Our Team

Laboratory Staff & Scientific Staff

Dr. Adbul MunafDr. Abdul Munaf Sultan Ahamed, MS, MSc, PG, PhD

Director of IVF Laboratories / Scientific Director

Dr Munaf acquired his PhD at the University of Kentucky, MSc at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, U.K, Post-graduate in Assisted Reproductive Technology at the University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K, MS in Clinical Embryology at the University of Valencia, completed his embryology Training and certification at Bourn Hall, Cambridge, UK and PGD training at the University of London, U.K. Mind Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, U.S.A

Dr. Munaf worked as a Director of IVF Laboratories for Hartland Fertility & Gynecology Clinic, Winnipeg, MB and Group of Procrea Fertility Centers / IntegraMed Fertility; Consultant Embryologist at Center for Reproductive Medicine & Robotic Surgery , St Louis, U.S.A.; Senior Embryologist at Kentucky Center for Reproductive Medicine, Kentucky, U.S.A.; Senior Embryologist at TCART, Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Munaf is one of the founding members of Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, an experience that is a great challenge and continues to contribute to his expertise in implementing innovate IVF labs.

He has contributed and presented in many Research Abstracts, presentations and Publications. He has contributed a chapter to the Textbook “Contemporary Perspectives on Assisted Reproductive Technology” (Elsevier, 2005). And “A Practical Guide to Mouse Preimplantation Embryology and Human Assisted Reproductive Technology” (Lady Brook Minarva, Australia).

He is one of the reviewers for the Journal of Assisted Reproductive and Genetics (JARG), U.S.A.

Dr. Munaf has extensive working experience as a Clinical Embryologist in the IVF Laboratories of different parts of the world. His research focus is on Morphometric Analysis of Oocytes and Embryos, morphokinetic characteristics of human embryo developmentsthe role of Complimentary Medicine (Homeopathy) in IVF treatments and Regenerative Medicine. He is a registered and certified homeopath from College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

At Anova Fertility Dr. Munaf initiated a Coop Program for students studying in life science at University of Toronto and McMaster University. Where he mentors the students for a career in embryology.

Dr Munaf is a Certified Embryologist from Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); American Association of Bioanalysis (AAB); American College of Embryology (ACE).

R.M.Ruvana Fonseka


Ruvana obtained her degree in microbiology from McGill University in Montreal in 2010. After working in microbiology research for 2 years after graduating, she moved onto an Embryology lab and has not looked back.

She completed the Assisted Reproductive Techniques course from National University Hospital, Singapore and also the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Embryology Certificate Course. During the course of her career, she has worked in labs in Montreal (Montreal Fertility Clinic and Procrea), Sri Lanka (Prarthana Fertility) and is now here in Toronto at Anova Fertility and Reproductive Health.

Musarrath Begum, BMLT, MSc


Musarrath received the Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Manipal University, India and her Masters’ degree in Clinical Embryology from the University of Valencia, MSc in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction and Embryology, University of Valencia. She completed the Medical Lab Tech course from Algonquin Careers Academy, Canada to become a certified Medical Lab Tech by Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT).

She worked as a Jr. Embryologist in Saudi Arabia for 4 years. In Canada, she worked as a Production Supervisor at Qvotek Reproductive Technology for 5 years, manufacturing ICSI, holding, PGD, Assisted Hatching and Stem Cell injection pipettes. She is also specialized in making custom micropipettes for Robotic injection of Zebra fish embryos. Alongside, she worked part-time as a Medical Lab Tech at a Medical Center and is a member of CFAS (Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society).

She has a special interest in designing the pipettes for mitochondrial and cytoplasmic transfer.

Maria Pecho

Lab Technology Supervisor 

Having completed a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree in 1984, Maria began her career by working in a private hospital in the Philippines.

Moving to Canada in 1990, she completed the program as a Medical Laboratory Technician at Robetech Institute in 1992, becoming a registered Medical Laboratory Technician member of the Ontario Society of Medical Technology a year later.

In 2000, she started working at the Canadian Medical Laboratory (CML) and did part-time work at another fertility clinic. She first joined our team in 2008 aas Phlebotomist/ Technician doing blood and andrology procedures before becoming our Lab Technology Supervisor.

Manuelea Batiller

Laboratory Technician

Lea finished her degree in Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in Philippines. She has gained experience in a private laboratory and blood bank. Before coming to Canada, she worked as a Medical Technologist in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 9 years, rotating in all sections in the clinical laboratory. She migrated to Canada in 2000 and started working in a family doctor’s office clinic and as a part time phlebotomist in a fertility clinic. In 2011 she started working for Dr. Dixon as a Medical Laboratory Technician. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT).

Maria Liza Ochea

Laboratory Technician

Liza obtained her degree in Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in the Phillippines.  As a Licensed Medical Technologist, she worked in a private, tertiary training hospital for 16 years rotating through many different sections of the laboratory.  Liza was the Chief Medical Technologist of the laboratory department, and was in charge of the section of chemistry.

In 2002, she and her family migrated to Canada.  She was certified by the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) in 2003.  She has gained valuable experience for 8 years in different fertility clinics.  She joined First Steps Fertility in 2012 as a Laboratory Technician.


Deepkiran Saggu

Ultrasound Supervisor

Deepkiran had obtained a computer science degree in India and continued her studies in nursing. After she came to Canada she started working as a medical office co-ordinator in a medical office. where she was inspired to choose ultrasound as her profession.

She has since worked in different fertility clinics, found a passion for working with people and I loves her profession.

Kristin Chittenden

Ultrasound Technologist

After volunteering in a hospital Emergency Room for five years, Kristin knew she wanted to work in healthcare. She went on to pursue her bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the University of Western Ontario and then her Ultrasound advanced graduate diploma at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Upon completion of her internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and becoming licensed, she began her career in fertility and has been working in fertility ever since.

Halina Voitka

Ultrasound Technologist

Halina Voitka obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Belarus State University in 1997. She was working in Healthcare Management in a medical centre until she came to Canada in 2005. She then became certified as an Ultrasound Technologist by The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2011 . Halina has gained valuable experience in different fertility clinics since 2013 and is a goal-oriented person with a keen attention to details to ensure the thorough completion of assigned tasks.


Tatiana Mantescu, RPN

Nurse Manager

Tatiana graduated from a Romanian nursing college obtaining her RN diploma in June 1994. She specialized in cardiology early on in her career. Upon moving to Canada, Tatiana attended college to obtain her Ontario nursing license.

Tatiana has been registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario since December 2006. Tatiana has worked in IVF since February 2006, preparing patients, assisting with procedures and caring for patients in recovery. She has become an irreplaceable team member of Dr. Dixon’s and has been working with her since February 2007, directing her care to the attention of patients facing infertility.  Now as our Nurse Manager, she leads our nursing team to provide excellent patient care as well as is our main point of contact for those patients who need the additional support and services of egg donation, sperm donation or gestational surrogacy to help grow their families.

Angie Ines, RPN

Angie attended the Humber College School of Health Sciences for nursing and obtained her license in September 2010.

In January 2011 she worked in fertility and mental health and discovered that she preferred being a fertility nurse. Angie joined Dr. Dixon’s fertility team in November 2014, a place she describes as her work home.

Yuko Arnold, RPN

Before joining Anova Fertility, Yuko was a registered nurse in Japan for five years where she worked in the pediatrics department. In 2001 she moved to Canada where she worked as an RPN in both geriatrics and in the O.R.

Yuko decided to take her nursing career in the fertility direction in November 2014. After having gone through IVF herself, she developed a strong passion for helping those going through similar challenges, and is excited about the future of the fertility industry. 


Dara Roth Edney, MSW, RSW


Professionally, Dara has been practicing social work in Toronto, Canada for more than 15 years. Her focus includes assisted reproductive counselling as well as research in mental health. She is committed to providing service that is anti-discriminatory, inclusive and non-judgmental.

Dara holds a Master degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto and Bachelor Degrees from York University (BSW) and McGill University (BA). She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers (RSW), a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and a professional member of Fertility Matters (also known as Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC)). She is also a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the Canadian Counselling Special Interest Group (CCSIG) of the CFAS. Dara works closely with professional and community organizations and is a regularly invited speaker at the 519 LGBTQ Fertility Fair.

In her daily practice, Dara draws from numerous therapy models, including: Solution-Focused/Oriented Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Structural and Systems Therapy.

In 2001, while experiencing her own struggles with infertility, Dara became very involved in the developing legislation around Assisted Human Reproductive Technologies. She was invited to speak before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in 2002 and continued to consult with Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) for many years. Dara continues to work with professional and public stakeholders to inform and advocate about issues relating to Assisted Reproduction (AR) and infertility.

Personally, after surviving many years of infertility and undergoing numerous tests, medications, surgeries, unsuccessful intrauterine inseminations (IUIs) and in-vitro fertilizations (IVFs), Dara and her partner turned to gestational surrogacy. Today, they are the very lucky parents of two young daughters; each one carried by a different and wonderful Gestational Surrogate.

Dara feels very fortunate that her professional training, personal experience with infertility and family’s journey through surrogacy (twice!) combine to provide a unique and empathetic perspective from a fertility counsellor. Her ability to respond to the particular needs of Intended Parents as well as Donors and Surrogates allow her to provide support and guidance that gets to the heart of the matter, while being respectful, helpful and compassionate.

For more information about Dara and her services, please visit her website by selecting Informed Fertility.

Reina Zatylny MSW, RSW


Reina understands many of the concerns that people face as they experience infertility, having gone through fertility issues herself. It’s her personal goal to help people stay emotionally healthy as they try to have a baby when it’s not working “the old-fashioned way.”

Reina has conducted and published award-winning, original research about the psychological impacts of infertility on couples, and she developed an innovative counseling tool to help couples cope with stresses in their relationships. Reina is also a contributing author to Embrace Your Fertility. Reina’s chapter provides a case study of a couple going through infertility, and demonstrates how she counsels couples so that they can successfully work through the many challenges of infertility.

Reina’s services include counseling for the stress that often accompanies an infertility diagnosis and the decision-making about treatment options. Her counseling also includes coping with loss, grief, and disappointment, and diminishing the fear of needles (“needle phobia”) so that hormone injections are more manageable. In couples counseling, Reina discusses the impact of infertility on the relationship, third party reproduction options, stopping treatment and moving on, and discussing donor conception with the children. Reina also provides the required consultations for egg and sperm donors as well as gestational carriers.

Reina is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW), Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), and EMDR Canada. Reina has a private practice with offices conveniently located in downtown Toronto, Thornhill, and Scarborough.

You can view her website at www.reinazatylny.ca.