The Surrogacy Experts Team
Dr. Bruce Shapiro, MD, PhD, FACOG
Dr. Bruce Shapiro is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is sub-specialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He founded The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, the city’s first infertility practice, which is renowned for research that has advanced the science and practice of Reproductive Endocrinology. Under his direction, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas has grown from a successful local facility to having major regional, national & international influence in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Shapiro has developed techniques that make in vitro fertilization (IVF) safer and more effective, and this research is widely and regularly published in respected medical journals. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital, finished his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University, and earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Dr. Shapiro’s research background and a long-standing interest in making IVF safer and more effective have led to many innovations. He was one of the first physicians to perform and report on blastocyst transfer in the United States. Blastocyst transfer is a procedure allowing the transfer of fewer embryos into the uterus while maintaining high pregnancy rates and reducing the risk of high order multiple pregnancy (triplets and greater). He received a research award for this work. He was also instrumental in developing techniques for post thaw extended culture (PTEC) following fertilized oocyte cryopreservation demonstrating the importance of embryo-endometrial synchrony for implantation, for which he received another research award. Dr. Shapiro was among the first in the world to standardize the use of GnRH agonist triggers in high responders undergoing ovarian stimulation, a practice that virtually eliminates ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Dr. Shapiro’s innovations also include the combination of GnRH agonist with low-dose hCG to realize the benefits of each trigger agent. Dr. Shapiro’s work has allowed patients who have had previous failures and/or OHSS in IVF to change the way their IVF cycles are performed so that their chance of success is greatly improved while their risk of complications from OHSS and high order multiple pregnancy are significantly reduced.
In addition to his work at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Shapiro remains on the faculty as Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he teaches medical students and residents.
Dr. Carrie Bedient, MD, FACOG
Dr. Carrie Bedient is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is sub-specialty board eligble in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She joins the esteemed research and medical team at TFCLV bringing a fresh perspective and an infectious energy.
Dr. Bedient completed her Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory University and completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University & Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Bedient currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and is the recipient of the PCRS Scholarship Award, the Excellence in Research Award and the Outstanding Research Proposal Award. She holds membership to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, PCRS, SART, ASRM, ACOG and AAGL.
Amity Herrera, Physician Assistant
A native of southern California, Amity Herrera earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. After graduating with honors from UCSD, she completed her Masters Degree at Western University of Health Sciences. Amity worked for years as a Physician Assistant in the fertility field in California and moved to Henderson Nevada to be with her high school sweetheart, Mike Herrera.Due to her top-notch education and dedication to patient care, Amity was eagerly welcomed to the clinical staff of The Fertility Center of Las Vegas in 2007.
Amity went through her own fertility struggles and brings compassion, empathy and understanding to others with similar challenges. After going through fertility treatments herself at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas she now has three beautiful children (Jaxson, Austin & Emmie) with her husband Mike.
Amity enjoys working closely with Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Bedient to provide individual care to each patient. She has expertise working with third party reproduction and offers exceptional care to each and every patient.
Shelly Schulte, Office Administrator
Shelley Schulte began her career with The Fertility Center of Las Vegas 23 years ago as a medical assistant. Since then, she has served as an IVF Coordinator, the Back Office Supervisor, the Assistant Manager and now the Office Administrator. On a daily basis, you can find Shelley overseeing a variety of business functions including, among other things, supervising employees, overseeing human resource functions, budgeting, strategic planning and managing the growth of the business.
Another important aspect of Shelley’s job is ensuring patient satisfaction. Shelley works to guarantee patients have a world-class experience and she serves as a resource for patients through every step of the treatment process. Shelley also works to coordinate treatment for out of town patients and with her years of experience at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Shelley can “pinch hit” at any position when other staff members are out of the office.
Hailing from Brighton, Colorado, Shelley moved to Las Vegas shortly before beginning her job with The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Outside the office, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She is also very knowledgeable about wines, being somewhat of a wine aficionado. Shelly is proud to have worked at The Fertility Center for so long and takes pride in their excellent reputation, their integrity and the good things they do for patients every day.
Shiva K. Price, Vice President of Global Operations
Shiva Price, a native of Danville, California in San Francisco’s East Bay, joined the staff at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas in March 2006. As the Vice President of Global Operations, Shiva is the liaison to referring physicians. She visits OBGYN, perinatal, urology, family practice and internal medicine offices to educate them on The Fertility Center of Las Vegas by providing information on the practice, advances in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, new clinical trial research, success rates and other important information.
Shiva received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Business Management Economics with a minor in Marketing. Previously, Shiva served as the Director of Marketing at the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area.
In addition to her work as the Vice President of Global Operations, Shiva is also an interior designer, owning her own company, S.K. Designs. Shiva has brought her design talents to The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, doing all of the design and decor at the Henderson office and recently remodeling the Sahara office. She was responsible for all of the window displays for the Louis Vuitton stores in Las Vegas from 2004 – 2007 and her home has been photographed and published in an international design magazine. Outside her work, Shiva enjoys tennis, golf, reading, sewing and interior design.
Jennifer Cavanaugh, Financial Director
A native of Dublin California in San Francisco’s East Bay, Jennifer joined the staff at the Fertility Center of Las Vegas in September 1998. Jennifer has worked everywhere from Front Desk to Billing Representative to Financial Director.
Over the years Jennifer has formed many bonds with our repeat patients who return to complete their families. Jennifer has been an instrumental part of helping this practice grow and has seen it go from a small local specialty practice to internationally known fertility center. She is always there to answer any questions a patient might have about the costs involved in their treatment. She truly understands how financially difficult this process can be for our patients. As the Financial Director, Jennifer oversees the financial department and works with all of our international clients explaining all of their package options and helps them choose the package that is right for them.
Jennifer is a mother of 2 girls with very busy schedule. In Jennifer’s free time she likes to read and scrapbook.
Crystal Rosburg, IVF Supervisor
As IVF Department Supervisor Crystal oversees the IVF department and their daily processes. She also guides our new intended parents through the initial part of their journey. Crystal has been in the medical field for more than 20 years. She started out as an X-ray Technician working in Internal Medicine and Orthopedics and came to The Fertility Center of Las Vegas in 2004 looking for more fulfillment in her career. Since working at The Fertility Center she has held a variety of positions from Front Desk to Financial Coordinator and now Third Party Supervisor.
Crystal is not only familiar with surrogacy because of her work with The Fertility Center, but she has also been a surrogate herself. Once she completed her own family she knew surrogacy was right for her. “I can honestly say that it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I am very excited to do it a second time to help my intended parents complete their family. The bond I share with my Intended parents is very unique and one that few people get to experience.”
Crystal loves spending time with her husband and 2 boys swimming, camping and watching Netflix.
Sarah Mitre, Third Party Coordinator
Before making the switch to The Fertility Center of Las Vegas Sarah worked for 10 years as a veterinary technician where her loving and nurturing side shined. The birth of her child in 2013 put a spark in Sarah’s heart which grew into a passion to help every person experience the same unparalleled love that a child brings.
Sarah was born and raised in the high desert of Southern California where she enjoyed an adventurous childhood exploring the back-country on horse back and playing roller-hockey. Sarah moved to Las Vegas as a teenager where she continues to play ice hockey and delves into her many personal passions which include her family, obstacle course races and archery.
Lesleigh Pena, Registered Nurse
Lesleigh moved to Las Vegas from Texas in 2004 and has been with The Fertility Center of Las Vegas ever since. She has been a registered nurse for 31 years and worked in various fields in women’s health care but to her, fertility to be the most rewarding field. “I love the one on one interaction with my patients and seeing the fruits of our labor.”
Lesleigh and her husband enjoying spending time with their children and grandchildren. She also enjoys playing golf and spending time on beautiful Lake Mead.
Katie Collins, IVF Coordinator
Katie is one of our bright new stars at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Katie’s previous experience as a wedding coordinator has given her a unique set of skills that have helped her to quickly adapt to her new position. Katie has always loved being able to see her clients on their most special day and now she can help them achieve their dreams of having a family too. As a cycle coordinator Katie will guide the intended parents, egg donors and gestational carriers and coordinate treatment process from the time they start medications to the time of embryo transfer. She even guides the gestational carrier’s and intended parents through the 1st trimester of pregnancy.
Katie has traveled to many countries and loves to experience different cultures and finds her travel experience to be helpful when working with our international clients. Katie has a son and they love to plan outings with friends and family.
Christie Dabney, IVF Coordinator
Christie joined The Fertility Center of Las Vegas team in 2012. She has been in the fertility field for over a decade, and is passionate about sustaining a high level of service professionally in addition to being an active member in her local community. Christie is committed to personalizing the experience for each family that visits The Fertility Center and specializes in serving families and surrogates during egg donation. During her career, Christie has guided a plethora of same sex couples through their journeys and believes that every patient should be comfortable and informed throughout their experience.
A native of Los Angeles, Caifornia, Christie completed her education there before moving to Las Vegas. Christie is also a Certified Medical Assistant and IVF Coordinator. When she is not at the office, Christie spends time with her family, and can often be found attending games and events with her children. Christie is a fabulous cook, enjoys music of all genres, and is most proud of her role as a mother.
Joanna Nava, IVF Medical Assistant
Joanna Nava is the IVF Department Medical Assistant at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. She helps assist the Physicians and the patients with their diagnostic testing appointments. She has previously worked as a Medical Assistant in Oncology for ten years and was ready to dive into Fertility.
In hearing about surrogacy growing in the more recent years, she was eager to know more. As someone who is extremely family orientated she knew she wanted to help others achieve their dreams of parenthood. “Seeing photos of patient’s new bundle(s) of joy and their positive feedback is the most exciting part of all.”
While not in the office she enjoys her quality time with her Husband and four children. “I enjoy watching and guiding my children grow into young adults in the modern world.”
Laurie Evans, IVF Medical Assistant
Laurie moved to Las Vegas in the spring of 2002 from Texas. She has been with The Fertility Center of Las Vegas since 2004. Laurie has held a number of positions from medical assistant, surgical assistant, and is currently with working in the IVF department. She loves having the opportunity to help build beautiful families.
As a Medical Assistant for the Surrogacy and Egg Donor team, Laurie makes initial contact with all of egg donors and gestational carriers once they have been matched. She will gather all of their information and get them scheduled for all of their necessary testing.
When Laurie is not working she loves spending time with her family and going to her son’s football games to cheer him on.