Meet Us Monday: Matthew Wiltshire

Matthew Wiltshire is a highly educated and skilled reproductive scientist, with multi-clinic experience. After completing his B.Sc. in Medical Science & Applied Biotechnology, Matthew started his training in the field of IVF in 2005, in a modest 300 cycle clinic in Albury, Australia. Whilst there, Matthew completed his Masters in Reproductive Medicine (with Distinction) in 2007 from the University of New South Wales and was head-hunted to join a well-established 2000+ cycle clinic in Adelaide, South Australia. During his time with this clinic, Matthew progressed from Embryologist to Clinical Team Leader, then to Satellite Clinic Manager. By way of ability, knowledge and ambition Matthew was offered the role of Business Improvement Project Officer and Laboratory Manager for a 300 cycle clinic in Darwin, Australia. He accomplished all this in just over 2 years.

Matthew took a sabbatical from the world of IVF to try his hand as a professional fire fighter in the tropical climates of Darwin, Australia. After three years of envious dry season weather, tormenting wet seasons and amazing life experiences, Matthew and his wife decided to travel the world. They have been traveling through 15 different countries, most recently Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A and Canada, finally landing in Vancouver, with the perfect timing to be invited to join the highly skilled and talented team that is Genesis Fertility Centre, as the Laboratory Supervisor.

Fertility Food Friday: Spring Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

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

I don’t usually eat a lot of salads during the cold winter months, but come springtime when the sun is out, I cannot get enough! Raw veggies are cooling and cleansing, which is exactly what the body is asking for at this time of year. This is a very simple tossed green salad and you can pretty much use whatever vegetables you fancy, but it’s nice to include radishes and lettuces that are available locally right now. The dressing is creamy, slightly sweet, and tangy and can easily double as a dip with veggie sticks or as a coleslaw dressing. In my opinion, the humble poppy seed is not featured often enough. With surprisingly high amounts of calcium, manganese, iron, and other trace minerals, I challenge you to find ways to include poppy seeds in your diet more often, starting with this salad.

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Raluca Shaw - finance clerk at Genesis Fertility Centre

Meet Us Monday: Raluca Shaw

Hello everyone!

My name is Raluca Shaw, and I am a Finance Clerk here at Genesis.

You will get to see me every weekend on your Genesis journey. I am at the reception desk and if by chance you miss me, you will probably hear me… my laughter is quite contagious…I guess you’ll just have to come in and see for yourself!

I’m originally from Romania, but moved to Vancouver when I was 17 years old. I finished high school, completed college, got my first job and so-on in this city, so it is definitely home for me. I have been here now for 16 years, and never lived outside of Vancouver. I love everything this city has to offer.

I’ve been with Genesis for almost 4 years now, and during my time here I’ve seen many, many miracles happen. When nature says “no”, science steps in with a big “yes”! We have a wonderful team here at Genesis, and everyone works together to give you the most positive experience possible. I feel very privileged to work with such a great group of people.

Outside of the office, I recently joined a Zumba class, and I’m starting to see why people find it addictive. 5 minutes into the class and everyone has a smile on their face. I leave after 75 minutes feeling energized and with a clear mind. Dancing is good for the soul!

I look forward to meeting you on your voyage to parenthood!

Cranberry-Cinnamon Seed Loaf

Fertility Food Friday: Cranberry-Cinnamon Seed Loaf

Cranberry-Cinnamon Seed Loaf

 

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

This recipe is inspired by Sarah Britton’s “Life-Changing Loaf of Bread” from her fabulous blog, My New Roots. I’ve changed up and added a few ingredients and offer the method that works best for me.

This is a dense, hearty bread with so many things going for it, starting with the fact that it is super easy, as far as baked goods go. It always turns out perfect (except the time I forgot to grease the pan…). Loaded with fiber, protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals, it also happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and vegan! It’s also in a very easily-digestible format, due to the fact that the ingredients are soaked for several hours before baking.

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Infertility Awareness Week 2015

May 19-28, 2015, is Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (CIAW). This important week  is a time for those who have experienced infertility, their doctors, friends and family to come together and show support for others who are struggling with fertility through conversation and open dialogue. It also provides an opportunity to educate the general public on matters of fertility health and the prevalence of infertility in our society.

In the past few days, it has been extremely encouraging to see the willingness of people to speak candidly about their infertility journeys, as well as the media’s desire to listen and share these stories across the country. We are proud to be a part of this discussion, and sincerely hope that by speaking out and sharing knowledge we will be able to reach anyone who has questions, concerns or hesitations about their own fertility.

We would like to say a special thank-you to patients, past and present, who volunteered to talk about their journey with media; this is a brave thing to do and we are certain that your openness will inspire and provide strength to others. We would also like to thank the various media outlets we spoke with who helped shine a light on this growing awareness movement.

As Canadian Infertility Awareness Week draws to a close, there is one more story we would like to share: Anna’s story. Anna is a young woman who chose to take control of her fertility future when she was met with an unexpected challenge. We hope her story inspires and provides hope to others walking in her shoes:

Fertility food: cauliflower soup

Fertility Food Friday: My Creamy Cauliflower Concoction

Fertility food: cauliflower soup

 

 Recipe by Nikki Hurst, RHN at The Movement Studio

To help enhance your fertility, you want to eat more whole foods, and less processed and refined foods. Foods rich in fibre and phytonutrients not only provide the body with optimal fuel, but also energy, clear skin, and efficient body system function.

This soup recipe provides a filling, creamy, and delicious meal without the unnecessary fats, fillers and preservatives store-bought soups encompass.

 

Bonus: it is super simple to make and also freezes nicely!

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baked salmon (3)

Fertility Food Friday: Simple Baked Salmon Fillets

baked salmon (3)

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

Omega-3 fats are termed ‘essential’ fats because our bodies cannot manufacture them on their own, so they must be consumed through diet. They are also essential for optimal health, offering powerful anti-inflammatory action throughout the body. These fats also happen to be a primary component in the production of sperm cell membranes. For the ladies, essential omega-3’s are crucial for the brain development of a growing fetus, and there have been some studies showing that postpartum depression can be prevented by increasing omega-3 fat intake prior to giving birth.

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Fertility Food Friday: Lentil Pâté

Fertility Food Friday: Lentil Pâté

This nutrient rich and entirely plant-based recipe is a perfect substitute for liver pâté. Due to its high levels of retinol, or Vitamin A, it is not recommended that you eat liver while trying to conceive or are pregnant. Serve this as an appetizer at your next get-together and I guarantee it will be gone as quick as you serve it.

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Fertility Food Friday: Mango Sunshine Smoothie

Fertility Food: Mango Smoothie

Recipe by Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Enjoy this creamy, sweet, satisfyingly tart smoothie as a celebration of sunshine (or an invitation, depending on the weather where you are). Tropical fruits like bananas and mangos are higher in sugar than fruits like apples and berries so they should be consumed in moderation. Think of this smoothie as a treat or dessert rather than, say, breakfast. Unlike many other treats and desserts, this one is full of nutritious elements like fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin B6, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Kefir is a fermented milk beverage similar to yogurt. While making your own kefir will provide significant amounts of probiotics, good quality store-bought kefir is now also widely available.

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Fertility Food Friday: Not Your Ordinary Vegetarian Burger

Food for fertiltiy: vegetarian burger

Guest post by Nikki Hurst

This burger recipe is loaded with antioxidants, particularly Vitamins E & A (beta-carotene). Both are skin-supporting nutrients and immune-system support. Packed with fibre and plant protein, these patties can be served on buns, in wraps, or with a salad.

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