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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Katherine Ellis-Hernandez, Ph.D.

Katherine Ellis-Hernandez, Ph.D.

Family Health Psychology
2801 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, California 92103
(888) 497-1314

Dr. Katherine Ellis-Hernandez is a clinical and reproductive health psychologist.  She provides therapeutic and consultative services to children, adults, couples and families.  Her specialties include family building, cognitive behavioral therapy, sexual and reproductive health education, and play therapy. 

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She provides consultation to families creating families via third-party reproduction, adoption, and embryo donation.  She works with the offspring created via family building to explore issues surrounding disclosure and origins. In addition, Dr. Hernandez administers psychological assessments to gamete donors and gestational carriers.  She provides consultation and support to families across the US.  Her private practice is located in an integrative wellness center in San Diego where she sees clients for therapeutic services, groups and psychoeducational seminars.  

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.

Madeline Feingold, Ph.D.

Madeline Feingold, Ph.D.

Madeline Feingold, Ph.D.
5665 College Avenue, Suite 240-C
Oakland, California 94618
(510) 540-8715

Biography

Madeline Licker Feingold, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services is a clinical psychologist with offices in Berkeley and Walnut Creek. She has over 25 years of experience treating adults, couples, and families and specializes in the psychological aspects of reproductive medicine, treatment of infertile couples, and alternative family building. She has been affiliated with the Alta Bates In Vitro Fertilization Program since 1992.

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Dr. Feingold provides infertility counseling to help our patients cope with the emotional strain of infertility and works collaboratively with our medical team to insure an integrated treatment approach. She incorporates principles of mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and lifestyle interventions to assist individuals and couples reduce stress and depression and enhance the quality of their lives. Dr. Feingold has completed the Mind/Body Infertility Professional Training Program with Alice Domar, Ph.D.

Dr. Feingold has expertise in the psychological and ethical issues associated with third party reproduction.  She provides the required psychological screening of our egg donors and surrogates and meets with intended parents who are considering building a family with the assistance of donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo, or surrogacy. Dr. Feingold helps people develop an individualized family building plan which focuses on healthy child and family development.

A member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (and former chair of the Mental Health Professional Group),Path2Parenthood, and Resolve, Dr. Feingold regularly speaks at conferences on infertility and publishes in the field.

Margot Weinshel, L.C.S.W., R.N.

Margot Weinshel, L.C.S.W., R.N.

Margot Weinshel, L.C.S.W., R.N.
2 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7B
New York, New York 10011
(212) 353-2476

Biography

Margot Weinshel, L.C.S.W., R.N. is on the faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry of NYU Medical School, and has a private practice in New York City.

Marie Davidson, Ph.D. - Glenview

Marie Davidson, Ph.D. - Glenview

Fertility Centers of Illinois
3703 West Lake Avenue, Suite 106
Glenview, Illinois 60026
(877) 324-4483

Biography

Marie Davidson, Ph.D. is currently on staff at Fertility Centers of Illinois®. She has been involved in counseling prospective surrogates, donors, and patients for over 20 years. Dr. Davidson is a licensed clinical psychologist, having earned her doctoral degree at the University of Illinois.

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For the last 10 years, she has concentrated on counseling individuals and couples who are coping with infertility. She facilitates patient education seminars on these topics, leads several support groups, is widely published in the fertility field and has been an invited speaker at many professional meetings.

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