FACTS is a group of physicians, healthcare professionals and educators working together to provide information about natural or fertility awareness based methods of family planning with the medical community.

Our goal is to share the best evidence available with our healthcare colleagues and students so they can:

Educate women and men about their fertility
Empower them to make more informed choices about family planning
Enable women to collaborate with medical professionals to better monitor and manage their reproductive health
Our Mission
 

To educate future healthcare professionals about evidence based fertility awareness methods (FABMs), so they may empower and engage patients to care for their reproductive health.

Our Vision
To change the culture of medicine so fertility is recognized as normal and healthy.
Our Goals
  1. Educate students, physicians, and health professionals in the basic principles of fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) and the supporting science behind their medical applications.
  2. Promote FABMs and their use in effective, relationship-centered care for women and couples.
  3. Provide a forum for clinicians, educators and researchers to share and expand the evolving body of evidence about FABMs.
  4. Foster respect and support for clinicians and students as collaborators in patient-centered reproductive health care.
Statement of Principles
  1. Fertility is a healthy aspect of reproductive physiology.
  2. Our educational approach to fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) is grounded on solid scientific evidence and ongoing research.
  3. Fertility awareness based methods can be used effectively to achieve or avoid pregnancy and to monitor and manage reproductive health. They empower women to make more informed decisions about their care.
  4. Fertility awareness based methods enable women to invite men to share responsibility for family planning, as they each contribute equally to the formation of a unique human being.
  5. Physicians and healthcare professionals trained in FABMs can work with patients to care for their reproductive health and address gynecologic disorders, including infertility, with the goal of not suppressing or destroying fertility.
  6. FACTS promotes the proven effectiveness of any fertility awareness based method (FABM) that has quality science to support its use.
Our History
Over the past 40 years, significant innovations have been made in women’s health care, particularly within the realm of reproductive science. Parallel to these advances, natural methods for monitoring fertility have been standardized and refined. This has led to more effective tracking of women’s cycles and the times of fertility. These methods can be used to achieve or postpone pregnancy, and in some cases to address underlying gynecological concerns in ways that cooperate with or restore the normal physiology and anatomy of the human reproductive system. These treatments do not use approaches that are inherently suppressive, circumventive or destructive and provide opportunities for reproductive health care that respects a patient’s right to understand and cooperatively manage their own fertility, with appropriate medical assistance. Despite advances in the science of fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) and increasing interest among women in using them, the overwhelming majority of physicians, healthcare professionals and students are not familiar or knowledgeable about them. In response to this, a group of family physicians and experts in the field of fertility appreciation founded FACTS under the umbrella of the Family Medicine Education Consortium in 2010. Learn more about our beginning and our members.
Our Staff

 

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, MSPH, FAAFP Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, MSPH, FAAFP

Cofounder and Executive Director 

Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board-certified family physician, is co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS about Fertility, an organization dedicated to educating medical professionals and students about the scientific evidence supporting fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown, Duquesne University and the University of Utah. Dr. Duane cares for patients via a direct primary care house-calls based practice, MD for Life, and previously worked as medical director of the Catholic Charities community health centers in DC and Maryland. Dr. Duane currently serves as the CMA State Director for DC, and is the past president of the St. Giuseppe Moscatti DC CMA Guild. She has served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC).

Dr. Duane trained as a Creighton, FEMM and NeoFertility Medical consultant, and a TeenSTAR educator. She received her M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University. In 2022, Dr. Duane completed a primary care research fellowship at the University of Utah earning a Master of Science in Public Health.

 

Cindi Cass, MHA

Director of Finance & Operations

Cynthia Cass is responsible for oversight of the accounting and bookkeeping of FACTS finances, analyzing financial statements, and strategically interpreting the organization’s business/financial planning, reporting and analysis. She earned a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University and has spent fifteen years in healthcare administration. In that capacity, she helped establish a clinical practice focused on fertility awareness and a cooperative approach to care. She was also the division administrator of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Loyola University in Chicago, IL, and worked with the Office of Community Programs Generalist Physician Initiative at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA. Ms. Cass also founded two homeschool co-operative programs that provide classical education from PreK through 12th grade in Nashua, NH and in Raleigh, NC.

Her responsibilities with these programs included strategic planning, financial management, communications, and teaching. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and is the proud mom of five children.

 

Logan Waechtler, MPA, MPH, CPH

Director of Educational Programs and Membership

Logan Waechtler oversees the educational programs for FACTS, including the CME courses and the two electives, and manages membership outreach. He graduated from the University of Utah with  a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Public Health, along with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health. He is currently pursuing a nursing degree to eventually earn a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and become a midwife. He and his wife are passionate about breastfeeding and its many benefits for both mother and child, as well as natural approaches to healthcare. His experience consists of women’s health research in college and, unrelatedly, working as a government auditor. Being an auditor has equipped him with a strategic mindset to look for opportunities for improvement wherever he works, including FACTS. Logan is also working towards becoming a certified Billings Ovulation Method teacher. When not in school or working, his favorite pastimes are silly dancing with his four young children, making his wife laugh, playing soccer, fishing, writing, and, of course, digging up cool facts about dinosaurs.

 

Janet Garcia, RN, BSN

Student Program Coordinator

Janet Garcia, RN, BSN joined the FACTS team in December 2018 as our student program coordinator. With a background as a registered nurse, Janet is responsible for managing the enrollment, scheduling, and preceptors for our Georgetown online elective course. She is a certified FEMM and teen FEMM educator. Her passion to share the science of fertility awareness within the medical community stems from the positive impact restorative women’s healthcare has had in her health and wellness. She enjoys working with our students and sees them as the key to transforming women’s healthcare for the future. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and five children.

 

 

Gracie Stotzer

Educational Programs Assistant

Gracie Stotzer first joined FACTS as the Conference and Speaker Program Coordinator in the summer of 2021 but now answers to Educational Programs Assistant. Upon graduation from Benedictine College with dual majors in psychology and Spanish, she traded out her native Albuquerque, NM for Sevilla, Spain to become an ESL instructor. While abroad, she began a crash course in fertility awareness to address her own health issues. Upon returning to the United States, she encountered FACTS and is delighted to now engage with students and FACTS speakers alike–including some of the very same doctors who saw her as a patient while abroad. Gracie now balances her FACTS responsibilities with studies in human nutrition, fostering a growing interest in the intersection of the health of both people and the planet. Unsurprisingly, in her spare time, you can find her enjoying great food and the great outdoors!

 

Mikey Padilla, DO

Assistant Course Director

Dr. Mikey Padilla is a physician in Indianapolis, practicing full-spectrum family medicine with an interest in medical applications of NFP, osteopathic manipulative treatment, and behavioral medicine. He completed medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, IL, and his residency training at Franciscan Health Indianapolis. He participated in FACTS as a FACTS Ambassador during medical school and residency. In April 2021, he completed the Creighton Model NFP medical consultant training. He is currently the acting medical director of a hospital-based FertilityCare Center and hopes to make more integrative and evidence-based women’s healthcare options accessible and available.

Our Board

 

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, MSPH, FAAFP Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, MSPH, FAAFP

Cofounder and Executive Director 

Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board-certified family physician, is co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS about Fertility, an organization dedicated to educating medical professionals and students about the scientific evidence supporting fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown, Duquesne University and the University of Utah. Dr. Duane cares for patients via a direct primary care house-calls based practice, MD for Life, and previously worked as medical director of the Catholic Charities community health centers in DC and Maryland. Dr. Duane currently serves as the CMA State Director for DC, and is the past president of the St. Giuseppe Moscatti DC CMA Guild. She has served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC).

Dr. Duane trained as a Creighton, FEMM and NeoFertility Medical consultant, and a TeenSTAR educator. She received her M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University. In 2022, Dr. Duane completed a primary care research fellowship at the University of Utah earning a Master of Science in Public Health.

 

Summer Holmes-Mason, MD, FACOG

Summer Holmes Mason, MD, FACOG is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at the University of Maryland Medical Systems. She completed additional training in the Creighton Model Fertility Care System/NaproTechnology, FEMM and Functional Medicine. Dr. Holmes Mason practices in Northeast Ohio, incorporating FABM’s with lifestyle medicine to improve women’s health.

 

 

 

Mike Manhart, PhDMike Manhart, PhD

Dr. Manhart serves as the senior scientific consultant for the Fertility Science Institute and the 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 then on the FACTS Advisory Council since 2016. He was also 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 ten wonderful children.
 

 

David Whitehead

David P. Whitehead has been a non-profit leader for over 30 years, having helped a number of national and international organizations become more effective through strategic investments and revenue growth.  At AARP, he increased contributed and grant revenue, raising over $185 million annually. As its chief development officer, David led The Nature Conservancy’s Campaign for Conservation, a campaign that raised $1.4 billion, the largest campaign for conservation in history (at the time) and considered to be the first billion-dollar effort undertaken by a non-educational institution (NonProfit Times, April 2000).

David serves as chair of the board for The Nonprofit Alliance, an organization formed in 2018 as a unifying voice to promote, protect, and strengthen the nonprofit sector. He serves as an advocate and active volunteer member of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).

In 2011, David was selected as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) DC Chapter’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional. He served as treasurer and a director of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International board from 2014 to 2018. He also served as an advisory board member of Webster University’s College of Fine Arts and is a proud member of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW).

 

Arina Grossu Agnew, MA, MSArina Grossu Agnew, MA, MS

Arina Grossu Agnew, MA, MS  is a Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, Founder and Principal at Areté Global Consulting, and News Anchor at Shalom World News.  Ms. Agnew worked as a Senior Communications Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office for Civil Rights, protecting conscience, religious freedom rights, and civil rights in healthcare. She is the former Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council where she was a spokeswoman and policymaker on life and human dignity issues. 

Ms. Agnew is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Philosophy. She earned her M.S. in Bioethics from the University of Mary and an M.A. in Theology, magna cum laude, from the Dominican House of Studies. She is also certified in Health Care Ethics through the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Ms. Agnew did her training in FEMM, Fertility Education and Medical Management, and is passionate about fertility awareness based methods and advancing women’s health.

 

Laurence C. Bauer, M.S.W., M.Ed

Laurence C. Bauer, M.S.W., M.Ed. served as Chief Executive Officer of the Family Medicine Education Consortium, Inc. from 1994 to October 2021. The FMEC is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes collaboration among the Family Medicine communities in the northeast region of the US.

He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Wright State University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Previously he served at The Ohio State University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine as Director of Organization and Faculty Development. He served as Director of Faculty Development and Behavioral Science in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine for thirteen years.

Presently he is a consultant committed to the creation of a primary care driven system in the U.S. He lives in Hershey, PA.

 

Erin Callaghan

Dr. Erin Callaghan is a second-year family medicine resident at Ascension St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency in Indianapolis, IN, practicing medicine with a focus on FABMs/restorative reproductive medicine, maternal-child health and obstetrics, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and bioethics. Her undergraduate education was at Purdue University, and she went to medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she completed the FACTS elective as a third year medical student.

She has been a FACTS ambassador during her medical school and residency career, and she is thrilled to serve FACTS as the first resident member of the Board of Directors. Before starting residency, she completed her FEMM training and is now certified as a FEMM Medical Practitioner. She plans on practicing full-spectrum family medicine after her residency training and is passionate about offering comprehensive, evidence-based care for her patients, focusing on restoring function and honoring the inherent goodness of the human body. She is recently married and is thrilled to be living with her new husband in Indianapolis, where they love serving their community and spending time with their family.

Our Advisory Council
 

Robert Motley, MD Robert Motley, MD

Dr. Motley, a board certified family physician, spent the first 20 years of his career in community-based private practice. He graduated from LaSalle University and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He remained at Jefferson to complete his family medicine residency training. He was a founding member of TriValley Primary Care, a multi-site primary care group practice in southeast Pennsylvania.
In 2006, he joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA, where he was honored three times as Resident Teacher of the Year. He served as vice chair of Network Collaboration for the Department of Family Medicine and as president of the LVHN medical staff from 2012 through 2014. In 2010, Dr, Motley co-founded FACTS with Dr. Marguerite Duane. He completed a master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College in 2016 with focus areas in population and community health, quality and safety, and clinical care redesign.  Dr. Motley and his wife, Jeanne-Marie, have five adult children and ten grandchildren.


Summer Holmes-Mason, MD, FACOG

Summer Holmes Mason, MD, FACOG is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at the University of Maryland Medical Systems. She completed additional training in the Creighton Model Fertility Care System/NaproTechnology, FEMM and Functional Medicine. Dr. Holmes Mason practices in Northeast Ohio, incorporating FABM’s with lifestyle medicine to improve women’s health.





Mike Manhart, PhDMike Manhart, PhD

Dr. Manhart serves as the senior scientific consultant for the Fertility Science Institute and the 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 then on the FACTS Advisory Council since 2016. He was also 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 ten wonderful children.


Pamela A. Vnenchak, MD

Dr. Vnenchak, a board certified family physician, is the deputy director of the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency Program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elizabethtown College with a B.S. degree in biology and attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now known as Rutgers New Jersey Medical School), where she obtained her M.D. degree in 1990. In 1993, she completed her family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital, where she served as chief resident.

After residency, she worked at Valley Family Physicians in Claremont, NH for three years. She also served as assistant professor (clinical investigator) at the Family Medicine Residency at LaFayette Family Health Center in LaFayette, NY. She joined the faculty in 2000. Her clinical interests and focus center on the health of women and children. Dr. Vnenchak serves on the Board of the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC).  She and her husband have four children, including teenage triplets.

 

Naomi Whittaker

Dr. Naomi Whittaker is an OBGYN fertility surgeon focused on women’s restorative reproductive medicine, compassionate healthcare, and education.

She is a board certified OBGYN and a fellowship trained surgeon who specializes in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, which works cooperatively with a woman’s body to treat the underlying cause of gynecologic issues and infertility, such as endometriosis and PCOS.

Dr. Whittaker helps women improve their gynecologic health, and avoid/achieve pregnancy in accordance with their natural fertility using the latest research, medicine, and surgery.

Dr. Whittaker earned her medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine and completed her residency in OB/GYN at OSF Hospital in Peoria, IL. She then completed the Saint John Paul II Fellowship in Medical and Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Whittaker is currently practicing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

 

Lauren Gordon, MD

Dr. Gordon, a board-certified family physician, is the Director of Women’s Health at Franklin-Square Family Medicine Residency in Baltimore, MD. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland and completed her residency and an obstetrics fellowship at Franklin Square Hospital Center.  In addition to women’s health, Dr. Gordon has a strong interest in community medicine and global health. She is coordinator of the Women’s Cancer Protection Program, providing breast and cervical cancer screening to uninsured women.

She is also actively involved with Shoulder to Shoulder, volunteering in Honduras numerous times over the last 5 years doing both medical and community outreach work. Dr. Gordon serves on several local committees including the Med Chi’s Maternal-Child Health Committee, Baltimore Regional Perinatal Advisory Committee, and the board of Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She has presented numerous times on the topic of women’s health and family planning.

Most notably, she served as lead presenter on our FACTS study entitled:  Inclusion of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods In Family Medicine Residency Programs: A Pilot Survey. She is the proud parent of 2 teenage children.  

 

Matthew Larkin, MBA, MSM, SPHR

Matthew Larkin is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and has served in a variety of executive leadership roles in talent management. He has worked with the U.S. and international military, non-profits, startups, and volunteer organizations. A career naval officer, his background includes work in recruiting, supply chain management, compensation, design thinking, and corporate operations. He also taught at the Graduate School of Defense Management at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in naval science at Villanova University, a master’s degree in manpower systems analysis at Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain where he also attended classes at Chinese European International Business School in Shanghai, China, and ISE Business School in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. He completed a certification in health care ethics at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, PA. Matt and his wife Elissa have seven children and reside in Southern California.

 

John F. Brehany, PhD, STLJohn F. Brehany, PhD, STL

John F. Brehany, PhD, STL is executive vice president of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).  Since 2015, he has focused on institutional ethics and led the NCBC’s Catholic Identity and Ethics Review (CIER) program, a comprehensive assessment program for Catholic health care institutions.

Dr. Brehany served as executive director of the Catholic Medical Association from 2006-2014 and as executive director of mission services and ethics for Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa from 2000-2006. Dr. Brehany has taught at Saint Louis University, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, the University of Mary, and Mount Angel Seminary. Dr. Brehany has published articles on a wide range of topics in health care ethics and appears frequently in Catholic media and podcasts.

Dr. Brehany received a Ph.D. in health care ethics from Saint Louis University, a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and a master’s degree in philosophy (M.A.) from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

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