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.
Jon studied Biomedical Sciences and graduated with a degree from King’s College London in 1994. He has over 20 years experience as a clinical embryologist, having worked at some of the largest clinics in London; including Hammersmith, London Bridge and King’s. He began training at Hammersmith in 1995 where he developed an interest in PGD and became one of a handful of embryologists licensed to perform embryo biopsy at this time. He subsequently helped to set up successful PGD programmes at two other clinics. Jon was elected onto the Executive Committee of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) and was re-elected for a second term. He completed a third term serving as the ACE Treasurer. This role had wide ranging responsibilities including engagement in government consultation on future legislation / Parliamentary Bills, Department of Health, NICE and HFEA reviews.
Jon has trained and mentored many embryologists and is currently an examiner for the Association of Clinical Scientists. This role involves reviewing and approving candidates to undergo a viva examination prior to applying for State Registration as a Clinical Scientist (Embryology). Jon maintains a passion for innovations and a firm belief that as a senior healthcare professional, he has a duty to deliver the best care available to our patients at Thames Valley Fertility, using proven technologies, whilst ensuring an honest and informed approach.
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 her 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 treating 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”
Since qualifying as a nurse in 1990 at The Royal Free Hospital London, Nicky has always worked within the Women & Children’s Health sector, working in all areas of Gynaecology. She later went on to qualify as a Midwife in 1999. Throughout her career she has gained over 15 years experience working in IVF clinics and has worked in a range of different fertility clinics.
Over the last 9 years Nicky has worked within the community as a Health Visitor, this followed her completion of a BSc (Hons) degree in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Whilst she enjoyed this work within the community, she felt she wanted to return to working within the field of fertility and was excited to join the team at Thames Valley Fertility.
“I understand the highs and lows couples face when undergoing fertility treatment and my aim is to support couples to make their journey as smooth as possible.”
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.
Rachel graduated last year with a BSc in Animal Biology and she has a keen interest in science, both animal and human. For the last 4 years, including throughout her time at University in Cheltenham, she has worked in customer service roles, building both her skills and her passion for the job.
Rachel loves being able to help people in answering any queries they may have and she finds it particularly rewarding working for The Fertility Partnership, helping to make a challenging time a more enjoyable experience for patients.
When not working, Rachel spends as much time as she can with her family and partner. She aspires to one day have a family of her own.
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.
Claire initially qualified as a Beauty Therapist in 2011 and has been very successful in building excellent relationships with clients with her caring and positive attitude. Claire has also provided cover for lecturers in teaching students in this field and assisting them in their careers.
Outside of work Claire enjoys spending time with friends and travelling, her favourite place is New Zealand where she holds dual nationality.
Claire brings all her people and organisational skills that she has acquired to the Thames Valley Fertility team where she hopes to be able to assist in making the patient experience a very positive one.
Tina joined Thames Valley Fertility in December 2017 with 13 years of experience working within the NHS and Private GP support services.
Tina has a caring and understanding persona, which she has developed over many years, whilst engaging with patients/clients whom often found themselves in emotional and/or distressing situations.
Tina herself has an understanding of the highs and lows of trying to start a family, having herself undergone exploratory surgery and treatments after several failed pregnancies. After 25 years of marriage she now feels blessed to have 3 grown up children.
Tina hopes in her new role she will be able to use her skills to help patients whilst undertaking their fertility journey with Thames Valley.
Shannon recently graduated form the University of Portsmouth with a first-class honours degree in Criminology & Forensic Science. It was during her time there that she developed great organisational skills, along with the ability to take initiative and plan efficiently without constant guidance, both essential for providing the best standard of services to all patients.
Shannon spent most of her childhood and teenage years living in Spain. She was immersed into the Spanish schooling system from the age of 8, where she became fluent in Spanish and is now bilingual. This is a great advantage in today’s society.
In her spare time, Shannon loves to travel. Her passion is to visit new countries, meeting new people and learning new things. One of her most rewarding experiences was in 2014, when she travelled to Africa to volunteer and help the community. Her desire to learn and willingness to help others is what brought her to join the Thames Valley Fertility team.
Sonya started her career at the renowned Groote Schuur Hsopital in Cape Town South Africa, where she completed her training in General, Community & Psychiatric nursing as well as Midwifery. She then completed a postgraduate speciality in Operating Theatre Nursing, and worked across all the surgical specialities including cardio, neuro, orthopaedic, obs & gynae, reconstructive and general to name a few.
Sonya took a break from healthcare to manage a large engineering company, including contracts, finance, project management and implementation of the systems.
Emigrating to the UK in 2008 with her family, she managed a private Patient Services clinic for a leading pathology service provider. She was then promoted to Point of Care Manager within the organisation, and was responsible for ensuring a clinically governed, accredited point of care service to around 70+ private hospitals. She then moved into Service Operations, overseeing 8 large departments, and staff numbers over 200, ensuring that she has vast experience and skills in business management, Quality Assurance, Clinical & Regulatory requirements, risk, and ensuring compliance in order that the service is patient centred.
Sonya has also completed Healthcare Management through Greenwich University in 2017 and is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Managers.
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.
Lyn was excited to join the team in November 2017 as a Quality & Governance Administrator. She works part time to ensure a healthy balance between her work and busy home life.
After completing secretarial training at college, she has gone on to gain experience in various administration roles throughout her career in different sectors from manufacturing, service, education to IT industries. Lyn has excellent mutli-tasking and organizational skills. She is highly motivated, reliable, methodical, has a good eye for detail, and is committed to providing exceptional customer service. In the Quality Team of Thames Valley Fertility she gets to use all her skills in a fulfilling and rewarding way.
Many years ago, Lyn was diagnosed with PCO, so she attended our sister clinic, Oxford Fertility and had successful ovulation induction treatment resulting in a beautiful daughter. Her & her husband were fortunate enough to have a subsequent natural conception, resulting in a second beautiful daughter.