Advice & Support: Professional Finder

This resource includes information about physicians, complementary care providers, surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation agencies, adoption agencies, lawyers, pharmacists and other professionals committed to assisting you.


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Cynthia E. Fruchtman J.D.

Cynthia E. Fruchtman J.D.

Law Offices Of Cynthia E. Fruchtman
2530 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310
Santa Monica, California 90403
(310) 387-8791

Biography

Cynthia E. Fruchtman has practiced as an attorney in California since 1986.  Ms. Fruchtman is rated A-V by Martindale Hubbell, a testament to the fact that other lawyers and judges rank Ms. Fruchtman at the highest possible level of professional excellence, ability and ethics.

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One of Ms. Fruchtman's key practice areas is Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) law, representing gamete (sperm or egg) and embryo donors, surrogates, recipients, intended parents, agencies and medical practices in all aspects of ART, including donation and surrogacy agreements, pre-birth judgments and posthumous reproduction contracts.  Ms. Fruchtman's law practice also includes civil litigation and employment law, which has been useful to donors and recipients who require assistance with issues such as leaves of absence, job retention, and benefits.

A former cytogeneticist, Ms. Fruchtman has a firm grounding in the need for clear and explicit agreements and for maintaining active communication and building trust and rapport in the relationships between and among the parties.  She works collaboratively with the other professionals to ensure the safe, orderly and timely transitions required for creating families using ART.

Ms. Fruchtman has written and spoken extensively at many legal and medical conferences on ART-related issues.  Ms. Fruchtman is the reviewer of the 2009 parentage chapter of Practice Under the California Family Code and the author of many ART related articles, including “Coping With Leave Laws”, "The Facts of Life: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Child Care Leave Laws for Litigators", “Genetic Testing in Assisted Reproduction", “Considerations in Surrogacy Contracts”, and “Ethical Aspects of Genetic Testing".

Ms. Fruchtman has also worked with the California legislature regarding pending regulation in this area, both individually and as a member of the Academy of California Adoption Attorneys/Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers (ACAL/ACFFL) and of various bioethics committees on which she serves, including the Joint Bioethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association/Los Angeles County Medical Association as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s bioethics committee, which she co-chaired. 

Ms. Fruchtman is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), particularly the ABA’s Family Law Section's Committee on Reproductive & Genetic Technology, and is a frequent speaker at various ABA functions.  She is also a member of the California Bar Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and its Legal Professionals Group. 

Ms. Fruchtman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court Bar, all courts in the State of California, and the Federal District Court of Arizona.  Ms. Fruchtman has also been admitted to practice before the courts of many other states on a case-by-case basis.

Daniel B. Whitesides, M.D.

Daniel B. Whitesides, M.D.

Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte/REACH
1524 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28207
(704) 343-3400

Biography

Dr. Whitesides completed his medical degree, residency and fellowship at Duke University. He specializes in pre-pregnancy planning, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, pelvic pain, advanced operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.

Daniel Potter, M.D. - Newport Beach

Daniel Potter, M.D. - Newport Beach

HRC Fertility (formerly Huntington Reproductive Center)
Hoag Health Center, 500 Superior Ave., Suite 210
Newport Beach, California 92663
(949) 287-5600

Biography

Dr. Daniel A. Potter graduated from the University of Southern California with both a B.S. in 1987 and M.D. in 1991. He completed his residency at LAC/USC Women’s Hospital in 1995 and fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in 1997. Dr. Potter is Board Certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Obstetrics/Gynecology.

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 In 1997 Dr. Potter began practicing in Orange County, California. His practice is devoted solely to helping couples conquer infertility and other reproductive problems. In addition to serving as Partner and Medical Director of HRC Fertility, Dr. Potter is also Medical Director of MicroSort West, the world’s second preconception gender determination laboratory, laboratory Director for Gene Security Network and Medical Director at California Stem Cell.

Dr. Potter actively conducts research and publishes scientific articles on various aspects of reproductive medicine and has presented his research throughout the United States and Europe.  His current research involves the development of microarray-based pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to improve IVF outcomes.  He has recently been sought out as an expert by several media outlets including the CBS Evening News and 48 Hours.  Dr. potter is also co-author of the popular book What To Do When You Can't Get Pregnant.

Distinguished professional organizations have also recognized Dr. Potter for his talent as a fertility specialist. Since 2005, he has been included in the Consumer Research Council of America’s list of Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists in America. Dr. Potter’s honors also include the American Fertility Association Family Builder Award 2006; the Orange County Medical Association’s Physician of Excellence Award 2009; Top Doctor, Orange Coast Magazine 2010; Top Doctor, Los Angeles Magazine 2011 and Superdoctors.com 2011 Superdoctor Award.

Dara Godfrey, M.S., R.D.

Dara Godfrey, M.S., R.D.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
635 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10022
(212) 756-5777

Biography

Dara Godfrey is a Registered Dietitian whose strong clinical experience has allowed her to guide a spectrum of individuals from variant backgrounds. Dara's lifestyle-driven approach has encouraged individuals to understand what is realistic and has provided them with a flexible set of tools to achieve sustainable goals of health and happiness.

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Dara supports patients' nutritional goals at every stage of infertility treatment and pregnancy, including pre-treatment health and weight loss, prenatal nutrition and pregnancy nutrition during each trimester.

Dara, a Toronto, Canada native, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutrition at The University of Western Ontario and obtained her RD and Masters in Nutrition at New York University. Dara spent several years at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where she led a Weight Management Support Group and was involved in counseling patients in such specialties as prenatal, bariatric and gastrointestinal nutrition. Dara has recently been featured in the Daily News as well the blog, Fitness NYC.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
716 Mt. Airyshire Blvd., Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 275-3832

Biography

At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we believe that we have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. We exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America. In the process, we work to inform adults who may have misperceptions about foster care adoption that keep them from getting involved. Through the money we raise, we are able to provide free educational resources, promote awareness, assist policymakers and employers, and support adoption professionals and agencies throughout the United States and Canada to ensure that every child finds a forever home.

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