Our Staff

Successful fertility treatment involves the skill of a wide range of highly trained staff including doctors, scientists, nurses and administrative personnel. The team at Galway Fertility Clinic actively participate in fertility-related professional organisations at a national level and frequently attend international conferences and training courses to keep abreast of the most up-to-date techniques, technology and trends within the reproductive field.

 

Dr Eithne Lowe

Medical Director, Galway Fertility Clinic & Fertility Consultant

MB. BCh., BAO (QU Belfast), MPhil., MRCOG

Dr Eithne Lowe is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast (1987). She received her Registrar training in General Obstetrics and Gynaecology in North East Thames Region, UK (1990-1999) and was awarded her CCST (certificate of completion of specialist training) in 1998.  Dr Lowe worked as Locum Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in the Whittington Hospital, London in 2000.  Upon her return to Ireland (2001) Dr Lowe joined the medical team of the Galway Fertility Clinic and has held the position of Fertility Consultant since then.  In addition, Dr Lowe held the position of Locum Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Galway University Hospital (2005-2006).  Dr Lowe was appointed Medical Director of Galway Fertility in June 2017.

 

Dr. Una Conway

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

MB, BCh, BAO, BA, MRCOG

Dr Una Conway is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (1996). Upon completion of her initial training, Dr Conway took a post of Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology the University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) (1999-2000). It was during this time that she developed an interest in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility. Having completed the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MRCOG) in 2000 Dr Conway entered the Specialist Registrar Training Scheme in Dublin Maternity Hospitals, in 2001.

In Nov. 2002 Dr Conway took a Fellowship position in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility in Sydney, Australia, and remained there until June 2006. During this time Dr Conway entered the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology training post in reproductive endocrinology (RANZCOG) and held positions in St. George’s Hospital, Kogarah; Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick and IVF Australia, Syndey. Dr Conway developed a special interest in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and conducted both clinical and laboratory-based research in this area, throughout her time in Australia and participated in many clinical trials in IVF through IVF Australia.  She also had the opportunity to train in minimal access surgery with a particular interest in fertility including endometriosis.   Dr Conway also held the position of Conjoint lecturer in University of New South Wales and wrote a module on infertility, which was part of the core curriculum for undergraduates.

Upon her return to Ireland, July 2006, Dr Conway was appointed Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dublin, where she continued training in minimal access surgery. In July 2007 Dr Conway was awarded CSCST in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Royal College of Physicians, Ireland and entered on the Specialist Register as a Consultant (MRCPI). Dr Conway returned to Galway in Oct. 2007 to join the team at GFC and to take up the post of Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in University College Hospital Galway.

Dr Zaib Shafi

Clinical Fellow Registrar

MBBS (Pakistan), MRCOG (RCOG) Diploma in Women’s Health (RCPI), Diploma in Family Planning (RCOG) Certificate in Genitourinary Medicine (Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast).

Dr Shafi is originally a graduate of Fatima Jinnah, Medical College in Pakistan, where she completed her basic training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She qualified with the Irish Medical Council having completed her registration exams in 2000. Thereafter she worked in various teaching hospitals throughout Ireland. She has also worked in the area of family planning and genitourinary Medicine in Altnagelvin Hospital, in Derry.

Dr Shafi joined the team at Galway Fertility Clinic in 2010 where she holds the position of Clinical Fellow Registrar. Her responsibilities include performing procedures such as Egg Retrievals, Cyst Aspirations, Hydrotubations, Endometrial Scratches and review of clients on treatment as necessary.

 

Dr Dorota Wickiewicz

Fertility Consultant

Galway Fertility are delighted to welcome Dr Dorota Wickiewicz, Fertility Consultant, to our team.

Dr Dorota Wickiewicz is originally from Poland, having graduated from Wrocław University in1996.

Upon completion of her Internship in The Lower Silesian Oncology Centre, Poland (1996-1998) she took up the post of Registrar in The Regional Specialized Hospital in Wroclaw (1998-2001). She was appointed Senior Registrar in 2nd Clinic of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of The Medical University in Wroclaw and started Doctoral Studies at the Department of Gynaecology in 2001 while continuing to work in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Dr Wickiewicz completed her Doctoral Studies and received a PhD in medical sciences in 2006 (Dissertation in the field of Gynecology, Immunology, and Infertility) and was awarded her CCST in the same year.

In 2006 she then began work as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist with the European Centre of Motherhood, (InviMed clinic) in Wroclaw, Poland. At the InviMed clinic, she was responsible for the diagnosis of infertility, and providing Fertility treatment and associated procedures.

Dr Wickiewicz has performed more than  2000 IVF cycles and more than 4,000 medical procedures (such as embryo transfers, egg/embryo donation cycles, IUIs, ovarian induction, hy-co-sy, hysteroscopies, fertility preservation before oncological treatment).

Dr Wickiewicz joined the team in Galway Fertility Clinic in July 2018 and is registered with the Irish Medical Council.

We are very excited to have such an experienced Doctor joining us. Her breadth of experience will greatly enhance our team here.

 

Consultant Urologists

Galway Fertility Clinic work with the following Consultant Urologists to both investigate the causes, and arrange testicular biopsies in either Galway University Hospital, or  the Bon Secour Hospital Galway.

 

Nursing Team

Galway Fertility Clinic currently has a nursing team of eight. Each of our nurses is state registered and has both general nurse and midwifery training and experience. Between them, our nursing team has over 35 years of fertility experience. Our nurses are responsible for the coordination and management of client treatment plans as determined by our medical consultants and strive to provide professional, compassionate, sensitive and understanding care to all our clients.

  • Jacinta Dermody  RGN, RM (Nurse Manager)
  • Michelle Cahill  RGN, RM (Clinical Quality Nurse Manager)
  • Carmel Whiriskey  RGN, RM (Senior Nurse)
  • Mary McManamon RGN, RM
  • Regina O’Grady RGN, RM
  • Ciana Moorcroft RGN, RM
  • Mary O’Leary RGN, RM
  • Helen Scanlon RGN, RM
  • shauna Finnerty

 

Scientific Team

The Fertility Clinic has a team of 5 scientists ranging in experience from 7 to 17 years. The four senior Embryologists have an academic history and have published and presented in the area of assisted human reproduction. All actively participate at national and international symposia, conferences and courses.

Jenny Cloherty joined Galway Fertility in 1997 and has trained as an Andrologist and Embryologist. Jenny was instrumental in gaining our Tissue Establishment Licence in 2009, and she has been the Laboratory Director since 2011 and heads a team of four other experienced Embryologists, one Andrologist, a Laboratory Assistant, and occasional visiting trainees.

  • Sharon Warner – Senior Embryologist
  • Fiona Toal – Embryologist
  • Catherine Gibbons – Embryologist
  • Laura Salvatore – Embryologist

 

Administrative Team

Our administrative team currently consists of three medical secretaries, specifically trained to deal with all of your queries. Friendly and helpful they are the first point of contact with the clinic and can assist with any questions you may have.

  • Ann Marie Donnellan (Manager)
  • Linda Finnerty
  • Emer Burke
  • Sarah O’Brien
  • Maeve Coyne
  • Karina Crawley (Brooklawn Practice)
  • Cassie Mangan (Brooklawn)
  • Martha Hoban (Brooklawn Practice)

 

 Quality and Operations

  • Damien Connolly (General Manager)
  • Yvonne Duggan (Quality Specialist)
  • Nicola Grant (Accounts)

 

Galway Fertility Clinic Referrals

Galway Fertility Clinic Referrals
Brooklawn House,
Galway West Business Park,
Rahoon, Galway

Email: gpreferrals@GFU.ie
Fax: 091 515280

 

Private Appointment (Galway Fertility Clinic)

Once our appointment coordinator receives a private referral, they will arrange an appointment within 2-4 weeks.

Simply click here to arrange your appointment.

Appointment Coordinator
Phone: 091-515600
Fax: 091-515280
Email: gpreferrals@fertilityclinic.ie

 

Contact Hours

Galway Fertility Clinic operates from:
9:00am – 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

However certain services (given their scope) are restricted to specific timetables. Some services are provided during weekend hours as required.

Appointments are necessary for all visits to the clinic.

 

Opening Hours

Galway Fertility Clinic operates from:
8.15am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

However certain services (given their scope) are restricted to specific timetables. Some services are provided during weekend hours as required.

Appointments are necessary for all visits to the clinic.