Our team

Our team

We’re here to help, with respect and kindness

Our highly skilled practitioners have many years’ experience in diverse aspects of women’s health. If you have a gynaecological issue, you may be anxious about seeking help. Don’t worry – at AGG you will be in safe hands.

Whatever your concern, we will thoughtfully match you with the doctor or specialist who suits your needs. Our approachable team will make sure you feel at ease and supported.

Doctors

Dr Devashana Gupta

Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist and Administrative Director

Key specialties
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) + Menopause + Menstrual disorders + Recurrent pregnancy loss + Fertility 

Dr Karen Buckingham

Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties
Fertility + Recurrent pregnancy loss + Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Dr Guy Gudex

Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties
Endometriosis + Fertility + Colposcopy + Hysteroscopic and Laparoscopic surgery

Professor Neil Johnson

Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties
Endometriosis + Advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery + Menstrual disorders + Colposcopy + Fertility

Dr Joy Marriot

Gynaecologist

Key specialties
Pelvic floor disorders + Menstrual disorders + Pelvic pain + Menopause + Previous birth trauma or sexual assault + Colposcopy

Dr Praveen De Silva

Gynaecologist

Key specialties
Advanced endometriosis + Uterine fibroids + Hysterectomy

Dr Martin Sowter

Gynaecologist

Key specialties
Fertility + Menstrual disorders + Endometriosis + Fibroids + Colposcopy

Dr Elizabeth Glanville

Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties 
Gynaecology + Fertility

Wellbeing team

Lani Eagle

Counsellor 

Teresa Gudex

Dietitian and Nutritionist

Helen Nicholson

Counsellor

Caroline Couldwell

Physiotherapist

Dr Devashana Gupta

MBBS, PGDOM, FRANZCOG, MRMed, CREI
Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist and AGG Administrative Director

Key specialties:
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) + Menopause + Menstrual disorders + Recurrent pregnancy loss + Fertility

About:
Devashana is a fertility specialist and gynaecologist. Known for her caring and considerate approach with patients, her passion is laparoscopic (keyhole) and hysteroscopic (via scope) surgery. Special interests include Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss and fertility preservation.

Devashana graduated from the Fiji School of Medicine in 2001. She then gained residency in New Zealand, and trained in obstetrics and gynaecology at Middlemore in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and at hospitals in the Bay of Plenty. She holds a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and is an RANZCOG sub-specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI). She spent two years at Monash IVF in Melbourne, specialising in subfertility.

In 2017 her love of New Zealand drew her back to Auckland. As well as her gynaecology role at AGG, she is the Medical Director and a fertility specialist at Repromed. She enjoys face-to-face teaching and training, and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Devashana also has a deep understanding of the needs of Indian families, and speaks Hindi. Off-duty, she loves discovering new places and their wealth of culture. Other interests are tramping, reading and spending time at home.

My greatest joy is connecting with patients on a personal level to understand their individual needs and giving them care that achieves their health goals.

Dr Karen Buckingham

BHB, MBChB, FRANZCOG, GradCert RMed (UNSW)
Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties:
Fertility treatment + Recurrent pregnancy loss + Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

About:

Karen has a wealth of experience in the field of reproductive medicine and strives to deliver the highest level of personalised care.  She currently has a private gynaecology practice at AGG and practices fertility medicine at Repromed. 

A graduate of the Auckland School of Medicine, Karen undertook training as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  She has been involved in the treatment of subfertility in both the public and private sectors since 2000.

Between 2010 and 2016, Karen was a member of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART); a government appointed body of experts that helps formulate policy in areas of infertility and assisted reproduction.

Outside of work Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and taxiing her three teenage children around.  As a family they frequently foster cats and kittens for the SPCA.  She is also involved with Girl Guiding NZ, currently leading Pippin, Brownie and Ranger units in her local area as well as working as one of the local coordinators for the Eastern Bays Guiding team. 

It’s a privilege to be able to provide high quality health care for women and be a part of the journey for those facing fertility challenges.

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Dr Guy Gudex

BHB, Dip Obs (Auck) MBChB, FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI
Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties:
Endometriosis + Fertility + Colposcopy + Hysteroscopic and Laparoscopic surgery

About:

Guy is a gynaecologist and fertility specialist and is passionate about personalised fertility care and the need to individualise treatment. He has a special interest in the management of endometriosis, fertility, colposcopy, hysteroscopic and Iaparoscopic surgery.

Guy graduated from the University of Auckland and trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Auckland and in the UK. He attained certification as a subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1998. Guy is now the Executive Director of Repromed Auckland and performs surgery at Brightside Hospital, and Auckland City Surgical Services.
He is a trustee on the Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board.

Guy’s interests outside of medicine include farming, fishing and enjoying time with his whanau.

I believe in personalised care and aim to provide clinical care plans that are easy to understand with clear information.

Professor Neil Johnson

MBBS, BMedSci, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, MRCGP, MD CREI
Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties:
Endometriosis + Advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery + Menstrual disorders + Colposcopy + Fertility

About:

Neil brings a strong evidence-based element to his gynaecology and fertility practice – but also a personalised medicine approach. Patients are usually pleasantly surprised how personable Neil is, given the many leadership roles he has held. Neil’s special interests include endometriosis, fertility, menstrual disorders and colposcopy, in addition to general gynaecology.

Neil is certified as a RANZCOG Gynaecologist as well as Subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI). Neil has a strong special interest in endometriosis – he served on the Endometriosis New Zealand board for 16 years and the board of the World Endometriosis Society for 15 years (and is past president of the World Endometriosis Society), as well as the first chairperson of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) Endometriosis Special Interest Group and serves on the ASPIRE executive board. He has a wealth of experience as former Medical Director of Fertility Plus, and now holds a position as Clinical Professor with the University of Adelaide. Neil has undertaken much innovative clinical research in gynaecology and fertility, including the development of lipiodol as a revolutionary fertility treatment.

Neil is married to Joy – they have four children ranging in age from toddler upwards, spanning more than 20 years. An active participant in numerous sports in his younger years, the older he gets, the better he was (ie, fairly inactive now, in spite of what he tries to convince us).

It is a privilege to endeavor to use the skills I’ve acquired in my career to improve my patients’ lives.  AGG is deeply patient focused, a profoundly caring team, and is the perfect place to try to do this.

Dr Joy Marriott

MbChB (Hons), MD, DipEd, FRANZCOG, MRCOG
Gynaecologist

Key specialties:
Pelvic floor disorders + Menstrual disorders + Pelvic pain + Menopause + Previous birth trauma or sexual assault + Colposcopy

About:

Joy is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, known for taking her time with patients in an open and caring way to fully understand the issues that are affecting them. She has a special interest in pelvic floor disorders (prolapse, urinary/faecal incontinence), pelvic pain and previous birth trauma or sexual assault. She offers a broad range of medical and surgical treatments that are tailored to suit the personal circumstances of the patient. She offers laparoscopic and vaginal surgery, including surgeries for urinary leakage.

Joy commenced her specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) training in the UK, which she completed in New Zealand, after emigrating in 2011. She has completed membership exams for The Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK (RCOG) and Australia & New Zealand (RANZCOG). Joy also completed advanced training in pelvic floor surgery (RANZGOG Advanced Training Module in Pelvic Floor) in 2016. She became an O&G Specialist in 2017. She is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Auckland and is involved with several research projects and ongoing teaching of medical students. She continues to provide antenatal and labour/birth care through Shore Birth.

Joy is married with four children ranging in ages from 3 to 23 years. In her down-time she enjoys cycling, cooking and playing the piano.

I love the opportunity I have to talk with patients about the issues that are important to them, and to work together with them to improve their health and quality of life.

Dr Praveen De Silva

MBChB, BMedSci(Hons), DipOMG, FRANZCOG, AGES Surgical Fellowship
Gynaecologist

Key specialties:

Advanced endometriosis + Uterine fibroids + Hysterectomy

About:

Praveen is a New Zealand trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, with sub-specialist training in advanced laparoscopic “keyhole” surgery, undertaken in Sydney. His practice has a particular focus on advanced endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and hysterectomy.

Preveen’s medical and specialist training has taken him all around New Zealand. In 2019 he had the privilege of joining the world-leading team at Sydney Women’s Endosurgery Centre (SWEC), to complete a 24-month fellowship — to obtain the sought after AGES (Australasian Gyanecological Endoscopy and Surgery) qualification. In addition to his gynaecology role at AGG, Praveen also practices at Waitemata DHB, as an advanced endometriosis surgeon.

Regardless of the reason for seeing me, I pride myself on my ability to explain both surgical and non-surgical options for treatment, and work with patients to determine the best approach for them as an individual. I am passionate about achieving good cosmetic and functional results in those women who choose to have surgery.

Dr. Martin Sowter

MBBS FRCOG. FRANZCOG
Gynaecologist

Key specialties:
Fertility + Menstrual disorders + Endometriosis + Fibroids + Colposcopy

About:

Martin is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in fertility, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, fibroids and colposcopy.

Martin graduated from Birmingham University in 1989 and trained in Bristol and Auckland. He gained extensive experience in the management of infertility and laparoscopic surgery through working in Fertility Clinics in Bristol, Plymouth and Auckland. He is now a part-time specialist working in the fertility and menstrual disorders clinic at Auckland and Greenlane Hospitals. Martin also operates at Auckland City Hospital and Mercy Ascot Hospital, sees patients for pregnancy care at Auckland Obstetric Centre and delivers at Auckland City Hospital. 

Dr Elizabeth Glanville

MBChB, MRMed, FRANZCOG
Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Key specialties:
Gynaecology + Fertility

About:

Elizabeth is passionate about offering patient-centered, evidence-based care for women and couples. Her particular interest is fertility-related conditions.

She graduated from Bristol University, UK, in 2006 and spent the first part of her career training in obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK. Having moved to New Zealand in 2010 to get married and settle, she completed specialist training mainly in Auckland, obtaining FRANZCOG (Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) in 2019. She is completing subspecialty training (CREI) in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and her clinical interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, endometriosis, contraception, menopause and endocrine disorders such as PCOS.

Elizabeth is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland.

Outside of work, she is busy chasing after her three children and trying to find time to read a book, play some music or bake a cake. 

It brings me great pleasure to know that my patients feel heard and involved in their care. My aim is to combine up-to-date clinical knowledge with an empathetic approach to achieve the optimal outcome for all my patients.

Lani Eagle

BSW (Bachelor of Social Work)
Counsellor

About:

In her role as Counsellor at AGG, Lani provides support, information, and education to patients at all stages of the treatment process.

After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Social Work, Lani has worked in a variety of social work settings both in New Zealand and the UK. Prior to joining AGG Lani was working in the area of adoption and fostering (including local and international surrogacy).

Outside work Lani is an avid reader and sometimes crafter. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

I consider being part of people’s personal journey to be a privilege and I am constantly humbled by the resilience I see in my role.

Teresa Gudex

BSc (Bachelor of Science), MDiet (Master of Dietetics), NZRD (New Zealand Registered Dietitian)
Dietitian and Nutritionist

About:
Nutrition can be a confusing topic and sometimes an unnecessary source of stress. Teresa’s role is to take the confusion away by translating the latest science into a personalised nutrition plan. She supports women to use nutrition as a tool to manage symptoms of health concerns such as PCOS, endometriosis, menopause and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

Since finishing her training at Otago University in 2014 Teresa has worked in hospitals in Hawkes Bay, Auckland and Ireland in a range of positions with women and children. 

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, trying out new restaurants and spending time with her two young children.  

I am passionate about supporting women to feel better by making diet changes that are backed up by science.

Helen Nicholson

BSW (Bachelor of Social Work), MANZICA, MANZASW, Registered Social Worker
Counsellor

About:
Helen provides a counselling support and information service to AGG patients.

She thoroughly enjoys the changing face of work in the fertility area, which includes keeping pace with the legal framework for ART service provision in New Zealand, cross border reproductive care, and the ethical, psychological and sociological implications of these as well as the technology and ethical issues which determine treatment. Helen has a particular interest in the management of stress and in lifestyle factors for pre-conception and pregnancy health.

After graduating from Massey University in 1998 Helen has worked in Reproductive Health. Since 2005 her work has been in the provision of social work and counselling services for people who are using fertility services to create and build their families.

When she is not at work Helen practices and teaches yoga. She believes in maintaining a work-life balance in her own life, and enjoys supporting her clients to achieve this in their lives. 

I think people are interested and focused on creating balance in their lives, and I feel immensely lucky to be able to discuss and support patients to do this in my work.

Caroline Couldwell

BHSc (Bachelor of Health Science – Physiotherapy), Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Acupuncture), Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Rehabilitation), Credentialed Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, MPNZ (Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand)

Physiotherapist

 



About:
Caroline provides onsite physiotherapy services to AGG clients. She is a passionate and empathetic clinician who thrives on working directly with her patients alongside a wider multi-disciplinary team to assist them in achieving their rehabilitation goals.

Caroline graduated from AUT in 2008 and has worked in private practice in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Having a keen interest in pelvic health, she became a credentialed pelvic health Physiotherapist and has developed her niche in assessing and treating pelvic health conditions. Her treatment approach comes with a holistic lens as with her strong background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pain management, she understands how the various systems are inter-related and how symptoms can be influenced by many different factors.

Outside of work, Caroline’s interests include keeping active, occasional DIY projects and spending time with friends and family over some good food.

Best part of the job has to be seeing patients take back control of their symptoms and get back to doing the things they love!

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CHRISTMAS HOURS

Our Clinic will be closed from Midday Friday 22nd December 2023  reopening on Monday 15 January 2024

For all urgent medical advice please contact your GP or nearest accident and medical clinic

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.