Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, with clients throughout Canada and beyond. Sara is the founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP where her entire practice is devoted exclusively to the practice of fertility law. She regularly acts for intended parents, surrogates, donors, cryobanks, hospitals, distributors and fertility clinics on a wide range of fertility law issues.
Sara has recently been named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. She is the co-chair of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and an adjunct professor of reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Sara co-chaired Canada’s first national symposium on fertility law in Canada, is one of two international members of the executive council of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the ABA’s Family Law Section, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA).
Sara has been published on issues relating to reproductive law in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Huffington Post, and Lawyers Weekly and a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail on fertility law issues. She is an in-demand speaker, having lectured at Suffolk University Law School, University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, McMaster University, AAARTA, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, American Bar Association, and Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She is the winner of the 2013 Precedent Setter Award and a Clawbie Award for her blog about fertility law in Canada.
Heather Brooks is a Registered Nurse who has worked in Reproductive Medicine since 1994. She was Clinic Manager of The York Region Fertility Clinic from 1994-2006 after which she purchased the clinic, renamed it Northern Reproductive Therapies and was successful in providing basic infertility treatments to her local community until 2011 when the clinic was sold.
Heather also started Outreach Health Services in 1999. As an importer/distributor of donor semen, she assisted clients in creating their families for 20 years before leaving Outreach in 2019. Currently, Heather consults with fertility clinics about regulatory matters and assists private clients on their fertility journeys.
She has been an active member of the Nursing Special Interest Group through the Canadian Andrology and Fertility Society and was Chair of the committee for 10 years.
Heather brings a unique perspective to her role as she has also been a patient and has a son through the IVF process.
She believes that counselling and support services are very important components to patients embarking on their fertility journey and is happy to be a Board member of Fertility Matters where she can continue to have an impact on the services available to patients.
Antonina Wasowska, Treasurer
Antonina’s experiences with unexplained infertility, miscarriage, and fertility treatments led her to seek support from others who were living with these realities, and to learn as much as she could about reproductive health disease. She benefited from FMC and its support groups, and has since had successful IVF treatment.
She brings her financial expertise as a Chartered Professional Accountant, and Chartered Business Valuator as well as board experience with two other non-profits to the treasurer position.
Antonina is excited for the opportunity to build on her personal and professional experience in order to advance infertility awareness, support, and access to fertility treatments for Canadians.
Dr. Dan Nayot
Dr. Dan Nayot has trained at internationally recognized intuitions; obtaining his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, and completing his Obstetrics and Gynaecology residency at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nayot is one of only a handful of physicians to complete a Royal College fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at McGill University, Canada’s largest University-based reproductive centre.
Continuing his academic pursuits at Harvard University, Dr. Nayot received his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology. He has been awarded several research grants and academic scholarships, authored numerous scientific papers, and presented at international medical conferences.
Dr. Nayot is an active reviewer for several fertility scientific journals and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is actively involved in training students at various stages of their medical programs.
Dr. Nayot is currently a staff physician at TRIO Fertility, where he remains committed to clinical research and providing his patients with individualized evidence-based care. He is a strong believer in empowering patients to make educated decisions, whether by appraising the latest research studies or facilitating a holistic team approach to infertility.
Lindsey Bast, patient
Lindsey experienced unexplained infertility and sought the assistance of fertility treatments. She conceived off her first IVF cycle, but it ended as an ectopic pregnancy. She successfully conceived again from a frozen embryo transfer (FET) and has a beautiful son as a result.
As a Certified Usability Analyst, Lindsey brings her expertise in the areas of Online Marketing & Communications. Prior to joining the Board, Lindsey was an active volunteer for FMC on the Advisory Council committees. She also helps to facilitate her local FMC support group.
Lindsey is active in both the infertility and pregnancy loss communities with the goal of increasing awareness and breaking the stigma associated with both experiences.
Dr. Nicole Patterson
Dr. Paterson is a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) physician at the Regional Fertility Program in Calgary. She has travelled Internationally and across Canada for her education and training. Her REI Royal College fellowship training was at the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Paterson’s clinical and research interests have included embryo donation, weight and fertility and advanced reproductive technology. She has been a guest speaker at national meetings and published her research in several peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.
Dr. Paterson herself was 1 in 6 (#1in6stories), but successfully completed her family with the assistance of her REI colleagues and coworkers.
Dr. Paterson has always felt privileged working with patients in an area of health care that is of such significance to them. She strives to help support patients in her clinical practice and through Fertility Matters, in any way that allows them to continue to be engaged, motivated and empowered.
Dr. Ari Baratz
Andia Poretta, Patient
Dr. Premal Patel
Meredith Mednick, Treasurer
Valerie Kerr, Patient
Priya Prakash, ND
Dr. Priya Prakash is a Naturopathic Doctor with a practice focused exclusively on fertility. She created the Awaken Life Natural Fertility Method, a holistic treatment approach inspired by her own 5 year journey through infertility. Her personal experience, combined with her expertise and education in natural medicine, activated in her a true passion for helping women and couples optimize fertility and transform their health. Priya’s practice serves women and couples all over Ontario through telemedicine.
Priya received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Neuroscience at Carleton University in Ottawa, and then pursued the 4-year naturopathic medical program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Her unique approach to fertility optimization involves addressing the body, mind and spirit, while incorporating current scientific research to guide her natural treatment methods.
Priya is also the Co-Founder and Medical Director for Outsmart EMR, a practice management software for healthcare professionals. She lives in Ottawa, and is blessed to be raising her 2 naturally conceived children. The happy ending to her fertility journey will forever continue to inspire her to help other families make that dream come true. She is excited to be contributing as a board member of Fertility Matters Canada, and expand her vision for natural fertility care in Canada.