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About Us

Our Patient Care Team

The nurses and cycle 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 member of the team has had extensive training and experience in reproductive endocrinology/infertility and is personally and professionally committed to helping patients through this sometimes challenging process.

The team’s philosophy emphasizes 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 or coordinator to follow you through your entire treatment, anticipate your needs, and answer your questions. Furthermore, we believe that the physician, nurse, cycle coordinator, 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 cycle 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.



Our Patient Care Team

Sarah Crumbley, RN

Sarah joined the Genetics & IVF Institute in 2019 as the Director of Nursing. Sarah’s career as a Licensed Practical Nurse began 23 years ago as a Sergeant for the United States Army. She graduated from the Nursing program at Excelsior College in Albany, NY and quickly passed her boards to become a Registered Nurse. She has served as a women’s health nurse throughout her entire career, loving all aspects - from OB/GYN clinic, to Labor and Delivery, to her current role as a Fertility Nurse. She has been a Fertility Nurse for 17 years in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

She is very passionate about supporting patients holistically through their fertility journey. She believes that the mind, body and spirit should be connected in harmony throughout the fertility journey and as such, she often offers guidance through the process. In her free time, she finds joy in teaching women natural childbirth through HypnoBirthing. Sarah is a devoted mother to three kids, and enjoys spending quality time with them.



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 two grown children and in her free time she enjoys quilting and hiking.



Jenny Chen, RN

Jenny joined the Genetics & IVF Institute in 2018 and has a great enthusiasm for nursing. She was an OR nurse for 13 years in Shanghai, China and is an alumna of Pennsylvania College of Health and Sciences. Jenny prides herself on providing personalized care, comfort and a sense of calm to our patients, guiding them through every step of their procedures.

As a PACU nurse, Jenny not only ensures the safety of our patients but also delivers the emotional support they deserve. In her leisure time, Jenny loves animals and enjoys music, traveling, and dancing.

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.



Shivani Kron

Shivani joined the Genetics & IVF Institute in 2019 from working in Southern California where she specialized in gestational carrier cycles. Currently filling a duel role as an FET coordinator and Donor coordinator, Shivani enjoys the dynamic days and approaches each patient with care and compassion.

Shivani graduated with a Masters from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and cares very deeply about mental health related issues. She brings this unique facet of her education into the work she does with fertility and donor patients. In her spare time she volunteers at a therapeutic riding center and is an avid runner, cooker and baker!

Laurel Patton

Laurel is one of GIVF’s longest tenured employees, joining the team in 1985 as a cytogeneticist and embryologist. This enabled her to pursue a fascination with reproductive biology that began in early childhood. Drawn irresistibly by empathy with those facing reproductive challenges, she moved from the lab to direct work with patients as a care coordinator. Laurel provides a nurturing and knowledgeable support presence; honoring each patient’s journey throughout their process.

Laurel completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at George Mason University, as well as graduate classes at GMU and George Washington University. In her free time she enjoys the ocean, walking outdoors, baking, volunteer work, and sewing.