Family with newbornA Note From The Staff

Arizona Reproductive Institute is a special place. From advanced reproductive surgery to in vitro fertilization, we offer a caring, comprehensive approach to male and female infertility.

We realize that infertility treatment and the inevitable “waiting game” can be a cause of concern for our patients and those closest to them. That’s why we are here to help you every step of the way with patient education and other valuable resources. We believe that the more you know about the tests and treatments you will receive, the less worry and stress you will experience throughout your fertility journey.

Our team of nurses and laboratory professionals considers patient care a united effort involving advanced technology and expert care. We are committed to providing compassionate care that is personalized for every patient.

One of the most important things to know about infertility is that you are not alone. At Arizona Reproductive Institute, we truly respect the strain and stress you are feeling and are devoted to help you through all aspects of your care.

Our philosophy is to give you a lot of information so that you can better understand your individual situation. There is often more than one path to success, and once you obtain this knowledge, we like to let you decide which path to take with our guidance.

Our Team

Mark Johnson, MD is board certified in reproductive endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology and in the specialty of medical genetics.  His areas of expertise in advanced reproductive medicine and technologies include infertility management, recurrent pregnancy loss, reproductive genetics, and in vitro fertilization (IVF) with a special interest and experience in preimplantation embryo genetic testing (PGT).

Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the United States Air Force Academy and his Doctor of Medicine from the Tulane University School of Medicine.  He pursued his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship training at the Medical College of Georgia and during his fellowship, developed an interest in genetics research and was selected as a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  During his term as a Fellow in basic research at the NIH, Dr. Johnson broadened his clinical experience and completed the NIH Clinical Fellowship in Medical Genetics.

In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Johnson has also served as an educator in reproductive endocrinology.  He was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Stanford University School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Harbor Medical Center.  Dr. Johnson is a member of various professional societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Medical Genetics, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

“I’ve dedicated my career to the practice of reproductive medicine through treating patients, education and research, and I am very excited to bring my experiences to Arizona Reproductive Institute, the Tucson community and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Mark Johnson. “My goal for our patients is to combine our most advanced reproductive technologies with my two decades of professional experience and the highest quality of compassionate personal care to help our patients realize their dreams of having a family.”

Happy Dancer

The tiny figure on the ultrasound screen danced to its own fetal rhythm, early legs and arms movin’ and a grooving, up and down, back and forth, doin’ its “happy dance” for us.   Mom and Dad watched, fixated on their future daughter or son…it was too early to know boy or girl, but for sure, the kid’s got rhythm. “Can you feel the movements?”, he asked….No, but I know its there, it’s a feeling inside,” she laughed.

They had hoped and prayed for this moment.  It took time and patience, tears and disappointments, but mostly it took a hopeful optimism and faith that they would be here at this moment, sharing in the joy of seeing their future son or daughter for the first time, their tiny happy dancer.

It is a special privilege and gift that I can share this moment with my patients….to see their efforts pay off, to watch in awe and amazement at a new life as it dances to its own happy rhythm.

Several months from now a new son or daughter will be born, another dancer in our world.  And as we sit in awe watching ….the dance is just beginning….the arms and legs will move and the tiny heart will beat millions of times in the decades ahead, beating out a constant tempo….the beat, beat, beat …..the amazing dance of life

I am happy to share my amazement with you….I look forward to your special moment when you first see your happy dancer.

Mark D. Johnson, MD

IMG_2696-2Brooke DeAnda, BSN is the IVF Clinical Coordinator at the Arizona Reproductive Institute. Brooke graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is an ASRM certified nurse for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Brooke has worked in Women’s Health her entire nursing career. She joined our team in 2013 as the procedure nurse and is now the patient coordinator. She is an incredible resource for patients undergoing treatment for infertility.

“Helping our patients on their journey to creating a family is incredibly gratifying. Sharing in their joys and sorrows, being someone they can count on during this time in their lives, is very important to me. It is truly an honor to help each and every one of our patients.”  –Brooke DeAnda

Jennifer Noriega RN:

Jennifer Noriega is a Registered Nurse with over ten years of experience. She began her journey with ARI in 2019 as an IVF Nurse Coordinator.

Jennifer makes encouraging and supporting our patients a top priority. We are so lucky to have her leadership and compassion here at ARI.

“I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to provide support and encouragement to our patients during this difficult time in their lives.”    –Jennifer Noriega RN



Frances Lazo is the Senior Medical Assistant at the Arizona Reproductive Institute. While Frances holds the title of medical assistant, she really does much more than one job for all of us at ARI. Frances does a bit of everyone’s job and does it all extremely well. We are very fortunate to have Frances, her experience and her personal skills assisting all of the patients and staff at ARI.

“I love my job because I feel fulfilled helping people accomplish their dreams of having a family. There is nothing greater than being able to support couples through this journey, being part of memories that will last a lifetime.”      –Frances Lazo

Lupita Soqui, Medical Assistant:

Lupita is a native of Tucson and obtained her Medical Assistant Certificate from PMI. She has been working with ARI since 2018. Lupita loves to help others and thoroughly enjoys the ability to learn something new every day.

“I like working in the specialty of fertility because I get to help people create a family. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.  I love the ability to translate for our patients to make sure they feel comfortable during every step of their journey.”  –Lupita Soqui

Tresa White, BS, TS (ABB)  Clinical Embryologist:

Tresa is a clinical embryologist who fell in love with the ART field as a college student worker in Dr. Racowsky’s IVF Laboratory, deciding then that this was her chosen career.  She graduated with a B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona.  She attained her Technical Supervisor certification for both Embryology and Andrology specialties shortly thereafter.   

 “With over 20 years of experience, I can say that the field is always advancing – from the birth of the first “test-tube baby”, to the advent of ICSI, to vitrification, to pre-implantation genetic testing, and so on.  Whilst saying this, I also acknowledge that, still, the most rewarding part of this field is that we help build families.”   – Tresa White


IMG_2588-2Jacqueline Torres is the Practice Administrator at the Arizona Reproductive Institute. Jacque is originally from Tucson and received her Bachelor of Arts and her Arizona Teaching Certificate from the University of Arizona. After teaching elementary school for a number of years, we were extremely fortunate to meet Jacque. From the day we first met her we all knew how gifted she is. Jacque is available to all patients no matter how simple or complex the question is.

“Working at Arizona Reproductive Institute is a highly rewarding career. I enjoy providing and developing compassionate, supportive and meaningful relationships with our patients each day. Having the opportunity to help patients get closer to their dreams of parenthood is the greatest job.”      –Jacqueline Torres

Sabrina Wallace, Front Office Coordinator:

Sabrina is the Front Office Coordinator at ARI. She joined ARI in 2018 and is certified in Medical Billing and Coding,  as a Medical Administrative Assistant and in Medical Terminology. Sabrina uses her previous experience in customer service to provide our patients with the empathy and compassion that they deserve.

“My favorite reason l love to work here is for our patients. It’s like adding a new member to an ever-growing family and to see and help them grow a family of their dreams.”    –Sabrina Wallace


Jenifer Sturgeon, is one of our IVF Nurse Coordinators. Her role is to ensure that our patients who have to go through IVF treatment feel knowledgeable and as comfortable as possible with the process. She is an excellent teacher and easy to talk to. Her own personal struggles with infertility are what lead her in the direction of becoming a fertility nurse. After undergoing three IUI’s and four cycles of IVF herself, she is an amazing resource for patients. Her compassionate nature is what makes her an invaluable part of our team.

“Working at ARI has been so rewarding for me. After going through this incredibly difficult process, and personally understanding the feelings of loss and grief associated with infertility, I have been able to connect with patients in a very special way. I love that I have been able to build such amazing relationships with my patients. We cry together during the really hard times and cheer together during the great times! I could not ask for a better way to spend my days.”      –Jenifer Sturgeon

Leah Offerdahl, is one of our IVF Nurse Coordinators. After growing up in Tucson, Leah received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. She returned to Tucson and began a fulfilling career as a Labor and Delivery nurse in a high risk unit. When Leah and her husband found themselves struggling with recurrent pregnancy loss and infertility, she became a patient at ARI and quickly thereafter sought to join this incredible team. Leah is very open regarding her own quest to become a mother and personal experiences with fertility treatments. Because of this, patients find her to be a great source of emotional support and that her first hand knowledge of the treatments we offer is invaluable.

“I feel so honored to be welcomed into each patient’s life and to help guide them on their journey toward creating a family. Through both the highs and lows, our patients trust us to help them achieve their goals. The greatest blessing is when I am also able to care for them in Labor and Delivery. It is overwhelming to see all of the hard work and excitement surrounding a pregnancy culminate in the birth of yet another amazing ARI baby!”      –Leah Offerdahl