Laboratory Team

Karen Elkind-Hirsch, MSc, PhD, HCLD
Laboratory Director

Karen Elkind-Hirsch, MSc, PhD, HCLD is RMA of Michigan’s off-site Laboratory Director. In addition to her role at RMA she is also Scientific Director of Research, Woman’s Metabolic Health and Research Services, Woman’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Elkind-Hirsch, who has been actively involved in basic science and clinical research for 30 years, was Director of Research and Development at the Center for Reproduction and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (RBPG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and as the ASRM Practice Committee RBPG representative for 5 years.

Dr. Elkind-Hirsch received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Tulane University where she was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow. She then was awarded a 3 year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. She received her H.C.L.D. Board Certification in 1995. She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Journal of Drugs in Endocrinology. Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has published over 100 articles on topics in reproductive medicine and endocrinology with an expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance and gestational diabetes. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of over 50 clinical and basic science trials, with the most recent trials involving medical and lifestyle treatment of PCOS and screening and prevention of gestational diabetes.


Meredith has worked at RMA for nine years and has had a variety of roles in our lab throughout the years. She feels at home in a lab setting and thoroughly enjoys the reproductive field. Being able to see the excitement when someone is pregnant and knowing that she helped create that is what she loves the most about her job.


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Nicole M.
Lab Administrative

Nicole is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor of science in Health Services. Nicole is new to the fertility field and enjoys interacting with patients and being the voice of the lab. Nicole enjoys her role at RMA because she gets to see families grow first hand via pregnancy rates and data.

Laboratory Tech

Chaula is a graduate of Gujarat University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Flow Cytometry. She holds certifications in ASCP and AMT as a Medical Technologist. Chaula comes to RMA with a wealth of knowledge in Andrology and Endocrinology. She has a positive outlook on all aspects of the lab which helps patients feel at ease and comfortable.

Andrew Gabany

Laboratory Technician

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s of science in biology. He has five years of experience as a laboratory technician. Andrew enjoys helping patients realize their goals through accurate and comprehensive testing.

Laboratory Technician

Joan has her Associate’s degree from Clark State College (Springfield, Ohio) and worked over 20 years as an MLT. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in August of 2019.

Laboratory Technician

Ansley is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics. Prior to working at RMA, she worked for Michigan State University conducting cancer research. Ansley is fascinated by the laboratory and appreciates the opportunity to help patients expand their families.