Evi Timotheou received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Bologna, Italy in 2004. Her thesis included research about the influence of different culture systems in human ovarian tissue preservation after cryopreservation.Evi began her embryology career in 2004 at University Hospital Sant’ Orsola Malpighi, Institute of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Human Reproduction Unit, Bologna, Italy , trained by Raffaella Fabbri in freezing / thawing ovarian tissue , ovarian tissue culture and electron microscopy techniques.She completed her internship in IVF techniques at Ravenna Hospital, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Italy in 2006.In 2007 she was recruited as embryologist at Genesis IVF Center, Patras, Greece.She joined American Fertility Services Clinic in New York, USA in 2007 and specialized in assisted reproduction techniques including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and extended embryo culture.
Kyparissia, received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2017. Her thesis focused on the analysis of polymorphisms in the silencing region located 5 ́ of the β-globin gene in patients with hemoglobinopathies.
In 2017, she completed her internship at the Center for Fertility and In Vitro Fertilization at the Inter-Balkan Center, where she dealt with IVF techniques. Her internship focused on Ovarian Stimulation Protocols in IVF and the analysis of their efficiency based on the number of eggs.
Kyparissia is currently Master candidate in “Human Reproduction”, Master Program of Medical School in Democritus University of Thrace.
Tatiana received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2013. Her studies were targeted in the field of Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology. Her diplomatic research focused in the evaluation of the genotoxic and antigenotoxic effects of natural agents using both in vitro and in vivo techniques.In 2012 she completed her internship in “Theageneio” Hospital where, she was trained in molecular diagnostics in viral infections of HPV.During the next two years she completed her Master degree in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, attending the Postgraduate Study Program “Applied Genetics and Biotechnology”, where she was involved in the challenging field of Molecular Biology and Cytogenetic. In her thesis, she performed mitochondrial DNA and chromosome analysis, using molecular and cytogenetic techniques, along with the use of bioinformatic tools.
During 2016-2017, she also participated in the Educational Study Program in “Human Reproduction” at Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Tatiana joined our team in 2017, as our younger trainee embryologist.
Ronny Janssens graduated from the Stedelijk Instituut voor Technisch Onderwijs in Mechelen in 1978 with a degree in clinical chemistry.
He started his career at the Radio Immuno Assay laboratory at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussels in 1979.
He joined the team of Prof. André Van Steirteghem and Prof. Paul Devroey as an embryologist in 1983.
Since then he has been involved in the start-up and development of the IVF laboratory at the centre for reproductive Medicine.
Ronny Janssens is currently the Quality Manager of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel where he was responsible for the implementation of a quality system and accreditation according to ISO 17025 and later ISO15189.
He has been an ESHRE member since 1985 and cofounder of the paramedical group within ESHRE.
He has published more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and he acts as an external reviewer in several leading journals.
He is invited lecturer in several international congresses around the world.
He has authored many chapters in international textbooks regarding the implementation of a quality system and laboratory accreditation.
Fotini Pakaki is a midwife that graduated from Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Department of Midwifery.
Since 2013 she has taken up duties as a midwife coordinator in the Assisting Nature IVF . Fotini is experienced endoscopy midwife and our Operating Theatre supervisor. She is active member of Quality Management Department.
She is responsible for two research programs of Assisting Nature College of Reproduction. She is a lecturer at the Institiut I.E.K Pasteur in the department of paramedical professions. She is fluent in English and French.
Fotini is focused on providing a high quality, professional service with a friendly smile. She also supports our fertility yoga program.You are able to read her interesting publications in our Assisting Blog.
Mrs. Vasiliadou Magda was born and raised in Thessaloniki.
She studied English language and literature in the American College (ACT). The last decade she has worked in the public as well as the private sector, especially on patient service and on administration departments. She has also participated to psychology seminars.
Her experience to the field of health gives her the ability of excellent communication with the patients and also the sense of flexibility with her co workers.
Emmanuela received her bachelor’s degree in Midwifery from International University of Greece in 2020.
She joined Assisting Nature Team in 2020 as a Junior Midwife Coordinator.
Emma is focused on providing a high quality, professional services with a friendly smile.
She speaks English fluently.
Alexandra Karassavidou is an expert cardiologist and is particularly concerned with hypertension and arrhythmias.
Her experience in diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases is long and extensive.
From 1986 till 1995 while doing her speciality, she worked in the Department of Pathology in the Prefectural Hospital of Edessa for four years and them moved to the cardiology department of Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki.
From 1996 until today she continues the cardiology profession in a private office
in Thessaloniki specialising in cardiological ultrasound and holter studies.
Πτυχιούχος της Ιατρικής Σχολής του Πανεπ. Θεσσαλίας το 1999.
Ειδικεύθηκε στην Αναισθησιολογία στο “Γ. Παπανικολάου” από όπου απέκτησε τίτλο ειδικότητας το 2005. Διδάκτορας του Π.Θ., το 2007.
Μετεκπαίδευση το 2009 στο UCI-Los Angeles στην νευροαναισθησιολογία και καρδιοαναισθησιολογία και το 2010 στο “Policlinico Umberto-La Sapienza, Rome” στην νευροαναισθησιολογία.
Εργάσθηκε ως ειδικός αναισθησιολόγος στο Νοσ. “ΑΧΕΠΑ” και “Παπαγεωργίου”, εξειδικεύθηκε στην εντατικολογία στο Νοσ. “Αγ. Παύλος” και από το 2008 έως το 2016 εργάσθηκε ως επιμελήτρια στο Αναισθησιολογικό και στο Καρδιοαναισθησιολογικό Τμήμα του Νοσ. “Γ. Παπανικολάου”.
Από το 2016 είναι Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια του Ιατρικού Τμήματος της Σχολής Επιστημών Υγείας του ΑΠΘ με γνωστικό αντικείμενο ‘‘Περιγραφική Ανατομική’’ στον Τομέα Ανατομικής και Παθολογικής Ανατομικής
Veatriki Tsatsouli is a senior healthcare executive with over 17 years of experience in healthcare.
As a senior manager, she has developed extensive experience in the leadership and management of healthcare organizations and services.
Her experience in the field of infertility, the past 15 years, has given her an in-depth understanding of the needs and expectations of patients and the requirements to develop and deliver high performing quality service.
Following her studies and initial training she embarked on further post graduate studies and completed an MBA in Health Care Management, at Sheffield University.
Stamatia Kogiou graduated from the department of “Medical Laboratory Technologists” of the Technological Institute of Thessaloniki.
From 2006 to 2015 she worked in a renowned medical diagnostic laboratory of Thessaloniki. Since 2016, Stamatia coordinates all the QMS Department operations while in 2017 she took on the position of Administration Department supervisor and the Scientific Committee Secretary. She currently studies in the master’s program ‘Healthcare Management’ at the Hellenic Open University.
She speaks English and Greek Sign language.
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Maria Nikopoulou is a Psychologist and psychotherapist. She studied Philosophy, Education and Psychology in the University of Ioannina, then specialized in Gestalt Psychotherapy in Gestalt Foundation and majored in the Psychology department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has volunteered in Y.M.C.A, Médecins du Monde, SOPSI (Family association for mental health) and completed her internship in the Psychiatric Clinic of Papageorgiou hospital as well as in the outpatient unit of psychiatric care of the military hospital 424 in Thessaloniki.
« I first came in touch with the field of assisting reproduction through my Thesis ‘’ Exploring the experiences of surrogate mothers in Greece : an interpretative phenomenological analysis‘’ in school of Psychology, supervised by Mrs. Papaligoura, Psychologist specialized in Assisted reproduction matters. The particular project was the first attempt to investigate surrogate motherhood for the first time in Greece through their point of view. Owing to Assisting Nature, I was offered the opportunity to meet with surrogate mothers and discuss about their motives, thoughts, feelings over the process, towards the parents and the child in the phase before the embryo transfer, during the pregnancy and after relinquishing the baby. This experience revealed to me how interestingly complicated the process of having a child is.»