Meet your Fora Physicians

Fora (noun) for-ə

Latin,  meeting places for open discussion and exchange of ideas

Personalized care. Modern Technology.

At Fora, we meet you where you are.  The foundation of Fora Fertility is that each patient’s forum is unique…a forum where we will meet you to discuss YOUR dreams and goals, YOUR ideas and questions, YOUR body and fertility. A forum especially for you.

Small and personal, boutique and individualized, at Fora Fertility, we provide expert medical care using the most advanced, state of the art treatments. Your fertility journey will be an empowering experience with a patient centered approach led by your Fora Fertility physicians.

Fora was founded to provide you with exactly what you need to understand your fertility, grow your family, or preserve your future fertility. At Fora, we do not believe that bigger is better. We know that your forum is as unique as you are, and we are here for you every step of the way.

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Dr. Amanda Skillern, MD

Dr. Amanda Skillern completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with double honors in Psychology and the Plan I Liberal Arts Honors program. Her studies culminated in an honors thesis in health psychology focusing on coping mechanisms in women’s sexual and reproductive health, solidifying her interest in this area. Dr. Skillern went on to earn her Medical Degree at Texas Tech, followed by a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Skillern is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. Skillern returned to her Texas roots after completing her fellowship to open and oversee the fertility clinic at RMA ofTexas in Austin, serving as the IVF Director of that clinical location from 2013 to 2020. She also came full circle by returning to the University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor and the REI Educational Experience Coordinator for the Women’s Health Residency Program at Dell Medical School. Dr. Skillern is proud to have been a part of so many Austin patients’ family building journeys and is thrilled to continue to serve her Austin patients at Fora Fertility. She develops and maintains personal relationships with all of her patients and hergreatest reward is their continued communication over the years.

Dr. Skillern’s areas of interest include ovarian aging, diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), and options for extending fertility, such as oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), embryo cryopreservation (embryo banking) and donor egg IVF. Her scientific research has focused on the process by which primordial follicles (eggs) diminish overtime, to better understand how the ovary ages and stimulation protocols to optimize patients with DOR. A large part of Dr. Skillern’s clinical practice focuses on patients with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) who have often been told that they are not candidates for treatment or fertility preservation using their own eggs.

Dr. Skillern is also passionate about the biopsychosocial model of health that she adopted during her early psychology research years. Specifically, she uses her expertise in women's health coping mechanisms to inform her approach to caring for her patients. In sum, Dr.Skillern’s unique background allows her to care for the whole patient on the whole journey. Dr. Skillern truly views assisting her patients on their family building journeys as her life’s work. Dr. Skillern has been awarded the Texas Rising Star from 2019-2021 for her work as an outstanding fertility specialist in Austin.

Dra. Skillern habla Español y le da labienvenida a los pacientes de habla Español para que llamen o envíen correoselectrónicos en Español para solicitar una consulta

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Dr. Natalie Crawford, MD

Natalie Crawford, MD completed her undergraduate education at Auburn University obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Nutrition Science, solidifying a strong passion in nutrition and lifestyle factors on reproductive health. She went on to earn her Medical Degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, followed by Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of North Carolina while concurrently obtaining a Master's Degree in Clinical Research. Dr. Crawford is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Crawford is proud to be a Clinical Assistant Professor of Women’s Heath at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and enjoys teaching the next generation of physicians. She has a strong interest in promoting and amplifying other women, and she co-founded Pinnacle Conference, a leadership organization for women in medicine. Dr. Crawford values developing close connections with her patients throughout their fertility journeys. She is passionate about education and promotes fertility awareness through social media and community outreach. Follow Dr. Crawford on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and visit her blog at nataliecrawfordmd.com. She also hosts the “As a Woman” podcast and her YouTube channel with the goal to empower women through education. Dr. Crawford was awarded Top Doctor for Women in 2021 & 2020 and Top Doctor in 2020 and 2021 by Austin Monthly, she won “Best Fertility Specialist in Austin” at the 2019 Austin Birth Awards and was the 2019 Recipient of the Hope Award for Social Influence, by Resolve, the National Infertility Association. She was one of Austin’s Top 40 under 40 for her work empowering women in our local community and beyond. She is married to Austin native Jason Crawford, and they have two children.

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Dr. Natalie Crawford

Dr. Natalie Crawford completed her undergraduate education at Auburn University obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Nutrition Science, solidifying a strong passion in nutrition and lifestyle factors on reproductive health. She went on to earn her Medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, followed by Residency Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of North Carolina while concurrently obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research. Dr. Crawford is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. Crawford values developing close connections with her patient throughout their infertility journeys and incorporates evidence-based medicine to help patients achieve their dreams of family building. She is passionate about education and empowering women and promotes fertility awareness through social media community outreach. Follow Dr. Crawford on Instagram @nataliecrawfordmd and visit her blog at nataliecrawfordmd.com. She also hosts the “As a Woman” podcast with the goal to empower women through education and encourage them to pursue their dreams.

Meet your
clinical team

At Fora, we value teamwork and communication. Your clinical team is small, personal, and we want to know you and your story. Meet the team members who will work together to help you on this chapter of your journey.

Melissa Harmon

clinical manager and collaborative reproduction cycle coordinator

Melissa or “Mel” is thrilled to be working with Fora and rejoining some of her former colleagues and making new ones! She graduated from Texas Christian University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Although her interest was always in Women’s Health, she found her true passion with Infertility and has had the amazing privilege of helping to make dreams come true and build families for 18 years! Over the years, she has worked in various clinics throughout Texas and New York City and has experience in gynecological surgery, fertility cycle management, sonography, intrauterine inseminations, third-party reproduction, and multiagency compliance. Although she started her fertility journey as a staff nurse directly out of school, she has enjoyed working as a mentor, recruiter, trainer, and Clinical Nurse Manager for most of her career. When she is not at the Fort, she enjoys quality with her family and enjoying the beauty and excitement of Austin.

Rikki Richardson

Cycle coordinator: Team Skillern

Rikki was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She worked at UCSF Center for Reproductive Health where she met Dr. Skillern during her fellowship. This is where Rikki fell in love with fertility. She finds helping someone achieve their dreams of a family extremely rewarding. Rikki is a master phlebotomist and enjoys making stressful moments of the fertility journey easier. She and Dr. Skillern have been working together since 2011. Her favorite color is purple.

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about fora beauty

Fora beauty is focused on wellness and clean beauty products to help you eliminate toxins that may impact your reproductive journey. At Fora, we know that infertility can be isolating and lead to you not feeling yourself. We want to empower women to feel and look their best throughout this process. In addition, we are committed to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcome, and this focus on wellness and reproductive health is more than just medical. Environmental toxins and contaminants have been shown to be detrimental to overall health and endocrine function, and emerging research supports that eliminating toxins from beauty products is one thing people can do to improve outcomes. More than just informing patients to do this, we want to support every person on this journey and are offering complimentary consultations to all patients in cycle to learn more about this transition to clean beauty.

Meet Your FORA Beauty Consultant

Stacy Matthews May is a highly accomplished makeup artist with over 15 years of experience creating stunning looks for all occasions.  Her work has been recognized by leading professionals in the industry and she has collaborated on multiple television and film projects in Texas.  She specializes in bridal makeup artistry and loves to help her clients look and feel their best by highlighting their natural features.  Her attention to detail does not go unnoticed when she creates carefully composed makeup looks for professional headshots.  She finds beauty and inspiration everywhere and is always up to date with the latest trends, tools, techniques and styles. Her services also include microblading and organic tanning.  When she isn’t creating timeless looks, you can find her playing with her two young boys in their SoCo backyard or planning an outdoor adventure with her husband.  

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