FIRST STEPS TO A FAM­ILY

First Steps Re­pro­duc­tive Health

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Doc­tor Dixon has helped pa­tients seek­ing fam­ily build­ing op­tions for the last 13 years. She views her role as a fer­til­ity spe­cial­ist to be a priv­i­lege and prides her­self on of­fer­ing in­di­vid­u­alised pa­tient care. She is a highly trained Re­pro­duc­tive En­docrinol­ogy and In­fer­til­ity spe­cial­ist (REI). She has been ac­tively in­volved in As­sisted Re­pro­duc­tive Tech­nol­ogy (ART) since 2002.

Her cur­rent prac­tice is ori­ented to­wards pa­tients strug­gling with in­fer­til­ity, as well as those seek­ing 3rd party op­tions for fam­ily plan­ning (for ex­am­ple, pa­tients who are not nec­es­sar­ily in­fer­tile, but are in ob­li­gate need of eggs, a uterus or sperm). We be­lieve Canada is the best ju­ris­dic­tion in which to have a fam­ily for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. There­fore, Doc­tor Dixon’s vi­sion in build­ing First Steps Fer­til­ity and – the soon to be opened – First Steps Re­pro­duc­tive Health, is to pro­vide and sup­port all types of fam­i­lies. At First Steps, we know that em­bark­ing on the jour­ney to par­ent­hood is not an easy one; that is why First Steps strives to sup­port all in­di­vid­u­als to nav­i­gate through the daunting world of fer­til­ity, so that their ex­pe­ri­ence/ jour­ney to par­ent­hood can be made sim­ple and straight­for­ward.

The goal for First Steps Re­pro­duc­tive Health is to ad­vo­cate and pro­vide a cen­tre that is pa­tient ori­ented, and state-of-the-art, while of­fer­ing in­di­vid­u­alised, com­pas­sion­ate and ev­i­dence­based med­i­cal care for all pa­tients, no mat­ter their mar­i­tal sta­tus, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, or eth­nic/ religious back­ground. How do we ac­com­plish this? By pro­vid­ing pa­tients –whether lo­cal, na­tional or in­ter­na­tional – with in­for­ma­tive, ed­u­ca­tional, and easy to un­der­stand pro­grams.

First Steps has pre­sented in ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams geared to­ward the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. In early 2015, First Steps spon­sored a train­ing video, pro­duced by the “LGBTQ Par­ent­ing Net­work” en­ti­tled “Scenes from a Fer­til­ity Clinic – LGBTQ Peo­ple & As­sisted Hu­man Re­pro­duc­tion”. First Steps also spon­sored a booth at the an­nual Toronto Pride Week. In Oc­to­ber 2015, Doc­tor Dixon at­tended the an­nual con­fer­ence of “The Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Re­pro­duc­tive Medicine (ASRM)”. There, Doc­tor Dixon was in­vited to join the LGBTQ “Spe­cial In­ter­est Group” and was present at their In­au­gu­ral Meet­ing.

Per­son­ally, Doc­tor Dixon has gone through fer­til­ity treat­ments her­self, thereby giv­ing her a unique per­spec­tive as a care provider as well. Doc­tor Dixon is ded­i­cated to of­fer­ing world class qual­ity med­i­cal care in or­der to help oth­ers build their fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly all groups that are of­ten not heard or for­got­ten.

At First Steps Re­pro­duc­tive Health, pa­tients have at their dis­posal a va­ri­ety of ad­vanced re­pro­duc­tive care and other sup­port ser­vices un­der one roof. Such ser­vices in­clude: · State-of-the-art Em­bry­ol­ogy and An­drol­ogy Lab · Natur­o­pathic Doc­tors · Acupunc­tur­ist · So­cial Work­ers (ex­pe­ri­enced in all im­pli­ca­tions of 3rd party) · Pa­tient Sup­port Groups · Ac­cess to ex­pe­ri­enced Fer­til­ity Lawyers · Ul­tra­sound and Mon­i­tor­ing done on-site · Travel Co­or­di­na­tion/Ar­range­ments

At First Steps Re­pro­duc­tive Health, we un­der­stand that the jour­ney to par­ent­hood can be a daunting one in all aspects: emo­tion­ally, fi­nan­cially and legally. That is why our goal is to as­sist and guide you as we know this jour­ney is also an ex­cit­ing time in your life. We want to en­sure that your ex­pe­ri­ence and health care is the best pos­si­ble. Our team of highly qual­i­fied Re­pro­duc­tive En­docrinol­ogy and In­fer­til­ity Spe­cial­ists, lawyers, coun­sel­lors and staff, along with our state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will en­sure you re­ceive the world class care you de­serve. This im­plies un­der­stand­ing that you re­quire a unique, per­son­alised treat­ment op­tion with in­for­ma­tive, ed­u­ca­tional and easy to un­der­stand pro­grams that will help turn to­day’s hope and ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy into the ut­most prized re­ward – your fam­ily.

“The goal for First Steps Re­pro­duc­tive Health is to ad­vo­cate and pro­vide a cen­tre that is pa­tient ori­ented, AND STATE- OF- THE- ART, while of­fer­ing in­di­vid­u­alised, com­pas­sion­ate and EV­I­DENCE-BASED MED­I­CAL

care for all pa­tients”

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