Staff

Sarah MaradaSarah Marada

Practice Manager

Serving as the heart of the Fertility Institute’s organizational structure, Sarah Marada ensures that everything works smoothly, and expertly facilitates the patient experience.

Ms. Marada is a Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM) with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Mathematics, whose dedication to detail combines with compassion in her responsibilities as practice manager of the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY.

A warm and compassionate multitasker, she works to ensure each and every patient receives unparalleled care. Ms. Marada tackles each of her numerous duties with passion, relishing the opportunity to educate patients and make them comfortable.

For patients navigating insurance benefits, she is an expert in maximizing coverage while minimizing out-of-pocket expenses.

In many ways, Ms. Marada is a patient advocate, putting her problem-solving skills into action as she guides patients through a field that often is fraught with emotion.

“My goal is to have patients leave our office with a smile,” she says. “There is something so joyously unique about what we do every day. I love coming in and helping our patients; it makes me feel fulfilled.”

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.

Heidi ChiHeidi Chi, RN, BSN

Clinical Manager

Heidi was a welcome addition to the Fertility Institute, joining our team in 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree before taking on further knowledge and completed another Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Seton Hall University.

A seasoned healthcare professional of almost 2 decades, Ms. Chi possesses leadership skills and exhibits a strong work ethic. A passionate leader, she continuously identifies opportunities to drive initiatives in her position to provide the most accurate and compassionate care she can to all of the patients she encounters.

Heidi believes that “one of the accountabilities of a healthcare professional is to give back to the community.” As such, she has donated her time and services in raising money for multiple sclerosis and St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Heidi is fluent in English and Spanish and is a member of Society of HR Management and AAPC Advancing the Business of Healthcare.

 

 

Tanisha HenryTanisha 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.”

Gina Tantsits

Our senior administrator, Gina is a 22-year veteran of the FINJNY team providing excellent support to the office staff and patients. Gina is a pro at multitasking, managing busy phones, obtaining pre-authorizations and typing without skipping a beat. She never forgets a face, and has an uncanny ability to recall patient names, even when they haven’t been in our office in years. That, coupled with her warm and friendly nature when working with patients, makes her a great asset to our team. In her off-hours, she is creative and bakes delicious cakes and cupcakes, along with enjoying many other crafts.

Cathy Lane, MLT (ASCP)

Cathy has over 20 years of experience as a lab technician with the Fertility Institute. If you are here for morning monitoring, chances are you see Cathy, and patients regularly comment on what a calming and reassuring presence she is. She obtained an associate’s degree in medical technology from Felician College and is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Prior to joining the FINJNY team, Cathy held a cross-departmental role with a private lab where she gained invaluable experience learning all aspects of the lab. She is the proud mother of a college-aged son who is currently studying criminal law.

Teri Cantamessa

After working tirelessly with FINJNY for 6 years, Teri has chosen to spend her days in retirement-- which is well deserved after a long career in healthcare administration! We wish her well and hope she spends her days doing exactly what makes her happy!!

Adrienne Marciniak, RN, BSN

Adrienne is a seasoned fertility nurse, who joined our team with over 2 decades of clinical experience, 13 of which she has spent in fertility. Ms. Marciniak obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at William Paterson University. An active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Adrienne passed the Reproductive Endocrinology Nurse Certification Course and holds certifications for both BLS (Basic life support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac life support). When asked why Adrienne chose fertility as her specialty, she responded “I enjoy working in the field of women's health and providing guidance to couples faced with infertility. I have been told I am very approachable and real, and I try to incorporate humor to ease stress. I enjoy teaching classes and I try to break things down into simple terms to help alleviate anxiety for patients going through the fertility process.” Adrienne counts being a mother of 2 sweet girls “who keep me very busy”, her proudest achievement.

Snehal Patel, BS

Snehal joined the Fertility Institute in February of 2015 as our Andrology Laboratory Technician and has since been promoted to Laboratory Supervisor. She is thorough, detail-oriented and warm with patients and staff. Snehal completed her BS degree in Microbiology at Sardar Patel University in Anand, India. After completing her degree, she had a passion to continue her studies in the medical laboratory field. Snehal went on to complete her postgraduate certificate as a Medical Lab Technician at Medical Care Centre Trust in Baroda, India. Prior to moving to the United States, she completed two years of clinical experience at Gunjan Laboratory in Bharuch, India. A mother of 2 young children, she is fluent in English, Gujarati & Hindi.

Eduarda Rodrigues

Eduarda joined the FINJNY team in 2018 as a welcome part of the administration department; but she was quickly transitioned to the clinical team as a medical assistant where she’s thrived for the last 2 years. Ms. Rodrigues studied to be a surgical technician at Berkeley College and after graduating decided to pursue a career in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialty. “Helping women work through the array of emotions of infertility and fertility treatments is rewarding to me. Seeing patients leave our office, pregnant, is an incredible feeling.” Eduarda is bilingual in English and Portuguese and in her free time she enjoys exercising, reading, and going to the beach.

Ashley Brito

Ashley is a seasoned medical administrator who joined our team in 2017. In addition to her experience in medical offices she’s worked in the hospital setting in the emergency room and as a patient access coordinator where she loved to train new employees. A multitasker by nature, Ashley easily handles the busy phones, patient questions, and insurance inquiries, helping the front office to run smoothly. She is a Certified Revenue Cycle Representative through the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is fluent in English and Portuguese. When asked what her personal and professional goals are she replies “I want to positively impact the life of every person I meet. I am very personable with the patients and do my best to help them feel comfortable.” She is regularly recognized by patients for her upbeat and kind personality, and her can-do attitude.

Janine Scotti, MBA

Our Community Liaison, Janine, joined the team in 2014. She has more than 20 years of experience in medical marketing, coupled with a half-decade-long infertility struggle to welcome her own two IVF miracles. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marketing and calls her position her “dream job.” “After the heartache infertility caused me, I now come to work every day knowing that I am helping others through their own infertility journeys. That helps me to heal and fulfills me in a way no other position in my career has, to date.”

Johanna Calderon, RN

“When you love what you do for work, it never feels like work.” Johanna joined our nursing team in 2020 and has been an invaluable addition to the clinical department. She has over 9 years’ experience as an IVF/fertility nurse, and she receives frequent compliments about her funny sense of humor and her kind and empathetic approach to the patients she interacts with. When asked why she chose fertility nursing as her specialty, Johanna replied, ”this field of nursing is very rewarding and it fulfills my soul in so many ways. Becoming a parent is something many people dream of doing since childhood and it brings a beauty to life that words cannot describe. To be able to help people make this dream into a reality is a feeling unlike anything else. I also love it when patients keep in touch with us and share photos of their babies as they grow up, and we get to see the cuteness of what we helped create!” Fluent in English and Spanish, Johanna received her LPN from Eastwick College and went on to earn her RN from Hudson County Community College.

Selena Maiolo

"Grow through what you go through." Selena joined the administrative team in 2020 as a part time administrator while she attends full time nursing school at Monmouth University. Her high school studies at Bergen County Technical Schools focused on healthcare occupations, to prepare her for a future nursing career. Selena holds certification in CPR and received her certification as an EMT at 16 years old. She is also a volunteer for the Emergency Medical Services in Moonachie.

Marisa Heredia

Marisa joined our team in the administration department this year and brings with her over 8 years of experience in the healthcare industry in various positions and roles, mainly at Columbia University where she was responsible for insurance verifications. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Cardio Technology, to further her knowledge and experience in healthcare. When asked why she chose to work in the field of fertility, she replied “because helping to create life is the most amazing, loving and selfless thing anyone can do.” Marisa is always seeking to help others and as such she’s an avid supporter of animal rights, human rights, and in her spare time she volunteers in animal shelters. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Marisa has a love of learning new things. “I'm most proud of being a Mom. I’m told I’m very approachable, have a great sense of humor, I always try to see the good in every person and situation.”

Dawn Garofano

Dawn joined our team in the administration department as a medical administrator in 2020. After attending Montclair State University where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in history and legal studies, Dawn chose to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. With over 12 years of experience, Dawn has held positions mainly managing the front desk functions where she is very customer-service oriented and a warm, friendly face greeting patients. She has a great amount of medical billing experience as well. A lover of nature and animals, Dawn chose to work in the fertility medical field because “I went through fertility issues myself and I love being able to help others. I take pride in my job and I am always willing to help where I can.”

Angela M. Maldonado

Angela joined the FINJNY family as our Clinical Insurance Specialist, which was a newly created position to better serve our patients’ needs regarding medication and insurance authorizations. With 4 years of experience in the healthcare setting, Angela is continuing her career development through Essex Community College, where her ultimate career goal is to earn an RN and become a fertility nurse. In the past she’s taken courses in patient care technician studies, phlebotomy, dialysis technician studies, electrocardiogram studies (EKG), and she’s completed a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Angela also served honorably for 3 years in the New Jersey Army National Guard.