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.
Dr Antonios Vlismas, Medical Director at Thames Valley Fertility, is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist. He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Athens. He gained a wealth of experience through his work in the department of recurrent miscarriages and implantation failures at the University of Athens. He completed his PhD thesis on the aetiology of recurrent miscarriage and implantation failure.
He has broad experience in the field of reproductive medicine. He focused his career in fertility and assisted conception since 2007. He worked at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Bart’s Hospital until 2012, subsequently joined IVF Hammersmith working at Hammersmith Hospital until 2016 and Boston Place until December 2020.
He has extensive background in the management of complex fertility problems. He passionately believes that fertility treatment should be tailored to the individual needs of each patient. He is highly experienced in dealing with difficult cases of egg collection and embryo transfer. His area of expertise is recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage.
Dr Vlismas has authored several publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and has numerous presentations in international congresses.
He is certified from the British Fertility Society in pelvic ultrasound, embryo transfers and assisted conception. He is a member of the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).
Mr Swanton 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.
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
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.
Miss Petya Doncheva is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals. She trained in South London Deanery and gained extensive experience in the specialty at King’s College Hospital and St George’s University Hospital. She completed advanced training programmes in subfertility and reproductive medicine, early pregnancy and acute gynaecology and hysteroscopic surgery. She received her IVF training at the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital where she completed specialist skills modules in assisted conception, embryo transfer, intrauterine insemination and fertility preservation.
Miss Doncheva is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, British Fertility Society and British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. She also holds a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Miss Doncheva has particular interest in pelvic pain, ovulatory and menstrual disorders and operative hysteroscopy. She provides high quality gynaecological ultrasound, including 3D scanning.
Mr Elkington has been helping his patients to have a baby since he trained in assisted conception in 1996. He is well known for his kindness, hard work and excellent communication skills. He makes complicated fertility treatments sound simple and supports couples (or individuals) through their fertility journey.
He has been an NHS consultant at Frimley Park Hospital since 2006. He is deputy Chief of Service, Obstetrician and gynaecologist (O&G), fertility specialist and leads the Trust’s endometriosis service. Many of his endometriosis patients often require his help to conceive, either with laparoscopic surgery, or assisted conception (e.g. IVF).
Nick trained as an undergraduate and post-graduate at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, where he was also trained in reproductive medicine and IVF. His registrar training was in the South West of England, where he pursued his interest in fertility and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and fertility and received a Certificate of Completion of specialist training in O & G in 2004. He then completed a prestigious laparoscopic fellowship in Sydney, Australia, and was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRANZCOG). He was appointed as the consultant lead for laparoscopic surgery at Frimley Park Hospital in 2006. In 2014 he became a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Since 2008, he has also pioneered robotic gynaecological surgery and is currently the Vice-President of the British and Irish Association of Robotic Gynaecologists (BIARGS).
Mr Kalsi is an international expert in male infertility, male sexual & genital conditions (andrology) & is a specialist in the use of microsurgery (vasectomy reversal, varicocele & sperm retrieval) especially in high risk & hard to treat cases. Mr Kalsi’s approach to problem solving is sensitive & friendly.
Mr Kalsi’s meticulous microsurgical technique results in successful sperm retrieval in a high number of cases, even when there has been previous failed surgery elsewhere. He is among a very limited group of micro surgeons in the UK who can perform the newer technique of sperm retrieval from the testes called micro-dissection TESE (m-TESE) which results in a higher success rate of positive sperm retrieval whilst minimising the amount of tissue taken and potential damage to the testis. In addition he has also performed amongst the highest number of microsurgery procedures for the treatment of varicocele in the UK.
He has a very strong research background and has authored many pioneering peer reviewed journal articles and several chapters regarding treatments for male infertility. He is also a media spokesperson on male health issues, including male sexual dysfunction and infertility.
Mr Hadway graduated from UCL in 2000 completed his postgraduate training in London and the Oxford Deanery. He is a Consultant Urologist and Andrologist, based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. He also holds an Honorary Consultant Post at UCLH.
He has extensive experience in the management of urogenital disorders, including erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and urethral strictures. He has a keen interest in male factor infertility and has trained under the mentorship of Asif Muneer at UCLH in the techniques of Micro- TESE (testicular sperm extraction) and vasectomy reversal.
Mr Hadway has a kind and understanding attitude to his patients and will provide the comprehensive approach that men experiencing fertility problems both deserve and require.
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.
Kim always loved biology at school and after spending time job-shadowing an embryologist, became intrigued with the field of IVF. Kim always knew she wanted to work in a clinical setting, and graduated in psychology at university to broaden her interaction with patients. However, it was her love for science that led her to complete a biomedical Honour’s degree while working as part of the reproductive research group at Tygerberg hospital in South Africa. She then went on to do a Masters degree in Clinical Embryology in the UK, which gave her the chance to gain valuable experience inside assisted conception units.
The scientific fundamentals of embryology fascinate Kim, and in her opinion this makes the IVF laboratory a meticulous working environment where every aspect is monitored so closely in order to help prospective mums and dads conceive little miracles every day. Kim initially joined the TVF team as a Technologist, before starting her embryology training.
“It is such an honour to be a part of someone’s fertility journey, as well as the Thames Valley Fertility team to whom patients turn to for a friendly face and support, which is what makes this career choice most rewarding”.
Nikki persued her passion for science all through her education graduating from Salford University with a degree in human biology. After seeing first-hand the effects on those struggling with fertility, sparking an interest, she went forward to complete a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham in Assisted Reproductive Technology, gaining both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in fertility techniques.
After working for a donor sperm bank and gaining a greater understanding of the clinical environment, she made the move across to Thames Valley to persue her goal of working in an assisted conception unit and hopefully becoming an embryologist in order to help as many families as possible achieve their dream of having children.
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”
Tasha qualified as a midwife in 2015 and started her career working on the delivery suite at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. She then helped opened the new Induction of Labour suite in 2017 and took the lead role a year later.
Tasha has always been passionate about women’s health and supporting women and their families throughout all stages of pregnancy.
This then lead to an interest in fertility and she is excited to start a new career with the team at Thames Valley Fertility.
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”
Sam qualified as a midwife in 2012 from the University of Bedfordshire. She joined Wexham park hospital working in labour care before settling as a community Midwife in Maidenhead. This role involved antenatal care, postnatal care and attending homebirths. After over 6 years in this role and having discovered a particular interest in looking after patients who had been through fertility treatment it was time for a change and new challenge which has led to her joining the team at Thames Valley Fertility.
“I’m really excited to be a part of a team supporting women through such an important journey”
Annie qualified as a midwife in 2013 from Oxford Brookes University. Whilst at the John Radcliffe Hospital Annie worked on the high risk antenatal ward caring for women with complications of pregnancy or underlying health conditions. Whilst working in the hospital environment Annie cared for many women who had been through fertility treatment which sparked her interest in the fertility journey. She prides herself on her care and compassion for women, acting as an advocate if needed.
Annie is keen to bring her enthusiasm and passion for women’s health to Thames Valley Fertility and to provide great care.
Kellie qualified as a Midwife in 2011 from University of West London and started her career at the Royal Berks Hospital on the postnatal and Labour wards. She later went on to become a community Midwife
case loading women through their antenatal and postnatal periods and conducting homebirths. In 2016 she joined BPAS in order to support women with their sexual health, contraception and complex pregnancy needs.
Kellie prides herself in supporting and enabling women to have control over their own bodies and fertility. This passion led to an interest in infertility and a desire to help women and couples to achieve a family.
“ I love that I can work with couples and be a part of their amazing journey and try to give them the best experience.”
Sandra is an accredited counsellor and an experienced, registered fertility counsellor. Qualified in 2011, she sees many clients who are going through fertility treatment, in many different circumstances. She spent a year working at Barts Centre for Reproduction and currently sees clients from two NHS ACUs, as well as private clients.
She offers Thames Valley Fertility patients counselling by Skype, FaceTime or face to face at the clinic. Individuals or couples are welcome, she is both supportive and practical, and looks forward to helping you through the emotional journey of fertility treatment.
Sandra is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA).
Vicky is a specialist infertility and BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) accredited counsellor. She is also a member of the BICA executive committee.
Vicky offers both Skype and telephone sessions to make her sessions as accessible and flexible as possible.
In Vicky’s words “Counselling can be seen as a scary word – some people think it implies they can’t cope – this couldn’t be further form the truth. I much prefer to think of it as support at a very difficult time, my own personal journey taught me just how helpful this type of support can be.”
Jayne has recently joined the management team bringing over 20 years’ experience in a range of specialist industries including the Funeral service. She is extremely driven to deliver the highest standard of service with care, understanding and empathy. She is committed to delivering outstanding support at all levels and has a strong background in People Management, HR, Customer Service, Standards, Process and Administration. Her greatest passion is coaching, leading and developing her team to achieve outstanding performance.
Jayne feels extremely privileged to be part of such a life changing service and her experience of dealing with patients and colleagues at such an emotional and critical time is extremely valuable.
Jayne relocated to Berkshire from the North East with her husband and family in 2013. She has a 23 year old daughter, a 16 year old son and Alfie the cat is very much part of the family. She has a very busy social life with family and friends and enjoys cooking, evenings out, shopping trips, weekends away and days on the river.
Alexis has recently joined the TVF team bringing over 20 years’ customer service experience. She has a real passion for people and feels extremely lucky and proud to be part of the TVF team providing life changing services and support along our patients’ journey. Alexis is committed to helping, guiding and supporting people and has a strong background in staff training, coaching and mentoring. She is passionate about teamwork and is a caring, empathetic person. Exceeding expectation and delivering the highest standard of services is her biggest priority!
Alexis brings her experience from a number of customer facing roles, include Pharmacy where she gained skills in supporting patients during their treatment journey.
Alexis is a very outgoing person and loves spending time with her family including husband Ben and four daughters Amy, Sophie, Lillie and Mollie. Her two dogs are certainly part of the family and looks forward to her daily walks with them. She also loves her social life and spending time with her friends going for dinner and holidays.
Lucy joined the TVF team having graduated from Oxford Brookes University. From being a competitive rower, she understands the importance of teamwork and commitment. With 5 years customer service experience, she’s extremely excited to join TVF and be in such a life changing environment. She’s very passionate about helping and supporting others.
Outside of work, she is very social, loves spending time with friends and baking for her family.
Amber graduated in 2018 with a BSc in biomedical Science, with a keen interest in biology. Since graduating Amber has worked in customer service roles and also completed a year in placement in St Mary’s Hospital in the paediatric ward, having a clear understanding and passion working with parents and their children. Working alongside pharmacists and clinicians Amber developed her passion for helping others and her interest in fertility.
Amber enjoys keeping healthy in her spare time and exercising when she is not working, being a professional swimmer she has a great eye for detail and focus. She also enjoys being around her friends and her 2 pet dogs.
Matt has over a decade of management experience in the leisure industry, specifically managing cinemas in London and the home counties. Joining The fertility Partnership in September 2020, Matt took the role of General Manager in Thames Valley in December of the same year. With a history that focussed on the customer journey he is well placed to continue the development of the clinic and is looking forward to taking Thames Valley forward in to 2021 and beyond.
Sabrina joined the team at Thames Valley Fertility in November 2018 as the Quality Manager. She graduated from St George’s, University of London in Biomedical Informatics. After which she spent 3.5 years in the NHS, working within the quality assurance and clinical audit teams supporting national and local audits and investigating serious incidents and complaints.
More recently, she worked in the independent health sector leading on and overseeing CQC regulations and compliance.
Sabrina has a keen interest in quality assurance within healthcare and hopes to support the clinic in achieving the best possible patient care and satisfaction.