State of the Art In Vitro Fertilization Lab
Denver Fertility’s new state of the art IVF lab offers the latest in lab protocols and treatment. Our lab layout and development was overseen by Dr. Albrecht, Dr. Ambler, and phenomenal embryologists; Jennifer DiStefano and Ellen Marello. Jennifer and Ellen have consulted all over the world in cutting edge IVF lab design. In addition, the lab is overseen by Laboratory Director Dr. Michael Baker. Denver Fertility’s Lab features the latest in advanced REI lab equipment, lab clean room, treatment room, semen analysis collection room, three procedure recovery rooms, a private consultation room, and private relaxing lobby. Our Clean room is a secure enclosed area in the lab with an air filtration system, which allows for a temperature-controlled environment free of bacteria meeting all US Federal standards. Denver Fertility’s IVF Lab offers a comfortable environment for patient procedures combined with latest technology advancement’s in lab design to ensure a successful treatment outcome.
Fully Accredited Lab by The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Denver Fertility is an officially accredited IVF laboratory. For those of you who may not know, The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations [MOU1] (JCAHO / TJC) is an independent organization that certifies and accredits health care programs in the United States. TJC sends professional inspectors to laboratories across the country to ensure that their staff, facilities, and procedures meet the exceptionally high standards of TJC which greatly exceed the regulations set forth by state and federal government. There is no requirement for IVF labs to be accredited, however, we feel strongly that accountability to a third-party organization is a core component towards conveying our commitment to exceptional quality to our patients.
LifeAire Filtration System
Denver Fertility was just recently recognized by LifeAire as a center of excellence. Air quality is often an underemphasized aspect of the embryo culture system. It has been demonstrated time and time again that embryos can be negatively impacted from pollutants in the laboratory air. They simply grow better when they are in a protected environment. LifeAire was designed with IVF in mind. The ability to remove pollutants such as airborne microbes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the lab is of critical importance.
Embryology Laboratory Director
Michael majored in Genetics at Texas A&M University and subsequently obtained his Ph.D. in Reproductive Biology from U.T. Southwestern Medical Center. His dissertation research focused on the identification of genes which contribute to optimal sperm and egg formation. Michael worked closely with the nationally renown Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship program at UT Southwestern to gain a unique perspective for an embryologist. This early clinical exposure truly emphasized the challenges and stresses faced by fertility patients. Keeping this in mind, Michael strives everyday to meet the highest of laboratory benchmark standards, without compromise, to provide exceptional patient care.
Michael completed his embryology training at the largest, most successful, IVF clinic in all of Florida. He optimized his technical skill set (including ICSI and embryo biopsy) while managing a team of ten exceptional embryologists. Dr. Baker is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysts as a Technical Supervisor in Embryology and as a High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director. In 2020, Dr. Baker was elected as President of the Colorado Association of Reproductive Biologists (CART), a regional professional organization of over 50 embryologists dedicated to continued education and improvement of fertility treatment across the state of Colorado.
Dr. Baker’s top priorities at Denver Fertility revolve around exceptional laboratory communication with patients and persistent quality improvement. IVF patients at Denver Fertility can expect multiple opportunities to discuss their laboratory journey with Dr. Baker, both before and after treatment. Nothing makes his day more than a visit from a baby he once cared for as an embryo!
Matt Wilson, Senior Embryologist
Matt graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It was during his time at K-State where he developed a real interest in pursuing a career in Embryology. Matt has been around Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) most of his life, as his father started working in human IVF in the early 90’s. He began his career in Embryology in 2014 and has since had experience working at high volume successful labs. Matt enjoys the science of IVF/ICSI and the challenges it can present. He feels it’s incredibly rewarding to know that he is helping patients achieve their dreams of having a family.
Katie Gualtieri, Laboratory Manager
Katie loves the family like atmosphere at Albrecht Women’s Care and how all patients are treated with attentive individual care. Mrs. Gualtieri is a Colorado native, who graduated from Colorado State University in 2002 with a BS in Microbiology. She then went onto graduate from PSL School of Medical Technology in 2003, with a BS in Medical Technology. Additionally, Katie is a ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Scientist. In her personal time, Katie’s passion is raising and training Warmblood Sporthorses and high level competing around the country in show jumping events. Mrs. Gualtieri is happily married with two young children, two dogs, and several horses. Professionally, her greatest reward is every time patients return with their beautiful babies.