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Wellness Coaches

The Wellness Coaches of West Coast Surrogacy offer surrogate mothers unparalleled support and advice throughout the entire surrogacy journey.

Ellen Winters Miller, M.A., L.M.F.T. - Counseling Support

“Having struggled to have children for many years myself, I am honored to be able to assist people achieve their dreams”
- Ellen Winters Miller

After a 5-1/2 year personal struggle with infertility (including the use of 3rd parties and A.R.T. procedures), Ellen, a California Licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist since 1986, soon focused her attention on helping others with similar challenges. She is honored to be affiliated with West Coast Surrogacy since the Agency’s launch in 2007, as an independent consultant, psychotherapist and support services provider.

Ellen has the compassion, knowledge, experience and problem solving skills to provide guidance and interact with all involved in collaborative reproduction. Areas explored in pre-cycle meetings are those recommended to be discussed by the guidelines of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. In meeting West Coast gestational carrier and donor candidates, Ellen ensures their concerns are addressed as well as assesses their appropriateness to participate. Her pre-cycle psycho- educational consultations with intended parents’ focus on the many nuances of family building with assistance. During a gestational surrogate pregnancy, Ellen provides ongoing care and consultations to each participant, focusing on their specific hopes, dreams and challenges. She interacts often with WCS Case Managers, Directors and facilitates monthly WCS Surrogate Support Groups.

For over 25 years, Ellen has continued her professional growth in the field of infertility through awareness of evidence-based research and her involvement as a professional member of the American Fertility Association (TheAFA), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG), Fertile Hope, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS), Resolve and The Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (S.E.E.D.S.). Ellen was a member of the ASRM MHPG Donor Recipient Family Task Force, and was instrumental in setting up the Professionally led Support Groups for Resolve of Orange County.

Ellen is also a founding Board Member of the Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance.

Sue Ann Gonis, M.A., C.P.C.C., P.C.C. - Professional Life and Leadership Coach

“It’s an honor to share in the surrogacy journey and to be with another human being who is doing such a selfless act of carrying a baby (sometimes babies) for someone else”
– Sue Ann Gonis, M.A., C.P.C.C., P.C.C.

As an independent Life and Leadership Coach for West Coast Surrogacy, Sue Ann specializes in providing emotional support and encouragement to surrogates and intended parents throughout the surrogacy process. She is an invaluable resource to both the West Coast Surrogacy staff, and to clients, guiding them throughout every important step in the process. She enjoys teaching women who want to become a surrogate mother how to care for their wellbeing, and to aim for their higher potential.

Sue Ann spent 20 years as a corporate executive, including many years with Fortune 100 companies, and has served as an Internal coach, coaching senior executives and their teams. She is a graduate of Coaches Training Institute and the Center for Right Relationship, and holds accreditation as a Professional Certified Coach through International Coach Federation. Sue Anne earned a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Redlands, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She lives with her husband and blended family of 4 children, in Southern California.

Amanda Quayle, Psy.D. - Counseling Support

"Thirteen years ago I started my own incredible journey into parenthood. Through my experiences I decided to re-specialize in the area of reproductive trauma as well as success."
-Dr. Amanda Quayle, Psy.D.

Dr. Quayle is the newest member of the West Coast Surrogacy and West Coast Egg Donation team. She joins the team as a seasoned therapist who has spent the last 20 years working in the field of psychology. It was in 2002 that life changed forever for Amanda and her husband when they found out they were going to have a baby. Three children and two very tumultuous pregnancies that included a long NICU stay later, Amanda changed her practice to focus on working in the area of reproductive psychology. That means working with women struggling with infertility, pre-pregnancy counseling, and post-partum issues. Amanda's passion for equality lends her expertise to include extensive work within the LGBT and HIV community. This opportunity to work with the team at West coast Surrogacy and West Coast Egg Donation is the perfect marriage of Amanda’s passion and clinical skills.

"I firmly believe that supporting surrogates and intended parents through this journey is key to creating a loving experience for both parties. I offer the same level of support for both surrogates and IP's as both have intimate experiences of love, fear, excitement and anticipation as they await the birth of the child. It is an honor to be working with West Coast Surrogacy and West Coast Egg Donation."

Amanda is happily married and the proud mother of three beautiful children, one of whom is disabled.

Tina Schneider, R.D. - Registered Dietitian

“My journey through surrogacy plus my focus on a healthy lifestyle have inspired me to guide others”
– Tina Schneider, R.D.

Tina Schneider graduated from CSULB with a BS in Dietetics and Food Administration, and a minor in Chemistry. Tina attended graduate school while completing her internship at CSULB. During her internship, Tina mostly worked at Torrance Memorial Hospital, where she covered all aspects of Medical Nutrition Therapy and Food Administration. After completing her internship and obtaining RD status, Tina began working at DaVita with end-stage Renal Disease patients where she continues to work today.

Tina is married with four children and has been a surrogate mother through West Coast Surrogacy twice for the same family. Tina attributes always having great pregnancies to healthy eating and exercise, stating that “pregnancy and healthy nutrition are my two passions in life, so helping surrogate mothers follow a healthy lifestyle is now my mission.”