There are many people involved in your care and treatment and your team is made up of highly trained and qualified IVF and fertility specialists. Here are the profiles of some people you might meet.
George Christopoulos is a Consultant Gynaecologist and accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He is the Clinical Lead in Thames Valley Fertility Unit, which is part of the Fertility Partnership.
He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in tertiary NHS units, including Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospitals. He worked as a Clinical Research Fellow in Assisted Conception for two years and subsequently completed his subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in Hammersmith Hospital. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy from the University of Surrey and has received extensive training in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy in Endometriosis Centres accredited by the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. He holds a Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (DFSRH) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Mr Christopoulos has a significant research background. He has published extensively in the field of assisted conception and his research interests include uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome and the prevention of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. His MD at Imperial College London focused on the use of novel medication, which aimed to decrease complications and improve the safety profile of IVF cycles. This research project received widespread attention from the scientific community and the media both at national and international level. He has received multiple awards at international fertility meetings.
His special interests include reproductive endocrinology, menopause and the management of male infertility. He has been a member of the British Fertility Society and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists since 2012. His philosophy has always been to tailor medical treatment to the individual needs of women and couples through a clear and evidence-based approach.
Alex graduated from UCL in 1998 and completed his postgraduate training in the Oxford Deanery.
He has over 10 years of IVF experience both in practice and research. His MD thesis studied women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing IVF treatment and has received a number of national and international awards. He has been involved in multiple publications in the field of assisted conception and infertility.
His research interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage and fibroids as well as being an expert in advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Mr Norman-Taylor graduated from Leicester University with a degree in Medicine. He later worked at Hammersmith Hospital, and took sabbaticals in Paris and Hong Kong where we was part of the team that created Hong Kong’s first pregnancy with ICSI.
In 1997, he became the Medical Director at The Chiltern Hospital Fertility Unit which has established itself as the leading centre offering fertility treatment in Buckinghamshire.
Mr Norman-Taylor is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and Lead Clinician in the Assisted Conception Unit.
He is also a lead clinician in the management of fibroids with Myomectomy, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Transcervical Resection of Fibroids and Fibroid Embolisation.
Fatima Husain qualified from King’s College Hospital Medical School, London in 1986. She completed her postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in London, having worked at Queen Charlotte’s and St George’s hospitals amongst others.
She is happy to see women with a range of gynaecological problems such as pelvic pain, period problems and infertility. She had intensive specialist training in the field of infertility and IVF at Guy’s Hospital Assisted Conception Unit.
Miss Husain has been a doctor for 30 years and is an NHS Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals, part of Frimley Health.
Mr Chun Ng is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in infertility, Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Mr Ng trained as a Specialist Registrar (SpR) in the North West London Deanery training program, receiving his postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and specialising in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, and Minimal Access / Benign Endoscopic Surgery. Completion of his training program led to the award of UK Certificate of Specialist Training and inclusion in the specialist register with the General Medical Council.
Previously, he was also a Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London, and conducted postgraduate clinical research in menopause. During his postgraduate training, he obtained his membership of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He also holds a Diploma in Family Planning.
Mr Ng has contributed numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has presented at various international and national meetings in the field of gynaecology and reproductive medicine. He has also appeared on TV news interview with CNN and webnews with BBC.
He is a member of the British Fertility Society, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and British Menopause Society. He is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education. He is a past module organiser and tutor for MSc and BSc Intercalated year in Human Reproductive Biology course of Imperial College London. He is also a past co-editor for journal summary service Current Medical
Dima graduated from the American University of Beirut in 2002 and started her training in embryology in the same year at the Assisted Reproductive Technology Unit of the American University of Beirut Medical Centre. She moved to the UK in 2004 and has since completed the Association of Clinical Embryologists Certificate, achieved state registration and gained more than 10 years experience in clinical embryology, having worked in several laboratories in the UK. She is trained to the most senior levels in all areas of clinical embryology including extensive experience in embryo biopsy with a special interest in preimplantation genetic diagnosis. She has trained many other embryologists who are now in senior positions in other laboratories around the UK and abroad. She is interested in participating in clinical trials that aim to enhance evidence-based practice and to optimise IVF outcomes. She values personalised treatment and close interaction with patients in the different stages of their treatment.
Danielle graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2009 with a degree in Medical Biochemistry, after which she became interested in the field of assisted reproduction. Starting initially with a research position at Hammersmith Hospital, focusing on male fertility preservation, which led to later publications using her work, she then moved on to her clinical training in embryology. Danielle undertook the Association of Clinical Embryologists training programme in a small unit in Kent, before moving to Oxford Fertility, one of the largest units in the UK. During her time at Oxford, Danielle completed a part-time MSc in Human Reproduction & Development, achieved state registration as a clinical scientist and became highly experienced in a variety of assisted reproductive techniques. Danielle has been involved in various research projects, and has a special interested in embryo biopsy and genetics. Danielle believes that the core of any successful clinic is the personalisation of each treatment cycle and the importance of good communication with patients to ensure a continuous effort for providing the best service and outcomes possible.
Patricia completed her degree of BSc in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Leon, Spain in 2013. She continued her education with a MSc in Assisted Human Reproduction at University of Valencia, Spain and Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics in 2014. She started her training at IVI-Madrid clinic, Spain where she developed a keen interest in recurrent implantation failure, basing her final master dissertation on this topic. She moved to London in 2015 and is currently aiming to complete her state registration as a clinical embryologist.
Benjamin joined Thames Valley Fertility in 2017 after completing his PhD at the University of Birmingham investigating the effects of ovarian follicular fluid steroids on human sperm function. He has a MSc in clinical embryology from the University of Oxford in addition to previous experience as a trainee embryologist. Benjamin is committed to the continuous personalised approach to patient care delivered here at Thames Valley Fertility.
Nicky qualified as a nurse in 1987 and as a midwife in 1989. She was privileged to be able to deliver my nephew in 1992; that was the highlight of her midwifery career before moving back into nursing in 1997, when she took her first post as a fertility nurse in Buckinghamshire.
She is passionate about patient care and every treat everyone as she would like to be treated herself. In her spare time, she likes to spend time relaxing with her husband and their four cats.
Stacey joined the team at Oxford Fertility in 2005 as a Healthcare Assistant and then went on to complete her Adult Nursing Diploma with Oxford Brookes University in 2010. Whilst working at Oxford she also gained her Midwifery Degree and has been co-ordinating the Reading satellite service since 2014.
Stacey has joined Thames Valley Fertility as Deputy Nurse Manager in the hopes to provide patients with continuity of care and individualised treatment plans
“My ultimate goal is to provide a continuity of care and a more personalised service during a challenging time”
Lynn qualified as a registered nurse at St Georges Hospital London in 1981. Shortly after qualifying she completed a midwifery course and practised as a midwife in both hospital and the community.
In 2006 Lynn trained as a fertility nurse which also included ultrasound scanning. She continued to work as a member of a fertility nursing team for several years and then as a satellite liaison nurse providing clinical care and support. She joined Oxford Fertility in January 2016 to become responsible for the Windsor Fertility Satellite clinic.
She is now looking forward to continuing her career as a member of the Thames Valley Fertility nursing team.
Katie joined the team at Oxford Fertility in 2012 and works in theatre and recovery areas. She has completed her GNVQ level 3 in Health and social care, and also has a HND in Engineering!
Whilst working in Oxford she has gained an extensive knowledge in theatres and ensures that all patients are cared for to the highest standard during their treatment cycles.
“My main aim is to provide continuity of care for everyone and to make their journey as easy as possible from start to finish”
Joanna is a UKCP and BICA accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over 20 years experience working with individuals as well as couples dealing with issues relating to all aspects of infertility and obstetric bereavement.
Joanna has worked within both the NHS and private sectors in these fields, and also have a private practice dealing with many other issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship problems, and trauma.
Having trained as a shorthand secretary at college, Alison has worked across various industries in central London including Banking, Building Construction and Surveying, local Government, HR, Strategic Planning, Occupational and Mental Health. Alison’s favourite time was spent working in Oil and Gas Exploration and Engineering, when they celebrated Christmas in July due to colleague going offshore for six months.
In her spare time she has volunteered with HomeStart in order to support vulnerable young families who were attempting to cope with challenging situations, without the help and support of extended family. More recently, she was elected to the Board of Governors at her son’s college, serving three years as a parent governor.
Alison is now thrilled to join Thames Valley Fertility at its inception and looks forward to seeing it develop and play a major role in the future happiness of local families.
Sharon has a wealth of experience in Administration, Office & Accounts Management, primarily in the architectural and design industry.
After spending the past 11 years in a Boutique Design Consultancy in Wimbledon, London, Sharon decided to take a well deserved career break from the daily commute to London to focus on her home after making the move to Maidenhead from her native London almost 3 years ago.
Having been through IVF, ICSI & frozen embryo replacement herself many years ago, Sharon has an understanding of the emotional, frustrating and sometimes disappointing journey that IVF can take. Whilst she wasn’t successful herself, she embraced the journey each time with positivity and hopefulness even though at times the thought process behind the diagnosis of her unexplained fertility was overwhelming and at times caused feelings of extreme angst. She has made long-lasting friends through her IVF process and is delighted that most recently one of them has gone on to give birth to very happy, healthy and extremely boisterous twin girls through IVF treatment.
Sharon has a keen interest in health and wellness, practices yoga regularly, and is delighted to have the role of Patient Services administrator within the Thames Valley Fertility environment where she hopes she can draw upon her previous fertility journey to help and assist others on their own journey.
Nafisa has come to Thames Valley Fertility from a background of working within the NHS. Her previous role was with the CHC Oxford services Admin team where she developed her patient services skills. The experience she brings to Thames Valley is her interaction with patients in different environments and her familiarity of working within medical teams to deliver excellent customer service.
Nafisa is currently studying a part time course alongside doing a CIPD in Human Resources. Her eagerness to develop her skills and experience in this sector is a great addition to the team at Thames Valley Fertility.
Nafisa feels excited to be part of the team at Thames Valley Fertility and to work with our patients on their fertility journeys.
Noreen is a highly-organized and dependable receptionist with over 12 years’ progressive experience in performing a wide range of front desk, clerical and administrative tasks in various sectors such as Banking, Housing and the Local Government. Noreen comes with a track record of multi-tasking, problem-solving and work prioritisation. Customer service is her passion. Demonstrated talent to resolve customer complaints, handle high volume phone calls and answer customer queries.
Noreen has proven to be a friendly, polite and compassionate individual who is known to work collaboratively to attain company’s goals. When Noreen is not working, she is studying her 3rd language ‘Arabic’ in addition to fluently speaking English and Urdu.
After leaving school Ishia trained as an Office Administrator through an Apprenticeship programme with Amersham & Wycombe College.
She completed her NVQ levels 2 & 3 in Business Administration, and completed a 2 year contract supporting the Sales & Marketing teams in a local Pharmaceutical Company. This is where Ishia gained most of her administrative experience before going on to manage a Business Support Team for an Outdoor Expedition Company.
In early 2016 Ishia took a career break in order to start her own family. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time off, and has joined Thames Valley Fertility on a part-time basis to ensure a healthy balance between her work and family life. Outside of work Ishia enjoys going for country walks, dining out and playing the flute. She also completes long distance runs in order to raise money for local charities.
Cliff joined The Fertility Partnership in early February 2017 after 5 years with HCA Healthcare UK as the National Director of Operations. He joins us with his wide knowledge and understanding of the healthcare industry which will be an asset to the Partnership and Thames Valley Fertility. His immediate aim is to establish Thames Valley Fertility as the preferred choice for patients within the Thames Valley area, offering state of the art facilities, supported by a world class team of consultants and experts to achieve the best outcomes possible.
He has had a mixed and varied career traversing the Military, Company Director, Estates Director, COO, CFO and NDO. Highly Qualified in many specialisms but he still believes that every day is educational, and encourages and empowers his teams to develop and progress as individuals and a team. The ethos being to develop your strengths and manage your weaknesses.
After training as a midwife, Karen worked as a Fertility Nurse, in the UK and Republic of Ireland for 10 years. After completing a law degree, Karen became increasingly interested in the regulation and ethics associated with fertility. Being passionate about patient care and ensuring everyone should receive the same high level standard of care, Karen moved in to Quality Management. As Quality Manager for Thames Valley Fertility, her role is to ensure that we provide the highest level of care to all of our patients and ensuring our compliance with regulations set out by the HFEA. Part of Karen’s role is the gathering and analysis of patient feedback, audit of our processes and ensuring that our paperwork is informative and up to date.