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Aldo Esterhuizen, PhD, HCLD (ABB), Joins Ovation Fertility as Lab Director

Dr. Esterhuizen joined Ovation in January 2022, bringing more than 35 years of experience as a lab director and IVF researcher.

(Nashville, Tennessee) January 19, 2022 – Ovation® Fertility is pleased to announce that Aldo Esterhuizen, PhD, HCLD (ABB), has joined the company as a lab director. In this role, she will oversee all IVF, embryology and andrology operations at the Ovation Fertility Nashville IVF lab, while ensuring lab safety and compliance.

“It’s rare to find a lab director with the breadth and depth of experience that Dr. Esterhuizen brings to the table,” says Ovation Fertility COO/President, Conor Beardsley. “She has been a leader in the field of IVF from the earliest days of assisted reproductive technology, and she’s done it all, including research, educating, andrology, embryology, and on-site and off-site lab direction. Her expertise will be invaluable to our research efforts as well as our continued development of evidence-based best practices to help people become parents through IVF.”

Dr. Esterhuizen brings nearly four decades of experience in IVF lab benchwork and directorships. Board-certified by the American Association of Bioanalysis as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director and Technical Supervisor, Dr. Esterhuizen comes to Ovation from her prior role as laboratory director for Mississippi Reproductive Medicine, where she managed both the embryology and andrology laboratories while supervising the Fertility Institute of North Alabama’s IVF, andrology and endocrinology labs as an off-site laboratory director.

“I entered the field of reproductive science in 1985, and I’ve never looked back. I love my work,” Dr. Esterhuizen says. “After all this time, I am even more passionate about my vocation than in the beginning of my career – maybe because I have more insight in the miracles I participate in. I love what I am doing, and I am always excited to discover opportunities for improvement. Ovation’s focus on collaborative research and putting science first is very appealing to me. I’m excited to work with a large team of experts with whom I can collaborate and share ideas, and I’m happy to put down roots with the Ovation team in Nashville.”

Dr. Esterhuizen earned her Ph.D. in reproductive biology at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tygerberg, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She attained her Master of Science degree at University of Pretoria in South Africa, where she also earned both Bachelors in Science and Bachelors Honors in Science degrees. She also holds a diploma in reproduction biology from the South African Medical and Dental Council.

A highly accomplished researcher, educator and lab professional, she has presented and published her work at conferences and in publications all over the world.
Learn more about Ovation and Dr. Esterhuizen at www.OvationFertility.com.

About Ovation Fertility

Ovation® Fertility is a national network of reproductive endocrinologists and scientific thought leaders focused on reducing the cost of having a family through more efficient and effective fertility care. Ovation’s IVF and genetics laboratories, along with affiliated physician practices, work collaboratively to raise the bar for IVF treatment, with state-of-the-art, evidence-based fertility services that give hopeful parents the best chance for a successful pregnancy. Physicians partner with Ovation to offer their patients advanced preconception carrier screening; preimplantation genetic testing; donor egg and surrogacy services; and secure storage for their frozen eggs, embryos and sperm. Ovation also helps IVF labs across America improve their quality and performance with expert off-site lab direction and consultation. Learn more about Ovation’s vision of a world without infertility at www.OvationFertility.com.

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