Samantha Gilbert Sam moved from Minnesota, where she studied cellular and molecular biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She always knew that she wanted a career which combined cutting edge science, innovative medicine, and personalized patient care, which is exactly what the clinical embryology team at ARI has to offer. Sam provides integral laboratory functions in both andrology and embryology including sample analysis, embryo development studies, and performs complex embryology procedures from oocyte retrieval all the way through embryo transfer. She also enjoys the connections she makes with patients while giving them important laboratory information throughout their cycle. Sam is passionate about the service we provide to our patients, and strives to become better and better each day by working towards her Master’s in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology through the University of Leeds.
“I come to work excited every day to take part in helping our patients’ dreams come true, and am very proud to be in such a positive, hard working, and dedicated clinical laboratory.” -Samantha Gilbert
Brooke DeAnda, BSN is the IVF Clinical Coordinator at the Arizona Reproductive Institute. Brooke graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is an ASRM certified nurse for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Brooke has worked in Women’s Health her entire nursing career. She joined our team in 2013 as the procedure nurse and is now the patient coordinator. She is an incredible resource for patients undergoing treatment for infertility.
“Helping our patients on their journey to creating a family is incredibly gratifying. Sharing in their joys and sorrows, being someone they can count on during this time in their lives, is very important to me. It is truly an honor to help each and every one of our patients.” –Brooke DeAnda
Jenifer Sturgeon, is one of our IVF Nurse Coordinators. Her role is to ensure that our patients who have to go through IVF treatment feel knowledgeable and as comfortable as possible with the process. She is an excellent teacher and easy to talk to. Her own personal struggles with infertility are what lead her in the direction of becoming a fertility nurse. After undergoing three IUI’s and four cycles of IVF herself, she is an amazing resource for patients. Her compassionate nature is what makes her an invaluable part of our team.
“Working at ARI has been so rewarding for me. After going through this incredibly difficult process, and personally understanding the feelings of loss and grief associated with infertility, I have been able to connect with patients in a very special way. I love that I have been able to build such amazing relationships with my patients. We cry together during the really hard times and cheer together during the great times! I could not ask for a better way to spend my days.” –Jenifer Sturgeon
Leah Offerdahl, is one of our IVF Nurse Coordinators. After growing up in Tucson, Leah received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. She returned to Tucson and began a fulfilling career as a Labor and Delivery nurse in a high risk unit. When Leah and her husband found themselves struggling with recurrent pregnancy loss and infertility, she became a patient at ARI and quickly thereafter sought to join this incredible team. Leah is very open regarding her own quest to become a mother and personal experiences with fertility treatments. Because of this, patients find her to be a great source of emotional support and that her first hand knowledge of the treatments we offer is invaluable.
“I feel so honored to be welcomed into each patient’s life and to help guide them on their journey toward creating a family. Through both the highs and lows, our patients trust us to help them achieve their goals. The greatest blessing is when I am also able to care for them in Labor and Delivery. It is overwhelming to see all of the hard work and excitement surrounding a pregnancy culminate in the birth of yet another amazing ARI baby!” –Leah Offerdahl
Jacqueline Titus, is responsible for coordinating patient schedules and organizing the daily flow of patients. She has over 15 years of experience is customer service, which plays a vital role in her position here at ARI. Jackie is a self taught Photographer and has an eye for capturing the most beautiful moments. After relocating several times throughout her childhood, she now calls Tucson her home and has lived here for 20 years. She married her high school sweetheart and together they have two dogs.
“At the age of 25, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I underwent more than 10 surgeries to aid in my survival, and I am now seven years cancer free. However, I have had to contend with the fact that my husband and I may never be able to have children of our own. Working at ARI has allowed me to connect with patients on a personal level who are in similar situations. I have learned all the amazing things we can do to offer hope and a chance at a family to those who have been faced with unimaginable obstacles. I am honored to work somewhere that I get to see dreams come true every day.” –Jacqueline Titus
Sonca Koob, has been a wonderful addition to the IVF nursing team since 2016. She graduated from San Diego City College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She has 10 years experience in Maternal/Infant nursing before joining ARI. She is excited to be a part of the team. She helps coordinate and teach your fertility treatment plans and assist with procedures.
“It is highly rewarding to help couples with their dream of having a family and assisting them during this journey.” –Sonca Koob
Frances Lazo is the Senior Medical Assistant at the Arizona Reproductive Institute. While Frances holds the title of medical assistant, she really does much more than one job for all of us at ARI. Frances does a bit of everyone’s job and does it all extremely well. We are very fortunate to have Frances, her experience and her personal skills assisting all of the patients and staff at ARI.
“I love my job because I feel fulfilled helping people accomplish their dreams of having a family. There is nothing greater than being able to support couples through this journey, being part of memories that will last a lifetime.” –Frances Lazo
Jacqueline Torres is the Practice Administrator at the Arizona Reproductive Institute. Jacque is originally from Tucson and received her Bachelor of Arts and her Arizona Teaching Certificate from the University of Arizona. After teaching elementary school for a number of years, we were extremely fortunate to meet Jacque. From the day we first met her we all knew how gifted she is. Jacque is available to all patients no matter how simple or complex the question is.
“Working at Arizona Reproductive Institute is a highly rewarding career. I enjoy providing and developing compassionate, supportive and meaningful relationships with our patients each day. Having the opportunity to help patients get closer to their dreams of parenthood is the greatest job.” –Jacqueline Torres
Victoria Bachman is our Front Office Director. Victoria is in charge of scheduling and organizing patient care. Patients get to know Victoria very well as she is quite helpful in many areas. Victoria is originally from Tucson and has the biggest of all the smiles at ARI.
“I feel very fortunate to be a member of the ARI family. I am the first person to meet new patients on the phone or to be the first smiling face patients see when they walk through our front door. It is a great feeling to get to know all of our patients and help them have a baby.” –Victoria Bachman[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]