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Lauryn was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University. She then went on to achieve a successful career in sales and marketing until she was diagnosed with primary infertility at the age of 35. With mid life worries, career burnout and the 3 year struggle to achieve a successful pregnancy she began searching for an alternate purpose for her life.
After much soul searching, she quit her job, started infertility treatments and enrolled in Nova Southeastern University in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program and the Medical Family Therapy Certificate Program respectively. She graduated with her Master's in the summer of 2006 but during her stint in the program she took on a real passion for helping other women and couples who have or are struggling with infertility. This includes struggles for conception, miscarriage, donor egg and donor egg recipient patients, as well as donor sperm and donor sperm recipient patients. She works with relationships, communication and sexual issues surrounding infertility as well as the stress related to infertility medical protocol. She also works with transition to motherhood through live birth, adoption and high risk pregnancies as well as premature births and grief.
She is currently obtaining her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University and expanding her business where she strives to bridge the gap between therapeutic and medical worlds through education of patients, staff and doctors about the benefits of stress reduction around medical treatments to promote the best possible outcome.
Lawrence Grunfeld, M.D.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
635 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor New York, New York 10022
Dr. Grunfeld received his medical degree at Mount Sinai and his OB/GYN training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also completed fellowships in reproductive medicine at both the Albert Einstein Medical College and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Grunfeld served as Director of Fellowship Training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Grunfeld is well known in the field of infertility for his expertise in sonography, reproductive surgery, and in vitro fertilization. He has authored dozens of significant articles in these fields and lectures extensively on infertility.
Leia Ogburn, L.C.S.W., C.A.D.C.
Ogburn Counseling Services
5113 N Executive Dr, Suite 101 Peoria, Illinois 61614
In my 20+ years as a psychotherapist I have been fortunate to have experienced working in a variety of agencies and settings that provided opportunities to learn from the clients whose lives have intersected with mine and from the professionals who have guided me along the way. I received my BS in psychology and sociology from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, in 1994. I earned my Masters in Social Work from the University of IL Urbana-Champaign in 1997. I am licensed in the State of IL as a Clinical Social Worker, and I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor via IAODAPCA in Illinois.
I opened my private practice in September, 2006, and have developed a specialty working with those who are experiencing issues with fertility. I facilitate a free, open to the public, monthly support group for couples called the Reproductive Challenges Networking Group which meets the second Thursday of each month. Those attending receive education about various aspects relating to infertility, assisted reproductive technology procedures such as IVF, third party reproduction such as donor eggs/embryos and gestational carriers, etc. The couples also have the opportunity to network and receive emotional support from others who understand what it’s like to struggle in the fertile world.
Dr. Doherty received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. He was awarded a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Yale Fertility Center, home to the Northeast's first IVF program, at the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Leo Doherty is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is also an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Swiersz received her M.D. degree from the Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and her reproductive endocrinology fellowship training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Swiersz is a Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Swierz is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society.