Our Team

Dr Carole Kowalczyk
Carole Kowalczyk, M.D

There is no one quite like Dr. Carole Kowalczyk.  Patients praise her skill at providing superior medical treatment that gets results, with compassionate, hands on personal care.  And her employees love her dedication, passion and generous spirit.  She is also highly regarded by her medical colleagues who have consistently voted her among the best reproductive endocrinologists in Michigan. Top Doc – Hour Magazine

Born here in Michigan, Dr. Carole is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry.   She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University.  She is also Associate Residency Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. John Hospitals and is Assistant Clinical Professor FTA at Wayne State University.

For the past two years, Dr. Carole has been co-hosting Today’s Woman on Detroit’s top talk radio station WJR. The show educates and inspires women to be the best they can be by staying involved in their health, especially fertility health, and provides a community for women to help one another.

She is also CEO and founder of in Harmony – a wellness center, that successfully launched an all natural, Michigan-made, organic beauty care line.

Dr. Carole and her husband have four children and live in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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Nicole Budrys, M.D.

Our fertility clinic has expanded to include Dr. Nicole Budrys, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and highly regarded fertility doctor who will be seeing patients in both our Lake Orion and Plymouth fertility clinics. She believes in treating the whole person, not just a specific symptom. Dr. Budrys’ interests include female and male fertility, menstrual disorders, premature ovarian failure, pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

A true Michigan girl, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, before attending Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in OB/GYN at Royal Oak Beaumont and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She began her career with the University of Oklahoma before returning to Michigan; first at Henry Ford and now as part of the Michigan Center for Fertility & Women’s Health medical team.

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Ronald Strickler, M.D.

Dr. Ronald Strickler, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist recently joined our fertility clinic as training coordinator for medical students, residents and fellows who rotate through our practice. Dr. Strickler’s patient care philosophy is to share decision-making to find the treatment plan that best meets the expectations and needs of individual patients. His clinical interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, menopause and abnormal uterine bleeding.

Originally from Toronto, Dr. Strickler has been in Michigan for more than 20 years, most recently with Henry Ford Health System and as a professor of OB/GYN at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Michael Kirk, ELD, MT, TS
Michael Kirk, ELD, MT, TS

We are privileged to have Michael Kirk as part of the team. Michael has over 25 years of laboratory experience in reproductive medicine. He received his board certification as an embryology laboratory director from the American Association of BioAnalysts and is a long-standing member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Michael graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in science.

Michael joined MCFWH in 2004 and is an integral part of our achievements and continued success. He led our center through many improvements in the andrology and embryology laboratories and was instrumental in obtaining our CAP certification.  Michael is a respected and knowledgeable resource to our patients who are grateful for his willingness to consult and educate.

Alexa Karbowski, PA-C
Alexa Karbowski, PA-C

Our practice has expanded to include physician assistant, Alexa Karbowski, who works closely with Dr. Kowalczyk. In addition to seeing patients in our Lake Orion and Bloomfield offices, and performing numerous medical procedures, Alexa manages the center’s polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) program — a common cause of infertility. Alexa works closely with our patients guiding them through the fertility process.

Alexa is from Rochester Hills, Michigan. She completed her Bachelors of Science at Michigan State University, Honors College. She received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University. Her specialty is reproductive endocrinology.

She is a wonderful addition to the team and our patients love her. We know you will too.

Emily Schroeder, PA-C

Emily Schroeder received her Masters of Biomedical Science with a concentration in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Toledo. 

Prior to joining Michigan Center for Fertility and Women’s Health, Emily was a Physician Assistant in Internal Medicine and Urgent Care. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Michigan State University, where she was a 4-year letter winner and captain of the Women’s Soccer Team. 

Emily and her husband have two children and live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Mandi Johnson, PA-C

Mandi joined our practice in July 2021 as a Physician Assistant. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Biology at Wayne State University Honors College, and went on to receive her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from there as well, where she was inducted into the Pi Alpha Honor Society.

Mandi is passionate about women’s health and fertility, and champions Dr. Kowalczyk’s philosophy that patients are at the heart of all that we do. She looks forward to working with all of you.

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