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Meet our Staff


  

Executive Director

Camille Van Wagoner

Hawkins, LCSW

    Camille Hawkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Founder and Executive Director of Utah Infertility Resource Center. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Utah State University.

    Camille is passionate about helping individuals and couples manage the aspects of their lives that are affected by the strain of infertility and childlessness and works to help her clients navigate the complex worlds of infertility, third party reproduction, and adoption. In addition to overseeing the operations of UIRC, Camille also provides counseling to individuals and couples, participates in local outreach, research, state and national advocacy, and presents on various topics such as "The Unique Challenges of Adoption when you've Struggled with Infertility" and "Raising your Adopted Child."

    Before her work at UIRC, Camille was a therapist at The Family Support Center in Salt Lake City. Her focus was helping families recover from traumatic events and overcome mental health challenges.  Camille’s professional experiences also include serving the Women’s, Children’s, and NICU units for Intermountain Healthcare. There, she worked as a crisis social worker assisting mothers who lost their babies due to miscarriage or stillbirth. Additionally, Camille has experience with childhood grief groups as a volunteer to the "littles" with The Sharing Place.

    Camille has completed level 2 training from the Gottman Institute for Couples Therapy and was trained by the State of Utah in Trauma ­Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Camille serves on the Utah Adoption Council and is a member of the Mental Health Practitioners Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine where she receives ongoing training.   Camille began working in the field of infertility and adoption after the resolution of her own journey to parenthood. After many failed infertility treatments, she became a mom through adoption. In her spare time she enjoys being with her husband, two daughters, and two fur babies. 

Clinical Director

Whitney Barrell, LCSW

   Whitney Barrell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Sonoma State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah.  

    In addition to her work at UIRC, she maintains a private practice in Salt Lake City. She specializes in treating men and women who have experienced infertility, as well as the accompanying grief and loss that often occurs. In her private practice she also treats children dealing with mental health issues, and has a particular interest in parent-child relationship issues, attachment and adoption. Additionally, Whitney is the clinical supervisor at the Cancer Wellness House. She provides consultation to graduate level interns who are working as therapists for those diagnosed with cancer. Whitney also serves on the local board of United for Adoption.

     Prior to starting her own practice, she worked as a therapist for Valley Mental Health in the Children’s Outpatient Clinic. During this time, she was the early childhood specialist, often consulting with outside preschools and elementary schools on improving their programming to better meet the needs of children struggling with social/emotional issues. Early in her career she spent several months in Kenya volunteering in orphanages and women’s centers.

    Whitney is passionate about helping to build a healthy, informed community around infertility. She comes to infertility counseling with both clinical training and personal experience. After undergoing infertility treatment as well as subsequent treatment for breast cancer, Whitney and her husband chose to build their family through open adoption. They have a precocious 2 year old daughter, and a brand new, delicious smelling newborn.

Director of Support Services

Aupera Van Huizen, BS

        Aupera Van Huizen has dealt with infertility for 15 years. She and her husband were diagnosed with male factor infertility as well as diminished ovarian reserve. Aupera has undergone three rounds of IVF, two of which were successful, resulting in two sets of twins. Sadly, her newborn son from the first set of twins passed away shortly after birth. Aupera was completely devastated and heart-broken. She and her husband also added to their family through a kinship foster adoption.

         Aupera graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2014 from the University of Utah. She anticipates receiving a graduate degree and becoming a therapist one day, counseling families with issues in attachment disorders, trauma, and infertility. Aupera is specifically drawn to help those grieving from infertility and a perinatal loss, as they often occur together.

        In 2013, Aupera started the first state-wide support group, The Utah Infertility Support Group Facebook page, as a way for people struggling with infertility to connect on a local level. There she met Camille Hawkins. Together, in 2014, Camille and Aupera began The SLC Women’s Infertility Support Group which has grown to a large network of support for women in the Wasatch Front.

        Aupera spends the majority of her time at home with her children and also works part-time outside the home. Aupera enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family, riding four-wheelers and camping.  Aupera is excited to see UIRC grow and become an amazing resource for the infertility community of Utah.

Director of Education

Brooke Walrath, BA

        Brooke Oveson Walrath graduated from BYU – Idaho in December of 2013 with a BA in Spanish Education and is a member of the Spanish National Honors Society.

        Before finishing school, she served an LDS mission in Argentina and gained a passion for education. She learned how to think critically about her life and how to be patient and listen to others when they need to speak. For years she waited tables and tutored Spanish and writing to get through college. Now she uses her experience teaching Spanish at a Utah junior high school. Many of her students insist that “Señora Walrath” is their favorite teacher.

        After a few frustrating years facing infertility with little more than blogs and WebMD for support, Brooke finally sought out a reproductive endocrinologist and an in-person support group. She found a small network of dedicated women trying to cope with little support beyond each other. After a few appointments, she learned that she and her husband had both male and female factors preventing them from conceiving naturally. She has had two failed IVF cycles.

         Brooke likes to spend her time performing in local musical productions or with her husband, usually seeing a movie or exploring downtown Salt Lake City.

     She is excited to be a part of UIRC and hopes to educate couples struggling and feeling alone. She believes that infertility is and has been the most isolating incident of her life and that no one else deserves to feel alone in this.

Director of Awareness

M'Recia Seegmiller, SSW

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    M’Recia Seegmiller is a licensed Social Service Worker who graduated from Utah State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.

    After graduation, M’Recia spent several years working with the elderly and disabled in Nursing Homes and through Home Health Companies. Through these roles, M’Recia learned patience, compassion for others, and how to think on her feet!  M’Recia’s professional experience also  includes working with children and families through her internship at the Child and Family Support Center in Logan. and working as a Teaching Assistant for the Social Work Department at USU.

    Right now, M’Recia is working her dream job. Her role with UIRC allows her to work from home with her 2 year old son playing at her feet.

    Her dream of motherhood was put on hold for several years by her struggle with infertility. After learning that her husband’s history of cancer and chemotherapy had left them shooting blanks, she started reaching out to others and started an online infertility support group.  M’Recia’s connections have taught her that those who suffer from infertility are the strongest people in the word.  After 4 long years, countless doctor appointments, and a diagnosis of PCOS and endometriosis, M’Recia experienced a true miracle in the adoption of her son.

    M’Recia loves living life with her husband Brent, their son Patrick, and two golden retrievers-Belle and Beast. She is passionate about photography, music, and traveling. She is honored to be a part of UIRC  and can’t wait to see how people’s lives are changed.

MSW Intern

Annie Hamilton

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    Annie Hamilton is our new Masters of Social Work intern from Utah State University. She has gone through her own infertility journey and is so excited to help others with theirs! Last year, Annie went through an IVF cycle and just welcomed her first little boy to the world in September. Throughout her schooling, she thought about how little support there is for couples going through fertility treatments and thought the Social Work profession was perfect to provide that support. In her spare time, Annie loves to do yoga, play with her dog, travel, make and eat yummy food, sleep, listen to music and spend time with her family.

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BSW Intern

Jasmin Mateos

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    Jasmin Mateos was born in raised in Utah; she has lived almost all her life in Kearns. She is currently a Bachelors of Social Work student attending the University of Utah who looks forward to working her way up to a Master's Degree in Social Work. In the future, she hopes to be a private practitioner Sex Therapist in Utah. In her downtime, she loves spending nights with her sisters watching the latest episodes of Marvel and DC shows.

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