Meet the USC Center for Pregnancy Loss Specialists
Dr. Kristin Bendikson Founder/Director
After many years in practice caring for both infertile and fertile patients who have suffered a miscarriage or late pregnancy loss, I noticed a profound lack of centralized resources for these patients. I felt compelled to take action and create a center where patients could receive care from professionals who specialized in different treatment modalities in a coordinated fashion. As founder and director of the USC Program for Pregnancy Loss, it is my goal to provide our patients with state of the art treatment and exceptional, personalized care to help them have a baby.
Dr. Kristin Bendikson is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She performed her undergraduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles, followed by medical school at New York University. She completed her residency at Harvard and fellowship at Cornell.
Dr. Bendikson specializes in managing patients who have endured multiple early first trimester miscarriages. She strongly believes in utilizing all forms of treatment from a team of specialized providers in order to provide the best individualized treatment plan for each patient she cares for.
Dr. Patrick Mullin High Risk Obstetrics
My philosophy of care is completely patient-centered. It begins with creating a comfortable environment for the patient, so that information can flow easily between us.
Dr. Patrick Mullin, MPH, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. He specializes in the care of patients who are at risk for or have endured a late second or third trimester pregnancy loss, providing patients with a greater understanding of the reason for their previous loss and helping formulate a plan for a successful pregnancy in the future.
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Jennifer Israel, MD Gynecologic Surgery
Many treatment options exist for various gynecologic conditions. There is typically more than one solution. Patients should be informed of the alternatives and have a choice in treatment that aligns with her personal values and goals.
Dr. Israel has worked at USC for over 15 years, providing expert surgical care to women. She is a talented minimally invasive surgeon, with expertise in robotic surgery for the removal of uterine fibroids.
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Melissa Natavio, MD General Gynecology
Dr. Natavio is double boarded in both obstetrics and gynecology and family planning. Her extensive experience and knowledge of early pregnancy physiology have made her an expert in managing pregnancy losses for women.
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Jorge Mestman Endocrinology
Dr Mestman is a prestigious clinician and researcher and is the Director of the USC Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases. His expertise in thyroid management have made him one of the most recognizable names in the field of endocrinology.
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Caroline Nguyen Endocrinology
Dr. Nguyen is board certified in Endocrinology after completing her fellowship at USC. She manages patients with thyroid, diabetes and other endocrine disorders. Her philosophy of care is centered on the belief that each patient is unique.
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Casey O’Connell, MD Hematology
Dr. O’Connell has achieved accolades at every level of her career. She specialized in blood disorders, including clotting disorders that can impact early pregnancy loss.
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Mary Samplaski, MD Male Fertility/Urology
Dr. Samplski is an expert in all aspects of male reproductive health, specializing in both medical and surgical treatments for infertility and miscarriage. Dr. Samplaski has a strong record demonstrating a commitment to educational excellence and advancing the field of male fertility.
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Ali Ahmady Embryology
Dr. Ahmady is the embryology laboratory director at USC Fertility. He oversees all IVF cycles and laboratory services including preimplantation genetic diagnosis and preimplantation genetic screening.
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Victoria Paddock, RN Nursing
As Dr. Bendikson’s nurse, Vicki is intimately involved in the care of patients who have suffered from pregnancy loss. Her loving and supportive manner comforts her patients as she guides them through their journey to parenthood.
Elaine Gordon, PH.D
Elaine has a vast history of working as a clinical psychologist with couples combating the challenges of not being able to have children, including couples suffering from pregnancy loss.
Santa Monica, CA
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
Dr. Zucker is a psychodynamic psychotherapist using cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness practices specializing in women’s reproduction and specifically pregnancy loss. She launched the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign in 2014.
Beverly Hills, CA
Robin Starkey Harpster, MA
Robin is licensed Marriage and Family therapist with over 10 years of experience working with women helping them focus on discover of their whole and authentic selves. She focuses on issues related to maternal health, loss, transition to parenthood.
Jessica Isaak MFT
Jessica is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who specialized is grief and depression, and working with clients who need to reconnect to their needs, strengths and ultimately their growth.
Suzy Zinn, LPCC, LMHC, NCC
Suzy is committed to empowering people to build the internal strengths and resources needed to explore the challenging emotions and experiences that have blocked them from living the life they desire. She strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for people to develop the tools needed to facilitate healing, growth, and change in both their inner and outer lives.
Santa Monica, Ca
Stefanie Rosen, MFT
Stephanie specialized in depresseion, anxiety, infertility, adoption and parenting.
Westlake Village, CA
Abigail Morgan L.Ac.
Float Chinese Medical Arts
Traditional Chinese Medicine Healing Center
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 601-7482
Origin Natural Care
Larissa Boyd, L.Ac., MS FABORM
Los Angeles, CA
Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Hypnotherapy / Meditation
Caroline Fitzgerald, CHp
Expert in hypnotherapy for women’s health
Los Angeles, CA
Pierre-Etienne Vannier, CHt.
Expert in hypnotherapy and meditation for trauma and illness
Altadena and Newport Beach, CA
Massage / Yoga
YOGA After Loss