Our Providers

Barry A. Ripps, M.D., FACOG

Barry A. Ripps, M.D., FACOG, brings over thirty 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). His Residency and Fellowship training were completed at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.

During his training and early practice, Dr. Ripps completed extensive research and publications 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. Dr. Ripps was also a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery with an emphasis on conservative management of endometriosis-associated infertility and tubal ligation reversal.

Dr. Ripps returned to the Gulf Coast in 1994, offering couples access to the area’s first fellowship-trained and American Board-certified fertility specialist.

Couples seeking assistance find Dr. Ripps and The NewLIFE Team attentive to their clinical and personal needs, facilitating the entire process. This relaxed atmosphere is achieved by compassionate listening and by responding to patient queries in a timely fashion. It is this impeccable attention to detail that sets the tone for the practice, resulting in a positive experience for all patients.

When not helping deliver the blessing of family, Dr. Ripps and his wife, Lori, are deeply committed parents with profound respect for this fundamentally human experience. Much time is allocated as community volunteers for a variety of cultural, religious, and educational organizations. When time allows, Dr. Ripps will inefficiently chase small white, pockmarked spheres across grassy fields into prepared holes, watersports, playing the guitar and ballroom dance.

Norman Assad, M.D.

Norman Assad, M.D., graduated with his Medical Degree from The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. During Medical School, he was awarded the Pearl Devenow Fox, in recognition of the highest two-year score in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed ObGyn residency training at The University of Western Ontario, and McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

After being in Gynecologic Practice focusing on Infertility, the bulk of his career in Canada was spent in Cambridge, Ontario. In 1990, Dr. Assad emigrated and obtained U.S. Citizenship, and created Southwest Fertility Services in Albuquerque NM, providing the spectrum of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). In 2002, he moved to Johnson City, TN continuing clinical practice for three years, and then an academic position as Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at East Tennessee University in Johnson City, providing for the education and training of medical students and ObGyn residents. During his tenure, he published several research projects related to Infertility and wrote two book chapters addressing advancements in ultrasound including 3-D ultrasound. Dr. Assad currently lives in Destin, FL and retains medical licenses in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

In his spare time, Dr. Assad enjoys golfs with his wife, Missy, and gardening at their home. He has a large family of children and grandchildren, who reside in Gulfport, MS and Mandeville, LA.

Linda Fricke, APRN, WHNP-BC

Linda Fricke, APRN, WHNP-BC, has over thirty-five years nursing experience in Women’s Health. In 1981, Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and began a career in labor and delivery. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree, focusing on Maternal and Infant Nursing, from University of Alabama-Birmingham, and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama. Before joining NewLIFE, Linda worked as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, and nurse educator, sharing her interest and enthusiasm for women’s health with others. Linda’s focus and passion for women’s health ultimately led her to reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and to NewLIFE. As an asset to the NewLIFE team in Tallahassee and Dothan, Linda finds fulfillment in helping couples realize their dreams of parenthood. Linda is dedicated to understanding the concerns of patients. Linda brings an extraordinary level of dedication, expertise, and compassion to NewLIFE. These assets and Linda’s enthusiasm are palpable from the first time patients meet her.

Linda has a deep belief in the value of family and sharing the joys of outdoor coastal living with friends.

Tracy Greene FNP-BC, MSN, RN

Tracy is an AANP board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and brings over 20 years of nursing experience to NewLIFE. In 2001, Tracy received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio.  Her love for women’s care began with her earliest experiences in the labor and delivery unit, and her career spans mother/infant, high risk antepartum, and general obstetrics and gynecology. In 2010, she earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.  Tracy also has broad experience in medical research, nursing education, orthopedics and acute care. Her desire to empower patients and families with knowledge has brought her to reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

At NewLIFE, Tracy is able to utilize her profound background in education and research to help couples grow their family.  Tracy’s compassion and genuine love of people is immediately evident in the care she provides to her patients.

Tracy lives in Pensacola, FL and retains licenses in Florida, and Alabama.  She enjoys boating, the beach and spending time at the park with her goldendoodle, Roxy.

Brijinder S. Minhas, Ph.D., HCLD, ALD, ELD, CC, MBA

Brijinder S. Minhas, Ph.D., HCLD, ALD, ELD, CC, 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.

Corey Williams, PhD Embryologist

Dr. Williams brings over seventeen years of combined clinical and laboratory experience to NewLIFE and provides expertise in all facets of the IVF process, including Oocyte Collection, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Assisted Hatching, Embryo Biopsy for Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT), Embryo Vitrification, and Embryo Warming. He is Board Certified in Embryology and Andrology by the American Association of Bioanalysts and holds Licensure with the State of Florida as a Technical Supervisor. 

Dr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 2002 and earned his Doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2009. His Ph.D. thesis at UAB and subsequent postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan and the University of Florida focused on uncovering the genetic and cell-biological basis of mammalian developmental disorders and a group of inherited diseases featuring male infertility. Additionally, the published findings from Dr. Williams have provided the scientific community with a broader understanding of the cellular processes that govern sperm flagellum biogenesis and enable sperm motility. 

Prior to joining NewLIFE, Dr. Williams performed embryology services with the largest fertility clinic in the Tampa Bay area. He now resides in his childhood home of Pensacola with his wife and two daughters.