gina MacCarthy

Blogger

Gina MacCarthy is a 45-year old Londoner and is relatively new to the blogging scene. A self-confessed 'late bloomer', Gina has been...

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Our Journey to Pregnancy With Donor Eggs
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Jen Mclellan

Founder, Plus Size Birth

Jen McLellan is a published author and certified childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower...

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5 Myths About Plus Size Fertility
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Taylor Ortiz-Hershman

Blogger

Taylor lives in Chicago with her husband and three dogs (Vern, Norma, and Millie). She and her husband and started trying for a baby in 2018, and...

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Sometimes Getting Pregnant is Not the Issue
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Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo

Award-Winning Blogger & Infertility Advocate

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo is a freelance writer, infertility and women’s rights advocate, former stand-up comic, author of the blog...

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6 Simple Ways to be an Infertility Advocate
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Kelly Park

Contributor

Kelly Park is the founder and editor-in-chief of FertilitySmarts. She is passionate about fertility education and shining light on the many ways...

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14 Onesies that Celebrate IVF Babies
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Amy Sedgwick

Co-Founder, Red Tent Sisters

Amy Sedgwick is a certified Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) and a member of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals....

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Identifying Stages of Cervical Mucus
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Alex Smith

 

Alex is a Mom, freelance writer, and lover of decaf espresso.

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Why I Don't Talk About My Miscarriage
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Brent Stoller

Writer

Brent Stoller is a Houston-based writer who has been featured on Pregnantish, Bumps to Baby, Our Misconception, the Huffington Post and other...

Latest Article

How It Feels To Support My Wife Through Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
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Kristy Taxson

Blogger

Kristy and her husband and have been on this crazy infertility roller coaster for over a decade. She started writing a blog as a way of "coming...

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Caro Townsend

Writer & Award-Winning Blogger

Caro Townsend is a writer, survivor, and advocate of all things infertility. She is a contributor for the Huff Post UK and writes for The Baby Spot...

Latest Article

Redefining Strength After Infertility
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Living Child Free with Erik and Melissa

Podcasters

Do you ever have those life moments when you stop and think, “How did I get here? This isn’t the life I expected.” Well, Erik and...

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8 Things to Know About Our Family of Two
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Candace Wohl

Award-Winning Blogger & Infertility Advocate

Candace Wohl is a writer, infertility advocate, speaker and mother through surrogacy. She is a co-author of the award-winning blog, Our Misconception...

Latest Article

Fertility Stories: When Building a Family Takes a Whole Family
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Chris Wohl

Award-Winning Blogger & Infertility Advocate

Rocket scientist by day, family building advocate by night, Chris and his wife Candace co-author the award-winning blog, Our Misconception that has...

Latest Article

How Men Can Show Support During Infertility
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Amber Woodward

Founder

Amber Woodward is the founder of The Preggers Kitchen, a humorous and light-hearted website on battling infertility that is full of positivity,...

Latest Article

A 12 Step Guide on What to (Really) Expect with IVF
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Amy Wruble

 

Amy Wruble is a regular contributor to mom.me and Momtastic. Her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Parenting, iVillage and Scary Mommy...

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The Surprising Fertility Advice I got from my IVF Doctor
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