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
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.
J. Carinne Mirate, D.O.
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
Registered Nurse 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.
Ann Blovits RN
Registered Nurse I have been a nurse for over 30 years. All of my years of experience have been in the maternal/fetal area, working with families. I am so excited about being able to work with potential parents at the very beginning of the process. I love the educational aspect of the job and the fact that we see miracles happen. The office has a team approach for the caring of patients, which is very important in the overall satisfaction of our staff and our patients.
Sara Clark RN
Jamie Goodell RN BSN
Registered Nurse I am a graduate from Michigan State University. Before coming to work at Gago Center my experience was in Pediatrics which gave me a lot of interaction with families. I am enjoying this new experience working with couples starting their families. When I'm not at work I'm a busy baseball mom and also enjoy days on the lake.
Office Manager/Financial Consultant I am the Office Manager & IVF Financial Consultant at Gago Center for Fertility, and I have been here for over a year now. I previously managed a medical billing company for 12 years working with all different specialties. Currently my job is to manage the office and make sure the flow of the office on the day to day basis runs efficiently as well as assist patients with financial inquiries they may have concerning IVF. I really love and enjoy being a part of the Gago team and working for such amazing, caring, and dedicated physicians. It is truly amazing what the staff and physicians at this center do day to day to help these families achieve their goals in creating their families.
Erin Crandell RDMS
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer I graduated in 2003 with honors from Baker College of Owosso, with a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I currently assist Dr. Gago with ultrasound, monitoring patients, and assisting with IVF procedures. I have an extensive background in all aspects of ultrasound, including critical and emergency care, outpatient procedures such as biopsies, and assisting surgeons during operations. I am especially compassionate about fertility issues, as I am also a patient of Dr. Gago's. I feel very fortunate that my journey in life led me to Dr. Gago's, and now I am able to offer my support for other people going through something I hold dear to my heart.
Allison Herrell RDMS
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer I graduated from Oakland Community College with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I joined the Gago Center for Fertility team in January of 2015. I also work in Maternal Fetal Medicine and have since 2011. Beginning a family is an incredibly important time in each person's life. I love being part of the journey of helping people achieve their dreams parenthood.
Jennifer Hart RDMS
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer/Assistant Office Manager I am a graduate of Baker College where I received an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration. 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 ultrasound, monitoring, consultations, procedures, surgery scheduling, and administrative tasks 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.
Lesia Eberhard RDMS
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baker College and began working with Dr. Gago in 2012. I have always had a passion for working in the medical field. You will find me in both our Brighton and Lansing offices, I perform ultrasound exams, draw blood, and work in our labs. What I love about this job is that while each person is made of the same basic things, we are all beautifully unique inside and out, and I get to see that every day in our office. I thoroughly enjoy meeting and helping my patients, and being able to give them good news when that time comes!
Medical Assistant Upon finishing medical assisting school I received my RMA and CMA in 2012. I interned at University of Michigan where I gained knowledge and experience in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, x-ray and the speciality clinic which included urology, audiology, pain, hepatology. Prior to working at Gago Center I worked 2 years in Urology and also have experience in ENT, OB/Gyn and the Women's Breast Clinic. I think the best part of my job here at Gago Center is being able to help people with the priceless gift of a child. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, doing volunteer work and traveling.
Medical Assistant I've worked here as a certified medical assistant since October 2014, but have been in the field for over 9 years with a background in family practice. I'm really enjoying how much I've learned and am still learning in regards to infertility and the journey couples go through. Even though I'm only here part time I always see and feel that the staff does an outstanding job with the compassion and caring they show to all of their patients, in a warm, relaxing and comfortable environment.
Jessica Lipiec MT(ASCP)
Lab Supervisor Jessica is the laboratory supervisor at Gago Center for fertility, working on the Andrology specimens, as well as Endocrinology specimens that are received in the lab. She is a board certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) by American Society for Clinical Pathology. She received her education at Michigan State University and Madonna University and interned at Detroit Medical Center. She started working with Dr. Gago in January of 2013. Prior to working here, she worked in different laboratories throughout southeast Michigan in all areas of the laboratory. When Jessica isn’t in the Lab, she enjoys spending time with her family, and her pets.
Andrologist/Lab Tech I am a graduate of Park College in Parkville, MO. with a bachelor of science in Health Care Management. After spending 10 years in the Air Force and 14 years raising my family, I returned to college to complete my nursing pre requites. While completing my pre requites, I was hired as a lab tech. I have been at Gago Center for Fertility for almost 6 years and have been blessed to have this opportunity to work in a truly rewarding field with such an extraordinary team. I absolutely love my job and being part of our patient's fertility journey has been amazing.