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Session 64: Pineapple Warriors

International IVF Initiative

Session 64: Pineapple Warriors

Session 64: Pineapple Warriors


Tuesday 18th May, 2021. 3PM EST/ 8PM GMT / 9PM CET  

A webinar about getting it right on social media! Managing your online reputation, your clinic's promotion and your fertility website.

DrSerena H. Chen and IVF Babble’s Tracey Bambrough

With Giles Palmer, Ivf. net's Thomas Elliott and Vaquera’s Chris Kincade


“Modernizing Medicine” Dr. Lowell Ku
“It’s Not Too Late to Get on Social Media: Five Action Steps to Get Started” Dr. Lora Shahine
“Breaking Barriers of Access to Care and Addressing Racial Bias in Social Media” Dr. Cindy Duke
"It's Personal" Dr. Roohi Jeelani 
"Humour and the Infertility Journey" Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo
"Closing Communication Gaps in Healthcare" Dr. Natalie Crawford
"Embryo Babysitter" Vivian Kimble.


Lowell T. Ku, M.D. is an award winning and leading provider of infertility treatments in the Southwest United States. As a senior physician at Dallas IVF, he is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Dr. Ku has been awarded numerous recognitions including Texas Monthly Super Doctor® and as a D Magazine Best Doctors in Collin County and Dallas.  However, the best award is being nicknamed Dr. KnockedUp by his patients.  As one of Dallas’ highly respected infertility experts, Dr. Ku is regularly seen on television programs sharing his medical expertise on the topics of infertility and reproductive health.  Having personally struggled with and overcome infertility, Dr. Ku has a never-ending determination to help his patients overcome seemingly impossible odds to achieve their dreams of parenthood.


Dr. Lora Shahine, reproductive endocrinologist at Pacific NW Fertility and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, completed her residency in OBGYN at the University of California in San Francisco and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Stanford University. She is dedicated to educating and advocating for increased awareness of infertility, miscarriage, and the impact on environmental toxins on health through an active social media presence, teaching, clinical research, and authoring multiple blogs and books including best-selling, Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. Find her at and Connect on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok @drlorashahine


Dr. Cindy M.P. Duke is a Johns Hopkins and Yale Trained Physician Scientist and Entrepreneur who is Board Certified in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Fellowship trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and has a PhD in Virology. As America’s only Dual Accredited women’s Health Fertility Expert and Virologist, Dr. Duke is the Physician Founder, Medical Director and Lab Director of the Nevada Fertility Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

As a Physician Executive, Dr. Duke has served on a number of hospital boards. She is also a contributor and member of the Women’s Health Advisory Council (WHAC) for, a Medical Advisor for Proov, a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory board for CONFIRMD by Buddy Cheque and a member of the Forbes Business Council. Dr. Cindy is also the current Leader of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. Dr. Duke has been (and continues to be) the beneficiary of many outstanding mentors/role models throughout her career. As a result, outside of her clinical work and research, Dr. Duke understands the value of giving back to her community which she views as the global village.


Dr Roohi Jeelani is Director of Research and Education at Vios Fertility Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Dr Jeelani earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, where she was awarded a Women’s Reproductive Health NIH K12 Research Grant. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr Jeelani has authored numerous articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, and presented her research at national and international scientific meetings. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr Jeelani is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.


Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo is a Freelance Writer and avid Women's Health Advocate. She is a Forbes Women Contributor and has had pieces included in Time magazine, Parents Magazine, Huffington Post, and ScaryMommy. Her blog, "The 2 Week Wait," was awarded the Hope Award for Best Blog from Resolve: The National Infertility Association and named the "Best IVF Blog" by Egg Donation Friends. As an infertility subject matter expert, she's been interviewed on the news outlets such as CNN, NPR, FOX, NBC, and BBC America and was featured in the documentary "VegasBaby." You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.


Dr. Natalie Crawford is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is Director of Patient Experience and Outreach and co-founder of Fora Fertility, a boutique fertility practice in Austin, Texas. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Women’s Health at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Crawford completed her undergraduate education at Auburn University obtaining a degree in Nutrition Science, Medical School at University of Texas Medical Branch, Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Texas Southwestern, and her Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of North Carolina while concurrently obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Research. She is passionate about educating and empowering women and promotes preventive care, plant based medicine, and fertility awareness through her multiple social media platforms.

You can find Dr. Crawford on Instagram and TikTok @nataliecrawfordmd, twitter @ncrawfordmd, her blog, her You Tube channel “Natalie Crawford, MD”, and she is the host of the “As a Woman” podcast.

Dr. Crawford has been name to the “Top Doctors” and “Top Doctors for Women” lists in 2020 by Austin Monthly. She won “Best Fertility Specialist in Austin” by the 2019 Austin Birth awards and was the recipient of the Hope Award for Social Influence by Resolve: The National Infertility Association. She was named one of Austin’s top 40 under 40 in 2020 for her work empowering women. She is married to Austin native Jason Crawford, and they have 2 young children.


Vivian Kimble, MSc. has immersed herself in Assisted Reproductive Technologies for over seven years working at one large fertility clinic in New York City, NY as well as returning back to her homebase in Atlanta, GA. Among those seven years, she has earned her Master’s Degree in Reproductive Clinical Sciences from The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Vivian is currently a Senior Embryologist at the Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, GA working with several doctors and clinics to provide the best embryos and help patients with their fertility dreams.
Alongside her dedication in the IVF lab, Vivian especially enjoys sipping her morning coffee from her couch while going incognito on various fertility and IVF subreddits via to extend her love and knowledge to those who are curious about our microscopic world.


Serena H. Chen MD serves as Director of Reproductive Medicine at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and IRMS, the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science in New Jersey, and Clinical Associate Professor at both Rutgers Medical Schools. Dr Chen feels privileged to be trusted with the reproductive health of people in so many different situations and is dedicated to improving access to reproductive care by breaking down barriers to care and raising public awareness. She is amazed and grateful every day at the explosion in reproductive technology that is happening today, but feels that physicians and scientists must advocate for better support for providers and patients that continue to be the biggest barrier between the promise of these new technologies and their actual delivery.


"IVFbabble has been founded by two IVF mums, Sara and Tracey, both of whom have first-hand experience of IVF. Our journeys were fraught with confusion, struggles, heartbreak, misdiagnoses, lack of knowledge and support."



Thomas Elliott is a clinical embryologist at Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, USA. Prior to this he worked at the Oxford Fertility Unit, UK. He established the reproductive science resource website in 1997, and at the same time, together with Dr. Kay Elder, pioneered scientific online meetings with a series of online line conferences entitled “World Wide Conferences on Reproductive Biology”. Thomas is part of the IVF Store team and acts as technical and scientific advisor. Thomas is also the inventor and President of Cryo Sentinel, a thermographic monitoring system for cryogenic storage units. Thomas is a founding member of the International IVF Initiative.


COO Vaquera
As an entrepreneur, Chris has launched a number of media and technology businesses. As a brand and publishing strategist, he has developed new business opportunities for clients such as Samsung, Jaunt VR, Rebecca Minkoff, Out Leadership, Sakrid Coffee Roasters, and more. His first startup packaged book series for Random House and McGraw-Hill. Previously, he was a screenwriter, journalist and film/TV analyst.



Giles Palmer is a clinical embryologist, skilled in laboratory, business and quality management. After graduating in Genetics at Leeds University, UK he worked as a research officer at London's Hammersmith Hospital's acclaimed IVF unit working with Professors Lord Winston and Alan Handyside. In the following years he has worked mainly in Greece consulting in several countries including Iceland, Nigeria and the Balkan states.
His early collaboration with St. Sophia's Children's Hospital (Athens University) resulted in the first births in Greece following embryo-biopsy and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. He has published in leading scientific journals on a variety of topics including pre-implantation genetic testing for Cystic Fibrosis and B-thalassaemia, Morphokinectics and Quality Management. He is a HCPC clinical scientist and has been accredited with Senior Embryologist Status by ESHRE.

A blogger for over 21 years and an advocate of better patient communication platforms,  Giles more recently he has become a consultant for IVF clinics, Institute of Life, Athens and Nordica Fertility Centre in Lagos and product developer in a wide range of areas within the industry including Kustodian FRID and Shellbe Cleanroom systems.



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