The strong team of our Kinderwunsch Institut

Dr. Michael Schenk

Specialist for gynaecology and obstetrics, expert of clinical embryology and medical director. As medical director, my tasks are to provide sensitive care to make sure that the patients feel absolutely comfortable, to maintain the exceptional, certified quality of our institute, and to conduct research in order to be able to offer the best treatment to our patients.

I am also strongly committed to the apprenticeship of qualified junior employees in the framework of “Uni for Life”, particularly as the perfect interaction of motivated, attentive specialists plays a key role in our institute.

About us

Our exceptionally committed team at the Kinderwunsch Institut is composed of more than twenty selected employees from medical specialists, embryologists, TCM specialists to the multilingual patient management employee.

You’ll immediately sense the accommodating atmosphere, our zest and the perfect intermeshing of the competences. Why? Because we can’t image anything nicer than working here and helping you fulfil your dream of holding your own child in your arms. This attitude is also appreciated by external expert teams which have therefore officially certified us.

Our Team

[Translate to Englisch:] Dr. med. univ. Michael Schenk, MAS - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Claudia Schenk-Hauschka - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Martina Hörmann-Kröpfl, MSc, BMA - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Darja Kastelic, BSc, MAS - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Zahida Eisner - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Sandra Goltes - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Birgit Schwald - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Christine Schöberl - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Dr. Gerhild Weiß - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Sonja Grill - Kinderwunsch Institut Graz
[Translate to Englisch:] Dr. med. univ. Michael Schenk, MAS

Dr. med. univ. Michael Schenk, MAS

Managing Director, Medical Director, Head of Research and Development

E-Mail: m.schenk@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Alongside caring for you as Senior Consultant, my principal duties involve management of the Clinic and further developing our area of expertise by means of Research and Development.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Because I created the KIWI IVF Clinic with my wife, Claudia, who is also joint Managing Director, from nothing. We have managed to find people for our team, with whom it is a joy to work on a daily basis. Every day, I feel the enthusiasm for our joint efforts, which strengthens me in my convictions and allows me to strengthen those of my members of staff when it comes to reorganizing, for instance, or pursuing innovative ideas for our patients in the Research Department.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
Together with my colleagues, we aim to free you of your doubts expressed in the question, “Why am I not becoming pregnant?” We collaborate with you to search for, even hunt for, likely and also rare, less likely causes, to illustrate to you how you can be helped to conceive successfully.

The plan that we then draw up is explained to you so sensitively and clearly that you will be able to decide for yourself on the course of action you wish to take. Since we offer all types of therapy at our Clinic, which we then implement subject to the highest standards, you are spared always having to adjust to new people and facilities. This, too, helps you to relax.

You can celebrate on your own. You do not need us for that. However, we do not leave you alone with your failures, and we ease each situation by providing counselling and companionship.

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[Translate to Englisch:] Claudia Schenk-Hauschka

Claudia Schenk-Hauschka

Acting Managing Director, Commercial Manager and Human Resources Manager

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
From the outset, I have supported my husband in the role of Commercial Manager and Human Resources Manager.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I co-founded the KIWI IVF Clinic with my husband in December 2000 because we had a vision that it is not always necessary for the desire to have children to remain unfulfilled, and we also wanted to remove the taboos surrounding this issue. I strive every day, with a great deal of pleasure and enthusiasm, to create the best possible conditions to help couples fulfil their wish in a warm, competent and friendly environment.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I deal with the financial affairs of the Clinic, and with the concerns of the staff and consultants, with proficiency and enthusiasm, and in this way, contribute to creating a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere for you.

Helene Schenk

E-Mail: helene.schenk@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I am a full-time student of Health Informatics at the FH Joanneum and support Accounting and Management on a part-time basis. This job is a great opportunity for gathering practical experience and I am able to use much of what I learn on my course here at the Kinderwunsch Institut.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
The wonderful atmosphere, openness and friendliness of my colleagues make it a pleasure to work here, and the flexible working hours allow me to work while studying full-time.

 

 

[Translate to Englisch:] Martina Hörmann-Kröpfl, BSc, MAS

Martina Hörmann-Kröpfl, MSc, BMA

Head of the Laboratory for Clinical Embryology and Research

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
In my job as Embryologist and as Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Clinical Embryology and Research, I devote my time to analysing and treating the cells and embryos carefully and with precision. Further to my work in the laboratory, my activities in the area of Research and Development enable me to apply myself to the latest scientific discoveries, and to work on further exciting ideas in the team. Furthermore, as part of an ongoing Quality Management system, I am also responsible as official QM representative for ensuring that the high standard of quality at the Clinic continues to grow, by compiling procedural guidelines.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Because here you are so close to the “small miracle of life”. I think that is why I am so passionate about working at the KIWI IVF Clinic.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I hope that my work helps our couples wanting children to feel safe and in good hands on their journey towards “the small miracle of life”.

[Translate to Englisch:] Darja Kastelic, BSc, MAS

Darja Kastelic, BSc, MAS

Laboratory for Clinical Embryology and Research

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
In my job as Head of the Laboratory for Clinical Embryology and Research, I devote my time to analysing and treating the cells and embryos carefully and with precision. Further to my work in the laboratory, my activities in the area of Research and Development enable me to apply myself to the latest scientific discoveries, and to work on further exciting ideas in the team. In addition, my wealth of experience enables me to teach and train young, dedicated embryologists.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I have worked at the KIWI IVF Clinic since June 2001 and am happy to be a part of this harmonious team. Since its outstanding features are innovation and an open mind to all that is new, the KIWI IVF Clinic provides me with optimal opportunities for exciting daily activities, as well as in the field of Research and Development. It is also a lot of fun making the best possible use of my know-how in such fantastic conditions.

What can I do to help working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I am responsible for ensuring that your egg and semen cell fertilize each other outside the body. The embryos that are created are my protégés. My attention is concentrated on their changing needs, in order to make it possible for them to survive outside the female body. Using vast technological resources, it is possible to advance the further intense development of your embryos. Strict quality controls of each individual stage of the culture guarantee an unvaryingly high success rate. We are never content, which is why we systematically extend our scientific knowledge and welcome innovations.

My wealth of experience is of endless help to me, and you can relax in the knowledge that these many years of experience will be used to your advantage.

Zahida Eisner

Head of Surgery and Sterilization

E-Mail: zahida.eisner@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
As Head of the Sterilization Department and Surgery, I am primarily responsible for the entire domains of surgery, intervention, patient rooms and sterilization. Caring for our patients before, during and after intervention likewise belongs to my area of responsibility.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I have now been employed at the KIWI IVF Clinic since 2001. I started out as a cleaner, and thanks to the marvellous opportunities offered me, and made possible time and again by the Clinic to continue my education, I was able to acquire the skills necessary for my current job. The opportunities available here for both my personal and my professional development are extraordinary. It is of the greatest importance to the Clinic to motivate and encourage its members of staff to have the confidence to set themselves higher goals, and to assist their development in the shape of career management. I personally benefitted enormously from this, and look forward every day to carrying out my wonderful and highly varied duties with competence and enthusiasm.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
Every day, I heartily enjoy caring for the well-being of our patients, in order to make the time before, during and after the interventions as pleasant and as relaxed as possible. In addition, I make sure that our team of doctors and our patients are confronted with perfectly prepared surroundings. In this way, I make it possible for everyone to work in a relaxed environment free from stress.

[Translate to Englisch:] Sandra Goltes

Sandra Goltes

Accounting Department

E-Mail: sandra.goltes@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I am responsible for the bookkeeping at the Clinic.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
The work is simply fun because you are surrounded by a super team and endless challenges.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
For the duration of the time we are together, I feel responsible for any questions and needs which your stay in our Clinic entails, and I take pains to respond to your financial concerns competently.

Eveline Tomberger

Patient Management

E-Mail: eveline.tomberger@kinderwunsch-institut.at 

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I have been a member of the KIWI IVF Clinic team since 2006. My workplace is Patient Management, where I join forces with my colleagues to see to your wishes, or those of the doctors, as swiftly as possible and to make your stay at our Institute as pleasant as possible. In addition, I analyse the results of any laboratory blood tests necessary during your treatment.

Why do I working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Because I enjoy working with people, and because the scope of the work is both interesting and challenging.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I hope that my personality will encourage you to confide in me, so that you feel comfortable with us and in good hands.

[Translate to Englisch:] Birgit Schwald

Birgit Schwald

Deputy Head of Patient Management

E-Mail: birgit.schwald@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
As a member of the Patient Management team and a member of staff in the haematology laboratory, I assist Dr Schenk in caring for the patients. It is very important to me that you are given all necessary information and documents so that you may undergo the treatment with as little stress as possible.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
It is a great pleasure for me to help you fulfil your desire to have children. It is always a marvellous feeling when it has worked out well again. Not only this, I feel very happy working in the team at the IVF Institute, and look forward each day to my varied tasks.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I always do my best to answer all your questions and to meet your needs so that you can focus entirely on fulfilling your desire to have children. It is very important to me that you feel comfortable with us, because only then can your wish come true.

[Translate to Englisch:] Christine Schöberl

Christine Schöberl

Patient Management

E-Mail: christine.schoeberl@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I work in Patient Management and am responsible for patient care during your treatment at our Clinic.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Because I enjoy working with people, and am always happy when a patient conceives and I can accompany you part of the way.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I can respond to your individual requirements, answer all your questions professionally and ensure that you feel at home with us.

 

 

 

[Translate to Englisch:] Christine Schöberl

Dr. Gerhild Weiß

Specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics

E-Mail: gerhild.weiss@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I have worked as a consultant at the KIWI IVF Clinic since September 2014, and accompany you from the initial consultation to the therapy best suited to you, right through to your pregnancy.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Because the entire team, combined with the special facilities of the rooms, provide the perfect backdrop for you on your journey towards a planned child.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I wish to make your time with us as pleasant as possible through empathy, a love of my job and dedication, and to provide you with competent advice in all your questions.

 

 

 

[Translate to Englisch:] Christine Schöberl

Sonja Grill

Human resources and finance

E-Mail: sonja.grill@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I support Ms Schenk-Hauschka in the personnel and finance departments.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
For me, it's fun to work in a friendly and professional team.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I am proficient and enjoy taking care of the employees' and medical consultants' financial matters, and in this way, help to create a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere here at the Kinderwunsch Institut.

 

 

 

Karin Jäger

Assistant to the commercial management and the Head of Human Resources

E-Mail: karin.jaeger@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
As an assistant to the commercial management and the head of human resources, my tasks are very varied. I support Dr. Schenk in his operational, planning and organisational tasks. As assistant to the Head of Human Resources, I am mainly responsible for Human Resources and Controlling.

Warum arbeite ich gerne im Kinderwunsch Institut?
I like to work at the Kinderwunsch Institute because my field of activity is very beautiful and varied. Every day it is interesting to learn anew how the ideas and visions of the management are realized in our institute.

Here in our institute I find a workplace where I can develop independently in a very harmonious and beautiful atmosphere, with a view of the countryside.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
Responsible and with much pleasure I support the management and our doctors in their daily tasks. In this way I help them to find a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere in our clinic, which is of course also felt by our patients when they visit our Kinderwunsch Institute.

 

 

 

Ljubica Rasic

Deputy Head of Surgery and Sterilization

E-Mail: ljubica.rasic@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
My duties as an IVF assistant and Deputy Head of Surgery and Sterilization include preparing the operating theatre, sterilizing the instruments for intervention and caring for the patients before, during and after the treatment.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Because it means a great deal to me to accompany couples with care and warmth as they realize their dream of a planned child. Our team's success is very rewarding for me.   

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I strive to create a relaxed atmosphere and to calm patients in stressful situations, since it is a matter very close to my heart that everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.

 

 

 

Christina Fritz, BSc

Laboratory for Clinical Embryology and Research

E-Mail: christina.fritz@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I have worked in Embryology at the KIWI IVF Clinic since 1 July 2015. My area of responsibility includes providing assistance during the egg cell collection and the further monitoring and care of the egg cells from fertilization, to observing the embryonic development, to the day of embryo transfer. Spermiograms and the processing of semen are also part of my daily work in the laboratory.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Because we are a strong team that supports and complements each other. It is a great pleasure for me to be able to constribute to the miracle of life from the very first moment.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
With great love, I strive each and every day to carry out my work to the highest degree of perfection and quality, to accompany you in the best possible way in your desire to become pregnant. This is a task that requires a great deal of trust, a challenge that I am very glad to take up daily for you, so that you can become pregnant here in a pleasant atmosphere.

 

 

 

Dr. med. univ. Nina Rensch

Assistant Doctor, Doctor for general medicine, holistic medicine and integrative spa medicine

E-Mail: nina.gutmann@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I support the KIWI team as a doctor for general medicine and holistic medicine. I lead the initial consultations, provide treatment advice and organize the necessary clarifications. I care for your well-being in a holistic manner, and through the use of conventional and complementary medical treatment, so that you receive comprehensive care in all respects.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I work in a warm-hearted, happy and motivated team, where mutual respect, empathy and collegiality are not just catchwords, but also values we live by. Every day, I feel enthusiatic about working in this pleasant environment. For me personally, the interdisciplinary approach here at the KIWI IVF Clinic is also greatly enriching. And our patients notice this too! It makes me happy to be able to accompany them on their way to having a planned child.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
Attentive listening skills, personal commitment and the combination of various medical perspectives are my cornerstones that allow me to create the optimum conditions for you in your desire to have children. I allow plenty of time for this in personal discussions, in order to provide you with detailed advice tailored to your personal requirements. Through the holistic approach in the patients' treatment, the advice also covers areas which do not immediately appear to be connected with pregnancy: advice regarding lifestyle, nutrition and intestinal health are among my specialities.

 

 

 

Carlos Serrano Comes, M.Sc

Deputy Head of Laboratory for Clinical Embryology and Research

E-Mail: carlos.serranocomes@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I am an embryologist. My responsibility is to offer the best possible service in the IVF laboratory and help patients to get pregnant.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
My job consists of helping patients to fulfill their dreams. It is a really wonderful job.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I work with gametes and embryos. I can facilitate fertilization of the oocytes, perform embryo cultures and select the embryo with the highest possibility of fertilization.

 

 

 

Dr. scient. med. Gregor Weiss, MSc.

Director of the Department of Science and Research

E-Mail: gregor.weiss@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
As director of the Department of Science and Research, I have been responsible for coordinating scientific processes at KIWI since September 2016. My main duties at KIWI are in the area of planning and carrying out research-relevant projects, as well as implementing the latest research results on the topic of the unfulfilled desire to have children. In addition, I incorporate data from our own research into scientific articles that are published in specialist medical journals, making them available to a broad public. I also accompany and supervise students who carry out their bachelor’s or diploma thesis at our institute. 

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
The possibility of mastering the challenges on the way to fulfilling the desire to have children, together with a highly qualified team, makes the Kinderwunsch Institut the ideal working environment for me, where I can develop my own potential every day.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
Intensive research in specialist medical journals and visits to specialised conferences are relevant for networking using the latest scientific findings. In this way, I provide KIWI with information on the latest developments for IVF treatment and ensure the use of the latest methods and innovations for the best possible care for you, and to allow your desire to have children to be fulfilled.

 

 

 

Esther Reif

Patient Management

E-Mail: esther.reif@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic!
I joined the Kinderwunsch Institut team in May 2017 and am in charge of patient management. I look after our patients, support the team in administrative matters and try to make things easier for you in terms of organisation. 

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I was welcomed to the Kinderwunsch Institut with open arms, and I can honestly say that this warmth and commitment is also given to every single couple who seeks out our help. What job could be more fulfilling than supporting you on your way to a baby of your own? As a mother of two, I know how much children enrich our lives and it gives me immense pleasure to accompany you on a stretch of the way towards starting a family.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
My work is based on competence, understanding and empathy. I am always ready to listen to your wishes, concerns and requests and will take the greatest possible care to ensure that all your needs are met so that you are relaxed and ready to embark on your personal journey towards your goal.

Cristina Pastor-Leary, MSc

Laboratory for Clinical Embryology and Research

E-Mail: cristina.pastor-leary@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic!
As an embryologist, my job is to collect your gametes process them carefully, ensure their fertilization and keep them in the best of conditions so that they develop into embryos. Further to my work in the IVF lab, I also support the Research ad Development department by participating on the collection of data for studies.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I really enjoy working at the KIWI, I feel that the team is like a small family which makes the clinic's atmosphere friendly and relaxed. The team is well complemented and focused on accompanying patients on their journey to achieve the miracle of life.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
I'm passionate about my work and I love to contribute to your wish for a child. Everyday I do my best to ensure that your embryos are well taken care of.

[Translate to Englisch:] Stefanie Lecker

Stefanie Lecker

Patient Management
E-Mail: stefanie.lecker@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
Since November 2018, I have been working in patient management at the Kinderwunsch Institut, where I was warmly received by my colleagues right from the start.

Why do I like working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I enjoy working with our patients because I like to work with people and be part of a friendly team. It is very exciting and fulfilling to support our couples on their way to having a child.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
It is particularly important to me to make their stay as pleasant as possible. 

Katharina Gschanes, BSc.

Laboratory of Clinical Embryology and Research  
E-Mail: katharina.gschanes@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I have been working at the Kinderwunsch Institut since August 2019 and am part of an extraordinary team. My tasks are very exciting and varied. On the one hand, I am responsible for conducting various laboratory analyses at the institute; on the other, I also work directly on the "miracle of life" in the laboratory for clinical embryology and research.

Why do I working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I could not imagine a better job than to spend my days helping you achieve your dream of having a child.

What can I do to help you relax and become pregnant?
Every day I strive to do that job conscientiously and help you on your path with confidence ‒ and a lot of empathy.


 

Pia Pritz

Head of the blood lab
E-Mail: pia.pritz@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
As head of the blood lab, I am responsible for making sure that the analytical procedures undertaken in the laboratory are correctly performed and that a good working atmosphere is provided for my team.

Why do I working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I am glad I am able to make a small contribution towards helping and providing support to patients who wish to become pregnant.


What can I do to help you rely and become pregnant?
I ensure that the laboratory tests are completed as quickly as possible and that patients’ time in the laboratory is as stress-free and relaxed as possible.


 

Martina Jurkovic

IVF assistant
E-Mail: martina.jurkovic@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
As an IVF assistant in the Surgical and Sterilisation department I look after patient rooms, supervise patients and am responsible for preparing the operating room for surgical procedures and the sterilisation of the instruments.

Why do I working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I like working with people and I find the area in which I work very interesting.

What can I do to help you rely and become pregnant?
It is extremely important to me that our patients are comfortable while they are here because it is only then that we can help them make their dreams come true.



 

Bianca Haas

Patient Management
E-Mail: bianca.haas@kinderwunsch-institut.at

What is my area of responsibility at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
I have been working in patient management at the Kinderwunsch Institut since March 2021. It is my task to care for and look after our patients and to ensure that they find their visits here as agreeable as possible. 

Why do I working at the KIWI IVF Clinic?
This is the ideal job for me because I like helping others and I also find it gratifying to assist them finally have the child they have always dreamed of.

What can I do to help you rely and become pregnant?
I use all my skills and my sensitivity to make sure our patients do feel at ease here in the Kinderwunsch Institut. It is important that they are comfortable while they are here.


 

The Institute as an Employer

Our employees are our major and most valuable asset. Therefore we’re creating the framework for a good working atmosphere. This is based on our corporate culture which is characterised by trust, open-mindedness and honesty.

We want to promote our staff and we’re committed to supporting them in their further training and in finding fulfilment in challenging, interesting tasks. We are aware that we can only achieve our goals with highly motivated employees. Our excellent, open information policy and respect and appreciation of good performances provide the foundation for achieving our objectives. We are aware of our social responsibility to all our employees. However, we also expect their personal responsibility and loyalty to our company.