About the Practice
Introducing the Staff of the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC.
Take a moment to get to know the dedicated staff at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC.
Stephanie L.F. Gustin, MD, FACOG
Dr. Gustin is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. A native Nebraskan, born and raised in Lincoln, Dr. Gustin attended the University of Nebraska — Lincoln for her undergraduate education. Recognized for her outstanding scholarship, leadership and service, Dr. Gustin was inducted into the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, and graduated with high honors. Thereafter, Dr. Gustin moved to Washington, DC, where she attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She graduated Cum Laude and was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical Society. For residency, Dr. Gustin switched coasts to train in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University Hospital. She then remained at Stanford to complete her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
While in her residency and fellowship, Dr. Gustin was awarded the prestigious Arnold P. Gold Foundation in Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. She served as the faculty mentor for the Stanford OBGYN residency class of 2016, and was recognized for her commitment to education and mentoring throughout her training. With regards to her research efforts, Dr. Gustin has published or presented on topics throughout the field of Reproductive Endocrinology, including ethnic differences in fertility and reproduction, embryo transfer technique and timing, recurrent pregnancy loss, ectopic pregnancy, and primary ovarian insufficiency. She holds a Faculty appointment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Gustin has a special interest in recurrent pregnancy loss and reproductive genetics. Additionally, Dr. Gustin is able to provide minimally invasive treatment of endometriosis and fibroids, utilizing the da Vinci robotic surgical system for complex minimally invasive procedures. Her practice at Heartland covers all aspects of infertility, including fertility sparing surgery and assisted reproduction. Dr. Gustin met her husband, Dr. Zachary Gustin, in medical school, and together they are the proud parents of two young daughters and one son. She loves spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and staying active throughout the year. She speaks Spanish, conversationally.
Elizabeth Constance, MD, FACOG
Dr. Constance is a board eligible Reproductive Endocrinologist. A Kansas native, Dr. Constance completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She then returned to Kansas to complete medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Constance stayed at the University of Kansas Medical Center to complete her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After residency, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Michigan.
While in medical school, Dr. Constance volunteered as the Executive Director of a free medical clinic providing general medicine, obstetrics, and gynecological care to uninsured patients in Kansas City, Kansas. She also sat on the board of multiple organizations focused on improving access to healthcare across the Kansas City Metro area. During residency, Dr. Constance was recognized for her devotion to teaching with the Medical Student Voice Award. She also received the Making a Difference Clinical Award for outstanding patient care during her fellowship training at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Constance has conducted research on fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss, and transgender hormone therapy. She has published book chapters on fertility preservation for women with breast cancer and ectopic pregnancy.
Elizabeth Weedin, D.O., M.S.
Dr. Weedin is a board-eligible Reproductive Endocrinologist who was born and raised in Waverly, Nebraska. Dr. Weedin received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she attended medical school and graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. Weedin completed her general Obstetrics and Gynecology residency as well as her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. During her medical training she has been admitted into both Sigma Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Osteopathic service fraternity, as well as to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Additionally, she obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical and Translational Science through the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health during fellowship training.
Dr. Weedin’s research interests include polycystic ovary syndrome and the impact of lifestyle, mental, and emotional health, on infertility. Clinically, Dr. Weedin has special interests in Mullerian anomalies, reproductive surgery, multi-disciplinary approaches to patient care, and infertility treatment. Dr. Weedin is very excited to be joining Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine and will offer the full spectrum of reproductive endocrinology and infertility treatment in her practice.
Personally, Dr. Weedin is best known as “Betsy” and lives in Gretna with her husband, Seth, and their two children, Mabrey and Lanning. She and her family are diehard Husker football fans and also love traveling, being outdoors, baseball, and attending concerts. Personal passions for Betsy include cooking, exercise (especially Orange Theory Fitness!), spending time with her family and friends, and finding the good in every day. The Weedin’s are simply ecstatic to be back in Nebraska and living “the Good Life”!
Ann Miller Bode, DNP, APRN
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, NCC Board Certified
Ann M. Bode is a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner providing care for women at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine since 2000. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Creighton University and then pursued advanced practice as a Nurse Practitioner. She subsequently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing.
Dr. Bode has spent time in Oaxaca, Mexico providing general women’s health care and in south Texas working in a community birth center providing perinatal services. She has published articles in both nursing and medical journals and has authored patient education materials related to health and wellness promotion for women. She has a focused interest in providing care for women dealing with perimenopause and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Her doctoral degree research project explored the decision making process used by women choosing fertility preservation prior to beginning cancer treatment. Dr. Bode serves as a clinical preceptor for graduate students seeking expertise in Women’s Health Care and Reproductive Medicine. She is currently completing a certificate program in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Bode came to the Omaha area to attend Creighton University. She met her husband, Richard in Omaha where they have enjoyed living and parenting their two young adult daughters.
Kathleen Yao, DNP, APRN
Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, NCC Board Certified
Dr. Yao received her Bachelor’s degrees in both biology and nursing from Creighton University, followed by a Master’s Degree as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She then joined the faculty at the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she served as the Continuing Nursing Education nurse planner and clinical instructor in obstetrics and gynecology. During Dr. Yao’s appointment as the nurse planner, she collaborated with numerous medical and professional disciplines to develop and implement continuing education programs for healthcare providers. In 2017, Dr. Yao received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
She is now one of the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioners at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, focusing on general gynecological care and evaluation of infertile couples, and serving as the patient care coordinator for couples undergoing fertility treatment.
Dr. Yao and her husband, Josh, have two daughters and one son.
Barry R. Behr, PhD, HCLD
Director of Laboratories
Professor Behr graduated from University of Nevada-Reno with honors and earned his Ph.D. with emphasis in Reproductive Physiology in 1991, board certified as High Complexity Laboratory Director in 1994, and board certified as Embryology Laboratory Director in 2003.
He is a nationally and internationally renowned clinical and scientific leader in the research and advances of human reproduction. As a world-renown scientist and lecturer, he is highly sought after to chair scientific programs and conferences, is the first non MD President of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and has been appointed as program chairman of several professional meetings. Dr. Behr was the former President of the American Association for Bioanalysts for 2015-2016. He is the director of the IVF/ART laboratory at Stanford University and is the Faculty Advisor for the Transgenic, Knockout and Tumor Model Center.
In the 90’s Dr. Behr developed a culture medium for embryo culture to the blastocyst stage, which has improved pregnancy rates, implantation rates and reduced the risks of multiple gestation in IVF. He was also the co-inventor of an embryo selection technology that was featured in Time Magazine's Best of Everything as 8th place in the top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010. Dr. Behr has been widely recognized for his research nationally and internationally. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
Barbara K. Timm, MA, ELD(ABB) TS(ABB)
Associate Director of Laboratories
Ms. Timm completed her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Art degrees at the University of South Dakota, both with an emphasis in the area of Biology.
Upon graduation in 1991, Ms. Timm started her career as a Cytogenetics Technologist with the University of South Dakota Genetics Laboratory. She was involved in culturing different kinds of tissue and analysis for chromosomal defects. She was in charge of developing and implementing the laboratory's fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) program using chromosome specific probes.
In 1994, Ms. Timm was instrumental in setting up and supervising the Andrology and Embryology sections at the University of South Dakota Human Reproduction Laboratory. In 2001, she joined the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC team of laboratory technologists. She was appointed the Technical Supervisor for the Andrology and Embryology divisions and the Supervisor for the laboratories in 2002. In 2003, Ms. Timm was appointed the Embryology Laboratory Director and Associate Director of Laboratories at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC.
Ms. Timm is board certified as an Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD) and Technical Supervisor (TS) in Embryology and Andrology by the American Board of Bioanalysis. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Reproductive Biology Professional Group and the Reproductive Laboratory Technology Professional Group. She is also a member of the American Association of Bioanalysts and the College of Reproductive Biology.
Ms. Timm has published several peer review journal articles and abstracts with respect to assisted reproductive technologies. She is a member of the National Honor Society Sigma Xi and Phi Sigma. She is also a retired member of the South Dakota Air National Guard. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Alan, and their four children.
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