At Medfem Fertility Clinic our entire team takes a holistic approach to the art and science of fertility treatments. From our experienced reproduction specialists, to our embryologists and administration staff, every single member of the team is 100% committed to providing you with the most positive experience imaginable. We have formed a collaborative, supportive team of professionals that communicates frequently with the goal of providing the best care for each patient.
Daily team meetings are held where each patient is discussed. Valued input from nurses who interact with the patient daily, embryologists who are intimate with the daily developments of the embryos in the lab, and specialists with years of experience is melded into treatment plan recommendations.
In addition, Medfem Fertility Clinic offers the largest staff-to-patient ratio of any fertility clinic in South Africa, ensuring all our patients receive the best care possible.
Reproductive Medicine Specialist/ Director Medfem Fertility Clinic
Dr Johan Van Schouwenburg is a founding member and director of Medfem Fertility Clinic. Johan is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician having trained in Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Johan performed the first IVF treatment in South Africa with Professor Kruger at the Tygerberg hospital in 1983, and since then has personally treated many thousands of patients with infertility problems. Johan has been at the forefront of the development of infertility services in South Africa for over 30 years.
MBBCh , FCOG, MBA, Reproductive Medicine Specialist / Director Medfem Fertility Clinic
Dr Antonio Rodrigues is a founding member and director of Medfem Fertility Clinic. Tony is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng, South Africa, graduating in 1979. Tony is also a Fellow of College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists and completed his FCOG in 1989 at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2000, Tony was awarded his MBA through Henley Management College London, and completed his dissertation on ‘The Health Maintenance of Knowledge Based Workers – Who is Responsible’.
Reproductive Medicine Specialist / Director Medfem Fertility Clinic
Dr Nicholas Clark, a gynaecologist for over 15 years, joined Medfem Fertility Clinic in 2012 as a director. Nicholas qualified from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine in London in 1990. After completing his training in the United Kingdom and South Africa he was appointed as a consultant gynaecologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto. He is originally from the UK and settled in South Africa in 1997 having worked between the two countries since 1993.
Reproductive Medicine Specialist
Dr Joanne Pottow is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and qualified through the University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng, South Africa. She is a fellow of the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has a special interest in fertility and reproductive medicine. She achieved her M.Med through the University of the Witwatersrand with a study on secondhand smoke exposure rates in Soweto’s pregnant women and was elected to present this research at the Wits Research Day.
Susan has run the medical reception at Medfem Fertility Clinic for 9 years. And with over 20 years of experience as a medical receptionist Susan has a wide passion for delivering the highest quality care to patients. Susan ensures that the clinic’s client facing services remain state-of-the-art and that patients have the best possible chances of success.
Marwyn has been a member of the medical reception team at Medfem Fertility Clinic since 2006. Marwyn’s excellent communication and customer service skills plays an invaluable role of providing front desk services in a fast paced environment ensuring that all queries are attended to as quickly as possible. With her highly charismatic, considerate and professional demeanour she assists in making our clients stay with us as pleasant and painless as possible.
Corrie has been in a medical background for over ten years, and joined the Medfem Fertility Clinic team in 2012. With many years in the field of customer service, Corrie is a compassionate, understanding, knowledgeable, and highly professional individual with excellent communications skills. Corrie is well versed at walking new patients through the process of “getting started” in a friendly and uncomplicated manner.
Ulrika runs the IVF reception at Medfem Fertility Clinic and has been a member of the team since 2009. Ulrika is well known for her friendly disposition and ability to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their visits to see our IVF nursing sisters. Her strong interest and genuine caring for our patients is heart-warming. Ulrika is responsible for the day to day medical reports from the doctors as well as any other administrative requests from the patients. She is also responsible for international patient communications relating to visa applications and recommended accommodation. She is always available to answer any related queries.
Sr Cornie is the newest addition to our family of nurses, having joined the Medfem Fertility Clinic team in 2013. Cornie completed her nursing qualifications at Ann Latsky Nursing College in general, community, psychiatric and midwifery. She has 23 years of work experience, 11 years in Health, Fitness and Nutrition Coaching, and 12 years of nursing experience. Cornie has quickly become a valuable asset to our team with excellent clinical skills, attention to detail, professionalism, and a kind and supportive attitude. Cornie supports our specialists with reproductive patient care. Cornie’s caring and kind demeanour is always appreciated by our patients.
Sr. Eleanor is the newest member of the family of nurses at Medfem having joined the team earlier in 2015. Eleanor completed her studies at Ann Latsky Nursing College in 2000 and her Personal Trainers Certificate as a Health and Wellness Consultant at Reebok Fitness Institute in 2008. Eleanor has worked in the Middle East as an emergency room nurse, and has worked in day clinics within the Gauteng region as a registered nursing sister. Eleanor has spent many years working with pregnant and new moms, as well as baby clinics, diabetic clinics, and health and wellness clinics. She has vast experience in coaching individuals with health, wellness and weight issues. Eleanor’s goal is to support and assist people holistically through educating and supporting them with the needed compassion, patience and understanding that are needed for this life journey.
Sr Christina joined the Medfem team in 2015 as one of our IVF nurse coordinators. Christina began working in infertility coordination close to fifteen years ago and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Following her training in England in Hillingdon Hospital Middlesex, Christina moved to South Africa. Her career here has included working as a medical assessor, a nurse with Lancet, in a doctor’s room, and as an infertility coordinator. Christina handles all patients with professionalism and a real drive to achieve success for the intended parent(s). Her intimate involvement has led her to have strong meaningful bonds with her patients, who rely on her expertise to get then through even the most trying times.
Sr Hanlie Monnery: IVF Nurse Coordinator
Sr Hanlie Monnery has been with Medfem Fertility Clinic since 2001 and is responsible for IVF coordination. Hanlie completed her nursing qualifications at Sharley Cribb in Port Elizabeth in general, community, psychiatric and midwifery. Prior to joining Medfem Fertility Clinic, Hanlie worked in both casualty and maternity. Hanlie is an integral part of the team helping to plan and deliver the care that provides the best possible experience for our patients.
Sr Heather Sparrow: IVF Nurse Coordinator
Sr Heather trained at the Johannesburg General Hospital and qualified as a registered nurse in 1981. Following this she completed her midwifery, paediatric nursing and community nursing diplomas. Heather has spent the last 11 years working within the field of assisted conception, about which she is very passionate. Prior to joining Medfem Fertility Clinic Heather worked at Johannesburg General Hospital for ten years, followed by a number of years in the obstetrics, gynaecological and infertility field. A positive and compassionate attitude towards her patients and excellent work ethics make Heather an invaluable asset to our clinic.
Sr Krina Von Molendorff: Egg Donor Coordinator
Sr Krina is our veteran IVF nurse and egg donor coordinator, with over 25 years of experience in reproductive healthcare under her belt. A typical egg donation cycle requires a complex network of communication between the clinic, the egg donation agency, the recipient individual/couple, the egg donor, the psychologist, and sometimes a legal team. Krina manages the entire process between patients, egg donor agencies, and the egg donors themselves, ensuring everyone is treated with the utmost of professionalism and care to ensure the best possible outcome. In addition to her vast experience in helping IVF patients, Krina coordinates all surrogacy cycles at Medfem Fertility Clinic. She is always accessible to patients, extremely knowledgeable, confident, and most importantly caring.
Our Embryology Department
Edolene Bosman has been working for Medfem in the IVF laboratory since it was first established in 1989. She completed her Msc at The Rand Afrikaanse University (RAU) in 1986 and then joined the IVF team at the Pretoria Academic Hospital where she registered with the HPCSA as an Embryologist.
Embryologist / Lab Supervisor
Vicky Wolf is a senior Embryologist at Medfem Clinic, currently holding the position of Lab Supervisor. She has been working at Medfem Clinic since 2005 after completing her B.Tech degree in Clinical Technology at the Central University of Technology.
Head of Endocrinology / Andrology
Margaretha Janse van Rensburg completed Clinical Technologist and Biochemistry Diploma at Tygerberg Hospital Medical School in 1982. During this time she worked in the isotope department of the Endocrinology Laboratory, and was part of the team that participated in projects with the IVF lab of Tygerberg Hospital.
Lizelle Griessel (B.Tech) – Lizelle has been working as an Embryologist since 2008. She received her Bachelors in Reproductive Biology from Tshwane University of Pretoria (TUT) in 2007 and completed her studies at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital while working in the Reproductive Biology Laboratory.
Esmari du Plessis completed her BSc (Physiology and Zoology) degree at the North-West University in 2009 and was awarded with a membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society. She then completed her BSc Honours in Cell Biology at the University of Pretoria.
Bianca Faber (B-Tech) – Bianca is an Embryologist with more than 9 years’ experience in the Assisted Reproductive Technology field. After graduating from the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein in 2005, she worked at a Private Practice in Cape Town for about 4 months.
Marie has been working at Medfem since early 2015. She is responsible for frontline reception and is normally the first friendly face the patients see. Marie is rapidly acquiring a solid understanding of the processes involved in IVF and is always willing to assist patients with general queries.
Our Theatre and Support Staff
Our Accounts Team
Our accounts team have a wealth of experience and share our company wide passion for delivering the highest quality of care to patients. All members of the team are available to explain and discuss with you the treatment costs for any procedure you may be about to have.