Egg Donation Panelists
Dr. Majorie 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
Liz Ellwood founded Fertility Match after a decade of charitable work and personal hardship in fertility. At the age of 24, Liz was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and was told that by receiving the required treatment to survive, she would never have kids again. The best specialists in the country were not able to provide her with any information on how to preserve her eggs or if that was even possible in advance of her treatment.
Liz spent months working through her own solution and in the process realized there was a huge hole in health care industry for women like her who are dealing with cancer and facing infertility. From this journey, she decided to help other women and formed a charity called Fertile Future that has now been growing strong for over 10 years and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide support and services to thousands of women across Canada. Liz left the board in 2010 in an effort to start her own family. She was forced to look to Surrogacy and Egg Donation to have her child. After many failed attempts, she finally had a baby girl. Now almost 10 years old, she is a healthy, thriving young woman that wouldn’t be alive today without her persistence in fighting adversity.
Liz used her life experiences to start Fertility Match Canada with the goal of helping Intended Parents through the long hard journey of finding suitable egg donors, and ensuring that they do not have to endure as many hardships as she had. Taking on new Clients always brings back the emotion of harder times for Liz, but it fuels her fire in guiding others through similar situations.
Liz was also the recipient of Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2018.
For more information visit www.fertilitymatch.ca
Heather Brooks, R.N.
Heather is a Registered Nurse who has worked in Reproductive Medicine since 1994 and brings a unique perspective to her role as she has also been a patient while she and her husband had their son through IVF process
In 1994, Heather started as a Clinic Manager of The York Region Fertility Clinic for 12 years until she purchased it in 2006. She renamed it Northern Reproductive Therapies and was successful in providing basic infertility treatments to her local community until 2011 when the clinic was sold.
As a result of new Health Canada Semen Regulations coming into effect, Heather started Outreach Health Services in 1999. As an importer and distributor of human donor semen she worked with many of the world’s largest sperm banks. During the 20 years of its operations, providing a warm and caring environment, Heather worked very closely with her clients to assist them in the selection of an appropriate donor.
Heather has been an active member of the CFAS since first joining in 1995 and was the Chair of the Nursing Special Interest Group through the Canadian Andrology and Fertility Society for 10 years. She has also acted as Project Manager for 3 new IVF clinics.
Heather has always considered it a privilege to work with clients on this very personal level, and believes they deserve to be treated with honesty, integrity and transparency. She believes that counselling and support services are very important components to patients embarking on their fertility journey and is happy to have joined Fertility Match Canada as a patient resource where she can continue using her years of experience assisting clients utilizing egg donors to create their families.
For more information visit www.fertilitymatch.ca
Ziva Shmorgun, MSW, RSW
Ziva Shmorgun is a Reproductive Health Counsellor who’s training includes an undergraduate degree in human psychology from York University and a masters in Social Work from McGill University.
For the past 12 years Ziva has worked in a busy fertility clinic in Toronto as well as having a private practice where she assists individual seeking to build their families within and outside of traditional two-parent households.
Through both personal and professional experiences Ziva has developed a unique set of skills that enables her to provide compassionate care to those dealing with the emotional ramifications of infertility and its treatments as well as to those navigating decision-making around reproductive options.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Panelist
Dr. Olivia Rose, ND
Dr. Olivia Rose ND, is a 2002 graduate of the University of Guelph where she obtained a Bachelor of Science honors degree in nutritional and nutraceutical sciences. In 2006, she graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Rose has built a thriving private practice; she has a special interest in digestive and immune health; infertility; weight loss; skin rejuvenation and chronic disease. In addition to being the clinic’s director and co-owner, Dr. Rose also manages Fertility Acupuncture Services, a program that brings acupuncture to couples undergoing in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination at Toronto fertility clinics.
She is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and serves as a board examiner for new graduates. With 13 years of clinical experience in evidenced-based naturopathic medicine, Dr. Rose’s expertise is regularly requested for television and print interviews, speaking engagements and as a writer and consultant for health and wellness brands.
In her down time, Dr. Rose relaxes at the spa and enjoys spending time with her son, husband and tea-cup yorkie, Earl Grey.
For more information visit http://rosehealthclinic.com/
Dr. Jodie Peacock, BSc, 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.
For more information you can visit www.enhancefertility.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.