About us

Florida Fertility Institute is a state-of-the-art national practice that offers comprehensive advanced reproductive treatment services. The Institute’s highly qualified team of fertility professionals combines medical and scientific expertise with individualized and compassionate patient care to assist infertile couples achieve their dream of having a family.

Our Physicians

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Edward Zbella, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, F.A.C.S. , CPI

Dr. Zbella was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended college at Benedictine University with an honors degree in biochemistry. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1980 and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital. After completing his residency, Dr. Zbella participated in a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in 1986.

Dr. Zbella is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Zbella is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Bayfront Medical Center’s residency program in obstetrics and gynecology. His accomplished surgical skills have allowed him to instruct microsurgical technique to physicians in training.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, and the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology.

Dr. Zbella has published numerous scientific articles in major medical journals and has served as a reviewer for journals related to gynecology and infertility. He has written chapters in several medical text books and has lectured nationally at numerous meetings and seminars. Dr. Zbella continues to participate in clinical research with major pharmaceutical companies.

Honors include being chosen for inclusion in: America’s Best Doctors, Guide to America’s Top Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and The Consumers Guide to Top Doctors.

Dr. Zbella is dedicated to assisting couples achieve the goal of having children through clinical care, research, and education. Dr. Zbella is married and has three very active children.

Edward Zbella, M.D. Curriculum Vitae

 

 

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Mark D. Sanchez, M.D., F.A.C.O.G

Dr. Sanchez graduated from the University of South Florida in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He subsequently attended the University of Florida College of Medicine, and graduated in 1995 with a Doctorate in Medicine. From 1995 to 1999 Dr. Sanchez performed his Internship and Residency at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he received several honors and awards including outstanding laparoscopic surgeon. Following his residency, Dr. Sanchez completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of South Florida where he presently serves as an Instructor.

Dr. Sanchez is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists. Dr. Sanchez remains active in the education of residents in training. He is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University’s college of Medicine and faculty at Bayfront Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Mark Sanchez, M.D. Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Ancillary Providers

Deb_cropNurse Practitioner – Deborah Martin, A.R.N.P.

Deborah Martin A.R.N.P. received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida in 1985 and graduated from the OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner Program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990.

Deborah Martin A.R.N.P. has been nationally certified as a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1990. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, West Coast Council of Advanced Nursing Practice, Tampa Bay Advanced Nursing Council, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing.

Deborah joined the Florida Fertility Institute in 1999 and has focused her career on providing professional, compassionate gynecologic care to women of all ages. She is active in clinical medical research and has participated as a sub-investigator in over 60 clinical studies.

 

 

Andrea_SmIVF Coordinator – Andrea Cleary, P.A.-C.

Andrea Cleary, P.A.-C. received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from University of South Florida on a full academic scholarship in 2005.  She then graduated with Honors from Nova Southeastern University’s Physician Assistant Master’s Program in 2011.

Andrea is an active member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. She has spent her time volunteering for service organizations including Horses for Handicapped and the Special Olympics.

Her focus is in Infertility and as the IVF Coordinator and Donor Coordinator at Florida Fertility Institute she helps patients navigate through the process of Assisted Reproductive Technology.

 

SethEmbryologist / Andrologist – Seth M. O’Gradney, B.S.

Seth O’Gradney joined the Florida Fertility Institute in February of 2004 and received his training in embryology and andrology from several senior embryologists in the field of IVF.

He received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. While attending St. Ambrose, Seth concentrated his studies in biochemistry and vertebrate zoology and graduated with honors in 2001.

 

 

kelvinKelvin L. Fry, B.S.

Kelvin started his career in embryology and andrology in 1990 and has worked at Florida Fertility Institute since 2000.  He worked and trained at some of the leading IVF programs in the United States (Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH and Genetics and IVF Institute Fairfax, VA).  His professional skills include ICSI, AZH, embryo cell biopsy and fixation for PGD/PGS including FISH, micro-array and trophectoderm biopsy, cryopreservation of oocytes, embryos and blastocyst (slow freeze and vitrification), MESA/TESE sperm preparation and cryopreservation. He has been involved in preparation for C.A.P., Joint Commission and FDA inspections.  He currently also serves as president of IVF Lab Services.

 

 

charlieIVF Coordinator – Charlene “Charlie” O’Steen, LPN

Charlene “Charlie” O’Steen, LPN received her Practical Nursing degree from Santa Fe College in 1991. Her medical background includes working in the medical specialties of Pediatrics, Family Practice and Orthopaedics. After eleven years working in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Charlie joined Florida Fertility Institute in March, 2016.

Charlie volunteers her time with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and March of Dimes. She has four children and two grandchildren.

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