Our expert team provides comprehensive yet highly individualized boutique care in both conventional and assisted reproductive technology (ART). They 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.
We practice a team approach to medicine at ORH. Our fertility specialists collaborate together in order to ensure that all of our patients receive the same high level of care.
All medical decisions about treatment are discussed by the medical staff and a single consensus is reached on how to best proceed. No matter who you see for your initial appointment or reconference, you will receive the same message. This approach allows us to take advantage of the varied experiences of our entire team when customizing treatment plans.
Meet Our Fertility Specialists
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 help 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.”
Josephine 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.
A twenty-year veteran of ORH, she has worn many hats over the years and helped shape the clinics policies and procedures always with a focus on patient care and positive outcomes.
“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.”
When she is not in the midst of coordinating the clinics IVF cycles, Josephine loves to attend Seahawks football games, travel and spend time with her son and daughter who now have families of their own thanks to a little of Jo’s magic.
“I can’t express enough how much Jo changed our experience. I don’t know how I would’ve made it through the IVF process, complications, miscarriage, and early pregnancy without her comforting words and quick responses to emails and calls. I felt like she was my own personal IVF angel watching over us and making sure we had everything we needed and saying all the right things along the way. I feel and know that she truly cared about me and my journey into motherhood.” Jessica, Aaron, and Ian
Louise Boxill, CNM, ARNP, MSN, RN, ND
Our most recent addition to ORH, Louise – a Masters prepared, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Naturopathic Physician – brings a unique set of skills including integrative medicine, medical acupuncture, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, and physical medicine, and nutrition.
Born in Barbados, Louise received her Summa Cum Laude degree from Cornell University, Ithaca NY and made her way out to Washington for a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. She then went on to Seattle University College of Nursing for an Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion – Masters of Science in Nursing, and Certified Nurse Midwifery Specialty and to Helms Medical Institute of Berkeley California to learn medical acupuncture
Prior to joining ORH, she worked in family practice for Qliance Medical Group in Tacoma specializing in direct primary care. This allowed her to partner with patients and families to achieve health goals often utilizing her skill set and continued interest in women’s health/nurse midwifery, fertility, prenatal and postpartum care, integrative and functional medicine, in-office procedures, medical acupuncture, and naturopathic medicine.
Her perfect vacation is to travel internationally and partner on medical missions delivering midwifery care and support to indigenous midwives. Family time and laughs, cheering on and encouraging her son in his many interests, being in nature especially by the water, salsa dancing, listening to and creating music, cooking, arts and crafts and teaching Sunday school round out her free time.
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.
Ellen Marello, TS (ABB)
Ellen Marello, TS (ABB), joined Overlake Reproductive Health as a Senior Embryologist with more than 30 years of experience in assisted reproductive technology. Ellen earned her BS in Animal Physiology from the University of California, Davis. Ellen is certified as a Technical Supervisor from American Board of Bioanalysis in Embryology and Andrology. She has extensive hands on experience in IVF laboratories developing and implementing a full range of procedures, as well as training laboratory personnel, and troubleshooting current lab practices. She is also a traveling consultant with international experience. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). Ellen enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Cristen graduated from the University of California, Riverside where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. During her time at UCR, Cristen traveled the world with Herpetologists, Ecologists and Botanists in search of new species of reptiles and amphibians. Her most memorable time abroad was searching for the Rafflesia or “corpse flower” in the pristine mountains of Mount Kinabalu and spending several days with the Iban people of Borneo. After graduation, she received a phone call asking if she would like to work as a Fisheries Biologist in the Bering Sea of Alaska. After a few years of chipping ice on deck, collecting data for NOAA and adventure, Cristen put away her XtraTufs and became an Andrologist and subsequently an Embryologist for Overlake Reproductive Health.
During her spare time, Cristen explores the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter, and two precocious toy poodles. She also spends her time advocating for her favorite non-profit, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.
Our resident sperm guy. Reid graduated from The University of Texas, Austin with a Bachelor in Biology and Certificate in Business Foundations. He has a background in technology sales and as a compounding pharmacy technician.
Reid uses ART (assisted reproductive technology) to examine multiple components of sperm, including concentration, motility, and shape with a goal of coaxing bad sperm into good sperm. In addition he also operates our blood analyzer to provide in-depth snapshots of someone’s hormonal levels used to diagnose fertility problems and check people’s response rate to medication.
Reid moved from Texas to Seattle with his girlfriend for the vibrant outdoor-activity and park systems. “It’s great to be able to go outside in the summer months!”
Hiking with his dog Mack, reading as much fiction as possible, and cooking round out his favorite activities.
Christy hails from the Philippines where she attained a Cum Laude with a recognition in Biology from Ateneo de Naga University. Her core undergraduate research involved banana bract to determine its anti-inflammatory and anti-pain inhibitory properties on mice. She is now proud to be working on a team primarily concerned with overall patient care and using ART (Assisted Reproductive Techniques) to help patients achieve their dream of a family.
An identical twin, Christy is sometimes confused with her sister while out and about as they both live in Bellevue so you may have to look twice.
When not in the lab examining specimens, Christy can be found enjoying the outdoors and hiking popular PNW trails with her husband Alvin and pooch Mochi.
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.
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: