OUR PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY

Our practice philosophy is quite simple. It’s all about you, the patient. We consistently strive for the highest success and excellence in clinical outcomes. We foster relationships of trust with our patients, and provide customized, compassionate care. Our aim is to make the overall patient experience rewarding to both patient and provider.

We do this by subscribing to our core values that we call the four “E”s:

 

Expertise, Experience, Ethics, and Empathy. 

Expertise

Expertise

Bloom providers are all highly qualified and have national recognition in many areas of fertility treatment and advanced IVF laboratory techniques. Key personnel have been trained at stellar academic institutions and maintain faculty positions. Areas of expertise include: in-vitro fertilization (IVF), egg/embryo freezing, embryo blastocyst culture and biopsy, PGS/PGD, and fertility preserving surgery. The result is an extensive range of skills to surround Bloom patients with the highest quality of care available.
Experience

Experience

At Bloom we boast a lengthy track record of successful diagnosis, comprehensive treatment, and lasting patient relationships. Together, Bloom’s key personnel has over 75 years of experience at highly successful IVF clinics as well as academic practices around the country. Combining and refining the various methods of treatments from elsewhere has lead to a “best practices” approach to personalized patient care here at Bloom.
Ethics

Ethics

Bloom’s fertility care team operates on the highest ethical principals. We treat each patient with fairness, honesty, and respect. Clear communication is paramount. Our goal is to build a bond of trust with our patients so they know that their customized care is our top priority. We maintain only the highest standards in our specialty by adhering to industry regulations and safety guidelines (ASRM, SART, CDC, and FDA), to achieve excellence in patient care and successful outcomes.
Empathy

Empathy

At Bloom, we care. We can’t emphasize that enough. From our physicians to our nurses, our embryologists, our medical assistants, and the staff in our lab, business office, and front desk, we try to understand our patients' perspective. Throughout the entire treatment process, our patients deal with genuinely compassionate people. At Bloom, we’ve actively created a culture of caring, to build a supportive environment and improve the overall patient experience.

MEET OUR TEAM

Millie Behera, MD, FACOG, FRCSC
Millie Behera, MD, FACOG, FRCSC

Medical Director, Founder

Beyond the bright smile and warm demeanor, you’ll find a highly skilled and extremely competent physician. Dr. Behera is board certified in both OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility. Prior to coming to the Valley, she was Assistant Professor at Duke University (ranked the 4th best Gynecology department in the US at the time) and Clinical Director of the Center for Fibroid Biology and Therapy.

Dr. Behera established herself as a leader in her field with a number of published research papers and international presentations on in-vitro fertilization, non-invasive treatment of fibroids, fertility preservation therapies, and advanced robotic surgery. She maintains her academic interests by teaching, conducting clinical research, and instructing Reproductive Medicine and Minimally Invasive Surgery courses and training programs across the country. She is currently adjunct faculty at both, Duke University and the University of Arizona. 

Dr. Behera has hosted and made regular appearances on national television programs, including “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors”, explaining the latest and most effective advances in the treatment of infertility, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, and recurrent miscarriage. Locally, she was named a Phoenix Magazine Top Doc for 2014, and has been extensively featured on local news and medical information television shows.

Dr. Behera is the first reproductive surgeon to perform robotic tubal reversal surgery in the Phoenix area. She is an exceptional surgeon, and is part of the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare. 

Despite her credentials, Dr. Behera maintains her personable and compassionate demeanor through her dedicated patient care. With four children of her own, she understands the wonder of parenthood, and relentlessly strives to share it with her patients.

Millie Behera, MD, FACOG, FRCSC
Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD
Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD

Lab Director

Dr. Behr is a nationally and internationally renowned clinical and scientific leader in the research and advances of human reproduction. As a world-renown scientist and lecturer, he is highly sought after to chair scientific programs and conferences, and has been Program Chairman at several national and international conferences. Dr. Behr is also the past President of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and is the upcoming President of the American Association of Bioanalysts for 2015. In addition, Dr. Behr is active in the Stem Cell Research Oversight committee at Stanford, and sits on the panel for Stanford University IRB. He is in the forefront of clinical and scientific advances in reproduction, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Behr developed a culture medium for embryo culture to the blastocyst stage, which has improved pregnancy rates, implantation rates and reduced the risks of multiple gestation in IVF. He is also an Inventor at Stanford University and was co-inventor of the novel time-lapse technology used for embryo selection. Dr. Behr has been widely recognized for his research in embryo culture technology and embryo maternal interaction, and more recently, his research emcompases human embryonic stem cells and somatic cell nuclear transfer. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications, and has authored over 150 abstracts. Dr. Behr is also the Co-Director of the RENEW Biobank, Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Laboratory, and the Co-Director of the In Vitro Fertilization-Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Program at Stanford University.

Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD
Tamara Evans, MSN, NP-C
Tamara Evans, MSN, NP-C

Clinical Director

Tamara balances her cheery disposition with absolute dedication to her patients. She completed her bachelors and masters degrees with highest honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and is a Certified Nurse Practitioner. Her clinical specialties include fertility cycle management, ultrasound, intra-uterine insemination (IUI), counseling patients with PCOS, recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, and during their first trimester of pregnancy.

Tamara was Clinical Director at two well-known, private fertility clinics in the Southwest, prior to joining Bloom Reproductive Institute. She also was sub-investigator for numerous clinical trial studies at the Center of Reproductive Medicine.

Tamara is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Sigma Theta Tau honor society. Fertility Authority recognized her as the National Fertility Nurse of the Month in April, 2011.

Tamara is a mother of two, and a decorated Veteran of the United States Army. She is a favorite among our patients. With her excellent clinical skills, she brings an exceptional level of communication and efficiency to our clinic.

Tamara Evans, MSN, NP-C
Elizabeth Shrader, MSN, WHNP
Elizabeth Shrader, MSN, WHNP

Donor Program Director, Co-Clinical Director

Beth is incredibly optimistic and comes to us from an accomplished background on the east coast. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Elizabeth obtained her Masters of Science degree from the University of Maryland, graduating with honors. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honors Society of Nursing, and the Association of Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners.

Elizabeth has practiced in the field of fertility since 2007. During her tenure, she worked as IVF Nurse Coordinator and developed the role of Third Party Coordinator. She also developed and maintains the Third Party Standard Operation Protocol, required by the FDA to ensure patient safety. Her past history includes dramatically increasing live birth rates resulting from egg donation, boasting a ranking of #5 in the country in 2012 at her previous clinic.

Elizabeth performs intrauterine inseminations (IUI), ultrasounds, and routine female health screening. She works closely with the physicians in order to provide the best possible care to her patients.

She is a mother of two, and an excellent listener. Her strong moral fiber resonates with patients and colleagues alike.

Elizabeth Shrader, MSN, WHNP
IVF Embryology Lab
IVF Embryology Lab

The lab staff at Bloom is well known for their methodical approach and intense attention to detail. Our senior embryologists are well versed in all aspects of in vitro fertilization (IVF), including intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing), assisted hatching, genetic screening (PGD/PGS), blastomere biopsies, trophectoderm biopsies, frozen embryo transfers (FET), and donor egg / recipient cycles.

Christopher Wilson MS, TS (ABB) is a board certified technical supervisor with American Board of Bioanalysis in the specialty of embryology and andrology. Chris received his Master of Science in Reproductive Physiology from Colorado State University. He has  over 8 years of experience as an embryologist. Prior to coming to Arizona, he spent 6 years at Huntington Reproductive Clinics in California, one of the largest providers of advanced fertility treatment in the country. Chris brings with him expertise in extended embryo culture and embryo and oocyte vitrification. He  is highly proficient in Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and blastocyst trophectoderm biopsy for PGD/PGS. He is a member American Society of Reproductive Medicine. On his days off he enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and three dogs. Chris's dedication and affinity for new technologies keeps Bloom Reproductive Institute on the cutting edge of science.

IVF Embryology Lab
Patient Services
Patient Services

At Bloom Reproductive Institute, we're committed to making patient experience the best it can be. We continuously monitor and look for ways to improve on patient encounters.

Renae Asche serves as Bloom Reproductive Institute's Director of Patient Services. Renae has worked in customer service for over 19 years, spending significant time in the various aspects of fertility care. Her past experience has spanned nearly all areas of fertility treatment, including roles in clinical, surgical, laboratory, and business office departments. With such a broad background in fertility service, she literally has her finger on the pulse of all aspects of our clinic.

Nothing pleases us more than pleasing our patients. We are proud of our track record for high patient satisfaction. Bloom's Patient Services team assist patients throughout their time with us. From the day of their first appointment to the completion of their treatment, our Patient Services team goes the extra mile to answer patient questions, address patient concerns, and help make the journey through fertility treatment easier and more enjoyable.

Patient Services
Clinical Team
Clinical Team

You are in great hands! If it takes a village to raise a child, it most certainly takes a village to help make one. Our clinical staff is comprised of energetic, competent, and supportive individuals that are here to address your medical and personal needs every step of the way to ensure the highest success on your journey through fertility treatment. 

Bloom Reproductive Insitute's team of qualified nurses and medical assistants have been selectively hired based on their outstanding qualifications, excellent communication skills, and high-quality care. Each staff member has years of experience in their position and subscribes wholeheartedly to our practice philosophy of the 4 “E’s” – Expertise, Experience, Ethics, and Empathy. They take great pride in their work, and are absolutely committed to making your experience and outcomes the best they can be.

Clinical Team

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