Physicians & Staff

BAR_Portrait_CloseUp_bestBarry A. Ripps, M.D., FACOG, ACGE, brings over a twenty-five years of clinical experience in human reproduction to the Gulf Coast. Dr. Ripps graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University and completed medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). For Residency and Fellowship training, he attended the University of Tennessee-Memphis. During his training and early practice, Dr. Ripps published extensively with research in the areas of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, female and male factor infertility and assisted reproduction.  These efforts were recognized and supported with extramural funding. He was a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery with emphasis on conservative management of endometriosis-associated infertility.
Dr Ripps returned to the Gulf Coast in 1994, offering couples access to the only fellowship-trained and Board-certified fertility specialist practicing Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Well-informed patients realize the advantages of receiving their care from fertility specialists with Board-certification, recognized by membership in the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (www.SREI.org). 
Couples seeking assistance find Dr. Ripps and The NewLIFE Team attentive to their clinical and emotional needs, making the process easier. This relaxed atmosphere is achieved by compassionate listening and by responding to patient queries in a timely fashion. Dr. Ripps accepts a holistic approach to fertility treatment, taking into consideration the special needs and desires of each patient. It is his impeccable attention to detail that sets the tone for the practice, resulting in a positive experience for all patients.

Laboratory Accreditation by the College of American Pathology, membership in the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) and Board-certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility exemplify the commitment to quality care and outcomes and are distinguishing attributes of this practice.


 

 

Linda Fricke, MSN, WHNP-BC, has been in Women’s Health for over thirty years.  Mrs. Fricke graduated from Florida State University in 1981 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  She attended graduate school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham where she completed her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Maternal-Infant Nursing.  After working in obstetrics as a Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist her focus and passion were drawn to reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

With a zest for learning and doing more, Mrs. Fricke pursued and completed her Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree at University of South Alabama.  She brings value to the NewLIFE Team an extraordinary level of dedication, expertise, and compassion.  These assets and her enthusiasm are palpable from the first time patients meet her.



 

Doctor2Brijinder S. Minhas, Ph.D., HCLD, MBA, brings to NewLIFE thirty-five years of combined clinical and laboratory expertise. Board Certified in Embryology and Andrology by the American Board of Bioanalysis, he has published and lectured extensively on the many facets of mammalian reproduction with a primary focus on the diagnosis and treatment of male causes of infertility.

A pioneer in the field of male infertility, he has performed thousands of micromanipulation procedures to include ICSI, Assisted Hatching, and Embryo Biopsy for preimplantation genetic testing.  Bringing this expertise to NewLIFE, he championed the steady pursuit of excellence and progress in our clinical outcomes that is now receiving recognition and awards.

Prior to joining the NewLIFE Team, Dr. Minhas served as Regional Scientific Director and Regional Vice President of Operations for the largest multi-site, national provider of physician practice management services in reproductive medicine and infertility. He has served on National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections and is a member of a broad list of professional societies, including ASRM, ABB, College of Reproductive Biology, and International Embryo Transfer Society. As these impressive qualifications are being sought nationally and internationally, Dr. Minhas provides consultations to other fertility practices with a diverse menu of Global Infertility Solutions .


 

 

douglasmoore Douglas S. Moore, TS, ELD was recruited to join the NewLIFE team in August of 2008, bringing twenty years of ART experience to enrich the our state-of-the-art service.  He is proficient in all aspects of Human Embryology and Andrology.  For six and a half years Douglas served as the Embryology Supervisor for Stanford University in California.

His expertise has been solicited as a consultant for many ART programs in the country where his reputation for solid understanding of both practical and theoretical laboratory science is demonstrated.  Recognizing that many, if not most, of the advances in fertility success have arisen in the ART laboratory, Douglas is a welcome addition fulfilling more expectations for our patients.


 

 

terriTerri Bishop MS, CNM, ARNP, brings fifteen years of women's health experience to NewLIFE. She graduated with honors, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York in 1995. After six years of experience as a charge nurse in labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn nursery, Ms. Bishop returned to graduate school, receiving a Masters of Science degree in Midwifery in 2002 from the State University of New York.


As a native of Panama City Florida, she returned home with a dedication to her career, the area, and the people in the community, joining NewLIFE in April of 2005. This commitment is apparent to all who visit with her and her presence on the NewLIFE team has raised the bar for exceptional fertility care in the Panama City area.


 

 

Vial_Toni_PortraitToni Vial, RN BSN has excelled in women's health care for more than fifteen years.  She attended Louisiana State University and University of South Alabama with a bachelors of science degree in Nursing.  She began her career in labor & delivery, with experience in the newborn nursery, post-partum and childbirth education. 

Her commitment to women's health has compelled her to expand her knowledge and areas of competence.  With a desire to help "make babies", too, Mrs. Vial joined the NewLIFE Team in May 2009 and has coordinated all facets of patients' fertility care.  She has become an integral asset and an advocate for couples seeking board-certified fertility care in Mobile, Alabama.  Patients feel the TLC from their first contact in this convenient West Mobile office.


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 Shauna & Jeremy,

When we decided to start our family things did not go as planned. So we sought the help of an OB/GYN in our local area. After one long year of fertility pills and two exploratory surgeries, our OB/GYN told us that she had done all that she could do. We were emotionally spent and frustrated....

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