Our Professional Village.


Medical Professionals.


Dr. Ari Y. Baratz, B.Sc., MD, FRCSC (REI): Create Fertility Centre


Dr. Ari Baratz has been dedicated to women’s health and reproductive medicine for over 20 years.  He is one of a select few physicians in Canada with the accreditation and the advanced level of training required for the care of people dealing with infertility and recurrent miscarriages.

Dr. Baratz attended McGill University for his Bachelor of Science in Anatomy & Cell Biology (BSc) and the University of Western Ontario for his Medical Degree (MD) where he was recognized with distinction and for outstanding performance in obstetrics & gynecology.  After completing his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at the University of Toronto (FRCSC), Dr. Baratz was designated by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada with a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) at the University of Toronto.

Upon joining CReATe, Dr. Baratz assumed a faculty position in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Toronto.   Dr. Baratz has played an integral role in the Department of Gynecology at the New Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto.  He is a leader in Ambulatory Gynecology and Surgical education and has mentored many students, residents, and fellows in reproductive medicine.

Through CReATe, Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto, Dr. Baratz continues his research in medical education and several aspects of clinical infertility and reproductive endocrinology.  Focused on providing ‘patient-centred’ fertility care, Dr. Baratz’s clinical interests include providing all forms of assisted reproductive technologies, reproductive endoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, and Reproductive Telemedicine (Ontario Telemedicine Network).  A compassionate practitioner and dedicated researcher, Dr. Baratz has presented his research at several national and international forums.  Dr. Baratz has a special interest in all forms of third party reproduction including anonymous and known egg / sperm donation and surrogacy.  He has provided consultations on matters of reproductive medicine for intended parents throughout Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

Dr. Baratz is an active member of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society, and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.   Dr. Baratz has been an Executive Board member for Women’s College Hospital, Medical Staff Association, the Women’s College Hospital Alternate Funding Plan, and Chair for the Ontario Medical Association Reproductive Biology Section.


Dr. Said Daneshmand, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.: San Diego Fertility Center


Dr. Said Daneshmand has expertise in complex IVF cases, and his research and publications have featured work on endometrial receptivity as a way to maximize the probability of success during IVF. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in egg donation and surrogacy, and is one of the main providers of third-party care in the United States, with patients traveling from more than 40 countries in 2018 alone. He is known for developing and implementing cutting-edge technologies, including NGS (next generation sequencing), the latest and most precise technique for assessing embryonic genetic health.

Dr. Daneshmand completed his fellowship and residency at UCLA. He is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Reproductive Endocrinology. Among his achievements, Dr. Daneshmand is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eileen Pike Medical School Valedictorian Award, the PCRS Fellowship and Practicing Physician Research Award, as well as the recipient of the prestigious ASRM STAR Award in 2017 and 2018. He has served as the President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (Iota Chapter) and is a member of the Decherney Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). 


Dr. Brooke Friedman, M.D.: San Diego Fertility Center


Dr. Brooke Friedman is committed to offering compassionate and cutting-edge treatment in order to maximize each patient’s chance of success. Through her work as a fertility specialist, she has been selected multiple times by her peers as a San Diego Magazine "Top Doctor" after voting by physicians in the community. She also has been recognized by her patients with several awards, including Vitals’ “Patients’ Choice Award,” the “Compassionate Doctor Recognition” award, and the “Top Ten Physicians” award. She is honored to be able to care not only for patients in San Diego but also to intended parents around the world.

Dr. Brooke Friedman is double-board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She graduated from Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and earned her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco Medical School, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha at the top of her class. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. At the conclusion of Dr. Friedman’s time at Stanford, she received multiple awards in teaching as well as an award for her laparoscopic surgical skills. Dr. Friedman is the author of several published book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented award-winning research at national meetings. Dr. Friedman also speaks Spanish and French.


Dr. Bruce Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG, HCLD: The Fertility Center of Las Vegas

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A well-known fertility research pioneer, board certified reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Shapiro founded The Fertility Center of Las Vegas (FCLV) in 1988. His commitment to developing new techniques to make IVF and third party reproduction safer and more effective has made FCLV a leading force for advancing the science and practice of reproductive medicine. Patients who visit him receive individualized treatment plans and compassionate care that enhance their chance of bringing home a healthy baby.

Dr. Shapiro completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital, finished his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is also the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he teaches medical students and residents.


Dr. Carrie Bedient, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.: The Fertility Center of Las Vegas

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As Nevada’s only dual female board certified reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Bedient feels privileged to help men and women reach their full family-building potential. A champion of reproductive freedom, Dr. Bedient is particularly interested in fertility preservation for patients undergoing toxic therapies for medical conditions such as cancer, as well as third party reproduction for same-sex couples and LGBT individuals. Known for her kindness and warm bedside manner, Dr. Bedient is a role model for empathy, compassion, respect, altruism and integrity in medicine.

After graduating from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, she completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University & Cleveland Clinic Foundation Metrohealth Medical Center, followed by fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory University. Dr. Bedient also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Dr. Leah Kaye, M.D.: The Fertility Center of Las Vegas


Leah Kaye MD brings her experience and compassion to hopeful parents, surrogates and egg donors who visit The Fertility Center of Las Vegas (FCLV). She researches emerging issues in reproductive medicine and uses the latest fertility treatments to help patients from around the country and the world make their dreams of parenthood become a reality. Her goal is to make every patient feel more hopeful and encouraged about their family-building plans after a visit with her.

Dr. Kaye is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and sub-specialty board eligible in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kaye also earned a master’s degree in clinical and translational research from the University of Connecticut Graduate School.


Legal Professionals.


Rachel S. West, B.A., J.D.


Rachel has spent her career practicing in the areas of employment law and human rights law. Rachel’s love of human rights law lead to her interest and practice in reproductive technology law. She regularly works with couples and individuals who wish to become parents, as well as surrogates (gestational carriers), and with all aspects of surrogacy and fertility law. Rachel works with local and international intended parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), and also with egg and sperm donors.

Rachel understands the challenges involved with creating a family through surrogacy, and takes pride in protecting her clients’ interests while allowing them to create and grow their relationship with their surrogate or intended parents.

 Rachel West is a partner at Carbert Waite LLP in Calgary. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 2007 following her graduation from the University of Saskatchewan, where she received her B.A. with High Honours in 2003 and Juris Doctor in 2006. She is a member in good standing of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association. Rachel is fluent in both english and french which proves beneficial when working with clientele from overseas.


Michelle Flowerday, LL.B.


Michelle is a Canadian lawyer based in Toronto. Her practice focuses on fertility law (covering surrogacy laws and third-party reproduction laws) and family law. She is a passionate and tireless champion for couples facing infertility, for gay and lesbian couples wanting to start a family, for single people looking to grow a family alone, and for surrogates (gestational carriers), as well as the egg, sperm and embryo donors who assist in the process.

 Michelle’s expertise includes negotiating and drafting agreements related to surrogacy, co-parenting, egg, sperm and embryo donations, making court applications for declarations of parentage, stepparent adoptions and other legal issues related to third party reproduction. Michelle works across Canada and internationally with intended parents and surrogates, as well as egg, sperm and embryo donors. She often speaks at conferences on the topic of fertility and surrogacy law and has provided legal advice to fertility clinics and hospitals on contract laws and compliance with Canadian assisted human reproduction laws and regulations.

Prior to opening her own law office in 2011, Michelle was a partner at Dickson MacGregor Appell LLP, Canada’s largest all-women law firm, practicing in the areas of fertility law and family law. She began her legal career at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Canada’s largest law firm, after graduating with her BA (Hons. Psych.) from McGill University in 1997 and her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2001. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002 and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, Fertility Matters, the Advocates’ Society and the 519 Church Street Community Centre.


Marc Kemerer, B.A. (Hons.), M.Sc., LL.B.


Marc fell into fertility law naturally – having been an intended parent three times he drafted his own agreements. He can offer practical advice and extensive experience in this complex area of law in Canada. Marc’s fertility law practice encompasses all aspects of family planning and building. He represents intended parents, surrogates and also sperm and egg donors on the negotiation and drafting of surrogacy and donor agreements and on legal parentage applications as well as general advocacy. He provides exceptional legal services at very competitive rates.

Marc speaks regularly on the topic of reproductive law and surrogacy. He is a frequent guest for the surrogacy portion of the Daddies and Pappas 2B course at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto. He has spoken on fertility law at the Balleroy Initiative in France, an international conference on current issues facing the global LGBTQ community. Most recently he met with Members of Parliament from all major political parties to advocate for a Private Member’s Bill to decriminalize payments to surrogates in Ottawa.


Sara R. Cohen, LL.B.

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Sara R. Cohen is a fertility lawyer based in Toronto, with clients throughout Canada and beyond. Sara is the founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP where her entire practice is devoted exclusively to the practice of fertility law. She regularly acts for intended parents, surrogates, donors, cryobanks, hospitals, distributors and fertility clinics on a wide range of fertility law issues.

Sara was recently named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. She is the past co-chair of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, president of Fertility Matters Canada, and an adjunct professor of reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Sara is one of two international members of the executive council of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the ABA’s Family Law Section, and is a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA). She has also given expert testimony on third party reproduction and legal parentage issues at Queen’s Park for the Standing Committee on Social Policy, and has been invited by the Ontario and Canadian government to confer on various fertility and parentage related legal issues.


Doreen Brown, B.A.


Doreen Brown is a practicing attorney with the law firm of Green Glazer, Attorneys. She specializes in the field of family law, adoption, reproductive technology/fertility law and litigation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College in 1974 (Political Science) Cum Laude and from the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal in 1977. She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1978. Doreen was also a part-time faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University for 25 years. She has lectured several times over the years on adoption, has offered webinars on reproductive technology, as well as lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. She also lectured at a CLE conference on adoption at the American Bar Association as well as at the annual meeting of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and Quebec Bar lectures.

She is currently a member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. She is very active on a volunteer basis in many community organizations and also sits on the Bar of Quebec committees. In 2014, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.