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. Jodie Peacock, ND
Dr. Jodie Peacock B.Sc., N.D.is a Naturopathic doctor at The Root of Health in Oakville. Dr. Peacock 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.
Dr. Peacock is passionate about educating couples on how to optimize their fertility and the health of their future children. She created the Enhance Fertility Bootcamp program to guide and support as many couples as possible through the wealth of research on the impact of diet and lifestyle changes on 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's involved in organizing the Canadian Fertility Show to educate the general public.
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
Dr. Yasmine I. Usmani, MD, BScH (Hons), FRCSC, Associate Physician
Dr. Usmani completed her Honours undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University and then went on to earn her medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada after completing her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan. She then pursued subspecialty training in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Western Ontario. As the Reproductive Care Centre’s newest Associate Physician, she hopes to continue the tradition of ethical practice and delivering patient centered, accessible care that has been the foundation of practice at RCC. She has a special interest in the ethics around reproductive tourism and making clinics a welcoming and inclusive environment for those seeking care from all walks of life.
For more information visit www.rccfertility.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
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
Dara Roth Edney, MSW, RSW
Dara Roth Edney, MSW, RSW is a Reproductive Counsellor and the founder of Informed Fertility. She is also a mother through surrogacy herself, after many years of infertility treatments. In her counselling practice, Dara works with individuals and couples experiencing primary or secondary infertility or seeking assisted fertility options due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or relationship status. She provides support in dealing with the profound emotions of infertility and loss, including marriage and grief counselling. Dara offers empathetic and pragmatic decision-making guidance around next steps and helps in developing effective coping strategies. She also specializes in conducting assessments for egg/sperm donors, surrogates and embryo donors, as well as counselling for Intended Parents working with donors/surrogates. Based in Toronto, Dara counsels people from around the world in person and via video, and is dedicated to a practice that is inclusive, empathetic, personalized and helpful.
For more information visit www.informedfertility.ca
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 she has a focus on women’s health and fertility challenges in both men and women.
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.
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, a professional member of Fertility Matters Canada, and volunteers for Fertility Matters Canada as a member of their Advisory Council. She has been the co-chair of Canadian Infertility Awareness Week for 2017, 2018 and 2019
For more information visit www.atozfertility.com
Mary Wong, B.Sc., R.TCMP, R.Ac, CHPC
Mary Wong is the founder of ALIVE Holistic Health Clinic, author of the book Pathways To Pregnancy, fertility and High Performance coach, international speaker and a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience. She is a member of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and sat on the Ontario government's appointed expert panel for Infertility and Adoption. The report of this panel laid the groundwork for IVF funding in Ontario.
She has helped thousands of women (and couples) overcome infertility. As a patient who struggled with fertility challenges, Mary’s personal experience has fostered compassion and a deep respect for the women who come to her for help.
She treats each patient as an individual – not just their diagnosis where she has made it her life’s mission to bring about change and improve people’s health by bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine. She lives in Toronto with her husband, daughter, and kitten, George.
For more information visit www.aliveholistichealth.ca
Dr. Cengiz Cinnioglu, PhD
Dr. Cengiz Cinnioglu is a Co-Founder and Laboratory Director of Igenomix. He earned his PhD from Istanbul University, Turkey, in Genetics. Dr. Cinnioglu joined a pioneer research group led by Dr. Luca-Cavalli Sforza, who is a world-renowned geneticist, in tracking the genetic history of mankind at Stanford University in the Human Population Genetics Laboratory, his post doctoral research involves the molecular analysis of human DNA sequence variation in human populations and SNP’s discoveries on Y chromosomes.
In early 2007, Dr. Cinnioglu joined Natera (Gene Security Network) to develop the first application in the world with new cutting edge microarray technology to screen all chromosomes on early human embryos. He has co-authored numerous patent applications during his research.
Dr. Cinnioglu has numerous peer-reviewed publications in respected scientific journals including Nature, American Journal Human Genetic, Human Genetics, Fertility and Sterility. He has presented at many national and international conferences. He is member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, The American Association of Bioanalysts and The Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society.
For more information visit www.igenomix.com
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
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
Cassandra Bach, B.Sc
Cassandra Bach, a Fertility Mindset Coach who overcame her own infertility at 45 has a beautiful 5-year-old daughter Sandy. She has a BSc. in Biology and a Post-Grad Certificate in Ecosystem-Restoration. She has 20 years-experience in environmental protection which has given her a strong understanding of the toxins in the environment and food impacting fertility. Since the birth of her daughter she has been researching and developing a process that helps women make lifestyle choices to support the body and reduce stress in order to get the baby of their dreams. She beat the odds of having a baby having been given a 6 or 7% chance of conceiving and she loves helping others do the same.
Founder of Wanna Get Knocked Up, Cassandra takes a bold approach to getting and staying knocked up. Wanna Get Knocked Up has been featured on CBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and will be featured on e360 in an interview series in the coming months. Cassandra is passionate about getting and keeping women knocked up and she works tirelessly to get the job done!
for more information visit www.wannagetknockedup.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. Mandy Katz-Jaffe, PhD
Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe is a reproductive geneticist who completed her Masters and PhD at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. After receiving her doctorate in 2004 she moved to the US to join the clinical and research teams at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM). She currently is Scientific and Genetics Director at CCRM with extensive clinical and research expertise in both Reproductive Genetics and Preimplantation Genetic Testing.
In 2007, Dr. Katz-Jaffe and the CCRM team pioneered the blastocyst comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) protocol, which allows for the assessment of all 23 pairs of chromosomes in human blastocysts (day 5/6 embryos) resulting in significant improvements to IVF success and live birth rates. Blastocyst CCS is now a highly successful clinical protocol utilized around the world to assist individuals and couples in realizing their dream of family. Dr. Katz-Jaffe also published the first studies utilizing mass spectrometry based platforms to investigate the human embryonic secretome. Identifying non-invasive biomarkers of embryo competence including the 23 pairs of chromosomes, will further improve patient clinical outcomes.
Some of the other areas of research currently being investigated by Dr. Katz-Jaffe’s laboratory include identifying genetic processes associated with reproductive ageing, exploring the embryo-endometrial dialogue during the window of implantation, and in association with pregnancy loss, as well as investigating epigenetic mechanisms during early development. Dr. Katz-Jaffe has a broad publication record of over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters, and is regularly presenting at national and international conferences.
For more information visit www.hannamfertility.com
Dr. Jessica Liu, ND
Dr. Jessica Liu ND is a Board-certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine with over 12 years of expertise and clinical excellence in the field of fertility, women's health and pregnancy care.
With an extensive background in natural reproductive medicine, Dr. Jessica has helped many couples to conceive healthy babies, whether naturally, or along side assisted reproductive techniques such as IUI or IVF. Her program, “Creating Vibrant Fertility” has a particular focus in supporting women to move through their fertility trauma in order to awaken their optimal fertility potential.
Dr. Jessica is an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, The Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and a past Board Member of the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors.
Dr. Jessica is the owner and clinical director of Lakeside Natural Health Centre where she has been supporting families in the creation of healthy babies for over a decade. She resides in Mississauga, Ontario, with her husband and 2 kids, who inspire her every day to help families grow in health.
For more information visit www.lakesidehealthcentre.com
Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty, ND, RAc
Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty ND, RAc is the founding director of Two Rivers Health and the creator of the Well-Conceived Fertility Method™, an evidence-based program designed to help women & couples build fertile foundations, break through obstacles to pregnancy, and bring their healthy, happy babies home.
With a decade of clinical experience and thousands of patients treated, Dr. Liz leads a team of integrative fertility & family care practitioners with a vision for improving the health & wellbeing of the next generation through preconception, pregnancy, postpartum & pediatric care. Dr. Liz hosts the “Natural Fertility BOOSTCamp” on Facebook, a positive and supportive space for women to restore their confidence in their fertility journey. She has been a featured guest on RogersTV, CFRB AM1010 Talk Radio, the FabFertile podcast, and shares regular interviews with fellow leaders in integrative fertility and women’s health. Her first book, Well Conceived, will be released in early 2019.
For more information visit www.tworivershealth.ca
Dr. Robert Kiltz, Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility & OBGYN
Dr. Kiltz is Founder and Director of CNY Fertility, one of the largest and most respected fertility clinics in the United States. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, fellowship trained and Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America for shaping the future of fertility care.
Dr. Kiltz has special interest and training in advanced reproductive technologies, laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery, gynecology, endometriosis, and recurrent pregnancy loss. He assists, consults with, and treats clients from across the world including dozens from Canada each year in all areas of reproductive health and fertility. He is known for taking on the most challenging IVF cases that other doctors/centers turn away and focuses on Reproductive Immunology in the treatment of recurrent pregnancy loss, unexplained infertility, and unsuccessful IVF attempts. His existing and past clients have proven to be his biggest supporters. They spread the word about CNY Fertility to all of their friends and family. Prior client referrals make up a big portion of Dr. Kiltz’s new client base on an ongoing basis. He has created the fertility center that is the leader in affordable IVF as well as added support and wellness care.
A Graduate from the University of Southern California, Dr. Kiltz completed medical school training at the University of California, Davis. He interned in Internal Medicine at UCLA, and in Obstetrics and Gynecology at USC Los Angeles County Women’s Hospital. After residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, he practiced for one year at Kaiser Permanente in California. He then went to Harbor UCLA Medical Center for a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
In the San Francisco Bay area, Dr. Kiltz practiced full-time reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Alta Bates In Vitro Fertilization Program and was on the clinical faculty at UCSF. In 1995, he and his family relocated to the Finger Lakes Region in Central New York, where he began the area’s first IVF program. During the past 20 plus years, Dr. Kiltz has been the owner, director, and head doctor of CNY Fertility. By focusing on the clients CNY has grown into one of the largest fertility centers in America, but most importantly, Dr. Kiltz is here to help YOU.
For more information visit www.cnyfertility.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. Stefanie Trowell, ND
From the age of five, Dr. Stefanie Trowell knew her purpose - she wrote that she wanted to “help mommies deliver healthy babies” at her kindergarten graduation. Today, as a licensed naturopathic doctor, her goal is that and more!
Dr. Trowell helps women and their partners optimize their health to achieve their fertility and family goals. She is passionate about ensuring the best health outcomes through preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and early childhood. Her light-hearted and practical nature inspires her patients to create balanced, healthy lifestyles.
In private practice, Dr. Trowell incorporates traditional healing methods with the best available research to deliver the highest quality of care. She practices at two locations in Toronto: Acutoronto Fertility and Wellness Centre and Higher Health Centre + IV Lounge. Dr. Trowell founded Focused Fertility, an education-based program, to provide couples with the vital information for optimal fertility and establish a positive support group for couples struggling with infertility.
Dr. Trowell is also a lecturer and a clinical educator at CCNM. Previously, she conducted innovative research in neuroscience, endocrinology and reproduction, and presented her research at the 2015 Health Fusion Conference in Calgary, Alberta. She now focuses her analytical skills on understanding the complexity of hormonal balance and mitochondrial health - a key component in optimizing health and fertility success.
For more information visit www.stefanietrowellnd.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