marius-meintjes-square-194x194Marius Meintjes, Ph.D, H.C.L.D., currently serves as the off-site Embryology Laboratory Director for the ART Fertility  Program of Alabama. Dr. Meintjes is board certified as a high complexity laboratory director, a human embryology laboratory director, a technical supervisor and a clinical consultant through the American Board of Bioanalysts. Currently, he is one of only three embryologists in the United States that are also certified as a senior clinical embryologist by the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Dr. Meintjes serves as an advisor for numerous national and international fertility companies. In vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratories under his direction consistently rate among the best in the U.S. Dr. Meintjes is frequently featured as a national and international speaker on in vitro laboratory excellence and design, as well as on various aspects of the optimization of assisted reproduction procedures and outcomes. He has published many book chapters and papers on these topics in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

In his spare time, Dr. Meintjes enjoys spending time with his family, collecting butterflies, flying an old airplane and practicing veterinary medicine (reproduction, of course).

Board Certifications:

  • High Complexity Laboratory Director (ABB)
  • Embryology Laboratory Director (ABB)
  • Technical Supervisor (ABB)
  • Clinical Consultant (ABB)
  • Senior Clinical Embryologist (ESHRE)

Invited seminars:

  • ESHRE (European Society Human Reproduction & Embryology)
    • Helsinki, Finland 2016
  • ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine)
    • Post-graduate faculty 2017


  • Responsible for the first horse ICSI pregnancy
  • Responsible for the first IVF calf from a pregnant cow, which is now a commercial model for breeding
  • Responsible for the first horse IVF embryos so that breeders could ensure offspring had reproductive quality
  • Responsible for the first IVF kid goat birth using trans-vaginal egg retrieval (non-invasive procedure)
  • Recognized for extensive work in Africa for helping save endangered species through ART


Kerri Owens, B.S., currently serves as the Embryology and Andrology Lab Supervisor for the ART Fertility Program of Alabama. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a BS degree in Biology/Psychology. Ms. Owens attended Birmingham-Southern on an athletic and scholastic scholarship. While at college, she received several honors and awards for both academic and athletic achievements. After receiving her degree, Kerri worked in a chemistry lab before joining the ART Fertility Program of Alabama in June 2007. Kerri takes pleasure in providing andrology and embryology services to infertile couples at ART.

Patricia Mantooth, B.S., currently serves as an Embryologist and Andrologist for the ART Fertility Program of Alabama. “Tricia” holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Jacksonville State University where she was also a member of the Marching Southerner’s Band.  She later attended UAB for continued studies in Microbiology and Embryology. Prior to becoming and Embryologist, she spent nearly 10 years as a veterinary technician due to her passion for medicine and love for animals. Tricia also coaches colorguard and dance throughout the Birmingham area. She has taught at numerous high schools in Alabama and Mississippi. She is originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, but she now resides in Helena with her fiancé, son, two fur-children, and newest baby girl.

Maria Kuzynski, PhD, currently serves as an Embryologist and Andrologist for the ART Fertility Program of Alabama.   Dr. Kuzynski earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and went on to get her PhD in Cell, Molecular, and Development Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Kuzynski has published several manuscripts and received numerous awards during her graduate studies at UAB and has received a distinguished NIH grant award in support of her graduate studies and research. While getting her PhD, she shadowed and observed daily embryology processes and techniques at a fertility clinic.

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