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EggDonationFriends.com was designed to help patients in making conscious decisions when choosing an IVF clinic abroad. We provide transparent information on all aspects of IVF and egg donation 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:by Aleksander Wiecki
Agata is a copywriter and translator with 10+ years of experience in marketing and communication. During her professional career, she’s been working closely with marketing teams at international companies, helping to put their values into words. She strongly believes that effective content has to be written with the audience in mind. That’s why she always tries to put herself into her readers’ shoes and find answers to the questions her readers want to ask. She also knows that effective copywriting must be based on reliable research - she wants her texts to be credible and trustworthy. It is especially important when writing about such delicate issues as infertility problems and IVF treatment.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Ozyigit is a clinical embryologist with over a decade of experience in assisting patients with fertility treatments. Dr. Ozyigit, who is also currently finishing up his MD degree, comes from an eclectic background with 2 bachelor's, 2 master's, and a Ph.D. degrees in different fields. His passion for education and research is the foundation for his career as a physician, embryologist, researcher, and clinic manager. He currently holds a teaching position at the Mediterranean University of Karpasia and is the lead for clinical research at North Cyprus IVF Center.
Aleksander is a specialist marketing professional, patient’s experience manager and advocate of transparency and truth of IVF treatment. He has strong expertise and background in the IVF industry including IVF clinics, Genetic Laboratories and IVF patients. Aleksander strongly believes that there is a gap between IVF Patients and IVF clinics. It is this gap where patients may fall for the most common IVF treatment traps. That’s why patients need help and support which they don’t necessary get from IVF clinics. The support which comes from an objective, trustworthy and reliable source. Aleksander is a regular guest at ESHRE annual meetings, the Fertility Show in London, the Fertility Forum, the IMTJ - Medical Travel Summit and Fertility Exhibitions and conferences around the world.
Dr. Alexandra Izquierdo, Medical Director at ProcreaTec International Fertility Clinic in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Alexandra Izquierdo has vast experience in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Her main interest has always been reproductive medicine and medical research has always been her passion. Dr. Izquierdo has published many scientific articles and has been a speaker at multiple international conferences. Since 2013 dr. Izquierdo is associated with ProcreaTec team and she is currently the Medical Director of the clinic. What she loves most about her job is helping infertile patients become mothers and fathers. LinkedIn >>>
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 Infertile Life 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.
Angie Frederickson is a freelance journalist, copywriter and marketing consultant with more than 20 years of experience. She writes a monthly column and feature stories for a community lifestyle magazine, and is a contributor to numerous other publications including The Washington Post and Huffington Post. Frederickson is a former marketing manager for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and a former advertising account executive for clients in numerous industries. She holds a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Vanderbilt University. Frederickson lives in Houston, Texas.
Ashley Wong lives in Minnesota where she works as embryologist and lab supervisor for Midwest Center for Reproductive Health. She is married and a mother of three children. She has an extensive working history in the human embryology field. Ashley trained at the University of Minnesota holding both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree. In addition, she has a Technical Supervisor Certificate from the American Association of Bioanalysts and is a member of ASRM, College of Reproductive Biology (CRB) and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologist (SRBT). Ashley describes her fertility career as extremely gratifying and what brings her joy and love. She hopes to inspire her patients as she helps them create a family of their own. Twitter: @MNEmbryologist, LinkedIn >>>
Dr Benjamin Abramov is a Gynaecologist with over 20 years‘ experience specialising in the prevention, diagnosis and management of fertility concerns. He is the Medical Director at GENNET City Fertility and oversees the clinical management in the unit. Dr Abramov graduated from the Ben-Gurion University in Israel in 1992. He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Jerusalem. Dr Abramov brings with him a wealth of experience gained through his work at a busy a prestigious IVF centre in Jerusalem and three Fertility Centres in the UK. He has also practiced at an NHS Hospital’s IVF unit. Dr Abramov has an extensive experience in the management of complex fertility problems with a special interest in male factor, reproductive endocrinology and psycho-sexual counselling.
Biologist, PhD, leading clinical embryologist and head of embryology laboratory at IVMED. Certified member of ESHRE Birol graduated from Mustafa Kemal University of Science from Biology department. He has 12 years of working experience in embryology and andrology, practicing in 12 different countries in embryology field: Australia, Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia, Estonia, Georgia, Cyprus, Albania and other. His everyday work results in numbers of IVF cycles: Practice in IVF center by fresh and frozen ICSI/ET more than 30.000 cycles | Practice in IVF center by PGS&PGD more than 5000 cycles | Practice in IVF center by egg donation: more than 3000 cycles
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.
Bogna Sobkiewicz, Md, graduated the medical department at Medical University of Lodz, in 2013. Nowadays she is at the end of the specialization of gynaecology and obstetrics. However, the field of infertility interested her since the study, at this time she joined European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and started to attend the annual meetings. She is also a member of: ASRI (The American Society for Reproductive Immunology), PTG (the Polish Society for Reproductive Medicine), PTMRiE (Polish Society of Reproductive medicine and Embryology), ESGE (European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy). Her attention is focused on endoscopy, small procedures and counselling. Language spoken: Polish, English, German, basics of French
Dr. Carmen Avilés Salas is a specialist in reproductive medicine and genetics with over 15 years of experience graduated from Miguel Hernández University (Alicante, Spain). Currently, from 2018 she’s a Medical Director at PHI. She’s a Member of the SEGO (Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics) and SEF (Spanish Fertility Society).
Carmen Martinez Jover was born in England and raised in Mexico. She has been professionally supporting infertile couples for more than 19 years. She offers online fertility sessions, therapy, and workshops. Carmen is also a writer, artist, international lecturer and Fertility Coach - PSYCH-K facilitator. Together with her sister, she has written stories for children that help parents explain modern ways of conception such as egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, surrogacy, adoption, single motherhood, and two dads or moms.
Caro Townsend is a writer, survivor and advocate of all things infertility. After discovering medical science was required to have a family, Caro became fully ensconced in the world of fertility treatments. Multiple IVF cycles, a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy later, she finally became a parent, thanks to a successful frozen embryo transfer. Caro is creator of one of 2018’s top ten fertility blogs and her award nominated, The Cuckoo Mama, is an honest, open and raw account of her journey to parenthood and beyond. In between freelance blogging for The Huff Post UK and The Baby Spot, she spends her time working with charities to break the taboos which surround infertility and miscarriage. You can read Caro’s blog at www.thecuckoomama.co.uk
She is a graduate from University who came into contact with inferitlity as a result of a social campaign. Knowing how important for her is family, she felt right away how it may feel not being able to create a happy home. Sharing her story can change anybody's perspective on young girls who decide to become a donor – there is more to that than gaining extra funds.
Dr. Constantino Dino Demetroulis is a Director of Biogenetic Center for Human Reproduction in Greece. He's very active in medical research: he was a co-investigator in the study of the fallopian tube cell biology and metabolism and studied the incidence and significance of necrospermia in fertile and subfertile males. He is also interested in the studies on the effect of stress on the male partner in infertile couples, polycystic ovaries and diabetes and misoprostol for the treatment of miscarriages. He is a member of numerous international academic societies, among others European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, American Society for Reproductive Medicine or International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology.
Dr. David Kult is a Head Consultant at EUROPE IVF International Fertility Centre. He is a specialist in reproductive medicine and endoscopic surgery primarily used for the treatment of infertility. Dr. Kult holds a license of the Czech Medical Chamber at the level of Senior Physician and is a GMC registered specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology (General Medical Council), Great Britain. He did his professional internships at Stanford University Medical School, California, USA and in Austria. Dr. Kult speaks English, German, Serbian, and Croatian.
Dimitris Kavakas is an international business development consultant experienced in the fertility travel sector. He's CEO at Redia Ltd, based in London, which focuses on supporting fertility patients in their IVF journey. Dimitris runs IVFtravel.com which offers unique services including refund guarantee packages and instalment payment financing to better support IVF patients in travelling abroad for treatment.
Dorothy has solid background in communication, social media, and content creation. She is always on the lookout for news in the IVF industry and is in touch with IVF organisations, writers, bloggers and clinics. Dorothy believes in transparency of the message sent to patients and easy access to IVF knowledge. She manages the website and social media content to educate patients, spread awareness about egg donation, bust the IVF myths and assist patients in making decisions that are right for them, not for the clinic. Dorothy’s personal interests are strongly linked to her work; she is interested in biology, genetics and is an advocate of healthy and active living.
Elisabeth Telega is International Patient Manager who has exchanged over 15 000 emails, calls and chats with IVF patients in the past 2 years. She is keen on finding best solution and help those struggling to achieve goal. Her motto is “make world a better place” and so she’s a perfect fit in IVF Media Team. Elisabeth has been working in customer care for over 15+ years. Graduated from University with master degree in Italian Linguistic, completed course in Tourism with yearly trainings in UK and South Africa to cover wide range of hospitality business. She continued working for Japanese and American cruise ship company. Worked in 5 continents, focusing on making unique long lasting memories for her guests and clients.
Embryologist, biologist, biotechnologist at Salve Medica. She is a specialist in male infertility diagnosis and co-author of Polish Society of Andrology Guidelines regarding semen evaluation. A member of Polish Society of Andrology, Polish Society of Reproductive Medicine and Embryology. Attendee of ESHRE meetings for many years.
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.
Prof. Evangelos 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.
Dr. Francisco Anaya Blanes is experienced in the field of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Currently Director of the UR Hospital La Vega, Murcia & Gynecologist of the Reproduction Unit of Clinica Vistahermosa. Medical Doctor graduated from the University of Valencia (1993-1999). Specialist degree in Gynecology and Obstetrics (MIR) at the Hospital Clínico de Granada. Master's degree in Breast Pathology and Senology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2003-2004).
Dr. Hana Visnova is a Medical Director at IVF CUBE in Prague, Czech Republic. She holds a Ph.D. in Gynaecology and Obstetrics and specialist in Assisted Reproduction with over 20 years of experience in IVF. Devoted to the medicine and working in harmony to her motto to treat every patient such as the best friend. Involved in many international IVF research studies (2 in progress) as chief investigator. The member of ESHRE. In 2018 American Society for Reproductive Medicine awarded Dr. Visnova for a research study associated with IVF therapy. She’s the expert of many widely read titles such as The Daily Mail, Independent or Huffington Post. Fluent in English and German.
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.
Heidi Hayes is an Executive Vice President of California Cryobank. She has more than 25 years of healthcare experience. In 2010, Heidi launched Donor Egg Bank USA with Michael Levy, MD. Donor Egg Bank USA which was the first egg bank to ship vitrified eggs from program to program successfully in the United States and boasts more than 120 partners over two continents. Heidi Hayes continues to run the Egg Bank Division of California Cryobank and not only knows the business of assisted reproductive therapies, but she has also personally experienced it. Heidi and her husband are the parents of three children and have built their family through adoption and donor egg treatment. Linkedin >>>
Dr. Ioannis Koutoulakis is a Consultant Gynecologist at fertility clinic Serum IVF in Athens, Greece. Serum IVF has been treating infertile female and male patients and guiding them during their infertility struggle since 1989. 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. Serum IVF offers oocyte donation of the highest standards of donor welfare. The patients are able to choose a donor who is the closest match to their phenotype. We know how important that is for many of them.
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 a private practice. She has collaborated with EggDonationFriends on a webinar “5 most common concerns about egg donation”.
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo is a freelance writer, infertility and women’s rights advocate, former stand-up comic, author of the blog, “The 2 Week Wait,” and proud IVF Mom. Her articles have been featured on Time magazine, Huffington Post, and ScaryMommy, and she has been interviewed on news outlets such as CNN, NPR, and BBC, where she has demonstrated her ability to make even reproductive issues fun and educational. You can follow her "infertility humor" on Twitter at @the2weekwait or Instagram at @jennjaypal. LinkedIN >>
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.
Jessica Hepburn is an author, arts producer and adventure activist. Having been through eleven rounds of IVF she has become a pioneer in raising awareness of what it means to struggle to create the family you long for and inspiring people to live as big and bravely as possible whatever disappointments life has thrown at them. Putting words into action she is UK’s leading patient voices on fertility, infertility and assisted conception. On top of that she also founded Fertility Fest (www.fertilityfest.com) the world’s first arts festival exploring the science of modern family-making. Jessica is also dedicating this decade of her life to taking on some of the world’s most iconic endurance challenges to raise awareness of the physical AND mental struggle to conceive and go through IVF. So far this has included the London Marathon, the English Channel and in 2020 she is set to climb Mount Everest and attempt to become the first woman to achieve the incredible ‘Pond to Peak’ challenge. In 2018 she was nominated as one of Amnesty International’s Women of Suffragette Spirit; ‘Woman of The Week’ in Stylist magazine and won the Fertility Foundation’s inaugural ‘Fertility Hero’ Award for her role as an infertility advocate. She has published two books: 'The Pursuit of Motherhood' and '21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood'.
Jessica Jones is an infertility and life blogger. Her aim is to help raise awareness of the issue of infertility, including the effect on physical and mental health. Married in 2012, her husband has a mild case of Cystic Fibrosis, rendering him infertile. Jessica spends much of her time writing on her blog, being a volunteer for Fertility Network UK and raising awareness of infertility, including the mental health issues surrounding treatment and facing childlessness not by choice.
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. LinkedIn >>>
Dr Jon Aizpurua studied medicine at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Germany) and specialised in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at various clinics in Germany. He obtained his PhD in Oncology Research and graduated “Magna Cum Laude”. He graduated in Clinical Pharmacology and obtained an MBA in Public Health/Quality Control. He undertook additional scientific training in Germany in the fields of Oncology, Genetics and Fertility. Back in Spain, Dr Aizpurua led the implementation of IVI Bilbao clinic as well as several consulting services for various R&D initiatives, like the development of UPV and CIC bioGUNE collaboration. Since 2009, he is the Founder and President of IVF-Spain, Reproductive Medicine clinic based in Alicante. Since 2013, he is also the Director of the Human Fertility Chair at the University of Alicante. Dr Aizpurua speaks fluent English, German and Spanish.
Dr Juan Carlos Castillo, PhD is an expert in Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Human Reproduction. He holds a PhD in Medicine and belongs to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Dr Castillo has written more than 50 articles for well-known Spanish and international medical magazines. He is also the author of several chapters on Reproductive Medicine and he has been a speaker in several Spanish and international conferences on the subject. He has written about Assisted Human Reproduction and ultrasound diagnostics. He became a member of medical team at Instituto Bernabeu in 2013. The doctor’s professional fields of interest include Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome prevention and final egg maturation with GnRH agonist.
Juan Jose Sanchez Rosas become a part of the Gutenberg Centre URE team in 2002. He is Gynaecologist specialising in Reproductive Medicine with a degree in Medicine and Surgery (University of Malaga) specializing in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (University Hospital Carlos Haya of Malaga), Dr. Sanchez has over 20 years of work experience. He is a speaker at both national and international conferences and also collaborates in the development of books, articles and scientific studies. He is a member of the Spanish Fertility Society, the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and the Andalusian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr. Juan Manuel Moreno García has a degree in biology from the University of Alicante, Master’s degree in Human Reproduction and Human Reproductive Biology, has completed postgraduate courses in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Valencia. Dr. Juan is also Semen Analysis Specialist and has been awarded numerous diplomas by ESHRE and the Association for the Study of Reproduction Biology (ASEBIR). Dr. Juan Manuel Moreno García is a Director of the Embryology Laboratory at the Reproduction Unit of Clínica Vistahermosa in Alicante. Dr. Moreno is a Member of Scientific Associations: Spanish Association of Biologists (COB), Association for the Study of Reproduction Biology (ASEBIR), Spanish Fertility Society (SEF), Spanish Society of Andrology (ASESA), European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).
Kateryna Sokolovska is a 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. Kateryna is happy to be a part of an amazing team at Intersono which makes couples’ dreams come true each and every day!
Dr. Katharina Spies ist Gynäkologin und Spezialistin für Reproduktionsmedizin. Nach dem Studium an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg und der Universidad Complutense in Madrid promovierte sie in Neurologie im Bereich „Motorisches Lernen und Genetik“ an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Seit 2007 lebt sie mit ihrem spanischen Mann in Madrid, wo sie am Universitätskrankenhaus Fuenlabrada die Ausbildung zur Fachärztin für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe machte. Seit 2017 arbeitet sie als Spezialistin für Reproduktionsmedizin bei ProcreaTec, IVF-Spain.
Kelley is a 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 knowing in person families that she has helped has only reassured her in the decision that she took. She has become an inspiration for other woman that are able to make infertile couples dream come true and proved how amazing it makes them feel.
Kelly Saynor is a Director at The Fertility Pharmacy. Having previously run two successful businesses including an aesthetics practice and a training academy, Kelly combines her nursing and clinical experience with strategic sales and PR skills to grow The Fertility Pharmacy into the UK’s leading IVF medication partner. Kelly is a proud aunt to an “IVF miracle” and says “I’ve seen first-hand how testing IVF can be and as well as being a constant source of support for our patients, I also want to help them make truly informed decisions.”
Dr. Laura García de Miguel has worked in the field of gynaecology and obstetrics since 2008. At present she is a medical director of Clínica Tambre in Madrid, Spain. Dr. García de Miguel has extensive experience in IVF and provides a highly personalized approach to each and every patient and custom tailored treatments to meet the needs of various patients. Dr. García de Miguel specializes in treating patients who have had previous IVF failures or who respond poorly to hormonal or IVF treatment. Dr. Laura speaks fluent Spanish, English, and French and treats patients from all over the world.
Laura Van Os Galdós graduated in Biotechnology at the University of Salamanca (Spain). She completed her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ámsterdam (The Netherlands). She specialised in Human Reproduction at the University of Valencia (Spain) and completed her training at a fertility clinic in Madrid for one year. She is part of the IVF-Spain team since August 2016. She speaks fluent English, Dutch and Spanish.
Dr. Laura Villar Torres works with international patients at Unidad de Reproducción Ciudad de México and 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.
Dr. Libor Hradecký Ph.D. is a Medical Director of IVF Centre Prof. Zech in Plzen, the Czech Republic and a specialist in gynecology, obstetrics and endocrinology. He has vast experience in IVF as he has been working as a specialist in reproduction medicine since 2004.
Dr. Liene Kornejeva is an experienced geneticist working a fertility clinic in Riga. In 2003, she graduated from Riga Stradins University, obtaining a doctor's degree. In 2012, she completed a full study programme “Residency in Medicine” obtaining a degree in genetics.
Lisa Schuman, LCSW (Licensed clinical social worker). Leading expert in family building helping people around the world build their own families. She’s Founder Director of The Center for Family Building, the former Chair of the Egg Freezing Task Force for the Mental Health Professional Group of the ASRM from its inception in 2008 until 2016. She sat on the board of the American Fertility Association and was a group leader for RESOLVE. She is also founding director of Adoption Cooperative Consultants, and is a supervisor and a member of the faculty at the Object Relations Institute. Lisa Schuman is three times awarded by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society for her work as the principal investigator for many studies in egg freezing. Personally based in New York with her husband and three children. Lisa’s story of family building includes almost every facet possible: fertility treatment, surgeries, alternative therapies, surrogacy and adoption and has lived through the struggles raising mainstream and special needs children. But it is these experiences that have become the foundation of her work.
M.D, Ph.D. Łukasz Sroka is an obstetrician and gynaecologist working at InviMed, Poland. His professional interests include gynaecological endocrinology, reproductive medicine, and endoscopic surgery. Dr. Sroka is a member of the Polish Gynaecological Society. InviMed Fertility Clinics is 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. LinkedIn >>>
Małgorzata Wójt is head of the embryological laboratory at Salve Medica clinic specialised in assisted reproduction procedures. Within 18 years of experience in the field of fertility she has completed a series of trainings and workshops in Poland and in the world. Certified Senior Clinical Embryologist by ESHRE. Privately, the mother of a teenage daughter who likes good literature and traveling.
Dr Maria Arque is a Physician specialised in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Medical Director at Fertty International. Doctorate in Medicine (Ph.D.) at University Autonoma de Barcelona on Reproductive Medicine conducting pilot study on the influence of diet and lifestyle on the results of IVF/ICSI. Dr Maria is also a lecturer at the Master of Human Reproductive Medicine (Fertty, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Interested in fertility preservation, the impact of nutrition and lifestyle on fertility, research and education. Full proficiency in English, Spanish, Italian and Catalan. Intermediate level of French. Her everyday work is putting these words into action: "All patients inspire me. Each of the patients I meet every day has a different background and a different approach to their infertility diagnosis. I learn from all of them every day, and I'm grateful for it. The biggest lesson I have learned from my patients is that resilience and perseverance are key if you want to succeed."
Dr. Maria 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.
Dr. Marisa López-Teijón always wanted to be a doctor. She divides her time between 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 try and do more until every patient's IVF cycle ends in success.
Dr. Murat Önal is a Medical Director, also a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, at Gynolife IVF Center in Nicosia, Cyprus. In his work, he has met fertility patients who have concerns about genetic diseases connected with certain baby gender and are interested in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnostics (PGD) and sex selection/family balancing. Dr Önal, having great experience in the field of infertility and X/Y chromosome linked diseases, was able to talk about the process of family planning, medical indications and the methods and techniques used. Dr Murat Önal is a Medical Director of Gynolife IVF Center in Nicosia, Cyprus. LinkedIn >>>
Dr Natalia Szlarb is a Medical Director at IVF Spain, clinic in Alicante, Spain. She graduated from a medical university in Poland in 2002 and then has worked in gynaecology and obstetrics wards at several German hospitals. During her medical studies she also took part in international internships in Egypt, Brazil and Poland. In 2011 Dr Szlarb obtained her PhD diploma in Immunology in the United States of America. Since 2013 she has been involved with IVF Spain. She has extensive experience in IVF with donor eggs and is known by patients as a friendly and warm doctor. Dr. Szlarb speaks fluent English, Polish, German and Russian. In the EggDonationFriends’ webinar she was talking about the process every fertility patients needs to go through when undergoing IVF treatment using donor oocytes outside their home country, specifically in Spain. Dr Natalia Szlarb, as a medical specialist, explained how to prepare for such treatment and travel, what medical records or prescriptions are needed, how many appointments are usually required for different types of treatment and what the treatment milestones are.
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.
Nina Barnsley is Director of the Donor Conception Network. The DC Network is a charity founded 25yrs ago to help break the isolation felt by so many people using donor assisted conception methods. We support people considering donor conception, offering help with the emotional aspects of the often complex decisions they are making. We provide a space to share hopes and fears as well as experiences of talking to children, and relatives and friends, about how the family came into being. We provide resources and support for the long-term as children grow up and the questions and family dynamics change and develop. The charity was founded on the principles of openness and honesty and most of what we offer is centred around helping parents build the confidence to be open with their children and others and managing the implications of that decision. The charity is there to support all donor conception families whether they are having (or have had) treatment in the UK or abroad and whatever kind of donor(s) they are using. Our members may have used sperm, egg, double or embryo donation, with or without surrogacy, and include single women and men, heterosexual and same sex couples as well as donor conceived adults.
Apart from being a bilingual translator, Nina is a writer, obstetric and gynaecologic, labor and delivery medical assistant. She holds a B.Sc. degree in business management from University of Maryland University College. She has experience working in the areas of OB/GYN, L&D, and postpartum care in Germany and the USA. Since the birth of her rainbow baby in 2013, she translates EN-DE/DE-EN written material, writes about infertility, motherhood, and advocates 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 various blogs and articles in the USA.
Dr. Oksana Babula is highly qualified reproductologist. Now working in Latvia, she also gained a lot of experience in the USA. Oksana practiced in famous Hollywood clinic and has quite a number of scientific publications — she was the one that discovered MBL or mannose binding lectin mutation’s correlation with chronical vaginal fungal infections. During her practice she has developed a holistic approach that combines newest technologies with natural healing methods. She really can find an individual approach for every patient.
Peter Hura is Head of logistics department at First Egg Bank. Smart, multitasking, sociable, Peter is an experienced IVF courier and logistics specialist. He 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 Customs clearance. He has performed more than 100 cryoshipments during only a year. The list of countries where deliveries were performed includes the UK, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Israel, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and the USA. All patients have a guarantee that their order will be safely delivered to the destination point. LinkedIn >>>
Dr. Pilar Alamá has a solid educational background in treating infertility: she graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia, Spain in 2001. She did her specialisation studies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Dr. Peset Hospital also in Valencia. Dr. Pilar Alamá has received a Ph.D. in Medicine and Surgery with the highest qualification from the University of Valencia. Her thesis was on cryopreservation of ovarian cortex. Our expert has received various awards and merits: Diploma in Research Methodology and Design and Statistics in Health Sciences. Dr. Alamá is also a member of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Endocrinology (ESHRE). Dr. Pilar is also very active in research: she collaborated in a several Human Reproduction research projects and has written ten international and four national medical publications. She is also an advisor/director of four dissertations in the area of Assisted Reproduction.
Robert Najdecki MD, Ph.D. is a Reproductive Gynaecology Specialist. His experience in diagnosis and treatment of fertility disorders, such as endoscopic surgery is long and extensive and includes more than 6000 stimulated cycles. Dr. Najdecki’s vast experience in reproductive gynaecology and embryology has contributed greatly to his achievements in the field, e.g. the second baby birth through IVF technique in Poland and the first transvaginal, ultrasound OPU (oocyte retrieval), which resulted in second IVF baby being born in the nation. These successes opened new doors to a new era in IVF techniques that continues till now. Assisting Nature IVF clinic provides international couples who are struggling to conceive with the most advanced donor eggs programs in Greece.
Dr. Ruth Sánchez has been working as a gynecologist at Clinica Vistahermosa since 2000. She has been an attending physician in the Gynecology & Obstetrics Dept. at the General Hospital of Elda (Alicante) and has been treating patients as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, at the hospital since 2015. Dr. Sánchez obtained her medical degree from the University of Alicante in 1995. She has published many articles, publications, and delivered many talks at various Congresses on Assisted Reproduction and Gynecology. She is also a member 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.
Sophie is a branding and Internet marketing specialist with 10+ experience. A designer of communication throughout all channels. Content strategy maker and video storyteller. She speaks with images and paints using words. Working from a sparkle of an idea to develop it step by step to the final concept.
Dr Stavros Natsis is a fertility expert at Gennima IVF since 2017 and an associate of Dr Mantoudis, head fertility expert at Gennima IVF. He is especially interested in fertility preservation. Author of several clinical research papers. He performs monitoring scans and egg retrievals. International patients will meet Dr Natsis for their free Skype meeting and again when they come to Athens for their treatment. Dr Natsis' professional experience starts with Degree in Medicine by the University of Ioannina, MSc in High Risk Pregnancy by the University of Athens. Specialty in Obstetrics by the University of Athens. Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (Fetal Maternity Unit Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – High Risk Pregnancy Unit). He is also UK-trained in Gynaecological Oncology and Fertility Preservation (Senior Fellow). A warm and caring doctor with a big smile on his face. Thorough and precise, hard-working and passionate when it comes to helping our patients become parents. Fluent in English, great in communication and happy to answer all your fertility questions.
Svetlana Shiyanova is a Chief Doctor of Infertility Treatment Center at ISIDA Clinic. Fertility specialist, obstetrician-gynaecologist with 16 years of professional experience. In 2013 Dr Shiyanova has completed training course relating to endoscopic treatment methods in gynaecology in France. Languages: English & Russian
Theoni Pastroma is a UK-trained clinical embryologist, HCPC registered clinical scientist. She studied in the University of London and started working in the area of fertility in 2001. She has been working at Gennima IVF since 2007 and she is actually responsible for setting-up our state-of-the-art embryology lab, now using Embryoscope+ time-lapse incubators. Theoni makes sure that our lab functions at benchmark standards, according to the latest international guidelines and ISO requirements. Her team of embryologists will help you maximize your treatment’s chance of success by providing insight and suggesting the best option. Theoni works closely with our fertility experts to design tailor-made treatments for each of our patients, meet with them in person to help them understand each step of their treatment. In her opinion the embryology lab cannot be like a black box that nobody knows what’s inside.
Dr. Tomas Frgala is a specialist in the field of Reproductive Medicine with an exhaustive experience of over 20 years. During his work at the University of Southern California, he participated in numerous projects and studies focusing on research on new substances in tumorous disease treatment. Recently, he has engaged himself in the research on new methods in the field of Assisted Reproduction. He is the Head Physician at UNICA Brno clinic.
Dr. Uljana Dorofeyeva is multi-talented, engaging and a 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. Valeria Sotelo Kahane is an experienced obstetrician and gynecologist specialized in infertility problems. She studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Argentina and is accredited in Obstetrics and Gynecology by them as well.
Dr. Valery Zukin, MD, Ph.D. is an MBA Director of Clinic of Reproductive Medicine "Nadiya". Dr. Zukin graduated from a medical school in 1979 and started his career as a consultant in genetics. Following receiving his doctorate in genetics in 1991, he worked in the field of IVF and was the head of an embryology laboratory. Between 1999-2005, he was a General Director of Isida clinic. Dr. Zukin is an author of 17 scientific publications and also a Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association for Reproductive Medicine and a member of European Society of a Reproduction and Embryology.
Dr. Walker received a first class honours degree in languages before entering medicine in 1995 and qualifying as a GP in the UK in 2005. She moved to Spain that same year and joined the Institute Marquès in Barcelona, where she is part of their international team of fertility specialists, consulting in English, French, and Spanish.
Dr. Vladyslav Feskov, Feskov Human Reproduction Group in Ukraine, obstetrician-gynecologist, reproductive endocrinologist, genetic counsellor, a specialist in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, and a member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine, ESHRE, and Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine.
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 presented numerous publications and talks at Congresses on Assisted Reproduction Technology. She is a member of Spanish Association of Biologists (COB) and Association for the Study of Reproduction Biology (ASEBIR).