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Our Staff

Dr. Jeffrey Roberts, MD FRCSC

Dr. Jeffrey Roberts has B.Sc. (hon) and M.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University, then a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Upon completing his training, Dr. Roberts was appointed Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he served as a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Director of the Donor Egg Program at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Roberts is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. His focus is on uterine surgery, fertility preservation, and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Dr. Roberts is a trustee on the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. He is also on the board of directors for the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) as the National Continuing Professional Development director.  He was recently elected president of the CFAS for the term 2016 – 2017.  His academic duties with the UBC Faculty of Medicine include dual appointments in the departments of OB/GYN and Anaesthesia, Pharmacology & Therapeutics as a Clinical Instructor.

Dr. Roberts is active in both clinical and basic science research, with several publications and prize for “Best Basic Science Paper” at the Conjoint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and CFAS in 2005.

Dr. Stephen P. Hudson, FRCSC
 

Dr. Stephen Hudson, 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. Dilan Fernando
  Dr. Dilan Fernando graduated from the University of  Western Ontario with a Bachelors of Medical Sciences Honours. He went on to complete his medical degree and residency in OBGYN at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests have included management of endometriosis pain. Currently his practice is focused on treating infertility. He is interested in providing up-to-date evidence-based care that is tailored to the unique goals and circumstances of each patient. 
 Dr. Samantha Wong-Merrick
Dr. Samantha Wong-Merrick completed her medical degree and OBGYN Specialty training at UBC. Earlier this year she sought additional training under the supervision of PCRM’s Co-Directors to enhance her skills in pelvic ultrasound and knowledge of infertility treatment protocols. Dr. Wong-Merrick spent her childhood between Bangladesh and British Columbia. She now lives on Vancouver Island with her family. Many Vancouver Island physicians may already have met Dr. Wong-Merrick during her locums for OB/GYN practices in high-risk obstetrics and gynecologic surgery.  She is also involved in clinical teaching of medical students and residents. Dr. Wong-Merrick has volunteered on medical missions to underserved populations in Ecuador and Guatemala and is proud to offer services in Spanish.
 

Tracy Fletcher, MSc., Laboratory Director

Tracy Fletcher completed a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Human Anatomy at the University of Glasgow, UK followed by a specialized Master of Medical Sciences in Assisted Reproduction Technologies at the University of Nottingham, UK in 2000. Her early embryology career was spent at St. Bartholomew’s Fertility Centre, London, UK. From there she moved to the Burton Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Burton upon Trent, UK where she was the Laboratory Director for almost 10 years with a special interest in clinical risk management and quality management within clinical and laboratory areas.

Looking for a new challenge, Tracy moved to Canada in November 2013 to become the Senior Embryologist at the Victoria Fertility Centre. She was maternity leave cover for the Laboratory Director role during 2017 and has since been taken on as the permanent Laboratory Director.

Tracy is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) as well as the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE). Tracy still retains her UK State Registration as a Clinical Scientist and has been awarded Diplomate status of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK.

 

Clinical Coordinators & IUI/DI Coordinator

Larissa Kohut, RN

Laboratory
Embryologist:
Alyssa Herkel, MSc., 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
Holly Yager, M.ED., Registered Clinical Counsellor & Canadian Certfied Counsellor

Holly Yager provides support to individuals and couples who are trying to conceive, whether naturally or with assisted conception. Holly also sees intended parents who are pursuing third-party reproduction; as well as individuals who are preparing to become donors and gestational carriers/surrogates. Holly is experienced in providing therapy for reproductive health concerns such as infertility, perinatal anxiety/depression, pregnancy loss, and women‘s pelvic/sexual pain.

Holly has a Master’s degree in counselling psychology from UBC, and registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and certified with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. She is an active member of the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and has co-authored several articles related to reproductive health.  

Holly offers in-person appointments in her Vancouver location. Videoconference counselling may be available to those outside of the Lower Mainland, in select cases (e.g., for third-party reproduction). For more information, please go to www.wellwomancounselling.com or email info@wellwomancounselling.com.