Founded in 2005, MedTech is a unique company with extensive, broad-based experience in the healthcare field with a particularly comprehensive knowledge of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) industry. The collaborative approach of our team is designed to provide practices of all sizes with customized solutions for their full range of needs. MedTech members have over 125 years of collective fertility practice development experience. We have helped 20 ART practices or IVF laboratories nationally to relocate, design/build, manage or develop their own successful programs.
Dwight P. Ryan – President and CEO, is a seasoned executive possessing extensive finance, accounting, and operations experience in healthcare and technology with early stage start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Ryan was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of the publicly-traded infertility services company, IntegraMed America and developed a revolutionary infertility case management company to streamline patient care and contain medical and pharmacy costs for leading healthcare insurance companies. Mr. Ryan has spent the majority of his career in the area of infertility. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and currently is also the Chief Operating Officer of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, one of the leading ART facilities in the country. Mr. Ryan is currently a board member on the national board of RESOLVE, having served for a total of over 8 years, four years as its treasurer and member of the executive committee.
Nancy Ledy-Gurren – Chairperson and General Counsel, has extensive experience in risk management services, providing both pre-litigation programs and litigation supervision (as national or regional counsel) to senior living organizations, non-profit residential communities and infertility programs. She developed a risk management program and functions as national supervising counsel for Senior Living Communities nationwide and directs MedTech’s Senior Living Risk Management Division. On the infertility side, Ms. Ledy-Gurren has considerable experience in all of the legal aspects (tort and contractual) of infertility practices. She second-chaired the first “test tube baby” case in the Federal District Court (1978), and has defended numerous cases involving ART issues, including two class actions alleging consumer fraud in the use of success statistics. Ms. Ledy-Gurren is the founding partner of Ledy-Gurren Bass & Siff, LLP, a law firm in New York City.
Kathleen Miller, D.H. Sc. – Vice President of Laboratory Services, leads the team specializing in assisted reproduction technologies. The author of more than 100 abstracts and papers on fertility and assisted reproduction technologies, Dr. Miller is well known for research advances in the field of blastocyst culture, and pre-implantation genetics as well as a leading expert in laboratory management, quality improvement programs, and single embryo transfer.
Dr. Miller and her MedTech team have designed state-of-the-art laboratories at Billings Clinic, University of Alabama, Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Gynecology’s Fertility Institute of Hawaii, Aurora Reproductive Care in Saskatoon, Coastal Fertility Specialists in Charleston, SC, University of North Carolina Fertility Center in Chapel Hill, NC, SpringCreek Fertility in Dayton, Ohio and Family Fertility Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. All of these ART laboratories continue to deliver exceptional pregnancy rates and cutting-edge technologies.
Dr. Miller is actively involved in research projects relating to many areas of assisted reproduction. As Scientific and research director at IVF Florida, she is actively involved in research projects at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. At IVF Florida, she continues to work on time-lapse technology to select embryos that have the best chance of developing into a successful pregnancy and birth.
Michael J. Faulkner, Ph.D. is Vice President, Practice and Business Development. Michael’s focus is on fertility practice start-up and relocation services, practice operations support and development, strategic partnerships, and new business development. Mr. Faulkner has served as a health care business development executive for over 20 years, including fertility practice and laboratory development, physician practice management, ambulatory surgical facilities, and hospital strategic planning. Most recently he served as Vice President for Fertility Services for a women’s health care management company. He has also served as Vice President, Development for CareSelect Group, a cardiovascular physician practice management company with 94 physicians in four states; Vice President for Strategic Business Development for Physician Reliance Network, an oncology practice management company and Chief Development Officer for Paragon Ambulatory Surgery, a private company which developed and operated ambulatory surgical facilities in three states and later merged with a predecessor company of HCA Healthcare. Mr. Faulkner received his B.S. degree in business administration from Cal-State University in Northridge, California, and also holds an M.H.A. from U.C.L.A. and Ph.D. in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.
Concierge Services and Practice Operations
Janelle Vahdat - Concierge Services and Operations Manager has 24 years of experience in healthcare, first with a major medical supply distributor for 12 years then with the nation’s preeminent group purchasing provider, most recently as their Strategic Account Client Executive. Janelle’s combined experience qualifies her to understand and provide excellent support for our Group Purchasing Organization Members. Her complete knowledge and understanding of G.P.O. contracts uniquely qualifies her to assist new and existing members to ensure they utilize the G.P.O. to its full advantage to maximize savings. She works closely with distributors and vendors to assure members are linked to appropriate G.P.O. pricing. She is also available to guide new applicants through the enrollment process and assist existing members to realize the full potential of the G.P.O. and will act as your liaison with contracted vendors working towards problem resolution. Additionally, Janelle will provide support to MedTech clients needing our Laboratory Per Diem, Practice Development and Recruitment services.
Dorothy Pinkerton - Practice Administrator and Consultant Dorothy has over 20 years of experience in all practice management areas including accounts receivables and payables, HR, charge entry and insurance billing and collections. After a successful career with serving as the patient financial Manager with IVF Florida, Dorothy now assists other clinics in achieving their practice management goals.Overseeing all aspects of practice management for fertility clinics, Dorothy’s expertise also includes policy development and procedures, training staff and billing.
IT and QA Services
Heidi Bayerlein, B.A., IT and QA Administration earned her BA in Biology and Chemistry from Carthage College in Southeastern Wisconsin. Heidi has five years of laboratory fertility laboratory experience, including Microbiology and Andrology. Her skills include semen analysis, Kruger’s Strict morphology, sperm viability, retrograde ejaculate urine analysis, semen preparation for IUI and IVF and cryopreservation. Heidi also has experience implementing new EMR systems, integrating new databases functionality and assisting practices with SART reporting.
Strategic HR and Talent Management Solutions
Rita Gruber has more than thirty-five years experience on a senior executive level both in retail and healthcare management. Her credentials in RE administration are supported by twenty-three successful years in HR and operations administration as IntegraMed’s first Director of Human Resources, followed by VP of Human Resources at RMA of New Jersey, and currently President of the Gruber Group, LLC doing consulting work with the MedTech For Solutions Team for RE practices and clinics across the country.
Rita received her BA from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY and her Paralegal degree from Mercy College, White Plains, NY.As a senior executive in NY retailing she acquired strong operations and process improvement competencies that complement and bring increased value to her HR administration skills.
During her career in RE, Rita has hired executives and staff in all the RE disciplines; chaired PG Courses and Symposia for ARM at several ASRM conferences and other professional meetings; coached and mentored physicians, managers, and staff in leadership and performance competencies; served at the Rutgers University Career Development Center, volunteering her expertise to help graduating students prepare for job interviews, and was a client adviser to Total Compliance Solutions (TCS/MedSafe).
Off Site Directors
Gary D. Smith, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (ABB) is Professor in the Departments of Ob/Gyn, Physiology, and Urology at the University of Michigan. He is Director of MStem Cell Laboratories and oversees the United States leading Disease-Specific Human Embryonic Stem Cell production program aimed at understanding how congenital birth defects develop, progress, and discovery of novel ways to treat or cure diseases such as Adrenoleukodystrophy, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, and Spinal muscular atrophy. He is also the Co-Director of the Reproductive Sciences Program at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan Dr. Smith was on faculty at The University of Chicago.
Since 1995, Dr. Smith has been Scientific/Laboratory Director of Andrology, and/or Embryology at University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Huntington Centers for Reproductive Medicine of Brazil, Reproductive Gynecologist Inc. of Ohio, and Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Smith co-founded one of the Nation’s first Fertility Preservation Program integrated within the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide seamless reproductive care for male and female cancer patients and survivors. His pioneering works on oocyte maturation / vitrification, semen cryopreservation, embryo culture, and non-invasively embryo analysis and selection have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and Coulter Foundation.
Within his research laboratory, investigations focus on regulation of oocyte meiosis and chromatin segregation, male and female gamete cryopreservation, preimplantation embryo development, and integration of new biotechnologies (microfluidics and artificial matrices/scaffolds) in gamete/embryo/ human embryonic stem cell isolation, culture, and selection. Studies in his laboratory range from very basic in nature to translational research aimed at introducing new, or improving existing, means of preserving fertility or treating infertility.
Dr. Smith has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 20 book chapters. He is Board Certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (AAB) in both Andrology and Embryology. Dr. Smith is very active in Assisted Reproductive Technology education, surveillance, and information dissemination through committee service on the Infertility National Action Plan Committee. Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, USA and the Michigan Infertility Advisory Committee.
Salah Abdelgadir, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., T.S., (ABB), H.C.L.D., (ABB), Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant at numerous full service laboratories performing all aspects of andrology, embryology and assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilization, ICSI, embryo cryopreservation, thawing, transfer, semen analysis, sperm wash and semen cryopreservation. Dr. Abdeligadir is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis as a High-Complexity Laboratory Director and a Technical Supervisor (andrology and embryology). He received his Ph D, (reproductive endocrinology), and his MS from Oregon State University. He earned his BS at the University of Khartoum in the Sudan, where he was born and raised.
Karen Elkind-Hirsch, MSc, PhD, HCLD is Scientific Director of Research, Woman’s Metabolic Health and Research Services, Woman’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Elkind-Hirsch, who has been actively involved in basic science and clinical research for 30 years, was Director of Research and Development at the Center for Reproduction and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (RBPG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and as the ASRM Practice Committee RBPG representative for 5 years.
Dr. Elkind-Hirsch received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Tulane University where she was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow. She then was awarded a 3 year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. She received her H.C.L.D. Board Certification in 1995. She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Journal of Drugs in Endocrinology. Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has published over 100 articles on topics in reproductive medicine and endocrinology with an expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance and gestational diabetes. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of over 50 clinical and basic science trials, with the most recent trials involving medical and lifestyle treatment of PCOS and screening and prevention of gestational diabetes.
Jennifer E. Graves-Herring, Ph.D., HCLD earned her Ph. D. (Biological Science) from Clemson University in 2008 where she also earned her M.S. (Animal Physiology) and B.S. (Animal Science). In her post-doctorial fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, Department of Reproductive Services she is performing research studying the preservation of cat oocytes by desiccation and developed of a study to increase the percentage of blastocyst obtained from in vitro production of cat oocytes. Previous laboratory responsibilities include implementation of FDA requirements, developing laboratory procedures and ensuring compliance. She is a member of the AAB and is certified as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (andrology and embryology).
Ted S. Thomas, PhD, HCLD, Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant, established the IVF laboratory at the University of Virginia in 1986 and served as the IVF laboratory director in Charlottesville for 30 years. He became semi-retired in 2016 but remains active as an off-site laboratory director with special interest in laboratory design, regulatory compliance, protocol development, quality assurance metrics, and leadership transition. Dr.Thomas is a native of Pennsylvania and received his formal education at Lafayette College (BA), the University of Vermont (MS), and the University of Virginia (PhD). He is board certified in embryology by the American Board of Bioanalysis and remains associated with UVA as Guest Lecturer and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Emeritus).
Joy Peterson, B.S., T.S. (AAB), ELD (ABB), earned her B.S. in animal science from Illinois State University and has pursued graduate coursework in aquaculture and reproductive physiology at Illinois State University and the University of Missouri. She is certified as a Technical Supervisor and an Embryology Laboratory Director with ABB. Joy worked as a clinical manager of fertility and with more than 20 years of ART laboratory experience she joined MedTech For Solutions as an Consulting Embryologist and Quality Assurance Manager.
Colin Craig, M.Sc., T.S. (AAB), holds a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Andrology and Embryology from the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University.
He has more than 10 years of ART laboratory experience. Most recently he was the Laboratory Manager for a major southeast IVF laboratory. He was directly responsible for training and evaluation of laboratory staff, played a major role in the development and implementation of lab protocol and policies and ensured maintenance of the highest levels of patient care.
Colin was been trained under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Miller, Vice President of MedTech Laboratory Services as senior level manager for IVF laboratories.
Michelle Marconi, B.S., M.T. (AAB), earned her B.S. in biology from Florida International University in Miami, FL and has pursued graduate M.S. coursework in Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Embryology and Andrology) from the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Michelle has been trained under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Miller, Vice President of MedTech Laboratory Solutions as senior level manager for IVF laboratories. She is certified as a Medical Technologist with AAB, has more than 10 years of laboratory experience, and has joined MedTech For Solutions as an embryologist/andrologist.
Amanda Schultz, MT (AAB)), earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Iowa, and has been an embryologist for 10 years with experience in all aspects of embryology and andrology. Amanda has assisted in training embryologists and lab technicians, maintaining the highest laboratory standards and in oocyte retrievals, ICSI, Assisted Hatching, Embryo Transfer, Embryo Grading, Slow cryopreservation, and Vitrification/Vitrification warming. Amanda joined MedTech For Solutions as an embryologist in 2016.
Ellen Stringfellow, B.S., earned her degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Alabama. She brings 28 years of experience in embryology, cryobiology and andrology to the MedTech team. Ellen served as the senior embryologist and Coordinator of Cryobiology Services at the ART Program of Alabama where she obtained vast experience in training and teaching as well as in all aspects of clinical embryology. She is a Certified Reproductive Cryotechnology Specialist through the American Association of Tissue banks which focuses on compliance, quality control and clinical techniques.
Heidi Bayerlein, B.A., earned her BA in Biology and Chemistry from Carthage College in Southeastern Wisconsin. Heidi has five years of laboratory fertility laboratory experience, including Microbiology and Andrology. Her skills include semen analysis, Kruger’s Strict morphology, sperm viability, retrograde ejaculate urine analysis, semen preparation for IUI and IVF and cryopreservation. Heidi also has experience implementing new EMR systems, integrating new databases functionality and assisting practices with SART reporting.
Camille Hughes, B.S., graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Camille also graduated from Rose State College with an Applied Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. With over ten years of clinical and IVF laboratory experience, Camille has assisted in training junior embryologists in IVF procedures across the country.
Patricia Mantooth, BS., graduated from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She continued her studies in microbiology and anatomy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Tricia has over 3 years of experience as both an embryologist and andrologist and has become proficient in all aspects of embryology including various cryopreservation and thawing techniques, trophectoderm biopsy for PGS/PGD, sperm preparation, testicular biopsy, ICSI, laser assisted hatching, egg retrieval, embryo culture and evaluation, data computation and analysis, and more. Tricia considers her career a rewarding and exciting experience with a limitless opportunity to learn.
Christina Gumeny, B.S., earned her degree in Biology from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She has over 9 years of experience working in assisted reproductive technologies as an embryologist and andrologist. Christina is proficient in all aspects of the embryology lab including ICSI, grading, biopsy, TESE, vitrification and thawing. Christina has assisted in training junior embryologists, and is skilled in inventory management and purchasing. She has joined MedTech For Solutions as an Embryologist.
Karen Dilloo, BS., TS (ABB), graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has over 20 years of experience as an andrologist/embryologist and has joined MedTech For Solutions as an Embryology Consultant. Karen is certified as a Technical Supervisor through ABB and is a member of ASRM. She is proficient in all aspects of andrology and embryology including, but not limited to, oocyte identification, intra cytoplasmic sperm injection, assisted zone hatching, blastomere and trophectoderm biopsy, sperm preservation for IUI and IVF and sperm cryopreservation.
Ryan T. Brown, BS, a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Allied Health Science with a Biology minor. He is joining MedTech as an Embryologist. Ryan’s skills include identification, assessment, and culture of oocytes; embryo culture and assessment; cryopreservation, embryo freezing, storage and thawing; sperm preparation and insemination of oocytes; semen analysis; and micromanipulation.
Ashley Wong, M.S., B.S., TS (AAB), has been an IVF laboratory supervisor for 15 years with responsibility for the overall operation and administration of the IVF lab. Ashley has been a functioning embryologist since 1999 routinely performing laboratory procedures to maximize outcomes and success for patients. She holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and has a Technical Supervisor Certification from the American Association of Bioanalysts. Ashley is a member of ASRM, College of Reproductive Biology (CRB), and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologist (SRBT). She enjoys training embryologists and laboratory technicians to provide excellent patient care and has joined MedTech For Solutions as an Embryology Consultant.
Devi Das, MS, MBBS, earned her Masters in Clinical Embryology from Monash University in Australia under the guidance of Prof Alan Trounson, and her MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) at the University of Bangalore. She is proficient in all aspects of embryology and andrology with over 12 years of experience working in both UK and USA performing all laboratory procedures required for andrology and embryology services. She has assisted in training junior embryologists, maintained QC records, prepared for CAP inspections, renewed IRB’s and helped maintain FDA records. Devi has joined Med Tech For solutions as an Embryologist.