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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Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W.

Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W.

Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.
90 Eighth Avenue Suite 8A
Brooklyn, New York 11215
(718) 230-9383

Biography

Patricia Mendell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomat. She is the facilitator of the AFA Ovum Donor Seminar Series. Patricia has served as Co-Chair of the AFA since 2006. She is a member of the AFA Mental Health Advisory Board. Patricia is co-author of the fact sheet for AFA on “Talking to Children about Ovum Donation” reissued in 2009. In 2003 Patricia was a recipient of the AFA Family Building Award and is a founding board member of the organization.

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Patricia has written and spoken extensively on numerous topics regarding fertility, third party reproduction and disclosure, parenting after fertility, multi-fetal reduction, and pregnancy loss and adoption. As an infertility and pregnancy loss survivor, she is well aware of the impact decision making choices on people’s lives. In her role as therapist and consumer advocate, she gives those seeking her help both practical and therapeutic advice on how to cope better with stress, resolve marital tensions and explore and select solutions to their family building dilemmas.

 

Patricia holds a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Mental Health Professional Group and a MHPG mentor.  Patricia is married and is the proud mother of two sons David and Michael Singer. She and her husband have practices in New York City and reside in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Paul J. Turek, M.D.

Paul J. Turek, M.D.

The Turek Clinic
436 N. Bedford Drive, Suite 202
Beverly Hills, California 90210
(310) 499-9299

Biography

Husband, father -- and Longboard surfer -- Dr. Turek is the world's leading innovator in male reproductive health. Dr. Turek's clinics are "clinical homes for men," designed to provide state of the art medical treatment to men across the globe. Dr. Turek is president of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU), and a recent recipient of a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for research designed to help infertile men, such as cancer survivors, become fathers through the use of an artificial testicle.

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Dr. Turek has published some of the highest success rates worldwide, for vasectomy reversals and invented sperm mapping, a cost and time-saving complement to micro-dissection procedures. In addition to being one of the most popular doctors on Facebook Dr. Turek blogs on a weekly basis about common medical issues, solutions and innovations. His blog is syndicated to The Robb Report and Men's Health Network, among others.

Paul J. Turek, M.D.

Paul J. Turek, M.D.

The Turek Clinic
55 Francisco Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 392-3200

Biography

Husband, father -- and Longboard surfer -- Dr. Turek is the world's leading innovator in male reproductive health. Dr. Turek's clinics are "clinical homes for men," designed to provide state of the art medical treatment to men across the globe. Dr. Turek is president of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU), and a recent recipient of a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for research designed to help infertile men, such as cancer survivors, become fathers through the use of an artificial testicle.

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Dr. Turek has published some of the highest success rates worldwide, for vasectomy reversals and invented sperm mapping, a cost and time-saving complement to micro-dissection procedures. In addition to being one of the most popular doctors on Facebook Dr. Turek blogs on a weekly basis about common medical issues, solutions and innovations. His blog is syndicated to The Robb Report and Men's Health Network, among others.

Paula Mahan, J.D.

Paula Mahan, J.D.

Mahan & Mahan, Attorneys at Law
520 E. Pico #6040
San Clemente, California 92674-6040
(949) 369-7787

Biography

Paula Mahan graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1978, and passed the California Bar that same year. Her first job was as a criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Eventually, she went into private practice with her husband, Kevin M. Mahan, and her first case was an independent adoption. That experience became the initial step in what has become a long and storied journey….a journey that has taken decades.

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Paula was part of a small group of legal practitioners who helped merge bold new ideas in Family Law with innovative medical technologies in the treatment of infertility. The early formative years were exciting times, marked by great forward strides, along with a few minor setbacks. Today those efforts have become the cornerstone of a huge medical-legal industry in California that attracts people from all over the world who are in need of surrogate parenting services and/or some of their corollaries: egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation. Paula has specialized in the area of Reproductive Law for over twenty-five years and has worked with some of the best doctors, medical clinics, and agencies in the state of California.

With the help of California’s welcoming and inclusive laws, artificial reproductive services are available to all those seeking to become parents…including heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, and unmarried singles. Paula has worked successfully with all types of prospective parents and is experienced in all of the myriad laws and procedures necessary to establish parentage. The work is very emotionally rewarding and Paula has hundreds of happy clients who, with her help, have achieved their life-long dream of becoming parents. We have come a long way toward the goal of eradicating the heartbreak of infertility.

Paula Mahan, J.D.

Paula Mahan, J.D.

Mahan & Mahan, Attorneys at Law
1902 Wright Place, Suite 200
Carlsbad, California 92008
(949) 369-7787

Biography

Paula Mahan graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1978, and passed the California Bar that same year. Her first job was as a criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Eventually, she went into private practice with her husband, Kevin M. Mahan, and her first case was an independent adoption. That experience became the initial step in what has become a long and storied journey….a journey that has taken decades.

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Paula was part of a small group of legal practitioners who helped merge bold new ideas in Family Law with innovative medical technologies in the treatment of infertility. The early formative years were exciting times, marked by great forward strides, along with a few minor setbacks. Today those efforts have become the cornerstone of a huge medical-legal industry in California that attracts people from all over the world who are in need of surrogate parenting services and/or some of their corollaries: egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation. Paula has specialized in the area of Reproductive Law for over twenty-five years and has worked with some of the best doctors, medical clinics, and agencies in the state of California.

With the help of California’s welcoming and inclusive laws, artificial reproductive services are available to all those seeking to become parents…including heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, and unmarried singles. Paula has worked successfully with all types of prospective parents and is experienced in all of the myriad laws and procedures necessary to establish parentage. The work is very emotionally rewarding and Paula has hundreds of happy clients who, with her help, have achieved their life-long dream of becoming parents. We have come a long way toward the goal of eradicating the heartbreak of infertility.

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