The WFI Laboratory
Find Cutting-Edge Technology at Our Fertility Center in Los Angeles
Science holds the key to addressing cases of infertility. Technology helped pioneer treatments such as in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination, and a state-of-the-art laboratory can be the difference between success and failure in your journey to conception. You want to choose the California fertility clinic with the most up-to-date tools to maximize your chances of getting pregnant or getting a surrogate pregnant.
The better the technology your clinic uses, the better your shot at achieving your dream. Western Fertility Institute knows this, and that’s why we employ the most advanced techniques with our patients based on the most current research and theories. Does this approach work? Yes, it does — the proof is in our outstanding, higher-than-industry-standard success rates.
What Treatment Options Does Your Encino Fertility Clinic Handle?
We provide a range of third-party reproductive treatment options for couples and individuals trying to conceive, including:
- Artificial insemination: Donor sperm is used to fertilize an egg.
- In vitro fertilization and frozen egg transfer: We can fertilize an egg or donor egg with sperm or donor sperm outside of the uterus, then implant the fertilized egg in the uterus of the intended mother or surrogate. We can also freeze embryos for future use. We have a FET Cycle success rate of over 80 percent.
- Surrogacy: A surrogate carries a fertilized egg to term for a couple. It may be the product of their own egg and sperm or some combination of donor eggs and sperm. We have a surrogacy success rate of above 80 percent.
Why Are We the Best California Fertility Clinic?
We are the best because we get the best results, and we hold your hand while we do it. Our lab is not cold or impersonal. We get to know our patients, donors and surrogates, and we treat them as real people. This is the difference between our clinic and many others you may find around the state.
While we rely on technology, and it’s a huge part of our success, we also recognize that ultimately, fertility treatment is about human connection and the desire to have a child. You cannot measure these emotional aspects in the lab, and we put the highest priority on them throughout the process.
State-of-the-art IVF Laboratory
Our team of experts maintain the highest standards while employing the latest and most sophisticated technology to ensure optimal results, giving your eggs the best chance of growing into healthy embryos.
The Western Fertility IVF Laboratory includes andrology, endocrinology and embryology services. The combined effort of these laboratories contributes greatly to our continuing success. For more information please visit the Success Rates section of our website.
Meet your IVF Lab team
Yufen Xie, M.D., PhD, ELD (ABB), HCLD (ABB) | IVF Lab Director
Dr. Yufen Xie is a Certified Embryology Lab Director at Western Fertility Institute. She is responsible for the daily operations of the embryology lab, including blastocyst vitrification, ICSI and embryo biopsy. Her greatest desire is to help people achieve their dream of having children. She received her medical degree (M.D) and OB/GYN residency at the Zhong Shan University, School of Medicine in China, followed by her PhD degree in Medical Genetics at Essen University, School of Medicine in Germany. Dr. Yufen Xie completed her postdoctoral Fellowship in the Embryo and Stem Cell Research Laboratory at the Wayne State University in Michigan. She has presented her researches in embryo and stem cell at meetings around the world and has published over 30 papers in the field of reproductive medicine. She is a member of American Association of Bioanalysis.
Hyang (Hailey) Park, M.S. | Embryology Technical Supervisor
Hyang (Hailey) Park, MS is a senior embryologist at Western Fertility Institute. She received her MS degree in biotechnology from the university of Daegu in Korea. She has been involved in human assisted reproductive technologies since 2000. She was trained and served as an embryologist at CHA global organization until 2012. She brings experience, quality and knowledge to the Western Fertility Institute embryology laboratory. She is a member of American Association of Bioanalysts and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She recognizes that she is blessed to have such a wonderful specialty to help people realize their dream of having a beautiful family.
Samantha Hain, M.S. | Junior Embryologist
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.
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.
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.