At UNC Fertility, the only one who wants your dreams of family to be fulfilled more than we do is you. Often referred to as a “family,” our physicians, nurses and laboratory technicians prioritize your needs no matter how big — or small — they may be. We are always here for you. Whether you are calling to schedule an ultrasound, ask a question about your medication or hear your results, you can rest assured that every answer is a culmination of well-rounded, expert collaborative care.

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Take a tour of our new facility and meet the UNC Fertility family!

Fertility Doctors

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Marc Fritz, MD

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Marc Fritz has been on the front lines of reproductive endocrinology research for more than 30 years. He is thankful for wonderful colleagues and the clinic’s beautiful new facility, but nothing puts a bigger smile on his face than helping individuals realize their dreams of family.
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Jennifer Mersereau, MD, MSCI

Described by many as 'knowledgeable, honest and caring,' Dr. Mersereau’s emotional connection to her patients — and her sincere desire to help guide them towards a successful outcome — is undeniable.
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Mary Peavey, MD, MSCI

Dr. Mary Peavey is the newest member of the UNC Fertility team. Raised in Austin, Texas, Dr. Peavey attended college at Duke University, and received her MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She returned to North Carolina where she completed her residency in OB/GYN at Duke University Medical Center.
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Steven Young, MD, PhD

As director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Training Program, Dr. Young’s time is highly coveted by rising physicians but he will always make time for the one thing he loves most — his patients.
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Anne Steiner, MD, MPH

Nationally recognized for her research on biomarkers of ovarian aging as predictors of reproductive potential, Dr. Steiner was a valuable addition to the UNC Fertility team more than 10 years ago. Having completed her residency and master’s degree in public health at UNC Chapel Hill, she feels right at home!
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Matt Coward, MD, FACS

Dr. Coward is a highly esteemed urologic surgeon with a specialty in male fertility. He offers a comprehensive range of male reproductive and sexual health services and has a strong reputation for providing outstanding patient care.

UNC Fertility Fellows

Dr. Brianna Lyttle

Dr. Lyttle was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She received her undergraduate degree at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin. After completing her residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Lyttle joined the UNC Fertility team as a reproductive endocrinology fellow in 2015. She has demonstrated her passion for women’s reproductive care by the work she has done around the world to better the lives of women and children.

Dr. Ryan Owen

Dr. Owen is one of the newest members of the UNC Fertility team, starting in July of 2017. He is the inaugural fellow in the Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery Fellowship program under the mentorship of Dr. Matt Coward. As an undergraduate, Dr. Owen played baseball for Lubbock Christian University while earning a major in Human Biology. After receiving his medical degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, he completed a Urology residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Owen’s research interests include microsurgical sperm extraction, varicocele repair, effects of nutritional supplementation on male factor subfertility and surgical repair of erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease. Along with Dr. Coward, Dr. Owen aspires to provide a comprehensive treatment approach for the infertile couple in collaboration with the UNC Fertility team.

Dr. Jamie Stanhiser

Dr. Jamie Stanhiser grew up in Loma Linda, California. She completed her medical school training from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine after graduating with a double major in Human Biology and Human Development from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where she was a leader in her elected position as the Senior Chief Administrative Resident. She joined the UNC Fertility team as a reproductive endocrinology fellow in 2016. Her areas of interest include epigenetics, embryology, infertility, ovarian stimulation, and InVitro Fertilization. Dr. Stanhiser has committed herself and her career to women’s reproductive health as well as their overall wellness in mind, body and spirit. She dedicates her time to teaching, mentoring and research.

Dr. Leah Bressler

Dr. Bressler was raised in Southeastern North Carolina and attended UNC as a Morehead scholar. At UNC, she studied Biology and conducted public health research in Southern and Eastern Africa. She obtained her MD and Masters in Public Health at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She then moved to Chicago to complete Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Northwestern University, where she was elected Education Chief Resident. Her research interests are lifestyle factors and fertility, endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, and reproductive epidemiology. She is very excited to be back in her home state and training at UNC Fertility.

Jim LaJoie, Executive Director

Caitlin Boylan, Lab Manager
Michelle Moyer, Senior Embryologist
Meghan Connerny, Embryologist
Daquan Dock, Andrology Supervisor
Norma Sneed, Andrologist
Hunter Caprell, Andrologist

Wendy Snyder, Clinical Manager
Kim Briley, IVF Nurse
Mindy Soucy, IVF Nurse
Aly Bell, IVF Nurse

Medical Assistants
Radisha Smith, Senior Medical Assistant
Christi Poole, Medical Assistant
Victoria Nguyen, Medical Assistant

Marketing Team
Kiran Kanaan, Practice Development Manager
Kristen Cima, New Patient Coordinator

Administrative Team
Pam Ragusa, Business Office Manager
Sam Guadagno, Billing Specialist
Ashley Forrest, Senior Patient Services Coordinator
Michelle Casserman, Patient Care Coordinator
Camilla Morrell, Patient Care Coordinator
Temica McGill, Office Coordinator