office manager, Genesis fertility Centre

Meet Us Monday: Ruth Cheung


I’m Ruth, the Office Manager at Genesis Fertility Centre.

I am one of the first people you will get to connect with over the phone whether it be answering any questions you might have or assisting you with your appointments. Prior to arriving at Genesis, I spent most of my professional life working for the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, while moonlighting as an event planner.

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Strawberry-Lavender Chia Jam

Fertility Food Friday: Strawberry-Lavender Chia Jam


Strawberry-Lavender Chia Jam

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

Hooray for strawberry season! If you’re like me and you bought a large basket at the farmer’s market and now find yourself in a race against time to use up all those beautiful berries before they go overripe and mushy, then this is a recipe for you. Spoon this stuff on toast, pancakes, oatmeal, or plain yogurt for a sweet fruity treat without the refined sugar that traditional jam is known for.

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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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