Meet The Staff


William G. Dodds, M.D.
Founder of The Fertility Center, Dr. Dodds offers over 25 years of experience as a board certified reproductive endocrinologist. He has been nationally recognized as an outstanding physician in the field of reproductive medicine. He has been listed by “Best Doctors in America” as one of the leading infertility specialists since 1992. His areas of special interest include infertility, endometriosis,  invitro fertilization, and polycystic ovarian disease.


James E. Young, M.D.
Dr. Young joined The Fertility Center in 1994. He offers extensive experience as a board certified reproductive endocrinologist focusing on infertility and endometriosis. He is a “Best Doctors in America” award recipient, and is well published and continues to present on topics relevant to IVF.

Valerie I. Shavell, MD

Dr. Shavell joined The Fertility Center in August 2013. Dr. Shavell is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist.  Dr. Shavell’s strong commitment to personalized, comprehensive and compassionate care fits impeccably with The Fertility Center’s mission statement. In addition to caring for couples with infertility, Dr. Shavell has interests in: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, and Hysteroscopic Procedures.


Mili Thakur, M.D.
Dr. Thakur joined The Fertility Center in September 2017. She is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility, and Medical Genetics. Dr. Thakur comes to us with a deep passion for offering individualized, evidence-based care for couples with infertility. In addition, she offers her expertise in medical genetics, fertility preservation, ultrasonography, and hysteroscopic surgery. Dr. Thakur’s special interests include research and education. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.
View Dr. Mili Thakur’s complete biography.


Richard Leach, MD
Dr. Leach joined The Fertility Center in May 2010 and is also a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist.  He is Chair and Interim Chief for the Department of Women’s Health in the Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Professor and Department Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University.  He has been honored for his research in women’s reproductive health and has been recognized as a member of the “Best Doctors in America.”

Louise Plante, Ph.D., HCLD Director, ART and Andrology Laboratories
Dr. Louise Plante received her Bachelors degree from the U. of Quebec and Masters from the U. of Montreal. She earned her Ph.D. from the U. of Guelph and completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship at the U. of Western Ontario in Reproductive Physiology. Dr. Plante is a board certified laboratory director from the American Association of BioAnalysts for the embryology and andrology laboratories. She is also a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Dr. Plante joined The Fertility Center in May of 1996. She is a highly respected embryologist and is a key part of the outstanding success The Fertility Center has enjoyed. Dr. Plante has also worked as an international reproductive embryology consultant. She works as a volunteer at a dog shelter, loves to do horseback riding, cooking and kickboxing.