Advanced Practitioners

Alyson ButlerAlyson Butler, PA

Fertility, IVF and Third Party
Reproduction Coordinator

Alyson Butler brings a broad range of knowledge and nearly 17 years of experience to her patients at the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY. Board Certified with a specialization in Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, she is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Ms. Butler joined the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY team in 2002 after completing the Masters-level Physician Assistant program at Touro College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.

She obtained the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification in March 2002 and was re-certified in 2014, demonstrating her dedication to Assisted Reproductive Technology.

A former fertility patient, Ms. Butler brings with her first-hand knowledge of Assisted Reproductive Technology, affording a unique in-depth and compassionate perspective to her patients.

This combination of medical knowledge and personal experience has proven especially useful for patients who are nervous about beginning or continuing with treatments. Alyson takes the time to let every patient at the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY know they are not alone.

Ms. Butler independently conducts new patient consultations including full medical examinations and evaluation of medical history, offering the same high-quality care as the physicians.

Alyson also coordinates all third-party reproductive procedures, including gestational carriers, egg donation, sperm donation, and partner-to-partner egg donation. As Egg Donor Coordinator, Ms. Butler works directly with patients to facilitate a seamless egg donation and recipient process.

Alyson is bilingual in English and Hebrew and she is proud of the work she does at the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY, where we feel that all patients should be treated like family. Ms. Butler truly embodies this philosophy and treats people with empathy, sensitivity, and warmth, which has been noted by so many of our current and former patients.

Tanisha Henry, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Tanisha is a seasoned healthcare professional bringing with her almost 2 decades of compassionate nursing experience. After many years of working as a medical-surgical nurse, in post-surgical recovery in the PACU, and almost a decade in the emergency room, Tanisha found herself caring for patients in a different capacity; by helping them navigate through the emotional journey to become parents in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility sub-specialty. Known for her soft-spoken, gentle style of caring for patients, her can-do attitude, and always willing to pitch in and help, Ms. Henry has always looked to further her already impressive career, by always educating herself and taking on new challenges. She studied to be an LPN prior to earning her RN in 2006; and became a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner in 2018. Certified in ACLS and BLS, Tanisha is a member of ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) and AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners). Her personal motto is a quote by C.S. Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

“I want to always provide high quality nursing care for patients undergoing fertility treatment; providing a warm and compassionate environment where the privacy and individual needs of each patient is respected. I am here to help patients build their families, one pregnancy at a time.”


Melissa ConnollyMelissa Connolly, PA

Physician Assistant

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”

Melissa joined our clinical team as a Physician Assistant in 2020. Coming to us with 14 years in women’s healthcare under her belt, 12 of which were spent at OB/GYN offices, Melissa brings experience, understanding, and compassion to every patient she has the pleasure of meeting. A lifelong learner, Melissa states, “I will never stop increasing and improving upon my professional knowledge and training.”

A member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Melissa started her career in healthcare at Seton Hall University where she was accepted into the “3+3 program.” There, she earned her undergraduate Bachelor’s of Science degree, her Graduate Master’s of Science degree, and ultimately received her certification in Physician Assistant Studies.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Melissa’s motto towards life is to “practice gratitude. I am most appreciative to have learned this way of viewing life, and it has served me well.”