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Clinical Team

Dr James Armatage

Dr James Armatage

Reproductive Health Consultant
Interim Medical Director

James Armatage is a gynaecologist and specialist in reproductive medicine with over 30 years experience. He established one of the most successful fertility clinics in the region, Cheshire Fertility in 1997 and has helped thousands of couples realise their dreams of parenthood.

James is delighted to join the team at IVF -Life.

Dr Martin Debono

Dr Martin DeBono

Reproductive Health Consultant

Dr Martin DeBono has been providing fertility treatment for over 30 years and established what became the largest satellite IVF clinic in the UK, Yorkshire Fertility.

Dr Bentick

Dr Bernie Bentick

Reproductive Health Consultant

Dr Bernie Bentick also brings vast experience in fertility, IVF and gynaecology. He started and developed two IVF clinics in Leicester and Shrewsbury, with the latter treating over 12,000 couples, resulting in 8,000 babies delivered.

Mr Phillip Toon

Mr Philip Toon

Consultant Gynaecologist

Philip Toon has been a consultant gynaecologist for over thirty years and has extensive experience in general gynaecology, fertility, oncology and colposcopy. His RHG practice will be based at the Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham and he continues to work for the NHS on a sessional basis after retiring from his full time post. Philip Toon has examined for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and continues to examine for Cardiff University.

Dr Lee Feddy

Consultant Anaesthetist
Responsible Officer

Lee qualified from the University of Manchester Medical School in 2004.

He undertook Anaesthesia and Critical Care training in the North West Deanery.

His current NHS post is Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care at University Hospital of South Manchester where he specialises in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and is Clinical Audit Lead for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia/Critical Care. He is a member of the following professional bodies: Royal College of Anaesthetists, Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia.

In January 2017 Lee was appointed Responsible Officer for Reproductive Health Group. In December 2018 Lee was appointed as HFEA Licence Holder and CQC Registered Manager.

Sonia Chachan

Dr Sonia Chachan

Consultant Gynaecologist

Dr Talha Al-Shawaf

Dr Talha Shawaf

Consultant Gynaecologist

Dr Talha A-Shawaf has over 35 years experience as a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician and has worked in the IVF field since 1987, spending 20 years at Barts fertility centre in London as consultant and lead clinician until leaving four years ago to focus on his private practice. His areas of speciality include prevention of OHSS and fertility preservation. He has published over 80 articles on the subject of fertility in peer reviewed journals. Talha is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) and a Member of other learned societies including the British Fertility Society (BFS), European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). He holds regular clinics for RHG at the Centre for Reproductive Health, Daresbury Park.

Mr René Woderich

Mr René Woderich

Consultant Urologist

Vijay Sangar

Professor Vijay Sangar

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Professor Vijay Sangar has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon since 2007. After studying for his Doctorate of Medicine at the Cancer Research Laboratories in Manchester (UK) he went on to train in Urological Surgery in Manchester/Lancashire, London and Strasburg.

He is a Consultant Specialist Urological Surgeon at The Christie Hospital and Manchester University Hospitals, in addition to being Professor of Surgery at the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre. He has held several prestigious positions in the recent past including Chair of the Specialised Cancer Surgery Clinical Reference Group at NHS England and Director of Surgery at The Christie Hospital. He is currently Rare Cancer Lead for the European Reference Network – eUROGEN

Professor Sangar is an international leading specialist in Andrology/Genital Surgery, including reconstruction and erectile/sexual dysfunction. He has a specialist interest in the Andrological side effects of cancer treatments, which has led to an interest in infertility. Professor Sangar is a leading vasectomy reversal Surgeon with success rates over 92%.

He is active in research, having published and presented award-winning work internationally, giving a Google scholar Index of 19. Professor Sangar is a member of the National Institute of Cancer Research, past Member of the Executive Committees of the Section of Andrology and Oncology at the British Association of Urological Surgeons, and past Chair of the Specialised Urology Clinical Reference Group for NHS England.

Mr Arie Parnham

Mr Arie Parnham

Consultant Urologist

Arie Parnham is a fellowship trained urologist and a national expert in surgery for penile cancer and men’s health issues (including erectile dysfunction, penile implants, penile reconstruction, Peyronie’s disease, Male infertility and Male Sexual Dysfunction).

He is a full time consultant at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He graduated from Birmingham University in 2005 and went on to complete his surgical and urological training in the West Midlands, Oxford and the North West. He has worked at three specialist centres, and completed a prestigious fellowship at Europe’s largest dedicated andrology unit. He has also completed observerships at Weil Cornell (New York) in male infertility and pelvic surgery at Leuven University Hospital, Belgium.

Arie is the only surgeon in the North West and one of only four in the country that has completed the Weil Cornell microsurgical training for male infertility (The surgeons at Weil Cornell were the pioneers and leaders in microsurgical fertility techniques including micro-TESE, vasovasotomy, epididymovasostomy and no scalpel vasectomy).

Arie has published extensively on subjects including penile cancer, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, male infertility and other disorders of male sexual health. As a result of his experience he is regularly invited to talk internationally.

He has been a member of the European Association of Urologists guideline panel for male sexual dysfunction developing guidance for the whole of Europe on this subject. He also sits on the British national committee for Andrology, Genital and Urethral Surgery.
He is a reviewer for 4 journals, a subeditor and an invited member of the publication steering committee for the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Arie holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education and runs a module for the Royal College of Surgeons on operative skills in urology. He teaches on seven national and international courses on urology and is an honorary lecturer at The University of Manchester.

Dr Jayeeta Samanta

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Dr Jayeeta Samanta is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who has specialised in subfertility and reproductive health. She completed her training initially in obstetrics and gynaecology in India and then from Saint Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, UK. She had undergone her subspeciality training in Reproductive Medicine in India, and has completed advanced training in Subfertility and Reproductive Health under the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK. She is a British Fertility Society certified specialist in Assisted Conception, Pelvic ultrasound, Male Fertility and Quality Management of a Fertility Clinic, and has extensive experience in this field of over 10 years. She has worked with several flagship IVF teams in India, including that of the legendary Bourn Hall Clinic in Kochi, India, andis currently working at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. She has several publications and has presented her work widely in national and international conferences. Her special interests include female fertility problems and three-dimensional ultrasound. She is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, British Fertility Society and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Outside work Dr Samanta is  a busy Mum of 2 who loves to cook and travel.