Barry A. Ripps, M.D., FACOGBarry 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.
Meaghan A. Delaney, M.D., M.A., FACOGMeaghan A. Delaney, M.D., M.A., FACOG, is a board-certified ObGyn by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine, receiving both a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences and her Doctor of Medicine. Her residency training was completed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA in obstetrics and gynecology. Following residency, she completed her reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. Throughout her training, Dr. Delaney has been actively involved in advancing research, starting her professional career as a research assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital and during her fellowship training was involved in numerous research projects including, uterine fibroid physiology, sperm function, and the social aspects of infertility diagnosis. She is an active member of ASRM, ACOG, and AAGL and her research has been presented at multiple national meetings and received several local and national awards. Her clinical interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids, minimally invasive surgery and male infertility. During residency, she was recognized as an outstanding laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeon by AAGL and received the Golden Apple teaching award at the University of Massachusetts as well as was a thesis “Honors” recipient at Boston University School of Medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Delaney enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and spending time at the beach. She has joined the medical team at NewLIFE, became an active member of the Pensacola community, and is helping parents welcome new additions to their families.
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, ARNP, WHNP-BC
Linda Fricke, ARNP, 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.