Dr. Maria Wolfs, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Maria Wolfs is a staff endocrinologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and research interests are in Medical Education and Endocrine Disorders in Pregnancy. She has spoken to local and international audiences in the areas of bioethics, women’s health and endocrinology.

Dr. Miguel Dominguez, MD, MS

Puebla, Mexico

Dr. Miguel Ángel Domínguez Mena is a medical graduate from the Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla. He received specialty in gynecology and obstetrics from  the National Institute of Perinatology with university endorsement from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His education is further marked by a Master’s degree in Science and Clinical Research with the endorsement of the Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla and the National Science Council. He is certified by the Mexican Council of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He also practices gynecological endoscopic surgery by the National Institute of Perinatology with university endorsement from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He resides in Puebla Mexico where He is a practicing physician at the Napro Clinic in the Angeles Puebla Hospital.

Mrs. Vicki Thorn BSc

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Vicki Thorn is the founder of Project Rachel and the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She carries a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is both a bereavement prenatal loss facilitator, and also holds a certificate in trauma counseling. She is a member of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Vicki is an renown international speaker and author concerning topics about abortion’s aftermath, the process of post-abortion healing, the biology of bonding and attachment, the sociological changes in society, and her recent research, the biochemistry of sex. She and her husband, Professor William Thorn, are the parents of 6 children and are the proud grandparents of 13 grandchildren.

Dr. Rachel Urrutia MD, MSCR

North Carolina, USA

Rachel Peragallo Urrutia, MD, MS is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in preventive medicine. She graduate from Harvard Medical School and completed her residencies at Duke University (OB/GYN) and the University of North Carolina (preventive medicine). She has also completed a fellowship in epidemiology and a master’s degree in epidemiology at UNC. She has been involved in several AHRQ-funded systematic reviews related to women’s health. Dr Urrutia is on faculty at the UNC, and her clinical care is mostly provided a Reply OB/Gyn & Fertility, a clinic focused on providing clinical care informed by cycle charting and in providing access to and education for fertility awareness-based methods of family planning. She has most recently been the lead author on a systematic review funded by USAID that is focused on assessing the effectiveness of FABMs from prospective studies. She is a certified instructor in the Sensiplan Symptothermal Method.

Dr. Joseph Stanford MD, MSPH, CFCMC

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Joseph B. Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC is Director of the Office of Cooperative Reproductive Health and Professor in the Department of Family Preventive Medicine, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Stanford earned his MD at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He also earned an MSPH and completed an academic fellowship at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Stanford has authored or coauthored numerous articles concerning pregnancy, prenatal care, natural family planning, fertility, and related topics.  His research has been funded by the NICHD, the CDC, and several private foundations. He is actively involved in many professional associations, including the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals, and the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine.  He has served on national scientific advisory committees for the NICHD and the FDA in the USA. Dr. Stanford is the recipient of the Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the annual research paper award given by the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals.


2018 Abstract Presenters: 

Francis Achebe M.B.B.S, DFM, CFCMC, FCP : Evaluation of the effects of artemether + lumefantrine (artemisinin-based combination therapy) on women’s reproductive cycle using Creighton Model Fertilitycare System and NaProTECHNOLOGY

Dr. Achebe Francis is the CEO/Medical Director of St. Margaret’s hospital & Maternity, Felele Lokoja in Kogi State; the hospital also houses St. Margaret’s NaProFertilityCare centre. He is a family physician, a FertilityCare Practitioner (FCP), and a Certified FertilityCare Medical Consultant (CFCMC). He is currently a faculty member of New Hope FertilityCare; a Nigerian based Creighton Model Allied Health Education Program. Additionally, Dr. Achebe Francis is a Senior Research Fellow at the Fertility Care Centres of Africa (FCCAF), a non-governmental organization registered in 2012. He is a direct member of WONCA, and an active member of AGPMPN (Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria) and NMA (Nigeria Medical Association). He is happily married and blessed with children.

Alison Contreras PhD, FCP (Presenter)

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP, Erin Adams, Steph Noyes (Co-contributers/co-authors) :

Alison Contreras PhD, FCP joined the FACTS Collaborative in 2014 as its second employee and has since served in a variety of roles, including as the Director of Programs, Marketing Manager, and assisting with many on-going research projects. FACTS is an medical education non-profit that works to change the culture of medicine by teaching physicians and other health professionals about evidence based fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). Alison is also trained practitioner in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, as well as the sympto-thermal method, and has been educating couples about their fertility for over 9 years.  She graduated with a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Rice University in 2011, and worked with a wet infrastructure firm for two years. Alison is married to a fellow engineer, Michael, and they live in Hyattsville, MD with their two sons, brought to them through the miracles of NaProTechnology and adoption.

Alejandro Leal,  PhD, CFCP : The social role of an integral fertility care system in Costa Rica

Alejandro Leal Ph.D., CFCP achieved his Doctorate degree in Human Genetics at the University of Erlangen-Núremberg, Germany, an M.A. in Bioetics at Catholic University of Valencia (Spain), and an CFCP at FertilityCare Education Service, Nebraska.  He is a Full Professor of Human Genetics in the School of Biology at the University of Costa Rica School, and Professor of Bioethics at De La Salle University, San Jose, Costa Rica. He is also a FertilityCare Practitioner at Vitae FCC, San Jose, Costa Rica.