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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Meet Us Monday: Herman Rodriguez, Embryologist

Herman Rodriguez, embryologist at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Meet Herman Rodriguez, outdoor enthusiast and one of our distinguished embryologists.

Hi, my name is Herman Rodriguez. I have been an embryologist at Genesis Fertility Centre for nearly two years. My career in embryology began over two decades ago in Puerto Rico. Now, I work as an embryology consultant traveling to a variety of sites to share my knowledge and expertise. This is a very rewarding career to me. Over the years, the science of Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) has evolved and expanded with much advancement.

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Dasha A. Johnston, RN

Dasha A. Johnston, RN at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Hi there, my name is Dasha and I am the newest nurse to join Genesis Fertility Centre. I graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010. Most of my past work experience has been primarily based in pediatrics. I worked in a pediatric post anesthetic care unit at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta from 2010-2012.

In 2012 I met my wonderful husband and made the transitions to the pediatric intensive care unit at the B.C. Children’s Hospital. I have a great passion for working with children and their families. Although my work in the PICU at times may have been emotionally difficult, it was extremely fulfilling.

I have decided to make the transition to Genesis Fertility Centre in April 2014. I am now privileged to be working at Genesis with such a great team of professionals dedicated to couples who are ready to embark on their journey into parenthood.

In my spare time, I love to explore the outdoors by either hiking, biking or kayaking with my husband and my two dogs. However, I have recently suffered a biking accident during which I badly broke my arm and severed my ulnar nerve (so no more biking for me!). I am currently in the process of recovery.

Meet Us Mondays: Susan Lockhart, PhD, MBA, BScN; Director of Clinical Operations

Dr. Susan Lockhart, director of clinical operations at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Meet the latest addition to our team, Dr. Susan Lockhart. She joins us as our director of clinical operations.

As the newest member of the Genesis team, I thought it was time I share a little about myself. I came to Genesis after seven years of working at the Fraser Health Authority, most recently as the Director of Child and Youth for the region. Although the position was extremely interesting and rewarding, I was compelled to explore the possibility of becoming the Director of Clinical Operations at Genesis. Why was that, you might ask? The answer is quite simple. Prior to my position in Fraser Health, I was the Program Director at the UBC Centre for Reproductive Health. I absolutely loved working in this area of health care. I have never personally experienced the heartbreak of infertility; however, I walked alongside hundreds as they made the difficult journey towards their dream of having a child.

As a result, I learned about the physical, psychological, and emotional challenges faced during the experience of infertility. I also learned about the bravery and courage of those who faced these challenges. And then, when treatment was successful, the immense joy of pregnancy and birth of a child. It is these experiences that drew me to Genesis. Now that I am here and am working with this amazing team, I am even more ecstatic about my decision to come on board.

So who am I outside of work?  I am a wife, mom to two sons and a daughter and step-mom to three step-daughters. I am “Nana” to my granddaughter and “Nana Susie” to my three step-grandsons. I also volunteer for organizations that contribute to social change. I love the outdoors and together with my husband, run, hike, cycle, ski and kayak. I am an avid reader, enjoy local plays and concerts and am a consummate traveler.

I am very excited about my future at Genesis as I continue working with Dr. Kashyap and the team here. I look forward to meeting those who come to us with their dream of building a family and being part of their journey. 

Meet Us Mondays: Ashley Ruiz, Nursing Assistant

Meet Ashley Ruiz, a proud member of Genesis Fertility Centre's nursing assistants team

Meet Ashley Ruiz, a proud member of Genesis Fertility Centre’s nursing assistants team

Hi, my name is Ashley.  I am one of the nursing assistants here at Genesis Fertility Centre.  You may see me in various areas of the clinic but mostly in your morning scans.  Before I joined Genesis I worked in gynecology, oncology and palliative home care.  I had great affection for what I did but I was looking for something more for my career.  So when I found out Genesis was hiring I knew it would be exactly what I was looking for – regardless of how challenging it was going to be – since my journey to Genesis started even before nursing school.

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Meet Us Mondays: Lori Williams, RN, Nurse Manager & In-Charge of Sperm Retrieval Program


Lori Williams, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Lori Williams, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

The Genesis family has many touching and compelling stories to tell, but Lori Williams, a registered nurse, nurse manager and in-charge of the Sperm Retrieval Program at our clinic, has a special and personal one to share. Her struggles with her husband’s cancer is one that parallels many of our patients.

Lori’s personal experiences and strength translates into her dedication to help patients at our clinic. We hope that you will find her path to Genesis an inspirational tale.


Hi! My name is Lori and I work as a Registered Nurse at the Genesis Fertility Centre.  Prior to working at Genesis, I worked for more than ten years at Vancouver General Hospital – first as a vascular/general surgery nurse then as a critical care nurse in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit.

I love my job and I truly believe it has helped shape me into the person I am now.  It is one of the few careers that give you intimate access to extraordinary stories of others’ personal lives. I have met World War II heroes, inventors, survivors of unimaginable circumstances as well as star-crossed lovers.

My career has also exposed me to the varying limits of human capacity and has taught me that regardless of age, race or status, no one is exempt from life’s curve balls.

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Meet Us Mondays: Shay Arejola, RN and PGD Nurse Coordinator

Hi I’m Shay. I am one of the Registered Nurses and the Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Nurse Coordinator at Genesis Fertility Centre.

A career in nursing wasn’t always something I imagined doing. It worked out well for me since I found out that my real passion was in helping people, although I wasn’t always sure in what capacity I should contribute to society. Growing up, I was constantly exposed to the business world so it was only natural for me to assume that a career in business was my destiny. I started down that road with marketing and sales and later on aspired to be a financial planner to help people achieve their financial goals. Needless to say, I never got there.

After vacationing to Hawaii one year, that career path didn’t feel right. There must’ve been something in the Mai Tai’s they serve you in Hawaii, but when I came back to work that year, I had a whole new perspective. All of a sudden, I needed something more fulfilling and more altruistic. Whether due to the Mai Tai’s or something else, I’m forever grateful as it was at that time, right after my trip, that I decided to do a sudden 180 and begin my journey into nursing. It was the best decision I had made thus far.

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Meet Us Mondays: Kathy Mildenstein, Transcriptionist

Kathy Mildenstein, Transcriptionist at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Kathy Mildenstein, Transcriptionist

Hi, my name is Kathy.  I am the transcriptionist for the Genesis Fertility Centre but you may also find me sitting at reception if you are booked in for our early-bird blood work or ultrasounds. You may also see me taking payments as well – Genesis is not a one-hat working environment!

I am a transplant from Calgary, Alberta, where I was born and raised.  Approximately 15 years ago, my husband and I loaded up our VW van with our dog, cat and all of our life’s belongings and left Calgary for Vancouver during a blizzard. The weather in Calgary was -20 and the weather as we entered Vancouver was +20.  The cherry trees were in full bloom, the birds were chirping and I said that I was never moving back to Calgary!  But never say never as we have since moved back and forth a few more times over the years including a move to Canmore, AB and a move to Fernie, BC.  However, we never got Vancouver out of our system and through sheer will, determination and a few house sales, we finally made it back to Vancouver.

Throughout our many moves, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of great organizations and peoples.  I have worked for private practices including a pediatrician as well as an anesthesiologist; I have also worked for the Vancouver General Hospital in various departments, the Calgary Foothills Hospital in the OB/GYN department, the Fernie District Hospital as well as the Calgary Health Services’ Family Planning department – all in no particular order.

My last big move back to Vancouver in 2007 took me to the Genesis Fertility Centre, where I remain today working alongside a great team of people who make coming to work more a pleasure than a job.  I’m grateful for the team at Genesis, for their positive enthusiasm and professionalism.

When I am not at work, I can usually be found peddling around Vancouver, eating at a restaurant, or perusing the library. My goal for 2014 was to peddle the distance from here to Calgary and back (but just around Vancouver) but as I have already peddled 1016 km this year, I don’t think I have created enough of a challenge – maybe I will add in the distance to Regina too.

Meet Us Mondays: Deborah Fergusson, RN and Out of Town Patient Program Coordinator


Deborah Fergusson, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

Deborah Fergusson, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

Hi, I’m Deborah and I’m one of the registered nurses here at Genesis. In addition to my other responsibilities, I help coordinate the Out-of-Town Patient Program.

I guess you could say I’ve lived my life in many chapters, from backpacking through Europe and tree planting in the north (where I met my husband), to raising our four children in East Vancouver and starting an award winning health care gaming studio, each an amazing adventure in its own right. I received my BSN from UBC in 1992, and outside of work you might find me skiing, running a half marathon, traveling, dancing, or playing chauffeur for my kids.

My current adventure has me building on a 12-year nursing career, which has given me the opportunity to work with thousands of families bringing children into the world (as a labour and delivery nurse). This path led me to Genesis and I couldn’t be happier that it did. It’s a real pleasure to work in an innovative environment committed to excellence, alongside such a compassionate and dedicated team of professionals. I love my work: the chance to be part of something so meaningful in the lives of our patients is both an honour and a privilege for which I am grateful.

Meet Us Mondays: Carla Bondoc, RN and Pharmacy Co-ordinator

Carla Bondo, RN at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Carla Bondoc, Registered Nurse and Pharmacy Coordinator, Genesis Fertility Centre

My name is Carla Bondoc and I’m a registered nurse and pharmacy co-ordinator at Genesis Fertility Centre.

I graduated from Kwantlen University in 2006 and worked on the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at VGH for three and half years. I later pursued my passion for working with babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at BC Women’s Hospital. In 2012, I was blessed with the birth of my baby girl; She is my “tiny miracle”. She was born at 25 weeks and 6 days and spent three months at the NICU, the same hospital that I worked at. It was an unforgettable journey that taught me both professional lessons as a nurse, and personal lessons as a new mother.

When it was time to go back to work a year later, it was hard emotionally as it brought back both the good and not so good memories. Despite my love for working with babies, I made the decision to look into a different area of nursing, and that is how I landed at Genesis Fertility Centre. I am very happy to be a part of this dedicated, hard working and compassionate team. I really admire Dr. Kashyap’s passion to help every single patient achieve their goal of having a healthy pregnancy and building a family.

As a NICU nurse, I’ve seen the hardships of parents who conceived through ART as they face the challenges of having multiples with complications of prematurity. It is truly a roller coaster ride for them. Therefore, Dr. Kashyap’s advocacy for single embryo transfer whenever possible will help prevent the many complications of multiple births. I’ve learned so much in the past 11 months and I am still learning something new everyday. It is a wonderful feeling being able to help others fulfill their dreams of having a family.

When I am not working at Genesis, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading a book and creating custom blend mineral make-up for Prettier in Green.

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