Tonya Ferguson, PhD

Tonya Ferguson, PhD, HCLD, Oversees Ovation’s Fort Worth Lab

With nearly two decades of experience in assisted reproduction technology (ART), Tonya Ferguson, PhD, HCLD, is the lab director leading the expert team of andrologists and embryologists at Ovation® Fertility Fort Worth.

A certified High Complexity Laboratory Director, Dr. Ferguson is dedicated to fostering excellence in both outcomes and patient care experiences. Her commitment to helping people accomplish their family-building goals has been evident throughout her career as an embryologist and laboratory team leader.

Her areas of special scientific expertise include IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), testicular and epididymal sperm preparation, cryopreservation of reproductive specimens and trophectoderm biopsy. Dr. Ferguson also has extensive experience in development and maintenance of quality assurance and quality control programs, CAP and FDA regulations, and Lean Six Sigma techniques.

A skilled, experienced laboratory leader

Prior to joining Ovation Fertility in 2020, Dr. Ferguson spent four years as the laboratory director for CCRM-DFW, formerly Frisco IVF, where she achieved exceptional results in regulatory inspections, trained groups of visiting scientists in week-long workshops, and implemented a novel, highly efficient trophectoderm biopsy technique.

Earlier in her career, she served as scientific director of the ARTs Department of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Forth Worth. She began her professional career as an embryologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Dr. Ferguson earned her doctorate degree in animal and dairy sciences at Louisiana State University, followed by her HCLD, Embryology Laboratory Director, Clinical Consultant and Andrology Laboratory Director certifications from the American Board of Bioanalysis. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, focusing her research on the biology of adult stem cells. She also holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in animal science from Oklahoma State University.

In addition to producing and presenting many publications, presentations and lectures highlighting her research, she is a member of the ABB, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists and Gamma Sigma Delta, and was the founding vice president of the Dallas Embryology Association.