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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.

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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.

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(Menopause (premature))
Menopause (premature) Menopause in women less than or equal to 35 years of age
Menopause (premature)
Menopause (premature) Menopause in women less than or equal to 35 years of age
(Anembryonic Pregnancy)
Anembryonic Pregnancy No foetal heartbeat is visible at the 6-8 week scan.
Anembryonic Pregnancy
Anembryonic Pregnancy No foetal heartbeat is visible at the 6-8 week scan.
(Biochemical Pregnancy)
Biochemical Pregnancy Fertilisation and implantation have occurred resulting in a positive pregnancy test. The pregnancy ends at a very early stage prior to ultrasound confirmation.
Biochemical Pregnancy
Biochemical Pregnancy Fertilisation and implantation have occurred resulting in a positive pregnancy test. The pregnancy ends at a very early stage prior to ultrasound confirmation.
(Menopause (early))
Menopause (early) Menopause in women less than 46 years of age
Menopause (early)
Menopause (early) Menopause in women less than 46 years of age
(Follicular Phase)
Follicular Phase First half of the menstrual cycle before ovulation
Follicular Phase
Follicular Phase First half of the menstrual cycle before ovulation
(Antagonist Cycle)
Antagonist Cycle A type of treatment process that requires the use of a medication that prevents ovulation during an IVF cycle
Antagonist Cycle
Antagonist Cycle A type of treatment process that requires the use of a medication that prevents ovulation during an IVF cycle
(Cryopreservation)
Cryopreservation Preservation (by freezing) of eggs, sperm or embryos
Cryopreservation
Cryopreservation Preservation (by freezing) of eggs, sperm or embryos
(Extended Culture)
Extended Culture The term used to describe growth of embryos in culture for 4-6 days
Extended Culture
Extended Culture The term used to describe growth of embryos in culture for 4-6 days
(Fallopian Tubes)
Fallopian Tubes Tubes that extend from the uterus to the ovary and serve as a passageway for the egg and sperm to meet. The fallopian tube is the place where fertilisation occurs
Fallopian Tubes
Fallopian Tubes Tubes that extend from the uterus to the ovary and serve as a passageway for the egg and sperm to meet. The fallopian tube is the place where fertilisation occurs
(Pituitary Gland)
Pituitary Gland The gland located at the base of the brain, which controls hormone functions in the human body
Pituitary Gland
Pituitary Gland The gland located at the base of the brain, which controls hormone functions in the human body
(Embryo Transfer)
Embryo Transfer Placement of embryo/s into the uterus
Embryo Transfer
Embryo Transfer Placement of embryo/s into the uterus
(Ultrasound Scan)
Ultrasound Scan An ultrasound wave scan of the uterus/ovaries/follicles for investigation of infertility and/or scan of the uterus for the confirmation of pregnancy
Ultrasound Scan
Ultrasound Scan An ultrasound wave scan of the uterus/ovaries/follicles for investigation of infertility and/or scan of the uterus for the confirmation of pregnancy
(Donation Embryo)
Donation Embryo The process where a couple donate frozen embryo/s to another party (recipients) for use in infertility treatment
Donation Embryo
Donation Embryo The process where a couple donate frozen embryo/s to another party (recipients) for use in infertility treatment
(Donation Sperm)
Donation Sperm The process where a male donor donates sperm to another party (recipient) for use in infertility treatment
Donation Sperm
Donation Sperm The process where a male donor donates sperm to another party (recipient) for use in infertility treatment
(Egg Collection)
Egg Collection Surgical collection of egg/s from the follicles in the ovary
Egg Collection
Egg Collection Surgical collection of egg/s from the follicles in the ovary
(Egg Timer Test)
Egg Timer Test A blood test and pelvic ultrasound scan to indicate the likely fertility status of a woman
Egg Timer Test
Egg Timer Test A blood test and pelvic ultrasound scan to indicate the likely fertility status of a woman
(Fertilisation)
Fertilisation The earliest stage of development after the penetration of the egg by a sperm
Fertilisation
Fertilisation The earliest stage of development after the penetration of the egg by a sperm
(Endometriosis)
Endometriosis A medical condition where the endometrium is located outside the uterus in the pelvic cavity
Endometriosis
Endometriosis A medical condition where the endometrium is located outside the uterus in the pelvic cavity
(Embryo Biopsy)
Embryo Biopsy The removal of one or two cells, from an early IVF embryo for preimplantation genetic screening
Embryo Biopsy
Embryo Biopsy The removal of one or two cells, from an early IVF embryo for preimplantation genetic screening
(Spermatozoon)
Spermatozoon Mature male sperm cell (gamete) produced by the testicle
Spermatozoon
Spermatozoon Mature male sperm cell (gamete) produced by the testicle
(Luteal Phase)
Luteal Phase The second half of the menstrual cycle after ovulation until the menstrual period
Luteal Phase
Luteal Phase The second half of the menstrual cycle after ovulation until the menstrual period
(Patent Tubes)
Patent Tubes A term used to describe fallopian tubes that are open allowing free passage for the egg, sperm and embryo
Patent Tubes
Patent Tubes A term used to describe fallopian tubes that are open allowing free passage for the egg, sperm and embryo
(Progesterone)
Progesterone Hormone produced by the ovary in the Luteal phase. Its main function is to change the growth of the endometrium and assist with the implantation of the embryo
Progesterone
Progesterone Hormone produced by the ovary in the Luteal phase. Its main function is to change the growth of the endometrium and assist with the implantation of the embryo
(Implantation)
Implantation The embedding of the embryo into the lining of the uterus
Implantation
Implantation The embedding of the embryo into the lining of the uterus
(Donation Egg)
Donation Egg The process where a female donor donates eggs to another party (recipient) for use in infertility treatment
Donation Egg
Donation Egg The process where a female donor donates eggs to another party (recipient) for use in infertility treatment
(Endometrium)
Endometrium The membrane that lines the inner surface of the uterus
Endometrium
Endometrium The membrane that lines the inner surface of the uterus
(Laparoscopy)
Laparoscopy Diagnostic procedure where an instrument (laparoscope) is inserted through a small incision just below the umbilicus, to enable visualisation of the pelvic cavity and its organs
Laparoscopy
Laparoscopy Diagnostic procedure where an instrument (laparoscope) is inserted through a small incision just below the umbilicus, to enable visualisation of the pelvic cavity and its organs
(Miscarriage)
Miscarriage Loss of pregnancy
Miscarriage
Miscarriage Loss of pregnancy
(Blastocyst)
Blastocyst An embryo five to six days after fertilisation.
Blastocyst
Blastocyst An embryo five to six days after fertilisation.
(Oestrogen)
Oestrogen A major female hormone that is produced primarily by the ovaries
Oestrogen
Oestrogen A major female hormone that is produced primarily by the ovaries
(Ovulation)
Ovulation The process of release of a mature egg from an ovary
Ovulation
Ovulation The process of release of a mature egg from an ovary
(Menopause)
Menopause The permanent cessation of menstruation following the loss of ovarian function
Menopause
Menopause The permanent cessation of menstruation following the loss of ovarian function
(Follicle)
Follicle A small secretory sac in the ovary in which an egg develops
Follicle
Follicle A small secretory sac in the ovary in which an egg develops
(Adhesion)
Adhesion Scar tissue, in particular between the abdominal and/or pelvic organs often the result of an infection/inflammation.
Adhesion
Adhesion Scar tissue, in particular between the abdominal and/or pelvic organs often the result of an infection/inflammation.
(In Vitro)
In Vitro Outside the body
In Vitro
In Vitro Outside the body
(Menevit)
Menevit Vitamin supplement for men containing anti oxidants to support sperm health
Menevit
Menevit Vitamin supplement for men containing anti oxidants to support sperm health
(In Vivo)
In Vivo Inside the body
In Vivo
In Vivo Inside the body
(Hormone)
Hormone A chemical substance, secreted by the endocrine glands, which is carried by the blood stream to the target organ influencing its activity, growth and nutrition
Hormone
Hormone A chemical substance, secreted by the endocrine glands, which is carried by the blood stream to the target organ influencing its activity, growth and nutrition
(Embryo)
Embryo After fertilisation the egg begins to divide and multiply and is now called an embryo
Embryo
Embryo After fertilisation the egg begins to divide and multiply and is now called an embryo
(Uterus)
Uterus Female reproductive organ where a pregnancy develops
Uterus
Uterus Female reproductive organ where a pregnancy develops
(Gamete)
Gamete The male and female reproductive cells (egg or sperm)
Gamete
Gamete The male and female reproductive cells (egg or sperm)
(Vagina)
Vagina Passageway between the external genitals and the uterus
Vagina
Vagina Passageway between the external genitals and the uterus
(Cervix)
Cervix Lower section of the uterus which protrudes into the top of the vagina.
Cervix
Cervix Lower section of the uterus which protrudes into the top of the vagina.
(Semen)
Semen Fluid containing sperm
Semen
Semen Fluid containing sperm
(ICSI)
ICSI Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, is a process where a single sperm is injected into an egg
ICSI
ICSI Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, is a process where a single sperm is injected into an egg
(Ovum)
Ovum Female gamete (egg) contained in a follicle
Ovum
Ovum Female gamete (egg) contained in a follicle
(OHSS)
OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. A group of symptoms which is associated with ovarian enlargement during IVF treatment cycle
OHSS
OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. A group of symptoms which is associated with ovarian enlargement during IVF treatment cycle
(HCG)
HCG Human chorionic gonadotrophin The hormone measured to diagnose a pregnancy
HCG
HCG Human chorionic gonadotrophin The hormone measured to diagnose a pregnancy
(FET)
FET Frozen Embryo Transfer, a procedure in which frozen embryo/s are thawed and then transferred to the uterus
FET
FET Frozen Embryo Transfer, a procedure in which frozen embryo/s are thawed and then transferred to the uterus
(ART)
ART Assisted Reproductive Technology - a collective term for the different types of infertility treatments.
ART
ART Assisted Reproductive Technology - a collective term for the different types of infertility treatments.
(FSH)
FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone which is produced by the anterior pituitary gland and stimulates the growth of follicles in the female. FSH also induces the development of sperm in the testicle
FSH
FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone which is produced by the anterior pituitary gland and stimulates the growth of follicles in the female. FSH also induces the development of sperm in the testicle
(IVF)
IVF In Vitro Fertilisation. A procedure in which an egg is removed from a follicle and fertilised by a sperm outside the human body. The resultant embryo can then be transferred into the uterus
IVF
IVF In Vitro Fertilisation. A procedure in which an egg is removed from a follicle and fertilised by a sperm outside the human body. The resultant embryo can then be transferred into the uterus
(PGS)
PGS Preimplantation Genetic Screening - the process of taking cells from an embryo to check the number of chromosomes or to test for a specific genetic abnormality
PGS
PGS Preimplantation Genetic Screening - the process of taking cells from an embryo to check the number of chromosomes or to test for a specific genetic abnormality
(LH)
LH Luteinising Hormone. Produced by the pituitary gland and responsible for stimulating ovulation
LH
LH Luteinising Hormone. Produced by the pituitary gland and responsible for stimulating ovulation