Welcome Remarks 2017

 My name is Dr. Peter Danis and I am President of the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome you to the opening of our 36th Annual Meeting, Expanding the Borders of Health and Fertility through the Creighton Model FertiliyCare System and NaProTECHNOLOGY.

I’d like to invite Father Joseph Tham, our chaplain for this meeting, to offer the opening prayer.

Thank you Father Tham

Why have you come here?

What are you looking for?

30 years ago, I began a journey when I turned away from hormonal contraceptives to honor life from the beginning of conception, and to honor the purpose of God’s plan for marriage.  I knew that there had to be a better approach to family planning and women’s health, but I did not have the answer.  I found what I was looking for in the approach that Dr Hilgers and the Co-founders had created in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.  After just a 1-day meeting on NaProTECHNOLOGY, I rediscovered the true meaning of providing compassionate, excellent health care to women.  I got back on the road to becoming the physician that God had been calling me to be, from the very start of my journey.

Over the next 3 days, you will receive knowledge, wisdom, and courage.  Your journey to be the very best that you can be, in whatever role that you find yourself in the field of Women’s Health, may not become easier, but it will become better.  The science and the medicine and this community will help you along that journey.

It is an EPIC battle that we are in to save the men, women, and families of the world.               Winston Churchill warned that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing.”

Where will you go and what will you do with the gifts that will be given to you this week?  Every one of you is called to be a leader, no matter how small or great that role may be.  What you will learn this week will to help to set the world of women (and men) free from contraception, sexual confusion, and a harmful and degrading approach to healthcare.  The Creighton Model FertilityCare System & NaProTECHNOLOGY are what the bible refers to as a “a pearl of great price”.  Many of you have already sacrificed a great deal for this pearl.  But the beauty of a pearl is nothing without the appreciation of those who will see it.  It is not something to be hidden.  My prayer and challenge for you is that you share with the world the beauty of the precious pearls that you will receive this week.

Our Academy would like to recognize and thank the following groups:

  • The Co-founders who created the Creighton Model Fertility Care System: Dr Tom & Sue Hilgers, Diane Daly, and Ann Prebil
  • The Past presidents of our organization
  • Our Fertility Care Educators that carry on the mission of training our future practitioners
  • Our Fertility Care Practitioners that work day in and day out with our women and couples and families
  • Our medical consultants that support our practitioners
  • Our families that support us
  • Our clergy who minister to all of us


I welcome those who are attending our Annual Meeting for the very first time.  Please stand and be recognized.  I am confident that this experience will make you hungry for more and that you will return to future meetings.


Finally, speaking for myself and our board, we look forward to hearing from you this week so that we can continue to improve what we do in the areas of service, education, leadership, and research.


Please review the Program Book: it is full of great information and our schedule, which I will review with your daily.

Our meeting has been approved 17.25 hours of credit by the AAFP (equivalent to AMA Category 1) and for 18 hours by the America Nurses Association of Massachusetts.

  • There will be CME & Evaluation forms that you will need to pick up tomorrow morning at our registration desk.
  • If you are a member of the Academy, you will have free access to the PowerPoints of most of the talks you will hear this week!
  • Everyone will have the opportunity to order CD sets or audio downloads for the entire conference on our web site store: https://aafcp.net/store/ (sorry, this will not be free)

I encourage any of you who are not members to consider joining the Academy; we our happy to talk to you about the great benefits of being a member.


Thursday and Friday Morning: Mass at 7 am in Cowboy B

Breakfast will be served each day in pre-function area; we will have good snack and drinks throughout the day to keep you going.  Break times are fun, but remember to get back to your seats promptly for the next talks.  We have a great hospitality room (619 Courtyard) that is open every night from 9-12 for lively conversation and beverages.

Now, I am pleased to introduce our site host, Ginny Robinson, to share with you the exciting details of the next 3 days. Ginny is a CFCP and works at Fertility Care Center of Dallas.

Ginny and her local team and the Academy Program Committee have done an outstanding job putting together this exceptional meeting and experience for you.  We are grateful for all their dedication and hard work.

Please welcome, our 2017 site host, Ginny Robinson.