Our Staff

Our staff has a combined total of over 50 years experience with embryology. To learn more about our team, please click on the profiles below.

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Debbie Venier, MS, TS
Co-Founder / Director of Training
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Bill Venier, M.Sc., TS, ELD
Co-Founder / Trainer
Catherine Welch, MS, MBA, TS
Hamilton Thorne
Senior Embryologist / Director of Development

More than just embryology skills. What Debbie teaches is to think critically about the procedure you are performing, to troubleshoot, and to understand the science behind why we do what we do. And it is through that, that you fall in love with the world of IVF, equipped to work in any laboratory across the country and around the globe!

John Whitney
Senior Manager Ovation Fertility

Debbie is a life changer. Her love of the science and ability to teach creates an environment rich in experience, knowledge and fun. It is her teaching that cultivated my love of ART, interest in all things embryology and baseline of knowledge that propelled me into the career I have today. It was through her guidance, both in class and in choosing the right program, that has allowed me a career and life I am forever grateful for.

Chloe Defibaugh
Junior Embryologist at Pacific Fertility Center

Debbie is not only a brilliant embryologist, but a dedicated mentor as well. In addition to providing you with a thorough and extensive skill set, Debbie will help guide you through the ART field professionally as well. I will always cherish my time spent at WEST and am eternally grateful I chose to trust in Debbie to prepare me for my dream career!

Megan Groverman
Northern California Fertility Medical Center

Debbie and Bill truly are the power couple of embryology and their passion for embryology is contagious. The three-month training course gave me the background knowledge and hands-on training to hit the ground running in my new position. I am beyond grateful for Debbie’s expertise, guidance, and support in making my dream of becoming an embryologist a reality!

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