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.
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. 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. Sinead Dufour, PT, PhD
Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2013). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to manage pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health. Sinéad stays current clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) a family of perinatal care centers in Ontario, Canada. Sinéad has been an active member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) sitting of two committees and leading several clinical practice guidelines. Her passion for optimizing perinatal care and associated upstream health promotion for women stemmed from her own experience as a mother of twins. She is an advocate for women’s pelvic health and a regular invited speaker at conferences around the world.
For further information visit www.thewomb.ca
Jamie K. Dokson, ScM, LCGC
Jamie has over 12 years of experience working in clinical and laboratory genetic counseling. Jamie received her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Biomedical ethics from Brown University in 2001. After graduation, she spent three years working as a clinical researcher in an ovarian cancer screening study at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2007, Jamie graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. She has been board certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 2009. Jamie served as a clinical prenatal counselor at Anne Arundel Medical center in Annapolis and Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, where she sat on the Hospital Ethics Committee. In 2009, Jamie joined a large private fertility practice in Atlanta. She spent the next 10 years working in Reproductive Genetics with specialty focus in carrier screening, preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), and gamete donor screening. During this time Jamie also served as the Director of Genetic Services for an international donor egg bank and was in charge of genetic screening protocols for prospective gamete donors. Jamie has served as a contractor with a laboratory specializing in PGT-A and PGT-M, as well as two different clinical genetics labs running carrier screening. Jamie has served on the Genetics Board of Good Start Genetics (now Invitae) and given educational lectures as a representative of this Board. Jamie has coordinated multiple educational student rotations for genetic counseling graduate students and residents rotating in reproductive medicine. She is and Adjunct Instructor of Human Genetics at Emory University Department of Human Genetics. Jamie has been an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) since 2001 where she has served on a variety of committees. Jamie is also an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
for more information visit www.xytex.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
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 https://donoreggbankusa.com/
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.
Emma is a licensed environmental engineer, mom of 2, and founder of Green at Home. After a decade of experience as an accredited green building consultant, she wanted more families to learn what she had learned during her undergraduate degree and through her work: that toxins in the products we use, food we eat, water we drink, and air we breathe are contributing to chronic
Emma is passionate about sharing information and strategies that are science-based, practical, and relatable. She believes everyone should feel empowered to tackle toxins in a way that works with their lifestyle.
For more information visit www.greenathome.ca
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
Mary Wong, B.Sc., R.TCMP, R.Ac, CHPC
Best selling author to Pathways To Pregnancy, acupuncturist, health and life strategist Mary Wong is the founder and director of ALIVE Holistic Health, one of North America’s leading wellness clinics. As a sought out international speaker, she has been featured on Talks At Google (Google’s version of TED Talks). Mary was appointed as an expert panel advisor to the Canadian government on infertility and adoption and she has helped thousands overcome fertility challenges. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and patient who struggled with infertility, Mary has made it her life’s mission to bring about change and improve people’s health by bridging the gap to care and helping humans thrive in mind, body, and soul. This led her to create Fertility Talks live, a show on all things fertility and Embrace You First, an inspiring Podcast filled with practical advice and doable strategies on health, relationships, and career.
For more information visit www.aliveholistichealth.ca
Petra Dach, RPN
Petra has nearly a decade of increasingly senior expertise in the health industry of which half has been spent in the infertility sector. With years of experience as an IVF nurse and EMR specialist, Petra joined Extraordinary Conceptions as the Senior Client Relations where she is focusing on developing the Canadian and International Egg Donation and Surrogacy Programs and their growth, nationally and globally.
As part of her role, Petra builds and maintains relationships with clinics assisting intended parents, egg donors, and surrogates throughout their journey. Inherent to her responsibilities, is reinforcing and ensuring best results through the sourcing of top tier clinics to patients. Petra also ensures smooth process towards successful pregnancies for Intended Parents.
Petra is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community and her favourite part of her role is providing accessibility to fertility services for patients all over the world
For more information visit www.extraconceptions.com
Dr. Jessica Liu, B.Sc, ND
Dr. Jessica Liu ND is a Board-certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine with over 15 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. Jaime Shamonki, MD
Jaime Shamonki, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Generate Life Sciences, a global and an industry-leading life science platform, including the largest-in-class reproductive tissue banks (California Cryobank Donor Sperm Bank and Donor Egg Bank USA) and private stem cell bank, Cord Blood Registry (CBR). Dr. Shamonki trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical College, and has completed fellowships at Weill Cornell as well as the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Generate, Dr. Shamonki developed expertise in women’s health and clinical laboratory medicine, serving as the Director of Breast Pathology and Blood Bank Medical Director at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA and an Assistant Professor at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. She is published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of oncology, immunology, genetics and cellular therapy.
For more information visit generate.com
Dr. Laura Nicholas, ND
Dr. Laura Nicholas is a Naturopathic Doctor who has a practice focused in women’s health, fertility, and gynaecology. Dr. Nicholas supports women and their partners from preconception to postpartum to optimize fertility, pregnancy, and the growth of healthy families. She helps people become parents by increasing the chances of natural conception, and optimizing the success rate of intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). She also has experience treating hormone imbalances, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), mood disorders, stress and burnout. Dr. Nicholas has been a guest speaker for Saje Natural Wellness and Lululemon, and she is excited to join the team of speakers at the 2021 Canadian Fertility Show. Dr. Nicholas is board certified in Acupuncture, IV Nutrient Therapy, Immunization, and has Pharmaceutical Prescribing Authority. She practices downtown Vancouver, BC at Evoke Integrative Medicine.
For more information visit www.evokemedicine.com
Dr. Irena Bergmann, ND
Dr. Irena Bergmann, ND has almost 20 years of clinical experience and has successfully helped many couples with their fertility journey. Her approach is very individualized and she prides herself on really listening and investigating to best understand what the patient’s needs are, resulting in healthy pregnancies and babies. She helps patients develop a plan that best suits their needs through diet, supplementation and acupuncture. Whether patients are undergoing fertility treatment, or just starting to think of conceiving, she uses all of the necessary tools to give her patients the best chances of success.
Dr. Bergmann, ND graduated with an honours degree in Biology and Psychology from York University. She then continued her education in Naturopathic Medicine where she received her diploma from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and has been in private practice since. She is currently registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Irena works at First Steps Fertility in Toronto as well as Aurora Massage & Chiropractic Wellness Center in Aurora. She lives in Toronto with her husband and 2 kids.
For more information visit www.irenabergmann.com
Dr. Erica Berman, PhD
Erica is a Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in counselling for infertility and family building using third party fertility options. Erica has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a PhD in Health Sciences. She has a broad range of experience working with Intended Parents, gestational carriers and sperm and egg donors. Erica is passionate about helping people through the challenges of creating a family and believes in inclusiveness and acceptance. Erica also does therapy for anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional eating/body image issues, and couples counselling.
Dr. Gwen Goodrow, MSc, MD, FRCSC (OBGYN), FACOG, REI
Dr. Gwen Goodrow has always been captivated by the fertility field. After completing first a Master’s degree in embryology and working in an in vitro fertilization technician, she continued her studies to become a physician. She completed her Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/Gyn) residency at McMaster University, and finished her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) in the US.
As an REI, Dr. Goodrow is a specialist who sees patients who are referred to her by another physician for a variety of fertility-related concerns. Often, this is for difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy, but also includes seeing patients who are dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss, as well as fibroids.
For more information visit www.anovafertility.com
Lisa Schuman, LCSW
Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is a leading expert in family building and has helped people around globe build the families of their dreams.
She has lectured extensively and has written numerous articles on a variety of family building subjects including LGBTQ, and single parent family building. Ms. Schuman also runs workshops and offers counseling for parents and children who have formed their families through sperm and egg donation and is an expert in donor conception.
Ms. Schuman has been working as a licensed therapist for more than two decades and is currently the Director of Mental Health Services for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut and Gay Parents to Be. She is a consultant for schools and corporations and has worked with groups such as Memorial Sloane Kettering, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center, The Family Equality Council and Single Mothers by Choice.
Ms. Schuman was the only therapist chosen as a surrogacy expert to testify to the State Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of legalizing compensated surrogacy in New York.
In her many years of treating patients who need assistance to build their families, she came to understand that the guidance, support and education she provided could make their paths to parenthood easier. To fill that need, in 2015, she founded the Center for Family Building, a trusted comprehensive resource offering products, videos, coaching services, support programs and more.
Ms. Schuman’s My Life Book which is now available on Amazon, was created to capture special memories and moments from the journey to have a child. Says Schuman, “Children love hearing about how they came into the world and the Life Book can help them feel connected to their beginnings.”
As the principal investigator for many studies on egg freezing, Ms. Schuman was honored with three awards for her research by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. She is the former Chair of the Egg Freezing Task Force for the Mental Health Professional Group of the ASRM. Ms. Schuman sat on the board of the American Fertility Association and was a group leader for RESOLVE. Ms. Schuman received her Undergraduate degree at Northeastern University and her graduate degree at Yeshiva University.
Ms. Schuman, who lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children and has personally experienced almost every facet of family building including fertility treatment, surgeries, alternative therapies, surrogacy and adoption and has lived through the struggles raising mainstream and special needs children. This has given her special insight into the trials, tribulations and joys of the families she counsels. Says Schuman, “I can talk the talk but I have also walked the walk.
For more information visit www.familybuilding.net
Dr. Dan Nayot, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.D., FRCSC., GREI
Dr. Dan Nayot trained at internationally recognized institutions, obtaining his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, and completing his Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at the University of Toronto. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Nayot completed a Royal College fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at McGill University, Canada's largest University-based reproductive centre.
Continuing his academic pursuits at Harvard University, Dr. Nayot received his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology. He has been awarded several research grants and academic scholarships, authored numerous scientific papers, and presented at international medical conferences.
Dr. Nayot is an active reviewer for several esteemed fertility scientific journals and continues to be involved in clinical research and training students at various stages of their medical programs.
Dr. Nayot is committed to providing his patients with individualized evidence-based care. He is a strong believer in empowering patients to make educated decisions, whether by appraising the latest research studies or facilitating a holistic team approach to infertility
Dr Nayot is passionate about innovation and medical research. He is the Medical Director of The Fertility Partners focusing on optimizing patient experience and clinical outcomes across the network . He is also the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Future Fertility, an innovative Canadian med-tech start-up that applies artificial intelligence to the field of reproductive medicine. As well, he’s the co-founder of HaloHealth, Canada’s first physician angel network focused on supporting early-stage med-tech start-ups.
For more information visit www.rccfertility.com
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
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