Marisol De Leon

Meet Us Monday: Marisol De Leon

My name is Marisol and I am one of the nurses at the Genesis Fertility Clinic. I recently joined the Genesis family and feel fortunate to be given this opportunity to join an innovative team. All members of the team are very accommodating and supportive. We are all working as a team to achieve the goal of providing efficient high quality care to each patient using compassion and warmth.

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office manager, Genesis fertility Centre

Meet Us Monday: Ruth Cheung

Hello!

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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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.

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!

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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Fertility Food Friday: Creamy Tahini Veggie Sauté

Fertility Food: Creamy Tahini Veggie Sauté

 

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

The Harvard Nurses Health Study is the largest, most comprehensive, long-term study of diet and fertility ever conducted. It found that adding one serving per day of red meat, chicken, or turkey increased the risk of ovulatory infertility by nearly one-third. This does not mean that everyone trying to conceive must adopt a fully vegetarian diet; high-quality, ethically raised animal products can be an important part of a nourishing, supportive fertility diet for most people.

However, it would be wise to learn to cook at least a handful of delicious vegetarian dishes, especially if you usually eat a lot of meat. This Creamy Tahini Veggie Sauté is one such recipe you’ll want to have up your sleeve. It’s rich, incredibly flavourful, and I’ve even seen meat-lovers swoon over it. Folate, antioxidants, iodine, selenium, and calcium are just a few of the fertility-loving nutrients contained within every yummy bite.

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Fertility Food Friday: Coconut Curried Chicken

Fertility Food: Coconut Curried Chicken

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

While we’ve been lucky enough to have a lovely taste of Spring weather here in Vancouver lately, I haven’t been fully prepared to give up the warm comfort of winter soups and stews just yet. Comfort food of all kinds can be an important part of a fertility diet in that it can be grounding during times of stress and uncertainty. It’s an added bonus when your comfort food is also full of fertility-promoting properties. Allow me to introduce you to this beautifully flavorful curry dish that covers all your bases. It features high fiber, protein, healthy fats, anti-oxidants, and spices that promote blood flow, aid in digestion, fight inflammation, tone the liver, and help regulate blood sugar. Cumin, turmeric, and black pepper are all used in Ayurveda to balance various infertility conditions such as uterine tumors, fibroids, ovarian cysts, genital tract health, and hormone interactions.

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Meet Us Monday: Raising Our Hands Against Racism

Here at Genesis Fertility Centre, not only do we see individuals and couples of all walks of life visit our clinic, but our own team is made up of an incredibly diverse collection of talented individuals. Whether it’s our Embryologist Larysa Fedarava from Belarus, or our RN Helen Ortojan from the Philippines, everyone here is dedicated to helping patients achieve their dream of one day starting a family. Where you’re from or the colour of your skin does not determine this passion, and we believe it’s important to recognize this.

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