Medical & Clinical Boards

Meet our advisors

A team of prenatal physicians

Meet the dynamic team of advisors behind our commitment to providing equitable access to high-quality prenatal care. Our Clinical and Medical Advisory Boards include a diverse group of medical professionals who are dedicated to ensuring that all expecting mothers have access to the best possible care during their pregnancy journey, regardless of background. With their expertise and insight, we’re able to provide vital information that is tailored to the unique needs of our growing community.

Clinical Advisor

Allison K. Rodgers, M.D.

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility who has practiced medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at Case Western Reserve-Metrohealth Medical Center Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is currently the Director of Education at Fertility Centers of Illinois, a US Fertility Practice. She shares fertility education on social media with more than 1.3 million followers between TikTok and Instagram.

Dr. Rodgers' personal experiences with secondary infertility and pregnancy loss inform her unique insights into reproductive medicine, contributing to compassionate and individualized patient care. She is published in top medical journals covering endometriosis, tubal factor infertility, in vitro fertilization, and donor sperm. Her special interests include in-vitro fertilization, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, unexplained infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, premature ovarian insufficiency, LGTBQIA+ fertility, reciprocal IVF, and transgender fertility.

Dr. Avi Patil is the Founder/CEO of Nixxi, a Women's Health company developing a virtual high-risk pregnancy platform. Dr. Patil is a practicing clinician with triple Board Certifications in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Clinical Pharmacology.
Medical Advisor

Avi Patil, M.D.

Dr. Avi Patil is the Founder/CEO of Nixxi, a Women's Health company developing a virtual high-risk pregnancy platform. Dr. Patil is a practicing clinician with triple Board Certifications in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Clinical Pharmacology. Avi grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and completed his undergraduate education at Columbia University before returning to Tennessee for medical school. He completed fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology (NIH T32), and Pediatric Clinical Research at Duke University Medical Center before joining Indiana University School of Medicine as faculty in the Departments of OB/GYN and Medicine. In 2016, he relocated to Phoenix, AZ where he continued his clinical and research activities.

Dr. Patil’s research has thematically focused on personalized medicine in Obstetrics, from biomarker discovery to digital health.

He has served as an advisor to companies in the women's health space on issues critical to the commercialization of new products. Avi's passion is using technology to improve the prenatal care experience and foster healthy families. Outside of work, Avi strives to keep up with his wife, three children, Double Doodle and their respective social calendars.

Dr. Christopher Robinson is a founding partner at Charleston Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Clinical Advisor

Christopher Robinson, M.D.

Dr. Christopher Robinson is a founding partner at Charleston Maternal Fetal Medicine. He provides high-risk pregnancy care and serves as Department Chair for Obstetrics and Gynecology at East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He has recently served on the Board of Directors and Annual Program Committee for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Robinson was nominated for the 2019-2020 Editor Award by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the leading journal in the OB/GYN medical specialty. He has completed advanced training in medical bioinformatics and machine learning and is a globally recognized expert in obesity and hypertensive disease in pregnancy.

Clinical Advisor

Danielle Jones, M.D.

Dr. Danielle Jones is a board-certified OB/GYN from Texas currently practicing in Aotearoa/New Zealand, serving as Lead Colposcopist for the Southland region. In addition to her clinical practice, she is known online as @MamaDoctorJones. She is recognized as a leading voice in pregnancy and gynecology education, with over 3 million followers across platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Facebook.

Dr. Jones acts as a digital ambassador for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), serves as a medical advisor to several start-ups in health technology spaces, and is often cited as an expert by major media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, and BBC World News. She is passionate about patient empowerment and autonomy, including LGBTQIA+ individuals in pregnancy and gynecologic care, and advocating for reproductive rights through education.

Deborah Bellesheim is a Board-Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
Clinical Advisor

Deborah Bellesheim, WHNP

Interested in managing high-risk pregnancies and providing emotional support during prenatal and postpartum care, Nurse Practitioner Bellesheim has contributed to notable studies on prenatal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening quality improvements.

Deborah Bellesheim is a Board-Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) who has worked with the Obstetrix Medical Group’s outpatient office in Denver, Colorado, since 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Vermont and completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado.

Nurse Bellesheim has experience working in high-risk labor and delivery units, where she pursued her interests in managing high-risk pregnancies. She has assisted in facilitating two notable studies focused on prenatal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening quality improvement practices. Deborah believes that medical and emotional support provided during prenatal and postpartum care is the most rewarding aspect of her career.

Medical Advisor

Lee P. Shulman, M.D.

Lee P. Shulman MD is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Shulman is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. 

Dr. Shulman is a member of numerous regional, national and international organizations that pertain to the health and care of women.  He recently completed his term as Editor of the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health and is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery.  He also serves on the editorial boards of Menopause, Climacteric, Advances in Therapy, Clinical Drug Investigation and Contraception and Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Shulman served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals from 2006-2008, the President of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2018) and Chair of the Fetoscopy Working Group (2016 – 2020). 

He is currently Treasurer of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis.

Clinical Advisor

Lisa Masterson, M.D.

Dr. Lisa Masterson is a board-certified OB/GYN in private practice in Santa Monica, California, specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, adolescent gynecology, family planning, and weight management.

Dr. Masterson is recognized as the Emmy-nominated co-host of the award-winning daytime medical talk show "The Doctors." Dr. Masterson has been embraced as a spokesperson for women's wellness by Fortune 500 companies and has received accolades from notable groups like the Red Cross and the March of Dimes. Dr. Masterson is globally recognized for her charitable work in decreasing maternal mortality in underprivileged areas of Africa, India, and Southeast Asia.

Rachel Humphrey, M. D. is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist in Orlando, Fl.  She first came to Orlando for her OB/Gyn residency in 1996 after completing her medical degree at Michigan State University.
Medical Advisor

Rachel Humphrey, M.D.

As a mother herself and an esteemed lecturer, Dr. Humphrey plays an active role in educating others on high-risk pregnancy care and obstetric issues. She currently sits as a selected chair of Ob/Gyn for the Advent Health Orlando campus, where she worked to establish their Maternal Fetal Program.

Dr. Rachel Humphrey is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist in Orlando, Fl.  She first came to Orlando for her OB/Gyn residency in 1996 after completing her medical degree at Michigan State University.  During her residency, Dr. Humphrey was blessed to have her first of three children and the joys of motherhood helped fuel her desire to pursue a career in high-risk pregnancy care. As a resident, Dr. Humphrey won awards for her research in preterm labor and awards for teaching. She served as academic Chief Resident in her fourth year and was named Resident of the Year at Orlando Health in 2000 for her commitment to quality outcomes and patient care. She completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at Washington University.  Her love of research and teaching continued during her fellowship, Dr. Humphrey was named best teaching faculty in 2003 and was awarded the prestigious Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Scholarship award for her research in placental clot formation and healing. In 2004, Dr. Humphrey returned to Orlando to serve the women of Central Florida with her strong dedication to the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and her desire to help pregnant women successfully navigate pregnancy complications. She worked as teaching faculty with the Ob/Gyn residency program at Orlando Health/Winnie Palmer for 7 years. In 2011, Dr. Humphrey joined the AdventHealth Medical Group to establish the Maternal Fetal Program for this system, where she continues to play an active role in local and national lectures while working as Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine for the system. She lectures frequently at Advent Health and appears as well on local news stations addressing obstetric issues. 

RICHARD P. PORRECO, M.D. graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Genetics at the University of California, San Diego.
Medical Advisor

Richard P. Porreco, M.D.

Dr. Richard Porreco graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Genetics at the University of California, San Diego. He has received Board Certifications in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics. He is a Physician Emeritus at Presbyterian/St.Luke’s Medical Center after serving 40 years as Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and building an active practice in high risk obstetrics that extends throughout the Rocky Mountain community. His contributions to the literature reflect interests ranging from prenatal diagnosis to the role of cesarean in modern obstetrics.

Medical Advisor

Thomas Lee, M.D.

A board member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dr. Lee remains committed to educating and providing emotional support to patients. Interested in the fields of diabetes in pregnancy, preterm delivery, and ultrasound, he works towards improving how patients experience their health care.

Dr. Lee is a maternal-fetal medicine physician in Portland, Oregon.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Ob/Gyn residency at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, MFM fellowship at Women & Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island / Brown University, and MBA in healthcare management at Marylhurst University.  He has been in clinical practice since 2002 at Northwest Perinatal Center / Women's Healthcare Associates, LLC.  During that time, he has served as the managing partner at NWP, director of ultrasound, operational efficiency project manager, and interim associate medical director.  On a national level, Dr. Lee has served on the board of directors of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as the chairperson for the SMFM Practice Management Division, and as part of the leadership team of the SMFM Clinical Informatics Committee.  Beyond the clinical care of his patients, his areas of interest include clinical operations, healthcare technology (specifically perinatal ultrasound), and practice benchmarking.