Caitriona became CEO of the ReproMed Group in July 2020 having spent 7 years with the company in various managerial roles.
During this time she learnt every facet of the operations of the business and developed a strong understanding for the needs of the company’s patient-base. Caitriona was heavily involved in most of the key projects that the company undertook including ReproMed’s partnership with Vhi Health, the investment of the FutureLife Group, the acquisitions of both Galway Fertility Clinic and BabyScan, and the led the company’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
In her most recent role as Chief Operations Officer, developed her own style of leadership which concentrated on getting the best results for the company by focusing on the staff’s needs and performance. Together with the senior management team, she updated the company’s core values of ‘dignity, integrity, accountability and consistency’, and continues to drive to instil these in every interaction her staff have with one another and with our patients.
As CEO, Caitriona intends to maintain and build on the excellent reputation that the company has, and to develop its presence on the landscape of Reproductive Health in Ireland by expanding the company’s service-offer. Her focus will remain people-centric and ensure that the business keeps the welfare of its staff and patients at the core of everything it does.
Dr. Hans Arce is our Medical Director and consultant in ReproMed Ireland. He graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, where he worked for two years with the economically and socially disadvantaged people of his country. He then went off to study in Barcelona, Spain. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the well renowned Hospital Clinic de Barcelona.
After his training he worked for 9 years in one of the leading fertility clinics in Barcelona involved in the medical and surgical treatment of infertile couples. He was the head of the international department and medical director of that centre, also director of the minimally invasive surgical department.
He prides himself for his practical approach to problems but specially the importance of the human emotional side his patients have to go through in this very difficult journey. He also works really hard to deliver to his patients the most evidence based treatments he has in hand.
Conor graduated in 2003 from Queen’s University Belfast with distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He completed specialist training in the major Northern Ireland teaching hospitals and obtaining membership of the Royal College of Obstericians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. It was then that he began to develop an interest in the field of infertility.
Conor went on to complete a clinical research fellowship in Endoscopic surgery and took up a lecturing position in RCSI, developing skills in advanced laparoscopic and hystereroscopic procedures, particularly related to infertility. He carried out a further fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at the Rotunda Hospital to gain expertise in Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Reproductive Endocrinology.
He has a special interest in education and research, particularly in reproductive immunology, implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage. He has published and presented work internationally.
Conor joined ReproMed in early 2017 and brought with him a wealth of experience, complemented by his truly patient-focused attitude.
Catherine is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England.
She carried out post-fellowship training in Urology in the UK and has been a member of the Urology team at St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, since 2010. She also spent many years working in the field of women’s health before moving into the world of assisted reproduction.
Her previous experience gives her a slightly more male-oriented perspective to what can, at times, seem a very female-centric process. With her two children raised, Catherine is enjoying the freedom of focusing on her career again and has undertaken an MSc in Medical Ultrasound for an extra challenge.
Having Catherine join the ReproMed team has added depth and experience to our continued commitment to having a holistic approach to Fertility Medicine.
Dr Umme Salma is one of the leading Fertility Specialists in ReproMed’s team. She has considerable experience in reproductive medicine in the Irish industry, which she has acquired while working in various fertility clinics and hospitals in Ireland since 1987. Most recently, Dr Salma has worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, where her husband is also a consultant.
Dr Salma is an expert in her field, graduating in 1982 from Dow Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan, with an MBBS and has since acquired an array of qualifications in top Irish and UK universities since. She has developed expertise in reproductive medicine by regularly attending national and international conferences and workshops. She is highly regarded in the industry for delivering excellent, personalized care according to each patient’s needs and her pleasant and calming nature has helped see many patients through this challenging period in their lives.
Dr Salma will be leading ReproMed’s newest clinic in Drogheda and is very excited about the prospect of being involved with this project from its inception.
Originally from Argentina, Dr. Florencia was graduated in Medicine at Buenos Aires University in 2002. Being attracted by the European culture, she moved to Barcelona where she completed a 4 year training in Obstetrics and Gynecologist in Hospital Clinic which is one of the bests Hospitals in Spain.
In 2007 she started to work in a very well renowned fertility clinic in Barcelona. She developed into the director of the embryo donation program and a leader for minor surgery. Looking for a new challenge, she moved to Ireland in 2015, becoming a referent in male factor, endometriosis and genetics in fertility.
Florencia’s research interests reflects her personal approach to tailoring treatment to each patient’s clinical and personal needs. She acknowledge the importance of the desire of building a family empathizing with patients who struggle to conceive, guiding them not only clinically but also emotionally.
Dr Alejandro Aldape Arellano (Dr Alex to his patients) is a senior consultant in reproductive medicine and the Medical Director of ReproMed Galway Fertility Clinic.
Dr Alex has been working in assisted reproduction field for over 10 years in several renowned clinics including Institut Marques Barcelona and Sims IVF Cork. He has a special interest in low AMH patients, poor IVF responder patients as well as PCOS patients.
He believes in a patient-centered care model where doctor and patient work together to find the best strategy to achieve pregnancy. He also believes in teamwork and honesty. His patients describe him as “very down to earth doctor”.
Alex studied in the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey Mexico, where he got medical and gynaecology degree. He then furthered his studies in Barcelona at Vall d’Hebron Hospital doing a fellowship of Assisted Reproduction and the IVI master’s degree in Human Reproduction.
Dr. Carolina is from Venezuela in origin, where she completed her residence training in Obstetrics and Gyneacology in one of the biggest and most important maternity hospitals in Latin America, “Maternidad Concepcion Palacios”. There she began her interest in the reproductive field, completing a 2 year fellowship in Assisted Reproduction in a pioneer IVF Center in Caracas.
After that, she decided expand her experience in Spain where she worked for the past 10 years in two clinics, heading up the fertility unit of Instituto Bernabeu Cartagena for the last 7 years.
Looking for a new challenge, she now joins the Repromed team in Dublin bringing a special interest in challenging cases such as low responders and repeated implantation failures