There are many people involved in your care and treatment and your team is made up of highly trained and qualified IVF and fertility specialists. Here are the profiles of some people you might meet.
Dr Sue Ingamells PhD FRCOG is a fully accredited sub specialist in reproductive medicine and surgery with a specific interest in IVF.
She trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Southampton and Salisbury and has worked in infertility since 1995. Sue has worked with Wessex Fertility since 1999. Her PhD with The University of Southampton was on the subject of ovarian function. She was also a Wellcome Trust clinical research fellow in molecular biology and endometrial function. Sue is specially trained in fertility and women’s health.
Her additional areas of expertise include recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis and ovulaltory disorders and their treatments. Wessex Fertility is a recognised centre for the provision of surrogacy service, with Sue coordinating these cycles with her dedicated team.
Testicular and male factor fertility issues can be fully investigated at Wessex Fertility and treatments such as surgical sperm retrievals are carried out on site by Sue. Sue is a university tutor for the medical students at the University of Southampton and teaches science and medical students in Reproductive Medicine.
Dr Chantal Simonis is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician having trained in Southampton, Winchester and South Africa. She has worked with Wessex fertility since 2000.
Chantal spent three years as an IVF Research Fellow in Southampton and during that time undertook research into the effects of IVF treatment on women with polycystic ovaries. She has a special interest in reproductive medicine and recurrent miscarriage. Chantal has developed the Rapid Fertility Assessment clinic at Wessex Fertility which allows for prompt diagnosis and treatment of fertility problems. She was awarded her Doctorate in Medicine for research into polycystic ovary syndrome in 2011. Chantal spent three years as an IVF Research Fellow with the team when it was based at the Chalybeate Hospital in Southampton. Chantal also holds the RCOG/RCR Advanced Diploma in Obstetric Ultrasound.
Dr Jacqui Tuckey MBChB MRCOG MFFP, is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician who trained at Bristol, Basingstoke and Portsmouth and has worked with Wessex Fertility since 2008.
She is a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health and is a specialist trained in fertility and women’s health. In addition to her fertility background she is an expert in premature ovarian failure and menopause. Jacqui coordinates the donor egg and sperm programme with the team. Jacqui is in high demand for her excellent teaching presentations on menopause and women’s health issues. She ran the Ella Gordon Unit in St Mary’s Hospital Portsmouth before joining Wessex Fertility.
Dr Fiona Sizmur MBChB MRCOG MFFP is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician who trained in Liverpool, Leicester and Wessex. She is a specialist trained in Reproductive and Sexual Health and women’s health issues.
She is passionate about teaching, and supports the training of GPs and nurses in fertility and sexual health, giving presentations and facilitating group workshops. Before joining the team at Wessex Fertility, Fiona was a clinical lead for Hampshire’s Reproductive and Sexual Health services.
Dr Catherine Pappin MBBS MRCOG is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician having trained in London and the Wessex region. She was a Consultant at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester from 2008 – 2015, specialising in High Risk Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine with responsibilities in clinical audit, obstetric risk management and labour ward lead.
Catherine first started to develop her special interest in fertility when she worked with Wessex Fertility as a fellow in 2004-2005. She gained the British Fertility Society Pelvic Ultrasound accreditation in 2004 and has subsequently become a specialist trained in Gynaecological Ultrasound Imaging as well as holding the RCOG/RCR Advanced Diploma in Obstetric Ultrasound. Whilst working at Dorset County Hospital Catherine was the chair for Dorchester Antenatal Screening Clinical Governance and continues to maintain an interest in this area. She also has an interest in the education and training of ultrasound to junior doctors and ultrasonographers.
Cathy qualified as a counsellor in 2010 and has been helping and supporting her patients ever since. She is experienced in working with patients covering a range of issues, such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, and fertility.
Cathy has also trained in the specialist area of Infertility Counselling with BICA (the British Infertility Counselling Association).
Wessex Fertility are pleased to be able to offer patients access to a qualified and experienced counsellor. We are proud to have Cathy as our excellent fertility counsellor and we have had great feedback about how supportive and understanding Cathy is. We also have a counsellor available for our Basingstoke satellite patients.
Jude is a qualified radiographer with extensive experience in most imaging modalities. Before joining Wessex Fertility Jude was lead sonographer in early pregnancy and gynaecology ultrasound in Southampton.
Jude enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge and is experienced at teaching medical staff and trainee sonographers. Jude has joined Wessex Fertility as a specialist sonographer and undertakes all aspects of ultrasound relating to fertility.
Tony has been working as an embryologist since 1999, starting at the Winterbourne Hospital in Dorchester where he qualified in 2003.
After moving to Wessex Fertility he completed his MSc in Clinical Embryology at Leeds University. He now works as Wessex Fertility’s Embryology Manager. Tony serves on the ACE training committee, and therefore is responsible for supervising trainee embryologists across the UK.
Jo joined Wessex Fertility in 2010 as a Fertility Nurse. She qualified as a General Nurse and as a Midwife in Southampton and later specialised in Women’s Health.
She now works as Wessex Fertility’s Operational Manager, leading the team of nurses, nursing support staff and receptionists.
Derek Turner joined Wessex Fertility in 2017 as the General Manager after 16 years within the dentistry sector. Initially focussing on NHS dental services, being an instrumental part of a company growth from 30 to 140 dental practices within England and Wales before becoming the Chief Operating Officer of a Private and Specialist Dental Group of 73 practiced based throughout the UK.
Derek has more recently been the proprietor and Managing Director of his own 2 private dental practices based in the South West, and as Managing Director of a 7 clinic private dental chain within London in such areas as Covent Garden, Holborn & Canary Wharf.
Derek brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of both NHS and private heath-care regulations and business delivery, whilst ensuring that patient care is at the heart of all decisions.
Rosie has worked for Wessex Fertility since 2011, after studying English Literature at Winchester University. She started out as Business Practice Administrator and moved on to carry out the marketing and facilities work within the clinic.
Rosie became Practice Manager in 2016 taking charge of HR, facilities, overseeing the marketing and managing the Administrative team, ensuring the smooth running of the clinic. If you would like a tour of our clinic, Rosie will be happy to show you around.