About us

Kia ora, welcome to Repromed. We know that every client is unique, from a different background, at a different life stage, with different needs. That’s why we believe in highly personalised care and aim to provide you with:
    • Professional expertise and service that meets the highest level of independent global and national quality standards.
    • World-class technology and equipment.
    • Treatments and support for any age, from late teens onwards.
    • Compassion on your fertility journey.
    • Continuity of care – you’ll likely have the same nursing team and doctor.
    • Clear communication every step of the way.

    We’d love to hear from you. If you’re new to Repromed, get in touch with us and book your free 15 minute phone consultation with a fertility doctor.

    Meet the team

    Our vibrant and expert team includes some of the longest serving doctors and scientists practising IVF in the country. Led by Medical Director Dr Devashana Gupta, their experience dates back to the early days of IVF technology in the 1980s. 

    Dr Guy Gudex founded Repromed Auckland in 2007 after 15 years as Medical Director at Fertility PLUS – formally New Zealand’s first publicly funded clinic at National Women’s. With Repromed, Dr Gudex fulfilled his vision to provide high quality, personalised fertility treatment.

    Four of our medical specialists are accredited with the top qualification in Assisted Reproduction (CREI), including Dr Gupta who is a fertility specialist and private gynaecologist.

    We partner closely with Auckland City Surgical Services (ACSS) and Auckland Gynaecology Group (AGG) to help make treatments for our clients as seamless as possible.

    The laboratory is where life begins. Our laboratory team consists of highly qualified scientists, guided by PhD Scientific Director Dr Debbie Blake. Dr Blake has over 30 years’ experience in fertility research and clinical management. 

    Many of our nursing and scientific staff have worked in leading international clinics, adding to our ability to maintain world class standards of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). 

    Our values

    Dr Devashana Gupta

    Medical Director

    MBBS, PGDOM, FRANZCOG, MRMed, CREI

    Dr Guy Gudex

    Executive Director

    BHB, Dip Obs (Auck) MBChB, FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI

    Professor Neil Johnson

    Fertility Specialist, Gynaecologist and Director of Research

    MBBS, BMedSci, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, MRCGP, MD CREI

    Dr Karen Buckingham

    Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

    BHB, MBChB, FRANZCOG, GradCert RMed (UNSW)

    Dr Shelley Reilly

    Fertility Specialist

    MBChB, FRANZCOG, MRMed (UNSW), PGDipObstMedGyn

    Dr Emily Liu

    Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist

    MBChB, PGDipObsMedGyn, FRANZCOG, MRMed, CREI

    Dr Tze Yoong Wong

    Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

    MBChB PGDipObsMedGyn MRMed FRANZCOG

    Dr Amir Zarrabi

    Associate Professor - Consultant Urologist and Male Fertility Specialist

    MBChB, MMed (Urol), FC Urol, PhD

    Dr Elizabeth Glanville

    Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist

    MBChB, MRMed, FRANZCOG

    Dr Debbie Blake

    Scientific Director

    BSc Zoo, MHSc – Hons, PhD (Reproductive Science)

    Allecia Swale

    Laboratory Manager

    BSc, PGDipSci(MedSci), MHSc (Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Specialisation, Post Graduate Diploma in Science – Medical Science, Master of Health Science)

    Emma Philson

    Emma Philson

    Embryologist

    BSc (Bachelor of Science)

    Dr Cat Morton-Burns

    Dr Cat Morton-Burns

    Andrology Scientist & Technician

    BSc (Bachelor of Science), PGDipSc (Postgraduate Diploma of Science; Biological Sciences), PhD (Biological Sciences - male reproductive physiology)

    Repromed Senior Embryologist Smita Seethal

    Smita Madaree Seethal

    Senior Embryologist

    BSc (Genetics, Psychology); BSc Hons (Human Genetics); PGDip (Prenatal Genetics & Foetal Med)

    Helen Nicholson

    Counsellor

    BSW (Bachelor of Social Work), MANZICA, MANZASW, Registered Social Worker

    Lani Eagle

    Counselling Team Leader

    BSW (Bachelor of Social Work)

    Jenny Eaton

    Senior Genetic Counsellor

    MSc (Masters of Genetic Counselling), FHGSA (Fellow of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia)

    Megan Black

    Nurse Manager

    DipNurs

    Mieke Grooten

    Fertility Nurse

    BHsc (Bachelor of Health Sciences -Nursing)

    Claire Stinton

    Fertility Nurse

    Certificate -Registered General Nurse-UK Dip/HE, Registered Sick Children’s Nurse-UK

    Chelsea Gandhi

    Fertility Nurse

    BN (Bachelor of Nursing), PGCertHSc (Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences), PGDipHSc (Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences - Clinical Education)

    Virginia Wong

    Fertility Nurse

    Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc)

    Dr Devashana Gupta

    Medical Director

    MBBS, PGDOM, FRANZCOG, MRMed, CREI

    Genevieve Dalseide

    Donor Coordinator

    Bachelor of Education

    Jane Somerville

    Donor Coordinator and Fertility Nurse

    RCompNurse (Registered Comprehensive Nurse), Diploma Holistic Health

    Bernadette McEwan

    Donor Link Nurse

    R.Comp N (Registered Comprehensive Nurse)

    Eleanor Williams

    Eleanor Williams

    Quality Manager

    PhD in Biotechnology, BSc

    Teresa Gudex

    Dietitian and Nutritionist

    BSc (Bachelor of Science), MDiet (Master of Dietetics), NZRD (New Zealand Registered Dietitian)

    Vanessa Holmes

    Public Funding Coordinator

    Awhina Burke

    Administration Team Leader

    Elspeth Chen

    Administrator

    Genevieve Dalseide

    Donor Coordinator

    Bachelor of Education

    Katelyn Robinson

    Administrator/ Healthcare Assistant

    Our success rates

    We are passionate about helping you achieve your dream of taking home a healthy baby. The chances of success in each treatment cycle is very much dependent on your own set of personal characteristics such as cause of subfertility, reproductive history, lifestyle factors and a woman’s age. 

    The four most important things you need to know about success rates are:

    1. The fertility clinic you are planning to attend is operating to the highest clinical standards
    2. How age of the woman and her ovarian reserve affects the chance of success
    3. How success rates are presented in different ways
    4. How lifestyle factors can affect success

    Our locations

    Our main clinic is based in Remuera, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. We have a full day stay surgical theatre on site for all our fertility treatments, carried out in affiliation with Repromed’s accredited surgical unit Auckland City Surgical Services (ACSS).

    ACSS are located in our same building and use our Repromed doctors, so your fertility treatment and care is seamless and as comfortable as possible.

    We also offer consultations in Tauranga and Whangārei. See our full list of clinic locations below. Please note that appointments can only be made through our Remuera clinic.

    New Lynn (Dr Karen Buckingham)

    Totora Health
    Level 1, 1 McCrae St
    New Lynn 0600

    St Heliers (Prof Neil Johnson)

    Eastmed Doctors
    188 St Heliers Bay Rd
    Auckland 1071

    Gynaecological Outpatients

    Whangārei Hospital
    Maunu Rd
    Whangārei

    Clinics run every four weeks on a Friday from 3pm to 5pm with Dr Guy Gudex.

    Adelpha Care

    Specialist Women’s Health
    Unit 4 / 1 Te Paeroa Road
    Bethlehem

    Clinics run every four weeks with Dr Guy Gudex.

    Careers

    As one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading fertility clinics, we’re a deeply passionate team of experts who bring together our vast experience and the latest reproductive techniques to give our clients the best possible chance of achieving their dream of taking home a baby.

    We provide quality, empathic care to everyone through their fertility journey. We are big enough to be leading edge but remain small enough to provide personalised care and support. Honesty, and integrity are at the heart of the service we provide.

    Working with us means the opportunity to work with world-class technology alongside a highly qualified, passionate team. All of our staff are given the opportunity to develop, receive coaching support, and are offered competitive remuneration.

    We value and welcome sexual and gender diversity for our clients and staff. In 2016 we became the first fertility clinic and the first health care provider in Aotearoa to be awarded with Rainbow Tick certification.

    If you think you’d like to be part of a team of highly experienced individuals, dedicated to providing outstanding personalised care for clients with support offered, then we’d love to hear from you. See our current vacancies below or contact us today.

    Privacy policy

    Your privacy is important to us and we want to be sure that you understand the terms and conditions of how we collect information and use this information. 

    Dr Devashana Gupta

    Medical Director

    MBBS, PGDOM, FRANZCOG, MRMed, CREI

    Devashana is Repromed Medical Director, fertility specialist and private gynaecologist at Repromed and Auckland Gynaecology Group. Known for her caring and considerate approach with patients, she has special interests in PCOS, endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss and fertility preservation.

    Devashana graduated from the Fiji School of Medicine and obtained her training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in New Zealand. She holds a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and is a RANZCOG sub-specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI). She has 2 years’ experience at Monash IVF in Melbourne and brings with her specialised knowledge of subfertility. Devashana has been involved in a number of fertility trials and has published in the Cochrane library of evidence based medicine. She also has a deep understanding of the needs of Indian families and speaks Hindi.

    I’m passionate about personalised and holistic medical care for clients. I love discovering new places and the wealth of culture that new countries offer. When off-duty, I enjoy tramping, reading and spending time at home.

    Dr Guy Gudex

    Executive Director

    BHB, Dip Obs (Auck) MBChB, FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI

    Dr Guy Gudex is Executive Director at fertility clinic Repromed. Guy has been leading fertility treatment in New Zealand for more than 25 years and holds NZ’s highest medical qualification in fertility: CREI. He is a medical advisor to Endometriosis NZ, a member of the Northern Region Fertility Service Advisory Group, and a trustee on the Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board.

    Dr Gudex’s special interests include Quality Management in ART, the laparoscopic treatment of endometriosis, hysteroscopic treatment of fertility related disorders and the use of antagonists in IVF.

    I’m passionate about personalised fertility care and the need to individualise treatment. Fertility has developed significantly in the last 20 years and I’m proud that we provide world class technology to NZ and make a difference to so many lives. My interests outside of medicine include farming, fishing and enjoying time with my family.

    Professor Neil Johnson

    Fertility Specialist, Gynaecologist and Director of Research

    MBBS, BMedSci, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, MRCGP, MD CREI

    Neil is certified as a RANZCOG Subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI), has a wealth of experience as a former Medical Director of Fertility Plus, and now holds a position as Clinical Professor with the University of Adelaide.  Neil has a strong special interest in endometriosis, currently he is president elect of the World Endometriosis Society.  Having undertaken a great deal of clinical research in fertility, including the development of lipiodol as an innovative fertility treatment, Neil is committed to evidence based fertility care on an individualised basis.

    Neil qualified in medicine in the UK and completed specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK and New Zealand, followed by subspecialisation in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility though the Australasian College RANZCOG.  He has served on the board of Endometriosis New Zealand and the World Endometriosis Society.

    As a committed Dad to three teenagers in a wonderfully busy family of five, I understand the strong drive to reproduce in almost all of us and the pain that infertility causes. Whilst evidence based treatments are a passion of mine, I also believe strongly that care must be individualised for my patients undergoing fertility treatment.

    Dr Karen Buckingham

    Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

    BHB, MBChB, FRANZCOG, GradCert RMed (UNSW)

    Dr Karen Buckingham has a wealth of experience in the field of reproductive medicine and strives to deliver the highest level of personalised care.  She is a graduate of the Auckland School of Medicine and undertook training as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  She has been involved in the treatment of subfertility in both the public and private sectors since 2000.

    Karen currently practices fertility medicine at Repromed and has a private gynaecology practice with the Auckland Gynaecology Group.  She consults at North Shore and New Lynn as well as at our Remuera clinic and offers our popular evening clinics.

    Between 2010 and 2016, Karen was a member of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART); a government appointed body of experts that helps formulate policy in areas of infertility and assisted reproduction.

    I love working in the ever changing field of reproductive medicine and see it as a privilege to be able to share in the fertility journey of my patients. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children and our menagerie of rescued cats. We are a foster family for the SPCA so frequently have a garage full of kittens and sick cats! I’m also involved with Girl Guiding NZ, currently leading Brownie and Ranger units in our local area.

    Dr Shelley Reilly

    Fertility Specialist

    MBChB, FRANZCOG, MRMed (UNSW), PGDipObstMedGyn

    Shelley’s experience in fertility has taught her that listening, understanding and realizing everybody is different are very important to achieving a positive result. She is goal and outcome orientated and likes to support her patients throughout the fertility process.

    Shelley graduated with her medical degree from the University of Otago in 1994. She has worked in a range of medical areas, in a number of hospitals throughout New Zealand.  In 2008 she started working for Fertility Plus and has stayed largely in this area ever since.

    She has experience in treating women with endometriosis and she has been involved in research in this area. She also presented at the World Endometriosis Congress in France in 2011.

    I enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends. I’ve worked across all areas of fertility care and am passionate about helping couples to conceive.

    Dr Emily Liu

    Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist

    MBChB, PGDipObsMedGyn, FRANZCOG, MRMed, CREI

    Emily is a New Zealand trained fertility specialist. She is a graduate from University of Otago, and trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Auckland. She completed Master study in Reproductive Medicine and has completed subspecialist training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI).

    Emily has involved in a number of clinical trials in fertility with University of Auckland, and has a strong interest in evidence based medicine.  Her other special interests are unexplained infertility and reproductive endocrinology.  Originally from Taiwan, Emily came to New Zealand in 1995 and speaks fluent Mandarin.

    I am passionate about providing individualised fertility treatment and supporting couples through their fertility journey with professional advice. Outside work, I enjoy travelling, cooking and spending time with my family and my dog.

    Dr Tze Yoong Wong

    Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

    MBChB PGDipObsMedGyn MRMed FRANZCOG

    Tze is friendly, attentive and approachable. He is passionate about supporting people through their fertility journey with professional advice, personalised plans, and evidence-based treatment.

    Tze graduated from the University of Glasgow and spent his early career in the UK. He completed his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in various hospitals throughout New Zealand, with advanced training in reproductive medicine. He has an interest in general infertility, surrogacy, and fertility preservation.

    Tze also consults in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka and Malay.

    Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my children who keep me busy with all their activities.

    Amir Zarrabi

    Associate Professor - Consultant Urologist and Male Fertility Specialist

    MBChB, MMed (Urol), FC Urol, PhD

    Amir is Associate Professor of Urology and is the only Urologist in New Zealand who specialises in, and has a PhD in, Male Fertility and Microsurgery.
    He has received training at world-renowned institutions including Harvard Medical School, the Cleveland Clinic, Cornell University Hospital in New York and the Asklepios Hospital in Germany.
    It is with up-to-date knowledge, specialist skills obtained first-hand from leading international experts, and current appointment as the TD Scott Chair of Urology at the University of Otago, that he is able to offer a world-class service to his clients.

    Amir is a member of both the Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. He has been in full-time practice as a consultant Urologist since 2009. Though he manages the full spectrum of Urological conditions in his private practice, his sub-speciality and passion is the comprehensive care of men with infertility and subfertility. He is now available for consultations for Repromed clients.

    In order to be able to remain focused at work, a balanced lifestyle is essential. I am an avid multisport athlete and ultra-distance runner. For the last couple of years I have also been exploring the magnificent mountain biking trails throughout New Zealand. I am married to Celeste and we have three wonderful children who make sure that there is never a dull moment in the house.

    Dr Elizabeth Glanville

    Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist

    MBChB, MRMed, FRANZCOG, CREI

    Elizabeth is passionate about offering client-centred, evidence-based care. Her particular interest is in fertility-related conditions.

    She graduated from Bristol University, UK, in 2006 and spent the first part of her career training in obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK. Having moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010 to get married and settle, she completed specialist training mainly in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, obtaining FRANZCOG (Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) in 2019.

    In 2023, she completed subspecialty training (CREI) in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, with her clinical interests in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, endometriosis, contraception, menopause and endocrine disorders such as PCOS. 

    Elizabeth is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland.

    Outside of work, she is busy chasing after her three children and trying to find time to read a book, play some music, or bake a cake.

    It brings me great pleasure to know that my clients feel heard and involved in their care. My aim is to combine up-to-date clinical knowledge with an empathetic approach to achieve the optimal outcome for all my clients.

    Dr Debbie Blake

    Scientific Director

    BSc Zoo, MHSc – Hons, PhD (Reproductive Science)

    Debbie’s role as Scientific Director involves introducing, managing and reviewing the scientific technology within Repromed Auckland.

    Debbie gained her PhD in embryology and has worked extensively in the field of ART as a manager, consultant and researcher both nationally and internationally.

    Debbie decided immediately upon Embryology as a career the moment she first viewed a goat embryo down the microscope at a university farm. She began training as an embryologist in 1987 at Zealand’s first IVF clinic at National Women’s, later becoming Laboratory Manager at a time when the clinic began offering private treatment and transitioned into Fertility PLUS.  After 13 years at Fertility Plus she took up a position in one of Europe’s top performing clinics in Sweden during a particularly dynamic period in IVF with the introduction of several key technological advances such as ICSI, donor egg, blastocyst culture.  Upon returning home, Debbie completed a PhD with a commercial biotech company and pursued 10 years of research into novel interventions for enhancing embryo implantation. Debbie joined the Repromed team in 2015, bringing her passion for reproductive science and deep commitment to improving both the experience and outcomes for all its clients.

    I love working in Repromed’s progressive and stimulating environment, especially with the dedicated and caring multidisciplinary team.

    Allecia Swale

    Laboratory Manager

    BSc, PGDipSci(MedSci), MHSc (Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Specialisation, Post Graduate Diploma in Science – Medical Science, Master of Health Science)

    In her role as Repromed Laboratory Manager, Allecia always has client care at the core of everything she does. She manages the daily operation of the embryology and andrology laboratory as well as completing all aspects of embryology and andrology, and she’s an active member of the donor team. 

    Allecia completed her university qualification through the University of Auckland with a strong focus on fertility, IVF and immunology.  She then began her clinical IVF career with Repromed before travelling to Australia to further develop her expertise and experience.  During her time in Australia Allecia helped set up and manage a new IVF laboratory before returning home to Aotearoa New Zealand.  She started working in the IVF sector in 2008 and has been managing IVF laboratories since 2013.  Allecia is passionate about ensuring each and every client receives the best possible care and laboratory outcomes.

    Since discovering the world of IVF in university I have always had a strong passion to understand and work out how we can help as scientists. I love seeing clients when they visit with their new family members and know that I have played a part in helping them complete their families – it makes what we do in the lab all that more special. Outside of work I enjoy exploring our great outdoors and have recently started ticking off the great walks of Aotearoa.

    Allecia Swale

    Laboratory Manager

    BSc, PGDipSci(MedSci), MHSc (Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Specialisation, Post Graduate Diploma in Science – Medical Science, Master of Health Science)

    In her role as Repromed Laboratory Manager, Allecia always has client care at the core of everything she does. She manages the daily operation of the embryology and andrology laboratory as well as completing all aspects of embryology and andrology, and she’s an active member of the donor team. 

    Allecia completed her university qualification through the University of Auckland with a strong focus on fertility, IVF and immunology.  She then began her clinical IVF career with Repromed before travelling to Australia to further develop her expertise and experience.  During her time in Australia Allecia helped set up and manage a new IVF laboratory before returning home to Aotearoa New Zealand.  She started working in the IVF sector in 2008 and has been managing IVF laboratories since 2013.  Allecia is passionate about ensuring each and every client receives the best possible care and laboratory outcomes.

    Since discovering the world of IVF in university I have always had a strong passion to understand and work out how we can help as scientists. I love seeing clients when they visit with their new family members and know that I have played a part in helping them complete their families – it makes what we do in the lab all that more special. Outside of work I enjoy exploring our great outdoors and have recently started ticking off the great walks of Aotearoa.

    Emma Philson

    Emma Philson

    Embryologist

    BSc (Bachelor of Science)

    Following her time at the University of Auckland, where studies were focused on genetics and biochemistry, Emma travelled through Europe and the UK with her fiancée. Upon returning to New Zealand, work began in the field of microbiology, before a transition to Repromed in April 2021. Emma is now working as an embryologist in the Repromed laboratory.

    Emma began working at Repromed in the quality team, alongside the Scientific Director. In this role, it was Emma’s responsibility to ensure Repromed was consistently meeting – and exceeding – the standards set by RTAC (the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee).

    I am thrilled to be working in the field of fertility and embryology, with such an incredible group of people. I am inspired everyday by those I meet and the work carried out by the team at Repromed. On days off, you will likely find me surfing/surf instructing on the West Coast, or up a mountain in search of impressive views. Otherwise, I may be with my guitar or piano, not playing either particularly well.

    Dr Cat Morton-Burns

    Dr Cat Morton-Burns

    Andrology Scientist & Technician

    BSc (Bachelor of Science), PGDipSc (Postgraduate Diploma of Science; Biological Sciences), PhD (Biological Sciences - male reproductive physiology)

    Cat is a valued member of the Laboratory team and is responsible for all sperm related techniques including routine semen analyses, strict morphology, DNA fragmentation testing, and freezing sperm for fertility preservation and the donor program.

    As one of just a few scientists in Aotearoa with a PhD specialising in male reproductive physiology, Cat is passionate about shining a spotlight on sperm health, and the important contribution sperm have in creating successful pregnancies. In addition to her clinical role, Cat has a strong interest in research to enhance our understanding of sperm physiology and how that relates to improving treatment outcomes.

    Cat completed her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury, working with the University of Tasmania and the University of Pretoria. Cat’s PhD thesis described how social environments influence paternal success and how DNA fragmentation impacts sperm quality.

    I enjoy the diversity of tasks within the andrology lab, using cutting edge technology and undertaking research projects. I also have a passion for wildlife conservation and how IVF can contribute to wildlife breeding programs. I love the therapy of baking in my spare time and developing new recipes.

    Repromed Senior Embryologist Smita Seethal

    Smita Madaree Seethal

    Senior Embryologist

    BSc (Genetics, Psychology); BSc Hons (Human Genetics); PGDip (Prenatal Genetics & Foetal Med)

    Smita graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand and after completing her training at Tygerberg Hospital, worked at a number of private clinics alongside IVF-pioneering clinicians and embryologists in South Africa.

    She was fortunate to have the opportunity to merge her academic knowledge of human genetics with her career experience of reproductive medicine, by completing a post-graduate diploma at the University College of London and on her return to Johannesburg, set-up & manage an independent PGD (Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis) laboratory.

    At her previous clinic, in her hometown of Durban, Smita established a sperm donor bank whose primary focus was the recruitment of donors from ethnic backgrounds that are traditionally conservative. As such, she was involved in creating awareness campaigns regarding the importance of sperm donors, in cultural populations that consider donation taboo.

    My favourite aspect of embryology is the union of science with the miracle of life and as a mum to 2 beautiful daughters myself, I fully empathise with those wishing to create families and consider it a blessing to be able to assist in their journey. As a family we enjoy discovering new foodie hang-outs, the beach, movies & popcorn, supporting the Springboks and in recent times, exploring our new country of Aotearoa. In my (very rare) alone time I can be found reading novels, filling in crosswords and catching up with family back home.

    Helen Nicholson

    Counsellor

    BSW (Bachelor of Social Work), MANZICA, MANZASW, Registered Social Worker

    Helen provides a counselling support, education and information service to Repromed clients.

    She thoroughly enjoys the changing face of work in the fertility area, which includes keeping pace with the legal framework for ART service provision in New Zealand, cross border reproductive care, and the ethical, psychological and sociological implications of these as well as the technology and ethical issues which determine treatment. Helen has a particular interest in the management of stress and in lifestyle factors for pre-conception and pregnancy health.

    After graduating from Massey University in 1998 Helen has worked in Reproductive Health. For the last 13 years her work has been in the provision of social work and counselling services for people who are using fertility services to create and build their families.

    When I am not at work I practise and teach yoga, am happy to while away hours reading, hanging out with the family dog, spending time with friends and focusing on balancing a working life with a personal life. I think most people are interested and focused on creating balance in their lives and through their fertility journey, and I feel immensely lucky to be able to discuss and support clients to do this in my work.

    Lani Eagle

    Counselling Team Leader

    BSW (Bachelor of Social Work)

    In her role as Counselling Team Leader at Repromed, Lani provides support, information, and education to clients at all stages of the treatment process.

    After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Social Work, Lani has worked in a variety of social work settings both in New Zealand and the UK. Prior to joining Repromed Lani was working in the area of adoption and fostering (including local and international surrogacy). 

    Outside work I am an avid reader and sometimes crafter. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I consider being part of people’s journey to be a privilege and I am constantly humbled by the resilience I see in my role.

    Jenny Eaton

    Senior Genetic Counsellor

    MSc (Masters of Genetic Counselling), FHGSA (Fellow of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia)

    As Repromed’s Genetic Counsellor Jenny helps identify families at possible risk of a genetic condition by reviewing family history and determining the risk of recurrence. 

    She offers information and support regarding genetic conditions that can impact fertility, in addition to discussing all available options to those at risk of having a child affected with a genetic disease.

    Jenny completed her MSc in Genetic Counselling in 2000 and has been a fellow of the Human Genetic Society of Australasia since 2007. Jenny is an ex-embryologist and has a special interest in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGT) in addition to the genetics of breast cancer, prenatal genetic diagnosis and screening and cardiac genetics. 

    She is a registered Genetic Counsellor and cofounder of Clinical Genetics Auckland which started in 2015.  She has worked at Auckland City Hospital for over 20 years where she is currently a Senior Genetic Counsellor.

    I love that there are always new things to learn in the field of Genetics and I enjoy working with families to empower them to make the best decisions for their situation. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

    Megan Black

    Nurse Manager

    DipNurs

    Megan leads the nursing team through the continually changing face of IVF. She works in a multidisciplinary team, providing the essential organization between the doctors and laboratory and ensuring communication between all departments.

    Megan started her IVF nursing career in the United Kingdom, working in two large London clinic’s before returning to New Zealand. She is also the Secretary of Fertility Nurses of Australasia.

    I love working with people and see nursing as a vocation, not a job. I usually spend my downtime absorbed in a good book and planning my next travel adventure.

    Mieke Grooten

    Fertility Nurse

    BHsc (Bachelor of Health Sciences - Nursing)

    Mieke works as an IVF clinic nurse, dispensing, administering and teaching how to give injections. She also works on the donation programme at Repromed, helping clients achieve their dream of parenthood through donated gametes.

    Mieke moved back home to NZ from the UK, having worked in fertility nursing for three years before joining Repromed in January 2016. She brings with her a great deal of experience and knowledge after working in a busy IVF clinic in London.

    I’ve travelled the world and have had the trip of a lifetime. I now love being back in the place I’ve always called home and working in a specialty that I’m so passionate about.

    Claire Stinton

    Fertility Nurse

    Certificate -Registered General Nurse-UK Dip/HE, Registered Sick Children’s Nurse-UK

    In her role as fertility nurse, Claire provides quality support to help clients navigate the highs and lows of fertility treatment.

    Originally from the UK, Claire qualified as a general nurse in 1995 and since then has had a wide range of nursing experience both here in NZ and in the UK. She gained her diploma in sick children’s nursing, and has worked in general pediatrics, oncology, neurology and neurosurgery. Before joining Repromed in 2022, Claire worked as a practice nurse caring for her local community with a special interest in women’s and children’s health.

    Fertility nursing is an area I am excited to be working in, I enjoy being a part of our client’s journey to becoming parents. I feel I have a good understanding of the processes and can empathise having had our two children through IVF treatments. I love being a part of this friendly and professional team. Outside of work I enjoy family time, travel, camping, tramping, zip lining, reading and actively supporting Surf Life Saving NZ.

    Chelsea Gandhi

    Fertility Nurse

    BN (Bachelor of Nursing), PGCertHSc (Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences), PGDipHSc (Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences - Clinical Education)

    Chelsea is one of the Fertility Nurses at Repromed, She helps facilitate, support and care for clients whilst they are recieving treatment. 

    Chelsea has a vast nursing background, having previously worked in surgical, gastroenterology, cardiothoracic and vascular wards and she has experience of working in fertility clinics around the country.

    She has a Bachelor of Nursing and her commitment to further learning has led to a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education.

    I love working in fertility and feel as though I have found my passion. Fertility nursing is a rewarding role and I cannot imagine doing anything else. In my spare time I love spending time at the beach with family.

    Virginia Wong

    Fertility Nurse

    BNurs (Bachelor of Nursing), PGDipHSc (Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences)

    Virginia was born and raised in New Zealand and speaks fluent Chinese and English. Having been through fertility treatment herself, she is  passionate about walking clients through their fertility journey step by step.

    After graduating from The University of Auckland, Virginia worked in orthopaedics and the neonatal intensive care unit in Auckland City Hospital. She has 14 years of nursing experience.

    I love helping people achieve dreams of becoming parents. It is such a meaningful job. On my days off I love to spend quality time with my husband and 3 kids out and about.

    Genevieve Dalseide

    Donor Coordinator

    Bachelor of Education

    In her role as donor coordinator, Genevieve (Gen) manages the interface between the client, the donor and the Repromed team.

    She has worked in the education and health sectors throughout her working life and brings decades of experience with facilitation, administration, and communication. Gen feels privileged to be able to be part of a client’s journey and achievements and is passionate about providing personalised care.

    People are the most important thing in life. I believe everyone has hopes and dreams and I am privileged to be given opportunities to walk alongside them both at work and in my personal life. My family (and Goose, my funny, gorgeous wee dog) are very important to me, they are my reason for being, and inspire and encourage me daily. Outside of work you will find me in, on or near the ocean. I love the environment and native bird life so I spend many hours cleaning beaches, oceans and helping to protect native bird life.

    Jane Somerville

    Donor Coordinator and Fertility Nurse

    RCompNurse (Registered Comprehensive Nurse), Diploma Holistic Health

    As one of Repromed’s donor coordinators, Jane guides patients on their journey to donate or receive donated eggs, sperm or embryos, from registration, through the medical and counselling requirements and onto treatment.

    Jane has worked all round the world in a career spanning 30 years, primarily in critical care nursing. She has worked as a fertility nurse since 2019 and migrated over to the donor team to take her career in a new direction.

    I have an avid interest in holistic health, cooking and exercise. I enjoy pilates, going to the gym and spending time at the beach. I am married with two busy teenagers and a dog, and my dream is to one day move back to the country with a horse, chickens and a vege garden.

    Bernadette McEwan

    Donor Link Nurse

    R.Comp N (Registered Comprehensive Nurse)

    Working as a member of Repromed’s donor team, Bernadette provides individualised support during each step of a client’s donor/fertility journey and has an empathetic and caring approach. 

    She has concentrated her nursing career in women’s health and has been a fertility nurse since 2007, working in both New Zealand and in Australia.

    Fertility nursing has been the highlight of my nursing career. We are in a very privileged position, being a part of our clients’ fertility treatments. I have siblings who have had IVF treatment and this has helped give insight into my nursing care. Outside of work I enjoy time with our growing whanau, running, walking, travel and enjoying music.

    Eleanor Williams

    Eleanor Williams

    Quality Manager

    BSc, PhD

    In her role as Quality Manager Eleanor ensures that all clinic activities are maintained at levels of excellence, meeting and exceeding client expectations. She works closely with the Scientific Director and Quality Administrator to ensure that Repromed meets both the RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee) code of practice and Ngā paerewa Health and Disability Services standards.

    Eleanor has a background in medical laboratory science and biotechnology research and completed her PhD in fertility enhancement.

    I enjoy spending time with my family, doing yoga, park-running, reading and watching movies.

    Teresa Gudex

    Dietitian and Nutritionist

    BSc (Bachelor of Science), MDiet (Master of Dietetics), NZRD (New Zealand Registered Dietitian)

    What we eat can affect our fertility, success of fertility treatment and the health of a pregnancy. However, nutrition can be a confusing topic and sometimes an unnecessary source of stress along the road to parenthood. Teresa’s role is to take the confusion away by translating the latest science into a personalised nutrition plan. She supports clients by providing evidence-based nutrition treatment specialised in optimisation of fertility and fertility treatment, pregnancy, the postpartum period and  health conditions.

    Since finishing her training at Otago University in 2014 Teresa has worked in hospitals in Hawkes Bay, Auckland and Ireland in a range of positions with adults and children. Her main area of interest is the critical importance of nutrition in the peri conception period and early years of a child’s life. She is also passionate about supporting clients pre-conception to make dietary changes that are backed up by science and achieve results with the least amount of restriction possible.

    In my spare time I enjoy cooking (surprise surprise for a dietitian I know), trying out new restaurants and finding creative ways to get my new husband to eat his vegetables.

    Vanessa Holmes

    Public Funding Coordinator

    Vanessa oversees the public funding government contract and is responsible for looking after clients who are going through publicly funded treatment with Repromed. This involves answering any questions, outlining the process and aiming to make their journey as stress-free as possible.

    Vanessa has over 15 years of IT and administration experience in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.

    It is such a privilege to be involved in our client’s fertility journeys and seeing the positive outcomes that are achieved. When I am not at work, I love getting out and travelling with my husband and spending time with our friends and family.

    Awhina Burke

    Administration Team Leader

    Awhina is one of the friendly faces you will find at the front desk. She is always eager to help with any queries, in fact in Te Reo the name Awhina means ‘to assist, help, support’ and that is what she does for everyone at Repromed.

    Awhina has had 16 years of medical administration experience in public and private practices.

    I enjoy playing netball and being active with my whanau. Repromed is full of genuine caring people which is why I enjoy coming to work every day.

    Elspeth Chen

    Administrator

    Elspeth is the welcoming face of Repromed, greeting clients and visitors in person or over the telephone.

    Elspeth is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She is Fluent in English, Cantonese and conversational Mandarin and can assist clients who speak any of these languages when making an appointment.

    I love spending time with family and friends and helping people in any way possible.

    Administrator / Healthcare Assistant

    Fertility Nurse

    As part of the administration team, Katelyn is one of the friendly faces you will see at the reception desk. She also assists the doctors, nurses and clients through their fertility procedures as a healthcare assistant.

    Katelyn is currently studying at the University of Auckland undertaking a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and wishes to pursue a master’s degree in the following years.

    She brings an understanding and loving personality to the business and enjoys meeting new people.

    When I’m not studying or working, I love to travel, play sports and spend time with my friends and family.