Our expert team ensures comprehensive yet highly individualized boutique care in offering conventional and assisted reproductive technology services.
We will create an appropriate and completely tailored treatment plan from the many avenues available for treatment. It will be customized to meet your specific clinical, emotional and financial needs.
Reproductive Endocrinologists (REI)
These physicians are specialists in treating infertility and receive extended training beyond obstetrics and gynecology. They are experts on human reproduction with regards to both diagnosis and treatment.
Kevin M. Johnson, MD
Dr. Johnson is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is one of approximately eleven board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialists in Washington State. There are approximately 1100 board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialists in the entire country. Dr. Johnson has had a full time Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility practice since 1991.Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1989 and he completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Johnson has maintained relationships in The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, The Society of Reproductive Surgeons, The Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, The Seattle Gynecological Society as well as the Washington State Medical Association. He is a nationally recognized expert in endometriosis and has given presentations at medical conferences and symposia across the country. In addition, Dr. Johnson has served on Swedish Hospital Medical Center’s Surgery Laparoscopy Committee, Laser Advisory Committee and the Minimally Invasive Surgery Committee.
“My role as a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist is to provide the very best cutting-edge clinical care available. But that’s not all. I believe that it is also my responsibility to pay attention to a couple’s emotional well-being, acting as a cheerleader if need-be to encourage a couple to keep trying when I believe we will be successful. It also means gently letting a couple know when we have done all that can be done and helping those couples explore other parenting options.”
Khurram S. Rehman, MD
Dr. Rehman is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is one of approximately eleven board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialists in Washington State. Dr. Rehman joined our practice in August of 2007, and is excited to be a part of the growing family at Overlake.
Dr. Rehman graduated from St. George’s Hospital Medical School at the University of London, England, where he also earned his B.S. in Basic Medical Sciences with Pharmacology. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then fulfilled his fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, before practicing in the North Dallas area for two years.
Dr. Rehman is a member of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Washington State Medical Association, and the Norman F. Miller Gynecologic Society. He has presented research on scoring the quality of human embryos at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting and this work was published in a national medical journal in 2007.
“As a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist, I’m aware that we not only provide the latest medical and scientific advancements in fertility treatment to our patients, but we’re helping them to start or grow their families. I aim to provide personalized care and to help guide our patients through the challenges that they face. It’s a great privilege to see many of them achieve their goal of parenthood.”
Our nurses and technicians are highly trained professionals who provide instruction, assistance, and information on the physician-assisted reproductive techniques. Their role in supporting you, the patient, and your physician is the key to a successful relationship and positive experience.
Josephine Overhouse-Gray, BSN ARNP
Nurse Practitioner/IVF Coordinator
A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing, Jo practiced for 18 years as a nurse practitioner in a suburban OB/GYN practice and as a clinician in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Washington prior to joining Overlake Reproductive Health in April of 1998.
“Each patient presents a unique clinical and personal picture. It is exciting and satisfying to be part of a team committed to the design and implementation of tailored patient care.”
Lauren Smrcina, CMP, ARNP
Lauren attended the University of Arizona for her undergraduate degrees in physiology and art history. Looking to get out of the sun, she relocated to Washington to complete her master’s degree in nursing at Seattle University. Lauren is dual certified as a nurse midwife and nurse practitioner. She finds joy in helping people conceive their families and reach their reproductive goals.
When Lauren is not seeing patients, she is doing yoga, walking trails, or traveling. Lauren lives in Bellevue with her husband and her two cats.
Andrologists & Embryologists
Highly trained in advanced laboratory techniques, these accredited professionals prepare sperm and eggs and provide the necessary conditions for fertilization and embryo development in vitro. They are also certified to facilitate the growth, development, maturation, and preservation of human embryos, and now eggs!
Jennifer A. DiStefano, MSc, TS (ABB)
Lead Embryologist and Lab Manager
Jennifer DiStefano earned a Master Degree in Clinical Embryology from the University of Leeds in England where she was able to experience Embryology from all different parts of the world. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Psychology from LeMoyne College in Upstate NY where she also played Division I Girls Lacrosse.
Jen is certified as a Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). She is a member of the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). She has been working as an Embryologist and supervising laboratories since 2001. Jen also works as a consultant where she specializes in Trophectoderm biopsy training and implementing biopsy programs into infertility clinics across the country.
When Jen is not in the lab, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their animals and riding her horses at her farm in Upstate NY. She finds her job extremely rewarding and takes satisfaction in knowing she is helping people achieve their dream of having a family.
Chelsey Leisinger is a comparative embryologist who received her BS degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. Upon graduation she worked for two years as a cattle embryologist in Northeast Iowa. During her time at that facility she implemented a trophectoderm biopsy and embryo-sexing program using PCR offered as an assisted reproductive service. She then moved to Ohio where she worked as a research assistant for the Theriogenology service at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At Ohio State she conducted reproductive research on several domestic species focused on enhancing in vitro embryo production, semen processing and cryopreservation. In addition to research, Chelsey taught lectures and laboratories to veterinary and graduate students as well as continuing education courses for veterinarians to learn about bovine embryo transfer. During her time at Ohio State Chelsey earned her MS degree in reproductive physiology and upon completion of her degree left Ohio to pursue her dream of working as a human embryologist in Kansas. After working in Kansas for a year, Chelsey decided to go back to school to obtain her PhD in reproductive physiology to enable her to be a laboratory director for a human IVF clinic. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine working to develop improved protocols for in vitro fertilization and embryo production in domestic animals. When Chelsey is not studying or working in the lab she enjoys running, riding horses, and playing soccer with her fiancé Carlos.
Carrie Connaker, BS, MS
Carrie graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a degree in Biochemistry. She subsequently received a Master’s degree in Andrology/Embryology from the world renowned Jones Institute in Norfolk, VA. She has experience from a variety of laboratories, including an environmental testing lab in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as a research laboratory studying antigens that cause cancer using PCR in conjunction with DNA microchip arrays here in Seattle. After coming to Overlake Reproductive Health in April of 2002, she observed that one of the main differences she has noticed between this lab and others is the patient contact.
“I greatly enjoy the patient interaction that comes with the territory here at Overlake Reproductive Health. When we meet individual patients that we are attempting to help, there is an added dimension that does not necessarily come with most research-directed laboratories. We constantly are seeing the human side of our work, which allows us to share more fully in the joys and successes of the clinicians’ daily practice.”
Margaret Merrilees BS
Margaret is one of the resident medical advisers to the Fertility NZ National Committee. Margaret is an Embryologist and Scientific Director of Fertility Plus in Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked in various fertility clinics internationally.
Melissa Connelly graduated from Eastern Washington University with degrees in Biochemistry and Marketing. After graduating she moved abroad to Jeju, South Korea with her husband, to experience new cultures and work at a large international school. There she was able to explore the world and help organize the school’s lab program as the Laboratory Technician. Utilizing the knowledge she gained abroad, she moved back to her home state of Washington to work as an Andrologist at Overlake Reproductive Health.
While at home, Melissa enjoys rock climbing and winning replays on pinball with her husband.
Beyond our scientific expertise, we can facilitate expert counseling to deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of infertility.
You are probably aware of the important financial considerations involved with infertility treatment. Our advisors will help you plan ahead so this factor doesn’t become a burden. We now have an exciting array of innovative pricing structure options available to make sure that you can pursue your goal of completing or pursuing a family, and obtain peace of mind from both a medical and financial standpoint.
Hospital Affiliations Privileges
Drs. Johnson and Rehman maintain privileges at several local hospitals and are available to do surgery at the following for your convenience: