Reproductive Endocrinologist

Low-Cost, High-Volume IVF Clinic VS. PREG

Dr. John E. Nichols, Jr., MD Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist PREG Founder Medical & Laboratory Director discusses low-cost, high-volume IVF clinic v.s. PREG Dr. Nichols, Why Low-Cost IVF isn’t always the best option? IVF is the most effective, efficient treatment to achieve a pregnancy in any fertility center, but there are some costs that go along with the highly…

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The Doctor Is In! – Dr. Cookingham Discusses Getting A Second Opinion

Lisa Marii Cookingham, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist Columbia PREG Facility Why does PREG offer second opinions? We offer free second opinions for any patient who has been to another infertility practice and wants another perspective or perhaps a different point of view. Sometimes patients come to us because they have unanswered questions or concerns, or maybe they didn’t feel like the…

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The Doctor Is In! – Dr. Nichols answers questions about “Egg Retrieval During IVF”

Dr. John E. Nichols, Jr., MD Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist PREG Founder Medical & Laboratory Director Dr. Nichols answers questions about “Egg Retrieval During IVF” What is egg retrieval in IVF? The process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which is an aggressive and thankfully very successful fertility treatment, is comprised of several steps. One of the first steps we…

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Donor Inseminations

Nurse Practitioner and Director of Nursing Tori Bishop Discusses Donor Inseminations Tori, how long have you been with PREG? I’ve been with PREG since 2015, but I’ve been in healthcare since 2000. PREG is absolutely the best place I’ve worked because every day I get to go to work and be part of miracle-making. It may sound obvious but what…

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PREG Designated a Center of Excellence (COE) network

GREENVILLE, COLUMBIA AND MT. PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA- Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group (PREG) has received the Center of Excellence designation from the Clinical Sciences Institute of the Optum Fertility Solution Centers of Excellence network. Since 1986 Optum has been a leading developer of condition management programs seeking to identify complex medication conditions with quantifiable variance across treatment providers. Optum’s COE networks…

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ICSI and other advances in the Embryology Lab

The Doctor Is In! Q & A with Dr. John Frederick Payne, MD Reproductive Endocrinologist & PREG Partner ICSI and other advances in the Embryology Lab How Does the Embryology Lab Work in Fertility Treatment? Obviously, before we get to the lab and they do their part we have to do the in-vitro fertilization or embryo transfer so that we…

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The Doctor Is In! – Get to know our newest physician, Dr. Lisa Cookingham PREG/Columbia

Lisa Marii Cookingham, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist Tell us About Yourself I grew up in a military family and the majority of my childhood years were spent living around the country and also overseas. Before practicing medicine, I was in the fine arts industry appearing in theatre and stage work in Chicago, NY, Boston, etc. In 1999, I moved to Phoenix,…

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