Meet Our Positive Steps Fertility Staff

When evaluating a fertility clinic, besides the qualifications and experience of the physician, is a supportive and compassionate staff dedicated to helping patients navigate the often emotional journey of fertility treatment.

The experienced team at Positive Steps Fertility provides a full range of care to patients struggling with infertility. Our knowledgeable staff specializes in evaluating and managing reproductive disorders and is equipped to provide a range of fertility treatments at our state-of-the-art facilities.

Together with our reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Parry, our staff will work closely with patients to help them get the care and support they need to start a family and be there for them every step of the way.

Positive Steps Madison Fertility Team

Brittany Linton, Nurse Practitioner

Caring for others has been my world since 2011, when I started as a med-surg nurse in Baytown, Texas. While there, I had a very close friend go through the IVF process. After helping her with her injections for IVF, going to doctor’s appointments with her, and seeing her babies born from the process, I knew that my dream job was to help others with infertility like my friend.

In 2015, I moved back to Mississippi to be closer to family. Well, guess what? I got the dream job of being a fertility nurse! There is nothing quite like being there for someone on their journey to parenthood. After realizing how much I loved the fertility field and while still working with Dr. Parry, I decided to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner so that I was able to do even more at the clinic. I completed the RN-MSN program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in May of 2020 and am now certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

I absolutely LOVE my patients and view them as family! My number one goal is to give them as much knowledge as possible about their fertility in a way that is simple for them to understand. When I am not at my work home, I enjoy spending time with my two kids, Claire and John Ryan, along with our extended family. Being outdoors and reading are a couple of things I like to do in my free time. I look forward to being by your side during the most rewarding journey of your life.

Vicki Butler, RN

While I’m often referred to as wife, mom, Nana, and friend, I am Vicki Butler, a compassionate nurse with a deep love for the field of fertility who relies on faith for guidance. I began my career as a medical surgical nurse, then through a personal journey with a family member, I found my true calling to help those with infertility. So, here I am doing something that I hold near to my heart. I am a nurse, but not just any nurse. I hope to be your nurse: To coach, listen, provide a shoulder to cry on, and help you navigate the intricacies of your own personal fertility journey.

Holly Farmer, RN

I’m originally from Belzoni, MS and decided to go into nursing after being inspired by multiple family members also in the field. In 2015 I graduated from MDCC with my Associates of Science. I used to work in the dialysis setting, but was ready for a change to be able to keep up with raising a young son. Recently moving to Brandon and starting a new job with Positive Steps Fertility has been the best decision! I currently live with my son (Owen) and we are very excited to be here and to be able to help people on this journey.

Lauren Furlow, RN

I have been a registered nurse since 2010 and I’ve worked in a variety of fields, but my passion is for women’s health. I graduated from the University of West Georgia with my Bachelors in Biology in 2008 and my Bachelors in Nursing in 2010. I’ve worked in med-surg, labor and delivery, intensive care, and neuro intensive care. When my family and I moved back to Mississippi I was ecstatic to find my home away from home at Positive Steps Fertility. As a mother of two, I know how important my family is to me and I enjoy helping others to find their way to parenthood. I also enjoy helping women gain an understanding of their health and the many ways that we can improve not only their fertility, but also broader wellness.

Courtney Gregory, RN

I attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2019. Following graduation, I worked for three years with oncology patients at Baptist Medical Center. I learned many life lessons during this time and I will forever be thankful for those. Working in oncology gives you a perspective about what is really important in life. However, I also reached a point where I wanted to explore life’s beginnings rather than its later stages. I took a chance by completely stepping outside of my comfort zone when I applied for a position at Positive Steps, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I truly enjoy coming to work every day and helping others along their journey to parenthood. My goal is for everyone that walks through our front doors to feel at home here and to ease any fears that may arise.

My husband, Dylan, and I live here in Madison and have two of the sweetest dogs. Outside of work, I love to travel and have a bucket list of places I still hope to one day visit. We are here for you through every part of this journey and I can’t wait to meet you!

Ainsley Betcher, Clinical Assistant

Growing up I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field. With my father as an OB/GYN and my mother a nurse, women’s health has been a central part of my life! I attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 2023. During my Undergrad, I was involved in research regarding cerebellar brain folding. This sparked my interest in early development which led to my interest in the IVF process. I will be attending nursing school at UMMC in the Accelerated Nursing Program beginning in January, 2024. Working here has been a dream come true! Family is something that is very important to me so I love getting to help people create theirs! Outside of work I enjoy working out, traveling, and shopping.

Lisa Dorman, Lab Director

My career started with an associate’s degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician and I quickly realized that I loved working in the laboratory. I continued my career by achieving a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, followed by a master’s and then Ph.D. in clinical health sciences, and I am now certified as a MLS(ASCP), TS(ABB), HCLD(ABB). I am a “hands-on” laboratory director in embryology and andrology and very focused on patient quality and outcomes. Though native to Arkansas, Mississippi is now my home. I left Mississippi for Colorado for five years to advance my skills and knowledge in embryology. Colorado is a great place to live, but my husband and I decided to move home to Mississippi to be near our friends and family. I hope to help you on your fertility journey.

Mandy Nichols, Embryologist

I received my Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Mississippi State University in 2003, and later graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Health Science from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2008. Although my two degrees came from rivaling schools, I was born and raised a Bulldog and will forever bleed maroon and white (Hail State)! My husband and I both grew up in Madison, and we continue to live in the area so our four boys can call it home, too. I was introduced to Embryology and fell in love with the IVF laboratory early in my career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. And then after working 12 years in Microbiology at a local hospital, I was presented with the opportunity to return to the Embryology lab with Positive Steps Fertility. Knowing how important my family is to me, I also know the struggle that some people go through to have families of their own. I feel blessed to have such a rewarding “job,” and I love helping patients grow their families here at Positive Steps Fertility.

Amanda Doonan, Embryologist  

I attended Mississippi College and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I will graduate with my Master’s in Reproductive Clinical Science in May 2024. It was during my time at MC that I discovered my love for the lab, and it is now an honor to work in the lab here at Positive Steps every day! I am originally from a small town in Kentucky, but I have found my home in Mississippi with my two fur babies. I take great pride in having the opportunity to work in reproductive medicine and I look forward to being a part of your fertility journey as your andrologist and embryologist.

Tracy Boone, Scheduling Coordinator

I am a Madison native and thrilled to be working in my hometown. I have been in the healthcare field for over 30 years and am passionate about helping people. I am here to welcome you to our family—over the phone and as you arrive at our clinic. Some of my favorite things to do are photography and shopping, but what my husband, Phillip, and I enjoy most is spending time with our daughter, twin boys and grandbabies, which is why I can understand how much others want to have their own children. My family is my heart and each and every one of them means the world to me. I take this passion to work as I see my patients as my family as well. I look forward to meeting you and helping you start your own piece of happiness as you begin your journey with us here at Positive Steps Fertility.

Chloe Collins, Scheduling Coordinator

I graduated from USM over 20 years ago with a degree in business and have worked in numerous fields during that time. My job as a fitness coach is how I met Dr. Parry, Brittany, and other members of the PSF team. I was hired in July 2021 and have enjoyed greeting our patients, getting to know them and hearing about they were led to our clinic. I have been blessed with 3 daughters and an incredible husband. We stay busy with dance, cheer, and soccer.

Brittany Powell, Scheduling Coordinator

I am a native of Jackson, MS but currently reside in Bentonia, MS with my boyfriend Hunter, our 3 kids, 2 dogs and 6 chickens. I have been in the healthcare field since 2007 and received my Bachelor Degree in Healthcare Administration from Belhaven University in 2017. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and watching Alabama Football! ROLL TIDE! Our patient’s need for a family is just as important to me as it is to them and I am willing to be there for them every step of their journey! I feel so blessed to be a part of the Positive Steps Fertility Family. After experiencing the loss of my own child and helping my best friend through two miscarriages I’ve learned that nothing in life is guaranteed, but Dr. Parry and the staff at Positive Steps Fertility help to try and make all your dreams of a family come true. I love being a part of watching miracles happen every day!

Melissa Harris, Practice Manager

I’m originally from the Mississippi Delta but moved to Jackson to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center. I received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2003 and have built many special relationships with my patients as a hygienist over the years.

I love getting to know people. Earning trust and friendships by providing patients with the most genuine, professional care has always been a favorite of mine. As I transitioned into an administrative role at Positive Steps Fertility in 2017, I knew I had found my work home. I helped people smile again in the dental office and here I still get to experience the reward of seeing people smile! I’m more behind the scenes but completely aware of the great things that happen here daily. I’m so fortunate to love what I do and to work with such a great doctor and teammates, in a beautiful facility, with state of the art technology. We love our patients like family and don’t take for granted the love we receive from them in return.

I live in Brandon with my husband and our two Labrador Retrievers. I love animals and the outdoors. My other passions involve music, art, travel, and food. I hope to retire at Positive Steps Fertility. I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to work here.

Jessica Pope, Communications Director

I am originally from Leland, MS, but I have been calling the Brandon, MS area home since 2019. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Public Relations from Mississippi State University in 2019, Hail State! While I was at State, I was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. I have been working in Marketing and Communications since I graduated. I have worked in a variety of fields, from label manufacturing to Parks and Recreation. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my friends, my boyfriend and his son, and my sweet pup Louie. I love spending my weekends reading, boating, and going to Starkville to watch the Dawgs play. I am so thrilled to be part of the Positive Steps team. The best part about my job is getting to share the stories of our patients and help those struggling with infertility find Positive Steps and become part of our family!

Positive Steps Gulfport Fertility Team

Amber Hutchison – Nurse Practitioner

My journey began as a registered nurse in 2016 where I gained experience across various healthcare settings, but it was working in postpartum care that I found my passion for women’s health. Witnessing the pure joy of successful pregnancies and deliveries prompted a desire in me to be on the frontline of helping others achieve their dreams of starting a family.

After five fulfilling years as an RN, I made the decision to further my education and specialize in women’s health. Now, as a nurse practitioner, I’m honored to be part of the journey with individuals and couples as they navigate the highs and lows of fertility treatments. Each person’s story is unique, and I’m dedicated to providing personalized care, empathy, and unwavering support every step of the way. This isn’t just a job for me—it’s a calling, a chance to make a real difference in people’s lives. I can’t wait to bring my enthusiasm, expertise, and compassion to the table as we work together to make some babies and create beautiful families. Let’s embark on this incredible journey together!

Positive Steps Shreveport Fertility Team

Sara Slaton, Nurse Practitioner

My career in nursing began in Ruston, LA in 2013 after I graduated from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. After working just a few years as a nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum, I made the decision to go back to school at the University of Louisiana- Lafayette. In 2017, I became a Family Nurse Practitioner and thankfully continued to work in office gynecology. For three years, I worked as a nurse practitioner at Ochsner LSU-Monroe in the OB/GYN clinic.

My call to work in fertility came when I personally faced my own infertility journey. I wouldn’t have my sweet baby Hope without IVF, Dr. Parry, and everyone at Positive Steps. My number one goal is to make sure each person going through this process feels comfortable and understands that we are here for them in every part of this journey. Our patients become family for life, and my favorite thing is watching all of these precious babies grow each year!

Samantha Gutierrez, RN

I like to call everyone my friend and my goal is to try to make everyone I meet feel welcomed and loved. I love my husband, family, friends, dogs, chickens, cows, plants, and new adventures. My career in nursing started in 2016, when I started as a labor and delivery nurse at Ochsner LSU- Shreveport. My L&D journey was full of adventure being there on the most important day of most people’s lives. I was lucky enough to travel as a nurse in Colorado and made meaningful relationships with my patients.

My call to fertility came after the loss of my daughter. A wonderful friend helped me find this new calling after I was lost. There is so much hope and faith that lies in being a fertility nurse it allowed me to heal and experience a new found love for women’s health. The miracle of life is truly amazing and it is something I will never take for granted. I believe it takes just a small amount of faith for anything to be possible. I look forward to walking this journey with you from helping bring babies to earthside to helping bring babies in utero.

Ashley Hollis, RN

I am originally from Monroe, Louisiana, but currently live in Bossier City, Louisiana with my husband and our two dogs. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2020. I started my nursing career working in the Newborn Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and quickly gained a passion caring for families and their newborns. I was able to see firsthand the joy IVF can bring to families and knew I wanted to become a part of the entire journey. It is truly a privilege coming to work at Positive Steps Fertility each day. I care about the physical and mental health of my patients and strive to be there for them every step of the way. Family is one of the most important things in my life, and it’s a true pleasure helping others achieve the goal of starting their own families.

Hillary Tharpe, RN

I currently live in Benton, LA. with my husband, two kids, and pup Teddy. I started my nursing career in 2016 when I graduated from Northwestern State University with my RN. In the first 6.5 years of my career, I worked in Pediatrics at Ochsners-LSU Shreveport. While working in Pediatrics I saw how sickness and hardship could bring families together by also seeing the love and bond that is shared between a parent and their child. I believe everyone deserves that kind of love and faith!

I took a leap of faith and stepped out of my comfort zone to apply for the position here at Positive Steps. I couldn’t be happier that I did and I was welcomed with open arms. I felt in my heart that it was the perfect place for me to help others and give them hope, love, and faith. I can be a positive light to others and make them feel hopeful while TTC. I feel very privileged to play a role in families’ journey. I have seen a different side of things and it has made me appreciate things so much more. I look forward to helping others achieve their goal and starting their family!

Lila Stone-Porter, Embryologist

I attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La where I received my Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 2004. After graduating I moved back home to Shreveport where I married my high school sweetheart and we started our family. I spent the first 13 years of my laboratory career learning and implementing quality standards in laboratory techniques and the production of transfusable blood products. When COVID made society more complex, I made the hard decision to leave my career and focus my attention on homeschooling my daughters but I missed the lab. As a family we decided we all needed to get back into society and fate brought me to Positive Steps.

I experienced difficulties when starting my family so our mission at Positive Steps is one that is personally meaningful. I get to perform the lab work that I love all while helping create families. I spend most of my time behind the scenes but I am here for all of our patients and would love to be a part of your family journey!

Brandi Cyr, Scheduling Coordinator

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, so people really are my passion. I love getting to be the first interaction with our patients and getting to know them throughout their journey with us. I have lived in Shreveport almost my entire life but moved to Bossier City about 4 years ago. When I’m not at work I enjoy traveling, doing crafts, and spending time with my husband, our dog, and friends!

Caroline Eaton, Scheduling Coordinator

I have worked in healthcare for the last 5 years, where I’ve been able to really pursue my passion for helping people. I love getting to interact with our patients and be with them as they go through this journey from the very beginning. I’m from Coushatta, where I live with my husband and two dogs. When I’m not at work, I love to just hang out with friends and family. I also enjoy cooking and traveling whenever I can. I absolutely love working at Positive Steps and look forward to helping as many people as possible!