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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Michele Zavos, Esq.

Michele Zavos, Esq.

Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC
1400 Spring Street, Suite 460
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 562-8220

Biography

Michele works primarily in the areas of adoption, assisted reproductive technology (ART), and parenting. Her practice is particularly focused on developing legal protections for families, including families headed by same-sex couples.

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Michele has successfully represented over 600 clients, hundreds of them same-sex couples, in transactions including adoptions, international adoptions, surrogacy, and egg and sperm donation. In Washington, DC, and Maryland, Michele is one of the attorneys who first established laws that enable both same-sex partners to be legal parents to their child.  Michele is an expert on state laws governing surrogacy and same-sex parentage. 

Michele is an active member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland.  She received her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1979, and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974.

Michele has been elected to the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and to the American Association of Adoption Attorneys.  She served on the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for more than 8 years by appointment of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.  She also served on the Adoption Rules Committee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and worked with Equality Maryland on a review of the Maryland Constitution and Code for discrimination against same-sex couples.  In addition, Michele was the founder of the first "Maybe Baby" group in Washington DC.  Maybe Baby is an educational program for same-sex couples considering family building options.  Michele also served on the first Board of Directors for the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer.  Currently, she sits on the Board of Rainbow Families D.C. and is on the National Center for Lesbian Rights National Family Law Advisory Council.  She also was appointed to the D.C. Child Support Guidelines Commission by the D.C. City Council, and selected to the Friends of the Superior Court.

Michele has taught courses in Sexual Orientation and the Law, and AIDS and the Law at The George Washington University and The Washington College of Law at American University, where she was named Outstanding Adjunct Professor in 1999.

Michele has been given numerous awards for community service from LGBT organizations in the Washington area, including the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Women in the Life, and the Capitol Pride Director’s Award for Family.

 

Mick Abae, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Mick Abae, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Fertility & Genetics
201 N. Pine Island Road
Plantation, Florida 33324
(954) 584-2273

Biography

Dr. Mick Abaé is a Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist who completed medical school at New York Medical College, followed by residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at St. Vincent’s Hospital, NY, and a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Vermont.

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After spending 2 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, he left in 1993 to create the Center for Advance Reproductive Endocrinology (CARE) in Plantation, and to establish the standard for personalized patient care in the South Florida infertility community. In August 1998, he founded the Laboratory for Implantation, Fertilization, & Embryology (L.I.F.E.) in order to provide the highest quality of Andrology & Embryology services to his patients.

Dr. Abaé is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and the Florida Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists. He has continued to maintain an active research program in areas such as endometriosis, laparoscopic surgery, in vitro fertilization and male factor infertility. On several occasions, he has been selected to present the results of this work at the annual conferences of the ASRM, ESHRE, and the International Endometriosis Society, among others. Dr. Abaé remains committed to providing his patients with the latest developments in clinical and laboratory services in a caring and compassionate environment.

Mickey S. Coffler, M.D. - Oceanside

Mickey S. Coffler, M.D. - Oceanside

HRC Fertility (formerly Huntington Reproductive Center)
3230 Waring Court, Suite D
Oceanside, California 92056
(760) 758-2034

Biography

Dr. Mickey S. Coffler is a Physician at HRC Fertility, specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology.  He graduated Suma Cum Laude with a B.S. and Cum Laude with an M.D. from the Israel Institute of Technology/The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel. He conducted his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel and Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. 

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He went on to complete his Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California San Diego.

As a multi-year recipient of several academic awards, Dr. Coffler was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Medical Studies, Technion Israel Institute of Technology (1985 – 1988); Department of OB/GYN Award for Excellence in Academics, Metrohealth Medical Center (2002 – 2004), and the Mortimer Rosen Award, Cleveland OB/GYN Society (2003 – 2004). 

After completing his fellowship in 2007, Dr. Coffler joined HRC Fertility as a practicing physician.  In addition to his practice, Dr. Coffler has held numerous teaching positions in prestigious academic institutions, including University of California San Diego, Rambam Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center.  He currently holds the position of Clinical Instructor, University of California San Diego.

A highly-trained reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Coffler has published various articles in top medical journals, abstracts and book chapters.  Most recently, he contributed to an article published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr. Coffler is active in well-known professional organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Milena D. O'Hara Esq.

Milena D. O'Hara Esq.

Meyers & O'Hara, LLP
13527 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, California 91423
(818) 783-1111

Biography

Milena D. O’Hara is a California attorney who started working full time on surrogacy and egg donation arrangements in 1997. Milena feels that organized planning and structure is the basis for a stress-free arrangement. Milena has extensive experience working with international clients, and speaks fluent French. Milena feels strongly in securing every legal right for her clients, while respecting the non-adversarial nature of these relationships.

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Lori Meyers and Milena O'Hara of Meyers & O'Hara have experience handling hundreds of surrogacy and egg donor matters, involving a variety of genetic arrangements, agencies and medical facilities. Today’s technology has advanced to an extremely high level, with success rates higher and more encouraging than ever. Our expertise with respect to the intricate nature of in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, donor egg and sperm, and embryo adoption technologies has been relied upon by countless couples to understand their legal rights and obligation as medical procedures begin. A major factor in the success of reproductive law arrangements is a strong legal contract outlining these legal rights so that all parties can rely on each others' commitments and parental rights may be finalized well in advance of the birth of a child. It is important to us that all parties feel positive about the agreements they sign and the babies they are working hard to create. Meyers & O'Hara, LLP represents clients from all over the world involved in surrogacy, as well as egg, sperm and embryo donations. The firm drafts contracts prior to medical procedures, and finalizes parental rights in California so the Intended Parents' names are placed on the birth certificates. Meyers & O'Hara, LLP works with a variety of professionals, including agencies, counselors and doctors, to help you in your arrangement.

Millie A. Behera, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.R.C.P.S.C. - Scottsdale

Millie A. Behera, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.R.C.P.S.C. - Scottsdale

Fertility Treatment Center
8415 N Pima Rd Suite 290
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
(480) 998-9876

Biography

Dr. Millie Behera is an extraordinary physician with a broad range of accolades, skills and interests. She is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Ob/Gyn, Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Ob/Gyn, and Obstetrics and Gynecology by the Royal College of Physician’s and Surgeon’s of Canada.

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Dr. Behera received her medical degree in Canada's University of Saskatchewan and graduated with distinction in 1999. She performed her residency in Obstetrics in Gynecology at the University of Western Ontario and later completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Behera is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor and was Clinical Director of Duke’s Center for Fibroid Biology & Therapy.

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