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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Operations and Business Development
Laila is a University of Chicago graduate with focus in Global Studies and Medicine. She brings her combined studies to NYC IVF to bridge business and healthcare. Through the development of our business model, we continue to prioritize and ensure top quality patient care with an emphasis on individualized attention. While the majority of the fertility field becomes increasingly corporate, Laila works to make sure that our patients feel comfortable and well taken care of in their fertility journey.
Dr. Sahar Lashin
MD, PhD, ABAARM, FAAMM, MSc
Dr. Lashin is a Board certified internal medicine physician with a special interest in Integrative therapeutic approach She is certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
Her services include the use of Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in cases of low ovarian reserve, endometriosis, PMS and PCOS. She works with our patients to optimize their health condition prior to IVF treatment and pregnancy. Dr. Lashin is an expert in thyroid disorders including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, hypothyroidism and suboptimal thyroid dysfunction. She conducts virtual consults all over the country.
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.