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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Paula Mahan, J.D.

Paula Mahan, J.D.

Mahan & Mahan, Attorneys at Law
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, California 91764
(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.

Paulette E. Browne, M.D.

Paulette E. Browne, M.D.

Shady Grove Fertility
12011 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Suite 302
Fairfax, Virginia 22003
(888) 761-1967

Biography

Dr. Paulette Browne received her medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine and her residency training at Fletcher Allen Healthcare at the University of Vermont. She completed a two-year fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology at Rush-Presbyterian, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.

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Dr. Browne is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Browne is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.

Peggy Orlin, M.S., M.F.T.

Peggy Orlin, M.S., M.F.T.

Peggy Orlin, M.S., M.F.T.
925 The Alameda
Berkeley, California 94707
(510) 528-2750

Biography

Peggy Orlin, MS, MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the emotional aspects of infertility, third party family building, and adoption. She has been a therapist for 24 years, a counselor to those experiencing infertility for 15 years and has been affiliated with Pacific Fertility Center for the past 10 years.

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A native of Buffalo, New York, Ms. Orlin received a master’s degree from Hofstra University. She moved to the Bay Area in 1978 where she completed her postgraduate training at the Family Therapy Center in San Francisco and at the Marin Psychotherapy Institute.

Her personal history of infertility led her to sub specialize in infertility counseling. At Pacific Fertility Center, she has co-led stress reduction classes for patients and co-ordinates discussions for staff on ethical issues in reproductive medicine. Her involvement with third party family building includes psychological screening of all involved - donors, recipients and gestational surrogates.

Ms. Orlin’s professional associations include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she is immediate Past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Mental Health Professional Group, and RESOLVE, the national infertility organization, where she is a member of their Mental Health Advisory Board. She regularly speaks at conferences on infertility.

She maintains an interest in disclosure and attachment issues that affect individuals and their children involved with ART and adopted children. In addition to her infertility counseling, Ms. Orlin enjoys working with couples, adults dealing with grief and loss, and those coping with anxiety and relationship problems.

In line with her long history of including stress reduction as an adjunct to her fertility counseling, Ms. Orlin has received Mind/Body Teacher Training with Alice Domar, PhD. (Dr. Alice Domar, is a pioneer in the development of mind/body programs for infertility.) She is co-teacher of Mind/Body@PFC Weekend Workshop.

Peggy Orlin, M.S., M.F.T.

Peggy Orlin, M.S., M.F.T.

Peggy Orlin, M.S., M.F.T.
3819 23rd Street
San Francisco, California 94114
(510) 528-2750

Biography

Peggy Orlin, MS, MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the emotional aspects of infertility, third party family building, and adoption. She has been a therapist for 24 years, a counselor to those experiencing infertility for 15 years and has been affiliated with Pacific Fertility Center for the past 10 years.

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A native of Buffalo, New York, Ms. Orlin received a master’s degree from Hofstra University. She moved to the Bay Area in 1978 where she completed her postgraduate training at the Family Therapy Center in San Francisco and at the Marin Psychotherapy Institute.

Her personal history of infertility led her to sub specialize in infertility counseling. At Pacific Fertility Center, she has co-led stress reduction classes for patients and co-ordinates discussions for staff on ethical issues in reproductive medicine. Her involvement with third party family building includes psychological screening of all involved - donors, recipients and gestational surrogates.

Ms. Orlin’s professional associations include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she is immediate Past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Mental Health Professional Group, and RESOLVE, the national infertility organization, where she is a member of their Mental Health Advisory Board. She regularly speaks at conferences on infertility.

She maintains an interest in disclosure and attachment issues that affect individuals and their children involved with ART and adopted children. In addition to her infertility counseling, Ms. Orlin enjoys working with couples, adults dealing with grief and loss, and those coping with anxiety and relationship problems.

In line with her long history of including stress reduction as an adjunct to her fertility counseling, Ms. Orlin has received Mind/Body Teacher Training with Alice Domar, PhD. (Dr. Alice Domar, is a pioneer in the development of mind/body programs for infertility.) She is co-teacher of Mind/Body@PFC Weekend Workshop.

Philip Werthman, M.D.

Philip Werthman, M.D.

Center for Male Reproductive Medicine
2080 Century Park East, Suite 907
Los Angeles, California 90067
(310) 277-2873

Biography

At age 46, Dr. Werthman is the most recognized vasectomy reversal surgeon and male fertility specialist in the world, appearing on ABC’s Extreme Makeover and in every major news media outlet and listed as one of “America’s Top Physicians” 2005. He was the recipient of the 2008 American Fertility Association’s Illuminations Award, given to the outstanding fertility doctor in the nation.

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Dr. Werthman is a fellowship-trained andrologist, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and Director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine in Century City, Los Angeles. He is the current President of the Los Angeles Urologic Society and has served as former Chief of Urology at Century City Hospital, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at The University of Southern California School of Medicine. As a male infertility specialist, Dr. Werthman has a keen understanding and perspective of the unique issues that confront men who are faced with this unfamiliar and unsettling situation.

Dr. Werthman’s practice is limited exclusively to microsurgical vasectomy reversal, no-scalpel vasectomy and the treatment of male infertility. He has performed thousands of microsurgical procedures and well over 2000 no-scalpel vasectomies. He has conducted basic science and clinical research in the areas of gene therapy for male infertility for which he was awarded the American Urological Association Western Section’s highest resident award, the Proctor and Gamble First Prize Essay in 1995. He is also actively involved in designing and refining microsurgical instrumentation and suture materials used in male infertility treatments.

Dr. Werthman was the first fertility specialist to perform microsurgical epididymal sperm aspirations in the office setting under local anesthesia, taking a 2-hour, in hospital surgery and making it a quick recovery, minor procedure. He is also the developer of the mini-incision microsurgical vasoepididymostomy.

Dr. Werthman is the editor of a textbook on male infertility for the series “Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Clinics of North America” Published by WB Saunders, and is co-author of “The Sperm Goes in the Egg; A Guy’s Guide for Surviving Couples Infertility.” He serves as the male infertility expert on multiple web sites, advising thousands of couples. In addition, he is often called upon by the national media to comment on men’s health issues, and lectures frequently on infertility to both doctor and patient audiences around the country. Dr. Werthman is the only male fertility specialist on the advisory board of Conceive Magazine.

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