Our goal is to share the best evidence available with our healthcare colleagues and students so they can:
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.
- Educate students, physicians, and health professionals in the basic principles of fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) and the supporting science behind their medical applications.
- Promote FABMs and their use in effective, relationship-centered care for women and couples.
- Provide a forum for clinicians, educators and researchers to share and expand the evolving body of evidence about FABMs.
- Foster respect and support for clinicians and students as collaborators in patient-centered reproductive health care.
Statement of Principles
- Fertility is a healthy aspect of reproductive physiology.
- Our educational approach to fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) is grounded on solid scientific evidence and ongoing research.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- FACTS promotes the proven effectiveness of any fertility awareness based method (FABM) that has quality science to support its use.
Cofounder and Executive Director
Dr. Marguerite Duane, a Board-certified family physician, is cofounder and executive director
for FACTS. She serves as an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University, where she
directs a course on fertility awareness-based methods for family planning and women’s
health. She is a physician with Modern Mobile Medicine, a direct primary care practice serving
people of all ages through ‘house calls’ in the DC metropolitan area. She has served on the
board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Family Medicine Education
Dr. Duane is trained as a Creighton Model medical consultant and TeenSTAR educator. She received her M.D. with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University. In recognition of her leadership, she was named a Pisacano Scholar by the American Board of Family Medicine and awarded the AAFP Bristol Meyers Squibb Graduate Medical Education Award. 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 four young children.
Senior Writer and Editor
Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD is senior writer and editor for FACTS. She is also associate course director for the cutting- edge fertility awareness FACTS elective offered through Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is a Board-certified family physician, a national expert in clinician wellness and burnout prevention, and an ICF-certified wellness and leadership coach for physicians. She speaks throughout the country to empower medical professionals with the message of hope from her latest book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine.
Dr. Sánchez served as chief resident, as president of the Florida Association of Family Medicine Residents, and on the board of directors of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP). She chairs the FAFP physician wellness initiative, is a graduate of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) Physician Leadership Academy, and a regular contributor to FMA News through her column, A Moment of Wellness. With twenty-five years in clinical medicine, she is grateful to have trained in the Creighton Model early in practice, which transformed her care of women and, years later, led her to FACTS. She also trained as a TeenSTAR instructor. She married her best friend, and their three children enrich their lives as they build a legacy of love through intentional parenting.
Senior Operations Manager
Cynthia Cass is senior operations manager and has also served as a grant management consultant for FACTS. 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.
Social Media and Marketing
Sarah Rolfing, RN is a registered nurse and FEMM educator who lives with her husband and young son in Montana. She is the newest member of the FACTS team and assists with development, marketing, and social media. Sarah provided nursing care early in the COVID-19 pandemic, including critically ill patients in cardiac and intensive care units. She has also worked in a crisis pregnancy center. Prior to nursing, Sarah traveled internationally to underserved and developing communities to deliver health education and funding for public health projects. Her passion for community health and education, specifically for women and teens, inspired her to start an organization that seeks to elevate women by enriching their health with knowledge of their fertility. When not working, you’ll find Sarah outdoors enjoying all-season recreation with her family any chance she gets.
Virginia (Ginger) Martinez, a physician assistant, serves as research coordinator for FACTS. She achieved her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan in 2003. Ginger began her physician assistant career by working in the emergency medicine department at Grosse Pointe, Michigan at Bon Secours and Cottage Hospitals. Since then, she also worked in the pediatric neurosurgery department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and in family medicine clinics in Kissimmee and Orlando, Florida. While working at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, she discovered a passion for research, which was renewed by supporting research activities for FACTS. In addition to being a medical professional, Ginger is a devoted and successful wife and mother of four.
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 facilitating our student ambassador program and managing the enrolment, 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 four small children.
Kayla Luliano, MS.
Events and Speaker Coordinator
Kayla Iuliano joined the FACTS team in 2020 to plan our 10-year anniversary celebration, but the pandemic forced our team to postpone that event. Without skipping a beat, she supported our efforts to plan and deliver our first-ever, highly successful virtual continuing medical education (CME) conference in the fall of 2020. Kayla also serves as the speaker program coordinator for FACTS, working closely with the more than one hundred speakers we have trained to provide fertility awareness education live, virtually, and via monthly webinars to medical professionals.
Robert Motley, MD
Mike Manhart, PhD
Summer Holmes Mason, MD, FACOG
Dr. Holmes Mason is a Board-certified obstetrician gynecologist. She is a 2006 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with degrees in Spanish and General Science. She subsequently attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY and obtained her medical degree in 2010. She completed her residency in obstetrics & gynecology at the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore, MD, where she was appointed residency education chief during her final year of residency. Since 2014, Dr. Holmes Mason has worked in private practice in Wooster, OH. She has served as an associate professor for the Physician Assistant Program at Marietta College in Marietta, OH. She completed FEMM Medical Management as well as the FEMM Teacher Training course. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and is currently pursuing studies in functional medicine.
Theresa M. Hardy, PhD, RN
Theresa Hardy is Senior Research and Development Scientist at Onegevity Health. Before transitioning to the private sector, Theresa completed a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University. Theresa completed her undergraduate degree in Theology at Ave Maria University and a second bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marymount University. In 2018, she received her doctoral degree in Nursing from Marquette University. In her free time, Theresa enjoys ballroom dancing and exploring NYC.
Pamela A. Vnenchak, MD
Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC
Dr. Stanford, a board-certified family physician and the director of the Office of Cooperative Reproductive Health in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. He is also an adjunct professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics. Dr. Stanford received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed residency training in family medicine and a master’s degree in public health at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on five externally funded prospective cohort studies assessing fecundity, fertility, and birth outcomes in women or couples trying to conceive, as well as population-based studies of fertility and fertility treatment. In addition, he maintains an ongoing clinical practice focused on a primary care approach to fertility and subfertility, with an emphasis on links between subfertility and general health status in both females and males. Dr. Stanford is a certified FertilityCare Medical Consultant through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals and a board member of the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine.
Victoria Jennings, PhD
Geraldine Matus, Lay Midwife, HRHP, PhD
Dr. Matus, a lay midwife and holistic reproductive health practitioner (HRHP), is the founder of the Justisse Method (1987) a sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness. She is the Director of Justisse-Healthworks for Women and is academic dean of its subsidiary, Justisse College, the gold standard for secular fertility awareness educator training. Dr. Matus qualified as a lay midwife in 1985 and completed natural family planning educator training in the Billings Method, SERENA Canada, Couple-to-Couple League, and Creighton Model FertilityCare between 1977 and 1986. She has worked as a fertility awareness educator and HRHP since 1977, and has been active in the reproductive health freedoms movement since then. Dr. Matus believes that a woman’s reproductive cycle is the 5th vital sign of her health which depends on healthy and regular ovulatory and menstrual patterns from menarche to menopause. She works with the Core Competencies Committee of the Association for Fertility Awareness Professionals (AFAP) to oversee the development of standards and testing for certification of Fertility Awareness Educators (FAE). Dr. Matus completed her doctorate in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2014 and her work integrates her experience in sexual and reproductive health with a depth psychological view of healing.