Advice & Support: Professional Finder

This resource includes information about physicians, complementary care providers, surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation agencies, adoption agencies, lawyers, pharmacists and other professionals committed to assisting you.


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Dawn Smith-Pliner

Dawn Smith-Pliner

Friends in Adoption
19 W 34th St – Penthouse floor
New York, New York 10001
(800) 982-3678

Biography

Dawn Smith-Pliner is the founding director of Friends in Adoption (FIA), a not-for-profit child placement agency licensed in New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Dawn is an adoptive mother who has been working in the field of compassionate adoption since 1982. She coordinates all of FIA’s post adoption services while living the life of post adoption both personally through her connections to her children and their families and professionally through her ever growing FIA family. Dawn has served on the Advisory Panel of AFA since 2007 and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

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Friends in Adoption focuses on helping people make informed decisions concerning adoption. FIA promotes open adoption and inclusiveness, and provides lifelong support to all members of the adoption circle. FIA employs a network of dedicated, experienced and caring adoption professionals. Although its administrative offices are located in Vermont and New York, FIA provides free and confidential adoption services for pregnant women/expectant couples anywhere in the United States.   

FIA’s mission is to keep the central focus on the needs of each child and to provide compassionate adoption services for the unique individuals involved in the adoption process.

FIA has offices in Poultney, VT, Clifton Park, NY and New York, NY.

Deborah L. Szanto, Ph.D.

Deborah L. Szanto, Ph.D.

Deborah L. Szanto, Ph.D.
30 Glenn Street
White Plains, New York 10603
(914) 288-6167
Deborah Lancaster, M.S., R.N.

Deborah Lancaster, M.S., R.N.

Deborah Lancaster, M.S., R.N.
2855 Coolidge, Suite 101
Troy, Michigan 48084
(248) 220-1218

Biography

Deborah Lancaster M.S., R.N., is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Troy, Michigan, specializing in the field of infertility, reproductive medicine, and third party family building. Special interests include pregnancy loss, secondary infertility, adoption, single parenting, third party reproduction, issues related to disclosure to children, and child-free living.

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She is a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Mental Health Professional Group and The American Fertility Association.

Deborah Wachs, M.D. - Orinda

Deborah Wachs, M.D. - Orinda

Reproductive Science Center
89 Davis Road, Suite 280
Orinda, California 94563
(925) 867-1800

Biography

Dr. Wachs is a board certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University. She completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego.  

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Dr. Wachs participated in several federally funded research studies on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and has published widely on the topic. Her other areas of special interest include diminished ovarian reserve, recurrent pregnancy loss, and preimplantation genetic screening. Dr. Wachs is also a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

Deborah Wachs, M.D. - San Jose

Deborah Wachs, M.D. - San Jose

Reproductive Science Center
1101 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite O-282
San Jose, California 95128
(925) 867-1800

Biography

Dr. Wachs is a board certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University. She completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego.  

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Dr. Wachs participated in several federally funded research studies on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and has published widely on the topic. Her other areas of special interest include diminished ovarian reserve, recurrent pregnancy loss, and preimplantation genetic screening. Dr. Wachs is also a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

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