Clinical Support Team
As the CEO of New England Fertility (NEF), Samantha Lavy is responsible for the overall management of the practice. Samantha joined NEF in 1999 has served many roles in her time with the practice, such as: Financial Administrator, Donor Egg Coordinator, Director of Marketing and Outreach, and Director of Operations.
We go above and beyond to make our patients feel special, because they are! I’m grateful that our team has a passion for excellence and the skill to help our patients grow their family!”
Ellen She, MD, PhD
Ellen She, MD, PhD, is the director of the New England Fertility (NEF) laboratory, where she performs state-of-the-art IVF techniques, including: conventional insemination (IUI), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Assisted Zona Hatching (AZH), embryo biopsy (blastomere and blastocyst) for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), and cryopreservation (slow freezing and vitrification).
Before joining NEF in 2007, Ellen worked as a biologist in the Genetics Department at the Scripps Research Institute and at the University of California, San Diego, where she furthered her knowledge in basic cell biology and molecular biology and obtained extensive hands-on embryology experience.
She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). She received her medical degree in 1982 from Fujian Medical University in China and graduated from Hamamatsu University School of Medicine with a PhD in Reproductive Physiology in 1998.
Ellen’s strong scientific background has been instrumental in New England Fertility’s development of a new technology to help treat infertility and in creating a center of excellence in embryology and IVF at NEF.
I enjoy both the science and the process of what I do, helping couples to create their families.”
Cathy holds knowledgeable experience in the medical field through her time within several office managerial positions. She draws daily on her 17 years of understanding for medical benefits, billing and coding, along with her passion for guiding the practice’s IVF, egg donation and surrogacy patients through their fertility journeys. Cathy has worked for New England Fertility for over 10 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge to both our team as well as our patients.
My love has always been for patients. I enjoy making them feel like family by guiding them through their journey as a friend who is there when they needed something or someone to talk to.”
Franci Sheehan, APRN, MS
Nurse Practitioner and Lead Clinician
Franci Sheehan, RNC, MS, is involved in various aspects of diagnosis and treatment at New England Fertility. A long-time nurse practitioner in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, she also serves on the faculty of Yale University and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Franci holds a Master’s degree in Maternal and Child Health from Boston College and Harvard Medical School, and is certified in both Women’s Health and Reproductive Endocrinology.
I love working in women’s health and being an advocate for my patients every single day.”
Grace Stocco, RN, BN, MSN, FNP-C
Graziella (Grace) Stocco, RN, BN, MSN, FNP-C, brings more than 22 years of nursing experience in obstetrics and gynecology to New England Fertility. She works closely with patients, helping them understand each step of the fertility treatment process. An expert in infertility treatment, Grace received her Bachelor’s of Nursing degree in Australia, and her Master’s degree in Nursing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
My patients are my priority. Working with them is the best part of my day.”
Susan Kornitsky, RN
A nurse at the Hamden New England Fertility office, Susan graduated from Curry College in Massachusetts with a BS degree in Nursing. Susan has been involved in women’s health care for the past 20 years, 15 of which have been with New England Fertility.
Patients are my passion. I want to help alleviate any stress and be a confidante, cheerleader and consolation for them!”
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