Dr Irena Nikakis BSc, MSc ForSc, MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG, Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
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 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.
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 Erin Kelly (PhD)
Erin is a proud Tasmanian, who completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tasmania in 2010. In addition to her work at Fertility Tasmania, Erin provides psychological services at Gregory Street Psychology in Sandy Bay where she works with children, adolescents and adults.
Erin is passionate about supporting patients through their fertility treatment, and strongly believes in the proactive management of mental health at all stages of the treatment experience. She has also recently become an accredited Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner, and is excited to be able to offer these classes at Fertility Tasmania to support patients in achieving a calm and empowered birthing experience.
Erin lives in Hobart with her husband, daughter, and two fluffy Maltese Shih-Tzus. When she’s not at work, you will find her shopping, eating at a café, running, or singing along (badly) to her favourite tunes.
Dr Sajid Patel, Obstetrician Gynaecologist
Fertility Tasmania is delighted to have Dr Sajid Patel in our Practice.
Dr Sajid Patel is a specialist Obstetrician Gynaecologist, and may be well known to you as the Medical Director of the Women’s and Children’s Clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
In addition to his current appointment at the Royal, he is joining Fertility Tasmania to offer his specialist services in Advanced Laparoscopy and treatment of Endometriosis, General Gynaecology, Colposcopy and of course Fertility treatment.
Dr Patel gained MBBS, DGO and MD in Obstetrics&Gynaecology, in India. He obtained his FRANZCOG in 2010.
He has further specialist training Gynae Endoscopy and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and is the Clinical Lead in Operative Laparoscopic for the RHH.
Dr Patel is married with two children. He lives with his wife the lovely Dr Shaista Patel, a GP in Richmond and his son who is currently studying at the University of Tasmania. His daughter is studying in Victoria.
We here at Fertility Tasmania feel privileged to give our patients the opportunity to benefit from Dr Patel’s extensive knowledge, experience and skill set. Dr Patel has a very gentle and considerate approach and we know that our patients will just love him, and for their convenience he will be running Saturday Morning Clinics.
For patients in the North of the State, Fertility and IVF treatment requires only a Skype Appointment and two visits to Hobart
Felicity Medhurst, Nurse
Felicity joined the team at Fertility Tasmania in July of 2018.
She came to the practice after spending 6 years at the Australian Red Cross blood service. Prior to this, Felicity worked at the Royal Hobart Hospital on the Neurosurgical ward and in the Operating Theatres.
In her spare time, you will either find Felicity in a pair of skates on the roller derby track or spending time with her two gorgeous children.
Felicity is excited to be able to increase her knowledge within the medical field and is committed to providing insightful, genuine and honest care to the patients at Fertility Tasmania.
You will find Flick in the clinic 4 days a week. She is a valued and loved member of our small team and we feel privileged to have her on board.