Staff Accreditation

A Practice – and Providers – You Can Trust
Your confidence in Early Options matters to us. We were highly selective in building our woman-only team of physicians, assistants, and caregivers. Here, you’ll only be seen by highly skilled women with a proven track record of exceptional care.

It’s also important to us that our team shares a genuine belief that early abortion is a perfectly acceptable option – and a right for all women. In fact, some of our physicians have had an abortion themselves and know how critical it is to be treated with respect, without judgment, and with a soft touch.


Dr. Joan Fleischman

Our Founder: Dr. Joan Fleischman

Dr. Joan Fleischman is the founding physician of Early Options, and a champion for revolutionizing and elevating women’s healthcare. After her Harvard Medical School training, she has dedicated her life – and the last two decades – to developing a natural abortion experience that’s safe, gentle, and effective. The result is the internationally recognized SofTouch® method and the highly personalized Early Options experience. Discover more about Dr. Fleischman, how to receive an early abortion as a safe, and private experience, and read her personal message to you.


Dr. Elaine Kang

Dr. Elaine Kang Dr. Elaine Kang is Board-certified in family medicine and a leader in women’s health, Dr. Elaine Kang received extensive training from Dr. Joan Fleischman in early abortion procedures. Dr. Kang is passionate about providing women with high quality medical care – and finds fulfillment knowing women feel relief after being cared for at Early Options. Dr. Kang received the Barnett A. Slepian Memorial Fund to advance training in abortion care, and completed the Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice Leadership Training Academy to provide leadership in the reproductive health field.


Dr Zahra Virani

Dr Zahra Virani Dr. Zahra Virani is a Board-certified Family Physician, and a champion for women’s health. Dr. Virani is passionate about providing women with high quality medical care. She believes it is every woman’s right to have access to a full spectrum of safe health care options. Dr. Virani is proud to be part of the team at Early Options where every woman is treated with such kindness and respect. She is an advocate for reproductive rights and believes deeply that it is every woman’s right to have control over her own body. Dr. Virani has completed a fellowship training in reproductive health and advocacy with the Reproductive Health Access Project and the Leadership Training Academy.


Only the Best Board-Certified Physicians
All of our physicians are female, board-certified family doctors who have become Early Options certified providers, meaning they have completed rigorous advanced training in early abortion. That’s because family doctors are fully trained in women’s healthcare, minor surgical procedures, and obstetrics. All physicians on our team also undergo a rigorous, advanced training in early abortion to become an Early Options certified provider. Most of our physicians are also faculty members at prestigious medical centers and leaders in Family Medicine and women’s healthcare.


Third Party Accreditations and Recommendations
We constantly seek out third-party accreditation and recommendations from internationally respected healthcare organizations.

National Abortion Federation (NAF) Member
Since 2000, Early Options has been a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). To maintain NAF membership, we undergo frequent and rigorous on-site evaluations of our practice and protocols to ensure we’re adhering to the highest standards of medical care.

Recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)
The SofTouch® method developed by Dr. Fleischman, is a manual aspiration procedure. Along with the Abortion Pill, the manual aspiration process is recommended as the safest early abortion method by WHO. Click to read the statement from WHO.


All Female Doctors and Staff
We recognize that many women feel more comfortable with women doctors and staff. Some of our doctors have had procedures themselves, and recognize the need for a gentle, soft touch. We know that at a difficult time, you are looking to be treated with respect, and without judgment. We are here to listen, and to provide you with information. If you’re unsure whether or not to get an early abortion, make an appointment for a private, informational consultation with one of our caring physicians.


The World Health Organization endorses Manual Aspiration Abortion and the Abortion Pill as the safest abortion methods.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in its Technical Guidelines on Safe Abortion:

“Aspiration and medical abortion are preferred methods for abortion in the first trimester. Both these methods are safe, effective, and suitable for the primary level of care and should be available at levels of care with greater capacity and in many private clinical settings.”

IPAS, an international organization dedicated to safe abortion care adds: Regrettably, many health facilities still use the sharp curettage or dilation and curettage (D&C) method. The WHO guidelines state that because women’s risk of complications is substantially higher with sharp curettage than with vacuum aspiration or medication abortion, this method should be used only when vacuum aspiration and medication abortion are unavailable.