Meet Our Team
Dr. Deborah Smith, an Award Winning Denver Fertility Doctor & Colorado Reproductive Endocrinologist
For over 25 years Dr. Smith and her dedicated team have been helping couples realize their dream of having a child. At RMFC, the success rates of the fertility therapies offered are among the highest in the nation, that is why RMFC is the premier fertility clinic Denver and Rapid City trust. Dr. Deborah Smith is one of the most experienced board certified infertility doctors in Colorado and South Dakota with 25 years’ experience as a fertility expert. Dr. Smith and her team offer patients a combination of excellent clinical expertise, strong research experience, and warm personal care.
Rocky Mountain Fertility patients recognized Dr. Deborah Smith with a Patients’ Choice Award five years in a row (read more).
She is Board-Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist. Dr. Smith takes pride in offering comprehensive fertility care employing all types of fertility treatments including the advanced reproductive technologies (IVF, ICSI, PGD).
Dr. Smith is native of New York City and attended New York Medical College. After completion of medical school, she was accepted to the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Ob/Gyn residency training program. During residency, she received a prestigious national award for her laparoscopic skills.
After completing a 4 year Ob/Gyn residency she joined the University of Connecticut, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and completed a 3-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. After her fellowship training, Dr. Smith has held academic appointments at Creighton University, The University of Nebraska, The University of Texas and The University of Colorado. Her academic and scientific background, plus her empathetic approach is a winning combination, much appreciated by her patients.
Rocky Mountain Fertility patients’ recognized Dr. Deborah Smith with a Patients’ Choice Award five years in a row. More than 100,000 Vitals.com readers rated their doctors, and the RMFC reproductive endocrinologist, Deborah Smith, MD excelled in bedside manner, the amount of time spent with patients, appropriate follow up and overall impression as a physician.
“Making patients’ dreams of becoming parents come true is rewarding,” says Dr. Smith, a Fertility Specialist in practice for 25 years. “Part of providing top quality care is having a partnership with our patients, day in and day out. That’s why I strive to make the most of each visit.”
Angela Koranteng, RN BSN
IVF Nurse Coordinator / Reproductive Medicine Nurse Coordinator
Angela Koranteng, RN plays an integral role in assisting you throughout your entire IVF cycle. Patients frequently comment on the compassionate and supportive care Angela has provided during their experience with us. Angela will be in constant communication with you throughout your treatment and assist you with your daily lab results, scheduling your visits, as well as giving you individual, one-on-one instruction for your medications.
Angela received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The Denver School of Nursing. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. A native of Massachusetts, she has 7 years of experience in healthcare. Fertility is the perfect balance for her as she is equipped to support you both physically and emotionally through your fertility journey.
Ashlie Keown, Manager
Ashlie Keown is our Office and Billing Manager and she has over 25 years’ experience in the medical field. She graduated in 2010 with her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management. She sees each patient as an extension of her own family and enjoys building relationships with her coworkers. Has been part of the Rocky Mountain Fertility team since December 2014.
Bonnie Bonnell, Patient Liaison and Billing Specialist
Bonnie plays an integral role as a patient liaison and billing specialist dedicated to providing excellent new patient information, scheduling and insurance services for you throughout your treatment at RMFC. She has over seven years of experience in the healthcare field. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and enjoys photography and hiking.
Christopher De Jonge, PhD, HCLD
Director of the IVF/Embryology and Andrology Laboratory
Christopher De Jonge, PhD, HCLD, is Adjunct Professor, Department of Urology, at the University of Minnesota, and Director, Andrology Program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He is board-certified as a high-complexity clinical laboratory director and the first person to be certified as “Embryologist” by the American College of Embryology.
In 1989, Christopher received his doctorate in Physiology along with the Rush University Graduate College Award from Rush University in Chicago. In 1995, he received the American Society of Andrology ‘Young Andrologist’ award in recognition of an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of Andrology. He was co-investigator /author of a research publication cited by TIME magazine as “2010 Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs”(NatureBiotechnology, October 2010).
Professor De Jonge twice served on the Editorial Committee for the WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination of Human Semen and Sperm-Cervical Mucus Interaction. He served as Editorial Board member for Human Reproduction, Biology of Reproduction, and was Associate/Section Editor for the Journal of Andrology. Currently, he is on the Editorial Board of Fertility & Sterility and is Section Editor for Reproductive BioMedicine Online. He has served on the Scientific Program Committee for numerous national and international congresses, including the 2005 World IVF Congress in Istanbul. He has co-organized international symposia including Genetics of Human Fertility in Collioure, France and the Utah International Symposium on the Genetics of Male Infertility in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Professor De Jonge has written over 20 book chapters and more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and edited numerous books, including Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Accomplishments and New Horizons, and The Sperm Cell: Production, Maturation, Fertilization, Regeneration (Eds 1 and 2). Christopher serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous prominent journals and for major granting agencies such as the NIH.
Herman Rodriguez, MS, TS
Embryology Laboratory Supervisor
Herman Rodriguez is the IVF/Embryology Laboratory Supervisor at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center. Herman is responsible for the day to day activities in the lab and is onsite daily when IVF cycles are being performed. Herman Rodriguez obtained his MS degree in Reproductive Physiology in 1994 and immediately accepted a position in the rapidly emerging field of human IVF. This was at the advent of intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI); few embryologists today have the practiced hands and extensive experience of Herman Rodriguez. Herman has over 20 years’ experience with IVF. His is career has focused on emerging IVF technologies, that complement proven laboratory practices. He has had many national and international opportunities working with leaders in IVF and embryology, expanding his scientific knowledge and capabilities. This national and international experience and his vision positions him to lead the premier team at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center. His specific areas of interest are optimizing embryo culture for better outcomes, and perfecting micromanipulation in delicate embryo biopsy procedures.
Herman Rodriguez is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). He is board certified by American Association of Bioanalysts as a Technical Supervisor (TS) in the field of Embryology, an Embryology Associate (EA) with the American College of Embryology. He is a Charter Member of the AAB College of Reproductive Biology, and a member of the Society of Reproductive Biologists & Technologists.
Andrology and Embryology Laboratory Technician
Sarah Everist is an Andrology and Embryology Laboratory Technician. She specializes in preparing semen for analysis, IUI and IVF procedures. She also works closely with our embryology lab staff to ensure all stages of the In Vitro processes are conducted with the highest level of quality and efficiency. Sarah received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from The University of Colorado and came to Rocky Mountain Fertility lab with 6 years laboratory experience.
Early in Sarah’s laboratory career, she worked as a pre-analytical specimen accessing lead demonstrating her attention to detail and ability to collaborate with both peers and management. She quickly advanced to an infectious disease screening technologist where she earned extensive experience with moderate and high-complexity testing including; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, immunofluorescent assays, nucleic acid testing, and HLA typing. It was in that position, by screening potential egg and sperm donors, that she gained exposure and interest in IVF and Andrology. Sarah has worked with a leading art manufacturing company where, she learned the techniques of embryo culture, developmental analysis and how to maintain the highly sensitive culture environment.