2017 Speakers

Keith Bell, LAc is a nationally Board Certified and state Licensed Acupuncturist, a Certified Professional Doula and the found or Richmond’s first Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic, Oriental Medicine Specialists, PC. Recognized internationally as an expert in holistic health, women’s health and holistic fertility enhancement, Keith has more than 17 years’ clinical experience using acupuncture, herbal medicine, and functional medicine to help women and their partners successfully conceive and maintain healthy pregnancies.
Kati Dean is an Associate Attorney at the firm of Locke and Quinn, which includes the Personal Injury and Employment Law Center, the Women’s Injury Law Center, and the Adoption and Surrogacy Law Center. As part of the firm’s adoption and surrogacy practice, Ms. Dean has had the opportunity to help form families by representing adopting parents, foster parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers, and gamete donors, as well as agencies and clinics. She is a member of the Richmond Bar, the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Equality Bar, and the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association, where she currently co-chairs the Communications Committee.
Ms. Dean graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Philosophy from James Madison University in 2007. She also holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of South Carolina. Ms. Dean graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2013 where she was a John Marshall Scholar, a member of the McNeill Law Society, and was awarded the Orrell-Brown Award for Clinical Excellence in the Children’s Law Center.
Ms. Dean devotes and has devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as AmeriCorps, the Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, United Way, and Comfort Zone Camp.
Nancy Durso, MD is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. She attended medical school at UVA, did her residency at St. Louis University and her fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been in private practice in the DC area for over 20 years. She joined Dr. Lucidi at VCU Health Reproductive Medicine in November 2016. She is excited about our new IVF facility at VCU and helping patients in the Richmond area to build their families. She is married and has twin daughters from IVF who are 22 years old.
Dr. Michael C. Edelstein - Virginia Fertility Associates - Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Reproductive Endocrinologist with extensive experience in the medical and surgical aspects of reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and assisted reproductive technologies. Dr. Edelstein is the author of numerous research papers, abstracts, and book chapters, and has lectured extensively on topics relating to infertility and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Joseph Ellen obtained his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He then went on to University of Florida in Gainesville where he completed his general surgery internship and urologic residency. Dr. Ellen completed a one-year fellowship in andrology, prosthetics, and urethral stricture repair at Albany Medical Center in New York. His clinical interests include male infertility, vasectomy reversal, hypogonadism, erectile dysfunction, and urethral stricture repair.
Davina Fankhauser, the foremost expert on policy related to benefits for fertility treatment and preservation, advises patients and professionals how to effectively communicate with insurers, employers, and legislators to increase access to health benefits. Davina and Fertility Within Reach’s, research based, information are sought after at both patient and professional conferences.
As President of Fertility Within Reach, Davina testified before the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to advocate for MA to maintain a Benchmark Plan, (as part of the Affordable Care Act), containing IVF benefits, so regardless of state mandated benefits, IVF coverage will be provided in MA. She once again testified before the MA Division of Insurance in 2012, requesting Cryopreservation of Eggs is a required benefit for infertility. After this approval, Davina worked with clinics and created and presented Recommended Guidelines for Oocyte Cryopreservation to insurers. This treatment is now being offered to patients with medical need, as well. Davina improved awareness of Infertility when she took on top medical resources, WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, and convinced them to update their medical definition of infertility to align with that of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is working with US Senator Ed Markey to establish a Congressional Caucus on Infertility. Through her work, Davina has the privilege of witnessing patients and professionals become empowered advocates and change their fate and that of others.
Rachel Gurevich is the fertility expert for Verywell.com. Since 2008, Rachel has written hundreds of articles on just about every facet of living with infertility, from the concerned-but-unsure stage, to navigating treatment options, to coping with the daily stress.
In 2014, Rachel received The Hope Award for Achievement, from Resolve: The National Association for Infertility. The award is given to "an individual and/or organization/corporation whose accomplishments are worthy and whose actions are socially commendable which result in a material contribution to the lives of those diagnosed with infertility." You can watch her acceptance speech for the award here. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSl2KXlMLMU&]
Rachel’s personal experience with infertility began in 2003 with a series of three miscarriages and a diagnosis of secondary infertility. It would be seven years before her story would get its happy ending, with the birth of her twins in 2010.
Rachel remembers vividly her concerns when struggling with infertility, and she uses those experiences to write compassionate articles that both answer practical questions and offer support. A professional member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, Rachel has been writing about women’s health since 2001. She is a coauthor of Birth Plans for Dummies (Wiley, 2012) and the author of The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant (Three Rivers Press, 2003.)
Rachel is also a fierce fertility advocate and has attended three Advocacy Day’s in Washington D.C. with RESOLVE.

Learn more about Rachel's current and past work on her personal website: http://www.rachelgurevich.com/

Cristal L. Lake-Sanders is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), with over 12 years of experience in both the research and application of counseling women and couples struggling with infertility and exploring their family-building options. As part of her private part-time counseling practice, Cristal provides individual, group, and family counseling in the areas of grief/loss, infertility, women’s health issues, chronic pain, life transitions, and adoption. She has been a professional member of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association since 2000. Additionally, she has written several articles for RESOLVE, on such topics as “Making Connections When Experiencing Infertility” and “Preparing for Parenthood Via Adoption”. She has also had personal experience with infertility before becoming a parent through adoption in 2003 and 2005.
Dr. Scott Lucidi is Medical Director of the VCU Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine. He offers expertise combined with the latest techniques only available through leading academic medical centers. Dr. Lucidi offers treatments for all aspects of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He provides specialized and focused services for cancer patients and survivors. Prior to moving to Richmond, Dr. Lucidi was Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, as well as the Medical and Practice Director at Tripler IVF Institute. Dr. Lucidi is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of OB/GYN Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at VCU School of Medicine. Dr. Lucidi completed his M.D. training at Saint Louis University, followed by his residency training in OB/GYN at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He then completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Lucidi is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility subspecialty. He has been highlighted in Richmond Magazine multiple times and has been consistently named a “Top Doc” in Richmond Magazine’s annual Top Doc Issue. Dr. Lucidi has published several papers and is well respected in his field.
Lisa Pastore is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York. She has been a faculty member of university OB/GYN departments for 14 years. Dr. Pastore has been the Principal Investigator of four awards from the National Institutes of Health (R03, R21, R01), three of which investigated the role of the FMR1 gene in women with diminished ovarian reserve. She has more than a decade of teaching and mentoring experience with medical residents, medical students, undergraduates, and graduate students. She received her masters and doctoral degrees in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a 3-year fellowship researching the Women’s Health Initiative and various Maternal-Fetal Medicine topics. Prior to graduate school, she had 10+ years of employment in a Fortune 500 financial services company.

Her research has focused on genetics and ovarian reserve since 2004. She has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and abstracts on a variety of topics related to Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (and, more broadly, OB/GYN), including reproductive epidemiology, genetic counseling, psychology, PCOS, endocrinology, and complementary-alternative medicine. Her current work is focused on preimplantation genetic testing and genetic sequencing.

Josh Sessions partnered with R. Keith Bell, a Licensed Acupuncturist, to found Oriental Medicine Specialists, PC in 2000, Richmond’s first comprehensive Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine clinic. Today OMS is now recognized as a leading center for acupuncture and holistic health education in the US. In addition to serving as the practice manager, Josh plays an active role in patient care. He is a respected teacher & workshop instructor. Classes, such as the Annual Fall & Spring Detox Workshops have become Richmond traditions. As a Health Coach, Josh combines his extensive knowledge of holistic nutrition, health coaching, & preventive health with years of experience & his unique insight to support & empower clients in achieving their goals, improving their health & living an inspired life.
Dr. Anish A. Shah - Virginia Fertility Associates - moved to Richmond in 2013 to join the Richmond Center for Fertility and Endocrinology from Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Shah did his training at Duke and was faculty in the Department of OB/GYN. During his seven years at Duke, he was awarded a prestigious research grant, multiple teaching awards, and has expertise in reproductive genetics in addition to reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Linda Zaffram received her Master of Social Work degree in 2002 from Virginia Commonwealth University. She works in Richmond, VA as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked 15+ years developing community outreach programs as well as program development and coordination in non-profit, government and the private sector. She developed a mental health program where she was the program manager, supervisor and clinician for the program that served adults who were indigent and underserved. She served as field instructor and mentor for Master's level social work students through Virginia Commonwealth University. She owns a private practice providing therapy for ages 16+ adults with specialties in depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief/bereavement, perinatal mood disorders, maternal mental health, emotional, physical & sexual abuse, trauma and birth trauma. She supervisee's Master of Social Work clinicians for licensure. She has a certificate of completion in birth story listening through Birthing from Within; perinatal mood disorders and maternal mental health through PSI. Linda became a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, through the MISS Foundation, because she was inspired to work with individuals and families affected by traumatic grief, specifically perinatal loss, after her own miscarriage, traumatic births due to NAIT, NAIT mothers who have experienced perinatal loss and working in the birth community. She is a professional birth doula through ToLabor, a breastfeeding counselor through the Elizabeth Project/Lamaze International and acupressure for labor trained through Keith Bell, NCCAOM/Licensed acupuncturist. She offers a free monthly miscarriage support group through the MISS Foundation.