Southern California Reproductive Centers: Why SCRC

Our Staff

Our dedicated staff of nurses, counselors, laboratory technicians and assistants, many of whom have been with our fertility clinics in the Los Angeles area for 15 years or more, are caring and knowledgeable, and want to support you through every step of the process. Your physical and emotional well-being is their utmost concern and they're here to answer your questions and eliminate your worries. If you ever have a special need or request, don't hesitate to ask. You will find our experience, knowledge and compassion a constant source of comfort.

JoAnn Bishop, RNC, Nurse Practitioner

JoAnn Bishop, RNC, Nurse Practitioner - SCRC

JoAnn's 27 years of clinical experience in Reproductive Health has played a vital role in delivering the quality of care for which SCRC is widely known. JoAnn graduated from LAC-USC Medical Center School of Nursing and continued her education at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Nurse Practitioner Program.

She is a Certified Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, and has spent the past 16 years at SCRC embracing the advances in this specialty while providing quality and compassionate care. JoAnn says she finds immeasurable joy and satisfaction in the success and challenges of helping patients achieve parenthood.

Desta Gelagay, Andrology Laboratory Director

Desta Gelagay, Andrology Laboratory Director - SCRC

Desta Gelagay, SCRC's Andrology Lab Director, oversees and conducts comprehensive andrology procedures including sex selection processes, intrauterine insemination (IUI) sperm preparation, cryopreservation and a variety of other advanced tests. A member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), he says that, "I enjoy my job tremendously, knowing that what I do impacts the lives of many people in a positive way."

Helen Brewer, Ultrasound Technicians

SCRC's Sonographer is tops in her field. Helen Brewer, CRT, ARDMS, brings years of experience to her work. Her great attention to detail and caring heart make our patients' ultrasound during preliminary evaluations, ovulation tracking, intrauterine insemination and embryo transfer a comfortable experience.

Cheryl Hatkoff, RN

Cheryl Hatkoff, RN - SCRC

Cheryl Hatkoff is our third-party coordinator. One of our cherished fertility specialists at our Los Angeles offices, Cheryl has worked with egg donors, surrogates, and intended parents and recipients for more than 14 years. As Dr. Surrey says, "Cheryl fosters hope in those who feel it is in short supply."

Lisa Aldana, Patient Concierge

We believe care doesn’t stop with the doctor / patient interaction. Our concierge is here to help you with “5 star” patient service and provide the guidance necessary to ensure you remain comfortable and well informed. Lisa can help you with the following:

  • Assists in helping to maintain continuity of care
  • Detailed information on special programs, and studies
  • Address concerns relating to care
  • Financial counseling

“Lisa is an extraordinary advocate for our patients and is personally dedicated to anticipating their needs by providing helpful and supportive resources.” Dr. Hal Danzer

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