2019 Conferences – Modern Fertility Awareness

Dallas, TX  |  October 12, 2019

Modern Fertility Awareness
for Family Planning
and Precision Women’s Health

October 12, 2019 | 8:00 am to 5:30 pm | Dallas, TX

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 and restorative healthcare options for women. Join us!


October 12, 2019
8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Dallas DFW Airport South
4650 West Airport Freeway
Irving, TX | 75062

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 at midnight on Friday, September 13th, 2019.

The last day to register online for this event is Monday, October 7th.
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.
The last day to apply for a student scholarship is Friday, September, 20th.
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!

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Dallas DFW Airport South
4650 West Airport Freeway
Irving, TX | 75062

Conference room block
• Group name: Modern Fertility Awareness
• Group code: MOD
• Airport shuttle available for all hotel guests from 5:00 AM until midnight
• To secure room block rates, reservations must be made by close of business on 9/27/19

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
– PMS and endocrine disorders
• Fertility Apps and Fem Tech
• 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 10/12/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.00 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. ^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

Mary Lee Barron, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Mary Lee Barron, PhD, APRN, FAANP is a wife, mother of 3, and associate professor at the School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She is founder and director of Marquette Fertility Education, offering direct patient care services and research in fertility health knowledge and natural family planning. Her clinical nursing experience has focused on obstetrics and gynecology in various settings. She served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and has published over twenty peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous textbook chapters, and has authored the March of Dimes module on Antepartum Care and Laboratory Examination since 1998. In 2017, she was honored as the March of Dimes Missouri Nurse of the Year.

Sheryl Beard, MD

Sheryl Beard, MD earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in 1999. Three years later, she completed residency training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine Residency at Via Christi. She then joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at McConnell AFB. In 2006, Dr. Beard served a short tour at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. After a short time in private practice, she began her academic career at KU School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine residency at Via Christi, where she has served as faculty since 2008. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Faith Daggs, MD, CFCMC

Faith Daggs, MD, CFCMC is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with Reply Ob/Gyn &Fertility in Cary, NC. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, she served for two decades in central Pennsylvania at Holy Spirit Hospital (now Geisinger Holy Spirit) as an ob/gyn and the Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Daggs’s interests include high and low risk obstetrics, collaboration and supervision with integrated Certified Nurse Midwives, well-woman care and cooperative treatment of gynecologic disorders, minimally invasive surgery with a focus on endometriosis and fertility sparing techniques, and the incorporation of fertility awareness in the provision of patient care.

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.

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP, 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.

Lisa Gilbert, MD, CFCMC

Lisa Gilbert, MD, CFCMC is a family medicine physician in Wichita, Kansas. She received her medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and has been in practice for ten years. She is an assistant clinical professor at the Ascension Via Christi Health Family Medicine Residency Program. She did a stint in Eastern Liberia during an ebola outbreak in 2014. She trained as an NFP medical consultant at the Pope Paul VI Institute and is a FACTS speaker. She has a passion for bioethics, rural and global health, and full spectrum family medicine.

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

Jean Golden-Tevald, DO, CFCMC, FCP, IFMCP 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!

Elizabeth Heyne, PsyD, PA-C

Elizabeth Heyne, PsyD, PA-C is a certified physician assistant with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and training in infant mental health. Her experience includes 46 years as a PA in a pediatric practice at Children’s Medical Center, where she worked with the NICU graduate follow-up program, the low birth weight clinic. She is a bilingual clinician, educator, researcher, and a trained FACTS speaker. Since 1987, she has served as a Teen STAR teacher in Dallas for students from junior high through college. She is married to Roy Heyne, MD and together they enjoy their eight children and twenty grandchildren. 

Jeremy Kalamarides, DO, CFCMC, FCP

Jeremy Kalamarides, DO, CFCMC, FCP is the medical director of Vitae Clinic in Austin, TX. He graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005, completed an osteopathic internship in 2006 and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY in 2010. Before medical school, he worked at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, where he helped his mentor, Dr. Hilgers, complete research for the definitive text, The Medical and Surgical Practice of NaProTechnology. Special interests include minimally invasive endometriosis and PCOS surgery, prevention of miscarriage, treatment of PMS and PCOS, and holistic care of pregnant women. He is married to Heather and the father of four children. 

Mike Manhart, PhD

Mike Manhart, PhD serves as the senior scientific consultant for Couple to Couple League (CCL), an NFP organization through which couples can learn the symptothermal method of family planning. He received his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and embarked on a career with Procter & Gamble. While there, he held management roles of increasing responsibility in various global healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations culminating as Director of New Drug Development. Dr. Manhart 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.

Mary Martin, MD

Mary Martin, MD attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and graduated in 1991. She completed residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Virginia-affiliated Carilion Center for Women & Children. Now in private practice, Dr. Martin specializes in bio-identical hormone supplementation, infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and InterStim therapy for incontinence. She is Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. An internationally known expert in the Billings Ovulation Method, she is a fellow with the Reproductive Health Research Institute (the research arm of FEMM) in Chile. Dr. Martin is medical director of Birth Choice of Oklahoma, a crisis pregnancy center saving lives for 40+ years.

Mayra Thompson, MD

Mayra J. Thompson, MD specializes in general gynecology, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, urogynecology, and pelvic reconstructive surgery. She is certified in advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures and is a professor at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She earned a BA in Economics from Northwestern University, a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Illinois School of Medicine, and completed residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Dr. Thompson is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. She has a special interest in the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community.

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