Reproductive Science Center Staff
Scott Kratka, ELD, TS (ABB)
Mr. Kratka has been at the forefront in reproductive medicine since 1988. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, he completed embryology training at the University of Connecticut Medical Center. There he participated in published research studies involving adhesion formation and prevention. He also assisted with instructional laser surgical training courses in Connecticut and Puerto Rico.
He relocated to New Jersey in 1991 to create the first embryology laboratory in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties. He was the embryologist that established the first successful pregnancies via in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), utilization of frozen embryos and donor oocytes in these counties. He has since help construct and oversee three successful IVF laboratories in Central New Jersey. He has also held consulting appointments at Columbia University and the University of Connecticut. His commitment and dedication to laboratory excellence has kept him at the forefront of technology in the ever advancing field of embryology.
In 2011, Mr. Kratka received certification with the American College of Embryology, an organization of embryology practitioners, serves patients, embryologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of embryology.
He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Board of Bioanalysis, American College of Embryology, New York Society of Reproductive Medicine and the New York Metropolitan Embryologist Society.
Lauren Lucas, PA-C, MS
As a physician assistant to Dr. Ziegler, Lauren Lucas is involved with all patient therapies. She coordinates and assists in in-vitro fertilization procedures and in the monitoring of superovulation, PGD, IVF, and egg donor cycles.
Lauren is a physician assistant-certified and licensed in both New Jersey and New York. She graduated from Rutgers College of Science in New Jersey and received a master’s degree as a physician assistant from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She is a member of the New York Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Association of Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants.
Kristen Mulheren Levitt, MS, LCSW
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than ten years experience working with individuals and groups, Kristen Mulheren Levitt specializes in the treatment of those experiencing infertility issues. Kristen has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, agencies and schools, and has had much success in providing counseling and therapy services to those she has treated. She is honored to be working with the physicians at the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey.
Kristen believes that each individual and couple present with their own unique experience of their infertility journey and therefore each requires individualized treatment to aid them in coping with and managing their emotions and circumstances. Kristen works with individual or couple to create a plan that centers specifically around their needs. This includes learning how to manage the physical and emotional changes, as well as the medical treatments associated with infertility, getting the support they require, processing and coping with the multitude of emotions and maintaining effective communication with their family, friends and medical team.
Kristen provides the following services for individuals, couples and groups:
- couple and family therapy
- supportive counseling
- education/information counseling
- decision-making counseling
- support group counseling
- grief counseling
- psychological assessment and screening
- crisis intervention
- evaluation for egg donor
- evaluation for egg donor recipientr
- recurrent pregnancy loss
Kristen holds a four-year clinical Masters of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. She received her Bachelors degree from Fordham University in New York City with a major in English and minor in Women’s Studies. Kristen is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American Society of Reproductive Medicine – Mental Health Professional Group and Resolve – The National Infertility Association. She holds licenses in New Jersey and New York.
Kristen is available to answer all questions regarding your care.