Meet The WFI Team
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
Leslie Menendez, MA | Senior Egg Donor Program Coodinator
Tiffany Tran, MA | Medical Assistant
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. As a new member of the team she is excited to be a part of helping people come together and bring new life into the world.
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 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 | Senior Donor Program Coordinator
She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She is a new member of the WFI family. Caitlin coordinates our egg donor program and assists the IVF lab. She welcomes every patient with good hospitality.