Martha Jefferson Reproductive Technology Laboratory Staff
Dr. Ted Thomas is the Lab Director for the Martha Jefferson Reproductive Technology Lab. Dr. Thomas is a native of Pennsylvania. His educational pathway included degree programs at Lafayette College (B.A.), the University of Vermont (M.S.), the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), and concluded with a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut.
He joined Dr. Bateman in founding the In Vitro Fertilization Program at the University of Virginia in 1986 and directed the IVF lab there until moving to Martha Jefferson Hospital in 2005. He is certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) by the American Board of Bioanalysis with specialization in embryology.
Dr. Thomas is active in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the College of Reproductive Biology of the American Association of Bioanalysts. He is married, has two daughters, and enjoys a number of outdoor hobbies.
Jessica Rebert, BS was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Her travels took her to Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Small Animal Science from Delaware Valley College, and to Phoenix, AZ where she began her reproductive laboratory career at the Mayo Clinic in 2001.
Jessica joined the Assisted Reproduction Program at the University of Virginia in 2002 and made the transition with Drs. Bateman, Williams and Thomas to Martha Jefferson Hospital in 2005. Jessica and her husband are the proud parents of two children.
Krista Traynor, BA was born and raised in Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Elms College. Krista began her career in assisted reproduction in 1998 at Baystate Reproductive Medicine in Springfield, MA. She became certified as a Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology from the American Board of Bioanalysis in 2005.
In 2006, Krista joined the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the University of Connecticut Health Center as a senior embryologist. In 2011, she moved to Virginia and joined the Reproductive Technology Lab at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Krista and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of two children.
Kimberly Nagle, MS is a native of Delaware. Attending Wingate University in North Carolina she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology followed by a Master’s of Science from The University of Tennessee in Reproductive Physiology and Embryology.
Upon completion of graduate school, Kimberly joined the Reproductive Technology Lab of Martha Jefferson Hospital in August of 2011. Her interests include running, snowboarding, the beach, and SEC football.
Joan Parks, RN is the nurse manager for the procedure room in the lab. She is a graduate of the Richmond Memorial Hospital School of Professional Nursing. Joan worked for 25 years as a labor & delivery nurse in VA and NH.
In 2003, she assisted in the opening of the Fertility Clinic of N.E. at Portsmouth (NH) Regional Hospital. In 2006, Joan relocated to Central VA and has been a member of the MJRL nursing staff for the past 2 ½ years. Her hobbies include gardening, golf, and playing bridge. She is married, has 2 children, a granddaughter, and a Maine Coon cat.
Paige Herndon is the Office Services Specialists for the Martha Jefferson Reproductive Technology Lab. She has been employed with Martha Jefferson for 23 years and joined Martha Jefferson Reproductive Lab in November of 2011. Paige strives to provide phenomenal customer service to all our patients. Her life long career in healthcare has provided her with that passion for patients.
Paige was born and raised in Central Virginia, is married with two daughters and two grandsons. Paige loves anything to do with flowers and gardening.
Lyn Deane-Harris, RN is a Charlottesville, VA native but lived in NC, CA and FL before returning "home" in 1999. She holds a Bachelor’s in Arts in English literature from Stanford University (1971), a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from UVa (1976) and an MA in Counseling Psychology (licensed in FL) from the University of West Florida (1986).
Lyn spent 3 years on active duty with the US Navy Nurse Corps and 6 more years in the Reserves.
She has worked in a variety of nursing and counseling settings. In March 2011, Lyn joined the MJH Reproductive Technology Lab as a PRN and also works occasionally for the RMSCVA practice. Lyn is married and has 2 daughters.
Laura O'Meara, RN received her Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has 13 years of experience in Labor and Delivery and also experience in the OR and Family Medicine. She started as an IVF Procedure Room nurse in 2009. She and her husband have moved all over the US, but have been in Charlottesville for 25 years. They have 2 married children and 2 grandaughter's along with another grandchild on the way. They also have 2 dogs. Laura's hobbies are working with silver metal clay to make jewelry, walking, seeing friends, and playing with her grandchildren. She is also a member of the DAR.
Barbara Sauer, RN earned a Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing at the University of Virginia in 1994 after previously earning a Bachelor’s in Science in Animal Science from Purdue University in 1980. A native of Indiana, she, her husband and two children moved to Virginia in 1989. Barb worked as a pediatric nurse at UVA for 12+ years before making the transition to Reproductive Medicine. Outside of work, Barb enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, running, reading, church activities, baking and being the #1 fan of Virginia Rowing. She truly enjoys the patients and "team" that make Reproductive Medicine such a wonderful place to work.