2018 Fertility Conference Speakers

Sandy B. Goodman, M.D.

Dr. Goodman is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as sub-specialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She serves as the Patient Education Director for The Reproductive Medicine Group.

Dr. Goodman specializes in treating patients with infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis and age-related infertility. She also has a special interest in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Goodman has extensive experience with infertility treatments, including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, minimally invasive surgery, tubal reversal, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and egg donation cycles. She is the recipient of the Excellence Award for Operative Laparoscopy and Operative Hysteroscopy.

Dr. Goodman received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she achieved membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She received her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital’s Program where she was distinguished as the Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Goodman completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. She joined The Reproductive Medicine Group in 2000.

She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Society. Dr. Goodman has consistently been named among the Best Doctors in America.

Betsy McCormick, M.D.

Dr. McCormick is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as subspecialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. McCormick specializes in treating all patients with infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. She also has a special interest in PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). She has experience in all aspects of ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and oocyte donation.

Dr. McCormick received her undergraduate degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She then went on to earn a masters degree in physiology with an emphasis in endocrinology, and her medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio. She received her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati and was awarded the Robert Rebar Award for Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. McCormick completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility also at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. McCormick is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Timothy R. Yeko, M.D.

Dr. Yeko is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. Yeko is the ART Program Medical Director at The Reproductive Medicine Group and has also been a principle investigator or co-investigator in more than thirty research trials.

Dr. Yeko has a special interest in advanced operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy for the management of endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic pain and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. He has a special expertise in the treatment of infertility including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization and oocyte donation.

Dr. Yeko received his undergraduate and medical school degrees from the University of Wisconsin where he earned membership to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and his fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Illinois. Dr. Yeko served as the division director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of South Florida. He joined The Reproductive Medicine Group in 2000. Dr. Yeko has consistently been recognized as among the Best Doctors in America.

Howard Heidenberg, D.O. - Urologist

Dr. Howard Heidenberg, D.O. - UrologistDr. Heidenberg is a graduate of USMA – West Point. He performed his residency training in Urology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC where he received subspecialty training in Male Infertility. Following his residency training, he remained on staff at Walter Reed as a general urologist and male infertility specialist until relocating to the Tampa Bay area in 2000. He is a partner physician with Tampa Urology, a division of Florida Urology Partners where he practices general urology and specializes in male infertility.Dr. Heidenberg has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Urologists”.

Kathy Fountain, LMHC

Kathy FountainKathy Fountain is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida (FL#7630) and National Board-Certified Counselor specializing in fertility and infertility issues. Her practice includes counseling individuals and couples who are experiencing the stresses that accompany fertility issues.

Kathy also works with doctors, lawyers and agencies specializing in reproductive technologies, and is experienced in evaluating and counseling those looking for fertility help who are considering IVF, third-party reproduction, egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, and surrogacy. Her practice is in Tampa:

238 E. Davis Blvd.
Suite 313
Tampa, Florida 33606


Kathy is known in the Tampa Bay area as a long-time former news anchor and talk show host for WTVT Fox 13. She has published articles and is a highly respected speaker on the topic of stress and infertility.

She is a member of the Mental Health Professionals Group within the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is a certified professional instructor of the Mind Body Program for Infertility, having trained with Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., at the Mind Body Center for Woman’s Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Fountain is the founder of the Mind Body Program for Infertility in Tampa Bay.

Ms. Fountain also is one of the facilitators for the Tampa chapter of Resolve, the national infertility support group. For 20 years she was the honorary chair of the March of Dimes Walk America (now Walk for Babies) in Tampa Bay.

For more information about Ms. Fountain and her services, please visit her website at www.kathyfountainfertility.com.

Jennifer Saucier - Director of Genetic Counseling Services at Natera

Jennifer SaucierJennifer Saucier is a board-certified genetic counselor and currently serves as Director of Genetic Counseling Services at Natera where she oversees a team of genetic counselors.  Prior to joining Natera in 2009, Ms. Saucier worked as a clinical genetic counselor in central Texas. She gained invaluable experience in all areas of genetic counseling (prenatal, pediatrics, cancer and laboratory) working as the sole genetic counselor at a large rural university hospital. She later specialized in prenatal genetics while seeing patients at several busy maternal-fetal medicine offices.

Ms. Saucier graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Genetics and has an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.

For more information on Natera, please visit their website at https://www.natera.com.

Nicole Witt, Executive Director - The Adoption Consultancy

Nicole WittNicole Witt is Executive Director of The Adoption Consultancy (www.TheAdoptionConsultancy.com) as well as a frequent speaker on adoption and infertility.  The Adoption Consultancy is an unbiased resource serving pre-adoptive families by providing them with the education, information, and guidance they need to safely adopt a newborn, usually within 3 to 12 months.  Nicole has helped hundreds of people to realize their dream of becoming parents.

Nicole earned her BA from Lehigh University and her MBA from Cornell University.  She spent over 10 years in Management Consulting and Strategic Marketing before founding The Adoption Consultancy.

Nicole is recognized as an information source. She serves as an Expert Witness in adoption-related cases. She has been interviewed by Today, World News Tonight, Fox News, Daytime, Redbook, More magazine, E! Online, and many radio programs.  She has also been interviewed for articles appearing on www.WebMD.com and www.CBSNews.com.  Her articles have been featured in local and national publications such as “Family Building” magazine.

Nicole is a member of the Florida Adoption Council, the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), the World Speakers Association (WSA), the American Professional Speakers Association, and the Florida Speakers Association.  Nicole is also an active professional member of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, serves on the Resolve Editorial Board and co-founded the Tampa chapter of the organization in 2007.  Nicole can be reached at 813-681-6232 or via email at nicole@TheAdoptionConsultancy.com.

Cindy Phillips, RNC, WHNP - RMG Third Party Coordinator

Cindy PhillipsCindy Phillips is the Special Services/Third Party Coordinator at The Reproductive Medicine Group, helping couples with donor egg and gestational carrier services. She began working with Dr. Barry Verkauf in 1976 when he left the University of South Florida to go into private practice. In January 1981 they opened what is now The Reproductive Medicine Group in Tampa. Cindy graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College with an Associates of Arts degree in 1972 and an Associates of Science in Nursing in 1974. She obtained certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing in 1982 and as a Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility Nurse in 1989.

Mary Wheatley, Executive Director - Heart of Adoptions, Inc

Mary WheatleyMary Wheatley joined Heart of Adoptions, Inc. in June 2012 as the new Executive Director. As Executive Director, she is responsible for supervising all staff members and for overseeing each adoption case. Mary is held accountable for compliance with agency licenses, training and evaluating staff and monitoring the entire adoption process.

Mary graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and devoted many years to adolescents in residential facilities. As program manager with the crisis stabilization unit, she was able to improve levels of therapeutic care for all ages. As a proud adoptive parent of two beautiful girls, Mary was eager to join the field of private adoptions in 2005 and loves creating families through adoption.

For more information about Heart of Adoptions, Inc. and the services that they offer, please visit their website at http://www.heartofadoptions.com or call them direct at 800-462-3678 (800 GO ADOPT)

Souad Dreyfus, Director - Open Arms Surrogacy & Egg Donation

Souad DreyfusBefore Souad Dreyfus founded Open Arms Surrogacy & Egg Donation, she gained extensive experience working with a fertility specialist on behalf of intended parents, surrogates and egg donors. From the sterile atmosphere of doctor’s offices, she added the dimension of caring, nurturing, and emotional support.

Souad has celebrated the many triumphs and joys of creating families, which became the driving focus of Open Arms Surrogacy & Egg Donation. Souad’s warm individuality, professional integrity, and international flair ideally suit her role as founder and director of Open Arms. Her ability to blend compassion with professionalism in every unique situation stems from a strong family background and solid experience in the field.

Souad was born and raised in Morocco and arrived in the U.S. to attend university in 1998. With dual Moroccan/American citizenship, she speaks fluent English, French, and Arabic. After studying computer networking and business relations in college, she found her niche managing both the business aspects and the egg donation/surrogacy cycle for a local fertility specialist. During this time, she began to nurture the dream of expanding her role and helping bring families together through her own consulting business.

In June 2003, Souad founded Open Arms Consultants, Inc. later to be called Open Arms Surrogacy & Egg Donation,  with the mission of offering intended parents, egg donors, and surrogates the complex services they need in an environment of nurturing and warmth.

For more information on Open Arms Surrogacy & Egg Donation, please visit their website at http://www.openarmssurrogacy.com or call their offices directly at 914-714-4994.

Holistic Panel

Sherry Longbottom, RN, CYT, Fertility Yoga Specialist

Sherry LongbottomSherry Longbottom is a Licensed Registered Nurse for over twenty years with numerous certifications. She practices as a Holistic and Integrative Health Practitioner blending specialized, restorative yoga with mindfulness meditation delivering an amazing mind, body, and soul experience that leaves you feeling calm, restored, and ready for the next step of your journey. Sherry has advanced training in mindfulness meditation from the world-renowned UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is certified in various forms of yoga (including prenatal & postnatal yoga) and has written many articles on the ways yoga and meditation can change your life and make you feel younger and slow the aging process.

What is Fertility Yoga? It is based on the principles of balancing hormones and increasing circulation (especially to the pelvic area and reproductive organs) while calming the mind, body, and spirit. Renew your spirit and turn “on” the relaxation response during the restful, restorative poses and breath awareness of mindfulness meditation. To learn more about fertility yoga and her classes, please view her website at https://www.myyogarn.com or email Sherry directly at MyYogaRN@gmail.com.

Laura Gilstrap, RD, LD/N - Owner of LG Nutrition Consulting

Laura GilstrapLaura Gilstrap is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist specializing in fertility nutrition and weight management.  Laura is the owner of LG Nutrition Consulting and works as a Clinical Dietitian within a local hospital system.  Her practice includes nutritional counseling for individuals and couples preparing for conception or experiencing infertility.

Laura holds a B.S from The State University of New York in Oswego and from The University of Alabama.  She completed her Dietetic Internship at Iowa State University and The University of Ghana in Ghana, Africa.  Additionally, Laura is a Certified Peer Educator and holds a Certificate in Adult Weight Management.

Laura is an active member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

For more information on Laura’s services, please visit her website at https://lgnutritionconsulting.com.

Dr. Kym Caporale DACM ( c ), MSOM, MEd - Acupuncture Physician

Dr. Kym CaporaleDr. Kym Caporale DACM ( c ), MSOM, MEd has a passion for integrative medicine and believes in the implementation of a patient-centered approach to reproductive medicine. Dr. Caporale uses a personalized approach to medicine, combining therapies as needed to assist with fertility concerns and elimination of stress and anxiety that some couples experience during the fertility journey. Dr. Caporale has education not only in acupuncture but nutrition, nutraceuticals, and biogenomics with a specialty in Infertility.

A Florida licensed, and board-certified acupuncture physician and a nationally certified diplomate with over 30 years of experience in clinical settings, Dr. Caporale shares her expertise through consultation and treatment with patients and practitioners throughout the United States. Dr. Caporale lectures internationally to physicians, students, and patients about pre and post conception. In addition to running her clinical practices and offering acupuncture in Tampa Bay, Florida, she is an adjunct instructor and clinical dean at East West College of Natural Medicine and sits on the institution’s oversight committee.

For more information about Dr. Kym Caporale and the services that she offers, please visit her website at http://livewelltampabay.com.

Denise Moore, LMT, RYT - Owner SunCoast Massage Therapy Center

Denise MooreDenise R. Moore, LMT, RYT is the owner of SunCoast Massage Therapy Center located in Tampa, Florida.  She began her practice at the Center in 1991 specializing in NMT, CORE Myofascial, pregnancy massage, classic relaxation massage, and the Vitality Break Chair Massage.

Denise has been a yoga practitioner for the past 27 years and became a “Registered Yoga Teacher” in 2007.  She teaches yoga privately at several area businesses and for the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation.  She incorporates yoga breath work and asanas (postures) into her massage therapy practice.

Denise has worked with several Tampa Bay area “high-risk” obstetricians and has also worked on many referrals from the Tampa General Midwife team headed by Mary O’ Meara and incorporates the use of the “Body Support Cushion” system in her therapy.

For more information about Denise and her services, please visit the SunCoast Massage Therapy Center website at http://www.suncoastmassage.com or by calling 813-259-3404.

Jocie Fletcher - Mind/Body Solutions for Infertility

Jocie Fletcher - Mind, Body, Therapy ProgramJocie Fletcher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida (SW #8050) specializing in infant/ child mental health, family counseling, fertility and perinatal mood disorders. She is a certified professional instructor of Mind Body Program for Infertility, having trained with Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., at the Mind Body Center for Woman’s Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Fletcher works with Kathy Fountain, LMHC, and founder of the Mind Body Program for Infertility in Tampa Bay.

She is a certified children’s yoga instructor through Rainbow Kids Yoga and is a certified Meyers-Briggs Administrator. Ms. Fletcher has published articles on the effect of stress on young children and yoga, and positive discipline. Ms. Fletcher has extensive experience counseling those facing infertility and/or considering their family building options; pre-adoptive and adoptive parents; adopted children, teens and adults, and conducting foster/ adoptive parent groups. She instructs children’s yoga classes to help families learn the importance of self-regulation, mind-body connection, and overall health.