Dr. Joseph Doyle, MD
Joseph Doyle, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Dr. Doyle then completed a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Massachusetts General Hospital.
During his training, Dr. Doyle received several teaching and clinical excellence awards. His research efforts focused on oocyte cryopreservation; he presented numerous times at national and international meetings and has multiple publications. He also has a specific interest in healthcare delivery, which he developed through seminars in conjunction with Harvard Business School.
Dr. Doyle is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, for which he has developed education modules and served as an ad hoc reviewer, and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Originally from Virginia, Dr. Doyle is married and enjoys competing in triathlons, as well as skiing and exploring the outdoors.
For more information visit www.shadygrovefertility.com
Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND
Dr. Jodie Peacock B.Sc., N.D.is a Naturopathic doctor at The Root of Health in Oakville.
Jodie is a University of Guelph graduate and completed 4 years of study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic medicine. She has a special interest in women’s health concerns including hormone balancing addressing the adrenals, thyroid and ovarian function. This can help symptoms associated with fertility, PCOS, menopause, weight gain and fatigue.
Jodie is passionate about educating couples on how to optimize their fertility and the health of their future children. She authored Preconceived to support as many couples as possible through the wealth of research on the impact of diet and lifestyle changes with regards to conception. Preconception health is critical to ensuring the optimal health of our future generation.
Dr. Jodie Peacock’s passion for naturopathic medicine stems from the ability to spend quality time with her patients helping to treat the whole person instead of just their symptoms. She feels very strongly about the opportunity to educate patients and the general public in the use of effective alternative treatments, empowering them to take control of their own health. This is one of the reasons she started the Canadian Fertility Show to educate the general public.
Jodie is also the Chief medical officer at Enhance Fertility. She is also the proud mom of 3 boys Maddox and twins Cooper and Carter.
Dr. Tom Hannam, MD, FRCSC, REI
After obtaining his MD from the University of British Columbia in 1995, Dr. Hannam completed his training (FRCSC) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McMaster University, followed by a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hannam has sat on the board of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Endocrinology. He has presented his research findings on numerous occasions to international peer-reviewed meetings, and is a frequent guest expert on TV and radio. Dr. Hannam founded the Hannam Fertility Centre in 2006.
For more information visit www.hannamfertility.com
Dr. Marjorie Dixon, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, REI
Dr. Marjorie E. Dixon is a graduate of McGill University’s School of Medicine. Following her initial postgraduate training at the University of Toronto in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Dixon completed her postgraduate training at the University of Vermont with a three-year subspecialty at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology accredited fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
She joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre more than a decade ago, and she continues to be an involved member today. In 2005, she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Toronto, where she actively participates in the education of medical students and residents.
As an advisory board member of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Dixon played an instrumental role in the approval of the 2015 IVF Ontario Funding Program. She is an invited speaker at both national and international conferences in her field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and she continuously advocates for women’s health.
Since 2010, on the last Thursday of every month, Dr. Dixon has been a regular feature on the CityLine television program, educating Canada on women’s health.
Dr. Dixon’s passion for educating women on their reproductive health encouraged her to open Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health in 2016, the first full-service IVF centre in Canada exclusively focused on reproductive medicine and women’s health.
For further information visit www.anovafertility.com
Dr. Samuel Soliman, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Samuel Soliman graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton in 1994 specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He trained with field leaders in infertility treatment and focuses all of his time on the treatment of infertile patients as the Medical Director of NewLife. And has built his reputation as one of the best IVF specialists in Canada.
He has numerous research projects and publications in the field of infertility and reproductive endocrinology and continues to be highly active in research.
He is a certified member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. He is also a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
Dr. Soliman is on active staff at William Osler Health Centre and has been practicing for 21 years. He has extensive experience in infertility investigations and treatments including surgical management of tubal disease, fibroids, and uterine septum. His experience with minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and office hysteroscopy is renowned.
Dr. Soliman was instrumental in establishing two successful fertility centres in Mississauga before founding NewLife Fertility Centre -currently having 8 GTA locations with the head office in Mississauga. He focuses all of his time on the treatment of infertile patients as the Medical Director of NewLife.
For further information visit www.newlifefertility.com
Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND
Dr. Jordan Robertson BHSc. ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, and Women's Health Author. Through her experience in medical literature review, critical appraisal and research, Dr. Robertson has published over 12 literature reviews on women's health, and has worked closely with McMaster University, writing and facilitating courses on integrative medicine for the last 10 years, speaking for their Medical school and working off-site for the Endometriosis Clinic at McMaster Hospital. Dr. Robertson has most recently lectured for the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors convention on PCOS, PMS, PMDD and Endometriosis, and has published a book for women, Carrying to Term, on reducing miscarriage risk. In her clinical practice she focuses on women's health issues including PMS, PCOS, infertility, menopause and breast cancer recovery.
for more information visit www.drjordannd.com
Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND
Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, and an Associate Professor at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she teaches the Integrative Fertility Curriculum, Women's Health and Gynecology and leads the fertility-focused shift at the RSNC (CCNM's teaching clinic).
In her private practice at Hannam Fertility Centre she works with couples everyday to support them on their fertility journey.
She believes in evidence-based, individualized care and working with people to achieve optimal health throughout their journey to parenthood. She believes in helping people make informed decisions that are right for them.
She conducts research in the field of fertility care, and has presented posters about her research at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.
Zeynep has had a variety of speaking engagements on the topic of infertility including at the national conference for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic doctors annual conference as well as at the Canadian Fertility Show. She is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.
She has been the co-chair of Canadian Infertility Awareness Week for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
For more information visit www.atozfertility.com
Dr. Laura von Hagen, ND
Dr. von Hagen, MSc, ND has a strong clinical focus in PCOS and fertility. She currently practices at Higher Health Naturopathic Centre in Toronto. As a Naturopathic Doctor, she has a passion for providing excellent, evidence-based integrated fertility care. Dr. von Hagen fundamentally believes in empowering her patients on their fertility journey and helping them achieve their ultimate goal, a healthy baby. The Focused Fertility Program at Higher Health is designed to provide comprehensive care for optimal fertility health. We offer a wide range of services including: fertility acupuncture, customized meal plans, IV vitamin therapy and herbal supplements. Outside of clinic, Dr. von Hagen loves to spend her free time biking, running and swimming. She is also a board member for Conceivable Dreams- The OHIP for IVF Coalition.
For more information visit https://lauravonhagen.com/
Pradeepa Narayanaswamy, ICF-PCC, CPCC
Pradeepa Narayanaswamy is an International Coaching Federation-Professional Certified Coach and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with over ten years of coaching experience. Her long, lonely and painful struggles for 12 years with infertility included three miscarriages, three IUI failures and eight back-to-back IVF failures before Pradeepa was diagnosed with “unexplained infertility.” She then made it her life’s purpose to coach women, men and couples going through infertility struggles. Her mission is to help them on their infertility journey to make it SUCK LESS. She strongly believes couples, men and women who feel empowered with fertility coaching have a more positive experience. Pradeepa is not just talking the talk about infertility, she has walked the walk for a very long time and found her light at the end of the tunnel. She is looking forward to helping you take control and ownership of your infertility.
For more information visit https://pradeepafertilitycoach.com/
Heidi Hayes, MA
Heidi Hayes has more than 25 years of healthcare experience, having worked as an Executive in the fields of pain management, physical therapy, dialysis and reproductive endocrinology. In 2010, Heidi launched Donor Egg Bank USA, the first donor egg bank to ship vitrified eggs from program to program successfully in the United States and Canada. As a result of Donor Egg Bank USA's successful sale to California Cryobank, Heidi was featured in the March 2017 issue of Inc Magazine for having harnessed new technology in the creation of a successful start-up. Heidi and her husband are the parents of three children and have built their family through adoption and donor egg treatment.
For more information visit www.cryobankeggs.com
Katelyn Paquin, RSW, RTC
Canada’s premier Known-Donor Egg Donation advocate, Founder and CEO of Her Helping Habit, Katelyn Paquin empowers women to take back control of their fertility journey through egg donor coordination, fertility consulting, and counselling. She uses her training as a registered social worker, therapeutic counsellor and yoga teacher to guide and support women, both physically and mentally, on their journey to motherhood.
She prides herself on connecting with her clients on a profound level to offer her services with honesty, respect, and transparency. In 2015 she became a known-egg donor herself for the first time and has since then helped 3 families conceive thanks to her donations.
She hopes to continue inspiring women throughout Canada and in the near future expand her agency globally.
She is a member of the Alberta College of Social Workers and the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and a certified Yoga Instructor.
For further information visit https://www.herhelpinghabit.com/
Dr. Robyn Murphy, ND
Dr. Robyn Murphy is a practicing Naturopathic Doctor at the Centre for Restorative Medicine, public speaker, and researcher in the field of functional genomics, with a passion for educating both healthcare professionals and the public in advances of integrative medicine. She has a number of publications in medical journals and is currently the Clinical Research Advisor for AOR and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for DNA Labs Canada.
Dr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from CCNM, with advanced training and certifications in functional gastroenterology, therapeutic prescribing, hormone therapy (BHRT), biological medicine and advanced medical herbalism. Her passion lies in collaborating with integrative practitioners to manage chronic digestive complaints and hormone imbalances.
For more information visit https://www.drrobynmurphy.com/
Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald, ND
Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-founder of Conceive Inc, Canada's first Naturopathic Medical Clinic specializing in integrative fertility and In Vitro Fertilization support. Dr. Fitzgerald currently works at TRIO Fertility to provide a unique integrative clinical model emphasizing preconception care, IVF optimization, clinical nutrition and environmental medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald has a special interest in recurrent pregnancy loss and autoimmune infertility and is involved in several research initiatives involving acupuncture, antioxidants and botanicals in reproductive medicine.
For more information visit www.conceivehealthclinic.com
Dr. Gwen Goodrow, MSc, MD, FRCSC (OBGYN), FACOG, REI, Partner
Dr. Goodrow is a Partner at the Reproductive Care Centre. She began her career in infertility in 1989 when she completed a Master’s degree in embryology and worked as an in vitro fertilization technician. After graduating from the University of Toronto medical school, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University in 2001. She then finished a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the United States in 2004 and is American board-certified in both General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Goodrow specializes in problems related to reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She will see patients with issues involving infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss, fibroids and pediatric gynecology. She has advanced surgical skills in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Dr. Goodrow is a member of staff at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga.
For more information visit www.rccfertility.com
Alissa Magwood, BSc, MSc
Alissa has a strong and diverse background in molecular biology and genetics, in both the public and private domains. She is the author of several ground-breaking papers and recipient of awards for her research in DNA repair and recombination. Alissa has found her passion in the field of genomic-reproductive health and is excited to share this passion with clinics and their patients. As the Scientific Director of Access Genomics, Alissa is committed to delivering state-of-the-art genomics technology, education and support to Canadians.
For more information visit http://accessgenomics.ca/
Michelle Kapler, R.Ac
Michelle is a Registered Acupuncturist, Herbalist and the owner and clinical director of The Toronto Reproductive Acupuncture Clinic. She is one of only five practitioners in the province of Ontario, who have challenged the exam to become a fellow of the American Board or Oreintal Reproductive Medicine, the governing body for fertility specialists in the USA. Her clinical practice is focused exclusively in fertility, pregnancy, gynecology and hormonal health.
For more information visit michellekapler.com
Frank Nelson, Men Having Babies Board Member
Frank Nelson is a High School Teacher, working with at-risk youth in Toronto, Ontario. Frank received his Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Ryerson University and his Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Frank and his husband BJ have a son Milo who was born in June 2014 via gestational surrogacy. By some twist of fate, their birth photo went viral, and their surrogacy story was shared around the world. Since then, they have started their own website, familyisaboutlove.com, and they have also written a children's book called Milo's Adventures: A Story about Love, about their surrogacy journey. Frank believes that it is important to teach others about surrogacy, the importance of skin to skin contact and to show the world that family is about love.
For more information visit www.menhavingbabies.org
Dr. Tracy Malone, ND
Dr. Tracy Malone is a CCNM graduate, and clinical educator. Co-founder and Medical Director of Conceive Health Clinic – Canada’s Naturopathic Reproductive Medical Clinic specializing in Integrative Fertility Care, Preconception Care, and In Vitro Fertilization support. Dr. Malone’s private practice is located within Ontario’s largest fertility clinic, Trio Fertility Partners. The unique integrative clinical model emphasizes preconception care, environmental medicine and reproductive medicine. Dr. Malone is currently involved in several research initiatives investigating antioxidants, botanicals, and environmental factors that effect reproduction, and pregnancy.
For more information visit www.conceivehealthclinic.com
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. Owner, Fertility Law Canada, Adjunct Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, with clients throughout Canada and beyond. Sara is the founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP where her entire practice is devoted exclusively to the practice of fertility law. She regularly acts for intended parents, surrogates, donors, cryobanks, hospitals, distributors and fertility clinics on a wide range of fertility law issues.
Prior to her career as a fertility lawyer, Sara practiced commercial litigation and public law at Canada’s then largest law firm.
Sara was recently named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. She is the past co-chair of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, vice-president of Fertility Matters Canada, and an adjunct professor of reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Sara co-chaired Canada’s first national symposium on fertility law in Canada, is one of two international members of the executive council of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the ABA’s Family Law Section, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAAA). Sara has given expert testimony on third party reproduction and legal parentage issues at Queen’s Park for the Standing Committee on Social Policy, and has been invited by the Ontario and Canadian government to confer on various fertility and parentage related legal issues.
Sara has been published on issues relating to reproductive law in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Huffington Post, BioNEws, and Lawyers Weekly and a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail on fertility law issues. She is an in-demand speaker, having lectured at Suffolk University Law School, University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, McMaster University, AAARTA, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, American Bar Association, National Family Law Program, CLEBC, and Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She is the winner of the 2013 Precedent Setter Award and a Clawbie Award for her blog about fertility law in Canada.
For more information visit www.fertilitylawcanada.com
Dennis Marchesi, MS, ALS, ELS
Dennis is the Sperm Guy. No really. He’s the expert. He knows the most about sperm. He studied sperm in school and has researched everything you’d want to know about sperm. If he doesn’t know it now, he’ll be learning it in the future. He has a Masters in Sperm (Genetics) from St. John’s University. He’s a certified Clinical Laboratory Technologist, holds certifications as an Andrology and Embryology Scientist, and is currently a PhD candidate in Reproductive Clinical Sciences.
Years ago, working in cancer research, funding for his project was dropped, forcing him to evaluate career goals and aspirations. Feeling strongly pulled towards serving others, he discovered the world of fertility. And sperm.
Before coming to Xytex, Dennis was the Northwell Health Manager of Laboratory Operations over both the Andrology and Embryology labs, having been quickly promoted from Clinical Lab Supervisor of the Andrology Lab. His research is extensive, covering such topics as Oocyte cryopreservation, Zika virus in fertility, and sperm DNA integrity, and he’s been published nearly a dozen times in various andrology and fertility journalism. And he knows sperm.
Following warmer winters and a new career path, Dennis and his wife moved their three children south, from New York to Augusta, Georgia, where he is the Director of Laboratory Operations at Xytex. When a sample arrives at the Xytex lab, Dennis processes it with care, expertly preparing it for your future family. Your sample. Your sperm.
When you choose Xytex, know that folks like Dennis are behind the scenes, making your dreams a reality. We’re focused on family. Your family.
For more information visit https://creatingcanadianfamilies.ca/
Dr. Rishma Walji, ND, RAc, PhD
Dr. Rishma Walji is a Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist, PhD and fertility coach. For 17+ years, she's worked with women all over the world helping them create comprehensive, step-by-step, effective action plans to balance their hormones and take control of the fertility process so they can get pregnant, stay pregnant and deliver healthy babies. Education. Group support. 1-1 coaching. In person at Complete Wellness Clinic in Milton, Ontario and online.
For more information visit https://rishmawalji.com/
Jodi is a Life + Style Influencer & Social Media Consultant who decided to open up and share her fertility journey with her social media following of 75k. In sharing her experience, she was overwhelmed by the heart warming response and stories from other women. This response made her want to continue using her platform to spread awareness about the challenges of fertility and inspired her to get involved with The Canadian Fertility Show.
For more information visit https://www.instagram.com/jodiblk_/?hl=en
My name is Crystal and I have had fertility challenges for over 7 years. I have gone through almost everything you can imagine, from miscarriages to the rare 1 in 65,000 case of an ovarian ectopic pregnancy. Highs and lows through the years of IUI's, IVF's and all the emotions and financial pressures that come with this. Listening to doctors and not trusting my gut, not taking control of my journey but putting it in the hands of the “Professionals.” During this process, I have learned one thing, we do have the power and control over our fertility. I learned that my doctor was using the fear approach and that fear affected my fertility. As I would sit in the waiting rooms of the fertility clinics, packed with women of all ages looking stressed and scared, but with the desperation of trying to stay positive and hopeful, it became clear that I had to do something about this. In December 2017 I created a non-profit called Blooming Hopes Fertility with the mission of creating awareness, provide resources and to help financially where needed. I also started a clean line of beauty and aromatherapy products called Bloomiss, after my ectopic pregnancy to help women get rid of the toxins in their daily beauty routines as well as donating back from every product sold to the non-profit. While working on the non-profit and Bloomiss, I would have calls and emails from women with infertility asking for guidance, wanting to know what their next steps should be; where they should turn or just needing someone to talk to that has been in their shoes. Wanting to help even more, I became a certified Fertility Doula and Coach, to better help anyone that needs guidance along their journey. Recently I launched Fertility Blooms, which provides clients personalized emotional, physical or informational support. I provide evidenced based solutions so they can gain back control of their fertility, and make the right decisions for themselves. My mission is to help those suffering with infertility know that they are not alone and give them the confidence to pursue their journey.
For more information visit www.bloominghopes.com
Natalie is a passionate marketing executive, entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer with over 40K social media connections across various platforms. Having experienced challenges with conceiving for over 2 years, Natalie sought the help of fertility experts and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in late 2019. Her IUI success has led her to encourage other women battling with infertility by sharing her positive experience with fertility treatments.
For more information visit http://www.mylittlesecrets.ca/about/
Filipa Jackson, travel, lifestyle and recently fertility blogger underwent 3 years of fertility struggles. Her path to parenthood was far from simple. Through her journey she, alongside her high school sweetheart husband Sameer, have educated themselves on the world of fertility. They now provide support and knowledge to their beloved following, and hope to diminish the stigma on male and female infertility.