Meet our vibrant team of New Zealand’s leading fertility specialists, scientist, nurses and counsellors working together to produce excellent success rates.
Dr Guy Gudex founded Repromed Auckland in 2007 after 15 years as Medical Director at Fertility PLUS – formally New Zealand’s first publically funded clinic at National Women’s. His vision to provide high quality, personalized IVF treatment has been fully realised.
The Repromed team includes some of the longest serving doctors and scientists practicing IVF in the country, with their experience dating back to the early days of this technology in the 1980’s. Repromed has pride in the wealth of academic qualifications in the team with several holding academic positions at various universities. Three of its medical specialists are accredited with the top qualification in Assisted Reproduction (CREI) and are also responsible for developing Repromed as a training ground for other CREI doctors at the clinic. The Laboratory team of Masters Level Embryologists, are led by two PhD scientists who have an extensive background in fertility research and clinical management. The rich experiences that many of our nursing and scientific staff have gained working in leading international clinics, add to Repromed’s ability to maintain state of the ART technology and best practice.
We can’t claim to be the biggest clinic in New Zealand, but we think that’s a positive – especially for patients who are looking for a clinic where they can get one-on-one care with a team that goes the extra mile to make things happen as fast as possible!
Dr Guy Gudex Medical Director BHB, Dip Obs (Auck) MBChB, FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI
Dr Guy Gudex is Medical 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 endometrisis, 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.
Dr Unmandani “Devashana” Gupta Deputy Medical Director MBBS, PGDOM, FRANZCOG, MRMed, CREI
Devashana is a 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.
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 an honorary position as Professor of Reproductive Health. 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.
Since 2010, Karen has also been 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 Marian Carter Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist BHB, MBChB, Dip Obs (Auck), MRCOG, FRANZCOG
Dr Marian Carter has worked in fertility clinics in the UK and New Zealand since 1987 and has witnessed the amazing developments in this field of medicine. This has given her a great depth of knowledge in the care of patients with fertility issues.
Marian is a graduate of the Auckland School of Medicine. After training as an obstetrician and gynaecologist at National Women’s Hospital, she worked for 5 years in the United Kingdom. As well as practicing fertility medicine at Repromed, she works for the Auckland District Health Board as a gynaecologist and has a private gynaecology practice with the Auckland Gynaecology Group.
Outside work, I am a keen cyclist and skier. My passion is travelling, especially to the mountains in the winter.
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.
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. Having had two children through surrogacy himself, he is passionate about supporting people through their fertility journey with professional advice and personal insight.
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 is currently completing the CREI (Certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) subspecialist qualification.
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.
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.
Doctor Kate Lamprecht Quality Manager PhD in Reproductive Technologies and Embryo Implantation
As Quality Manager Kate is responsible for ensuring Repromed’s Quality Management System delivers a service and level of care that meets and exceeds clients expectations.
Kate completed her PhD in fertility and reproductive technologies at Auckland’s AUT University in 2012, with a special interest in embryo implantation. In 2014, Kate combined her passion for helping people, gained through 10 years’ experience in community youth work, with her passion for embryology, and entered the world of Clinical ART. Since then, Kate has developed a special interest in quality control systems, change management, professional/personal development and client communication that all ensure service with excellence.
Kate is passionate about placing personalised and empathetic client care at the centre of everything she does here at Repromed.
I get my inspiration and drive from my love of people, science and the remote outdoors. I feel fortunate that I have found a career that allows me to experience all my passions and support people through their life journey.
Tanya Sabhnani Senior Embryologist and Genetics Coordinator (PGT-A) MSc (majoring in Preimplantation Diagnosis)
Tanya is a motivated and enthusiastic embryologist with significant experience in UK and India. Her strong academic record and diverse technical abilities are complemented by her analytical skills. Tanya has a warm empathetic manner and a passion for providing a high quality fertility service.
She completed her Masters in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine from University College in London and continued to gain experience working there.
I am a fitness and wellness enthusiast. I am always on a look out for new travel and culinary experiences. I am passionate about my work, my main area focus being advanced micromanipulation techniques. I continuously strive to maintain high standards of care and a strong believer of continual improvement process.
Lana Hawkey Laboratory Manager BBmedSc (Human Genetics and Molecular Pathology), MScMed (Reproductive Health Science and Human Genetics)
Lana has been working in the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) industry since August 2009. More recently she spent 6 years working at a large clinic in Sydney and gained an extensive range of skills, both technical and personal. Her area of speciality is in Her area of speciality is in Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT)
Passionate about taking the time to explain scientific terminology in easy to understand language, she likes to combine an empathic and professional approach with knowledge, expertise and experience. Responsible for the day to day procedures in the embryology lab, she helps guide and support patients through their fertility journey.
I have just returned to New Zealand after living overseas for 11 years and am enjoying re-discovering all the beautiful destinations and food our country has to offer. I am always looking for a new adventure and love to travel and explore the world.
Lauren van Maanen Clinical Embryologist Bachelor of Science, BSc
Lauren is a Biomedical Science graduate from the University of Auckland. After University, Lauren travelled extensively, spent some time working in Florida, and on her return to NZ, started her career at Repromed in 2018 as the laboratory’s Andrologist. She has since completed her training and has been working in the laboratory as a Clinical Embryologist.
Lauren’s passion is to bring science to life. She enjoys consulting with clients and being able to share and explain all parts of the embryology/fertility process. Repromed is a collaborative workplace and Lauren enjoys being involved in the multi- disciplinary team, enabling her to be a part of many steps throughout a client’s fertility journey. Lauren has an eye for detail and uses this skill to oversee the equipment maintenance and consumable handling, ensuring Repromed continues to excel at providing quality fertility services.
In my free time I enjoy baking and cooking, I am the teams resident go-to baker. Baking is a science so it’s no coincidence that I ended up in the field. On the weekend I love going out to new cafes and restaurants and trying new foods. I have a passion for travel and try to get away to explore any chance I can.
Kathryn Van der Zanden Embryology Assistant BSc, Masters in Biomedical Science MBioMed
Kathryn’s role as Embryology Assistant involves performing semen preparation and analysis, as well as assisting the embryologists in the lab.
With a background as a production technician, Kathryn utilises that knowledge to help maintain a safe environment in the lab for the sperm, eggs and embryos. Kathryn enjoys the collaborative lab environment and the opportunity to use her keen eye for detail to aim for the best treatment outcomes for clients. Kathryn loves how working in a fertility lab combines her passion for lab work and helping other.
Kathryn completed a Master’s degree at Auckland University and after graduating worked in the South Island producing vaccines and donor bovine serum.
In my free time I love the opportunity to hit the beach for open water swims and diving. I’m also a massive sci-fi fan, enjoying reading and watching the latest releases.
Helen Nicholson Social Worker Counsellor BSW (Massey University), 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 NZ, 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 practice and teach yoga, am happy to while away hours reading, hanging out with the family dog, spending times 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 Counsellor BSW (Massey University)
In her role as Counsellor 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.
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 & Donation Coordinator BHsc (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 patients achieve their dream of parenthood through donated gametes.
Mieke recently 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.
Dawn Elliott Fertility Nurse R.Comp N, BHScN
Dawn has been nursing for many years across a variety of fields including medical, surgical and occupational health. Qualified as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse and with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing, Dawn has spent much of the last decade working in fertility.
Lara Almendros Fertility Nurse BHScN
Lara works as a Fertility Nurse, supporting patients through their fertility journey and making sure they have all the information they need at every step of the process. She is also a part of the preimplantation genetic testing (PGT-A) team at Repromed.
Having experience as a mental health nurse, she truly understands the psychological impact that going through infertility can have.
Lara started her career in fertility nursing in March 2010 in a busy international IVF clinic in Barcelona, where she gained vast experience in all the different aspects of fertility. She also speaks Spanish, French and some Italian.
I believe that as a nurse I am in a privileged position to offer help and support to those struggling with infertility. Moving to New Zealand has been a great adventure, and I am loving every minute, exploring beautiful places and spending time outdoors with my husband and two children. I also enjoy fishing, cooking and reading when I have some spare time.
Virginia Wong Fertility Nurse Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc)
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.
Bernadette McEwan Fertility Nurse R.Comp N (Registered Comprehensive Nurse)
Working as key member of Repromed’s nursing team, Bernadette provides individualised support during each step of a client’s 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, Bernadette is currently the New Zealand representative for ‘Fertility Nurses of Australasia’.
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. Two of my siblings 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 and music.
Cheryl Young Healthcare Assistant
Cheryl joined Repromed in June 2017 as Healthcare Assistant. Her varied role offering assistance, support and care to doctors, nurses and clients helps to ensure the smooth running of the clinic.
She brings with her vast experience and knowledge having worked in the healthcare industry for over 25 years.
Teresa Gudex Dietitian and Nutritionist Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Dietetics (MDiet), New Zealand Registered Dietitian (NZRD)
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.
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.
Awhina Burke Administrator
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 enjoy coming to work every day.