Fertility Food Friday: February 10th, 2017

Detox Pasta: Quinoa Rotini with Avocado Basil Sauce

Guest post by Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

How’s your New Year detox going? Craving some pasta right about now? This outrageously flavourful and filling dish has got you covered! What makes a “detox pasta” you ask? It’s full of simple, fresh, nourishing ingredients and free of foods that commonly cause irritation such as dairy, gluten, sugar, and meat.

This pasta is not only delicious, it is bursting with fertility-friendly qualities like monounsaturated fats to lower inflammation, high fiber to support blood sugar regulation, vitamins C & E for antioxidant action, and folate to support a healthy pregnancy.

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For the Avocado Basil Sauce:

3 ripe avocados

Juice of 1 lemon

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ cup (approx.) fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

½ cup (approx.) hot water from cooking the noodles, to thin out the sauce

Pinch sea salt & fresh ground pepper

 

For the Sautéed Vegetable topping:

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

1 yellow onion, diced

1 lb. (approx.) crimini or shitake mushrooms, washed & chopped

1 red bell pepper, diced

½ bunch spinach, washed & roughly chopped

Pinch sea salt & fresh ground pepper

Optional: garnish with hemp seeds or sesame seeds

 

For the noodles:

I used half a package of quinoa rotini noodles. But any gluten-free short pasta will do. Brown rice noodles are a nice option.

 

Directions:
For a super creamy sauce, whirl all the sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. If you can’t be bothered to clean a blender (like me!), just mash the avocados & lemon with a fork until smooth, and then mix in the remainder of the ingredients.

 

Get the water boiling for the noodles at the same time as you start to sauté the veggies. Heat coconut oil over medium heat and sauté the onion until translucent. Add mushrooms and stir until they begin to soften. Then, space the mushrooms out in the pan and DON’T STIR for about 5 minutes. This browns the mushrooms and brings out a nice smoky flavour. Add red bell pepper and sauté for a couple minutes before stirring in the spinach, salt & pepper for just a minute or 2. Until the spinach wilts.

 

Once noodles are cooked according to the package directions, place them back in the pot and gently toss with the avocado sauce. Portion into bowls and top with the sautéed veggies, sprinkling with hemp or sesame seeds

 

Krista A. Parr is a Vancouver Registered Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Root to Fruit Nutrition, specializing in clean eating for fertility. She is passionate about guiding women onto a nourishing, supportive diet. www.RootToFruitNutrition.ca

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Career Opportunities–Join our team!

WHY WORK WITH GENESIS?

Working at Genesis offers you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team of reproductive experts dedicated to providing outstanding patient care.

Since opening our doors in 1995, Genesis has grown to be one of the largest IVF clinics in Canada and a leader in reproductive technology. We offer a comprehensive range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation.

Our results—which are among the best in North America— speak to our commitment to research and innovation, our state-of-the-art embryology lab, and to our outstanding staff.

Qualified candidates should email their resume and cover letter to TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

Administrative Office Manager

We have an immediate opening for a highly motivated, multi-task oriented Office Manager with a passion for women’s reproductive health.

Hours are full time;  5 days a week

This position will support the Vision, Values, Purpose and commitment of Genesis Fertility Centre and at all times be cognisant of the importance of patient safety. Reports to the Operations Director and ensures the provision of confidential administrative and clinical support for the purpose of maintaining accurate patient records and comprehensive patient care. This position assists with patient flow, teaching, data entry and supervised clinical procedures.
Overview:

Reporting to the Operations Director, the Office Manager provides management and leadership for the Administration Department. The  manager will be responsible for smooth operation of the administration department including the overall patient experience, switchboard, booking secretaries, reception and some finance tasks. Some of the tasks below may be delegated, but ultimate responsibility will remain with the Office Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Have the knowledge to train switchboard, booking secretaries, reception and some finance positions
  • Ensure smooth operation of reception, switchboard and booking secretaries.
  • Ensure training plans are sufficient for each position and ensure each employee has completed training plan
  • Keep current on knowledge of each position and will fill in for any of those positions when required (for example sick days, vacation days etc.)
  • Perform admin staff evaluations to congratulate on positives and encourage improvements
  • Responsible for operational control and timely booking of referrals and follow ups
  • Ensure patient satisfaction in their experience with staff in each of the above departments. Resolve minor patient complaints. (major complaints or unresolved issues should be brought to Operations Supervisor)
  • Office, equipment and building maintenance
  • Provide on-going day clinic support for physicians and their patients.
  • Adjust roster (or delegate) in accordance with physicians requests
  • Quickly and efficiently handle all incoming calls which have been directed to the Medical Booking Secretaries voice mails. This includes providing additional support to other secretaries thus ensuring a continued high standard of patient care.
  • Promote quality assurance and risk management activities by methods such as participating in patient surveys, chart audits and providing input to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Perform receptionist functions such as receiving visitors, answering the telephone, directing calls and taking messages; provide information and assistance in response to inquiries, as required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, completion of the Medical Office Assistant certification program plus two (2) year’s recent, management experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Preference will be given to candidates with medical office management experience..

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to assume leadership role in a compassionate, fair manner
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in an environment subject to changing deadlines, stress and interruptions
  • Broad knowledge of computerized patient database programs
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers and applicable software applications
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position

Interested, qualified candidates should send their covering letter and resume to J. Todd Dixon,  Director Clinical Operations, TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

 

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION

Genesis is the largest private fertility clinic in Vancouver BC. We offer the full range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation as well as surrogacy cycles.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated, experienced Reproductive Endocrinologist to join our team. This is an associate level position with potential for partnership.

Additionally, the right candidate will possess an enthusiastic, hard working, professional attitude with excellent communication skills and attention to detail.  Education requirement includes MD, OBGYN residency, and REI fellowship.
This is a non-union, full-time day position with weekend and holiday rotations.
We offer a salary of $250,000 with benefits at 3 months, company matching RRSP program, medical and dental upon completion of probation.

Interested, qualified candidates should send their covering letter and resume to J. Todd Dixon,  Director Clinical Operations, TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

Enquiries are welcome and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Career Opportunities – Join our team!

WHY WORK WITH GENESIS?

Working at Genesis offers you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team of reproductive experts dedicated to providing outstanding patient care.

Since opening our doors in 1995, Genesis has grown to be one of the largest IVF clinics in Canada and a leader in reproductive technology. We offer a comprehensive range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation.

Our results—which are among the best in North America— speak to our commitment to research and innovation, our state-of-the-art embryology lab, and to our outstanding staff.

Qualified candidates should email their resume and cover letter to TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

1 ) Office Manager, Administration

We have an immediate opening for a highly motivated, multi-task oriented Office Manager with a passion for women’s reproductive health. This position will support the Vision, Values, Purpose and commitment of Genesis Fertility Centre and at all times be cognisant of the importance of patient safety.

Hours are full time;  5 days a week

Overview:

Reporting to the Operations Director, the Office Manager provides management and leadership for the Administration Department. He/She will be responsible for smooth operation of the Administration department including the overall patient experience, switchboard, booking secretaries, reception and some finance positions. Some of the tasks below may be delegated, but ultimate responsibility will remain with the Office Manager.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to assume leadership role in a compassionate, fair manner
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in an environment subject to changing deadlines, stress and interruptions
  • Broad knowledge of computerized patient database programs
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers and applicable software applications
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position

Education, Training, and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree, completion of the Medical Office Assistant certification program plus two (2) year’s recent, management experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • Preference will be given to candidates with medical office management experience 

 

2) REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION

Genesis is the largest private fertility clinic in Vancouver BC. We offer the full range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation as well as surrogacy cycles.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated, experienced Reproductive Endocrinologist to join our team. This is an associate level position with potential for partnership.

Additionally, the right candidate will possess an enthusiastic, hard working, professional attitude with excellent communication skills and attention to detail.  Education requirement includes MD, OBGYN residency, and REI fellowship.
This is a non-union, full-time day position with weekend and holiday rotations.
We offer a salary of $250,000 with benefits at 3 months, company matching RRSP program, medical and dental upon completion of probation.

Interested, qualified candidates should send their covering letter and resume to J. Todd Dixon, our Director Clinical Operations, mailto:TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

Enquiries are welcome and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

 

3) MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT

We are currently looking for a full-time Medical Office Assistant.

  • Successful completion of a recognized Medical Office Assistant program
  • Experience in data entry
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in a busy medical practice

Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in the field of Woman’s Health and or exposure in a pharmaceutical environment with related stock ordering and handling.

The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, meticulous, quick, and capable of working within a team environment. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential along with an empathetic approach to patients.

Hours are full time, 7.5 hours per day; 37.5 hours per week.

Enquiries are welcome and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Please contact  J. Todd Dixon our Director Clinical Operations, mailto:TDixon@genesis-fertility.com

 

Fertility Food Friday: Miso Soup

Miso Noodle Soup

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

unnamedNutritious meals don’t need to be complicated or expensive. This Miso Noodle Soup is made from simple ingredients, can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, and is also full of nourishing goodies. Anti-inflammatory, easy to digest, and surprisingly filling, keep this recipe on hand for a quick weeknight dinner.

Makes 3 large servings

 

Ingredients:

2 medium carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

3 green onions, diced

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated or minced

2 Tablespoons dulse (or other dried seaweed, like nori), torn into little flakes

1 Tablespoon miso paste + 2 Tablespoons boiling water

Approximately 2 liters broth or water (or a combination)

1/3 of the package of soba noodles (I used pumpkin ginger buckwheat soba noodles)

Optional: 1 cooked chicken breast, diced

 

Directions:
Prepare the miso by boiling some water in a kettle. Once it has cooled slightly (miso is a fermented food, and boiling water will kill it’s beneficial bacteria), pour 2 Tablespoons of water over miso in a small dish. Mix well until the miso paste has thinned out and is no longer lumpy. Set aside.

 

In a soup pot, sauté carrots and celery on med-high heat in a dollop of coconut oil for a few minutes. Add green onion and seaweed and sauté another 30 seconds. Add broth and ginger and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook over a rolling boil according to package directions – usually about 10-12 minutes.

 

Once soup has stopped boiling and cooled just slightly, stir in the miso and the cooked chicken (if using).

 

Enjoy immediately, as re-heating will kill beneficial bacteria in the miso.

 

Krista A. Parr is a Vancouver Registered Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Root to Fruit Nutrition, specializing in fertility. She is passionate about guiding women onto a nourishing, supportive diet. www.RootToFruitNutrition.ca

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Fertility Food Friday: Marinated Veggie Pizzas

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Say what? You didn’t think pizza was a fertility-friendly food?! When it’s loaded with garden-fresh veggies and prepared lovingly in your own kitchen, there is no reason not to throw a pizza party!

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