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 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.
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 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 four small children.
Logan Waechtler, MPA, MPH
Assistant Student Program Coordinator
Logan Waechtler assists FACTS with improving and managing the two electives. He is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Utah. Once he graduates, he plans to pursue a nursing degree and eventually a Doctorate in Nursing Practice to become a midwife. He and his wife are passionate about breastfeeding and it’s 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. When not in school or working, his favorite pastimes are silly dancing with his three young children, making his wife laugh, playing soccer, fishing, writing, and, of course, digging up cool facts about dinosaurs.
Conference and Speaker Coordinator
Gracie Stotzer joined FACTS as the conference and speaker program coordinator in the summer of 2021. Upon graduation from Benedictine College with dual majors in psychology and Spanish, she traded out her native Albuquerque, New Mexico for Sevilla, Spain to become an ESL instructor. While abroad, she found herself in a crash course on fertility awareness to address her own health issues. 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 continued work and studies in the areas of nutrition and sustainability, fostering a growing interest in the intersection of the health of both people and planet. Unsurprisingly, in her spare time, you can find her enjoying great food and the great outdoors!
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
Allison Macbeth, MS
Allison is a fertility awareness and menstrual health educator. She teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for pregnancy planning, natural birth control, and to manage hormonal health. She has a Masters of Applied Science in sexual health education from the University of Sydney and is trained as a holistic reproductive health practitioner by the Justisse College. She is a member of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals and served on their Board from 2014 to 2018. She currently serves on the Community Advisory Council of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research in Vancouver, BC.
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, LCDR, USN, MBA, MSM
Abby Crowley, EdD
Dr. Crowley has served as the director of Professional Development at Catholic Charities in Washington, DC for the last 17 years and is an Adjunct Professor of Education at Trinity University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston University and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Education Administration from Catholic University of America. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Pathways Schools. She has enjoyed a long career in education as a teacher, school principal, member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education, university professor, and consultant. Dr. Crowley has been actively involved with FACTS since its inception, and in particular with the development of the FACTS Speaker training program and she is pleased to contribute to this important work. She lives in Greenbelt, Maryland with her husband, also a teacher, and their black lab, Bodhi. She has two sons and a 7 year old granddaughter.