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
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 egg or sperm donation or the steps of 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, BSN, RN | Clinical Cycle Coordinator
Emma graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been with the Western Fertility team for 2 years. She works closely on coordinating cycles between intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors. Emma strongly believes that everyone is deserving of a family and Western Fertility can make that dream a reality.
Karla Lemus | RN
Karla is a graduate of West Coast University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing.
Karla says she is thrilled to be a part of the Western Fertility Institute team and has always enjoyed her work in Obstetrics. She has also worked previously in both operating and emergency rooms. Karla says working in Fertility is a fantastic marriage of all of her favorite disciplines. Her favorite part is being able to go beyond traditional patient/nurse relationships and be a part of something bigger, growing families. Helping patients become parents has become some of Karla’s most remarkable and rewarding work.
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.
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.
Kathryn Anderson | Laboratory Assistant
Kathryn has Bachelor’s degrees in Integrative Biology and Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. She is also a certified phlebotomist with 2 years of hospital laboratory experience. Kathryn joined our laboratory team in July 2018, working with our nurses and third party coordinators to ensure patients and donors have met the proper requirements each cycle. An IVF baby herself, Kathryn has always been interested in the field of reproductive health and medicine and is excited to be a part of creating families.
Makayla McGraw | Safety Committee/Notary Public/Laboratory Assistant
Makayla is a part of the IVF Laboratory team, assisting with data entry and inventory control. She is our resident Notary Public and the head of our Safety Committee. She also has her phlebotomy license and often assists with the routine blood draws. She truly is a “Jack of all trades”! Makayla enjoys working with such supportive Laboratory and Office Associates. She loves being on clinical side of the IVF experience and helping to create families as she is a retired egg donor.
Loida Raymundo | Laboratory Tech./Compliance Officer/Safety Committee
Loida Raymundo manages both our Endocrine and Andrology (blood and semen analysis) labs at Western Fertility. Prior to joining our team she managed a Cardiology Group Lab for 24 years. Loida also oversees our Regulatory Compliance and serves on our Safety Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Loida was born in the Philippines and is fluent in Tagalog. She says her favorite part of work is reading and sharing pregnancy results(she is the first to see them). Loida also loves to see our pregnant patients when they come in.
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.
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
Kristina Leeds | Third Party Coordinator
Kristina attended Colorado Mesa University and has worked in the medical field for over 7 years. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge of health, nutrition, and fertility. She says she finds helping our patients highly rewarding. Krisitina truly appreciates having the honor of assisting those pursuing their dreams of parenthood.
Rachel Lee | Third Party Reproductive Bilingual Coordinator
Rachel was born in China and came to the United States for College. She is a tremendous asset in our clinic, and frequently assists us with translation for our Chinese patients because she is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. Rachel graduated from a program at UCLA where she studied International Business. After working in the fertility industry for nearly 2 years, she says she is fascinated by the miracles she sees every day. She also says she has a huge passion for helping to create new families.
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.
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
Bela Segura | Front Office Coordinator
Bela joined the WFI family in 2018, with 6 years of customer service experience. She strives to ensure compassion and understanding through each individual’s journey to parenthood. She is devoted to being on the front lines answering phones and greeting patients as well as providing efficient translation between a patient’s need and their point of contact. Bela truly prides herself in being dedicated to exceed your overall expectations of your experience at Western Fertility Institute.
Meredith Allan | Marketing Manager
Meredith is a graduate of Marist College in New York where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Meredith leads our marketing department. Her team creates digital assets, website, branding, print, and social media content. She is also highly sought after Public Speaker, Media, and Marketing Expert who has worked for more than a decade as a TV anchor and executive on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CNN Headline News affiliates across the country. It is Meredith’s passion for telling good stories and specialty for marketing, leadership, and team development that have awarded her invitations to speak all over the world. Meredith lives for the experience where a leader, a team, or an organization breaks through to the next level of performance, and the fulfillment and positive impact that it makes. She says helping share stories about families and their journeys to parenthood has been the most rewarding work of her career.
Sara Hernandez | Surrogate and Egg Donor Liaison/Marketing Assistant
Sara currently works with surrogates, egg donors and intended parents. She has 10 years of previous experience as an egg donor and surrogate herself. She is zealous about helping other surrogates and intended parents have the best experience possible since her own experiences have been highly rewarding.
Ian Hilton | Designer & Web Developer
Ian is a seasoned web developer and classically-trained designer who understands the importance of collaboration, iteration, strategic thinking, fundamental design principles, and the user-centered approach to the development process. He is proficient in both digital and print mediums and a solution-oriented over-achiever who enjoys creating, learning, and exceeding expectation.
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.
What is Sex Selection?
It is common for many patients to be curious about the ability to choose the sex of their baby. This is known as Sex Selection (also commonly referred to as Gender Selection). Through genetic testing, this is possible for our patients undergoing IVF at Western Fertility Institute. A By-product of the genetic testing performed on the embryos called PGT-A allows for differentiation between male and female embryos since the sex of each embryo is identifiable by their chromosomes.
How does Sex Selection Work?
Sex selection through Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT_A) testing allows patients to select the sex of their embryos with almost 100% accuracy. Our highly skilled embryologists will biopsy a single cell from the embryo and send it to a third-party laboratory for PGT-A testing. The PGT-A results will show if each embryo has the proper number of chromosomes as well as the prospective of sex. Embryos containing two X chromosomes are female, while male embryos will contain one X and one Y chromosome. This allows the patient to choose a PGT-A embryo of a desired sex for transfer.
Why Do People Use Sex Selection?
Patients choose to use sex selection as an option for multiple reasons. In some cases, it can be used for medical reasons. Sex selection allows for the prevention of sex-linked genetic diseases and chromosomal disorders. For instance, there are certain disorders, linked to the X or Y chromosomes, that have the potential to be passed on to only a son or only a daughter. In other cases, sex selection can be used for what is known as "family balancing". Family balancing is when the patient chooses a specific sex in order to fulfill their desire of a balanced family. This can include choosing a sex based on a previously lost child, because they feel better equipped to raise a specific sex, or they want representation of both sexes in their family.