Laboratory Staff

Brenda Williams, MTBrenda Williams, MT
Brenda is our Andrology/Endocrinology Lab Supervisor and has been an integral part of FTC since the very beginning. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Friends University and continued her education by completing the Medical Technology program at St. Francis Hospital School of Laboratory Technology in Wichita, Kansas. She is board certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Brenda has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years with experience in Hematology, Blood banking, Cryogenics, Embryology, Endocrinology and Andrology.

What her peers have to say, “Brenda is the heart and knowledge of FTC. With over 25 years of infertility/lab experience, I know I can always go to her with anything and get the issue resolved. Brenda also helps bring perspective to any situation to help find the appropriate solution to anything in and out of work.”


Evelyn Kunimura, MLTEvelyn Kunimura, MLT
Evelyn is a Medical Laboratory Technician in our Endocrinology/Andrology Lab. She joined the FTC family in February of 2014. Evelyn holds 15 years of technical experience in electronics before transitioning into the medical field. After pursuing a degree as a MLT, Evelyn worked in a clinical office analyzing routine laboratory tests. Evelyn is responsible in testing hormonal assays in our Endocrinology lab.

What her peers have to say, “Evelyn is very sweet and soft spoken, yet very serious and knowledgeable. She is a very flexible and caring person who is always willing to do what it takes to help everyone. Love her!”

 


Sheila Robinson, MTSheila Robinson, MT
Sheila’s work in reproductive medicine began with FTC in 2001. She specializes in laboratory work related to reproductive endocrinology with over 30 years of laboratory experience. Sheila is responsible for performing hormonal assays, preparation of specimens for inseminations along with semen analysis and semen cryopreservation. Over the years, Sheila has enjoyed contributing to helping patient’s dreams of having a family come true.

What her peers have to say, “Sheila is all we could have hoped for in a medical lab technician. She has always provided the absolute best care and attention to every sample/specimen she is working on. Sheila takes the time to be caring with peers and patients, even while maintaining a very efficient lab.”


Alyssa Michael, BSAlyssa Michael, Junior Embryologist
Alyssa has been with FTC since 2013. She graduated from Arizona State University, Barrett the honor’s College with a BS in biochemistry. Alyssa is studying under Dr. Tao. Her IVF lab duties include: super ovulation ovum pick-up, vitrification and thawing, and lab maintenance. Alyssa loves helping the couples achieve their goals of having a family.

What her peers have to say, “Alyssa is amazing at her job and works tirelessly in the embryology lab. She always is putting the patients first and has done wonders in her work and learning as the junior embryologist. She is an asset to this office and a privilege to have around with her wonderful sense of humor as well.”

 


Savanah Downing, BS Savanah_Downing Fertility Treatment Center
Savanah Downing, Laboratory Assistant. She recently joined FTC after graduating from Arizona State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. During her Bachelor’s program, she worked as a Biology Laboratory Instructor for ASU teaching Microbiology. Her organization skills, attention to detail, and dedication to continuing education make Savanah an amazing addition to our world-renowned IVF laboratory.

 

 


Miao Zhang, MS
Miao Zhang, Senior Embryologist. She has extensive IVF and laboratory research experience and obtained a Master Degree of Clinical Embryology at Monash University. Miao’s experience includes all procedures of IVF and ICSI, including super ovulation, ovum pick-up, oocyte grading, and in-vitro insemination with several years of research that focused on the characterization of oocyte and follicle development.