Meet Us Monday – Shalyn Arejola and her trip to Thailand!

It was great to be able to end 2014, and begin 2015, with a trip to Thailand. I visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.

Some highlights of the trip I would like to share, in no particular order, include:

  • Spending the day with newly rescued Elephants. These elephants were rescued from being abused (logging, trekking, circus, etc). The rule was that we were there fore the elephants, not the other way around. We fed and bathed them. No riding :-). They were a pleasure to spend the day with.

Genesis Fertility Centre employee visits an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

  • Food, food and more food! So many things to eat, so little time. We tried lots of street food, restaurants that didn’t have any English on their menu (these were the best!), and my favorite of all, the Northern Thailand Specialty “Khao Soi.” It is a curry-based broth with both soft and crispy noodles.

A Genesis Fertility Centre employee enjoys some Khao Soi while visiting Thailand

  • New Years Eve in Chiang Mai – The floating lanterns everywhere made me feel like I was in a storybook. They were beautiful to watch and fun to light up and release with our 2015 wishes scribbled on them.

A Genesis Fertility employee spends her New Year in Thailand.

  • Thai Cooking Class – Besides learning to cook delicious food, we got to tour and learn the main Thai ingredients at the market.

A Genesis Fertility Centre employee takes a cooking class while vacationing in Thailand

  • The view of Bangkok from skybar – one of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen.

Genesis Fertility Centre employee visits Thailand

  • Colors and details – Thailand is such a colorful country. I lost count of the different taxi colors that existed in Bangkok. And their architecture (specially the temples) have such intricate details. It was beautiful.

Genesis Fertility Centre employee visits Thailand

 

There were so many other places I wanted to explore and so many more things to do. Clearly, two weeks was not enough. But now it’s back to work with all of the lovely people at Genesis Fertility Centre!  See you soon!

 

Chinese paper Sing Tao reported birth of Olivia, first child in Canada to be conceived with help from the Eeva Test

Sing Tao <<星島日報>> newspaper reported the birth of Olivia, the first child in Canada to be conceived with the help of the Early Embryo Viability Assesment (Eeva) Test. Olivia’s mother, 40 year-old Darla Macey-Nicholson, is ecstatic about the latest addition to her family.

To view Sing Tao’s coverage of the exciting announcement, please click here or the image below.

早期優選胚胎首例 卑詩婦喜誕女嬰

Darla Macey-Nicholson with Olivia, the first child in Canada to be conceived with the help of the Eeva Test.

24 Hours: Meet Canada’s first Eeva baby

Darla Macey-Nicholson, mother of Olivia – the first child conceived with the help of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) Test, had a chance to sit down with 24 Hours’ Jane Deacon and to explain why the groundbreaking reproductive technology is so important to her.

Read about Darla’s story and why Dr. Sonya Kashyap believes the Eeva Test may be a great asset to those who are experiencing infertility.

Darla Macey-Nicholson holds daughter Olivia, the first Canadian to be conceived with the help of Eeva time-lapse in vitro technology.

CTV Vancouver: Should government fund fertility?

CTV Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber had a chance to visit our clinic yesterday when Darla Macey-Nicholson and her lovely almost-five-week-old baby, Olivia, dropped by. Olivia is the first baby in Canada conceived with the assistance of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) Test.

Maria sat down with our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, to talk about the Eeva Test and whether taxpayers should help fund fertility treatments. Dr. Kashyap touched upon this subject earlier in the year when the National Post published an opinion piece titled “Pregnancy is a want, not a need.”

Click here or the image below to see what Dr. Kashyap and Darla had to say:

Dr. Sonya Kashyap and Darla Macey-Nicholson speak with CTV Vancouver's Maria Weisgarber about the Eeva Test and the cost of fertility treatments.

Dr. Sonya Kashyap and Darla Macey-Nicholson speak with CTV Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber about the Eeva Test and the cost of fertility treatments.

 

Vancouver’s Genesis Fertility Centre celebrates birth of first baby in Canada using the Eeva Test

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NEWS RELEASE

Vancouver, B.C. – September 24, 2014 – The first baby in Canada conceived with the assistance of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva®) Test at Vancouver’s Genesis Fertility Centre was born this past August. Olivia, born to Darla Macey-Nicholson and Craig Nicholson, was conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the help of novel embryo development information provided by the Eeva®Test.

The Eeva® Test, which is exclusively distributed in Canada by EMD Serono, a division of EMD Inc., Canada, is a significant innovation for reproductive technology. The test is a tool which helps embryologists in assessing the embryo most likely to develop for implantation, ultimately aiding fertility experts achieve better outcomes for their patients. Developed by Auxogyn Inc., a company dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, the Eeva® Test is based on patented technology developed by StanfordUniversity researchers. This team of university researchers is world-renowned for pioneering techniques in time-lapse imaging of stem cells.

“We are honoured to have helped conceive the first Eeva® baby in Canada,” says Dr. Sonya Kashyap MD, medical director of Genesis Fertility Centre. “It demonstrates that Eeva can act as a tool to improve success rates of IVF in addition to increasing patients’ overall experience to achieve pregnancy. These are our two most important goals.”

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Meet Us Monday: Jas Grewal

Andrologist at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

 

Hi there! My name is Jas! You will find me in the laboratory where I work as an Andrologist.

I was born in Coventry (west midlands) UK and went on to graduate from the University of Nottingham. I arrived in Canada in 2008 and I love my life here! I never tire of Vancouver’s beauty. Every morning on the drive into work the mountains take my breath away.

Speaking of Vancouver’s finest… I met my husband out here so it looks like I’m here to stay! My immediate family still live in England and I miss them very much, but with technology such as FaceTime the world definitely feels like a much smaller place.

I love cups of tea and watching Coronation Street when I get home from work, so I guess some things never change! On my days off I like to spend my time catching up with my family and friends. The weather has been great this summer for BBQ’s.

I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel a fair bit. One of my most treasured memories was our honeymoon to Tanzania and Zanzibar. I often find myself missing the golden plains of Africa on Monday mornings!

But, in all honesty I do love coming to work. My coworkers and I are a close team. Outside of work we spend time with each other. We care for our patients and also take care of each other. We all take immense pride in what we do. It’s a wonderful feeling making a difference in the lives of others.

Drishti Magazine: Eeva

We’ve been featured in “Canada’s Premiere South Asian Lifestyle Magazine”! Drishti Magazine had a chance to interview our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, about the use of Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva), the first use of the assisted reproductive technology in Canada.

To view the article, please click here or the image below!Drishti Magazine - Eeva

Eeva (早期胚胎存活能力評估) in Chinese Media

We are a multicultural organization and we take great pride in that fact. We also highly value our multicultural, multilingual clients.

We were honoured to have Ming Pao and Fairchild Radio interview us at our Canadian launch of Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) on January 29, 2014. Fairchild Radio broadcasted the news the night of the launch in both Mandarin and Cantonese while Ming Pao’s Victoria Chang took an in-depth look at both Eeva and in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology as a whole.

To view Ming Pao’s coverage, please click here.

Darla Macey-Nicholson (L) is the first person in Canada to have conceived using Eeva. She's pictured here with her two kids at Genesis Fertility Centre. (Photo Credit: Victoria Chang, Ming Pao)

Darla Macey-Nicholson (L) is the first person in Canada to have conceived using Eeva. She’s pictured here with her two kids at Genesis Fertility Centre. (Photo Credit: Victoria Chang, Ming Pao)

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