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About Us

Our Nurses & Donor Egg Coordinators

The nurses and donor egg coordinators at the Genetics & IVF Institute work closely with our reproductive endocrinologists (infertility specialists) to ensure that each patient receives the very best individualized treatment and continuity of care.  Each nurse has had extensive training and experience in reproductive endocrinology/infertility and is personally and professionally committed to helping patients through this sometimes challenging process.

Our nursing philosophy stresses patient education and communication. We believe that the more informed you are about the IVF process and procedures, the more at ease you will be with your treatment as a whole. You can depend on your nurse to follow you through your entire treatment, anticipate your needs, and answer your questions. Furthermore, we believe that the physician, nurse, and patient should work together as a team.  Close, trusting relationships bring each infertility patient into partnership with their physician and nurse and allow the patient to play a more active role in their treatment. 

Behind the scenes, our nurses and donor egg coordinators work with the complete range of GIVF professionals who support the patient care team. They are intensely involved with the full range of treatment from reviewing lab results and medications to making sure that the patient is comfortable and at ease throughout the entire process.  Enhancing the patient experience, from success rates to those intangibles behind every step in the process is the core of quality care at GIVF. 

Nurses

Lauren Haring, RN
Practice Manager
Director of Nursing

Prior to her nursing career Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Florida and was instrumental in training and software development in Florida. Having a keen interest in women’s health, she decided to return to school to become a registered nurse and redirect her career accordingly.

Lauren began her career at GIVF in 2004 after graduating from nursing school. Since joining GIVF, she has become an integral part of the nursing team and enjoys working very closely with all the physicians and patients. She is currently the Practice Manager and Director of Nursing, as well as the Clinical Manager of the Fertility Preservation Center for Cancer Patients.

She enjoys helping patients through their fertility journey and maintains a close relationship with many of them throughout treatment offering support and encouragement.

Cindy Nance, RN

Cindy graduated from nursing school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved in women's health for the majority of her nursing career and has been with GIVF since 1990.

Her primary responsibility at GIVF is overseeing the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) procedure area. Working with people and patient education are the things she loves most and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and watching Carolina basketball.

Valerie Cyrus, LPN, CPhT

Valerie has had a passion for helping people from a young age. She graduated from Prince William School of Practical Nursing and after several years of hospital work she became interested in women's health. She worked at an OB/GYN office for 20 years as the high risk OB coordinator.

Valerie started working at GIVF in 2005 as a surgical assistant then progressed into the position of a primary nurse assisting patients through all aspects of their fertility journey. In keeping up with her passion for helping people she helps with procedures and teaches the IVF injection training class at GIVF. You will see her most mornings greeting clients when they are having lab work done and assisting patients through their treatment.Valerie can also be found helping at a local free clinic providing free medical care to the needy. She has 2 grown children and in her free time she enjoys quilting, hiking, and walking her dog.

Mandy Zeng, RN

Mandy joined the Genetics & IVF Institute in 2014. She is enthusiastic about assisting patients to support their dreams of parenthood. She works with patients throughout each step of their treatment from initial consult through testing and their treatment and forms close relationships offering emotional support in combination with her expertise. As a native Chinese speaker, she is strongly involved in helping couples from China receive treatment in the US.

Mandy graduated from the nursing program at Montgomery College and previously worked as a pre-operative and PACU nurse in Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, cooking and creative crafts.


Donor Egg Coordinators

Kristy Bahr

Kristy has been part of the nursing team since 2006. She is the Senior Donor Egg and Gestational Carrier coordinator. Her wealth of knowledge pertains to all facets of third party reproduction and she enjoys helping guide patients through the process to ensure it is a smooth journey to parenthood. Her positive approach to cycle coordination encourages patients throughout their treatment. When Kristy is not helping patients create their families, she enjoys spending time with her children and coaching girls softball.

Julie Torres

Julie joined the GIVF team in 2013 and values the opportunity to help families reach their dreams. She is actively involved in patient care as a donor egg pre-cycle coordinator taking patients from the beginning of their journey and helping them navigate through the testing into their treatment. Her patients feel supported with her warmth and compassion. Julie continues to provide excellent assistance in her role as a member of the surgical team. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and attending sporting events.