Medical staff 

Professor Cindy Farquhar | Medical Director


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

Her clinical interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic pain, endometriosis, infertility and the management of abnormal uterine bleeding. Her research interests include clinical trials within subfertility and menstrual disorders, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines, quality improvement, and mortality review.

She is the 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.

She is a past board member and chairman of the New Zealand Guidelines Group (2001-2009), life-long member of the New Zealand Guidelines, past Chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee(external link), 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.

She was a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2000 and has authored over 160 peer reviewed articles and edited two books and many chapters.

Dr Marian Carter 


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


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


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.

Dr 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


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

Dr Emily Liu is a New Zealand trained fertility specialist.  She is a graduate from University of Otago, and trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Auckland.  Emily completed Master study in Reproductive Medicine with University of New South Wales.  She is certified as a RANZCOG Subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI).

Emily has involved in a number of clinical trials in fertility with University of Auckland, and has a strong interest in evidence based medicine.  She is the principal investigator of the TUI study, and is a published Cochrane author

Juanita Stulich | Charge Nurse Manager

Juanita Stulich joined the team in September 2016. 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 from 2012 to 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 and administration team in delivering exceptional patient care. 

Scientific director

Jeanette MacKenzie

Msc Bsc (Hons) 

Jeanette is a graduate of the University of Otago in Dunedin where she completed her research project looking at the effect of plant oestrogens on male fertility. Jeanette then completed a Masters in Clinical Embryology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Jeanette has been working in the human IVF field for over 15 years. Jeanette started her career as an Embryologist within a private clinic in New Zealand and worked across all aspects of clinical laboratory work prior to moving to the UK. Jeanette spent ten years in the United Kingdom working as a Laboratory Manager and Quality Lead for The London Women's Clinic. During this time she implemented embryo and egg vitrification and embryo biopsy for pre-implantation genetic testing of embryos. Amongst other achievements she introduced improved quality systems into the laboratory including electronic witnessing of movement of gametes and embryos.  Jeanette further developed her quality management and leadership skills by completing a Management Apprenticeship and  Diploma through the Institute of Leadership and Management. Jeanette's key strengths and interests are developing quality systems within the clinic and laboratory to create a safer environment for patient care, introducing new scientific technology and techniques to enhance patient outcomes and patient satisfaction