Fertility Institute

Clinical Staff

William J. Butler, MD, FACOGWilliam J. Butler, MD, FACOG

“In addition to my duties as Department Chairman, I have an active clinical practice in reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and reproductive genetics. I specialize in advanced endoscopic laser surgery and congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract. I am also Director of the Onco-Genetics Program at the Breast Center. All of our faculty, including myself, are actively involved in the education of medical students and residents in obstetrics and gynecology.”

Medical Background

A graduate of the six year program in Biomedicine at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College, Dr. Butler did his clinical OB/GYN training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and genetics at the Medical College of Georgia. He has triple board certification in all three disciplines. After a number of prior faculty positions and REI division directorships, Dr. Butler came to Macon, Georgia, the Medical Center, and Mercer University in 1999. He assumed the Chairmanship of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2000.

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • Board Certified in Clinical Genetics

Academic and Clinical Positions

  • Professor & Chairman - Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Director - Fertility Institute Navicent Health
  • Director - Oncogenetics Navicent Health Oncology Center
  • Medical Director - Georgia Composite Medical Board

Clinical Interests

  • Reproductive Endocrinology (hormones involved in reproduction)
  • Reproductive Genetics
  • Infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Laser Surgery
  • Leiomyomata Uteri (fibroids) with fertility preservation
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Menopause

Kristina Hawkins, M.D.Kristina Hawkins, M.D.

"I enjoy helping people understand their current fertility and exploring options for improving their chances of pregnancy"

Medical Background

After fellowship training, Dr. Hawkins was recruited to join the faculty for the Dept of OB/GYN at Medical Center, Navicent Health in 2011. She earned her undergraduate degree from Mercer University and her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. She completed her residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Navicent Health, Macon, Georgia. Dr. Hawkins then went on to complete fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Duke University. Dr. Hawkins is board certified in general Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology.

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Academic and Clinical Positions

  • Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of OB/GYN, Navicent Health
  • Director of ART, Fertility Institute Navicent Health
  • Associate Professor and Program Director - Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program
  • Director of Assisted Reproductive Technology - Fertility Institute Navicent Health

Clinical Interest

Her areas of specialty care include:

  • Male and Female Infertility
  • PCOS
  • Ovarian Reserve Testing
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Three-dimensional ultrasound

Abdelmoneim I. Younis, DVM, MS, PhD, HCLD(ABB)Abdelmoneim I. Younis, DVM, MS, PhD, HCLD(ABB)

Laboratory Director

Dr. Younis is an Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercer University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Andrology Lab at Fertility Institute Navicent Health. Prior to joining Navicent Health and Mercer University, he was Assistant Professor and Embryologist at Emory University Reproductive Center, in Atlanta for 13 years. Dr. Younis has published extensively and is a member of several American Society for Reproductive Medicine Committees. He also formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists nomination committee. He is the only certified Andrologist and Embryologist in the middle and South Georgia area. Dr. Younis provides services to patients throughout the state of Georgia and also tutors medical students and OB/GYN Residents.

American College of Embryology certification sealEducation

  • PhD - University of Georgia
  • MS - University of Georgia
  • Residency - Harvard University

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Cynthia Clower, RNC, BSNCynthia Clower, RNC, BSN

Cynthia began her nursing career at the Medical Center Navicent Health in the summer of 1995. She joined the Fertility Institute Navicent Health staff in January 2000, while experiencing her own infertility journey. Cynthia uses her personal experience with infertility to encourage couples who are currently struggling with the very emotional and difficult, and many times lonely, infertility journey.

Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Lee University in 1992 and continued her educational career at Georgia College and State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995. Cynthia was member of Alpha Phi Delta Pre-Med Honor Society while at Lee University and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing during her time at Georgia College and State University. She obtained her certification in Maternal Newborn Nurse Certification with the National Certification Corporation prior to joining Fertility Institute Navicent Health. She has been a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) since 2001. Cynthia successfully completed the ASRM Nurse Certificate Course in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 2015; thereby making Fertility Institute Navicent Health a Nursing Center of Excellence.

"I consider it an honor to be allowed to travel this very personal and difficult road with our couples. Our patients become part of our family, as we share tears of joy and sadness and walk hand in hand down this narrow path."

Seal for Nursing Excellence
Our practice has the following
Registered Nurses and/or Nurse
Practitioners who have completed
advanced training in Reproductive
Medicine and have earned a
Certificate in REI Nursing:
Cynthia Clower, RNC, BSN

Deanna L. Nelsen, RN, BSN, MBADeanna L. Nelsen, RN, BSN, MBA

Deanna L. Nelsen, RN, BSN, MBA offers thirty years' experience in women's health. She has spent the majority of her career in the hospital setting providing nursing care in varied OB/GYN settings and joined Fertility Institute in 2002.

She graduated number one in her nursing class at Southern Connecticut State University in 1986 and completed clinical training at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dee (as she is known by her patients) also received the “Excellence in Nursing Award” for academic and clinical achievement and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (The Honor Society of Nursing) . In 1990, Deanna earned an MBA specializing in Health care Administration.

Continuing education and keeping up-to-date in the field of reproductive medicine is important to the nurses at Fertility Institute.

"I will always feel privileged to be a part of one of life's greatest miracles. A highlight for my day is when former patients visit the office with their new babies. That's why I am here!"

Education

  • B.S.N - Southern Connecticut State University
  • MBA - Sacred Heart University
  • Clinical Training - Yale New Haven Hospital

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