At Shady Grove Fertility, support is all around you. We realize this stuff isn’t easy and it often isn’t quick. It’s also something people should never feel like they’re facing alone. That’s why we are all about being there for our patients, in as many ways that we can.


Dr. Michael Levy is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and co-founder of Shady Grove Fertility. In 1993, Dr. Levy pioneered the revolutionary IVF Shared Risk 100% Refund Programme with the goal of helping more couples afford the treatment they needed by guaranteeing treatment success or their money back. In 2006, he tackled the challenge of making donor egg treatment more affordable to more people by creating the unique Shared Donor Programme reducing the cost treatment by 50% without compromising success rates and providing immediate access to donor eggs. In 2007, Dr. Levy started the International Donor Egg Programme at Shady Grove Fertility to provide a simple, streamlined and affordable option to patients outside the U.S. who required donor egg treatment. Since the programme began, over 150 patients have traveled from the UK to Shady Grove Fertility to help build their families.


Dr. Gilbert Mottla is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist who has a special interest in the evaluation and care of couples utilising gestational surrogacy for medical reasons. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Dr. David Rothbaum distinction for superior academic achievement, along with compassion and understanding toward patients, in Obstretics and Gynecology. He completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mottla completed a 2 year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility at George Washington School of Medicine. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Mottla is presently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Georgetown University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Joseph Doyle, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Dr. Doyle then completed a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Massachusetts General Hospital. During his training, Dr. Doyle received several teaching and clinical excellence awards. His research efforts focused on oocyte cryopreservation; he presented numerous times at national and international meetings and has multiple publications. He also has a specific interest in healthcare delivery, which he developed through seminars in conjunction with Harvard Business School. Dr. Doyle is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, for which he has developed education modules and served as an ad hoc reviewer, and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.


Michele Purcell is the director of the donor egg and gestational carrier programme at Shady Grove Fertility. As the director of the largest and most experienced donor egg and gestational carrier programme in the U.S., Michele is responsible for overseeing the many aspects of a programme that does over 1,000 donor egg and gestational carrier cycles per year. In addition to the very successful U.S. programme, Michele has played a pivotal role in the development of the international programme and co-management arrangement with international fertility programmes. She received her nursing degree from The Catholic University of America, and has worked with Shady Grove Fertility Center’s Donor Egg Team for 15 years.


Amanda Segal has been with Shady Grove Fertility since its inception in 1991, and as an International Patient Liaison, Amanda assists prospective patients by answering detailed questions about the treatment process, success rates, and costs. Amanda is there every step of the way, from the initial phone inquiry and scheduling of your first visit to providing recommendations for travel and accommodations, and chaperoning you through your day at our Centre. A former fertility patient herself, Amanda also provides first-hand insight and support to each patient she assists in the programme. Amanda has worked with hundreds of patients from several different countries and has been instrumental in the growth and success of our international programme.


Former Shady Grove Fertility patient, Sarah, was told at age forty to “forget it, adopt, or use donor eggs.” Terrified and clueless, Sarah stepped into the world of egg donation, and everything that included. “From the initial consult to the point where my care was handed over to an obstetrician in the UK, my experience at Shady Grove was an entirely positive one,” Sarah says. “I had a small team of people with whom I dealt at all times. I found everyone to be courteous, compassionate, and—above all—extremely efficient. Communication was always speedy and any worries about the sheer physical distance between the UK and the U.S. were quickly alleviated.”

Sarah sat down and shared candidly with the host of The Fertility Podcast, Natalie Silverman, to talk about her story and why she chose to seek donor egg treatment at Shady Grove Fertility in America.

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Sarah says, “becoming a mother was worth every single step.” Now, she is wanting to provide support for other women who are considering travelling to Shady Grove Fertility for overseas donor egg treatment. Going through the process herself, she admits she would have found it useful to have spoken to someone who has been through the experience, so she chose to devote her time to now act as a UK Patient liaison.


At the age of 36, Niamh Mulhall started trying for her first child. After failed rounds of IVF, she was told to move onto donor egg treatment. “For me it was a time of loss and grief. I knew no one in a similar situation and felt alone.” Niamh became the Irish Patient Liaison to offer hope to people on their infertility road, as she knows how tough the journey can be.

She tried two cycles of donor egg in Spain and two rounds in Greece, transferring a total of 18 embryos and was still childless. Five years had passed in a haze of disappointments.  

Niamh then learned of the collaboration between Shady Grove Fertility and Cork Fertility Centre and decided to travel to America for donor egg treatment, especially for the Shared Risk 100% Refund Programme and locally recruited, pre-screened donor database. 

 “On our first visit to Shady Grove Fertility in Washington D.C., we were struck by their “can do” positive attitude. In October 2012, our lives became complete with the birth of our darling Cillian who I am proud to call my son and to hear him call me mom.  Shady Grove Fertility gave him and our family life. The bond, the love, and the connection couldn’t be any stronger.”


Gail Felperin has been with Shady Grove Fertility since 1997. Working as an IVF nurse for Dr. Michael Levy’s autologous patients for several years then transitioning to the donor team in 2001. When Dr. Levy launched the International Donor Egg Program in 2007, Gail was the first nurse helping to provide support and development to the International program. Working together with the nursing teams of our co-management centers, Gail created a streamlined program to help facilitate the patient’s journey.  For her, the unique and often best part of working with the international patients is the 1:1 nursing that Shady Grove Fertility provides. Patients are assigned one nurse from the start of their journey, her nurse guides and works solely with them the entire way until they reach their goal.


Vivian Oseni has been a registered nurse since 1999. Her career started in a teaching hospital working as a staff nurse in a women’s health medical surgical unit at Spectrum Health in the state of Michigan for 10 years. She had different roles including preceptor for students and new staff, as well as preoperative teaching for gynecology patients, and shift charge nurse to assist the management team in day to day administrative tasks. The hospital network grew and specialty services were expanded with a merger. Vivian then cross trained to antepartum and mother/baby postpartum care as well. In 2009, she was married and then moved to the state of Maryland. She joined Shady Grove Fertility in 2009 and initially worked with Shady Grove Physicians Frank E. Chang, M.D. and Michael J. Levy, M.D. as a primary IVF nurse, before transitioning to the Donor Egg International Programmme in 2010.


Doris Thomas was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is married with two adult children and a grandchild. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Barnard College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is also a certified Faith Community Nurse. She began her career at Shady Grove Fertility Center in the Fall on 2002. During her tenure at Shady Grove she has taken course work through the American Society of Reproductive Medicine to document her knowledge of her nursing specialty. Her talent lies in her ability to both educate and reassure her patients as they cycle. She understands that a fertility nurse is the bond between the science and the patient.


Karen Woehrle is a Fertility Nurse Coordinator for the Donor Egg and Gestational Carrier Program. She has been a Fertility Nurse Coordinator with Shady Grove Fertility Center since 2004 and an International Donor Nurse Coordinator on the Donor Egg and Gestational Carrier Team since 2012. Prior to joining the Shady Grove team she worked as a delivery nurse in a High Paced Labor and delivery unit in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her family consists of four daughters, one son, one granddaughter and a husband of 30 years. She takes great pleasure in being a part of an important time in our patients’ lives and looks forward to helping the UK community have the family  they desire. When she is  not at Shady Grove Fertility giving her all to her patients, she enjoys rock climbing, meditation, Wheel Throwing Pottery, and acting in a local community theater.



Lesly Polanco is a clinical coordinator with the donor team at Shady Grove Fertility with five years of experience guiding families through the donor egg process and ten years with Shady Grove Fertility, initially working in our Ambulatory Care Center. She has been able to see the growth of the practice throughout the years and its many changes. Lesly is extremely proud of our UK programme and what we are able to offer to patients abroad. She says that some patients are not just her patients but have become part of her family.


Eve Stanton is a clinical coordinator with the donor team at Shady Grove Fertility with three years of experience guiding families through the donor egg process. Prior to Shady Grove Fertility, Eve worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Oncology Group, and for the University of Pittsburgh Psychology Department on participant-based research.

Over the past few years she has seen the commitment to excellence Shady Grove Fertility’s UK Donor Egg Programme strives to bring to each patient.  Everyone from the doctors and nurses, to sonographers and financial team are focused on making each patient’s visit to our clinic an educational and goal fulfilling experience. Eve is very proud to be a small part of making family dreams come true. Eve is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband.


Amy Aldrich is a financial team leader with the donor team at Shady Grove Fertility with 11 years of experience guiding families through the financial process of their donor egg treatment. Over the past few years she has seen the commitment to excellence Shady Grove Fertility’s UK Donor Egg Programme strives to bring to each patient.  Everyone from the doctors and nurses, to sonographers, and financial team are focused on making each patient’s visit to our clinic an educational and goal fulfilling experience. She is very proud to be a small part of making family dreams come true.



Darlene Sine has been with Shady Grove Fertility since June 1997. She begin as a Financial Services Coordinator helping autologous patients with understanding Insurance coverage and the Shady Grove Fertility Programmes. In October 2013 she transitioned to the Donor Egg and Gestational Carrier Financial Team. In this position, she has been able to use her previous knowledge to assist new and transitioning patients to the Donor Egg and/ or Gestational Carrier Programmes.   


Jazmin Laracuente has been with Shady Grove since October 2015, and is one of our Donor Egg/GC financial counselors. She assists patients with understanding what financial options are available to them. During a patient’s visit she is able to give them face to face time and discuss how the programs work in detail. She is also able to answer any questions or concerns patients may have regarding the financials at that time. This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with patients as their financial counselor, and follow them through their journey.


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