Dr Irena Nikakis, Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (Deputy Medical Director)
BSc, MSc ForSc, MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG
Irena is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in fertility. She is an accredited Monash IVF specialist. known for her warm, caring nature and holistic approach to patient care. She is proud to be part of Fertility Tasmania, providing Tasmanians access to advanced fertility services and treatment.
Born in Greece but raised in Tasmania, Irena graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tasmania, Followed by a Master of Forensic Science at the University of London. She worked in a number of medical laboratories both in London and Greece before returning to Hobart. Thereafter she worked for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service as their Scientific Officer and Quality Control Manager.
Irena then completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) with Honours at the University of Tasmania in 2004. She trained in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Royal Hobart Hospital, and at Launceston General Hospital. Since 2013, she has been undertaking advanced training in infertility at TasIVF. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a Staff Specialist at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Irena is committed to providing information and support pre conception as well as during early pregnancy and beyond. She is keenly interested in using evidence based medicine to tailor treatment to suit each individual’s or couple’s unique fertility issues. She often supports patients with difficulty conceiving due to health factors or age.Her special focus is in recurrent miscarriage and implantation failure and how to minimise the impact of fertility treatment to improve pregnancy outcomes. Other areas of interest include fertility preservation and PCOS.
Irena firmly believes that taking time to work through issues is the cornerstone to her success but mostly as a mother of four she is humbled to be part of her patients journey to parenthood.
Dr Richard Henshaw (FRCOG, FRANZCOG), Medical Director
Dr Richard Henshaw has practiced as a specialist in the field of Reproductive Medicine for over 20 years in both the United Kingdom and Australia.
Dr Henshaw is the Medical Director of Hobart IVF, and is a Board Member of Monash IVF.
In the past he has served as Chair of the IVF Medical Directors of Australia and New Zealand, and on numerous committees for the Fertility Society of Australia and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
His clinical interests encompass all aspects of care for clients living with fertility issues in both metro and rural areas.
Karen Brooks, Practice Manager
Karen joins Fertility Tasmania after spending over 20 years in the health industry.
She is very passionate about women’s health and comes to us with an insightful understanding of Fertility having worked previous as the Patient Services Manager for an IVF provider.
Karen applies her experience, knowledge and sensitivity to her role and is valued member of our team.
In her spare time, you will find Karen spending time with her husband and daughter, cuddling babies and enjoying a wine or two.
She looks forward to supporting our patients on their journey.
Dr Amy Washington (PhD), Senior Fertility Counsellor
Amy was born in Tasmania and studied at the University of Tasmania. She has been registered as a Psychologist since 2003.
Amy is Co-Director of Salamanca Psychology, which provides private psychological services for adults and children. Amy is also an Associate Lecturer with the School of Medicine, providing training for Post-Graduate Counselling students. Amy has a strong interest in Fertility Counselling and providing guidance and support for those undergoing treatment.
She lives in Hobart with her husband, two children, an old-age Terrier and a mischievous Greyhound. When she can, she loves nothing more than a quiet spot and a good cup of coffee.
Dr Petra Wale (PhD), Scientific Director
Petra is a graduate of UTAS and holds a PhD in Reproductive Biology from the University of Melbourne. Petra is a passionate Clinical embryologist having worked in both Australia and the USA for 20 years.
She is very proud and excited about the world-class IVF Laboratory she has assembled right here in Hobart.
Petra currently serves on the Fertility Society of Australia’s Board and has previous been the Chairperson of Scientist in Reproductive Technology special interest group representing the scientific membership of the Fertility Society of Australia.
With two small children of her own, Petra is to raise her family in Tasmania helping others create their own.