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.
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.
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’.
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.
Dr Pottow will be re-joining the team from 2023 again.
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 and Elsabie runs the medical reception at Medfem Fertility Clinic. Susan has over 20 years of experience as a medical receptionist and Elsabie joined 3 years ago. Susan and Elsabie have passion for delivering the highest quality care to patients. Susan and Elsabie ensures that the clinic’s client facing services remain state-of-the-art in keeping with current Covid restrictions and the POPI act so all patients can feel safe.
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: Egg Donor Co-ordinator
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. She has been helping patients who need an egg donor or surrogate since February 2020.
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.
Cornie van der Merwe: Registered Nurse in Doctor’s Rooms
Sr Cornie is the newest addition to our family of IVF 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.
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.
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. Please add that she did her MSc Medical Science (ReproBiol)
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.
Monique recently joined the Medfem team and continues to be passionate about her work. Monique Cagnazzo obtained her BHSc degree in Human Genetics from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2018, Monique was enrolled as a Medical Biological Scientist intern at Steve Biko Academic hospital where she completed her theoretical and practical training. Ever since, Monique has been enjoying every aspect of being a qualified Embryologist and having the opportunity of changing people’s lives.
Marlize obtained her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University. She passed her Honours Degree (Cum Laude) in Medical Sciences (Reproductive Biology) in 2012. From 2013 to 2014 Marlize did her Medical Biological Internship at Tygerberg Hospital and Aevitas fertility clinic after which she was registered with the HPCSA as a Medical Scientist (Embryologist). In March 2015 she obtained her M.Sc. Degree (Cum Laude) in Medical Sciences (Reproductive Biology) under the leadership of Dr Windt De Beer and Prof Kruger. She was employed as a full-time embryologist at Aevitas Fertility in Cape Town in 2015 and 2016. In January 2017 she moved to Gauteng and joined the Medfem fertility tea
Lab Technologist / Administrator
Karin joined the Medfem team in 2020. Karin is currently the lab technologist and responsible for the admin of cycles and general queries. Karin studied for her naturopathic doctors Medical Technology (Specialized in Chemical Pathology) – 1988 at TUT. Karin was previously employed at a Private Pathology Practice for more than 35 years as Medical Technologist, Facilitator, and Internal Auditor.
Cathleen joined the Medfem team early in 2019. She is responsible for frontline reception and is normally the first friendly face the patients see. Cathleen has a solid understanding in patient needs and is always willing to assist with general queries. She is also responsible for booking sperm donors and is therefore a great source for information and insight regarding the sperm bank and donors. Cathleen is also responsible for all general administrative duties including answering e-mails and has a reputation for being friendly, informed, and aware of patient’s needs and requirements. She is well loved by patients and colleagues and is an integral link of the IVF chain.
General Lab Assistant
Swazi joined the Medfem team in 2018 as a general assistant. Swazi takes care of all the patients needs and assist them were she possible can. Swazi also assists the lab receptionist and participate in lab duties. Swazi further assists in answering the phone admin duties. Swazi will always greet you with her friendly personality. Swazi is also professional when it comes to our patient needs.
Our switchboard operator
Chimone Smuts is the newest addition to our family started in 2021. Chimone will be handling the first calls coming in to Medfem. Chimone will be assisting you to go through to the right department for your needs. Chimone has a passion to speak to patients and assisting them. Chimone will welcome you with her friendly voice.
Tracy Ferreira joined Medfem in November 2018. She does all the Doctor’s reports and letters as well as any patient letters, for example visa invitation or extension letters, and work letters.
She is also Mandy Rodrigues’s (Clinical Phycologist) Personal Assistant since March 2020.
Tracy has a vast administration background having worked at various companies as Personal Assistant / Marketing Secretary.
Please feel welcome to email me directly should you require visa letters on firstname.lastname@example.org
Medfem is one of very few fertility clinics in South Africa with qualified pharmacists to assist our patients.
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.
We have unusual circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As per Government regulation, in order to minimise the spread of the virus. Only the Patient is allowed into the clinic. The Patients must wearing a face mask to protect themselves, other patients and staff.
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