Our Team

Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our office.

Dr. Richard Schmidt – Physician


Dr. Schmidt received his undergraduate degree at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo where he studied engineering and biochemistry. He went on to receive his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his residency and specialty in reproductive endocrinology and fertility training at Valley Medical Center in San Jose and at NOVA IVF.

Dr. Schmidt joined the NOVA team in January 1997. He has been the Medical Director at NOVA IVF since 1999. He is also NOVA’s Laboratory and Program Director.

Dr. Schmidt relocated NOVA IVF to Mountain View, California, where, as a solo practitioner, he enjoys providing individualized, compassionate, and unique patient care. Dr. Schmidt and his dedicated team take pride in creating a comfortable and positive environment for all NOVA patients.

He emphasizes the uniqueness of every patient and the importance of individualized treatments for patients to maximize their chances of success. The science of fertility treatment is not always exact and there are many factors that may play a role in the ultimate outcome. This must be considered in every patient’s treatment.

Dr. Meera Shah – Physician

Dr. Shah - NOVA IVF

Meera Shah, M.D., F.A.C.O.G will join Nova IVF this fall after completing her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Stanford University. Dr. Shah grew up on the East Coast and first moved to the Bay Area to complete her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley. She then attended Stanford Medical School, where she also met her husband, and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UC-San Francisco. She returned to Stanford for her fellowship, during which time she contributed to several first author publications in leading journals, in areas ranging from fertility preservation for cancer patients, reproductive genetics, pregnancy loss, and ethnic differences in IVF outcomes. Throughout her training, Dr. Shah has been honored with several teaching awards and leadership positions which attest to her passion for advancing the field of reproductive medicine.

Dr. Shah is committed to providing high quality, compassionate and individualized care to every patient. She takes pride in her ability to balance personalized care with an evidence based approach to provide a unique patient experience to every couple. She recognizes that infertility and pregnancy loss is an extremely stressful and life-shaping experience, and is wholeheartedly dedicated to helping her patients through this journey to realize their dreams of building a family.

In her spare time, Dr. Shah enjoys hiking, travel, playing tennis and basketball, and spending quality time with her husband and 2 year old son.



The success of an IVF clinic depends on the skills of the person working with the sperm, eggs and subsequently the embryos. As NOVA’s Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD Certification), Fen-Chi DeFalco, has created an Embryology Laboratory that is not only top in the bay area but in the region. Her exceptional skill combined with her rapid speed minimizes the exposure of the embryos to the time outside of the incubator. This type of skill cannot be understated in it’s importance for the embryo’s best chance to implant and grow into a baby. Fen-Chi’s major role in procedures and leadership in the lab has allowed NOVA to enjoy some of the best success rates in the country.

Fen-Chi along with medical clean room engineers designed the perfect IVF laboratory that opened up in January of 2012. This move from the old location in Palo Alto is already proving to be a positive step for our patients’ successes.


Sean Pae joined the NOVA Team as our Laboratory Supervisor in 2013. Sean is an extremely talented, educated and experienced embryologist with over 7 years of lab experience. Sean graduated from Cal Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Environmental Biology and graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School with a Master of Science in Embryology and Andrology. Sean is licensed as a Technical Supervisor through the American Association of Bioanalysts and has published scientific articles, oral presentations and abstracts in different stages of embryo survival after vitrification. This expertise in IVF with further ongoing development in new vitrification protocols, cryo-devices, and techniques has kept NOVA at the highest performing level.


“Iris” Szu-Wen Liu joined Nova in January 2017 as an Embryology Lab Assistant. Iris has a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of California Davis and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Chung Shan Medical University – Taichung, Taiwan

Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner and Care Coordinators

The center of care at NOVA is our Physician Assistant (Jessica), Nurse Practitioner (Danielle), and our unique team of Care Coordinators (Dani, Stephanie and Megan). This compassionate team of knowledgeable professionals works directly with Dr. Schmidt to help coordinate every step of your treatment. They carry Dr. Schmidt’s philosophy of individualizing the treatment for each patient.

Jessica, Danielle, Dani, Stephanie and Megan are always available, one phone call away to help you with any part of your fertility treatment. Access to Dr. Schmidt or anyone on the NOVA team is facilitated through our no voicemail – always a “real person” policy. You will never speak to an answering machine when calling NOVA. Having the ability to talk to someone right away when something comes up can help reduce the stress in your treatment cycle.

Administrative Front Office

There is nothing better than getting started off on the right foot. Our Administrative Front Office Team promotes that positive first impression that is a constant throughout your NOVA experience. You can always expect to be greeted with a warm smile and a caring, compassionate connection as a NOVA patient.

Our Administrative Front Office Team is here to help and answer any questions that you have. Laura, Erika, Susana, Vicky, Azalea, Andrew, Betsey and Butch look forward to meeting you and assisting you through your treatment at NOVA.

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