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Our Staff

The Fertility PLUS staff is a closely knit team of doctors, nurses, embryologists, counselors and administration staff who work together to ensure those experiencing infertility receive excellent care in a caring environment.

Medical Staff
Scientific Director

Medical Staff

Professor Cindy Farquhar MB ChB, MRCOG, FRANZCOG, MD

Medical Director

Professor Farquhar is the Postgraduate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Auckland.

Clinical interests are polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic pain, endometriosis, infertility and the management of abnormal uterine bleeding.

Research interests include clinical trials within subfertility and menstrual disorders, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines, quality improvement, mortality review.

Coordinating editor of the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group which was established in 1996.

Co-director of the New Zealand Cochrane Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre and Member of the Cochrane Oversight Committee since 2010.

Past board member and chairman of the New Zealand Guidelines Group (20001-2009) and life long member of the New Zealand Guidelines and past Chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (, Chair of the Pandemic Influenza Mortality Review Working Group, Member and past Chairman of the Alliance Leadership Team of GAIHN (Greater Auckland Integrated Health Network) and past member of the Quality Improvement Committee of the MOH.

Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2000.

Author of over 160 peer reviewed articles and edited two books and many chapters.


Dr Marian Carter is an Auckland graduate trained at National Women’s and in the United Kingdom. She completed her training as a clinical research fellow in the IVF unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary before returning to New Zealand in 1989 where she was appointed as part time specialist at National Women’s Hospital. She is a past medical director at Fertility PLUS. She works as a fertility specialist in both public and private practice.

Dr. Paul Robinson MB ChB FRANZCOG

Dr Paul Robinson is an Auckland Graduate trained at both National women’s and in the United Kingdom. He has worked as a research fellow in Biomedical sciences at University of Waikato and UCLA, He is also a specialist at Origins Obstetrics.

Dr. Martin Sowter BSc (Hons) MB ChB MD FRCOG FRANZCOG

Dr Martin Sowter graduated from the University of Birmingham and then trained in Bristol before coming to New Zealand in 1995 to spend two years undertaking research on the diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy for an MD thesis at National Women's Hospital. He has also worked in IVF units in Bristol and Plymouth. He returned permanently to Auckland as a specialist in 2001. From 2002 to 2006 he was a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. He is a part-time specialist at Auckland City Hospital in the fertility and menstrual disorders clinics.

Martin is also one of the coordinators of the hospital's obstetric emergencies training programme for midwives and medical staff. For the last five years he has also worked regularly in the Cook Islands providing support for the local medical staff in Rarotonga. He is also a specialist at the Auckland Obstetric Centre.

Dr. John Tuckey MB ChB MMedSc Otago FRACS

Dr. John Tuckey is a consultant urologist with an interest in male sub-fertility.

Dr Shelley Reilly

Dr Shelley Reilly is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at National Women's. She trained at Otago University and has worked overseas in London. Her main focus of interest is in the area of IVF and infertility. She is undertaking subspecialist training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is completing a Masters in Reproductive Medicine to become an expert in this field. 

She is involved with infertility research and is the principal investigator for the IVF-LUBE study 'Lipiodol Uterine Bathing Effect for enhancing the results of IVF, a multicentre randomised trial' 

Dr Emily Liu

Juanita Stulich

Charge Nurse Manager

Juanita Stulich has recently joined the team in August of this year. Juanita is a graduate of Auckland University of Technology, BHsc(Nursing) and has previously nursed in Cardiac Intensive Care and private Fertility Clinic environs. Juanita has a special interest in the treatment and care of endometriosis through her own fertility experiences and possesses over 10 years’ experience in the field of fertility across all aspects of treatment.  She is adept at cycle management and education as well as co-ordination of Donor Egg and Surrogacy management both within New Zealand and overseas. Juanita was the New Zealand Nurse coordinator for the LIGHT study trial 2012 – 2014 and has presented nursing research and education information at national and international conferences. She is very proud to have joined the Fertility PLUS family and is dedicated to leading and developing the nursing team in delivering exceptional patient care.

Scientific Director

Margaret Merrilees BSc

Margaret is a graduate of the University of Otago in Dunedin. She began her Embryology career as the Laboratory Director for a commercial animal embryo transfer company, Genestock, where she organised cattle and goat embryo transfer teams working in NZ, Australia, Zimbabwe and the UK.

Margaret has been working in the human IVF field for 29 years, including years in Canada and the USA.

Margaret pioneered several embryology techniques in New Zealand including early embryo freezing, ICSI and Assisted Hatching and has been the Scientific Director at Fertility PLUS since 1999.

Margaret was an inaugural board member for SIRT - Scientists in Reproductive Technology - a society for ART scientists from Australia and NZ and is currently on the SIRT Education subcommittee. She a board member of FertilityNZ- a society for clinicians and consumers, a consultant for Overlake Reproductive Health in Seattle USA and a visiting Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, University of Auckland.

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