our TEAM


Dr. Jan Friberg


Jan Friberg started his medical career in Uppsala University in Sweden, where he joined Dr. Carl Gemzell in infertility work in 1964. Dr. Gemzell is notable for inventing an immunological pregnancy test using urine, revolutionizing a previously lengthy process, as well as developing a unique fertility treatment that resulted in a twin pregnancy in 1960. Under this remarkable guidance, Dr. Friberg treated patients around the world, and when at last Dr. Gemzell retired in 1975, he moved to the US, and Dr. Friberg followed him, finishing his residency and fellowship in New York. In 1981 Dr. Friberg became Director of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, with a teaching position at Rush University. In 1982 he was instrumental in starting the first IVF program in the Midwest. In 1986 he became professor at Rush Medical College and for a 10 year period was co-editor in chief of The Journal of InVitro Fertilization. In 1989 Dr. Friberg left his professorship and academic career and joined his wife in private practice on the North Shore of Chicago, where he has been working for the past 25 years, successfully helping thousands of people become happy parents. When he is not working, Dr. Friberg is tending to his flower garden, or traveling to Sweden with his wife, Dr. Inger Friberg.

Dr. Lauren Schneider

DC + Certified Acupuncturist

Dr. Schneider was born and raised in South Barrington. While she was attending Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!), her brother—a Division 1 Soccer player for the University of Michigan—sustained a debilitating lower back injury. Since then, Dr. Schneider has devoted her life to integrative medical care. Her love of sports and passion for helping people has taught her to be a patient and caring doctor.

Dr. Abeer Salhia


For fifteen years, Dr. Abeer Salhia has been dedicated to handling what she calls “the spark that starts the little you and me” –the human embryo.

Not only is Dr. Salhia an experienced, hands-on, and knowledgeable embryologist and Laboratory Director, but she has also played the role of patient in the infertility field. In the summer of 2003, Dr. Salhia began her own journey to motherhood through IVF treatment to conceive her second child. Through her own experience, Dr. Salhia understands what a patient seeking infertility treatment may go through from the perspective of a medical professional as well as a patient. She can offer not only her expertise in embryology and Andrology Laboratory Services, but also a more empathetic approach than many others in her field. “I can offer Advanced Reproduction Technology Services with a Heart,” as her saying goes.

Dr. Salhia received her Bachelor Degree focusing in Clinical Laboratory Science from Rush University in Chicago in 1998, and graduate studies were completed at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2007, specializing in Embryology and Andrology. She received her Diploma of Laboratory Management and Medical Technology credentials through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She is currently the ART laboratory director at the Advanced Institute for Infertility, the Andrology Laboratory at Global IVF, and the Andrology Laboratory at Fullerton Surgery Center. Dr. Salhia knows how to specially customize IVF procedures based on the individual needs of her patients. She is talented in working with reproductive endocrinologists to keep the interests of her patients a priority.

Bethany Dilich

Registered Nurse + Patient Care Coordinator

Bethany's welcoming smile will be the first to greet you when you arrive to your appointment. While she coordinates the schedule and patient flow, she also provides clinical support to Dr. Friberg. With experience in nursing and a keen understanding of unique patient needs, Bethany prides herself on providing the very best in personalized patient care.  In her free time, Bethany enjoys reading, knitting, gardening, travelling to Door County, WI, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Melissa Patnaude

Practice Manager + IVF Coordinator

Melissa has been with us for 7 years. Melissa also has many years of experience in the medical field outside of Friberg, making her an amazing resource for many of our clients. We like to say Melissa is the heart of Friberg -- she works closely with all our patients to make sure the treatment they receive is best for their unique needs and budget. In addition to this, Melissa’s extensive knowledge about the egg donor and surrogate process makes her a valuable resource to this practice. Melissa’s bright energy, welcoming attitude, experience, attention to detail and standard for excellence are what make it possible for us to execute exceptional patient care. Melissa lives in the suburbs with her husband, three children, two dogs, and two ducks.

"My husband and I came to Dr. Friberg to help us expand our family. The level of care we received has led us to refer him countless times to others."

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