Li Meng, PhD, HCLD
Laboratory and Scientific Director
Dr. Li Meng earned his Ph.D. degree in reproductive physiology, and obtained his postdoctoral training in University of Western Ontario, Canada and Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). Using rodent and nonhuman primate models, Dr. Meng’s research focused on the nucleocytoplasmic interaction during oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development in human and non-human primates. Dr. Meng successfully cloned the world’s first primate, Rhesus, in 1997 at ONPRC. In 1998, Dr. Meng started his first clinical IVF Laboratory directorship at Brown University. Dr. Meng is also a two-time recipient of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) General Program Prize which highlights the importance of (1) Germinal Vesicle transfer in human oocytes and (2) the SpindleView Imaging System for non-invasive observation of living cell spindles. Dr. Meng also obtained research funding for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, EMD Serono Inc., and NIH-SF 424 (R&R). Recently, Dr. Meng collaborated with Nikon and developed the BioStation CT system, a cell culture synchronization observation system that integrates cell intelligence (AI) culture, remote observation, imaging, and data processing. The system has been applied in embryonic fields, drug screening, embryonic and adult tissue stem cells, and tissue regeneration.
RN Nurse Manager
Lena is the nurse manager at LA IVF and the outpatient surgery center who takes pride in her job every day. She brings energy, enthusiasm and always sets her goals for perfection. Lena has extensive experience in the surgical center setting and also participates in the care of patients with infertility on the clinical side. She is fluent in English and Russian and enjoys participating in the care of our international as well as local patients. She enjoys sports activities and spending time with her family.
Linda Cash has been a part of LA IVF since its inception back in 2011. She has worn many hats over the years and has been instrumental in to the growth of LA IVF. Linda has extensive experience in office management and billing for reproductive medical services. She provides detailed information to patients about medical billing which can be complex and guides them through the process. She takes pride in her job and enjoys working with patients in their quest in completing their family.
Today, Linda remains to be a valuable asset for the clinic and team members alike.
Stacey Harkins, adept in managerial administration and well-seasoned in providing excellent patient relations, is the office manager for LA IVF Clinic located in West Los Angeles. She is responsible for managing daily operations of the office while maintaining a professional workplace. As part of human resource team, she collaborates with physicians and other administrative management in overseeing employee relations, policy compliance, and employee-related services such as payroll, training, and benefits. She also partners with prospective patients and offers education on comparing and interpreting IVF fees presented to those seeking such services.
Stacey, a native New Yorker who brings 25 years of administrative experience in the medical field and is committed to providing a positive experience to patients and their families. As someone whose pride and joy is centered on her own two children, she looks forward to helping other families grow.
With a family of her own, she enjoys spin classes, reading, and hiking.
Practice Relations Director
Araba Hagan, an expert in marketing, is the Practice Relations Director for LA IVF. She partners with medical groups, physicians and other health care professionals, providing them with the latest information in fertility and the services LA IVF provides. Araba also helps individuals who are wanting to start a family by providing resources and support. Prior to LA IVF, Araba has provided marketing services for the medical industry for over 7 years. Holding a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Design & Fine Arts from California State University Northridge, and having over 10 years of experience in the marketing field, she has found joy in the fertility world and helping families grow.
With a family of her own, Araba enjoys camping, ballroom dancing and is a Zumba instructor in her spare time.
Amy Cervantes began working at LA IVF in 2015 as a Medical Assistant. As she gained knowledge and experience regarding fertility treatments, she has developed a passion for patient care. Her devotion and dedication to LA IVF has gained her a promotion to IVF Clinical Coordinator, including egg donor and surrogacy coordination. As a Coordinator, Amy supports patients in their journey to becoming parents and making every patient experience memorable while providing warmth, compassion, and the highest quality of care. Amy’s ultimate goal of becoming a registered nurse will provide her the opportunity to grow within the company and other aspects of her life. She is passionate about learning more about IVF/Infertility, OB-GYN and Women’s Health. Amy is extremely dedicated and applies her belief that anything is possible with faith and determination to her career at LA IVF. Amy is fluent in English and Spanish.
Amy LOVES coffee! Amy likes watching action and comedy romance movies and spending time with her family. Amy would love to travel and one day, will buy a house at the beach.
Hanna (Wan-Yu) Ho enjoys working as an IVF Coordinator and focuses on assisting international patients. She is fluent in English and Mandarin which allows her to help Mandarin speaking patients coming to LA IVF for treatment. She feels fulfilled in guiding patients through the process of their treatment and ultimately creating a family. Hanna has helped many patients become parents and is excited to create a family of her own. Hanna holds a Bachelor degree in Health Policy, Planning, and Development as well as a Master’s degree in Aging Services Management from University of Southern California.
Hanna enjoys spending time with her family, eating enchiladas, and would love to travel the world.
Carla Choquin is the Medical Assistant for LA IVF, assisting the physicians with patient care. Carla is an essential part of LA IVF and enjoys giving support to individuals and couples who are in the process of creating their family. Carla has worked in the medical field for over 18 years and feels overjoyed for being a part of each patients’ journey in creating their family.
Carla, feeling grateful for having a son of her own, enjoys spending time with her family and participating in outdoor activities.
Raquel De La Barcena
Certified Surgical Technologist
Raquel De La Barcena is a Certified Surgical Technologist with 4 years of experience. For the past 3 years she has had the honor of working with Dr. Bayrak at LA IVF and helping patients in achieving their ultimate dream of becoming parents. In knowing that the operating room can be an intense and intimidating environment, she believes that as a surgical technologist her role is to ensure team coordination and maintaining a safe and sterile environment for the patients. She is very detail oriented, even-tempered and empathetic. Raquel is fluent in Spanish and English. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters, watching football, and camping.
Andrea Lemus is a Medical Assistant who feels blessed to be part of LA IVF. Andrea has been in the medical field for over 5 years and enjoys assisting in patients’ healthcare. Andrea is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is very organized, detail oriented, enthusiastic, compassionate to the patients’ needs and is always eager to learn. Andrea’s focus at LA IVF is to help patients achieve their ultimate goal in creating beautiful families and loving memories.
Andrea loves and enjoys spending time with her loved ones and taking her dog Ben-G out for walks. Andrea absolutely loves going to Disneyland.