Meet Our Team


Meet Our Team

Joe Tawil

President and CEO


Joe grew up in New York City and has been working in pharmacy since he was sixteen years old. He is married with five children. Joe has been involved in the fertility specialty since 1991 and has a passion for helping hopeful parents build their families. As a father Joe values family life and wants to help others experience firsthand the joys of family. Joe leads Metro and our team in our dedication to being an integral part of that dream for our patients.


Mike Tawil

Vice President

Mike grew up in New York and has been learning the pharmacy business from his father since he was a kid. He studied at Yeshivah University and is the proud father to two children. Mike’s love for family has made him passionate about fertility and the journey to parenthood.


Our Pharmacy Team


Vincenzo Ognibene

Assistant Director of Pharmacy


Vincenzo has been a pharmacy technician and an asset to Metro Drugs since 2001. He has over 20 years of fertility experience and has been in the drug store business since he was thirteen. Vincenzo’s patience and compassion for couples going through fertility is limitless.  As a technician he enjoys the opportunity to work one on one with nurses, doctors and patients to achieve their dream of conceiving a child.


Yvonne Zampitella, RPh

Compounding Pharmacist


As the Compounding Pharmacist at Metro Drugs. Yvonne supervises all compounding production for the company. With over 20 years of Fertility and Compounding experience Yvonne has the knowledge to utilize the state of the art ISO 800 compounding lab at Metro Drugs. We are able to make a wide variety of medications ranging from hormones to the latest in functional medicine. Working hand in hand with the physicians we custom tailor any medications in a variety of dosage forms.


Shazreen Kristona, CPHT

Senior Compounding Technician


As the senior compound technician at Metro Drugs. Shazreen supervises the compounding lab. Trained at PCCA, she has over 10 years of experience in compounding. Shazreen has the knowledge to utilize the state of the art ISO 800 lab at Metro Drugs. And works closely with our doctors to customize medications to meet the needs of our patients.


Our Support Team

Claudia Yanka

Third Party Specialist


Third Party & Donor Coordinator:  Claudia has over 15 years of experience with Metro Drugs and is the contact person for insurance questions and needs. She will work with your nurse and your insurance company to provide screening and prior authorizations as needed.  She also works closely with surrogates and donors while maintaining anonymity and recipient confidentiality following Hippa compliance. When anyone from team Metro is out in the field they consistently hear praises from nurses and patients about Claudia.  She understands how difficult and frustrating the fertility process can be and is there for the patient to make the process easier.