University of Colorado Oncofertility & Fertility PreservationOur Fertility Preservation & Oncofertility Team

Laxmi Kondapalli, MD, MSCE

Title: Assistant Professor, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Primary Location: Denver

Dr. Kondapalli completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine where she was the recipient of the Carbee Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University, she received the Michael Newton Award for Clinical Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Following residency, she remained at Northwestern and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in reproductive biology. She explored the long-term consequences of cancer therapy on ovarian function and fertility, with a particular focus on improving fertility preservation options for cancer patients.

She completed her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship and received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. While a fellow, she received the T32 Reproductive Epidemiology Training Grant and conducted a prospective cohort study examining metabolic and developmental outcomes in children conceived by assisted reproduction compared to spontaneous conceptions. Her research interests center on fertility preservation, ovarian response to medical therapies, and assisted reproduction outcomes. Her efforts in these fields are featured on the Oncofertility Consortium’s website, in the article Training the Next Generation in Oncofertility.

Dr. Kondapalli is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, board-eligible in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 2011 as Assistant Professor and Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar in the Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. Kondapalli is also the leader of the Oncofertility Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center where she sees patients to discuss their family planning options as cancer survivors. She is also an Oncofertility Consortium member, and has lead discussions at multiple events, such as the OMG 2013 Cancer Summit (read more: OMG 2013 Cancer Summit Follow Up)

 

Colleen Lebkuecher, RN

Title: Registered Nurse
Primary Location: Denver

Colleen Lebkuecher graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Colleen is our charge nurse and IVF coordinator. She has been in the field for more than 10 years, and has worked in several private practices in California and Colorado. She joined University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine in November of 2008.

 

Shunping Wang, PhD

Title: Director, IVF and Andrology Laboratory
Primary Location: Denver

Dr. Wang received his Bachelor’s degree from Taipei Medical College in Taiwan and his Master’s degree from Harvard University. Subsequently, he received his doctoral degree in Reproductive Biology from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his training at Boston IVF, and has extensive experience working with mammalian oocytes and embryos.

Dr. Wang is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Colorado Health Science Center, and serves as the Director of IVF and Andrology Laboratories. He is certified as High Complexity Laboratory Directory (HCLD) by American Board of Bioanalysts (ABB). Dr. Wang is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Association of Bioanalysts.

 

Joan Manheimer, Ph.D.

Title: Psychologist
Primary Location: Denver

Dr. Manheimer received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The City University of New York. She completed her internship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York in 1992. Dr. Manheimer has been in private practice in Denver since 1994, and has been on the University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine faculty since 1997.

Dr. Manheimer is affiliated with RESOLVE, the national infertility support organization, and for over fifteen years, she has offered counseling, support groups and workshops for individuals and couples wrestling with infertility. Her work has focused on loss and grief, relationship conflict, decision making, and stress reduction related to infertility. She has screened egg and sperm donors and offered couples assistance with various non-genetic parenting options such as sperm donation, egg donation, embryo adoption, surrogate parenting and adoption.

 

Lynn Blyth, Ph.D.

Title: Psychologist
Primary Location: Denver

Dr. Blyth received her Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her Ph.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She completed her internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Blyth has worked in clinics and in private practice since 1981. In addition to her general adult psychotherapy practice, Dr. Blyth developed a specialization in Women’s Health and Reproductive Medicine and has worked with Advanced Reproductive Medicine since 1995.

Dr. Blyth counsels individuals and couples dealing with the stresses of infertility and pregnancy loss. She also assists patients who choose to consider non-genetic parenting including donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo and adoption and is available to screen egg or sperm donors.