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Our Staff

Dr. Stephen P. Hudson, FRCS(C), Medical Director

Dr. Stephen Hudson, the Director of Victoria Fertility Centre, is an Obstetrician Gynecologist trained in South Africa and Canada.

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town in 1978, he did further training in first Pediatrics and then Anesthesia, gaining post graduate diplomas in both.

His specialist training in OBGYN started in Cape Town, was interrupted by a move to Canada, and completed at the University of British Columbia in 1989.While in private practice in Vancouver until 1996, his main focus was reproductive medicine, prenatal diagnostic ultrasound, and high risk obstetrics. While in Vancouver, he was involved with the UBC IVF program and worked at the BC Women's prenatal ultrasound unit.

He moved to Vancouver Island in 1996, and established the Victoria Fertility Centre in 2003. This is a state of the art fertility clinic offering every form of advanced reproductive technology available – including In Vitro Fertilization and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

He is an Assistant Professor in the UBC department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 Dr. James Graham, FRCS(C)


Dr. James Graham, reproductive endocrinologist, is an Obstetrician Gynecologist trained in Canada. 

After Dr. Graham completed his fellowship in Obstetics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie University, he completed a Royal College Certified Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of British Columbia. He has previously worked in Halifax and Calgary, and joined the Victoria Fertility Centre in 2013.

In addition to practicing reproductive endocrinology, Dr.Graham also continues to practice high risk obstetrics, and performs all surgical procedures to enhance fertility, including microsurgery for tubal re anastamosis.

He is an Assistant Professor in the UBC department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Jullin Fjeldstad, MSc., Laboratory Director

Jullin Fjeldstad is a Clinical Embryologist and has been an integral member of our laboratory team since January 2007, and our laboratory director since 2013.

Jullin graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria with a BSc. in Biology and has applied her educational background to compliment her acquired skills related to blastocyst culture and vitrification. Jullin has furthered her knowledge in the field of IVF by successfully completing her Masters degree in Clinical Embryology in 2012 through the highly esteemed program at the University of Leeds in the UK.

In addition to her formal education, Jullin’s past volunteer experiences at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Queen Alexandra Center for Children’s Health, and the Island Sexual Health Society highlighting her devoted interest to patient care and the Health Sciences.

Jullin also is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and has been grandfathered by CFAS as a certified Clinical Embryologist in 2014.

Penny Hudson, Business Manager

Penny Hudson co-founded the Victoria Fertility Centre in 2003. She holds the position of Business Manager and is responsible for administrative operations of the clinic.


Gurmit Gill, Operational Development & Human Resource Coordinator 

Gurmit Gill isthe Operational Development & Human Resource Coordinator here at VFC. Gurmit completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University in 2007 and went on to specialize in Human Resource obtaining her Human Resources Management Post Baccalaureate Diploma from Kwantlen University in 2010. She is a CHRP candidate with expected completion of her certificate in 2016. For the past 5 years Gurmit has worked within health care with a focus in recruitment actives.

Contact: gurmit@victoriafertility.com


Clinical Coordinators & IUI/DI Coordinator

Leigh Patten






Larissa Kohut/RN

Jaimie Abbott



Senior Embryologist:
Tracy Fletcher, Dip. RCPath,M.Med. Sci, Bsc. Hons:






Rewa Grewal, Bsc:

Alyssa Herkel,Bsc.:
Dr. Eric Ochs, PhD., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Eric Ochs

Dr. Eric Ochs earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. He has received advanced training in couple and sex therapy, and in reproductive psychology. Currently he sees individuals and couples in his private practice who are using assisted reproduction technology (ART) to help build their families. Dr. Ochs has authored a number of scientific papers and book chapters.

Dr. Ochs can be reached at:  (250) 516-5414

Jennifer Vining, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Jennifer Vining graduated from Yorkville University with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. In 2009 she completed a year-long post graduate program specifically designed for working with people experiencing fertility issues. Jennifer writes Mind Matters, a recurring article in the Creating Families magazine published by IAAC. Her private practice includes supporting individuals, couples, and groups with various reproductive health issues. Jennifer is a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
For more information, please visit Jennifer's website at www.jenvining.ca.

Jennifer Vining can be reached at 250.216.7345




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