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Meet Our Team

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    Jakub Dejewski
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    Aleksander Wiecki
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    Conrad Szatkowski
    Business Development Manager

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    Dorothy Walas
    Content & Data Quality Manager

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    Sophie Mazurek
    Digital Content Talent


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    Elisabeth Telega
    International Patient Coordinator

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    Caroline Kulczycka
    International Patient Coordinator

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    Veronica Spaleniak
    UX Designer & Digital Marketing Specialist


Medical Team was designed to help patients in making conscious decisions when choosing an IVF clinic. We provide transparent information on all aspects of IVF treatment: IVF diagnostics, IVF process and costs of treatment. Our goal is to make patients aware and knowledgeable about the possibilities and potential of the IVF treatment abroad.

We cooperate with IVF experts and health care professionals specializing in vitro fertilization, egg donation, and surrogacy. The experts come from all over the world, they are, among others:

Dr. Jennifer Rayward
Assisted Reproduction & Gynecology Specialist and Co-founder of ProcreaTec, Spain

Dr. Jennifer Rayward worked in research in Clinical Immunology for 3 years under Professor Melchor Alvarez de Mon. She also worked in outpatient Gynecology for 10 years before deciding to work fulltime in Assisted Reproduction. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Reproduction from the Complutense University in Madrid. Dr. Rayward’s career was linked to Ginefiv and Instituto Madrileño de Fertilidad before she co-founded ProcreaTec in 2008. Her professional interests include surgery, immunology research and assisted reproduction. Dr. Rayward has also dedicated her time to volunteering in programs that help underprivileged women.

Dr. Luboš Vlček
IVF specialist at Gynem Fertility clinic, Prague

Dr. Luboš Vlček has acquired his professional experience by working at some of the best fertility clinics, doing a few long-term internships abroad and attending various infertility conferences. Dr. Vlček took part in the 13th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility in Berlin in 2010. Dr. Vlček is also an author of many publications, among others on the pathology of placenta and oocyte maturation in donor egg cycles. Dr. Vlček is a friendly, reliable and punctual professional. His personal hobbies include outdoor sports such as cycling, swimming, running and scuba diving. Dr. Vlček speaks fluent English, German and Czech.

Dr. Esther Marbán
Fertility Specialist at Clínica Tambre, Spain

Dr. Esther Marbán has been part of Clínica Tambre’s medical team since 2010. She is a gynecologist specialized in Human Reproduction with a brilliant academic career. In fact, she obtained a special honourable mention in her Master’s Degree in Human Reproduction that she completed during 2009-2010 (organised jointly by the Spanish Fertility Society and the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid). Dr. Marbán is known for her restless and proactive personality and her innate talent for empathizing with people which she proves every day by working with patients.

Dr. Blanca Paraíso
Fertility Specialist at Clínica Tambre, Spain

Dr. Blanca Paraíso has been part of the medical team at Clínica Tambre since April 2018. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Reproduction from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2017. She also has a degree in Statistics in Health Sciences. Dr. Paraíso carried out her MIR education in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Virgen de la Salud Hospital in Toledo from 2010 to 2014. She has been linked to the Madrid Institute of Fertility and Reprofiv before. She currently works exclusively for Clínica Tambre. Besides her excellence as a doctor, Dr. Blanca Paraíso’s patients highlight her warm attitude, drive and motivation to help patients.

Dr. Marisa López-Teijón
Director at Institut Marquès, Spain

Dr. Marisa López-Teijón always wanted to be a doctor. Her professional career and interests are centred around Institut Marquès’s General Management, consultations with patients, writing articles, blogging and the Research and Development Project Team. The first thing she does every day when she arrives at the clinic is to check patients’ pregnancy test results; positive results make her fulfilled as a doctor, but negative ones motivate her to strive and do more until every patient’s IVF treatment results in a healthy baby.

Nataliya Kushniruk
Physician (Reproductive Medicine and Genetics) at FertiCare Prague

Dr. Nataliya Kushniruk, physician – Reproductive Medicine and Genetics Specialist at Ferticare Prague, the Czech Republic. Since 2006 Dr. Kushniruk has been working in the assisted reproduction field in various clinics in the Czech Republic. She is a member of the Czech Medical Association, Russian Society for Reproductive Medicine, SHRE, and the Ukrainian Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Nataliya Kushniruk holds the highest category Certificate in Gynecology and Obstetrics, issued in Kiev and is an ISO 9001: 2005 System Management Auditor. Speaks Czech, English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Dr. Maria Arquè
International Medical Director at Fertty International in Barcelona

She is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive medicine with experience in working in a few renowned IVF clinics in Europe and training in the USA. Her professional interests include preserving fertility for men and women, IVF and reproductive health research, fertility education for patients and the impact of lifestyle/diet on IVF with ICSI success rates. She is proficient in a few European languages: English, Italian, Spanish and Catalan and knows basic French.

Andreia Trigo
Founder and Director of InfertileLife

Andreia Trigo is a TEDx Speaker, Award winner Nurse Specialist and Coach, supporting fertility journey of patients from the UK. Andreia is a Founder and Director of InfertileLife that provides emotional and physical support during infertility treatment. Her education includes RN BSc MSc Management and Leadership Diploma and Diploma in Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Prof. Evagelos Papanikolaou
Co-founder and Reproductive Medicine Specialist at Assisting Nature, Greece

Prof. Evagelos Papanikolaou, MD, Ph.D., is a Reproductive Medicine Specialist as well as a world-class recognized Specialist in Fertility treatment. Dr. Papanikolaou is the author of dozens of medical publications and has been at the forefront of several innovations and improvements in IVF treatment and is the main visionary and founder of Assisting Nature IVF Unit. He is ESHRE and EBCOG accredited as a Reproductive Specialist.

Jana Rupnow
Licensed professional counselor and consultant

Jana Rupnow is an author of Three Makes Baby™ & a Fertility Psychotherapist focusing on Infertility, Parenting, Adoption, & Donor Conception. Jana has specialized in fertility for 10 years in private practice. She has collaborated with EggDonationFriends on a webinar “5 most common concerns about egg donation”.

Dr. Harry Karpouzis
Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant at Pelargos IVF, Greece

Dr. Harry Karpouzis is an Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant, specialized in Reproductive medicine/infertility and minimally invasive surgery, with over 7 years of full-time experience in the field of assisted reproduction. Dr. Karpouzis was fully trained and specialised in the UK. He has worked at some of the busiest hospitals in London (Guy’s & St. Thomas NHS Trust, King’s College Hospital, Newham University Hospital, University College Hospital, Homerton University Hospital. He has been a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists since 2011 and is a scientific director and founder of IVF Pelargos Fertility Group.

Dr. Ruth Sánchez
Gynecologist at the Reproduction Unit of Clinica Vistahermosa in Alicante, Spain

Has over 20 years of experience working as a gynecologist in Alicante’s clinics. She is author of numerous articles and other publications and for this reason she is frequently invited to deliver talks at various Congresses on Assisted Reproduction and Gynecology. Her membership of scientific associations such as the Spanish Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Ultrasound Section of the Spanish Society of Gynecology, Valencian Community Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Obstetrics and Spanish Fertility Society only confirms her credibility as expert in the field.

Dr. Blanca Paraíso
A specialized gynecologist at Clínica Tambre

Dr. Blanca Paraíso has been part of the medical team at Clínica Tambre since April 2018. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Reproduction from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2017  In fact, she also has a degree in Statistics in Health Sciences. Dr. Paraíso worked in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Virgen de la Salud Hospital in Toledo from 2010 to 2014. She was linked to this hospital until September 2018. In 2015 she made this position compatible with that of a specialised gynaecologist in Assisted Reproduction: the Madrid Institute of Fertility and Reprofiv. She currently works exclusively for Clínica Tambre. Besides her excellence as a doctor, Dr.  Blanca Paraíso’s patients highlight her straightforwardness and warm attitude. Dr. Paraíso is a driven, attentive, communicative and meticulous person.

Dr. Renáta Krmíčková
Gynecology and obstetrics specialist at IVF Centre Prof. Zech – Pilsen 

Dr. Renáta Krmíčková, Ph.D., received her medical degree from Charles University in Prague and has a specialization in gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive medicine. Dr. Krmickova has been active in this field for more than 15 years but not only as a clinician in reproductive medicine but she is also very experienced in IVF embryology – she has been certificated as Senior Clinical Embryologist by ESHRE.

Dr. Yadira Pallás Gálvez
Senior Clinical Embryologist at UR Vistahermosa

Dr. Yadira Pallás Gálvez is a Senior Clinical Embryologist at the Reproduction Unit of Hospital Clínica Vistahermosa in Alicante. She has a degree in Biology from the University of Alicante, Technical and Scientific Research Diploma in the field of Immunology and Histology at the Universidad François Rabelais de Tours, France, and a completed University Specialist Course on Immunohematology at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Alicante. Dr. Gálvez has been awarded by the Association for the Study of Reproduction Biology (ASEBIR) and has authored many publications and talks at Congresses on Assisted Reproduction Technology. She is a member of the Spanish Association of Biologists (COB) and Association for the Study of Reproduction Biology (ASEBIR).

Dr. Laura Villar Torres
Gynecologist specialized in Reproductive Medicine at Unidad de Reproducción Ciudad de México

Dr. Laura is a gynecologist specialized in Reproductive Medicine and works with international patients at Unidad de Reproducción Ciudad de México. She deals with female patients with low ovarian reserve on a daily basis. Dr Torres is a member of the Mexican Association of Reproduction Biology and has trained in at the Reproduction Unit from the Vistahermosa Clinic in Alicante, Spain. She holds Degree of Medicine and Surgery at “Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo”

Dr. Roksolana Semchyshyn
Head of IVF department of Intersono Clinic in Lviv, Ukraine

Having over 10 years of practical experience in IVF and being a member of ESHRE (European Society of Reproductive Medicine) and UARM (Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine) make her valuable team member at Intersono clinic in Ukraine. Currently running the facility department of IVF. Her completed training at SIMS clinic in Dublin helped her better understand the needs of International Patients.

Dr. Valeria Sotelo Kahane
Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Reproduction Unit of Clinica Vistahermosa in Alicante, Spain

Specialize in infertility problems and has completed her studies at the University of Buenos Aires and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Argentina. She followed with obtaining medical degree from Spanish clinic and added to her education master degree in video-laparoscopic surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Sotelo is certified in obstetric and gynecological ultrasound – Levels I, II and III. (SESEGO).

Dr. Laura Garcia de Miguel
Gynecologist and Obstetrician Medical Director at Clinica Tambre in Madrid

A graduate of Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona. She completed her training as a subspecialist in reproductive medicine at University Sant Joan de Déu Hospital. She has been working in the gynecology and obstetrics field for 10 years and at present is director of Clinica Tambre in Madrid, Spain. Her individually customized treatment makes her a specialist in treating patients who have a history of failed IVF or who respond poorly to hormonal or IVF treatment.

Dr Pilar Alamá
Director of the Ovodonation Programme at IVI clinic in Valencia, Spain

Her extensive educational background makes her expert in treating infertility. She graduated from University of Valencia (Medicine and Surgery) and made specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Dr Peset Hospital also in Valencia. Her PhD thesis was on cryopreservation of ovarian cortex and gave her highest qualification from the University of Valencia. Her active work in various projects and numerous publications earned her many rewards and merits and membership of Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) and European Society of Human Reproduction and Endocrinology (ESHRE).

Dr Constantino Dino Demetroulis
Director of Biogenetic center for Human Reproduction in Athenes, Greece

Has solid background starting in his father’s lab and followed with studies and work at University Hospitals in the UK, The Royal London Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Newham General Hospital of London.
He is not only member of academic societies like ESHRE but very active in medical research concerning infertility of both female and male. His focus is on studying effect of stress on the male partner in infertile couples, polycystic ovaries and diabetes and misoprostol for the treatment of miscarriages.

Dr Alexandra Izquierdo
Medical Director at ProcreaTec International Fertility Clinic in Madrid, Spain

She holds degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Valencia and Masters in Human Assisted Reproduction at the Complutense University of Madrid. Research is one of dr Alexandra’s passions and she has published numerous papers and spoken at renowned conferences both in Spain and internationally. Her main lines of research is implantation failure and low ovarian reserve. What she loves most about her job is helping patients realize their dream of becoming parents.

M.D, Ph.D. Łukasz Sroka
Obstetrician and gynaecologist at InviMed Fertility Clinic

He is graduate of Poznan University of Medical Science where he completed his Ph.D. Dr Sroka is a member of the Polish Gynaecological Society. His professional interests include gynaecological endocrinology, reproductive medicine and endoscopic surgery. Currently he is working at InviMed Fertility Clinics that are a network of 5 fertility clinics located across Poland that are part of Medicover, a Swedish-owned medical group and the largest private healthcare provider in the Central and Eastern Europe.

Heidi Hayes,
Executive Vice President of California Cryobank

She has more than 25 years of healthcare experience and along with with Michael Levy, MD launched Donor Egg Bank USA – the first egg bank to ship successfully vitrified eggs from program to program in the United States and boasts more than 120 partners over two continents. Currently she run the Egg Bank Division of California Cryobank and not only knows the business of assisted reproductive therapies, she has personally experienced it. Heidi and her husband are the parents of three children and have built their family through adoption and donor egg treatment.

Dr Ioannis Koutoulakis
Consultant Gynecologist at fertility clinic Serum IVF in Greece

Serum IVF has been treating infertile female and male patients and guiding them during their infertility struggle since 1989. Dr Koutoulakis, with his experience working with patients after IVF failure and skill in recommending other solutions was a perfect match to clinic’s mission statement. Serum IVF experts believe egg/sperm donation and IVF are the solutions that can maximize the patients’ chances of getting pregnant regardless of their age or egg/sperm quality.

Dr Murat Önal
Medical Director, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at Gynolife IVF Center in Cyprus.

He has great experience not only in the field of infertility but specialize in X/Y chromosome linked diseases and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Dr Önal has been working for years with patients having concerns about genetic diseases connected with certain baby gender and has great knowledge in process of family planning, medical indications and the methods and techniques used.

Dr Robert Najdecki, MD, PhD,
Co-Founder and Scientific Director of Assisting Nature in Greece

He is a Reproductive Gynaecology Specialist, skilled in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), PCOS, Clinical Research, Endometriosis with impressive working history in the medical practice industry. Dr Robert, graduate of University of Warsaw, has great experience in diagnosis and treatment of fertility disorders, such as endoscopic surgery. His long and extensive practice includes more than 6000 stimulated cycles.

Dr Katarzyna Olszak-Wąsik,
Gynecologist and Obstetrician at Gyncentrum in Katowice

Graduated from Silesian Medical University in Katowice where she also defended her PhD thesis with distinction in 2015. During her studies, she completed foreign internships in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, plastic surgery at the University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”, Murcia, Spain and in the field of plastic surgery in Vejle Sygehus, Vejle, Denmark. Dr Katarzyna is very active and regularly participates in domestic and foreign scientific conferences, workshops and specialist trainings in the field of perinatology, ultrasonography and endocrinology, constantly improving her professional qualifications.

Peter Hura
Head of Logistics Department at First Egg Bank

He is smart, multitasking, sociable and experienced IVF courier and logistics specialist. Peter is in charge of worldwide cryoshipments (frozen donor eggs, sperm, embryos) for intended parents or on demand for private fertility clinics and surrogacy agencies. His responsibilities are: complex delivery organisation, arranging issues between clinic representatives, where cells are stored, Air Security and Custom clearance. He has performed more than 100 cryoshipments during only a year.

Dr Natalia Szlarb
Medical Director – Gynaecologist at IVF Spain, fertility clinic in Alicante.

Dr Natalia worked in gynaecology and obstetrics at various hospitals in Germany after graduating in medicine in Poland. During her studies she undertook international internships in Brazil, Egypt and Poland and obtained her PhD in Immunology in the United States. She is part of the IVF Spain medical team since 2013. Dr. Szlarb understands that each patient is unique and, therefore, devotes time to explaining and assessing the different options available in any given situation.

Dr Joaquín Rueda
Director of the Genetics Unit at Hospital UR Vistahermosa in Spain

Professor Joaquín Rueda is the Director of the Genetics Unit at the Hospital Clínica Vistahermosa. His team is made up of geneticists who specialise in clinical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. Dr. Rueda is a physician, specialist in Clinical Genetics, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Alicante and the Scientific Director of the BioBank.

Dr Juan Carlos Castillo
Instituto Bernabeu Spain

Dr Castillo is a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics and Human Reproduction. He is also a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, author of over 50 articles in prestigious Spanish and international magazines about Assisted Human Reproduction and ultrasound diagnostics. Dr Juan Carlos wrote several chapters on Reproductive Medicineand he has been a speaker in several Spanish and international conferences on the subject. He joined Instituto Bernabeu in February 2013.

Dr Maria Khutorskaya
IVF specialist from GYNEM in Czech Republic

Dr Khutorskaya graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Samara University in Russia. She received certificate of recognition at Charles University in Prague and spent one year at University of Siena in Italy. Dr. Khutorskaya is a positive, communicative and stress free professional. Her personal hobbies include traveling, literature and sport and speaks fluent English, Russian and Italian.

Kateryna Sokolovska
Medical coordinator of the surrogacy program at Intersono IVF Clinic in Ukraine

She assists intended parents throughout their surrogacy journey and provides them with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the progress of their program. Kateryna also works with surrogate mothers starting from their examinations, through stimulation and during the pregnancy process. Being part of an amazing team at Intersono which makes couples’ dreams come true each and every day make her very happy.

Dr Uljana Dorofeyeva
Medical Director at Intersono IVF Clinic in Ukraine

Multi-talented, engaging and results-oriented fertility specialist with significant experience in the ART. She is trained in all aspects of andrology and reproductive endocrinology with exceptional knowledge in the areas of laboratory quality control, vitrification of oocytes, cryopreservation of gametes, embryos and unique ovarian tissue, micromanipulation of gametes including Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection and Assisted Hatching. Worth to mention that Dr Ulijana is member of ASRM and ESHRE (American and European Society of Reproductive Medicine).

Dr Carmen Avilés Salas
Gynecologist specializing in reproduction at the Reproduction Unit of Clínica Vistahermosa in Spain (PreGen)

She holds degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Miguel Hernández University in Alicante. Dr Carmen gained her experience working as a resident doctor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Hospital de Albacete and later on as a doctor specialized in assisted reproduction in various clinics of recognized prestige. Currently she is also an associate professor at the chair of Assisted Reproduction at the University Miguel Hernández.

Kelley Hageman
An egg donor from USA

She is dedicated Paediatric Registered Nurse whose gift of egg donation resulted in four beautiful children and 2 happy completed families. Kelley decided to become open donor and knowning in person families that she has helped, has only reassured her in the decision that she took. She has become inspiration for other woman that are able to make infertile couples dream come true and proved how amazing it makes them feel.

Charlotte Carter
An egg donor, from the UK

She is graduate from University who came into contact with inferitlity as a result of social campaign. Knowing how important for her is family, she felt right away how it may feel not being able to create happy home. Sharing her story can change anybodys perspective on young girls who decide to become donor – there is more to that than gaining extra funds.

Carmen Martinez Jover
Infertility Support Expert for more than 19 years

She became inspiration by sharing her two sides of life story: first one of a strugling with infertility woman and other of the mother to egg donated baby. With all the emotional fight on how to explain the details of the birth to her child and finally finding best possible way, she was able to help others who came through same not so common journey.

CLC Nina Leicht-Crist
Writer, obstetric and gynaecologic, labor and delivery medical assistant

She holds a baccalaureate degree in business management from University of Maryland University College. For more than two decades she has worked in various healthcare settings, specifically OB/GYN, L&D, and postpartum care in Germany and the United States of America. Since the birth of her rainbow baby in 2013, she concentrates on translating EN-DE/DE-EN written material, writing about infertility, motherhood, and maternal health and advocating for other (in)fertile couples. Nina is the author of her autobiography: “Love, Faith and Infertility – A Story of Hope and Special Forces” and has published numerous blogs and articles in America.

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