May 23, 2017

Meet the Speakers

Meet our esteemed speakers, who will be joining our stage in Vancouver! As speakers and presentations are subject to change, please check back frequently.
{More speakers will be announced shortly.  Please check back soon} 

Dr. Mohamed Ali Bedaiwy MD, PhD, FACOG, FRCSC

Dr. Mohamed Ali Bedaiwy is Professor and Division Head of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Dr Bedaiwy is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr Bedaiwy received his medical degree from Assiut University School of Medicine, Egypt where he graduated Valedictorian, summa cum laude.

Dr Bedaiwy completed:

  • Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital Case Medical Center, CWRU, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University Hospital Case Medical Center, CWRU, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • PhD from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands for his work on ovarian tissue cryopreservation and transplantation

Dr Bedaiwy is a prolific author with over 200 publications, including 104 peer-reviewed publications. He is best known for his work in endometriosis, ovarian transplantation, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). His interests include IVF, MIS, robotic surgery, fertility preservation in cancer patients, and endometriosis.   He is also the Associate Editor of the Human Reproduction Journal which is the official journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Dr. Bedaiwy has had a career-long interest in high quality medical care, research and education.

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Dr. Sonya Kashyap, MD, MSc Epi, FRCSC, FACOG

Dr. Sonya Kashyap did her fellowship training in New York at Cornell University Medical College, one of the world premiere IVF clinics, under the mentorship of Dr. Zev Rosenwaks. With thousands of cases annually arriving from all over the world, she learned from the pioneers how to achieve the best outcomes even in the most difficult cases. Before arriving in Vancouver, she had been recruited onto faculty at the University of California at San Francisco, one of the top 3 ranked medical schools in the US and a National Institutes of Health recognized Center for Excellence in Women’s Health Care.

Board certified both in Canada and the US in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Dr. Kashyap was also the recipient of a CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) New Investigators awards in women’s health for her work in assisted reproductive technology, fertility preservation, cancer outcomes and fertility and patient education/decision tools. Dr. Kashyap has been invited to speak internationally, and is an author and recipient of many research and teaching awards. She is most proud of how these experiences have translated into success for her patients.

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Dr. Neeraj Mehra, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Neeraj Mehra completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Queen’s University in 2010. He then completed two fellowships at the University of Ottawa. First in advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) in Gynecology and a second fellowship in Simulation and Medical Education.

His current clinical practice is focused primarily on MIS cases in gynecology including advanced laparoscopy (endometriosis, fibroids, adnexal masses) as well as operative hysteroscopy. He is also actively engaged in surgical education in MIS for both residents and clinical faculty.

Dr. Mehra is a leader in obstetrical simulation at BC Women’s Hospital where he serves as the Medical Director for Simulation.  His academic interests included a wide range of educational and research activities in obstetrical simulation, surgical education, and patient safety.

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Krista A. Parr, R.H.N., B.F.A.

Krista A. Parr became interested in the concept of food as medicine while searching for ways to heal her body from injury and chronic pain associated with her work as a contemporary dancer. She wholeheartedly believes that a nourishing diet is one of the foundations of a vibrant, fruitful life.

In 2009 Krista serendipitously began working in administration at a Vancouver fertility clinic and was deeply inspired by the work of the staff and the grace of the patients. Fertility became the focus of Krista’s studies at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and she gained her Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) designation in 2013. Root to Fruit Nutrition was born shortly thereafter with the mission of supporting women on their fertility journeys.

Now a mother herself, Krista is passionate about guiding women onto a nourishing diet that is all at once transformative, realistic, and individualized. With over a decade of experience as an instructor and coach, Krista approaches her work with compassion, patience, and eternal optimism.

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Dr. Spence Pentland, TCM

Since 2004, Dr. Spence Pentland TCM, has focused exclusively on treating reproductive health stress & pain including infertility, IVF support, endometriosis, PCOS, recurrent pregnancy loss, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. After pursuing undergraduate studies in botany, herbology and horticulture, he went on to graduate with his doctor of TCM from the acclaimed International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC before completing his internship at Anhui Hospital of TCM, Hefei City, China.

In 2008, he obtained certification with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). In 2015 Dr. Pentland also obtained certification with the Canadian Association of Oriental Obstetrical Medicine (CAOOM).

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Leia Swanberg

Leia’s passion for alternative family building began at age sixteen, when she was a birth mother to a daughter placed in an open adoption. Since then, she has had three children of her own – ages 19,11, and a new baby. She has been a gestational surrogate twice and an egg donor several times. Leia’s approach to surrogacy is simple – taking a holistic approach to ensure that all parties are supported, encouraged and protected. She has made great industry connections and working partnerships with professionals worldwide to ensure that she can help to develop the fertility plan that best suits your needs.

Having owned Canadian Fertility Consulting since 2007, she has had the opportunity to help hundreds of couples become parents. Leia’s previous experience as a small business owner and background in management and small business development has helped her grow CFC into Canada’s foremost surrogacy consulting service. Leia and CFC have been featured many times in Canadian media, including Canada AM and The National Post, helping to depict third-party reproduction as a tangible and approachable subject in the country. She also has accumulated a large volume of experience speaking at large events, most recently at Birth Without Fear Vancouver, SurroFair in Madrid Spain and TedX Parksville.

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