Dr. Klatsky graduated with honors from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCSF, and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Brown University. He received a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and was selected by his peers as a Rising Star among New York Physicians in 2014 and 2015, while on the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Klatsky is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.
An innovator who is deeply passionate about improving public access to the best possible obstetric and fertility care, Dr. Klatsky worked as a human rights activist in Asia and Africa prior to medical school. Among his many achievements is the founding of Mama Rescue, a cloud-based, mobile dispatch and transportation platform that helps women in rural Uganda access skilled and emergency obstetric care. Dr. Klatsky is proud to have founded Spring Fertility with Dr. Tran, to deliver the best possible outcomes and a new standard of care not seen anywhere.
Med school: Alpha Omega Alpha
AAGL minimally invasive surgery award
Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member
World Bank Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Award 2014
Fertility preservation, Recurrent pregnancy loss, Fibroids, LGBTQ, Single Parents, Egg donation
Dr. Tran graduated at the top of his medical school class before arriving at UCSF, where he completed both his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology. After fellowship, Dr. Tran joined UCSF as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Principal Investigator at the Center for Regenerative Medicine, where he became a leading clinical researcher in ovarian insufficiency, endometriosis, and stem cell research. Dr. Tran is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.
An award-winning physician-scientist with many grants, publications, and ground-breaking discoveries, Dr. Tran’s research mirrors his clinical interest in premature ovarian failure, endometriosis, and azoospermia. He was the first to generate primordial germ cells from patients with premature germ cell failure to investigate possible cures. He also patented a “first of its kind” procedure that uses sperm stem cells to treat male infertility, which earned the Society of Male Reproduction & Urology Scholar Award and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Scientific Prize Paper winner 2015.
University of Irvine, campus wide honors
University of Iowa, MD
University of Nevada – Reno, Ph.D
Med school: Gold Humanism Award
UCSF Admin Chief Resident
Awards for outstanding research, academic, and clinical performance
PCRS, SMRU, ASRM prize paper award recipient 2011, 2014, and 2015
Endometriosis, embryo implantation, Diminished ovarian reserve, Ovarian failure, Male infertility
Dr. Minjarez is an award-winning innovator and educator in fertility journeys, best known for her over 15 years as Medical Director of Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM).
Dr. Minjarez’s decision to join Spring, follows her long track record of innovation and leadership. She left her post as Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Kaiser Oakland and brings a wealth of experience to Spring.
Dr. Minjarez is a proven and committed physician and patient advocate. She is a Board Certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, and received her medical training at Stanford University. Dr. Minjarez has won numerous awards, and presented at many national and international conferences on a range of topics including polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, IVF and preimplantation genetic testing.
She has also served through academic appointments in obstetrics and gynecology at several institutions. Dr. Minjarez has been published in several publications, including Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinics of North America.
Stanford University, BS, MS
Stanford University, MD
University of Colorado, Residency
University of Texas Southwestern, Fellowship
Recurrent pregnancy loss, Fertility Preservation, LGBTQ, Alternative family parenting goals
Dr. Vaccari has been at the forefront of clinical and scientific advances in reproduction for the last 15 years and has been widely recognized for his research on oocyte maturation and embryo culture technology. He’s most well-known for developing a non-invasive assessment of frozen embryo viability. During his fellowships at Stanford University and UCSF, he discovered that key signaling pathways were necessary to facilitate egg maturation and development. Dr. Vaccari’s research and discoveries in egg and embryo development have led to numerous publications in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. Dr. Vaccari holds a PhD in Cellular Technology from The Department of Human Embryology and Histology in Rome, and a BS in Biology from The Italian Institute of Health. He also holds a professional certification as a High-complexity Clinical Lab Director.
Dr. Vaccari credits his lovely wife, Dr. Torcia, for introducing him to the study of eggs and embryos, and the miracle of IVF for helping them achieve their dream of a beautiful family. He looks forward to helping others fulfill their dreams of creating a happy, healthy family through IVF.
Dr. Torcia is a highly-regarded embryologist known for her relentless pursuit of excellence and record of innovation. Before embarking on clinical embryology, Dr. Torcia was an accomplished research scientist at both Stanford and UCSF, where she published her work in the prestigious journal Nature Cell Biology. Her previous research focused on gene expression during preimplantation embryo development, and now focuses on optimizing oocyte vitrification and in vitro oocyte maturation. Ten years ago, she transitioned toward human-assisted reproduction at UCSF and has continued to develop new techniques and push for excellence at multiple embryology labs. At Spring Fertility, she is committed to giving each embryo the best chance of survival possible and continues to focus on developing new embryo culture techniques, as well as egg and embryo cryopreservation.
Dr. Torcia is extremely dedicated, meticulous, and joined Spring to deliver the highest quality fertility care to ensure that everyone has the ability to have a family. When not in the lab, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Vaccari, and their three year old daughter.
Dr. Harris is a Bay Area native, who attended college at Duke University and then completed medical school at UCSF. He left the Bay once more to complete his Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Harvard’s esteemed Brigham & Women’s Hospital. After completing his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Harris transitioned into seeing patients at Kaiser and, most recently, developing their IVF program in Santa Clara and Fremont.
Through patient surveys, Dr. Harris has earned both the Patients’ Choice Award and the Most Compassionate Physician Award. We’re so excited to have Dr. Harris, for both his remarkable communication skills and inherent sensitivity toward his patients and colleagues.
Dr. Harris is based in our Redwood City office and will begin seeing patients as early as January 2019. Areas of interest include IVF, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), and the impact of diet and lifestyle on reproduction.
University of Colorado, MSC
Duke University, BS
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award
Invited Speaker, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellows Retreat
Patients’ Choice Award (awarded to the top 5% of active physicians based on independent patient surveys)
Most Compassionate Doctor Award (presented by American Registry based on independent patient surveys)
IVF, PGT, Egg Freezing, Diet, Obesity and PCOS
Dr. Pasternak grew up in Westport, CT and attended Columbia University where she majored in Middle East and South Asian Studies with a minor in Biology. Dr. Pasternak completed medical school at the University of Miami, where she also received her MBA, before going on to complete her Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Yale. Following residency, Dr. Pasternak completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Cornell. In her spare time, Dr. Pasternak enjoys tennis, skiing, and fine arts. We’re thrilled to have her on board!
University of Miami, MBA
Fertility Preservation, IVF and innovative Assisted Reproductive technologies, endometriosis, global health, as well as immunologic disorders affecting reproduction and recurrent pregnancy loss.
Sara Vaughn, MD attended college at Rice University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology. She then completed medical school at the University of Texas in Houston. After completing her Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Dr. Vaughn went on to complete her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Stanford University. While at Stanford she was an innovator and a leader. She developed a resident infertility clinic to improve access to care for more patients and support further resident education. Additionally, she designed Stanford’s initial research trials to understand the role of the human microbiome in reproduction and in-vitro fertilization. In her spare time Dr. Vaughn enjoys volunteering at her son’s cooperative nursery school, creative cooking, playing tennis and teaching. We couldn’t be happier to have Dr. Vaughn on the team!
University of Texas, MD
Cedars Sinai, Residency
IVF, advanced reproductive technologies, exploring the Role of Human Microbiome in Reproductive Health, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Endometriosis
Dr. Thomas E. Fisher is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. He attended college at University of Portland where he graduated with a degree in Biology. He then completed medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences before advancing to his Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Fisher went on to complete his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Fisher joins Spring with a demonstrated track record of success as a compassionate and committed physician, most recently practicing with ORM Fertility in Portland. Dr. Fisher is also a former fertility patient and provides empathetic and personalized care. We are so happy to have Dr. Fisher join the Spring team!
University of Portland
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, MD
Oregon Health & Science University, Residency
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fellowship
Advanced Reproductive Technologies, PGT, elective fertility preservation, lifestyle factors and the role of Vitamin D in infertility