Our Staff

Laboratory Staff

Virginia Ord, BA

Embryologist

Virginia joined the Fertility Center of San Antonio in 1995 and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The Fertility Center of San Antonio Laboratory assists Brooke Army Medical Center with its infertility program throughout the year, and “Ginny” is a big part of that. She assists BAMC with their embryology needs, including ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), embryo transfers and freezing.


Veronica Sossamon, BS

Embryologist

Veronica began working with the Fertility Center of San Antonio in 1998. She obtained her Bachelor of Science while working here fulltime. Veronica is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She also assists Brooke Army Medical Center with their embryology needs, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection and freezing of embryos. She plays a big role in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis here at FCSA.


Frederico Monsivais, MS

Embryologist

Fred joined the laboratory team at the Fertility Center of San Antonio in 2015 as an Andrologist  specialist in hormone assay. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M International University in his hometown of Laredo, Texas and aMasters of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas, San Antonio. Although he is currently training in clinical embryology, he desires to continue his education in medicine. 


Katharine Kirsch, BS

Embryologist

Katharine began her journey with Fertility Center of San Antonio with an internship the semester before her senior year at Our Lady of the Lake University. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry, she officially joined the FCSA Lab in 2013. She is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Embryology and Andrology from Eastern Virginia Medical School.


Amy Galindo, MA

Lab Administrative Assistant

Amy coordinates patient scheduling and handles office administration for the lab. She also acts as Dr. Pool’s administrative assistant. Amy joined the Fertility Center of San Antonio in 2008.

Registered Ultrasound

Karen Ortega, RDMS

Karen became a Registered Radiology Tech in 1976 and a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 1981. She is a member of SDMS and specializes in OB/Gyn and abdominal sonography. Karen has over 30 years experience in the allied health field and has been with the Fertility Center of San Antonio since 2004.


Sandra Kubista, RDMS

Sandra has been a part of the Fertility Center of San Antonio since 2012. She has been a Registered Radiology Technician since 2002 and also a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer since 2009. She specializes in abdominal ultrasound and also has training in fertility and high risk OB. 


Hazel Scholwinski, RN, RDMS

Hazel joined the Fertility Center of San Antonio as an ultrasonographer in 2008. She is a Registered Nurse (ADN-SAC-1977, BSN-UTHSC at SA-1981), a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (1986) and has specialized in Obstetrical/Gynecological Ultrasound since 1985.

Nursing Staff

Elena Galentine, RN, BSN

IVF Nurse Manager

Elena is our IVF Nurse Manager. She has been with the Fertility Center of San Antonio since 1994. Prior to joining us she worked in women’s health, both as a Labor & Delivery Nurse, and a high risk OB Perinatal Nurse Clinician. Elena was nominated for Nurse of the Year to The Nurses’ Professional Group, which is composed of nurse members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


Kris Dempsey, RN

IVF and Egg Donor Patient Coordinator

As an IVF and Egg Donor Coordinator, Kris reviews, screens and recruits potential egg donors into our IVF egg donor program. Kris has been an IVF Nurse since 1997 and joined the Fertility Center of San Antonio in 2006. She is originally from Michigan and worked with a large infertility practice there.


Lisa Dominguez, RN

Lisa has been with the Fertility Center of San Antonio since 2003 and an LVN in fertility since 1995. She has worked her entire nursing career in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. Lisa became an RN this year, and is fluent in Spanish.


Cheryl Koone, RN, RNC

IVF and Patient Egg Donor Coordinator

Cheryl has worked at the Fertility Center of San Antonio since 1988. She started with us as a medical assistant and has since become a registered nurse. She is the only nurse in San Antonio that has taken and passed the Reproductive and Endocrinology and Infertility Nurse certificate course given by ASRM and The Nurses’ Professional Group.


Irene Sonnen, RN

International IVF Coordinator

Irene coordinates long distance with our international patients to help them start their treatment cycle. She then works with them throughout their treatment and when they visit us here at the center. Prior to joining us at the Fertility Center of San Antonio in 1999 she worked in maternal child care and labor and delivery from 1983.

Medical Assistants

Arlene Hernandez, MA

In addition to her Medical Assistant role, Arlene is our SART Coordinator. She reports our statistical data to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, which collects statistics and success rates for fertility centers nationwide. Arlene joined us in 2007 and has worked in the OB/Gyn field since 2001. She’s currently studying nursing while working full time.


Susan Martinez, MA

Susan has been with the Fertility Center of San Antonio since 2001 and has been a Medical Assistant since 1998. Like our other MAs, Susan assists doctors and nurses by taking a patient’s medical background and helping with procedures like embryo transfers. Susan is also our Surgery Coordinator.


Erika Martinez, MA

 

Erika joined the Fertility Center of San Antonio in January of 2015. She is the primary coordinator for our gynecology patients. She assists the physicians with egg retrievals and embryo transfers. She has been a Medical Assistant in Women's Health since 2000 and she is also bilingual. 

 

Administrative Staff

Sandra Munoz, CMC, CMOM

Office Manager

Sandra has worked in the Fertility Center of San Antonio business office since 1993. She has over 20 years experience in insurance and billing. In 2005 Sandra received her Medical Office Manager Certification and she’s also a Certified Medical Coder. She is happy to help patients sort through their insurance and financing options. Sandra is bi-lingual and is a member of MGMA and ARSM.


Sylvia Pastrano

Billing and Insurance Specialist

Sylvia joined the Fertility Center of San Antonio in 2009 and has worked in patient accounts for over 25 years. Sylvia is bi-lingual.


Aurora Baltazar

Insurance Specialist

Aurora has been with the Fertility Center of San Antonio for a total of 8.5 years. She has over 25 years experience in the medical field. She can assist you with any insurance inquiries and prior authorizations.


Diana Tirado

Scheduling Coordinator

Diana is a small town girl at heart. She grew up in Pipe Creek, just outside of Bandera. She joined the Fertility Center of SanAntonio team in 2015. She has always been interested in helping people and being a part of the healthcare community. She loves working at FCSA because it is a great opportunity to combine her passions: loving business, people, and medicine. She believes there is always a way to bring happiness to people, and as our scheduling coordinator, she is the first smiling face you will see when you walk in our doors.


Gina Shields, BS

Director of Sales and Marketing

Gina began her career with Fertility Center of San Antonio in 2013. She attained her Bachelors of Science in Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences from the University of Houston. She has a very dynamic role ensuring physicians have incredible ease referring patients and are abreast of the technological advancements available at our center, including marketing our clinic effectively through communicative efforts in a clinical settings as well as virally. Gina also manages our Facebook page, social media outlets, and website; ensuring it is a direct extension of the Fertility Center of San Antonio and also is a wonderful resource with a wealth of information with photos of our families, testimonials, and is a direct line for questions regarding fertility care at our center. 

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