Harley Street Fertility Clinic has been helping families to grow for over twenty years. Led by renowned fertility specialist Dr Geetha Venkat, our highly experienced team provides a personalised service that is safe, supportive and successful, in the state-of-the-art surroundings of our newly-equipped clinic.
Our personalised fertility treatment plans are tailor made to suit you. We use the latest genetic testing techniques, advanced analysis and cutting edge technology to determine the approach that will maximise your chances of success.
Harley Street Fertility Clinic is proud to have one of the highest success rates in the country for IVF and IUI fertility treatments. We offer safe, proven techniques to enhance your chances of conception, and advanced analysis of the issues that could be preventing you from conceiving.
We’re proud to be a family-run clinic, staffed by experts who are passionate about helping you to become the parents you’ve longed to be. Patients often comment on how approachable, warm and caring our team are - we truly have your best interests at heart.
MBBS, DGO, MD, FRCOG, Director
Dr Venkat has more than twenty years of experience in various fertility clinics around Harley Street. Her focus has been to tailor treatments to the needs of her patients while incorporating the latest developments in the discipline. Dr Venkat presents her work regularly in conferences and has published articles in many peer reviewed journals. She has also contributed two chapters to the authoritative book on ‘Donor Egg IVF’, published in 2008. She offers advice to the community on fertility matters in television and radio programs.
MD, Consultant Gynaecologisty & Fertility Specialist
Dr Verstraete is an experienced Belgian Obstetrician-Gynaecologist with more than 20 years of international experience from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and France.
Dr Verstraete undertook Medical studies at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium, followed by specialist training in Belgium and Germany followed by subspecialist training courses in the UK and France.
During her time as a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Oldenburg, Germany, Dr Verstraete had the opportunity to improve her skills in Minimal Access Surgery. She then transferred into another position in a German hospital, where she was responsible for the obstetrics unit. Dr Verstraete subsequently became the clinical lead of the gynaecology unit, where she performed all types of gynaecological operations, including hysteroscopic and laparoscopic procedures.
Dr Verstraete gained valuable experience in all facets of reproductive medicine, including ovarian stimulation, egg collections, embryo transfers, at London Gynaecology and Fertility Centre, UK, under the mentorship of one of the pioneers of IVF: Professor Ian Craft. Alongside the practical experience and skills, Dr Verstraete gained valuable insight in the psychological aspects of infertility.
Dr Verstraete’s moved to Paris in 2002 and took up a Consultant post in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Sorbonne University’s Hospital (Hôpital Tenon, APHP, Paris) where she divided her time between obstetrics and reproductive medicine. In 2011, Dr Verstraete became Head of the Obstetrics department. The hospital is large, with more than 2500 deliveries per year, which deals with a high percentage of high-risk pregnancies, especially due to maternal factors.
During her career, Dr Verstraete has always managed and supervised medical students and specialists in training. Dr Verstraete published a large number of scientific articles in international, peer-reviewed journals.
Other than English, Dr Verstraete speaks Dutch, French and German fluently.
MBBS, MRCOG, Fertility Specialist
Dr Subha Sankaranarayanan completed her basic medical education and post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in India.
She continued her training in the UK, obtaining her MRCOG in 1999 and her MSc in Embryology from Leeds in 2013. After specialising in reproductive medicine, she has been managing the Fertility and Assisted Conception unit at Croydon University Hospital for the past 15 years. She is well known among patients and staff for her friendly and understanding approach. Her main interests are managing patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome and subfertility associated fibroids.
Consulting hours: Wednesdays 2pm to 8pm; Saturdays 11am to 5pm
MD, BSc, ChB, FRCS (Urol), Consultant Urologist/Male Infertility Specialist, MB
Mr Muneer is an expert in general urological conditions, diagnostic urology services and has special interests in male infertility, erectile dysfunction, vasectomy reversal, surgical sperm retrieval, genital cancer and Peyronie’s disease.
Mr Muneer has published widely on all aspects of urology in peer reviewed publications. He has co-edited a book entitled ‘Viva Practice for the FRCS (Urol)’ and has written 10 book chapters. Mr Muneer lectures throughout the UK and is involved in teaching. He regularly reviews for a number of urology publications and is an assistant editor for a quarterly urology journal.
Consulting hours: Wednesdays 5:30pm to 8pm
MBBS, FRCS (Urol), PhD, MRSC
Mr Ahmed is a specialist in andrology (men’s health, male sexual/erectile dysfunction, peyronie disease, low testosterone management), infertility management and urethral reconstructive surgery.
He is a Consultant Urologist (Hon) at King’s College Hospital, King’s Health Partners and Senior Lecturer (Assoc Professor) at King’s College London.
Mr Ahmed has also got expertise in managing lower urinary tract disorders (due to enlarged prostate or bladder dysfunction, or incontinence), recurrent urinary tract infections (cystitis), pelvic pain and chronic prostatitis, recurrent urinary tract infections (cystitis, kidney infections), and other general benign & malignant urology conditions (blood in urine, abnormal PSA).
Having completed his specialist urology training in London, he undertook clinical fellowship training at the University College London Hospital in andrology, men’s reconstructive surgery, and infertility management. He has received a number of awards and clinical / educational grants from various organisations including European Association of Urology, British Association of Urological Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons, NIHR, Coptcoat Charity, and Pelican Group. He holds a PhD degree in Surgical Education from Imperial College London. He is also a NHS Clinical Entrepreneur.
Mr Ahmed has published widely on all aspects of urology and training with nearly 200 peer reviewed publications and around 300 national / international conference presentations. He is an editor / author of three urological text books and has written a number of book chapters. He is the education / training lead for EULIS section of European Association of Urology (EAU), Board member of Junior ERUS – EAU and tutor on the European Urology Resident Education Programme (EUREP). Mr Ahmed has been invited as visiting professor / lecturer to institutions in the US, Europe and Middle East. He regularly reviews article for urology journals and is a member of the editorial board of BJUI.
In his practice, Kamran recognizes the professional duty to treat, learn and teach focusing on safer patient care and ensures that high quality healthcare remains the priority. He believes in individualized treatment that is tailored to the patient-needs and preferences in the context of recent scientific evidence.
MD, FRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Mr Economides has 32 years clinical experience in obstetrics and gynaecology.
He trained as an undergraduate at Charing Cross Medical School, qualifying in 1980. He then trained in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Bartholomew’s and King’s College hospitals, London, and later at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He trained in Fetal Medicine at the Harris Birthright Centre in London and in Oxford.
He is internationally and nationally known for his expertise in obstetric ultrasound, especially in early pregnancy anomalies. His other research interests include 4D ultrasound, miscarriage, fetal wellbeing and High Risk pregnancies including multiple births, and inherited bleeding disorders in women. He is a founding member of the British Gynaecological Imaging Society, as well as member of the British Maternal Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS).
FRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, MFFP
Mr Abdel Mahfouz has extensive experience in
obstetrics and gynaecology. He was trained at London Teaching Hospitals and is an accredited consultant and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and a member of the Faculty of Family Planning (MFFP).
Mr Mahfouz is an experienced Gynaecologist. He performs a wide range of gynaecological surgery including minimal access (laparoscopic and hysteroscopic operations), abdominal and vaginal surgery dealing with fibroids, endometriosis and infertility in addition to urinary problems and prolapse operations.
MBBS, MRCOG, FWACS, Consultant Gynaecologist
Dr Fakokunde is a consultant gynaecologist with over a decade of experience in the UK.
He completed his medical school and postgraduate training at the University College Hospital (Ibadan, Nigeria) in 1987. He had further years of postgraduate training in the UK from 1996 to 2005. Dr Fakokunde is an RCOG accredited Minimal Access Surgeon and BSCCP certified Colposcopist.
Dr Fakokunde’s Clinical interests include management of fibroids, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain and endometriosis, outpatient hysteroscopy (diagnostic and operative), laparoscopy surgery, cervical smear and colposcopy, vulva and vaginal repair surgery for utero-vaginal prolapse. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals and presented at many international meetings. Dr Fakokunde is a member of the British Society of Gynaecology Endoscopy; and British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
Consulting hours: Tuesday 10am to 2pm
MD, FRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Mr Kunde is a senior consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 25 years of experience in the speciality.
Mr Kunde is an experienced gynaecological surgeon and the lead Consultant for Minimal Access Surgery (Key hole surgery) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. . He has a special interest in fertility enhancing Minimal Access Surgery that includes treatment of endometriosis, ovarian cysts and removal of fibroids. In addition Mr Kunde also offer advice and treatment for other gynaecological conditions like menstrual problems, miscarriages, abnormal smears and pelvic pain.
MSc, MPhil, PhD, Senior Consultant Embryologist
Mr Mukherjee is a qualified embryologist and has worked as a senior consultant embryologist in the UK for over 25 years.
He has assisted in setting up more than 20 IVF clinics around the world, with locations including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. His extensive experience has already helped attract a significant number of patients to HSFC and makes him an invaluable member of the clinical team.
Ms Graneek is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a United Kingdom Register of Counsellors registered independent counsellor.
She has worked in the field of women’s health for over 30 years.
As a psychodynamic counsellor and Gestalt psychotherapist, she integrates her clinical experience with the emotional support so needed in the field of reproductive health issues. She works as a specialist fertility counsellor, with a particular interest in assisted reproduction and donor conception. Ms Graneek is also an accomplished writer and lecturer in this field.
Ms Graneek became an executive member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and was appointed to Chair in 2005. She further sits on the executive board of the British Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics Gynaecology and Andrology (BSPOGA) and was appointed honorary treasurer in 2009.
Other aspects of her work include relationship, bereavement and trauma counselling. She is a member of an International Rapid Response Counselling team and is highly skilled and trained to deal with the aftermath of major incidents.
Dani is an experienced integrative psychotherapist and counsellor BACP Senior Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor and a United Kingdom Register of Counsellors registered independent counsellor as well as a registered member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists.
She has worked in the field of women’s health for over 20 years and published in the lay and professional press as well as presenting on continuing personal development training for health professionals. She was book review editor of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) Journal between 1997-2007.
Dani also works in two busy NHS Services as part of a multidisciplinary team with a holistic approach. With a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling she has worked extensively in the area of gynaecology and reproductive health including premature ovarian insufficiency, pelvic pain and infertility with a special interest in working with non-traditional families including egg donation/sharing.
In addition Dani works with individuals and couples in bereavement, relationship, managing stress and anxiety and trauma counseling. She is a patron of the charity the Daisy Network and part of their ‘expert panel’ and a trustee on the board of NAPS (National Association for Premenstrual Symptoms).
BSc, Counsellor/Specialist Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist
Susan Hepburn is a highly acclaimed, accredited and established hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. Susan is also an accomplished author, backed by over 30 years experience in her specific fields. Susan is known for her authority on weight loss, eating disorders, insomnia, addictions and her work with fertility treatments. Susan also works with couples, relationship issues, anxiety and stress management and other areas. Susan is also known for helping clients undergoing IVF treatments and all manner of fertility issues. Susan says, “the most used comment I hear with anyone undergoing fertility treatment is, ‘IVF won’t work’, This is where my treatment comes into play, to simply change the mindset, to do a complete switch … to really believe that you ‘will‘ become pregnant and not ‘if”. Susan’s success in this area is incredible but Susan expects it to work. It is just another part of her being and self belief. Her motto always is, ‘To fail is not an option’ … she doesn’t boast, she simply believes it’s going to work and it does. Susan works tirelessly and achieves results by remarkable perception. As Susan says, “I work with the whole person and not just one aspect in order to achieve the desired results “ .“It’s all in the mind“ says Susan, with her unique approach. She works on your ‘storyline’ in order to see the bigger picture and offers a calm, reassuring approach with emotional support and inspires confidence in success. Susan published many articles internationally and nationally over the last 30 years about Susan’s work and client list, but Susan is discreet and refuses to discuss who she treats. Susan has also published an array of best-selling self-help books for the past 20 years, all with free audio that can liberate readers from stress, addictions, moderate alcohol and/or achieve your goal size with an easy to read style. Titles include ‘Hypno-Quit’, ‘Hypno-Diet’ and ‘Stop Smoking in One Hour.’ www.susanhepburnclinics.com For appointments: 0207 487 5200 Email: email@example.com
Susan is also an accomplished author, backed by over 30 years experience in her specific fields.
Susan is known for her authority on weight loss, eating disorders, insomnia, addictions and her work with fertility treatments. Susan also works with couples, relationship issues, anxiety and stress management and other areas.
Susan is also known for helping clients undergoing IVF treatments and all manner of fertility issues.
Susan says, “the most used comment I hear with anyone undergoing fertility treatment is, ‘IVF won’t work’, This is where my treatment comes into play, to simply change the mindset, to do a complete switch … to really believe that you ‘will‘ become pregnant and not ‘if”.
Susan’s success in this area is incredible but Susan expects it to work. It is just another part of her being and self belief. Her motto always is, ‘To fail is not an option’ … she doesn’t boast, she simply believes it’s going to work and it does.
Susan works tirelessly and achieves results by remarkable perception. As Susan says, “I work with the whole person and not just one aspect in order to achieve the desired results “ .“It’s all in the mind“ says Susan, with her unique approach. She works on your ‘storyline’ in order to see the bigger picture and offers a calm, reassuring approach with emotional support and inspires confidence in success.
Susan published many articles internationally and nationally over the last 30 years about Susan’s work and client list, but Susan is discreet and refuses to discuss who she treats.
Susan has also published an array of best-selling self-help books for the past 20 years, all with free audio that can liberate readers from stress, addictions, moderate alcohol and/or achieve your goal size with an easy to read style. Titles include ‘Hypno-Quit’, ‘Hypno-Diet’ and ‘Stop Smoking in One Hour.’
For appointments: 0207 487 5200
BSc (Hons), DipNT, mBANT, Nutritional Therapist
Ms Savvides specializes in male and female fertility, and women’s health.
She is passionate about Nutrition, its impact on the body, how it makes you feel, and in turn how this can affect your fertility. She uses a nutritional approach to help and support couples that are having difficulty conceiving and those who have experienced recurrent miscarriages.
Ms Savvides takes a realistic and holistic approach to achieving optimum nutrition, good health and increased fertility. This is achieved through eating clean, natural foods – as close to nature as nature intended. The focus is to heal clients though food, focusing on health, well-being, energy and vitality. Nutritional Plans are constructed based on the individual, taking into account nutritional requirements, diet, lifestyle, environment and many other factors. Couples are supported throughout their fertility journey proving both nutritional and emotional support.
Ms Savvides regularly writes for national newspapers and magazines and lives by the Hippocrates saying, ‘Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food’.
BAc MBAcC, Acupuncturist
Roisin Golding is registered with the British Acupuncture Council and has 29 years of experience in acupuncture (Bachelor of Acupuncture, 1986).
She is also a member of the Royal Society of Medicine. She uses acupuncture and NLP separately to provide a gentle, integrated mind-body solution to fertility issues. Roisin became interested in different approaches to health and well being in the 1970’s. But it was acupuncture, with its natural philosophy and emphasis on working with the whole person as part of a bigger picture that really inspired her. She has enjoyed being an acupuncturist since 1986, after completing a four year degree level training. As well as continual development and study, both here and in China, Roisin has published widely on all forms of alternative medicine (via the Los Angeles Times Syndicate), as well as a book for acupuncturists on classical acupuncture theory.
And yet, despite the success with many conditions, Roisin noticed that for some people their mental and emotional needs require a more direct approach in order to regain balance, both physically and emotionally. Hence she trained in NLP and, in 2011, became a Master NLP Practitioner.
You might have a specific problem, or you might feel that your body needs balance so that it can work as an integrated whole. Whichever the case, you are very welcome to see to have a chat about your needs.
Acupuncturist, Lic Ac MBAcC
Trained at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, Berkshire, Carys graduated in 2001.
Carys has studied both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture.
She has since undertaken post graduate studies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Acupuncture for Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth and Nutrition and now specialises in Womens Health.
Both passionate and enthusiastic about all that Acupuncture can offer, Carys considers herself to be a pioneer in her field and is committed to working alongside Western Medicine to offer a safe, drug free and complementary approach to healthcare. Carys has chaired The Acupuncture for Childbirth Team (ACT) in Oxfordshire and has 16 years experience working with both NHS and Private Midwives.
Life experiences and a commitment in offering an holistic approach to health, has resulted in the development of her own very individual style of treating. Having studied meditation and mindfulness, Carys works with both the emotional and physical body simultaneously and has had much success in helping patients to overcome anxiety, stress and depression. This approach has lead to exceptional results in areas of infertility and Carys has been working alongside Consultants and IVF Clinics around the country for over a decade to support clients in all aspects of their IVF programmes.
An increasing reputation in recent years has lead to a demand for her to work both nationally and internationally with a number of celebrity clients.
Carys is currently studying Zero Balancing and is a member of The Zero Balancing Association UK and hopes to integrate these non invasive skills into her Practice on accreditation.
ITEC, MAR, Reflexologist
Jeanette is a fully qualified Reflexologist and Fertility Coach, she started her practice in London in 1989.
For many of those years she has been working with couples who are trying to get pregnant and those embarking on fertility treatments. Her wealth of experience enhances positive outcomes, treating the mind as well as balancing the body systems. The combination she provides, gives her patients the support needed to help them on their fertility journey.
Why Reflexology? Jeanette provides a safe and warm environment to help you get control back into your life and your relationship. She will support you making those steps moving forward – ones which are so important to make your fertility journey a positive experience.
Pressure points in your feet relate to different parts of your body. Gentle massage on these points will kick-start your body into working more efficiently. It will strengthen all physical aspects of the body systems necessary during fertility treatment. Reflexology has an overall balancing and harmonising effect. Patients often feel the difference after just one session. Jeanette will focus on your emotional well-being while you are having fertility treatment. During a session she will listen attentively to you thoughts and feelings. She is very perceptive and insightful, hearing the things you do say but also what you don’t say.
Her motto is, “Come with an open mind and leave with so much more”.
Fiona Kacz-Boulton is a Fertility Coach, an expert in her field since 2007, and a leader in fertility yoga – inspiring people to evolve on their conscious journey to parenthood.
As well as being the Founder of Awakening Fertility, she also involves and prides herself on being a fertility coach, nutrition counsellor, published author and blogger. Fiona is joining the team at Harley Street Fertility Clinic as a Fertility Support Group Co-ordinator and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in a number of fields. These include: fertile lifestyle motivation, fertility yoga training and fertility support groups.
Through her coaching programmes, Fiona helps navigate major transitions to detox your mind and body, to help you effectively ‘think yourself fertile.’
PhD, BEng, General Manager
Mr Venkataraman studied mechanical engineering at Imperial College and went on to earn his doctorate in bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, Pasadena, California, USA).
He has over five years of experience in managing a team of people performing scientific research on novel anticancer therapeutics.
Finance and Human Resources Manager
Mr Ashford is a qualified Accountant and General Manager with over thirty years financial and managerial experience at a high level in professional, commercial and private healthcare environments.
He has been HSFC’s manager since its launch in 2010. Previously, he was the company secretary and financial controller for London Fertility Centre (LFC) for over 20 years. During his tenure at LFC, Mr Ashford was in charge of day-to-day operations and the finances, and his work also involved human resources management.
Clinical pregnancy* rates for women undergoing IVF/ICSI cycles with their own eggs, which had not been frozen:
*A clinical pregnancy is a pregnancy that has been confirmed by both high levels of hCG and ultrasound confirmation of a gestational sac or heartbeat (fetal pole).
Live birth rates for women undergoing IVF/ICSI cycles with their own eggs, which had not been frozen:
National average live birth rates in 2011 (source: HFEA):
Success rates for women under IVF/ICSI cycles using donor eggs, which had not been frozen:
Success rates for women under frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles:
Step into our Harley Street clinic and you’ll be warmly greeted by our supportive, friendly team. Everything about our premises is designed for your comfort, while our state-of-the-art laboratories are newly equipped with the latest tools for genetic testing, 3D ultrasound and analysis.
We’re proud to be one of the UK’s first fertility clinics to offer endometriosis analysis, which enables us to conduct a thorough analysis of the specific issues leading to implantation failure, so that we can recommend the safest, most effective method of conception for you and your family.
We frequently receive feedback from our patients about how warm, welcoming and relaxing our clinic environment is - whether you’ve already visited us before or this will be your first meeting with our team, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you walk through our doors.
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