2016 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.
Kristen Darcy is a noted author, coach, motivational speaker and expert on the emotional aspects of infertility and other life challenges. She presents at conferences around the country as an expert and keynote speaker. She also consults with fertility clinics and providers to provide emotional support services for their clients/patients. Kristen is the author of "Girlfriend to Girlfriend: A Fertility Companion" (First Books Library, 2000) and the award-winning "Love & Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage and Life" (LifeLine Press, 2004). "Love and Infertility" is the recipient of the Hope Award, Best Book, Coping, from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. She has been highlighted in national publications and broadcast media including NBC’s The Today Show, Woman’s World magazine, PBS’ Health Week and The Boston Globe. She also is a former board member and volunteer for RESOLVE of New England.
Kristen's upcoming book about strategies for keeping you and your family intact during a high-conflict divorce is entitled "Intact." Meanwhile, readers can follow her advice at her new blog "Divorcing Intact."
Dr. Michael C. Edelstein - The Fertility Institute of Virginia - 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.
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.

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.
Dr. Dennis W. Matt is the Scientific Director and co-founder of the Virginia IVF and Andrology Center. After receiving his BA degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University, he earned his MS degree in Zoology from Rutgers University, and his PhD in Anatomy and Zoology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University, respectfully. He then continued his postdoctoral studies at UCLA School of Medicine where he was a member of UCLA's highly successful IVF program. In addition, he conducted extensive grant-supported research on aging and reproduction. Dr. Matt joined the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. At the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Matt served as the Laboratory Director for the IVF Program as well as the Director of the Andrology/Endocrinology Laboratory and Prenatal Screening Laboratory. After receiving tenure as an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Matt co-founded the Virginia IVF and Andrology Center with his colleagues, Michael Edelstein, MD, Joseph Gianfortoni, MD, Sanford Rosenberg, MD, Kenneth Steingold, MD, and Geof Tidey, MD. Dr. Matt is board certified as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD), and has over 25 years of experience in the Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Currently, Dr. Matt is also Clinical Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University where he lectures extensively on embryology and the assisted reproductive technologies.
Dr. Mindes is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia and an Associate with the psychotherapy practice of Covington & Hafkin, which specializes in reproductive health issues. She has an office in Richmond, Virginia where she provides counseling to individuals and couples struggling with infertility, pregnancy loss, and other areas of reproductive medical care, as well as, conducting consults and evaluations for participants in third-party reproduction arrangements. Dr. Mindes is also a member of the Psychological Support Services Staff at Shady Grove Fertility, where she offers counseling, consultation, and evaluation, including the psychosocial evaluation of oocyte donors and gestational carrier candidates. She has conducted research and written on the psychological sequalae of infertility and infertility treatment, and co-authored the chapter, “Counseling Known Participants in Third-Party Reproduction” in the recently published book, Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies. Dr. Mindes presently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group and is a Professional Member of RESOLVE. Dr. Mindes received her B.A. from The University of Chicago and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Colleen Marea Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and UVA Law School, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow, and serves on the Board of Trustees and is President-Elect, of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) and a Fellow, Founder, Executive Council and the Membership Chair (2009-15) of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”), both select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership. In 2003, she published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook.” She is the co-author of the Fifth and Fourth Editions of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She is a certified Guardian ad Litem and a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, the VA Equality Bar Association, The ABA ART & Adoption Committees and ASRM.
Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, has achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell, is a Fellow of the LCA, and a member of the VTLA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ.
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, moved to Richmond about 1 year ago 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.
Leslie Connelly Strickler is a meditation teacher and co-owner of the Meditation Bar, LLC. She also owns a boutique public relations firm Etre Communications, Inc. and co-publishes Grid Magazine. She has worked in the communications field for over 30 years. She knows what it is like to have to clear her mind to move forward. When asked, “Why do you meditate?” Strickler stated: I have always been a control freak. Not in an outward obnoxious way, but in my head. Always setting goals, always moving fast, always running towards more. Eventually, I grew tired of myself…tired of always being on the “go go.” I realized I had to decelerate or I would miss my life. I realized I was running to achieve and I was missing everything. So I stopped. Not a “cold turkey” stop, but a calm, slow stop. I started meditating and I turned all the energy I had been spending on controlling the high speed of my life and started working on controlling my brain not to think all of the time. “Controlling” it in a way that would provide me the ability and awareness to just be. I realized I didn’t obsess anymore…over how much I exercised, how much chocolate I ate, what I was wearing, if my kids were doing what I expected, what time I went to bed, how much money I made, what kind of car I drove, if my house was clean…all the things that take up space and thought in my brain. In the deceleration process, I realized that my being was enough. And everyone else’s being was enough. And how fulfilling it was to be in real control…the letting go of my thoughts
Dr. Jason Szobota joined Virginia Urology in 2009 after completing an internship and urologic surgery residency at Yale University. He has interests in male-factory infertility including medical management/counseling as well as surgical treatments (sperm retrieval procedures, vasal and epididymal obstruction, varicocelectomy, etc.)
Candace and her husband Chris decided that in order to overcome adversity, they must stare it directly in the face with humor and positivity through writing a blog, and thus was created their award winning blog, “Our Misconception” www.ourmisconception.com in 2012. The couple was also featured on MTV’s True Life, “I’m Desperate to Have a Baby,” http://www.mtv.com/episodes/gum0ny/true-life-i-m-desperate-to-have-a-bab... a documentary on couples who struggle with infertility and MTV’s Check Ups and Check Ins. Candace and Chris are a fierce advocates towards pushing for family building legislation and infertility awareness and is an active volunteers for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association www.resolve.org. For the past two years, Candace has served as Vice-Co Chair of Marketing and Communications for Advocacy Day and is the Advocacy Day Chair elect for 2017. Apart from her advocacy work, Candace also leads a RESOLVE support group community, helping couples who are struggling with infertility, adoption and miscarriage. Candace also writes for many sites including, Huffington Post, Adoption.net, Infertility Authority, Fertility Planit projects and many other online sites and magazines.