Meet The WFI Team

Why We Are the Best Fertility Specialists in Los Angeles

Infertility can be a frustrating and draining diagnosis. Are you seeking treatment in the LA area? Check out Western Fertility Institute. Our caring and dedicated staff has a wealth of experience. Led by Dr. Kumar, we remain by your side every step of the way to becoming a parent. We understand the emotions that accompany infertility, and we offer encouragement throughout the treatment process as you move closer to fulfilling your dreams.

We’ve worked with many people in similar situations over the years, but we recognize the individuality of each person or couple we assist. We believe our seasoned, sensitive staff makes the difference in your experience as you try to conceive. We want to help you any way we can.

Western Fertility Institute cares just as much about our surrogates and donors as the people we help to conceive. We appreciate the vital role these men and women play in assisting our patients. You, too, will receive our support as we walk through the process of egg or sperm donation or surrogacy. As fertility specialists, we can explain each step of your journey, too, and discuss your unique role in assisting our patients.

Meet your team of family building experts

At Western Fertility Institute we are here for you. We understand that this journey may not be easy and can sometimes feel like you’re facing it all alone. That’s why we are all about being there for our patients, in as many ways that we can. We are here for you – to inform you, consult you, care for you, support you and encourage you.

Dr. Ashim Kumar | Board Certified Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist

Dr. Kumar is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology and practices near Los Angeles, California. In recent years Dr. Kumar has focused his efforts for those that have had difficulty conceiving and require third party reproduction (egg donor and/or gestational surrogacy). Over half of his current patients are from overseas which include Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, The United Kingdom, etc. Combining meticulous attention to detail, 7-day a week work ethic, the best support staff (nursing & embryology) and the latest in technology, he is able to obtain the highest pregnancy rates achievable today. He has been asked to present his work across the world including Australia, India, China, and Italy and has contacts in numerous clinics that collaborate closely to provide seamless care.
He completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility through a combined program that allowed him to work with world-renowned leaders in the field at both University of California Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kumar completed his medical education and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kumar has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on endocrine and surgical aspects of infertility and has presented his work at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Fertility and Sterility. Dr. Kumar has written several textbook chapters on management of tubal factor infertility and ovarian function including premature ovarian failure, and has a special interest in hormonal and functional causes of infertility such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), tubal disorders, male factor infertility, and third party (donor/surrogate) reproduction. He is also a member of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Registered Nurse Team

Emma Clink, RN | Clinical Cycle Coordinator

Emma has a degree in nursing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She enjoys being a part of the patients’ journeys and helping to fulfill their dreams.

Medical Assistant Team

The Medical Assistant team at Western Fertility Institute is here to make sure your experience is a positive one. Our team is dedicated to providing advanced patient care and patient satisfaction in a safe, nurturing environment.

The MA team assists the physicians in the rooms during exams and procedures. They are also responsible for scheduling follow-up appointments, instructing patients on recommended testing and procedures, handing out patient education materials, giving injections, and calling patients with medication orders.

Quiana Bradley, MA | Clinical Cycle Coordinator

Quiana is a Certified Level 2 Medical Assistant and Clinical Cycle Coordinator. With over 13 years experience in women’s health, she is dedicated to helping families grow one baby at a time; sometimes two!!

Leslie Menendez, MA | Medical Assistant

Leslie joined the WFI team in April 2016. She is a certified Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist. Leslie works along side Dr. Kumar and the IVF staff. Leslie supports patients when they come in for scans and procedures, caring for their needs and listening to any concerns they may have. She enjoys being at the heart of patient daily visits and care. Leslie also is a Senior Egg Donor Program Coordinator, where she is part of the Egg Donor’s Journey from their very first consultation to their egg retrieval. Leslie really enjoys working in the specialty of fertility, where she can make a difference in helping the patient to complete their families.

Tiffany Tran, MA | Medical Assistant

Tiffany Tran is a certified Medical Assistant with over 6 years experience working in the medical field. Tiffany works both in our surgery center and is a certified phlebotomist. Tran’s favorite part of working with Dr. Kumar and our team is how rewarding the work can be. She says, “I love being a part of each client’s story and knowing that today I made a difference in their lives. Whether it’s a simple blood draw or their embryo transfer, I was able to be a part of their journey, and see what they have been hoping and trying for, for so long become reality.”

Samantha Hain | Laboratory Specialist

Samantha has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and is currently working on her Masters in Biology from California State University, Northridge. She spends most of her time in the Andrology and Endocrinology parts of our IVF lab, as well as oversees the import and export of reproductive samples to and from the institute. She loves being a part of the WFI team and aiding in the amazing work of helping people expand their families.

Third Party Team

Our 3rd Party Coordinators serve as liaisons between the patient and the clinic.

Trudi Atherton  | Surrogacy Program Director

Trudi has worked in this field for over 10 years. She enjoys helping others and passionate about what she does. She was previously a surrogate herself and as a third party coordinator, she is very familiar with entire process. She puts herself in patients’ shoes and is compassionate and available to patients and surrogates.

Lin Lin  | Patient Liaison /Surrogate Coordinator

Lin has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology. Lin is multilingual and assists patients with coordination and translation. Patients depend highly on her effective communication skills, case management, and accessibility.

Vivi Wang | 3rd Party Representative/Patient Coordinator

Vivi has a Master’s Degree in Business & Logistics Engineering. Multilingual / translator. She enjoys helping families make their dreams come true.

Sonia Anguiano | 3rd Party Representative/Patient Coordinator

Sonia has 20 years of experience in medical administration. She is excited to be a part of helping people come together and bring new life into the world.

Research

Corinna S. Guerzoni | Researcher

Corinna S. Guerzoni has a Ph.D. in Cultural and Social Anthropology. Her doctoral thesis was focused on reproductive technologies, gay parenting and new family configurations. She has been Visiting Researcher at Women’s Studies Department at San Diego State University. |
Corinna is an anthropologist here at Western Fertility Institute conducting her postdoctoral research on surrogacy, thirty parties and parenthood. You can take a look and follow the ongoing of her study at this link.

Administration Team

Faun Johnson | Practice Administrator

Faun has over 22 years’ experience in woman’s health. She takes pride in the successful outcome of each patient’s journey and guides the patients through the often-difficult financial aspects of treatment. Faun believes keeping our clinic running smoothly and effectively is key to a positive patient experience.

Rosie Mendiaz | Patient Financial Coordinator

Rosie has over 11 years of experience in fertility. She goes well beyond the daily functions of office and clinic operations, smoothing the path for patients. Rosie is a highly devoted professional. She helps with appointments scheduling and financial questions. She always greets the patients with a warm and friendly smile.

Caitlin Moran | Third Party Program Coordinator

She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Caitlin coordinates our egg donor program and assists the IVF lab. She welcomes every patient with good hospitality.

Yang Jiao | Third Party Coordinator

Yang started her journey with the WFI team in September 2017 and has been in the United States since 2009. She pursued a Master Degree of Public Health at San Diego State University and graduated in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Clinical Medicine in China, and finished a one-year internship at Peking University. Her medical background strongly supports her in coordinating clients from all over the world and helping them understand their IVF cycle, donor cycle, and the surrogacy process. She is loving, passionate and known for responding rapidly to clients’ needs and targeting problems on point. She is happy where she is now because of the great meaning she feels everyday behind her work with her team to help others complete their family dreams.

Ready to Visit a Fertility Specialist Near You?

As you can see, our staff has the experience and knowledge to assist everyone involved in the fertility solutions we offer, from intended parents to surrogates and donors. We value each person and their role in the conception process. Are you eager to get started? Western Fertility Institute is the right place for you.

Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your history, learn more about your unique circumstances and tell you more about our practice and what we can do for you. Get more information from us now by filling out a contact form.

Have Questions

If you have questions about third-party reproduction, as well as gestational surrogacy in California, contact our center today!