Our highly experienced and dedicated team are here to support you at every stage of your fertility journey because care is at the heart of everything we do.
We believe that our success is founded on the strength of our people and our culture – you will find our team ethical, genuinely caring and compassionate. We have been helping create South Australian families since 1982 and we’re proud to continue to be at the forefront of fertility care today.
Joanne Perrott Nurse Manager
RN, RM, Cert IV Management & Leadership
Joanne is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife who trained in Melbourne at the Alfred Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital. After completing her midwifery training in 1985 Joanne worked in all areas of obstetrics over the next 20 years and moved into fertility nursing in 2006, to extend her knowledge in women’s health.
During the last 14 years at Flinders Fertility Joanne has gained extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of reproductive health, with particular interests in ultrasound scanning, pre conception health, and educating nurses to further their skills and education in fertility nursing.
Joanne completed a Certificate IV in Management and Leadership in 2011 and was appointed as Flinders Fertility’s Nurse Manager in 2017. Keen to improve her skills in leadership, management, and business knowledge, Joanne is now studying for a Masters of Business (MBA) at the University of South Australia.
Joanne is committed to providing professional and personalised care to all patients who come to Flinders Fertility and supporting all our nurses to achieve their goals in fertility nursing.
Annette Bowshall Fertility Nurse
RN, RM, Critical Care Cert
Annette completed her Registered Nurse training at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Adelaide in 1982. After a stint working in London & travelling for 2 years, she returned to SA to undertake a Critical Care Certificate at Flinders Medical Centre. In 1990, she completed her Midwifery training at the Queen Victoria Hospital & continued to work in that field until 1997. Annette then spent a further 10 years gaining more experience in the Midwifery, Coronary Care & in the Casual Nursing Pool of the hospital.
In 2007, she was fortuitously asked to fill a 6-month leave position at Flinders Fertility & became a permanent nurse here soon afterwards. She particularly enjoyed working in the day surgery areas, including Theatre and Recovery, until the unit moved out of FMC in 2018. She now enjoys the challenges of expanding her fertility experience & has great compassion for all those struggling with their fertility journey.
Bronwyn Portman Fertility Nurse
Bronwyn is a Registered Nurse who graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2001. Nursing for nearly 20 years, Bronwyn has had a wide range of experience working across many areas at Flinders Medical Centre and at the Blood Service.
Bronwyn came to Flinders Fertility as a Fertility Nurse in July 2011. She is currently a Fertility Nurse Representative (one of only two in all of SA) as part of the Fertility Nurses of Australia. Bronwyn enjoys working in fertility, providing individual and friendly patient care with compassion; and the ongoing education involved in her role.
Helen Newman Fertility Nurse
Helen is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Midwife with over 30 years’ experience in Women’s Health. She completed her Nurse, Midwifery training in the UK, and moved to Adelaide in 2005. Helen came to work at Flinders Fertility for a few weeks in 2008 to cover for long service leave and luckily for us she never left!
Helen has a special interest in fertility ultrasounds and preconception education. She believes in providing personalised care to help make her patients feel as relaxed as possible.
Mary Furst Fertility Nurse
RN, RM, GradDip Counselling
Mary is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with over 30 years of experience from working in Adelaide and the UK. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Health Counselling in 1995 at Adelaide University and began working in Reproductive Medicine in 2003 with Flinders Fertility.
Her commitment is to provide personalised, client-centered care to assist patients in achieving their goals, with both respect and empathy.
Michelle White Fertility Nurse
Michelle is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who completed her training in 1987. Since then, she has gained extensive experience in general nursing and obstetric care at Ashford Hospital, St Andrews Hospital, and Flinders Medical Centre.
Michelle joined Flinders Fertility in 2007 and has experience in all areas of fertility nursing. Michelle recently completed her training in ultrasound scanning and is committed to providing a high level of personalised care to all her patients.
Robyn Trenouth RN
Robyn is a Registered Nurse, who completed her training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She then went on to work in many areas, including recovery, psychiatry and special care before making the transition to fertility.
Robyn has worked in two Fertility Centres, gaining invaluable experience in both.
She has extensive experience in Reproductive Health, having worked in this field for over 30 years. Within that time she ran the Donor Egg Programme, worked in Recovery, performed IUI’s, and is proficient with venepuncture.
Robyn has a special interest in fertility ultrasounds and education. She believes in open and honest communication in all aspects of the patient’s fertility journey.
Sharon Sayers Fertility Nurse
RN, Cert IV Management & Leadership, Grad Cert in Hum Fert & Assisted Reprod
Sharon completed her training to be a Registered Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1991, with a keen interest to pursue her career in the area of women’s health. In 1995, she was asked to cover a 6-month leave position in a Reproductive Medicine Unit and never looked back.
Sharon has extensive fertility nursing experience, and in 2018 completed the Graduate Certificate of Human Fertility and Assisted Reproduction through the University of Technology in NSW. She has a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and has recently completed training to perform fertility ultrasounds. For 5 years, she was one of the South Australian Representatives of the Fertility Nurses of Australasia, providing access to quality professional development and training to the nurses of Australia and New Zealand.
Sharon has a passion for providing personalised care to all people from all walks of life as they work their way through fertility treatment.
Sue Komazec Fertility Nurse
Sue trained for her Registered Nurse qualification at Clare and Modbury Hospitals. From there she worked at Flinders Medical Centre for several years, mainly on the gynaecology ward. She started at Flinders Fertility in 1990 and has worked with us for nearly 30 years, so she has a wealth of infertility knowledge.
Sue loves helping and supporting all our patients trying to achieve their ultimate goal of becoming parents.
Herman Fernandes Scientific Director
Dr. Herman Fernandes received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Adelaide, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has been working in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) since that time. Dr Fernandes has developed a special interest in quality control, quality assurance, and the laboratory environment, as well as implementing evidence-based technology that is clinically relevant in improving IVF pregnancy rates.
Dr Fernandes graduated with a Bachelor of Science (1983) in Zoology from, B.P. Baria Science College, Navsari, Gujarat, India and then obtained his Master of Science (1985) with major in Fisheries Biology and Entomology followed with Bachelor of Education, Biology (1986) from M.S. University, Vadodara, Gujarat. He started his career as a school teacher (Biology) prior to taking up an overseas scholarship for his PhD in 1995.
Prior to joining Flinders Fertility, Dr Fernandes trained in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, and started his career in ART in 1995 as a Senior Scientist at CMC Hospital Vellore, South India, where he set up his first IVF laboratory. Here, he successfully designed and introduced various ART technologies and trained scientific staff (1995-2004). During this period, he also participated in research and was an invited speaker at the Indian National ART conferences. Since then, he has continued to design, set up, and train scientific staff in a number of IVF laboratories around the world, including our new facility at Glenelg.
In 2007, he moved back to Adelaide and has been Flinders Fertility’s Scientific Director since 2010. He is responsible for managing the laboratory within the regulations and guidelines of the Australian and New Zealand ART regulatory body (RTAC).
Ashleigh Storr Deputy Scientific Director
BSc, PGDip, PhD
Ashleigh began her career as an embryologist in Sydney in 2011 and moved to Adelaide in 2017 to join Flinders Fertility. Along with her embryology role, Ashleigh is responsible for driving, promoting, and participating in research projects for Flinders Fertility.
Ashleigh received her Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. Subsequently she moved to Melbourne to complete her Postgraduate Diploma in Reproductive Science at Monash University in 2010. Ashleigh has since completed her PhD studies in 2018 with the University of New South Wales, where her research interests included embryo selection and the use of novel technologies for the optimisation of IVF outcome. She is an author on a number of peer reviewed research journal articles and has presented both nationally and internationally in scientific meetings and conferences.
Ashleigh is a firm believer in using the most recent evidence-based research in order to improve outcomes for fertility patients. She has a keen interest in improving laboratory processes that can facilitate the selection of an embryo with the highest implantation potential.
Angela Nikoloutsopoulos Lab Manager
Angela has been working in embryology at Flinders Fertility since 2001. Her extensive laboratory experience and passion for embryology meant that she was promoted to Laboratory Manager in 2011, which involves coordinating the daily management of the IVF laboratory and staff to provide the highest possible standard of embryology and andrology services to our patients.
After completing her Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology) at the University of Adelaide in 1986, Angela worked for 14 years as a Research Scientist in Human Reproductive Biology in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at Flinders Medical Centre. She was involved in a number of research projects, but one of particular interest was developing a non-invasive technique of isolating embryonic cells from peripheral blood of pregnant women in their first trimester to allow prenatal genetic diagnosis.
Today Angela is committed to providing quality care for all our patients and has a special interest in fertility preservation and recurrent implantation failure.
In addition to her professional role, we are blessed that Angela also plays an important role as a Health and Safety Representative to provide a safe and healthy working environment for Flinders Fertility staff, patients, and visitors.
Renjini Samuel Embryologist
Renjini has been with Flinders Fertility since 2010 as an Embryologist and has a cumulative experience of over 14 years specializing in both Andrology (male) and Embryology (female) aspects of ART. Her special research interest lies in pre-implantation genomics and proteomics evaluating genetic and biochemical markers that can identify the most competent embryo for transfer or cryopreservation without the use of invasive techniques in the laboratory.
Renjini gained her Master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai in 2004, and initially trained as an Andrologist specialising in optimising best sperm recovery for IVF/IUI patients. She has attended several conferences, workshops, and presentations during her career.
Currently she has taken up the role of Transport Co-ordinator and is involved in handling the transportation of gametes and embryos between national and internationally accredited clinics and is committed to providing the best professional experience for all IVF patients.
Rebecca Mackay Embryologist
B.Sc (Hons), MCE
Rebecca joined Flinders Fertility in 2013 as an embryologist after completing her Masters in Clinical Embryology at Monash University in Melbourne. She has a special interest in genetics and has enjoyed helping to establish and coordinate Flinders Fertility’s Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) programme.
Originally from New Zealand, she studied for a Bachelor of Science in 2010, majoring in genetics at the University of Otago and graduating with First Class Honours. Rebecca has worked on several research projects in the field of molecular biology from the phenomenon of mitochondrial recombination in sheep to screening for mutations in patients with unexplained familial hypercholesterolemia. During her Masters degree, she carried out research into the sex-dependent growth differences in bovine embryos.
Rebecca enjoys presenting on various aspects of embryology and has had the pleasure of speaking at a number of ART related conferences and seminars.
Jarrod Moreton Embryologist
Jarrod commenced his career here at Flinders Fertility in 2014, where he has developed a sound passion in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Jarrod adds value to the team through his interests in improving efficiencies in data entry and statistical analysis with his excellent understanding of the IT system and computing skills.
Jarrod graduated from Flinders University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons). Jarrod’s honours thesis focused comprehensively on the development and improvement of current techniques in ART. He has published and contributed research and results to several posters presented at conferences around Australia such as the Society of Reproductive Biology and Clinical Oncologists Society of Australia.
Jarrod has a keen interest in the world of quality control within a laboratory environment. More specifically, temperature and its importance in good embryo development.
Siew Wong Embryologist
BSc, BHlthSc (Hons), PhD
Siew began her embryology career in 2016 before joining Flinders Fertility in 2017 and is our newest member of the embryology team.
Siew received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 and Honours Degree in Health Science in 2012 from the University of Adelaide. She then completed her PhD at the Robinson Research Institute in Adelaide in 2017, where her studies focussed on determining how obesity causes anovulation and altered embryo development, and to test the efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs on improving oocyte developmental competence and offspring susceptibility to obesity. Over the four years of her PhD studies, she has given many oral presentations about her novel research findings, both nationally and internationally.
Along with her embryology career, Siew’s passion is to further understand the impact of microenvironment, in particular nutritional factors, on oocyte and embryo health.
Professor William Ledger Expert Panel Member and Board Member
MA DPhil BM BCh FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI
Professor William Ledger is a Director of Flinders Fertility and a key advisor to our clinicians on their most complex cases of infertility. Professor Ledger is a medical and PhD graduate of the University of Oxford and a Fellow of both Australia/New Zealand and UK Colleges of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. He is unique in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery by being accredited both in Australia (CREI) and the UK.
Prof Ledger holds roles as Head and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The Royal Hospital for Women and Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of New South Wales. Internationally renowned, his research interests include all aspects of assisted reproduction, particularly ‘Mild’ IVF, and gynaecological disorders including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and premature menopause.
A noted author on reproductive medicine, he has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, and is Associate Editor of the journal Human Reproduction. He is author of 15 books concerning IVF and has co-authored the prestigious Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Julie Potts Counsellor
DT (Social Work), MAASW (Acc), MANZICA
Flinders Fertility provides individualised counselling, by someone who understands and can provide support and guidance during an emotionally demanding time. The Flinders Fertility counsellor is a trained and experienced fertility professional, available to assist you in total confidence. Find out more about our counselling services.
Naomi Jenkin Donor Coordinator
Naomi has nearly 30 years of experience in the IVF industry. She began her embryology career in 1992 at Sydney IVF, worked in research at Bresatec and then joined Flinders Fertility in 1996. She has had an interest in donor conception over many years and has been our Donor Coordinator since 2017 while continuing her involvement with embryology.
Naomi graduated from the University of South Australia in 1991 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) and completed her Graduate Diploma in 1996.
Naomi is committed to assisting people who are exploring the option of donor conception. She is also happy to support people who are donor-conceived in finding out more information.