Ovation Fertility Austin Staff

Dr. Matthew "Tex" VerMilyea – Lab Director

Dr. Matthew “Tex” VerMilyea graduated with honors from Cornell University before earning a Ph.D. in genetics from The University of Birmingham, School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedical Research, Birmingham, U.K. He was a Research Fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, University of Birmingham. He also accepted academic posts at the University of Pennsylvania, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and Auckland University (New Zealand). Dr. VerMilyea is a board-certified as a Clinical Consultant, Medical Laboratory Scientific Director of Embryology and High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD). He served as Scientific Director for Fertility Associates (New Zealand) and is now the Vice President of Scientific Advancement for Ovation Fertility. Tex is also a proud father of a daughter and a son.

Kristin Sieren – IVF/Andrology Laboratory Manager - Austin

After completing a Bachelor of Science in animal science and a Master of Science in reproductive physiology from Iowa State University in 2001, Kristin began her embryology career at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. After two years in Dallas, she became the IVF Laboratory Supervisor at The Center for Reproductive Medicine in Wichita, Kansas. Kristin joined Ovation Fertility Austin in 2011 with more than nine years of embryology experience. She is the laboratory manager for Ovation Austin’s IVF and Andrology laboratories. She is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysts as a Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology. Kristin enjoys spending time outside with her doodles, Hogan and Daisy.

Alicia Picou – Senior Embryologist

After graduating from Louisiana State University with a BS in Animal Science and a MS in Reproductive Physiology in 2009, Alicia began her embryology career by first working in the biotech industry for ViaGen. In 2012, she joined Ovation Fertility Austin part time as an Andrologist and later became full time Embryologist. In her free time, you can find her riding her mountain bike or running Town Lake.

Vonda Brabner – IVF/Andrology Lab Manager-San Antonio

Vonda joined Ovation Fertility Austin with over 18 years of experience in the IVF field, and she is currently the laboratory manager for the Ovation San Antonio IVF lab and the Ovation New Braunfels andrology lab. After graduating from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Vonda began her career as an embryologist in the first IVF clinic in the U.S., The Jones Institute in Norfolk, VA. After seven great years and an overseas military move to Japan, she joined the IVF lab at Women and Infants’ Hospital in Rhode Island. Her next position was as a consultant with IVF Labs, LLC working in many labs throughout the U.S. and Canada for five years while earning her Master’s in clinical embryology and andrology from Eastern VA Medical School. Vonda is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysts as a Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology and also holds and Embryologist certification from the American College of Embryology.

Kyle Bellamy – Embryologist

During college, Kyle Bellamy worked part-time at Texas Fertility Center as an office assistant. While there, she became interested in reproductive technology after seeing how the advancements benefit people who want to become parents. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology from St. Edward's University, Kyle joined Ovation Fertility Austin in July 2014 as an andrologist. Later, she began training in embryology and now works as a full-time embryologist.

Bryanna Edwards – Cryo Coordinator

After graduating from Texas Tech University in December 2020, Bryanna moved back to Austin where she joined the Ovation team in January 2021. She is responsible for the coordination of transporting frozen reproductive materials for patients in or out of the laboratory. Outside of the lab, she enjoys listening to podcasts while working on her latest craft project.

Haley Teets – Embryologist

Haley attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in animal science with a minor in equine science. She always thought she would have a career with horses, but after being introduced to embryology and reproductive technology in school, she was hooked. She joined the Ovation team in June 2021 and is excited to see how much she will grow with the company. In her spare time, you can find her at the gym or riding her horse, Spice.

Allison Williams – Embryologist

After graduating from Armstrong State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Allison will graduate with her Master of Science in reproductive clinical science in May 2022. Her career began as an andrologist in Beaumont, Texas. As her passion for embryology grew, she made the move to Austin to be a part of the Ovation Fertility team as an embryologist. She enjoys live music and good food as well as spending time with her two dogs.

Breaona Ard – Andrologist

After graduating from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science and a minor in chemistry, Breaona moved to Austin Texas to begin her career. She joined the Ovation team in March of 2021 as the andrologist at our satellite lab in Round Rock. In her spare time, she loves to go to the movies and hang out with her two Chihuahuas.

Gillian Waite – Embryologist

Gillian attended the University of Georgia in Athens, GA where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. While working in the animal science industry, she was introduced to the field of embryology. This led her to move to Austin, TX to join the Ovation Fertility team in June of 2021. In her free time, Gillian enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, Maverick.

Garrett Schroeder – Embryologist

Garrett graduated from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in animal science. After pursuing an internship with Agrimark Genetics in Kingsbury, TX, he was interested in learning more about IVF and the ART field. He sought this knowledge at Colorado State University, where he graduated with a Master of Science in biomedical sciences - assisted reproductive technologies specialization. When not at the lab, Garrett enjoys spending time with his wife Karly, hiking with his dogs Ruby and Scarlett, and playing board games with his brother Grayson.

Matthew Fencl – Andrologist

Matthew joined Ovation Fertility Austin in 2021 after graduating with honors from St. Edward’s University. While attending St. Edward’s, he studied parasites under Dr. Daniel Gold, with the hopes of establishing a new model organism for further research into Cryptosporidium parasites. As an andrologist, he is responsible for the analysis and cryopreservation of sperm, as well as preparing sperm for use in intrauterine insemination. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys running and is an avid fan of Formula 1 racing.

Elizabeth Klein – Laboratory Assistant

Elizabeth joined the Ovation Fertility team in 2021. As a member of the Ovation team, she is responsible for assisting in the coordination of transportation and shipping of patient materials, along with helping in the laboratory with andrology tasks. Elizabeth has a passion for all aspects of andrology and embryology and is dedicated to making sure all the daily operations run smoothly. Before joining the Ovation team, Elizabeth earned a degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, a minor in biology and an equine certificate. In her free time, she likes to ride horses and compete in ranch horse show versatility competitions.