Meet the Team
Dr. Sujatha Gunnala founded the Southwest Fertility Center in 1980 following post-graduate training at two of America’s most distinguished centers for obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Gunnala attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania and later the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Among her many accomplishments she remains a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Gunnala is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society of American Reproductive Technology (SART), Reproductive Surgeons, and Advanced Laparoscopy Surgeons.
In association with other members of the center’s clinical staff, she has also contributed to advancing the science and practice of reproductive medicine. Dr. Gunnala remains active in research, symposiums, groundbreaking treatments, and clinical trials. She is a frequent lecturer, consultant and adjunct faculty at Midwestern University, Phoenix, AZ.
Shelley is a valued part of the Southwest Fertility Center team, hailing from Chicago with her BS in nursing from DePaul University and her MS in nursing from the University of Illinois, having earned awards and accolades along the way.
In 1991, Shelley entered the US Navy as a nurse, serving 4 years as a Lieutenant, earning The Navy Commendation Medal, which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. In 1995, Shelley entered the field of infertility as an IVF coordinator, and earned her certification for Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner in 2000.
Shelley has practiced at Southwest Fertility Center for 8 years. As an infertility patient herself, Shelley brings a special touch, knowing how she would have liked to be treated on her journey.
Shelley enjoys gardening, skiing, and traveling with her three sons.
Charles has worked in the field of Reproductive Medicine for more than 25 years. He completed undergraduate studies in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Utah and Westminster College and earned his Masters Degree in Embryology from Danube University in Austria. Charles is a Board Certified Embryology Laboratory Director and holds Board Certifications as a Technical Supervisor in Andrology and Embryology.
Charles is highly proficient in Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) as well as embryo biopsy for PGD & PGS. Throughout his career, he established a reputation for very high pregnancy rates in the laboratories which he has developed.
Charles is an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology and has specific clinical and scientific interest in the fields of ICSI, blastocyst culture and the vitrification of oocytes and embryos.
Away from the lab, Charles enjoys golf, traveling with his wife, and is an avid private airplane pilot. His dedication and affinity for new technologies keep Southwest Fertility Center on the cutting edge of reproductive science.
Lara is a dedicated member of the Southwest Fertility Center team, with an MBA in Healthcare Administration, a BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, with a minor in Community Health.
Lara has worked at Southwest Fertility Center for five years, and enjoys the dynamic teamwork culture of the clinic, tackling daily challenges, and the many advancements in the field’s science and technology.
Lara enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog Cheese, good food, craft beer, and cultivating relationships with new and interesting people.
Lana is a beloved nurse at Southwest Fertility, serving patients for 29 wonderful years and counting.
She is certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Nursing. As the IVF nurse coordinator, Lana guides and counsels patients with her caring and sensitive approach. She helps to relieve stress by walking patients through their treatment plans and explaining each step in detail.
Lana received ultrasound training from Gateway Community College in 1991 and holds an associate degree in nursing from Mesa Community College. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Agatha Videla brings over 19 years of nursing experience working for leading fertility clinics in New York and Arizona.
Whether counseling a new couple through the early stages of their treatments or monitoring an expectant mother, she enjoys being able to work with the team at Southwest Fertility Center in a positive, supportive and totally committed way.
Agatha loves to travel the world, do yoga, and spend time cooking with her family, especially her little bean, Quinn. In 2007, she received The Family Building Hero Award in Nursing from Resolve.
Yvonne has been part of the Southwest Fertility Center family for over 10 years. Her warm approach and kind heart is an important part of the Southwest Team. She assists Dr. Gunnala with patients from the first consult, all the way through to the process of IVF.
Yvonne enjoys spending time with her son, going to the movies, and visiting her family.
With a limited medical background, Vanessa initially joined our practice as a medical assistant intern. She quickly learned the intricate details of our practice and was eventually hired full-time in December of 2016. Vanessa is open to new experiences, brings an array of people skills, a desire to help others, and is highly organized. Vanessa is fluent in Spanish & English, providing a much needed service to many of our patients.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three boys. She also enjoys dancing with friends and making people smile. When she’s not at boot camp, she can be found at the local taco shop.
Janet has worked in infertility for over 12 years, bringing expertise in donor coordination, billing & insurance and front office management. But most valuable perhaps, is her huge heart, and love of working with fertility patients.
As a fertility patient herself, Janet understands the sensitivity of the journey. It is her goal to ease patient’s tension and to make the financial portion of the process as smooth as possible.
Janet enjoys singing, spending time with her daughter, and serving her patients with a smile and a laugh.
Fran has dedicated herself to Southwest Fertility Center for 14 years. As the front office receptionist, she is the first person patients meet, and she strives to help patients feel at ease right away.
Fran loves visiting Disneyland with her husband of 34 years, crafting, and watching old movies.
Karla has worked in women’s health for over 15 years. She values the family feel of Southwest Fertility, which allows the staff to work together as a team, and believes that makes a difference in the care they are able to offer patients.
Karla enjoys time with her loving husband of 20 years, time with friends, and Zumba.