Meet The Team

Meet The Team2018-11-07T07:07:22+00:00

When you come to Cyprus IVF Centre you’ll meet talented experts who all love their work. Some are organisers. Some are problem solvers. Some are IT geeks and some are our medical brains. But each of them knows their stuff and will work to the best of their ability for you.

You may have heard about Team Miracle from a friend, on the internet via fertility forums or maybe through a Google search. However, regardless of how you arrived at this website, you will be wondering who we are.

Team Miracle is the result of 10 years of cooperation and teamwork treating over 12,000 patients as of 2018. We were the first organisation in Northern Cyprus to specialise in offering tailor made IVF treatment cycles for international patients. We have a huge level of experience within the industry and can help you through every stage of your fertility journey.

Team Miracle is comprised of six core members making up the coordination team and a wider workforce of doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, embryologists, biologists, genetic experts, laboratory technicians, chauffeurs, chefs and other support staff, who all work together to offer you a relaxing, problem-free treatment at Cyprus IVF Centre.

So let’s meet the team…

Julie

Miss Julie Hodson

Managing Partner and Senior International Patients Coordinator

Julie is the head of our Clinical Coordination Team and plays an integral role in assisting our patients with the entire treatment cycle. Julie’s primary focus is communicating with patients from the very first enquiry until birth and beyond. She has a genuine concern and personal commitment to providing our patients with excellent care and the contribution she makes to patient care ranges from education and reassurance about fertility treatments to injection instruction and explanation of procedures.

Julie has been working with Team Miracle since 2008 and has dealt with thousands of patients in that time. She has a vast knowledge about all aspects of the IVF process, infertility issues and can assist with the emotional side of treatment due to her psychology training. Julie has had first-hand experience and assisted with hundreds of egg collections, embryo transfers and caesarean births and this knowledge helps her provide full explanations and answers to all patient queries that may arise.

Prior to joining Team Miracle, Julie studied law for five years at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland obtaining an LLB degree, Honours and a Diploma in Legal Practice. She then completed 2 years legal training at the top Scottish commercial law firm. Julie moved to North Cyprus in May 2010 following many years of holidays to the island and started work as the original coordinator for Team Miracle in August 2010.

Experience and Education

2015 – Present | Cyprus IVF Centre
Senior International Patients Coordinator

2010 – 2015 | Dogus IVF Centre
International Patients Coordinator

2008 – 2010 |Maclay, Murray & Spens LLP
Solicitor

2003 – 2008 | Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland/ Maastricht University, Netherlands
LLB Law, Honours Degree in Scots Law, Diploma in Legal Practice

Umit

Mr. Ümit İnak

Managing Partner and International Patients Coordinator and Patient Liaison

Ümit is our bilingual Patient Liaison as well as being our general “Mr Fix It”. Ümit is the main contact for patients while they are in Cyprus. His responsibilities include meeting patients on their arrival and guiding them through each stage of their treatment. He provides educational information in conjunction with the doctors relating to treatments, procedures, medication and continuing care requirements. He will provide patients with updates from the embryologist regarding egg quality, fertilisation rates and embryo numbers.

Ümit ensures that each patient receives the best service possible by completing patient rounds, documenting care, providing full explanations of each step and outcome of the treatment at Cyprus IVF Centre. Ümit also collects information provided by patients regarding their care, administration and patient satisfaction and communicates this information to the appropriate departments within Cyprus IVF Centre hospital.

Ümit grew up in Istanbul, Turkey before moving to North Cyprus for university in 1997. He graduated from the faculty of Communication & Media Studies, Public Relations & Advertising department in 2001. Ümit moved to New York in 2001 after being head-hunted by a top advertising agency. In 2005, Ümit returned to North Cyprus and he became a member of Team Miracle in 2008. Ümit is fluent in both Turkish and English and he will help you through every minute of your time in Cyprus. He deals with a huge variety of things: from airport transfers to medication deliveries to requests for extra pillows at the hotel! Ümit is based at the hospital and you will meet him along with Dave and Hakan at your appointments.

Experience and Education

2015 – Present | Cyprus IVF Centre
International Patients Coordinator and Patient Liaison

2010 – 2015 | Dogus IVF Centre
International Patients Coordinator

2005 – 2010| Nike Stores Cyprus
General Manager

2001 – 2005 | SweetFace Fashion by Tommy Hilfiger and JLo
Marketing Executive Assistant – New York, NY, United States of America

1997 – 2001 | Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus
Bachelor Degree in Communication & Media Studies

Nicole

Miss Nicole Smith

– International Patients Coordinator

Nicole was head-hunted by Team Miracle in 2014 and has since helped many hundreds of patients through their IVF journey. Nicole is experienced not only in medical coordination, but medical tourism as well and has spent her years in Cyprus working as a foreign patient coordinator in a large, internationally recognised hospital on the island. Having worked closely with doctors and specialists alike in nearly all medical departments to coordinate patient cases, care and understanding, Nicole’s compassion and genuine understanding of medical protocol ensures that even the most unsure of patients feels at ease with their care, even in a foreign country.

Nicole describes joining Team Miracle as an easy decision, ‘’IVF is a huge emerging market with many companies trying to break into it. However, so many of these new companies do not have the experience nor professionalism it takes to provide a top class and correct service which ultimately affects the patient. My only interest is my patients, so to join a strong professional company who are patient focused and provide a solid and genuine service is the only way forward for me.’’

Before moving into the medical profession, Nicole had a background in teaching and youth work and is a certified English Language teacher. Not only that, she speaks competent Turkish and is pretty good at French when the occasion calls!

Hakan

Hakan Ciftci

– Clinic Coordinator and Finance Assistant

Hakan is one of the most organised individuals we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Hakan is based at the hospital full-time and so you’ll definitely get to meet him when you arrive in Cyprus for your treatment.

Hakan ensures that Cyprus IVF Centre runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis, co-ordinating appointment times, drivers, operations, doctors and many other aspects of the organisation. He also assists patients with their medication and financial aspects of the treatment.

Experience and Education

2015 – Present | Cyprus IVF Centre
International Patients Coordinator

2010 – 2015 | Basman Group of Companies, Cyprus
Product Manager | Nike – New Balance – Vans – Tommy Hilfiger

2005 – 2010 | Girne American University, Kyrenia, North Cyprus
Bachelor Degree in Engineering & Architecture, Electrical & Electronic Engineering

David Shaw

International Patients Coordinator

Dave joins our team with a great deal of experience in both patient care and treatment. He has worked both in the UK National Health Service and also the private medical field for many years.

You may have seen Dave previously assisting at the London Fertility show in 2015 and 2016 before joining the team full time. He is now based at the hospital daily helping to improve every aspect of patient experience, clearly explaining procedures and results and answering any questions you
may have. Dave also takes comprehensive notes and acts as a key communicator to the rest of his Team Miracle colleagues, making sure that whatever your chosen treatment, it goes as smoothly as possible.

Experience and Education

April 2017 – Present | Cyprus IVF Centre
International Patients Coordinator

2015 – 2017 | Blatchford Group
Senior Specialist Orthotist

2011 – 2015 | Buchanan Orthotics
Orthotist

2007 – 2011 | University of Strathclyde
BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics

Lynsey Shaw

International Patients Coordinator

Before joining Team Miracle, Lynsey studied at the University of Strathclyde from 2007 to 2012, and was a double graduate achieving both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in the field of biological sciences. After graduation, she embarked upon a highly successful career in academia, working as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. There she coordinated the MSc Forensic Science course, in addition to completing a variety of teaching for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, lecturing in both fundamental biology and chemistry as well as specialising specifically in the identification and analysis of body fluids. Her expertise in this area were further demonstrated by publication of several research papers in high profile scientific journals.

Experience and Education

April 2017 – Present | Cyprus IVF Centre
International Patients Coordinator

2012 – 2013 | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Associate Lecturer

2012 – 2013 | Glasgow, Scotland
Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Studies

2011 – 2012 | Glasgow, Scotland
MSc degree in Forensic Science

2007 – 2011 | Glasgow, Scotland
BSc degree in Forensic Biology