gad-lavyGad Lavy, MD, FACOG

Medical Director

Gad Lavy, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is the medical director and founder of New England Fertility (NEF), the first non-hospital-based outpatient in vitro fertilization (IVF) center in the state of Connecticut. Dr. Lavy received his training at Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Israel and did his residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where he served on the medical faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Prior to founding New England Fertility in 1991, Dr. Lavy was an assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine for four years and served as the director of the Yale program for assisted reproduction.

Dr. Lavy is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. In addition to being medical director of New England Fertility, he is a medical staff member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, and a consulting physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. A member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Dr. Lavy is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of infertility, assisted reproductive technology (ART), and gestational surrogacy and egg donation.

smanthaSamantha Lavy


As the CEO of New England Fertility, Samantha Lavy is responsible for the overall management of New England Fertility. She joined NEF in 1999 and since then has served in many roles: Financial Administrator, Donor Egg Coordinator, Director of Marketing and Outreach, and Director of Operations. A member of the American Society of Reproductive Managers and the National Association of Professional Women, Samantha has a BA degree in Journalism, with a concentration in Corporate Communication, from Southern Connecticut State University and is passionate about helping couples struggling with infertility and/or wishing to start or expand their families. In addition to the many hats she wears she is currently a NYU Silver School of Social Work grad student. One of her current focuses is New England Fertility’s We Care campaign, a patient-centered program that seeks to alleviate some of the emotional stress associated with fertility therapy.

ellen_sheEllen She, MD, PhD

Laboratory Director

Ellen She, MD, PhD, is the director of New England Fertility’s laboratory, where she performs state-of-the-art IVF techniques, including conventional insemination (IUI), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Assisted Zona Hatching (AZH), embryo biopsy (blastomere and blastocyst) for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), and cryopreservation (slow freezing and vitrification). Before joining NEF in 2007, Ellen worked as a biologist in the Genetics Department at the Scripps Research Institute and at the University of California, San Diego, where she furthered her knowledge in basic cell biology and molecule biology and obtained extensive hands-on embryology experience. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). She received her medical degree in 1982 from Fujian Medical University in China and graduated from Hamamatsu University School of Medicine with a PhD in Reproductive Physiology in 1998. Ellen’s strong scientific background has been instrumental in New England Fertility’s developing new technology to help treat infertility and in creating a center of excellence in embryology and IVF at NEF.


franci_sheehanFranci Sheehan, APRN, MS

Nurse Practitioner and Lead Clinician

Franci Sheehan, RNC, MS, is involved in various aspects of diagnosis and treatment at New England Fertility. A long-time nurse practitioner in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, she also serves on the faculty of Yale University and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Franci holds a master’s degree in maternal and child health from Boston College and Harvard Medical School and is certified in both women’s health and reproductive endocrinology.


grace_stoccoGrace Stocco, RN, BN, MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Graziella (Grace) Stocco, RN, BN, MSN, FNP-C, brings more than 22 years of nursing experience in obstetrics and gynecology to New England Fertility. She works closely with patients, helping them understand each step of the fertility treatment process. An expert in infertility treatment, Grace received her bachelor’s of nursing degree in Australia and her master’s degree in nursing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.


shantaiShantai Rivera-Bonilla

Egg Donor and Surrogacy Coordinator

Shantai has worked in Reproductive Medicine for 13 years. She works as an Egg Donor and Gestational Carrier Coordinator for Domestic and International Families. Shantai is dedicated to establishing clear channels of communication with patients and helping them through the process. Shantai’s is a caring and compassionate person and has great rapport with the patients. She is able to relate to all of our patients especially our same sex patients; she understands how to support each patient throughout the entire process with care. Shantai earned her Associates Degree and Certificate in Human Services from Housatonic Community College.


alyssaAlyssa Baron, LMSW

Third Party Reproduction Coordinator

As Third Party Reproduction Coordinator, Alyssa Baron, LMSW, assists intended parents, surrogates and egg donor’s throughout their journey at New England Fertility. Alyssa has worked in the field of fertility for several years and was initially drawn to this work while studying grief and bereavement in graduate school.

Alyssa received her BA in psychology from Binghamton University and she received her Master’s in social work from Columbia University.


michele-pallaiMichele Pallai, MS

Genetic Counselor

Michele has been a practicing genetic counselor for over 25 years and is a charter member of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Michele provided genetic counseling services at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and was director of the Genetic Counseling Service at Northern Westchester Hospital before joining the New England Fertility Institute in 2006. She also is a member of The Celiac Center of Columbia University where she is involved in both clinical research and patient care.


susan_kornitskySusan Kornitsky


A nurse at the Hamden office, Susan graduated from Curry College in Massachusetts with a BS degree in nursing. Susan has been involved in women’s health care for the past 20 years, 15 of which have been with New England Fertility.



michelleMichele Carroll, LCSW

Third Party Reproduction



helenHelen Hernandez

Ultrasound Tech