Gago Center for Fertility

About Us

Gago Center for Fertility is the practice I started in 2007.  We strive to bring integrated, personalized care to women and couples throughout their reproductive journey. Our offices were designed and built to provide a private and compassionate environment for our patients. We are one of the only all female Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility practice in the State of Michigan bringing a level of understanding, compassion and results matched by no other. We look forward to walking with you on your journey, and promise to provide you with support and a plan that supports you and your family.

L. April Gago, M.D.

Currently: Director of Gago Center for Fertility. Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist Currently Clinical Instructor Michigan State University, Ingham Regional Hospital, Sparrow Hospital & St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Background Experience: - Undergraduate degree from University of Michigan - Medical School at the University of California San Diego - Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Michigan - Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wayne State University - Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology - Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility - 2004-2007 Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Michigan - Director IVF Program University of Michigan - Director of donor oocyte program, University of Michigan - Director of fertility preservation program, University of Michigan

Dr. Jim Schwartz Ph.D.

Dr. Schwartz is the Laboratory Director for the Gago Center for Fertility. He is a board certified High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) and Clinical Consultant (CC) by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). Dr. Schwartz obtained his Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2000 and has been performing IVF techniques since 1992. Prior to working on his Ph.D., he collaborated on many projects involving wildlife, endangered species and zoo animal reproduction. He has directed several top performing laboratories throughout the Midwest, which has enabled many couples to realize their dream of having a child. Dr. Schwartz began working with Dr. Gago in 2013 during the planning stages for the state of the art laboratory at the Gago Center for Fertility. He and the lab staff ensure quality patient care and pregnancy success are a top priority in all phases of the patient experience at the center. Dr. Schwartz is active in the laboratory and regularly attends workshops and national meetings to keep the laboratory state of the art. Dr. Schwartz currently lives in Nebraska with his family and enjoys following Husker athletics.

Jacqueline Mirate

Dr. Mirate is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who is highly motivated and enthusiastic about caring for women throughout their life span. She provides education, diagnosis, screening and treatment for gynecological, fertility and obstetrical issues. Dr. Mirate performs both traditional and minimally-invasive surgical procedures such as in-office hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery. In her free time, Dr. Mirate enjoys an active family life with her husband and two children.

Michelle Mitchell

RN/BSN I am a graduate of Madonna University with a Bachelor's in Nursing. I made the decision to become a nurse because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, no matter the outcome. My previous nursing experience included working in both pediatric and adult critical care. This is my fourth year working in reproductive endocrinology. The very best part of my career is that I assist these couples in their journey to achieve a family.

Sara Clark


Cynthia Urbas

RN I graduated from Oakland Community College Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Nursing. After graduation I was accepted into the Nurse Internship Program at the University of Michigan where I received advanced training in intensive care and emergency medicine. I worked for over sixteen years in cardiac Intensive care and surgery. For the last four years I have worked in reproductive endocrinology. This is the most exciting and rewarding nursing position I have held. Having been an IVF patient myself, I truly hope I can help our patients feel educated and cared for during their experience at our clinic.

Jennifer O'Connor RDMS

Ultrasound Technician I am a graduate of Baker College of Owosso where I received an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I am also a certified pharmacy technician, and have taken phlebotomy classes. I have worked at Gago Center for Fertility since 2010, and I currently assist Dr. Gago with patient monitoring, consultations, procedures, and surgeries at the Brighton office and both satellite locations. I enjoy working with every patient throughout their fertility journey, and as a part of the Gago Fertility team.

Laurelle Meulenberg

Ultrasound Technician I graduated Cum Laude from Baker College with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I have worked with Dr. Gago since July 2007.I love working here because I am always learning and doing something new. I love all the people I work with and I think we make a great team. My favorite part of this job is definitely getting to give people good news.

Kim Muszynski

Andrologist/Lab Tech

Alayna Baker

Medical Assistant/Receptionist I work as a medical assistant, front desk receptionist, and assist with in-office surgeries at Gago Center For Fertility. I work with a great group of people who honestly care about our patients and work hard to make their dreams come true. I really enjoy getting to know each and every patient who comes through our doors and I love to be a part of giving them the good news!

Lisa McClellan

Medical Assistant / Laboratory Technician I have worked for Gago Center For Fertility since July 2010 as a certified medical assistant and laboratory technician. I am so fortunate to be part of such a great team. I am grateful that I am able to share such amazing blessings with so many people. I feel very connected with all our patients. I have high hopes for every single patient that entrusts their care to us.

Emily Hennig

Medical Assistant / Receptionist I have worked at Gago Center for Fertility since 2011 as a certified medical assistant and receptionist. I really enjoy working with patients everyday and getting to know them. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an important chapter in our patients' lives & couldn't ask to work with a better team!

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