Meet Our Team

Shane Lipskind, MD

Shane Lipskind, MD Medical Director
Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Shane Lipskind CV Curriculum Vitae

Hi, I’m Shane Lipskind, and I’m the medical director at ACFS. As a double board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility subspecialist, 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 Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital 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 talented 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.

Nicole Kummer, MD

Nicole Kummer, MD

Nicole Kummer CV CV Curriculum Vitae

Hello, and welcome to Arizona Center for Fertility Studies. I’m Nicole Kummer, an infertility specialist who is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. I am excited to help you on your journey to building a larger family. Through my residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and fellowship at the University of Connecticut, I have gained not only pride and appreciation of this special field of medicine, but also a deep-rooted empathy for individuals and couples struggling to achieve reproductive success. Having battled with obstetric complications myself, I know how isolating and incredibly frustrating it is to not be able to rely on your own body to achieve what some consider to greatest privilege of a lifetime, conceiving and delivering a child. At ACFS, we understand not only the science behind fertility medicine, but also the emotional aspect that undoubtedly goes hand in hand with treatment. We will walk with you step by step and help you navigate each stage of your personalized diagnostic and treatment plans.

I moved to Arizona to be closer to family after having spent ten years on the East Coast. The things I miss most about New England are fall leaves, apple orchards, and the ocean. However, I am very happy to live in a region where my two young boys can enjoy the outdoors year round. My interests involve running, learning to play golf, and movie nights with my family.

I look forward to working alongside you and promise to devote myself to helping you achieve parenthood.

Jay S. Nemiro, MD

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.

Andrew (Drew) Barker, MS

Andrew (Drew) Barker, MS 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

Kyler Swanson Andrology Supervisor
Embryologist

Hi, my name is Kyler, and I have been with ACFS since 2012 as a reproductive biologist; dedicated to our patients’ needs in embryology, andrology, and endocrinology. Joining ACFS in the cutting edge field of human IVF was an opportunity that could not be ignored. The combination of science and fulfillment of improving lives and growing families ultimately brought me into this line of work, and I am thankful I landed with the ACFS team. I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a concentration in Nanoscience. Immediately following graduation I worked in genetics and animal sciences which shaped my foundation to enter assisted reproductive technology.

Being from Canada, I of course love hockey and miss all of the winter activities Canada has to offer. I am, however, partial to golfing year-round and not shoveling snow! Arizona has continued my passion for the outdoors, and I hope to be able to explore more of the southwest through day trips or extended camping trips.

I truly hope you choose to work with Dr. Lipskind and the rest of the team here at ACFS to help grow your family. The level of dedication and expertise put forth by the team to meet patients’ needs is unprecedented in the community.

Jennifer Singleton, RN, BSN

Jennifer Singleton, RN, BSN IVF Program 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.

Tamye Lopez, LPN

Tamye Lopez, LPN Nurse Coordinator

How many people get to say they make babies for a living? Here at ACFS, not only do we make babies, we make families—and you won’t believe how quickly you become a member of our family!

I was blessed to spend the early years of my own three children’s lives as a stay at home mom. It wasn’t until they were all busy getting their own education that I found it important to pursue mine. Nursing just seemed so natural at the time. One rotation in the NICU and I was again hooked on the babies.

After 13 years of OB/GYN nursing, I made the switch to infertility. A few years later I found myself at ACFS with the most knowledgeable, compassionate and highly respected group of clinicians in the field.

I am so proud to be a member of this team that I make the over 100 mile commute from Flagstaff daily. Some people may think that’s a little crazy, but will gladly do that drive if I can help in any way, small or large, to make your dreams of having a family come true.

Melinda Darland

Melinda Darland Patient Coordinator/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!

Leslie Setlak-Anastos

Leslie Setlak-Anastos Patient Coordinator

Hi! My name is Leslie and I am a Clinical coordinator. I had worked in the fertility world for over 15 years at a clinic in Chicago before my husband, children and I relocated to Scottsdale in January 2018. After taking some time off from work, I quickly realized how much I missed working in the medical field and was eager to get back to fertility. I started at ACFS in Spring 2019 and knew right away that this team was a unique and extremely talented group of people that I absolutely wanted to work with. ACFS brings a higher level of compassion and patient care to their patients than I have ever experienced before. They truly go above and beyond for their patients and I am proud to be part of the team!

Elizabeth Skaggs

Elizabeth Skaggs 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

Janet Salinas Patient Coordinator/Medical Assistant
Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Hi, my name is Janet Salinas. I started working with Dr. Lipskind and his amazing staff in June 2019. I have been a medical assistant for 4 years and specialized in allergy. You are probably thinking “Wow, what a drastic job change.” If you are, you are right. I had heard about IVF and infertility before, but never really looked into the field. Let me say, it is the most interesting and awarding job I have ever done. Seeing patient’s emotions transform from struggling when they first come through the door to complete happiness after Dr. Lipskind does his job, makes me feel like we are life changers. Helping patients create a family is an incredible journey. The staff here is so passionate and caring, you will notice we are different than other doctor’s offices. We will make sure you feel comfortable and confident throughout your journey.

I, myself have 3 children; two boys and girl. Most of my time is spent with them when I am not working. My husband and I love to take our kiddos out as much as we can. I also enjoy spending time with our horse and camping out in the Payson area.

I look forward to meeting you and wishing you the best on your journey on building your family!

Anais Fisher

Anais Fisher Patient Coordinator/Medical Assistant
Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Hello, my name is Anais, and I have been in the medical field since 2016. Prior to joining ACFS, I worked in both Orthopedic and OBGYN offices, gaining knowledge in all aspects of front office duties and serving as an administrative coordinator, surgery scheduler, and insurance specialist. In 2018, I obtained my Medical Assistant Certification to become fluent in clinical care.

I joined ACFS in 2019 after my family and I moved to Arizona from New Mexico. I couldn’t be more grateful that I found ACFS and that I was I given the opportunity to join such an amazing and hardworking team. ACFS practices a different kind of medicine, infertility — a whole world I never knew existed. What we get to do for our patients is absolutely extraordinary, and I am grateful to be able to contribute to making a profound difference in people’s lives. Welcome to ACFS. I am excited for you to meet our amazing team and to make miracles happen for you!

Ed Kircher, CSFA, SA-C

Ed Kircher, CSFA, SA-C Surgical Assistant

Hello, my name is Ed Kircher. I am a Certified Surgical Assistant, credentialed by two independent boards and have over 25 years of assisting experience. I first met Dr. Lipskind in June of 2014, was fascinated by the procedures performed by him, and have been his assistant in surgery since that time. I enjoy working with him and ACFS because I can see the difference for the patient. When I greet the patients, they have anticipation, but they also have a lot of hope. I know of the results attained through his procedures, and that gives me great satisfaction. To be able to help someone achieve their desire of a child is very fulfilling. I am very proud to be associated with Dr. Lipskind, and hope that you would have the confidence in the ACFS team to help you attain the child you want so much. Nothing is more valuable than a child, and I believe that ACFS will provide everything possible for you, the patient, to have this dream come true.

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.