LLU Center for Fertility Clinic Staff
Rachel Velasquez, RN, BSN
Rachel is a registered nurse who received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California Baptist University. She has been working at the Center for Fertility since 2016, following two years at the Loma Linda University Medical Center specializing in surgical oncology. Rachel has a passion for women’s health and fertility and enjoys working with women in the field of fertility immensely.
Rachel’s many responsibilities include helping patients during surgery (pre-op, circulating and post-op recovery), educating patients about their in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cycles and medications, answering phones and questions, and following up on laboratory results.
“Infertility is such a personal and profound struggle in any woman’s or couple’s life, and I feel fortunate to be a part of the process of making them parents and walking with them through the difficult journey.”
Monica Paniagua, RN
Monica received her RN degree from San Bernardino Valley College in 2006 and has been with the LLU Center for Fertility since 2007. Her responsibilities include assisting the physicians with all procedures, including routine examinations, assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), surgeries, hysterosalpingograms, inseminations, and ultrasounds.
Telephone consultation and triage is a major function of her position with our Center, as is patient education about medications, procedures and appointments. Monica teaches basic physiology and medication administration to the patient and partner. She schedules, as well as explains, a complex series of follow-up appointments and medication protocols to the patient/couple.
Her position also involves carefully reviewing all charts, screening for current and abnormal laboratory results, seeing that all other preliminary testing is complete, and coordinating all schedules (patient, physician, laboratory personnel, anesthesia, and nursing) before initiating a cycle. Monica enjoys her position here and feels it allows her to have a close and intimate relationship with her patients during a challenging life experience.
Henrriette ‘Angie’ Nguyen-Zavala, LVN
Angie is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) certified in intravenous therapy and has worked at the Center for Fertility since 2016.
She has years of experience in OB-GYN specialty care settings. At LLU Center for Fertility, she coordinates IVF cycle starts, schedules procedures and explains the IVF process. She orders and obtains prior authorization for fertility specialty medications and performs teaching for self-administered injections.
Angie also assists physicians with office visits and procedures such as ultrasounds, IUIs, egg retrievals and embryo transfers.
Angie is a medically certified translator in English and Spanish.
“I feel that I have the opportunity to make a profound difference in patients’ lives by understanding the medical science behind everything I do, but even more, to always be a nurse my patients can turn to for hope and support during difficult times.”
Deanna Almanza, Senior PSR
Deanna is a front office patient service representative and has worked at LLU Center for Fertility since 2001. She answers phones and patient questions, greets and checks in patients for their appointments, and assists with scheduling appointments. Deanna also helps with billing and checking patient insurance coverage.
*Some portraits are courtesy of Johnny C. Velasquez, photography studio.