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About Our Donor Egg Bank Team

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Pacific Fertility Center’s Egg Donor agency has been helping patients realize their dream of building a family since it was first established in 1993. Since then, we have been a part of over 2000 recipient/donor cycles. We are proud to continue our pioneering efforts to improve fertility treatment options for our patients and to offer a new choice, PFC’s Donor Egg Bank.

Meet our Donor Egg Bank Team

Allison Bartee
Donor Egg Bank Coordinator

Allison Bartee is a San Francisco Bay area native, who had the pleasure of residing in Santa Barbara and San Diego while developing her career in women’s health. Allison has a Health Science degree from San Diego State University, where she worked as a Research Assistant looking at physical activity and nutrition habits of adolescent aged girls.  Additionally, Allison was a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant and has served as a Case Worker. Her passion lies in promoting women’s health and wellness and is now the Donor Recruiter and Coordinator for Pacific Fertility Center’s Egg Donor Agency. Allison is a member of the American Public Health Association and a committed volunteer for the American Heart Association.

Daragh Castaneda
Program Director, PFC Egg Donor Agency

Daragh Castaneda is the Program Director of Pacific Fertility Center’s Egg Donor Agency. Daragh oversees a highly specialized team that facilitates the egg donation process for egg donors and intended parents.

Prior to working at Pacific Fertility Center, Daragh spent several years working at some of the top rated Health Centers in Northern California; University of California San Francisco Department of Urology (UCSF), Stanford Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and California Pacific Medical Center Pre-natal Genetics. Daragh also spent many years as a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

Daragh’s professional associations include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she is a member of the Practice Managers Professional Group and Mental Health Professional Group. She is also a member of the Professional Business Women of California.

Daragh graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Vocal Jazz Performance. She lives in the East Bay and spends much of her free time singing, playing piano, and dancing.

Isabelle Ryan, M.D.
Egg Donor Agency Medical Director

Dr. Isabelle Ryan is an experienced infertility specialist provider of fertility care who offers patients a combination of excellent clinical expertise, strong research experience and warm personal care. She is Board-Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist. Dr. Ryan takes pride in offering comprehensive fertility care employing all types of fertility treatments including the advanced reproductive technologies (IVF, ICSI, PGD). Dr. Ryan is a fertility specialist who has developed a special interest in treating those with the diagnosis of unexplained infertility and endometriosis.

Dr. Ryan is native of New York City and attended the University of California, Davis Medical School. After completion of medical school she was accepted to the prestigious joint Ob/Gyn residency/Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship program at the University of California, San Francisco. During her fellowship, she received multiple national recognition awards for excellence in research including the Berlex Scholar's Award. This recognition of her exceptional success led to a faculty appointment with the University of California, San Francisco Fertility Group in 1996. Read More...

Joe Conaghan, PhD
PFC Lab Director

Dr. Conaghan has over two decades of experience in human embryology and is best known for his studies on embryo culture and metabolism. He trained in Embryology and Andrology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and graduated with a PhD in human embryology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London in 1994. He’s a Board-Certified High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director in the disciplines of Embryology and Andrology. In 1995, Dr. Conaghan was recruited by the UCSF IVF Program as their Clinical Laboratory Director. He later moved to Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco where he has been the director for 12 years. He is big advocate for elective single embryo transfer (eSET) in IVF, and therefore for high standards for culturing and vitrifying embryos. Dr. Conaghan ensures the highest quality of patient care with state-of-the-art-facilities and an experienced team of embryologists and is committed to continuing education for IVF lab professionals. Read More...

Peggy Orlin, MFT
Marriage and Family Therapist

Peggy Orlin, MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the emotional aspects of infertility, third party family building, and adoption. She has been a therapist for 24 years, a counselor to those experiencing infertility for 15 years and has been affiliated with Pacific Fertility Center for the past 10 years.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Ms. Orlin received a master’s degree from Hofstra University. She moved to the Bay Area in 1978 where she completed her postgraduate training at the Family Therapy Center in San Francisco and at the Marin Psychotherapy Institute.

Her personal history of infertility led her to sub specialize in infertility counseling. At Pacific Fertility Center, she has co-led stress reduction classes for patients and co-ordinates discussions for staff on ethical issues in reproductive medicine. Her involvement with third party family building includes psychological screening of all involved - donors, recipients and gestational surrogates. Read More...

Lauri Black, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor

Lauri has been a practicing genetic counselor since 1998 prior to completing her graduate program at the University of California Berkeley, and has been board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 1999. Lauri has worked in reproductive genetics for her entire career, providing genetic counseling for male and female factor infertility, preimplantation genetic testing, and prenatal diagnosis. Most of that time, she has worked directly with many of the physicians at Pacific Fertility Center. She began her career at University of California San Francisco’s Medical Center and then moved to California Pacific Medical Center in late 2001. In December of 2010, Lauri started a private practice and is now working more closely with the providers and patients at PFC as an in-house genetic counselor.

Testing embryos is the most likely reason a infertility doctor would refer their patient to Lauri for a consultation. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, is the testing of embryos for a specific genetic disease known in the family prior to transfer to the uterus. Preimplantation genetic screening, or PGS, is the testing of embryos for general chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome prior to transfer to the uterus. Lauri provides the required consultation for each of these services prior to the start of a patient’s cycle to foster full informed consent of these complex procedures and the possible outcomes. Read More...