Recordings of Past Yesh Tikva Events

Jewish Women’s Reproductive Health Day

“Understanding infertility from the perspective of a reproductive endocrinologist, psychologist, genetic educator, and personal experience.”



Diana Chavkin, MD, FACOG

Jennifer Siegel, MS, LCGC

Carole LieberWilkins, MA, MFT

Dr. Diana Chavkin is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist who currently sees patients at HRC Fertility in West Los Angeles. She earned her medical degree at New York University and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency and her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has treated thousands of women with infertility. As a woman who has personally struggled with infertility, she knows how important it is to have a doctor and medical team that is compassionate, transparent and focused on excellent results.

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Jennifer Siegel is a licensed and certified genetic counselor with over 20 years of genetic counseling experience.  She is a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence Graduate Program in Human Genetics.  She is the founder of the Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern University Medical Group oncology genetic counseling programs. Approximately 5 years ago she made the switch from clinical based counseling to industry and started working for a large, commercial genetic testing laboratory as a genetic testing specialist.  She grew into sales and product management and left to join Sema4, a Mount Sinai Venture, in early 2017 to become the national sales director and bring Sema4 to the entire country.

Carole LieberWilkins is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles (CA 18998) and Boise, Idaho (ID 5979) providing individual and couples counseling. A specialist in the field of reproductive medicine, adoption, and family building options since 1986, she became a founding member of Resolve of Greater Los Angeles in 1987 and served on the Board of Directors in various positions for the next 14 years.

Carole is the Patient Advisor on the Board of Directors of Parents via Egg Donation and the Mental Health Advisor for SEEDS, the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy as well as a professional member of both Resolve and Path2Parenthood. She is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group. In addition, her own experience creating a family through adoption and ovum donation deepens her understanding of the challenges others face when exploring these complex family building options.

Taking Charge of Your Own Fertility

“A panel event on fertility options for single women, including the spectrum of egg freezing, adoption, and donor insemination.”


Introduction and Moderated By: 

Patricia Mendell, LCSW

Patricia Mendell, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan/Brooklyn counseling individuals, couples, and families created through assisted conception. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine; ASRM’s Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG), a MHPG Mentor, author and lecturer on alternative family building. Her specialties include: decision making in family building, (donor egg/sperm/embryo, surrogacy), and adoption; coaching donor-conceived families with storytelling; infertility; pregnancy loss and new parenting concerns; life skill coaching; and marital/relationship counseling. Patricia leads the Family Building Network monthly support group for families created through donation and surrogacy.  In addition, she psychologically screens egg/sperm donors, surrogates and intended parents for donor agencies and IVF programs.