Meet our team

At Fertility Associates you will find our close-knit team of doctors, nurses, counsellors and scientists are dedicated to providing optimum care and giving you the best possible chance of having a baby.  Committed to excellence and integrity, we offer both private and publicly funded consultation and treatment and our staff provides full patient support throughout.

Fertility Associates have four main clinics located in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch which feature modern, comfortable facilities and state of the art equipment and technology. We also have a number of satellite clinics located around the country including Whangarei, Auckland’s North Shore, East Auckland, West Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Hawke's Bay, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Lower Hutt, Nelson and Queenstown.

Below you will find a list of doctors and key staff who work within each our clinics.

[+] Auckland

Dr Simon Kelly MBChB, FRANZCOG
Medical Director of Fertility Associates Auckland

Graduated from the University of Otago and then completed postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology both in Auckland and the United Kingdom. He subsequently undertook two fellowships in reproductive medicine firstly as a lecturer to Professor Stuart Campbell at St George's Hospital Medical School in London, UK and then most recently with Professor S L Tan at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His main areas of interest are the application of advanced ultrasound technology to infertility management, in vitro maturation of immature oocytes collected from unstimulated ovaries and aspects of fertility preservation. Apart from his fertility interests, Simon also has a private obstetric and gynaecology practice based at Fertility Associates.  He conducts clinics in Auckland and East Auckland.
 

Dr Mary Birdsall MBChB, FRANZCOG, MSc(Oxon)
Chair of Fertility Associates Board

Graduated from Auckland Medical School followed by post-graduate training at National Women's Hospital. She was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship and completed a Masters Degree in Human Reproduction at Oxford University from 1993 to 1996. Mary returned to New Zealand in 1996 and joined Fertility Associates. She is a director of Fertility Associates and combines this with a private gynaecology practice. Mary is also the editor of Fertility Associates book 'Making Babies'. Mary conducts clinics in Auckland in Remuera and on the North Shore.
 
 Dr Freddie Graham CNZM, FRCS (Ed), FRCOG, FRNZCOG, CREI

He started his training in surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology in London, and then came to New Zealand in 1975 to a university post at National Women's Hospital. His interest in surgery for female infertility lead to him starting New Zealand's first IVF programme in 1983 to treat those women whom surgery could not help. He co-founded Fertility Associates in 1987, and has increasingly developed expertise in male infertility - especially microsurgery and recovering sperm from the testis in men with severe male infertility.  Freddie conducts clinics in Auckland, on the North Shore and in Whangarei.  In December 2009, Freddie was recognised in the New Year Honours as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to medicine.
 

Dr Richard Fisher CNZM, FRCOG, FRNZCOG, CREI

Graduated from Otago, followed by postgraduate training in New Zealand, London, Poole and Oxford in Britain. He returned to New Zealand as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist at National Women's Hospital where he joined Freddie Graham practicing IVF. Since co-founding Fertility Associates, Richard has become the foremost spokesperson on infertility issues in the country, and is the first New Zealander to be President of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA).  Richard conducts clinics in Auckland and on the North Shore.  In December 2009, Richard was recognised in the New Year Honours as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to medicine.
 

Dr Neil Buddicom MBChB, FRNZCOG

Joined Fertility Associates after being Medical Director of the Infertility Unit at National Women's Hospital. Neil shares an interest in infertility with a busy obstetric and gynaecological practice.
 

 

Dr Sunil Pillay MRCOG, FRANZCOG

Completed his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at National Women's Hospital and has more than 15 years experience in fertility and IVF. He is a leading laparoscopic Gynaecologist at Auckland City Hospital. He has a keen interest in gynaecological surgery with advanced training in endometriosis and fibroid surgery.  Sunil conducts fertility clinics in Auckland, on the North Shore and at Henderson Medical Centre in West Auckland.  He combines this with his private gynaecology practice.

 

Dr Elizabeth Curr MBChB, Dip Family Planning (UK), MRCOG, FRANZCOG

Liz is originally from Scotland and came to New Zealand to work at National Woman's Hospital. She completed her specialist training in Scotland and New Zealand and is a member of both the British and New Zealand Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Liz comes to Fertility Associates with considerable experience in fertility as well as a special interest in laparoscopic surgery, endometriosis, and pelvic pain. She also consults in Maternity and Pregnancy Care at Auckland City Hospital, and is in private obstetrics practice at Birthright.


Dr Anna Bashford MBChB, FRANZCOG

Anna has recently joined Fertility Associates to extend her interest in fertility and gynaecology. She specialises in such areas as adolescent gynaecology, menstrual disorders, colposcopy and endometriosis.


 

Dr Stella Milsom MBChB, Dip Obs, FRACP

Stella’s post graduate training has included a research fellowship with Professor Peter Gluckman at the University of Auckland, followed by clinical fellowships in the USA and in London. She returned to New Zealand in 1993 as a reproductive endocrinologist within Fertility Associates, Auckland, the Department of Reproductive Medicine at National Women’s Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland. Stella is on the Boards of Osteoporosis New Zealand and Human Fertility UK, is the current Chairman of Endocrinology training in New Zealand for the Royal College of Physicians, is a member of the National Health Committees formulating guidelines on hormone replacement therapy and fertility preservation and is an advisor to Pharmac. Her clinical and research interests include ovulatory disorders, especially the polycystic ovary syndrome and hypothalamic amenorrhea.

 

Dr Susannah O'Sullivan MBChB, FRACP, PhD

Graduated from University of Auckland and completed specialist endocrine training in Auckland, followed by doctoral studies with Professor Jillian Cornish and Associate Professor Andrew Grey at The University of Auckland. She continues to undertake clinical and scientific research at the University of Auckland, with a particular focus on osteoporosis.  She joined Fertility Associates in 2008 to work in areas of general and reproductive endocrinology with particular interests in polycystic ovarian syndrome, menopause, and osteoporosis.


Dr Megan Ogilvie MBChB, FRACP

Graduated from University of Auckland and completed specialist endocrine training in Auckland. She undertook postgraduate training in general and reproductive endocrinology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and subsequently at Middlesex Hospital in London. Megan returned to New Zealand in 2004 to join Fertility Associates to work in the areas of both general and reproductive endocrinology with particular interests in polycystic ovarian syndrome, amenorrhoea, menopause and gonadal dysgenesis.


 

Pauline Bigelow
Laboratory Team Leader & Joint Clinic Manager
Pauline joined the team at Fertility Associates in 1990 and is the embryology team leader in the Auckland Clinic. She came to Fertility Associates from a background in immunology research. Pauline enjoys the regular contact with patients her job offers and the fact that her role makes a difference to many couples lives and helps them to have the family they long for. During her time working in the field of embryology, she has seen remarkable improvements in our embryo culture systems and pregnancy rates.


Lisa Boyles RGN
Auckland Nursing Team Leader & Joint Clinic Manager
Lisa joined Fertility Associates in 2005 and has been involved in Women's Health since 1999 after gaining a distinction in Women's Health Diploma in the UK. Lisa was active in setting up the women's health clinics and Cervical Smear training across the UK. As well as supporting and leading the nursing teams at Fertility Associates, Lisa's special interest is in the coordination of our Donor Egg and Surrogacy programmes.


Joi Ellis
Counsellor Team Leader
Joi initially trained as a teacher and then became a social worker at National Women's Hospital in the 1980s where she provided a counselling service for people experiencing infertility. She joined Fertility Associates in 1987 as a founding staff member. She is a registered member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, a founding member and current chairperson of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association and a founding member of the Infertility Society now referred to as Fertility New Zealand. Joi is a memebr of the Fertility Society of Australia, Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee and is a Victoria, Australia  approved counsellor.

Gavin Fong
Business Support Manager & Administration Team Leader
Gavin oversees Information Technology and Business Analysis for the group as well as looking after the Auckland Clinic's administration team. Gavin graduated from Auckland University in 2005 with a major in Finance, currently working towards ACA accreditation with NZICA. Prior to working at Fertility Associates, Gavin spent three years in corporate finance, four years in the Mental Health Sector and is currently into his second term as a director in the financial services industry.

[+] Hamilton


Dr Ved Prakash (VP) Singh  MBBS, FRANZCOG, MD, FCPS
Medical Director of Fertility Associates Hamilton

VP is a graduate of University of Bombay and completed his medical degree at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G S Medical College in India in 1988. He was part of the pioneering team credited with the first IVF baby in India. After completing his postgraduate training, he worked as a Research Officer at the Human Reproduction Research Centre at K E M Hospital, Bombay. VP moved to New Zealand in 1996 where he took up the position of Senior House Officer and Senior Registrar at National Women’s Hospital, Auckland. He was then appointed a Senior Registrar at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, and in 2001 became a consultant in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine at Waikato Hospital and Fertility Associates Hamilton. VP also has an interest in endometriosis surgery, operative laparoscopy and pelvic floor surgery. In addition to our main Hamilton clinic, VP also conducts clinics in New Plymouth.

Dr Lakshmi Ravikanti 
MBBS, FRANZCOG

Lakshmi completed her medical degree in India and immigrated to New Zealand in 1996. She completed her Fellowship of the Royal College in December 07. While training she worked at Waikato Hospital, National Women's Hospital and Tauranga Hospital. Her special interest is in Reproductive Medicine and Endometriosis and she joined Fertility Associates in January 2007 to further her interest in these areas.  In addition to our main Hamilton clinic, Lakshmi also conducts clinics in Tauranga.
 
 

Dr Helen Wemyss  MBChB, FRANZCOG

Graduated from Otago University in 1990 with post-graduate specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology carried out in Hamilton and Auckland, NZ and Canberra, Australia. She has a sub-specialist interest in infertility, and joined Fertility Associates Hamilton ISIS Clinic in July 2001. She also works part-time as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Waikato Hospital and is involved in post-graduate teaching.



Dr Phill McChesney  BHB, MBChB, PGDipObsMedGyn, MRMed FRANZCOG, CREI
Certified Subspecialist
Phill graduated from Auckland Medical School in 2003, with post-graduate specialist training completed in Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga.  In addition to specialising as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, Phill has undertaken 3 years of advanced training in fertility, reproductive endocrinology and minimally invasive surgery. Thus, making him one of the few fertility specialists in New Zealand to complete the Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) subspecialist qualification.  Phill has extensive clinical experience and prides himself on thorough investigation and individualised yet evidence based management.  He is approachable, down-to-earth and enjoys an excellent rapport with his patients.  At Fertility Associates Phill runs a busy Fertility and Gynaecology practice.  He consults in both our Hamilton and Tauranga clinics.


Dr Kirsty Gendall  MBChB, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP, MRMed
Studied medicine at Otago University and went on to obtain a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Auckland. She has worked in Family Planning and at the Teenage Pregnancy Clinic at Middlemore Hospital. She continued to be involved in women's health and obstetrics in Auckland both in her own general practice and at the Menopause Clinic in the Well Women’s Nursing Service. Kirsty trained at Fertility Associates in Auckland before joining Fertility Associates Hamilton as a fertility clinician.



Carla Wetzels  MSc
Laboratory Team Leader
Carla completed her degree in Animal Reproduction and Human Physiology at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 1991. She worked in animal reproductive research before pursuing her special interest and becoming an embryologist. Carla moved to New Zealand in 2002 and joined Fertility Associates in 2003.



Sue Saunders
Counsellor Team Leader, Fertility Associates Group Counsellor Advisor
Counsellor at the Hamilton clinic. Sue has been a counsellor for 30 years, she has worked as a counsellor for FA since 2001. In 1998 Sue’s book Infertility, a Guide for New Zealanders was published, Sue has been involved in research on egg donation.



Batami Pundak
Clinic Manager
Batami joined Fertility Associates in 2002 and is also the education, counsellor and HR portfolio holder for the company.  After completing her MBA degree she went on to gain experience as a business consultant working in both public and private sector settings. Batami then focused her interests on the management of health services.

[+] Palmerston North

Digby Ngan Kee MRCOG, FRANZCOG

Graduated from University of Auckland and completed post-graduate training in Hamilton, Wellington and the United Kingdom. He returned to New Zealand in 1990 and has worked in Palmerston North since that time. Digby combines his work for Fertility Associates with his private gynaecology practice, and an appointment as a part-time consultant at Midcentral Health. Digby has trained in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery and has particular interests in the surgical treatment of infertility, laparoscopic tubal microsurgery, and the treatment of endometriosis.

[+] Wellington

Dr Andrew Murray  FRANZCOG, CREI
Medical Director of Fertility Associates Wellington

Andrew is our Wellington clinic Medical Director and a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, having originally trained in New Zealand. He went on to complete a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Monash IVF, Melbourne, Australia. During this time he developed a strong interest in advanced operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.   Andrew has also trained in tubal microsurgery and performs reversal of sterilizations and vasectomies. Andrew is a Senior Lecturer at Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago and is one of the Consultant Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at Capital and Coast Health, Wellington Hospital.  He also is on the New Zealand Committee for the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Andrew’s private practice is based at Fertility Associates rooms at Wellington where he sees gynaecology and infertility patients.
 

Dr Mark Stegmann  FCOG (SA), FRANZCOG

Mark completed his initial medical training in South Africa and his specialist obstetrics and gynaecology training in Cape Town. Mark undertook additional specialist training in Reproductive Medicine at Bristol in the United Kingdom including two years at the University of Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine. Mark's areas of special interest include the investigation and treatment of male factor infertility and the techniques of testicular sperm retrieval. Mark is at Fertility Associates in Wellington one day a week and conducts satellite clinics in Palmerston North. He also practices as a specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist in Wanganui.
 

Dr Simon McDowell  MBCHB, PGDipOMG, FRANZCOG

Kind and honest, Simon takes pride in every aspect of patient care. He has a passion for trying to find what the problem is, and works with his patients to determine what course of treatment will best suit their needs. His care focuses on preserving a woman’s fertility when diseases such as endometriosis and fibroids are impacting. Fertility treatment can appear complex and Simon works hard to make the confusing world of infertility easier to understand.  Simon recently returned from Brisbane following fellowship training in infertility and advanced laparoscopic surgery. He has a special interest in the laparoscopic management of menstrual disorders, female infertility, and pelvic pain including endometriosis. Simon was awarded the AGES Travelling Fellowship in 2013.   Simon also works publically at Wellington Hospital. He has 2 young children and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle Wellington offers.
 

Dr John Tait  FRCOG, FRNZCOG

John's interest in infertility began with his training in tubal microsurgery at Oxford, and this has since been extended to more advanced laparoscopic surgery, with a particular emphasis on the surgical management of endometriosis. John was co-founder of Fertility Associates in Wellington and still practices here. As well as his private obstetric and gynaecology practice he is a specialist at Wellington Hospital, and the Clinical Director of their Women’s Health Service.

 

Dr Jill Shepherd  MB ChB FRNCGP PGDipOMG BSc

Jill has worked in Women’s health care for more than 20 years primarily in General Practice, and she has been with us at Fertility Associates for 4 years.

 

 

Dr Nick Bedford MBChB, FRANZCOG

Nick graduated from Otago Medical School in 1999, and was awarded the Diploma of Obstetrics in 2002 with Distinction. He moved to Wellington in 2003 and commenced training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, before moving to Melbourne in 2009 for his final year at Monash Medical Centre. He then completed a two year Fellowship at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia, specialising in advanced laparoscopic surgery and pelvic floor reconstruction. During this time he also began working in Reproductive Medicine. He returned to Wellington in 2012 with his wife and young daughter, and in addition to his role at Fertility Associates has a public appointment at Wellington Hospital, and sees private Gynaecology patients at Wakefield Hospital. Outside of work he likes to prove he's just a little bit faster on a mountain bike than the medical director, and much less accident prone.

 

Liz Wignall
Acting Clinic Manager and Administration Team Leader

Liz Wignall has led the administration team at FA Wellington since 1993.  She is happy to take enquiries particularly regarding invoices and payments and can be contacted on 04 381 6367.

 
 

Angela SeatonAngela Seaton MAgrSci
Laboratory Team Leader

Angela completed her masters degree in Agricultural Science at Massey University in 1991. She then spent 14 years in the UK as an embryologist in several different fertility centres including nine years as a laboratory manager. Angela was the first person in the UK to freeze eggs in a clinical setting. She then moved to Monash IVF in Melbourne before coming to Fertility Associates in Wellington, where she has kept up her interest in egg freezing, vitrification, and new technologies. Outside of work she likes nothing better than to fling herself into the arctic waters of Wellington Harbour for a refreshing swim.

Jennifer Bruce RN 
Nurse Team Leader

Jennifer has been the Team Leader of the Nurses in Wellington for two years. She has 16 years experience working in sexual and reproductive health.

 

Margaret Stanley-HuntMargaret Stanley-Hunt ANZICA, MNZAC, BSc (Hons)
Counsellor

Margaret has worked as an infertility counsellor with Fertility Associates in Wellington since 1996. She trained in clinical psychology at the University of Otago and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association. Margaret is Privacy Officer for the Fertility Associates clinics. 

Winnie Duggan  ANZICA, member of NZ Association of Counsellors, Masters in Guidance and Counselling
Counsellor

Winnie joined Fertility Associates in Wellington as an infertility counsellor in 1995 and was trained at Massey University as a Counsellor. She enjoys facilitating the IVF education workshops and helps facilitate some of the special interest groups for Fertility NZ in Wellington. Winnie is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association.

[+] Christchurch

Dr Sarah Wakeman MBChB, FRANZCOG, CREI, Dip Obs, Dip Paed.
Medical Director of Fertility Associates Christchurch.

 
Sarah completed her medical degree at The University of Otago and then undertook her Obstetrics and Gynaecology training in both Hawkes Bay and Christchurch. She was first involved with the Christchurch clinic  whilst still a registrar at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and then became more involved when she commenced her subspeciality training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 2003. She spent 2 years working in Melbourne at the Royal Womens’ Hospital and Melbourne IVF and completed her subspeciality training during this time. Sarah is interested in all areas of both male and female fertility, but has particular interests in fertility preservation, genetics, recurrent miscarriage and polycystic ovarian syndrome. She is consulting at Fertility Associates Christchurch and in Nelson, and performs private surgery at St Georges Hospital in Christchurch.  Sarah was appointed Medical Director of our Christchurch clinic in August 2013.

Dr Greg Phillipson MBChB, FRANZCOG, CREI

Greg graduated from Otago University in 1984 and trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  in Wellington, Adelaide and Christchurch.  His Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility training was completed in Adelaide with special  interests in IVF,  male fertility, reversal of vasectomy and genetics. In 1997 he returned to work at  Christchurch Women's Hospital until 2007. His private specialist practice is based at Fertility Associates in Christchurch, Nelson and Queenstown where he sees gynaecology and infertility patients, and operates at St Georges Hospital.  In August 2013 Greg moved to a position on the Fertility Associates Board.  Prior to this, he was also the Medical Director of Fertility Associates Christchurch.


Dr Michelle Bailey MBChB, Dip Obst, FRANZCOG, CREI

Michelle graduated from the Otago Medical School in 1997, and undertook Obstetrics and Gynaecology training  in Christchurch, Dunedin, The Hawkes Bay, and Australia, beginning in 2000.  Michelle began working in Fertility Medicine, as a Senior Registrar, at the Christchurch clinic, where she then commenced formal subspecialty training in 2008; towards the RANZCOG Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) and completed the written exam for this in 2010.  Michelle consults from  the Fertility Associates Christchurch Office and performs private surgery at the adjacent St Georges Hospital.  She is involved in all aspects of infertility care, with special interests in the areas of female fertility,  particularly the effects of lifestyle factors on fertility, recurrent miscarriage,  early pregnancy care and complications,  fertility preservation, egg donation/surrogacy and ovarian reserve - including markers of this,  and is currently undertaking research on the effect of treatment of ovarian endometriosis on ovarian function,  as measured by the AMH marker  of ovarian reserve.


Dr Catherine Conway MBChB, FRACP

Graduated from the University of Otago and completed postgraduate training in Endocrinology in Christchurch and Adelaide.  She commenced work at the Christchurch Clinic in 2005 and combines her interest in reproductive endocrinology with work in diabetes and general endocrinology at Christchurch Hospital.  She has a special interest in polycystic ovarian syndrome and premature ovarian insufficiency.


Anoma Gooneratne PhD BVSc
Laboratory Team Leader & Group Scientific Advisor
Anoma graduated as a Veterinarian and then completed her PhD in Reproductive Biology at University of Western Australia, followed by postdoctoral research at University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Lincoln University, NZ.  Anoma has been working in the field of Embryology since 1990. As a founding staff member, Anoma established the Embryology Laboratory of the Christchurch IVF Clinic in 1990 and in 1993 was appointed Scientific Director. She continued as the Scientific Director of the NZ Centre of Reproductive Medicine (from 1996) and Repromed, Christchurch (from 2007). Anoma has been involved in overseeing staff training and compliance, operational performance and quality aspects including compliance with NZ regulatory requirements.  Anoma joined Fertility Associates in November 2011.

Anne Ott  BA, Grad Dip.Social Work, M.A.N.Z.A.S.W

Counsellor
Anne completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Work at Canterbury University in 2002 and worked part-time as a lecturer at Canterbury University and as a social worker at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.  With an interest in supporting women with health issues that affect fertility, Anne began working at the Christchurch Clinic in 2009 after completing a certificate in counseling.  Anne is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association.



Janine Clarke Dip Practice Mgt (Health), NZ Dip Bus, Dip Acctg, Dip Mgt
Clinic Manager
Janine has worked in the reproductive medicine sector for many years.   She has previously held positions at the Christchurch School of Medicine and specialist private practice.  During this time Janine has developed her interest in both business and management by doing further study in these areas with a particular focus on the Health sector.  Janine is available to help with any questions you may have and welcomes your feedback.  Please call her directly on (03) 341 2747.

[+] Group

Alex Price
Chief Executive
As Chief Executive, Alex is responsible for the overall operations and continued development of Fertility Associates. Alex joined Fertility Associates in 2007, after working in Europe and Japan with the management consulting firms A.T. Kearney and Boston Consulting Group covering pharmaceuticals and healthcare. His early career was spent in the NZ dairy industry working in protein chemistry and development. He holds a chemical engineering degree, an MBA from IMD in Switzerland and a Graduate Certificate in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales.


John Peek PhD
Group Operations Manager
John is the Group Operations Manager for the Fertility Associates clinics, and also oversees science, research and development. After gaining his degrees in aspects of medical research, John worked in one of the pioneering IVF units in the early 1980s in Adelaide, Australia, before heading the Infertility Laboratory at National Women's Hospital in 1984, and then science at Fertility Associates in 1987.


Matthew (Tex) Vermilyea PhD, HCLD/CC (ABB)
Scientific Director
Matthew (aka Tex) is the Scientific Director for the laboratories at Fertility Associates and responsible for the implementation of the latest in technology and advancements available in the field of in-vitro fertilization. Born and raised as a Cowboy in Laredo, Texas, he is widely known and respected for his achievements in assisted reproductive technology and is often asked to share his expertise at conferences worldwide. Tex is a board certified High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) and Clinical Consultant (CC) by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). He has been appointed as an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Honorary Research Associate at Victoria University of Wellington and is also the Laboratory Director for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. Matthew obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with honours and a distinction of Research from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He received his PhD in Epigenetics from The University of Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom and completed post-doctoral fellowships in the UK and Japan. Matthew maintains strong research interests in epigenetics, vitrification, time-lapse video imagery, non-invasive embryo culture, oncofertility therapies and in-vitro maturation.

Anoma Gooneratne PhD BVSc
Laboratory Team Leader & Group Scientific Advisor
Anoma graduated as a Veterinarian and then completed her PhD in Reproductive Biology at University of Western Australia, followed by postdoctoral research at University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Lincoln University, NZ.  Anoma has been working in the field of Embryology since 1990. As a founding staff member, Anoma established the Embryology Laboratory of the Christchurch IVF Clinic in 1990 and in 1993 was appointed Scientific Director. She continued as the Scientific Director of the NZ Centre of Reproductive Medicine (from 1996) and Repromed, Christchurch (from 2007). Anoma has been involved in overseeing staff training and compliance, operational performance and quality aspects including compliance with NZ regulatory requirements.  Anoma joined Fertility Associates in November 2011.


Michael de Reuck
Finance Manager
Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) in 2000 after completing his articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cape Town, South Africa.  He then ventured to the UK on his OE working for JPMorganChase as a Legal Entity Analyst on a 12 month contract. In Oct 2002 he immigrated to New Zealand where he was first employed by Fertility Associates as the Group Accountant. In 2005 he moved into the Finance Manager role.
 

Gavin Fong
Business Support Manager
Gavin oversees Information Technology and Business Analysis for the group as well as looking after the Auckland Clinic's administration team. Gavin graduated from Auckland University in 2005 with a major in Finance, currently working towards ACA accreditation with NZICA. Prior to working at Fertility Associates, Gavin spent three years in corporate finance, four years in the Mental Health Sector and is currently into his second term as a director in the financial services industry.


Dzung Nguyen
Quality & Customer Service Champion
Dzung graduated from the University of Saigon with a BSc in Biochemistry.  She worked in research and manufacturing laboratories in Ho Chi Minh City. After further studies in Quality Assurance and Quality and Environmental Systems auditing in New Zealand. Before joining Fertility Associates in January 2007, Dzung was involved in setting up and maintaining the Quality and Environmental Management Systems in a chemistry laboratory and a manufacturing company over a period of 20 years.
 


Sue Saunders

Group Counsellor Advisor & Fertility Associates Hamilton Counsellor Team Leader
Counsellor at the Hamilton clinic. Sue has been a counsellor for 30 years and she has worked as a counsellor for FA since 2001. In 1998 Sue’s book Infertility, a Guide for New Zealanders was published. Sue has been involved in research on egg donation.