Dr. Ernest Zeringue
Ernest J. Zeringue M.D. (zerang) is an infertility specialist and founder of California IVF Fertility Center. He received his medical school training in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina. His obstetrics and gynecology residency was completed at Keesler Air Force Base. Following residency, Dr. Zeringue attended fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University in Durham, NC. He then served as the Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. While in the military, Dr. Zeringue’s clinic was among the busiest in the hospital and maintained a very high patient satisfaction rating. As one of only a hand full of infertility specialists in the Air Force, Dr. Zeringue also performed a high volume of infertility surgery including tubal reversals. Research interests include insulin resistance as it relates to weight and infertility problems, improvement of laboratory environmental conditions, and egg quality. He has successfully implemented a diet regimen that has been extremely effective in restoring ovulation to many women. Countless individuals have sought counseling for weight management independent of attempts at becoming pregnant. Dr. Zeringue is an Associate Clinical Professor at UC Davis Medical Center (VCF).
Dr. Zeringue is available for consultations to discuss your treatment options.
“I love what I do, and I hope it shows in everything we do. I am extremely proud of the team working here and all they do to make this a better place. We can not promise people a pregnancy, but we can make every effort possible to make sure people have a positive experience through caring, support, and compassion.”
– Ernest Zeringue MD
Dr. Pravin Goud
Dr. Pravin Goud joined California IVF Fertility Center in 2012, after working for Kaiser Fertility Center in Vacaville for many years. Dr. Goud has a reputation of providing compassionate care for his patients and is dedicated to providing the best possible care for each individual. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Goud holds a PhD in reproductive biology and has published extensively in the field of oocyte aging and maturation. He has been named as a co-author on many peer reviewed publications along with some of the most respected names in the infertility field. Dr. Goud is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Goud received his PhD in reproductive biology in 1999 from Ghent University in Belgium. After moving to the United States, Dr. Goud completed his OBGYN residency at Wayne State University in 2006. After residency, Dr. Pravin Goud completed his reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at Wayne State University in 2008, at which time he joined the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group as the clinical director Center for Reproductive Health in Vacaville. He received his certification in Androlgy and Embryology as a high complexity laboratory director (HCLD) in 2011. Dr. Goud is an Associate Clinical Professor at UC Davis Medical Center (VCF).
“I am excited to join the team at California IVF. I am looking forward to providing comprehensive and cutting edge reproductive care. Since my research has been entirely in the field of gamete biology, embryology and cryopreservation, this experience has proven to be tremendously useful in understanding my patients’ underlying disorders and to formulate the most appropriate treatments. Working in the academic and clinical environment at California IVF is like a dream come true.”
– Pravin Goud, MD, PhD
Dr. Gary Gross
Gary Gross, MD is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with a long career in patient care and in the teaching of residents and medical students at Harvard University School of Medicine where he was a member of the faculty from 1970 to 2015. He had the distinction of being nominated for the title of best teacher of the year during his time there.
Dr. Gross received his B.S. from Union College in Schenectady, New York and his M.D. from Yale University in New Haven Connecticut. He served as a surgical intern at Harvard and underwent his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Upon completion of his residency at Yale, he was invited to return to Boston to create and run the infertility program at Beth Israel Hospital, one of the principal Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals. In addition, in 1978, he established the first infertility program within a federally funded Title X Family Planning Program.
He was one of the early leaders of RESOLVE, the national advocacy organization for infertile couples. He arranged the funding with which RESOLVE expanded from a local organization in Boston to the national organization with multiple chapters it has become. He served on RESOLVE’s national board of directors for 18 years and was the first physician to serve as chair of that board. In the early 1970’s, he was one of the first l physicians to insist that psychological counseling and support be an integral part of an infertility practice. He established and maintained one of the largest solo infertility practices in New England for over 30 years. He also served as the women’s endocrinology consultant to two large complementary medicine clinics in the Boston area for 9 years His involvement with in vitro fertilization began more than 25 years ago. His research interests have included the role of interconversion of steroids in disorders such as endometrial cancer and polycystic ovarian syndrome, the use of natural cycle in vitro fertilization in areas where conventional IVF is not available, and the role of hypothalamic –pituitary axis dysfunction in chronic Lyme disease. He relocated to Sacramento in 2016.
Dr. John Gould
Dr. John E. Gould is an Associate Clinical Professor of Urology at UC Davis School of Medicine providing services to Sacramento area patients. As a specialist in male infertility, his services include vasectomy reversal, microsurgical sperm extraction, electroejaculation, and vasopididymostomy. As a regional leader in the field of male infertility, Dr. John E. Gould has provided services at Northern California Fertility Center, Kaiser, UC Davis Health System, Sutter Health System, and California IVF Fertility Center. Dr. Gould received his B.A. degree from Williams College, Williamstown Massachusetts in 1974. He then attended medical school at UC Davis School of Medicine, receiving his M.D., Ph.D. in 1984, and went on to complete his residency at UC Davis School of Medicine, graduating in 1989. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. Dr. Gould is available to see patients at California IVF Fertility Center. Dr. Gould provides services through his private practice Male Fertility Medical Associates, Inc.
Dr. Ted Tollner
Dr Ted Tollner is the director of the embryology laboratory at California IVF and is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Dr Tollner received his doctoral degree from UC Davis in Cellular, Molecular, and Integrative Physiology with a designated emphasis in Reproductive Biology. For 25 years Dr Tollner has conducted both basic science research in mammalian fertilization and clinically applied research in reproductive medicine. He continues to pursue his passion for understanding the complexities of reproduction and early development in human IVF. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications including research articles in Science, Nature, Human Reproduction, Biology of Reproduction, and Fertility and Sterility. Dr Tollner also enjoys the process of knowledge transfer. As department chair of Biology, he helped to establish the first 4-year laboratory science degree at William Jessup University and he applies the same commitment to excellence in patient education and training of staff in the IVF laboratory.
“For me, IVF is the perfect fusion of science and service. Our internal research and efforts to optimize protocols and develop new laboratory techniques has translated into higher pregnancy rates and more patients going home with babies. Professionally speaking nothing is as satisfying as knowing you contributed to the joy a couple experiences with a successful pregnancy and the birth of their baby. I consider it a tremendous privilege when patients entrust us with their IVF cycles and I am particularly proud of our laboratory staff – their expertise, dedication, and love for our patients makes Cal IVF a wonderful place to work.”
– Ted Tollner, PhD
Katie is a fertility nurse at California IVF.
“I love coming to work every day to help people obtain their goal of becoming parents and building families. Getting to know each patient and encouraging them through this life-changing experience is priceless. I am eager to help others experience the love and happiness that parenthood brings to a family.”
Holly is a clinical coordinator.
“What I enjoy most about California IVF is working with such wonderful and dedicated staff members. We respect our patients’ individual journey and genuinely care about them. Working here is a unique experience.”
Samantha is a new patient coordinator and IUI coordinator.
“What I love most about California IVF is the connection with patients and the bond that is created. I appreciate that at California IVF, we are all family, and always want the best for our patients. Working at a fertility office has taught me that there is no last chance, but new opportunities. ‘Teamwork makes the dream work.’”
Stacey joined California IVF as our Financial Coordinator in 2008. Prior to that, she trained as a Medical Assistant and worked in the medical field for several years before specializing in fertility services. Stacey goes the extra mile for every patient, verifying insurance coverage and calling each patient to explain their insurance benefits. Her duties include patient billing, financial counseling, pre-authorizations, and referrals. She receives many compliments from patients about her compassion and willingness to help ease the stress of financial and insurance matters.
“I am grateful to be a part of California IVF. It’s a joy helping others achieve their dreams of having a family. I strive to provide accurate insurance benefit explanations to our patients. By informing our patients of their coverage, they are able to utilize their benefits to the fullest extent. Insurance can be difficult to understand, so I am proud to be able to provide this service for our patients.”
– Stacey Whittaker
Deborah Johnson MS
Deborah joined the staff of California IVF as Senior Embryologist in 2006. Her embryology career began in 1986, as research technician at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, in Norfolk, Virginia, the first IVF clinic in the U.S. In 1990, she was trained as an embryologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Deborah relocated to California in 1998 and worked at Northern California Fertility Medical Center in Roseville as supervisor of andrology and embryology laboratories. At California IVF, Deb is responsible for all aspects of andrology and embryology laboratories. Not only is she a skilled embryologist and expert in ICSI, embryo biopsy, and egg/embryo freezing, Deb loves interaction with patients. She meets with every new IVF patient, teaching an embryology “Egg Class” to patients before starting treatment.
“I am happy to be working at California IVF where we maintain a ‘personal touch’ with our patients. It is very important to me, and the IVF laboratory staff, to keep patients informed of their embryo progress on a daily basis. It is an honor and a privilege to be your child’s first baby sitter.”
– Deborah Johnson