Dr. Laura Smith was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is married and has two sons and a daughter. She spent time in Missouri and Alabama growing up, and returned to the University of Virginia for college. She studied both science and archaeology, and earned a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Distinction in 1999. Dr. Smith attended the University of Virginia Medical School and graduated in 2003. She then completed her four-year Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Virginia. In 2007, Dr. Smith was chosen to complete her three-year Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston IVF, affiliate programs of Harvard Medical School. She received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during fellowship for her research on a new biologic pathway in the ovary, and continues to have an active interest in research. She has worked especially hard to increase awareness and access to fertility preservation counseling and treatment for patients facing cancer and cancer treatment. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is sub-specialty certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a member of the Association of Women Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
CHRISTOPHER D. WILLIAMS, MD
Dr. Christopher Williams grew up in Reston, Virginia. He is married and has five children - four boys and a girl. He attended the College of William & Mary earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1994 to complete his medical education. Following medical school, Dr. Williams went to Charlotte, North Carolina to undertake a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Carolinas Medical Center. He was then selected in 1998 by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to complete a three-year Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Williams served on the UVA Faculty from 2001 to 2005 and was Co-Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program. Dr. Williams has been actively involved in research and was a co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant assessing the influence of acupuncture on menstrual cycles in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). He has published numerous research articles, and has received research grant support from organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Berlex Foundation. He is the Medical Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and sub-specialty certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
LINNEA R. GOODMAN, MD, FACOG
Dr. Linnea Goodman grew up in Essex, Vermont. She is married and has two sons. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering with Honors from Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. From there she went on to pursue medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine where she received her medical degree in 2009 and was awarded the Charles and Sylvia Schechtman Prize for Excellence in Clinical Care. Dr. Goodman completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals where she received several accolades including the Golden Tarheel Teaching Award and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy award for minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Goodman then continued her training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Cleveland Clinic fellowship program, with a special interest in reproductive surgery. After graduating in 2016, She spent two years as the medical director of the operating room at Reproductive Medicine Associates in New Jersey, followed by serving on the faculty at UNC as medical director from 2018 until recently when she joined Virginia Fertility and IVF. Her research, focused on technology in medicine, reproductive surgery and optimizing reproductive outcomes, has received national recognition earning her grant funding from multiple distinguished foundations. She is passionate about providing individualized patient-centered care. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist and sub-specialty certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is an active member of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.
Dr. Scott Purcell
Dr. Scott Purcell is the Laboratory Director for Virginia Fertility & IVF As Laboratory Director Dr. Purcell oversees the daily quality control and function of the Virginia Fertility & IVF Embryology, Andrology, and Endocrinology laboratories. He is board-certified as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) and as a Technical Supervisor (TS) in both Embryology and Andrology by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). Prior to joining Virginia Fertility & IVF, Dr. Purcell spent three and half years at Dallas-Ft. Worth Fertility Associates, as part of the Embryology team at the largest fertility clinic in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Dr. Purcell grew up near Richmond, VA and received both his B.S. and M.S. at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from the Biomedical Sciences Department at Colorado State University then completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Ob/Gyn Department at Washington University in St. Louis. As a graduate student and fellow, Dr. Purcell published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on mammalian reproductive biology. Dr. Purcell is an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the College of Reproductive Biology of the ABB. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time outside with his family as well as fishing, reading, and traveling.
Jody Halloran was born in Asheville, North Carolina and has lived in Charlottesville for 24 years. She is married and a mother of two children. Jody completed her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in May 2014. Jody has been with the practice for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoys interacting closely with patients and the staff. She has extensive experience in administrative management and accounting. Jody has also obtained her Certified Professional Coding certification. Her passion at Virginia Fertility & IVF is to make sure that customer service is at the highest level possible. Jody's organization and customer service skills allow her to manage the Virginia Fertility & IVF staff so that your experience will be the best that it can be.
Our Training and Reproductive Services
All of our physicians are subspecialty-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. This is a subspecialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology requiring 3 additional years of training (following a 4-year Ob/Gyn residency) and includes specialty surgical training in minimally invasive techniques to maximize fertility. Our physicians have successfully passed oral and written examinations to gain this recognition which is held by less than 1,000 physicians in the United States. In addition to being the experts in all aspects of infertility, we are also experts in other hormonal problems of women, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage, premature ovarian failure, uterine fibroids, irregular or absent menstrual periods, and abnormalities of the female genital tract from birth (termed congenital anomalies). We have the training to deal with these issues, both medically and surgically, as consultants for the region’s obstetrician/gynecologists, family physicians, medical endocrinologists and internists. We are the regional referral center for all of these issues and you do not need a referral from your physician to see us if you have one of these conditions.
Our clinic provides services in a convenient location and in an environment of personalized care, understanding and compassion. Our fertility specialists and staff are truly invested in each patient’s personal well-being and success. One of the missions of our center is education. This extends to both our couples and obstetrics and gynecology residents from the University of Virginia. All three physicians are active faculty members at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and we help teach physicians-in-training and support university-wide research in reproductive medicine. This allows us to stay at the cutting edge of the latest trends and advances in our field.
We believe in a team approach between our patients and our staff and we look forward to partnering with you to help you achieve your goals in reproductive care.