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The NYC IVF Team

If you are looking for a fertility clinic that will give you all the time you need to understand your fertility issues and apply only as much science as is needed to achieve your fertility goals, NYC IVF is right for you.

Dr. Alyaa Elassar

Dr. Alyaa Elassar

MD, MSc., Ph.D., FACOG

Dr. Elassar is a board certified gynecologist specialized in reproductive endocrinology & fertility. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbytarian Weill Cornell and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Connecticut. Alyaa was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt which she frequents to visit family. Through her career she has authored several research papers with focus on hormonal response to fertility treatment in women with low ovarian reserve. Dr. Elassar is a warm soul who has dedicated her personal time to helping others and her professional time to helping women take control of their life stages.

She has two daughters, a college grad and a 13 year old. As an avid soccer fan, you can strike up a conversation with her about the current season and her favorite team, FC Barca. She enjoys watching basketball and loves family gatherings. Ask her about her favorite beaches!

Dr. Jennifer L. Patrick

Dr. Jennifer L. Patrick

Ph.D, Lab Director

Dr. Patrick holds a PhD from UNCC in Biopreservation and is an HCLD board certified embryologist with more than 15 years experience. She is responsible for the first live birth from vitrification in North Carolina and South Carolina. She is also responsible for the first live birth from blastocyst biopsy in North Carolina. Dr. Patrick also heads up the embryo donation and egg bank at REACH. She has published multiple abstracts and papers on topics of mosaicism and embryo culture. Recently she was also on the embryology advisory board for GoodStart Genetics. She is the proud mother of 3 boys and enjoys spending time with them outdoors.

Tamar Badridze

Tamar Badridze

Nurse

Tamar Badridze is a licensed registered nurse at NYC IVF. She started her medical career in the country of Georgia as an obstetrician and gynecologist then received additional training in reproductive health and IVF. She was a co-founder of one of the largest surrogacy and egg donation centers in Europe. Tamar has many years of experience working in the women’s health field in different countries. She is fluent in multiple languages such as Georgian, Russian, Italian and Hebrew. As our nurse, Tamar strives to provide the utmost personal care for our patients. There is nothing more fulfilling than helping our patients achieve their dream of parenthood.

Amy Vance

Amy Vance

MS, CGC, Genetic counselor

Amy Vance is a Board Certified and Licensed Genetic Counselor and founder of Bay Area Genetic Counseling, a consulting practice specializing in genetic risk assessment for gamete donors and fertility patients. She is respected as a leader and innovator among genetic counselors. BAGC is a boutique genetic counseling practice with an internationally recognized reputation as a leader and expert in the field of reproductive genetic counseling. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she serves clients from around the country and the globe. Ms. Vance attended Miami University of Ohio and graduated with a B.A. in Zoology. She received her graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati, earning a full scholarship for her graduate work. She has provided genetic counseling since 1991, with clinical experience and significant expertise in prenatal, pediatric, adult, cancer, and reproductive genetics. 

Antonia Katrandjieva

Antonia Katrandjieva

Ph.D., D.Sc, Nutritional Counsellor

Antonia Ka, Ph.D., D.Sc is a holistic therapist and esoteric scholar, specializing in women’s health and wellness. For more than 28 years she has researched functional medicine and practiced various ancient and modern holistic modalities and rejuvenation tools, ranging from Yoga, Qi-Gong and prano-therapy; to herbal nutrition, homeopathy, breath & bodywork. Antonia is also licensed in cranio-sacral therapy, emotional freedom technique, embryonic massage and polarity.

You can find Antonia’s extensive educational background and certifications in Fertility and Wellness Therapy here.

Racquel Houston

Racquel Houston

Nurse Assistant

Before working at NYC IVF, Racquel was a pediatric nurse for over four years. In 2018, she switched careers and became a medical assistant; She is a nurturer at heart and caring for others makes her happy. This change in direction led her to NYC IVF. Racquel states that this has been the most rewarding job she has ever had— to be a part of a patient’s journey is like no other. Supporting them through the ups and downs of fertility treatments, cheering them on at each milestone, and comforting them at each set back. She loves being a part of the NYC IVF team – you become family when you enter the door.

About The Founder

NYC IVF Was Founded In 2009 By Dr. Amr Azim,

a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist with special training in treating simple and complex fertility problems. Dr. Azim studied medicine at Cairo University, and later graduated from both residency and fellowship programs at Weill Cornell. He is the principal author on multiple groundbreaking research papers published in top fertility journals; his research specialty focused on fertility for oncology patients. After a few years at Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA), where he laid the groundwork for a new clinic, Dr. Azim opened his own practice. With the experience and insight of leading large fertility centers, Dr. Azim was committed to opening a clinic that fostered a greater sense of care and compassion for each individual patient. With hard work and dedication, NYC IVF was established. 

Dr. Azim started NYC IVF with the belief that reproductive care should provide insight into fertility in a private and stress free atmosphere.

Fertility And Wellness

The KA rejuvenation method is a holistic and individually crafted wellness program to assist women through all stages of their fertility journey.  After a personal evaluation of the physical and energetic body, patients are assigned a step-by-step nutritional, breathing and gentle exercise plan to boost functions of the reproductive system, organs and glands.

Trigger point massage is applied to the extremities, head and ears to bolster immunity and promote vitality throughout the hormonal treatment. Daily breath-work boosts circulation and gentle hip-openers stimulate the 2nd chakra for a relaxed and vibrant womb.

Herbal tinctures and organic dietary supplements further assist detoxification and boost fertility. A special embryonic massage of gentle acupressure is administered right before the transfer to tone and stimulate blood flow into the uterus.

During the post-transfer days of rest, five poses to aid implantation are practiced in bed. Each patient leaves with a customized plan of breathing and relaxation to open the body and calm the mind – paving her way into a healthy conception, pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

Antonia Ka, Ph.D., D.Sc is a holistic therapist and esoteric scholar, specializing in women’s health and wellness. For more than 28 years she has researched functional medicine and practiced various ancient and modern holistic modalities and rejuvenation tools, ranging from Yoga, Qi-Gong and prano-therapy; to herbal nutrition, homeopathy, breath & bodywork. Antonia is also licensed in cranio-sacral therapy, emotional freedom technique, embryonic massage and polarity.

Antonia has traveled the world and trained with medicine women and traditional healers, integrating their natural wisdom and indigenous practices into a scientifically tested tool kit for health and growth.

Antonia is founder and producer of Yogea Yoga Wellness platform on YouTube where she offers more than 360 instructional yoga, breathing routines, meditation and visualization practices that target various conditions and needs. The women’s section of the channel features valuable practices to aid through all the seasons of the female journey – addressing PMS; aiding fertility; and guiding women through implantation, conception, pregnancy, motherhood and menopause.

For the past 15 years Antonia has explored different avenues of fertility – bridging allopathic and integrative medicine. She has designed a comprehensive wellness program to assist women through every stage of their fertility. The program that blends herbal nutrition, yoga, breathwork, embryonic massage, reflexology and meditation is personally tailored and suited for women of all ages, and physical conditions undergoing IVF treatment.

Empowering women to meet their personal best in a healthy body and mind, while nurturing their soul and voicing their spirit is Antonia’s greatest passion and personal calling.