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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Leia Ogburn, L.C.S.W., C.A.D.C.

Leia Ogburn, L.C.S.W., C.A.D.C.

Ogburn Counseling Services, LLC
5113 N Executive Dr, Suite 101
Peoria, Illinois 61614
(309) 682-3915

Biography

In my 20+ years as a psychotherapist I have been fortunate to have experienced working in a variety of agencies and settings that provided opportunities to learn from the clients whose lives have intersected with mine and from the professionals who have guided me along the way.  I received my BS in psychology and sociology from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, in 1994.  I earned my Masters in Social Work from the University of IL Urbana-Champaign in 1997.  I am licensed in the State of IL as a Clinical Social Worker, and I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor via IAODAPCA in Illinois.

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I opened my private practice in September, 2006, and have developed a specialty working with those who are experiencing issues with fertility.  I facilitate a free, open to the public, monthly support group for couples called the Reproductive Challenges Networking Group which meets the second Thursday of each month.  Those attending receive education about various aspects relating to infertility, assisted reproductive technology procedures such as IVF, third party reproduction such as donor eggs/embryos and gestational carriers, etc.  The couples also have the opportunity to network and receive emotional support from others who understand what it’s like to struggle in the fertile world.

Additional information can be found on my website:  www.ogburncounselingservices.com.  You can contact me via that website, or through my email: leia.ogburn@comcast.net.  My telephone number is (309) 682-3915.

Leo Doherty, M.D. - Freehold

Leo Doherty, M.D. - Freehold

IVF New Jersey
495 Iron Bridge Road
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
(732) 577-6500

Biography

Dr. Doherty received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.  He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT.  He was awarded a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Yale Fertility Center, home to the Northeast's first IVF program, at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Dr. Leo Doherty is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  He is also an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Lillian Swiersz, M.D., FACOG - Palo Alto

Lillian Swiersz, M.D., FACOG - Palo Alto

PAMF Fertility Physicians of Northern California
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
(650) 853-2265

Biography

Dr. Swiersz received her M.D. degree from the Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and her reproductive endocrinology fellowship training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Swiersz is a Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Swierz is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society.

Lillian Swiersz, M.D., FACOG - San Jose

Lillian Swiersz, M.D., FACOG - San Jose

PAMF Fertility Physicians of Northern California
2581 Samaritan Drive, Suite 302
San Jose, California 95124
(800) 597-2234

Biography

Dr. Swiersz received her M.D. degree from the Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and her reproductive endocrinology fellowship training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Swiersz is a Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Swierz is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society.

Lisa Schuman L.C.S.W.

Lisa Schuman L.C.S.W.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
635 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10022
(212) 756-5777

Biography

Lisa Schuman, LCSW is a psychotherapist who has been counseling individuals, couples and groups on a variety of issues and has specialized in reproductive medicine for over a decade. Ms. Schuman helps individuals through family building processes such as IUI and IVF, ovum and sperm donation, perinatal loss, single parent issues, gay and lesbian issues, oocyte cryopreservation, surrogacy and adoption.

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She leads two Drop-In Support Groups, one focused on infertility treatment concerns and the other focused on third party reproduction, for both ovum donation and sperm donation recipients. She is also founding director of Adoption Cooperative Consultants, an adoption consulting group. Ms. Schuman is a frequent speaker and consultant for seminars, symposiums and television programs.

Ms. Schuman earned her graduate degree at Yeshiva University and studied psychoanalysis at the Greenwich Institute in Manhattan. She is also a supervisor and on faculty at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a former board member and support group leader for the American Fertility Association and has been actively involved with many other infertility and adoption organizations. In addition, she is an active member of the Mental Health Professional Group for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and is Chair of the Oocyte Cryopreservation Task Force.

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