2019 Conferences – Modern Fertility Awareness

Cleveland, OH  |  February 23, 2019

Online registration for this event ends on Tuesday, February 19th,

but we will offer same-day registration at the door on the day of the event.

No promotional code discounts will be honored for same-day registration.

Precision Women’s Health

Modern Fertility Awareness for Family Planning and Precision Women’s Health
February 23, 2019 | 8:30 am to 5:00 pm | Cleveland, OH

Over the past 50 years, significant innovations have been made in women’s healthcare, particularly within the realm of reproductive science. Parallel to these advances, natural methods for monitoring the female cycle have been standardized and refined based on ongoing research. This has led to modern, evidence-based fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of physicians are not familiar with FABMs, how their effectiveness rates compare to OCPs, and how the information recorded on women’s charts can aid in the diagnosis and management of common women’s health concerns. To address this knowledge gap FACTS is presenting several one-day conferences in 2019 designed to equip medical and health professionals to offer more holistic healthcare options for women. Join us!


February 23, 2019
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton – Cleveland (Independence)
6200 Quarry Lane
Independence, OH | 44131

Medical Professionals
Full day – $150 (includes lunch)
Half day – $75
Resident or FABM Educator
Full day – $75 (includes lunch)
Half day – $40
Full day – $40 (includes lunch)
Half day – $20

*These are our Early Bird Rates – Rates increase on January 25th.

The last day to register online for this event is Tuesday, February 19th.
Don’t Delay – Register Today!

Paid FACTS members receive a 20% discount on the registration fee
Join today! FACTS members: Please e-mail info@FACTSaboutFertility.org to receive your discount code.

Scholarships are offered to students who wish to attend. Click here to apply.
If you would like to make a donation to help offset student costs click here and Thank You!

Note: Breastfeeding moms and their children are welcome!

DoubleTree by Hilton – Cleveland (Independence)
6200 Quarry Lane
Independence, OH | 44131
Conference room block
(through 2/15/19)

Register Today!

For more information. email info@FACTSaboutFertility.org


Conference highlights will include:

• FABM overview and their applications for:
– Achieving and Preventing Pregnancy
– Postpartum
– Peri Menopause
– Adolescence
– PCOS and Endometriosis
• Highlights about Fertility Apps
• The Female Cycle as the 5th Vital Sign
• Extensive Q&A with our expert panels
• CME Credit*

*This Live activity, Modern Fertility Awareness for Family Planning and Women’s Health, with a beginning date of 02/23/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians^. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Following this CME activity, participants will have the opportunity to earn an additional two Prescribed credits for participation in each Translation to Practice® exercise. Information on Translation to Practice® will be shared within the activity. ^AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1. For more details on CME equivalency, click here.


Click here to download the full conference agenda.

Featured Speakers

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA

Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board-certified family physician and Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, is co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science, an organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals about the science supporting fertility awareness based methods. She also works with Modern Mobile Medicine, a direct primary care house-calls based practice serving patients of all ages in the DC area.

Dr. Duane is trained as a Creighton Medical consultant and a TeenSTAR educator.  She received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University. Dr. Duane has also previously served on the boards of both the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the FMEC.

Dr. Duane balances her career as a teacher and Family Physician, with her role as a mother and wife. She is proud to be accompanied on this life’s journey by her husband and fellow family physician, Dr. Kenneth Lin, and they are delighted to be the parents of 4 young children.

Allison Dreher, MA

Allison Dreher is the Education Coordinator for The St. Augustine Foundation, a charitable organization established in 2001 whose mission it is to educate on FABMs and other Catholic Church teaching. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Religious Education, and in 2013 was trained as a Billings Ovulation Method® teacher. She is featured in the Fertility Awareness 101 videos on the website sisterhoodcwa.com, and the foundation was recently endorsed by the USCCB.

For the past 4 years Mrs. Dreher has been a member of the NGO team to represent WOOMB International at the United Nations for its Commission on the Status of Women. As an NGO at the UN her job is to lobby the delegates of UN member states, attend and address the participants of side and parallel events surrounding the commission, and raise awareness about The Billings Ovulation Method® and it’s benefits to women around the world. In May of 2015 Mrs. Dreher was invited to Bulgaria to give women’s seminars on reproductive health in several local schools and churches. She has also given the seminar at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Richard J. Fehring, PhD, RN, FAAN

Richard J. Fehring, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Professor Emeritus and Director of the Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for Natural Family Planning. He received his master and doctorate in nursing from Catholic University of America and baccalaureate degrees in biology and nursing from Marquette University. He has published over 175 articles and book chapters and has published in such journals as Fertility and Sterility, Contraception, Journal of Women’s Health, and the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing. He has co-edited three books on Human Fertility. He has generated over $3 million in research and foundation grants. Professor Fehring is the writer and editor of Current Medical Research (CMR) in natural family planning a publication of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and a Contributing Editor of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association. He is a science consultant to the Department of NFP (of the USCCB), a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Board member of University Faculty for Life, a past president of the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals, and a member of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Healthcare and Bioethics Commission. His research interests include effectiveness of fertility awareness methods of family planning, marital responses to family planning, and religious and spiritual influences on human sexuality.

Jean Golden-Tevald, DO, CFCMC, FCP, IMFCP

Dr. Jean Golden-Tevald has been a Family Physician in rural Hunterdon County, NJ since 1989. After graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, she attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with her medical degree in 1987. After a residency in Family Medicine at Union Hospital, she and her family moved out to Hunterdon County to establish a Family Practice dedicated to relationships and personalized service. Over the years, Dr Jean has developed areas of special interest and pursued further specialized training in Hormones, Functional Medicine, Women’s Health and NaPro TECHNOLOGY.

Finally, the time has come to bring all these threads together! She is passionate about helping her patients really get the guidance to Optimum Health they need and changing lives for the better!

Kathleen Heimann, MD

Dr. Kathleen Heimann is a board certified family physician who serves the community in rural Northeast Indiana. Her undergraduate degrees of neurophysiology and Spanish were completed at Purdue University and she went on to Western University- COMP where she earned her medical degree and a teaching fellowship in osteopathic manipulation. Dr. Heimann went on to complete a family medicine residency with a longitudinal fellowship in obstetrics. And currently, the majority of her clinical time is spent providing full spectrum obstetric and pediatric care.

Dr. Heimann remains committed to fostering an academic atmosphere in her office setting and continues to act as preceptor for local medical schools and as an attending for the area’s family medicine residency program. Annually, she coordinates ALSO (Acute LifeSupport for Obstetrics) courses for local providers and family medicine residents. Part of her community outreach involves assisting with the community’s sports clinic and serving as medical director for the area’s crisis pregnancy center.

Christine Cimo Hemphill, MD

Dr. Christine Hemphill attended the University of South Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her OB/GYN residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, now known as Vidant Hospital, in affiliation with East Carolina University. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in Medical and Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY(R) at the Pope Paul VI Institute with Dr. Thomas Hilgers, co-creator of the Creighton Model FertilityCare(TM) System. Dr. Hemphill is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She is a natural family planning only provider, meaning she does not prescribe or refer for contraceptives. She has been specially trained to surgically diagnose and treat chronic endometritis and cervicitis, tubal disease, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and pelvic adhesions/scarring with the goals of restoring health, preserving fertility, and decreasing the formation of future pelvic adhesions. She is experienced in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, as well as micro-surgery to perform reversals of tubal sterilizations.

Mike Manhart, PhD

Dr. Manhart serves as the senior scientific consultant for Couple to Couple League (CCL), an NFP organization through which couples can learn the sympto-thermal method of family planning. After receiving his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he embarked on a career in Research & Development with Procter & Gamble. While there, he held management roles of increasing responsibility in various global healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations. In 2008, Dr. Manhart retired as director of Research & Development. He and his wife have served as volunteer CCL teachers for over 30 years. He also served on the CCL Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009 and as Executive Director of CCL from 2009-2016. He served on the FACTS Executive Team from 2011-2015 and was the lead author on our article: Fertility awareness-based methods of family planning: a review of effectiveness for avoiding pregnancy using SORT. He resides in Cincinnati and is the proud father of four and grandfather of five wonderful children.

Eileen Sirois, CNM

Eileen Sirois, CNM graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981. She obtained a Master of Science in Midwifery from the University of Utah in 1990. Since then she has been practicing full scope midwifery both in military and civilian practices. Her accomplishments include; the Ohio Exemplary Midwife Award in 2003, Chair of the NW Ohio chapter of the American College of Nurse-midwives and one term as the ACNM legislative liaison for Ohio. She has a special interest and intensive training in natural fertility regulation and is certified as a Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner/medical consultant. Eileen enjoys helping couples manage their fertility without drugs and devices. She is a life member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals. She retired from the Navy in 2012 after 20 years of military service. She and her husband, Rick, moved back to Ohio in 2013 to be near their adult children and four grandchildren, and she especially values spending time with them at their cabin in the country.

MaryEllen Schroeder, MD, MPH
Dr. MaryEllen Schroeder is a Family Physician in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA and is on faculty at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) teaching family medicine residents. She received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh, and did her residency at UPMC St. Margaret. She also received her MPH during a fellowship in Epidemiology at UPMC St. Margaret. Dr. Schroeder is trained in the Creighton method.
Kim Vacca, MD

Dr. Kimberly A. Vacca is a full-time pediatrician at Sandusky Pediatricians, Inc. in Sandusky, Ohio. She works with children from birth to 23 years old. She has a special interest in treating female adolescents with gynecological health problems utilizing fertility awareness based methods. Dr. Vacca is passionate about educating women, couples, and medical professionals about fertility awareness.

She received her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1995 and completed her Pediatric Residency Training at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron in 1998. She went on to complete training as a Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant in NaProTechnology in affiliation with Creighton Medical School through the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska in 2014-2015. In addition, she has trained to speak for FACTS – Fertility Appreciation to Teach the Sciences – to help spread awareness about Fertility Awareness Based Methods.

For information about our April 5, 2019 Conference in Indianapolis, IN, click here.

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