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.
Dr. Carole and her husband have four children and live in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
Under the direction of Dr. Kowalczyk, the practice has expanded to include physician assistant, Alexa Karbowski. In addition to seeing patients in both our Warren and Lake Orion offices, and performing numerous medical procedures, Alexa manages the center’s polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) program — a common cause of infertility. She also heads Healthy Start, a program here at the center designed to help couples manage nutrition and fitness as they go 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 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.
Kathy oversees our nursing staff and champions Dr. Kowalczyk’s philosophy that patients are at the heart of all that we do. This means that you will be treated with kindness and understanding and receive exceptional medical care while your emotional needs are being met.
Kathy is a graduate of Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has over 16 years of nursing experience and is a pro at guiding fertility patients through the treatment process.
In addition to her nursing responsibilities, Kathy is also office manager, IVF coordinator and egg donor program administrator.
She’s an intricate part of the practice and will play a key role in your journey too.