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Our Team

Meet our Friendly Team of Professionals

Dr. Guy Gudex


I trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Auckland and in the UK and graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1981. I attained certification as a subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1998. I am now the Clinical Director of Repromed Auckland. Here, my special interests include the management of endometriosis, infertility, colposcopy, hysteroscopic and Iaparoscopic surgery. I operate out of the private clinic at Brightside Hospital, and Auckland City Surgical Services.

Professor Cindy Farquhar


I completed my medical degree at the University of Auckland and then undertook specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Auckland. I also worked in London at Guy’s Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital. I returned to New Zealand in 1989 and have worked at National Women’s Hospital and the University of Auckland since that time. I am currently the Postgraduate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Auckland University. In 1998 I attained certification as a subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and have been involved in training and assessment of trainees in fertility services since that time.

I see patients for private specialist consultations and surgery with menstrual disorders and infertility. I operate both in public at Auckland City Hospital and privately at Mercy Ascot Hospital. My day surgery is at Auckland City Surgical Services in Remuera Road, Auckland. If my fertility patients require assisted reproduction then I refer to Repromed also at 105 Remuera Road, Auckland. I do not see patients for colposcopy, urinary incontinence, hysterectomy or laparoscopy.

Dr. Marian Carter


After I graduated from the University of Auckland, I received Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the National Women’s Hospital in Auckland. I then completed my training in the UK where I worked for the following five years. I worked as a Clinical Research Registrar for the IVF Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary before returning to New Zealand in 1989. I was appointed the part-time specialist at the National Women’s Hospital and commenced private practice. My special interests are colposcopy and infertility. My private fertility work is at Repromed Auckland and my private gynaecology work is at Auckland Gynaecology Group.

Dr. Martin Sowter


I graduated from Birmingham University in 1989 and trained in Bristol and Auckland. I gained extensive experience in the management of infertility and laparoscopic surgery through working in Fertility Clinics in Bristol, Plymouth and Auckland. I am now a part-time specialist working in the fertility and menstrual disorders clinic at Auckland and Greenlane Hospitals. My special interests are fertility, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, fibroids and colposcopy. I operate in public at Auckland City Hospital and privately out of Mercy Ascot Hospital. I see patients for pregnancy care at Auckland Obstetric Centre and deliver at Auckland City Hospital. I also treat patients for private fertility at Repromed Auckland.

Professor Neil Johnson


I trained as a Gynaecologist in the UK and New Zealand, having previously trained in General Practice in the UK. I have further subspecialised in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. My special interests include endometriosis, infertility, menstrual disorders and colposcopy, in addition to general gynaecology. A background in General Practice brings a strong patient focused element to my practice.

I bring a strong evidence-based element to my gynaecology and fertility practice and am involved with training and research at a national and international level – I currently hold a position as Clinical Professor at the University of Adelaide and an honorary academic appointment at the University of Auckland.

I have served on the board of the World Endometriosis Society and I am the President Elect of the World Endometriosis Society 2014 to 2017. I am also on the board of Endometriosis New Zealand. I inaugurated the Australasian multi-centre research network in Infertility, Reproduction And Clinical Trials (REACT-ANZ) and the Australasian CREI Consensus Expert Panel on Trial Evidence that is constructing consensus statements in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (ACCEPT) and I am the immediate past Chair of the RANZCOG Training Committee in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.

Interested in Gynaecology, infertility, endometriosis, menstrual disorders, colposcopy, laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery.

Dr. Karen Buckingham

MB ChB FRANZCOG Graduate Certificate in Reproductive Medine

I trained in New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a Gynaecologist, and have now been working in the area of infertility management and treatment for the past 14 years. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to use my clinical expertise to help assist couples in realising their dreams. Because I am a mother to three young children, I understand the hopes and challenges that every couple faces as they seek to start their own families. I also see patients for colposcopy and have an interest in recurrent pregnancy loss and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Dr Unmandani Devashana Gupta


I completed in 2001, my medical training at the Fiji School of Medicine, and subsequently in 2003, took residency in New Zealand, completing my O&G training at Middlemore, Auckland and BOPDHB hospitals. I obtained my FRANZCOG in 2015 and am currently completing my Certificate in REI. I trained further for 2 years at Monash IVF and Monash Health in Melbourne; prior to my Australian work experience, I had a year’s work stint at Repromed and Fertility Plus in Auckland.

It is for my passion for NZ that I returned to Auckland in February 2017; I currently work at Repromed, as a Fertility Specialist and also practice at Auckland Gynecology Group as a gynaecologist. I have a passion for laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery and have special interests in endometriosis, menstrual disorders, recurrent pregnancy loss/implantation failure and fertility preservation. I enjoy face-to-face teaching and training and currently hold an Honorary Lecturer’s post at the University of Auckland. I strive to provide patients with the best individualized, evidence based and holistic care to enable them to achieve their medicinal/curative and/or parenthood goals.

Dr Praveen De Silva

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

I am a New Zealand trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, with sub-specialist training in Advanced Laparoscopic “keyhole” surgery, undertaken in Sydney. My practice has a particular focus on advanced endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and hysterectomy. 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 you to determine the best approach for you as an individual. I am passionate about achieving good cosmetic and functional results in those women who choose to have surgery.

My formative years were spent growing up in Wellington, and my medical and specialist training has taken me all around New Zealand. In 2019 I 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. One of my recent professional highlights was conducting a randomized clinical trial using pelvic nerve blocks to reduce post-operative pain for women, for which I won best presentation at the 2021 AGES annual scientific meeting.

I have recently returned home with my young family, to take up a position at Waitemata DHB, as an advanced endometriosis surgeon. In my free time you will generally find me chasing behind a bicycle/ scooter or trying to convince a toddler of the value of sleep.

Dr Joy Marriott


I commenced my specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) training in the UK, which I completed in New Zealand, after emigrating here in 2011. I have completed Membership exams for The Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK (RCOG) and Australia & New Zealand (RANZCOG). I completed advanced training in pelvic floor surgery (RANZGOG ATM in Pelvic Floor) in 2016. I became an O&G Specialist in 2017.

I love the opportunity I have to talk with women about the issues that are important to them, and to work together with them to improve their health and quality of life. My clinical special interests include pelvic floor disorders (prolapse, urinary/faecal incontinence), menopause, menstrual disorders, pelvic pain and previous birth trauma or sexual assault. I am available for private specialist consultations, colposcopy and laparoscopic, hysteroscopic and prolapse surgery. I operate at Ascot Hospital in Greenlane and at Auckland City Surgical Services in Remuera Road. I am an on-call doctor for MEDSAC (Medical Sexual Abuse Clinicians) at the Greenlane Clinical Centre as I believe strongly that the care of women following sexual assault is an essential aspect of their path to recovery.

I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and lead the Obstetrics and Gynaecology teaching programme for Year 5 medical students. I am involved with several research projects, including a NZ multi-centre trial of induction of labour and the utility of a vaginal pressure sensor probe (Femfit®) for pelvic floor disorders.

I am married and we have four children ranging in ages from 1 to 21 years. My hobbies include cycling, cooking and playing the piano.

Our Services

  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain, endometriosis
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Colposcopy and treatment of cervical abnormalities
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Menopause
  • Adolescent gynaecology
  • Cervical screening
  • Early pregnancy problems such as miscarriage
  • Vulval disease
  • Post pregnancy problems
  • IUD fitting

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