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Dr. Shane Lipskind MD

Shane Lipskind, MD

Medical Director

Shane Lipskind CV Curriculum Vitae

Welcome to Arizona Center for Fertility Studies! This may be your first introduction to the fertility team that you have been looking for and probably never thought you’d want. We get it. We’ve yet to meet anyone who wanted to see a doctor for a personal health problem--let alone for something as sensitive and challenging as infertility. That said, if you give us the opportunity to help you, chances are that we will succeed together and that you will become part of our extended family while working to grow your own. I can’t promise that the journey will be easy or that we won’t go through some ups and downs along the way, but I can assure you that you will receive the most advanced fertility treatments and the highest level of care from the most dedicated team imaginable. It’s a difference you will feel from the moment you walk into our clinic. We are absolutely committed to you and your success. Contact your ACFS fertility team today!

Hi, I’m Shane Lipskind, and I’m the medical director at ACFS. As a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a fellowship-trained subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, I feel incredibly fortunate to have gravitated toward one of the most dynamic and compelling fields in all of medicine. If you’re reading this page, it’s likely that you understand why. While the science of reproductive medicine is undeniably fascinating in its own right, it was the promise of helping patients to fulfill their dreams of family and a better quality of life that inspired me to become a reproductive endocrinologist. I ultimately completed a 3-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School and devoted myself to acquiring the skills and expertise necessary to provide the highest level of reproductive care. There, I gained broad and in-depth first-hand experience in the evaluation and treatment of infertility and reproductive disorders. I developed special interests in endometriosis, fibroids, premature ovarian insufficiency/failure, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypothalamic amenorrhea, preimplantation genetic testing, and advanced laparoscopic, hysteroscopic and computer-assisted (robotic) surgery. As a consultant at our partner hospitals, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, I also learned to care for pediatric and adolescent girls in need of specialized gynecologic care and to deliver emergency fertility preservation services to patients facing a diagnosis of cancer.

In 2013, I returned to the Phoenix Valley to join the outstanding team at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies in providing some of the best reproductive surgery and assisted reproductive technologies services in the world. ACFS strives to stay on the cutting edge of our field and is always seeking to integrate scientific discovery with the practice of everyday medicine. Moreover, I am sure that you will find, as I did, that ACFS is a practice that truly cares about its patients. It was that special blend of empathy and medical excellence that made me a believer in this amazing practice.

After delaying marriage and kids for so many years due to education, training, and careers, my wife and I reluctantly came to learn what it was like to be unable to have children on our own. Fortunately, the incredible clinical and laboratory team at ACFS helped us through our own IVF journey. The result was our beautiful daughter, Gianna, who is now one of many shining examples of why we do what we do. The experience of going through IVF as a patient taught me new levels of empathy for the patients that we serve and reminds me to be humble, passionate, and completely devoted to each patient’s cause.

In 2019, I became the Medical Director at ACFS, which was an incredible honor for me. With this important responsibility, I will continue to build upon the history and success of this groundbreaking practice by making our services more patient-friendly, more affordable, and more effective than ever before. I hope that you will visit ACFS and give us the opportunity to support and guide you through your fertility journey. I would be truly honored to become your physician and look forward to working with you.

Rd. Jay S. Nemiro MD 2016 Best of Scottsdale in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Phoenix Magazine Top Fertility Doctor

Jay S. Nemiro, MD

Founding Physician

Jay Nemiro CV Curriculum Vitae

Jay S. Nemiro founded Arizona Center for Fertility Studies in 1982 after completing residency and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) at Georgetown University. He was the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital (now Banner University Medical Center) from 1987-1994. Together with Robert McGaughey, PhD, Dr. Nemiro was an early pioneer in the assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and brought in vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete intrafallopian tubal transfer (GIFT), and zygote intrafallopian tubal transfer (ZIFT) into the mainstream of fertility treatment in Arizona. He is credited for the births of thousands of children over the course of his career. Dr. Nemiro describes the practice philosophy upon which he founded ACFS as follows:

An infertility practice is more than statistics, procedures, or the latest technological advancement; it is about helping women become pregnant when they want to become pregnant- plain and simple. With the explosion of fertility awareness over the past decades in the medical community and the media, the emphasis has been on what is the best way, the newest technology, the "surefire" solution (or who's the "best doctor"), for getting patients pregnant; which, I feel is missing the point entirely. I tell my patients, getting you pregnant is the easy part. The hard part is "keeping you in the game". That's because the heart and soul of an infertility practice is the service- not the technology. The emotional component of the fertility process is more complex and demanding than any procedure- and that's the part that's getting overlooked. While a procedure-centered, rather than a patient-centered, approach could be described as a characteristic flaw of western medicine in general, and certainly not limited to infertility practice, infertility specialists have a unique opportunity to empower women in ways that other physicians do not. It doesn't matter whether you have a 19 year old who's never tried to have a baby or a 43 year old who's spent year after heartbreaking year trying. The despair that comes with not being able to get pregnant is not definable by any one age or situation, which is why I feel as though my job is not, just to help these women get pregnant, but to treat them like I would my sister, my daughter, my best friend. To respect them, but most importantly, to listen, not just to what they are saying, but to what they're not saying, the silence. It is only by listening and hearing, that you are able to be effective and offer treatment options that are best suited for each individual couple. It is not until you fully understand all the pros and cons of each treatment option, that you can choose the best option. Treatment options are a couple's choice, not the clinic's choice.

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Drew Barker BS

Andrew (Drew) Barker, BS, MS, TS(ABB)

ART Laboratory Supervisor
Senior Embryologist

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Hi, my name is Andrew (Drew) Barker. I am a board certified Technical Supervisor in the areas of embryology and andrology by the American Association of Bioanalysts. Growing up in the Midwest and attending the University at Northern Illinois, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Evolutionary Biology. I have over 10 years of extensive hands on experience in human embryology including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching (AZH), biopsying embryos (polar body, blastomere and trophectoderm), and oocyte/embryo cryopreservation. I have published in peer review journals on vitrification (rapid freezing) of human blastocyst embryos.

Over the years, I have traveled extensively, and I am actively committed to continuing to improve our already excellent IVF success rates and bringing Arizona Center for Fertility Studies to the cutting edge of modern technology through the utilization of blastocysts culture, vitrification and preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). I routinely attend continuing medical education activities and am committed to remaining at the forefront of ART and the continuing technological challenges and advances the field offers.

When not in the lab, I can be found at a local golf course or in the air; as I am an avid pilot and actively involved in promoting general aviation. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have and, along with Dr. Lipskind, will be actively involved in the treatment of our valued patients at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies. I look forward to meeting you and to contributing to your successful journey with our center.

Kyler Swanson, B.S.

Kyler Swanson, BS

Andrology Supervisor
Junior Embryologist

Hi, my name is Kyler, and joining ACFS medical team was an opportunity of a lifetime that I could not ignore. The combination of science and the gratification of improving lives drew me to ACFS. I graduated with a biological sciences degree (BS) and a concentration in nano-science from the University of Calgary in the spring of 2011. With 4 years of biology under my belt, I knew working in medicine was inevitable. After graduation, I worked in genetics and animal science in Canada, until this opportunity presented itself. I was so excited that I decided to take a chance, packed up, and moved to Arizona on short notice. After getting a social security number, driver's license, apartment and an old blue mustang, I was ready to start my new life. I am very pleased to be involved in reproductive medicine at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies.

Being from Canada, I of course enjoy hockey and winter in general, but being able to golf year round sure has its perks. When not playing or watching sports, I can be found hanging out with friends, taking weekend trips, and exploring Arizona. I sincerely hope you choose to work with Dr. Lipskind and the team at ACFS and allow us to help build your family.

Jennifer Singleton, RN

Jennifer Singleton, RN, BSN

Program Coordinator
Patient Care Coordinator

Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I am one of the RN’s at ACFS. I have been in the women’s health field for over 20 years. I come to ACFS with 5 years of reproductive medicine experience, as this sub-specialty is my passion. I was an infertility patient myself, so I understand what you may be going through. At other clinics I was seen as a number, not a patient. Here at ACFS, we all channel our passion towards your journey, and make sure that each one of you is treated with care, compassion, and respect. This is one of the many reasons I joined this amazing group, and look forward to being part of your successful treatment. The field of reproductive medicine is constantly growing and I love to learn. I will do whatever I can to help you achieve your goal. I’m very excited to be part of the ACFS team, making your journey special and a little less stressful. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Sondra_German, MA

Sondra German, MA

Lead Medical Assistant
Bilingual (English/Spanish)

In my 21 years of experience as a Medical Assistant, nothing has given me greater joy and job satisfaction than working in this innovative reproductive medicine field. I am incredibly blessed to have a career where making couples' dreams a reality is our main focus. I greatly enjoy being a member of such a dedicated team. We all share the same vision: to help our patients start or expand their families. Each time a patient brings in a newborn child, we are all reminded of the small miracles that we are performing every day. It is so wonderful to be able to give people the greatest gift of all - life. I look forward to meeting you, working with you, and to helping you fulfill your dreams.

Melinda Darland, MA

Medical Assistant

Hello, my name is Melinda, and I am a Medical Assistant with 10 years of experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I started in the medical field as something to fill my time after having children, not knowing that I would fall completely in love with medicine, patients, their families, and all the new babies coming into this world. What I did not realize, though, was how difficult it was for some couples to conceive. My parents were infertile, which led to the adoption of my brother and myself. The technology and passion for reproductive medicine were not there at the time. After I began working at ACFS, I realized just how many couples have difficulty conceiving, and what an array of complications lead them to our office. I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of. It became glaringly obvious to me that each pregnancy is an absolute miracle, something that I have personally experienced three times. I am so honored to be part of this team, and I look forward to being there for you and your family, and continuing your legacy. I truly feel that this is a “dream job” and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of this process. I hope I’m able to provide not just medical care, but also to care for you in a way that stands above other clinics. I’m very excited to be part of your journey!

Elizabeth Skaggs, BA

Financial Resource Coordinator

Hello, my name is Elizabeth. I began working in healthcare as a front office specialist during college and I quickly realized that I wanted to follow my heart and pursue a career in the medical field. After 10 years of experience in other specialties, I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down in reproductive medicine. I never could have imagined how fascinating and rewarding this field could be, and I am incredibly honored to join Dr. Lipskind and his highly skilled medical team at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies.

Supporting our patients throughout their journeys and witnessing the miracles that happen as a result are incredibly rewarding and are the reasons I love coming to work every day. As Financial Resource Coordinator, I realize that the financial aspect of infertility treatment is very important and I will work with you to make sure you have all of your questions answered. My goal is to help you achieve yours, and I am happy to assist you in any way I can. I look forward to meeting you and I wish you the best in your dreams of growing your family!

Janet Salinas, MA

Patient Concierge
Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Anais Fischer

Patient Concierge Receptionist, Front Office
Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Dr. Robert W. McGaughey PhD

Robert W. McGaughey, PhD

Founding Laboratory Director (Retired) ART Laboratory Director

Robert W McGaughey CV Curriculum Vitae

I met Dr. Jay Nemiro twenty-six years ago, when we got together to discuss the potential startup of a program for assisted reproduction. After a few short meetings, we organized and set up the program within a relatively short period, beginning the ongoing odyssey. We shared very similar philosophies on how assisted reproduction should work and that our number one goal was to treat our patients with utmost respect, with understanding of the difficulties relating to infertility and with the highest standards of medical/laboratory care. Those philosophies have been applied unwaveringly throughout the many years we have worked together. The greatest joy in our works has come with the knowledge that so many families have been established over the years, families that we helped through the laboratory, surgical and endocrinological methods we have applied to achieve successful pregnancies. I have lost count now of the numbers, but know that there are thousands of babies who were born through our assistance and through the continued persistence and commitment of our patients. My pleasure in working with our patients, with the people at the Arizona Center for Fertility Studies, and especially with Dr. Nemiro has been immense. The patients have always come first in our program. Modern science and medicine have developed to nearly unbelievable levels in recent years. We have continuously upgraded, updated and improved our procedures as the field has undergone tremendous growth and sophistication during the past quarter century.

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