The Rinehart Fertility Center is one of Chicagoland’s leading reproductive clinics. Led by Dr. John S. Rinehart, who for more than 40 years, has practiced infertility and reproductive endocrinology in the Chicago area.
For the past 40 years, Dr. John S. Rinehart has maintained an exclusive practice in infertility and reproductive endocrinology in the Chicago area. Dr. Rinehart provides his patients with quality medical attention by combining his academic training and broad clinical experience.
Dr. Rinehart serves as a Senior Attending Physician with North Shore University HealthSystem and as a Senior Clinic Educator for the Pritzker School of Medicine for The University of Chicago.
Dr. Rinehart has been Board Certified in obstetrics/gynecology since 1985, and in reproductive endocrinology since 1988. In addition, Dr. Rinehart completed his law degree with a concentration in health law at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, in 2002. Dr. Rinehart received a Master’s Degree in Predictive Analysis from Northwestern University School of Special Studies in 2018.
Lisa A. Rinehart has been involved in reproductive medicine and health law in the Chicago area for the past thirty years. First as a nurse (where she brought years of experience in ICU nursing and hospital administration), and then as a health care attorney and medical practice consultant (focusing on risk management, compliance and employee law, mergers and physician contracting. Currently, Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of Rinehart Fertility Center, where she brings her experience in fertility practice start-ups and operations to create an atmosphere of quality and individualized attention to her patients and her staff.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois; and, completed a law degree from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, with honors, and a certificate in Health Law.
Lisa is an honorary American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology (AAARTA) member, and the former Executive Director of the Kevin J. Lederer LIFE Foundation (a non-profit organization that provides treatment grants for fertility treatment). She has also been a very active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for over 20 years, serving as chair of the reproductive managers professional group, the legal professional group (as a founding member) the ASRM Membership committee, and currently sits on the Society for Reproductive Technology (SART) Executive Committee.
Carli Chapman has spent over 25 years in the practice of embryology, most recently as the laboratory director for Reproductive Medicine Institute (RMI). She has helped to successfully launch several IVF programs and is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of embryology.
At Rinehart Fertility Center, Carli oversees all embryology and andrology laboratory operations, including A.R.T. and cryopreservation processes, regulatory compliance, and research initiation and management. Carli investigates and develops new business lines for RFC as it moves forward with innovative treatment options for its patients. Regardless of her leadership responsibilities, Carli will forever hold the care and keeping of all patients’ embryos and gametes as her primary obligation.
Carli also lists the following accomplishments among her professional credentials:
· College of American Pathologists (CAP) certified embryology lab inspector
· President of the College of Reproductive Biology
· Past member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
· Post-graduate faculty of ASRM for five consecutive years
· Past President of the Society of Reproductive Biologist and Technologists
· Organizer and officer of Chicago Area Reproductive Endocrinology (CARE) group
Victoria has been a member of the team at Rinehart Fertility Center and the Hinsdale Center for Reproduction since 2003, helping patients achieve their dreams of creating or expanding their family.
Victoria began her insurance medical billing career in the Workers Compensation and Auto Liability division of the insurance world. After years of developing customer service departments for start-up companies, Victoria chose to bring her experience and expertise to the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) field to better serve the needs of patients.
Victoria has been an adjunct faculty member at William Rainey Harper College (Palatine, Illinois), teaching courses in Introduction to Medical Billing, as well as, Procedural and Diagnostic Coding. While her expertise in the financial aspects of infertility initially brought her to this specialty – she has added so much more to the practice and to the patient experience over the years.
Victoria implemented and coached infertility patient support groups which led to many ongoing relationships as patients bonded under her direction. She actively advanced social media patient connections and became the primary patient contact during her tenure under Dr. Michael Hickey. As the practice transitioned to the Rinehart Fertility Center, Victoria became a guiding force, adding her ever-present patient commitment and operational knowledge to maintain a positive and stable environment.
Today, Victoria continues to grow in her managerial role while still providing the individual patient care and staff management that makes her the wonderful team member that is so appreciated. She truly knows your name, is a great listener and will give you positive support through your fertility journey.
Debbie Cashion hails from the small town of Streator, IL where her first experience in the medical field was as a pharmacy technician. Today, she combines her varied healthcare work experience with her unique perspective in understanding what it is to be a fertility patient – she was diagnosed with recurrent pregnancy loss and was blessed with two daughters through fertility treatment.
In 1997, Debbie began her career in reproductive medicine as a medical biller. Over the years, and while working with Dr. Rinehart at a previous practice, she continued to master her skills in fertility practice billing, finance and human resources.
At the Rinehart Fertility Center, Debbie provides our practice and its patients with high-level financial management skills that are essential to our success and she does all of this with a smile, a laugh and always words of encouragement for co-workers and patients alike!
When you have a question – ask Rachel! With over twenty years’ experience in the field of REI and a true devotion to understanding the complex science and human relationships of infertility, Rachel is a well-respected clinical manager. From her first bachelor’s degree in biology (and becoming certified as a medical assistant and working with a family practice group) to her 11 years as clinical assistant at the Center for Human Reproduction, Chicago, (where she learned everything from performing ultrasounds to andrology procedures to assisting with IVF procedures), Rachel fell in love with infertility medicine and its patients.
After completing her second degree in nursing, Rachel joined Dr. Rinehart as a clinical nurse and lead IVF procedure nurse in his private practice in Evanston, IL. Throughout the years, Rachel has remained an essential assistant to him, and knowledgeable resource to all clinical staff, as Dr. Rinehart formed and practiced at the Reproductive Medicine Institute.
Today, Rachel is an undeniable gift to the staff and patients at the Rinehart Fertility Center. Rachel brings a wealth of clinical knowledge in all areas of patient care, including new patient evaluations, assisted reproduction, third-party coordination, and in-office operative procedures.
When reflecting over the 20 years of her work in REI, she is proud to continue to share many hours of her patients’ lives, their successes, losses, disappointments, and celebrations. Says Rachel Easton, “Each of my patients has touched my heart and made me a better nurse…and a better person. I’m in for life!” Here at RFC, we could not be happier to hear that!
Shelly Niklos RN, BSN, has a few things to say about Infertility and IVF. Namely, about her twin 16 year old boys, conceived through ART!
As a nurse with Dr. Rinehart since 2017, Shelly has an impressive history in the field of Nursing – and in her life. After pursuing an exciting career as one of the first sponsored snowboarder and mountain biker in the United States (during which time she completed degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Art History), Shelly obtained her BSN from the University of Colorado. She then started working in the Labor and Delivery department of Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, and then went on to work more than 15 years as an Operating Room nurse.
Yet, nothing touched ‘home’ with her as much as the work she has done in the field of REI. “As a former infertility patient, I understand the deep emotional toll this takes on the heart and I use this to better serve our clientele,” says Niklos. “My boys are the light of my life and to be a part of the team that helps others find their ‘light’ is an honor and a privilege.”