Our Physicians

Our physicians are specialists with extensive education and experience in reproductive endocrinology, infertility and women’s healthcare.

Dr. Gordon McTavish, MD, FRCSC, Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba   Dr. Gordon McTavish, MD, FRCSC

Medical Director

Dr. McTavish is the Medical Director of Heartland Fertility & Gynecology Clinic Affiliate of Procrea, Director of Ultrasound and a Founding Partner of the original Heartland Fertility and Gynecology Clinic. His extensive experience in women’s healthcare and gynecological surgery includes advanced operative laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and all areas of reproductive and infertility care. His expertise includes tubal reanastomosis, laser surgery, endometriosis surgery, uterine fibroids, and uterine anomalies.  Learn more.

Dr. Stephanie Appleby, BSc, MD, FRCSC, Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba     Dr. Stephanie Appleby, BSc, MD, FRCSC

Physician

Dr. Appleby completed her residency training through the University of British Columbia and University of Manitoba, and is certified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In her residency, Dr. Appleby received the Dr. Marvin Reynes Memorial Prize and Dr. Earn Award for promoting patient advocacy, health promotion and disease prevention and most effectively working within a health care team to achieve optimal patient care. She is a welcome asset to the clinic with her calm, kind presence. Learn more.

Dr. Jason Elliot,BSc, MSc, MD, FRCSC, Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba     Dr. Jason Elliot,BSc, MSc, MD, FRCSC

Physician

Dr. Jason Elliott obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of British Columbia. He then completed his medical degree and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Manitoba. He subsequently worked as an associate physician at Heartland Fertility and Gynecology clinic and has since relocated to Toronto to complete a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredited fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Mount Sinai Fertility. He is currently completing the research requirements for the Clinician Investigator Program, and plans to return full-time to Heartland and the University of Manitoba in 2018.  Learn more.


Laboratory Technologists

Cindy Faraci, M.L.T., Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba    Cindy Faraci, M.L.T.

Laboratory Supervisor

Cindy Faraci is a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) with experience in clinical chemistry, and research experience in transplant immunology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology laboratories. She is a member of both the Canadian and Manitoba Society of MLT’s and is licensed with the College of Medical Technologists of Manitoba. She is also a member of the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society and regularly attends national meetings. She has successfully completed the ESHERE Basic Semen Analysis course.

 

Deborah Manchur, M.L.T, Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba   Deborah Manchur, M.L.T

Embryologist/Andrologist

Deborah Manchur is a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) with experience in serology, parasitology, prenatal screening, and research at the University of Manitoba. She is a member of both the Canadian and Manitoba Society of MLT’s and is licensed with the College of Medical Technologists of Manitoba. She is also a member of the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society and attends annual national meetings.

 

 Jennifer Scott, BSc, Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba    Jennifer Scott, BSc

Embryologist/Andrologist

Jennifer Scott has a Bachelor of Science with distinction from the University of Manitoba. She has experience in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, immunology and microbiology laboratories. Jennifer is an active member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS). She is a certified embryologist through the CFAS, and has successfully complete the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Basic Semen analysis course. Jennifer regularly attends national and international meetings in assisted reproductive medicine.

 

Suzanne Gomes, MSc

Suzanne has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Science in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy from the University of Winnipeg, with a focus on genetics. Suzanne has experience working in research laboratories and has co-authored several scientific publications.  She is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS).


Nursing Staff

The Heartland Nursing team regularly attends conferences and in-services to keep up to date on the latest Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ART).

Jennifer Leinweber, R.N., Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba    Jennifer Leinweber, R.N.

Clinic Manager

Jennifer Leinweber’s role at Heartland Clinic began as a member of the nursing team and has since evolved and expanded into the role of Clinic Manager.  She is dedicated to providing Heartland patients and staff with a safe, positive, respectful and innovative environment.  Her nursing experience has always been focused on women’s health. Before joining the Heartland team, she worked in high and low risk obstetrics. Jennifer is an active member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and has completed a nursing certificate course in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).

 

Cathy Gooch, R.N., Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba    Cathy Gooch, R.N.

Active member of CRNM

Cathy has a strong medical and surgical background in pediatrics, women’s health and ICU. She has worked in various facilities across the country and has experience in Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ART) nursing. She is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and an active member of the CFAS Nurses Special Interest Group. She is also an active member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and has completed a nursing certificate course in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).

 

Susan Larson, R.N., Your Team, Heartland Fertility, Winnipeg, Manitoba    Susan Larson, R.N.

Active member of CRNM

 Susan Larson has experience in women’s health, gynecology, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal care. She specializes in Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ART) nursing, is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and a member of the CFAS Nurses Special Interest Group. She is also an active member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and has completed a nursing certificate course in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).

 

Nicole Derendorf, R.N., B.N.

Nicole has a varied nursing experience.  Prior to joining the Heartland team, she worked in Neonatal ICU, Pediatrics and Family Practice.  She also has a background in Clinic Management.  Her work in healthcare has taken her across the USA and over to Australia.  She is an active member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) and the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM).  She seeks to broaden her knowledge base in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility nursing.

 

Charissa Goertzen, R.N.

Charissa is excited to transition to Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility nursing at Heartland Clinic after spending her entire professional career in low risk obstetrics and postpartum care.  She is confident that her experience in women’s health, as well as her personal struggle with infertility will enable her to provide others on the same journey with highly compassionate care and understanding.  She is an active member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM).