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Women & Infants' Fertility Center
90 Plain Street
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 453-7500

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Ruben J. Alvero, MD
Ruben J. Alvero, MD

Ruben Alvero, MD, is the director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Alvero earned his medical degree at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health. A fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Alvero is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the International Gynecologic Society, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Society for Medical Decision-Making.

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Lynae M. Brayboy, MD
Lynae M. Brayboy, MD

Lynae Brayboy, MD,attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Brayboy completed her residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. During the research portion of her fellowship Dr. Brayboy was selected from an international pool of candidates to participate in the Frontiers in Reproduction Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Cape Cod. In three short years, Dr. Brayboy has published her basic science thesis on oocyte protection from chemotherapy, obtained $165,000 in private and federal funding for her research, designed an app called Girl Talk to teach adolescent girls about sexual education, and won the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award for Research for research in Infertility and Contraception. Dr. Brayboy is a currently an Assistant Professor (Research Track) supported by the Reproductive Scientist Development Program/National Institute of Child and Human Development. Her interests include oncofertility, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, and menopausal medicine

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John E. Buster, MD
John E. Buster, MD

John E. Buster, MD earned his medical degree from the University of California at the Los Angeles School of Medicine where he also completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology, he is a professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Buster's clinical practice focuses on infertility, assisted reproductive technology, reproductive surgery, and menopausal hormone replacement. He has special expertise and has earned international recognition for his work in preimplantation embryology, ectopic pregnancy, and female hormone replacement.

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Gary N. Frishman, MD
Gary N. Frishman, MD

Gary Frishman, MD attended medical school at Columbia University in New York City. Following this, he completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Connecticut in Farmington. Dr. Frishman joined the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Women & Infants in 1991. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Frishman's research interests include hysteroscopy and uterine surgery and medical education. He is also actively involved in resident and medical student education and research and is the Ob/Gyn Residency Program Director.

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Carol A. Wheeler, MD
Carol A. Wheeler, MD

Carol Wheeler, MD earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She did her residency training in obstetrics at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, and her fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana prior to coming to Women & Infants in 1990. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology. She is the director of the Third-Party Reproduction Program and the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology clinic. She is currently the director of the Fertility Preservation Program, which assists women dealing with cancer and fertility concerns. Active in teaching of trainees at all levels, Dr. Wheeler functions as a mentor for many future obstetricians and gynecologists and is happy to share her knowledge and experience

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Victoria V. Snegovskikh, MD
Victoria V. Snegovskikh, MD

Dr. Victoria Snegovskikh received her medical degree from O. P. Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg in Russia and Karaganda State Medical University in Kazakhstan. Her postgraduate training includes a rotating internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education in Russia. Dr. Sengovskikh also completed a residency in the U.S. with the Yale University School of Medicine, in obstetrics and gynecology. She is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Russia. Dr. Snegovskikh's research interests include changes in cervical mucus and saliva in patients undergoing fertility treatments, cervical mucus as a barrier against infection during pregnancy and identification and characterization of membrane progesterone receptors in fetal membranes.

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Lynne C. Browning, CNM
Lynne C. Browning, CNM

Lynne C. Browning, CNM, MSN, is a certified nurse midwife who earned her midwifery certificate from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and a master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She is board certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwife. Lynne has been practicing in the RI community for 20 years and joined the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 2007. She successfully completed the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Nurse Certificate Course. She works collaboratively with the REI physicians to provide compassionate care, support, and education. Currently, Lynne also coordinates the care and special needs of our fertility preservation patients

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IVF Laboratory

IVF Director

Shunping Wang, PhD, HCLD, joined Women & Infants Hospital in 2015 and currently serves as the IVF laboratory director. Hereceived his master's of science degree in reproductive epidemiology from Harvard University and later attended Johns Hopkins University where he earned his PhD. Dr. Wang completed his embryology training following his doctoral work and joined the University of Colorado as a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was reappointed as associated professor in 2013. Dr. Wang was in charge of the IVF and andrology laboratories at University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Wang is board certified as a high-complexity clinical laboratory director (HCLD) by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). His research interests include preimplantation genetic screening/diagnosis, laboratory quality control/assurance, and reproductive epidemiology.

IVF Manager

Richard Hackett, MS, started the IVF Laboratory at Women & Infants Hospital in 1986 and has worked here ever since. He performed the in vitro fertilization for the first IVF baby in Rhode Island and has been part of more than 10,000 IVF cycles. Richard has brought many new procedures to the IVF laboratory and has kept the laboratory on the cutting edge of technology. His main research interests have been with steroid hormones and oocyte structure, and he has been an author on many abstracts, papers and book chapters. Richard obtained his master's in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of Rhode Island.


Susan Casey
Julie Labreche
Linda Sousa
Benning Cao
Monique Demello
Deborah Pierce

Nursing Staff

Nurse Manager 

Lynne C. Browning, CNM, MSN 

Registered Nurses  

Susan Bacon, RN
Jeanne Caldarone, RN
Linda Campbell, RN
Lise McParlin, RN
Rebecca Enright, RN
Barbara Dockray, RN
Constance Ferland, RN
Deirdre Forte, RN
Lisa Kondvar, RN
Angela Matarese, RN
Sue McLinden, RN
Hithenias Merlino, RN
Barbara Oliveira, RN
Susan Pearson, RN
Ann Pereira, RN
Diane Sharkey, RN
Susan Zullo-Byrne, RN

Egg Donor Nurses

Nancy Donahue, RN
Kimberly Cotter, RN  

Nurse Midwife

Lynne Browning, CNM, MSN  

Certified Nursing Assistant 

Candida Tavarez, CNA

Administrative Staff

Senior Division Business Manager

Emily A. Dudley  

Executive Secretary

Sherri Quental  

Associate Administrative Coordinator

Vy Crawford 

IVF Coordinator

Teresa Correia  

Financial Counselor

Ellen Carlson  

Patient Services Assistant

Donna Lomax  

Clinical Coordinator

Kimberly Cotter, RN  

IVF Secretaries

Wanda Carroll
Carol Curtin
Teresa Deluca
Gina Faria
Melanie Geer
Jean Manfredi
Loretta Quattrucci
Diane Ribeiro 

Operations Coordinator

Nicole Robinson