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anne davis, md pearl mini-ivf

Anne Davis, MD, MS

Dr. Anne Davis realized her calling to fertility medicine as a student at the University of California - San Diego when she had the opportunity to be an egg donor in 1998. From that moment on, she recognized that infertility was not just a medical diagnosis, but a time of crisis. She went on to study under world-renowned fertility experts at the University of California - San Francisco where she completed her MD, simultaneously earning her MS from the University of California - Berkeley in Health and Medical Sciences. But, it was then that Anne’s perspective changed. “I’ll never forget when my own doctor told me and my husband that it was time to try IVF. I was actively writing a paper on the lived experiences of fertility patients when I found out I was going to be a patient myself. It was surreal, to say the least.” As a result, more than most other fertility specialists, Anne understands that providing compassion, high-quality care, and personal attention is critical during treatment.

“I experienced the crisis myself – it fundamentally changed how I think and feel about my patients and what they go through. I saw that a holistic and personalized approach to fertility medicine was desperately needed and I made it my professional mission to bring that option to my patients.”

When Dr. Davis had the opportunity to do just that and return to San Diego as a Reproductive Endocrinologist, she didn’t hesitate to, in fact, she jumped at the opportunity, “I was thrilled to be coming home! I am a California native so it was an easy decision to bring my experience with mini IVF back to where my passion for reproductive medicine began - San Diego.”

Prior to returning to California, Anne completed her training as a Reproductive Endocrinology Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic where she participated in groundbreaking advances in reproductive surgery, including the first successful cadaveric uterine transplantation. Prior to that, she completed her OB/Gyn residency at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband and three daughters in North County. When not at the office, Anne can be found with her family hiking near Black Mountain or tending to her many orchids at home.

Dr. Davis and her staff share a commitment to the natural cycle and low stimulation fertility treatments, and to providing gentler, patient-centered care in a state-of-the-art facility.

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Ankita Upadhye, MSc, TS (ABB)

Meet Pearl Mini-IVF’s Laboratory Supervisor, Ankita Upadhye, MSc, TS (ABB). Together with Dr. Davis, Ankita has created a highly sophisticated embryology laboratory focused on meticulous safety practices, detailed communication, and constant scientific innovation.

Ankita completed her Clinical Embryology training at Oxford University and was the youngest student to be named a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Scholar. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Science at St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad where she was a double major in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

While completing her training at Oxford, Ankita was recruited to work for the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Institute as an embryologist and researcher. During her time in Cleveland, she contributed to significant clinical and technological advances in the field of fertility medicine and performed the embryo transfer for the first successful cadaveric uterine transplant along with Dr. Davis and others. Ankita’s research interests are focused on ovarian tissue and in vitro maturation of oocytes which she believes could change how we approach infertility. Ankita is also a highly skilled technician and scientist with a deep passion for fertility medicine.

When not in the lab, Ankita loves exploring San Diego with her husband and her dog, Mac. She is fluent in 4 languages and is an avid traveler and podcast listener.

Ankita constantly strives to utilize her expertise to best serve her patients. She along with Dr. Davis and the Pearl team, want to provide a kinder and more transparent approach to infertility here at Pearl Mini-IVF.

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