Meet Our Staff
The entire staff of Dominion Fertility is dedicated to providing you with an outstanding experience as you undergo evaluation and treatment for any and all of your fertility related concerns. From the receptionists at our Front Desk to our outstanding Physicians we want you to experience the Dominion difference. It takes a great team to provide such personalized attention and here at Dominion Fertility we have a great team.
Gerard Celia, PhD, HCLD(ABB)
Gerry Celia, PhD, HCLD is the laboratory Director for Dominion Fertility. He received his BS from the University of Connecticut in 1994 and his PhD from the University of Vermont in 2003. He has over 15 years of experience in Clinical Assisted Reproduction, and has spent over 25 years as a reproductive physiologist.
Beginning his career studying animal reproduction – ranging from horses and cattle to exotic zoo animals – Dr. Celia migrated to human reproduction as a graduate student in the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. In 2005 he entered clinical practice as the Technical Supervisor at Dominion Fertility, and was promoted to Laboratory Director in 2010. He has been instrumental in implementing many of the technologies routinely used at Dominion Fertility, including Blastocyst culture, Vitrification, Laser assisted hatching, and Trophectoderm Biopsy, as well as assisting in the development of the Natural Cycle program. He and his laboratory team also played a critical role in the validation studies used to bring low cost PGT-A testing to market through novel approaches to next-generation sequencing. Additionally, under his guidance Dominion Fertility became the first clinic in North America to adopt The Matcher electronic witnessing system, bringing unparalleled security to sample tracking and identification.
Beyond his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Celia holds assistant professorships with George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has numerous peer reviewed publications, has presented at conferences throughout North America as well as in Australia and New Zealand, and is a reviewer for numerous professional journals. He is also very active in the professional organizations that govern assisted reproduction. He has served as the President of the College of Reproductive Biology from 2016-2017, and is the incoming president of the Society for Reproductive Biologists and Technologists for the 2018-2019 term.
In his personal life, Gerry raises horses on a small farm with his wife Laura and their son Vincent. He enjoys Running, Boating, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Snowboarding, and riding his Harley Davidsons.
Michelle Pavon, B.B.A., CPC, Practice Administrator
Meet Michelle Pavon our Practice Administrator. Michelle has been a member of the Dominion Fertility team since 2010. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Marymount University and is a Certified Professional Coder. She is also a member of the AAPC and a member of the Association of Reproductive Managers.
Michelle oversees and manages all aspects of the four offices, ensuring that the patient experience is a smooth transition through each of our departments. She is active in the fertility community and advocates on Capitol Hill with her team for fertility benefits. She has an integral part in every department at Dominion Fertility and her support and knowledge of the fertility world makes the office run efficiently every day for both the employees and the patients.
“I want our patients to experience the Dominion Way – our philosophy in treating each patient like a family member and making them feel at ease during this journey is an elemental cornerstone for us.”
Natalie Sofia, RN, BSN., IVF & Egg Donor Coordinator
Meet Natalie Sofia, our IVF and Ova Donor Coordinator. Natalie graduated from George Mason University in 2002 with Bachelor’s of Science Degree in nursing, and began her nursing career with Dominion Fertility in 2003. In 2007, Natalie began to run the IVF and Ova Donor Program, she works closely with the physicians, embryology staff, and the entire nursing staff, and her main responsibility is to help her patients prepare and begin their treatment cycles. Natalie along with the other members of the IVF coordination department, will help patients begin their treatment from beginning to end, and is always there to answer questions and provide support. She handles all aspects of IVF treatment cycles: Stimulated IVF, Natural Cycle IVF, Frozen Embryo Transfer cycles, donor egg cycles.
Natalie also works closely with our anonymous egg donors, this includes determining donor egg eligibility, preliminary screening, and preparing the egg donors for their donation cycles, she communicates directly with the egg donors and their recipients, and will coordinate, plan and teach all aspects of the process to her patients.
Feel free to contact Natalie with any questions regarding your treatment cycle, Natalie@dominionfertility.com
Robin Webb, RN, New Patient Liaison
Meet Robin Webb, our New Patient liaison and member of the marketing team. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse . She has worked for Dominion Fertility since 1993 and initially started with us as a nurse, then spent a few years being our office liaison. Robin was a successful patient of Dominion Fertility, so she understands infertility both as a nurse and as a patient.
Robin takes phone calls from potential new patients, offers support and scheduling for them as well as helps navigate their medical issues. She is also a member of the marketing team.
If you need to schedule an appointment or speak to a nurse about needing more information about our services, she can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting an inquiry from any page on our website.
Stephanie Batista, Clinical Coordinator
Meet Stephanie Batista, our Clinical Coordinator. Stephanie has been a member of the Dominion Fertility family for over five years. She is an integral part of the clinical team and is responsible for scheduling all of our procedures in our four offices. She also keeps the entire nursing team staffed and their schedules set for our offices to make sure our work flow is smooth. When in the Arlington office, Stephanie assists our doctors in medical procedures and provides patient care. When not working directly with patients or nursing staff, Stephanie makes sure to keep all of our certifications up to date for all of the doctors, nurses and employees.
Stephanie was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Maryland. She attended school at Northwestern High School. She received her M.A. Certification from Sanford Brown Institute in Hyattsville, MD. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with her two children and extended family.
Brad Milette, Laboratory Manager and Technical Supervisor
Meet Brad Milette, he is the technical supervisor of the Embryology lab at Dominion Fertility. He has worked with Dominion Fertility since 20014. Brad is board certified with the American Board of Bioanalysts since 2009.
In addition to growing up in Rhode Island, Brad received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Rhode Island with a background in developmental biology. Though he began his career in Boston, he gained experience in IVF on both coasts which ultimately led him to settle in Northern Virginia. He remains an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Association of Bioanalysts.
Teri Riley, B.A., CPC, Billing Supervisor
Meet Teri Riley, our Billing Supervisor. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University. Teri has been in the medical billing field for over 20 years and a member of the Dominion Family since 2000. She is a Certified Coder and oversees the day to day operations of the Billing Department which include verification of patient’s benefits, financial counseling, charge entry and coding, claims submissions, payment posting, review of accounts and follow-up. She keeps up to date with the ever- changing insurance world and works closely with other departments to ensure the efficiency of the billing operations. She also works directly with the billing staff and makes certain all patient concerns or issues are resolved in a timely manner.
If you have a billing issue, question or concern, please contact our billing department at: email@example.com
Amy Kelly, M.A., Office Liaison and Social Media Manager
Meet Amy Kelly, our Office Liaison and member of the Marketing Team since 2009. She obtained her B.S. Degree from Virginia Tech and her M.A. from Marymount University. Amy is responsible for calling on our area OB/GYN, Urology and Cancer Center offices. She makes sure they aware of our latest technological advances and what makes Dominion Fertility stand out in the field. She also coordinates lunch and dinner programs for our physicians to share our latest testing and treatments and provide consultation.
Amy also helps the Marketing Team with social media posting, facilitating the Dominion Fertility Support Group on Facebook and is the event planner for all parties within Dominion Fertility and in the community.
Please feel free to contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything she can do for your office.
Kim O'Brien, M.S., Office Liaison and Advertising Manager
Meet Kim O’Brien. She is our Office Liaison and Media Buyer. Kim earned her B.S. from Virginia Tech and her Masters in Science from California University of Pennsylvania. She is primarily responsible for calling on our area OB/GYN, Urology and Cancer Center offices. She makes sure they are aware of our latest technological advances and what makes Dominion Fertility stand out in the field. She supplies the offices with our patient brochures; referral pads and sets up lunch and dinner programs for our physicians to consult on our latest testing and treatments.
Kim also handles all the media and advertising buys for Dominion Fertility, along with promotional events and various aspects of social media.
Please feel free to contact her: KimO@DominionFertility.com if there is anything she can do for your office.
Eugenia Orellana, Front Desk Supervisor
Meet Eugenia Orellana. She is our front desk supervisor and has been with Dominion Fertility since 2011. Much of her day, she is busy handling patient requests, both in person and over the phone. She is also responsible for keeping the doctor’s schedules updated and making sure that all three of our busy offices are fully staffed at the front desk. She educates and trains new employees on our procedures and oversees the professional development of our front desk staff. In addition, Gena is responsible for keeping current our office supplies and always has a smile on her face while managing many requests at one time.
Our Additional Staff
Our Registered Nurses and Medical Assistants can answer many of your medical questions, explain the steps of your treatment, and ensure that you feel comfortable with the entire process.
Our Financial Coordinators
Our experienced financial coordinators are here to help you with the financial aspects of your treatment. They can verify your insurance coverage, submit your insurance claims, help you navigate billing questions, and more. At the start of your treatment, they’ll meet with you to help you determine the best way to pay for your treatment.
Additional Staff Members
Our new patient coordinators and receptionists and are also available to help you. Please contact them at any time to set up an appointment, learn more about parking or metro access, ask questions about new patient paperwork, and more. If you have a question but don’t know where to start or who to ask email us at email@example.com
Read Our Success Stories
Most of our pregnancies happen within the patient’s first or second stimulated IVF embryo transfer. With over 7,000 healthy babies born, we have thousands of success stories.