Can you tell us a bit about your professional background?

I moved from rural Victoria to Melbourne to study medicine. I completed my undergraduate medical degree at Monash University, graduating in 2009. From my first rotation in obstetrics and gynaecology in 3rd year university, I knew this was the specialty for me! An amazing consultant (and mentor) from Ghana told me to do what I enjoy – if only he knew I was now an O&G consultant myself, just like him!

I gained experience at many hospitals prior to entering obstetrics and gynaecology training, including 18 months in remote Queensland (Mt Isa). My training was undertaken at Sunshine Hospital, the Royal Women’s Hospital, Ballarat Hospital and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (in Sydney). Through these hospitals I have gained experience in general gynaecology, gynaecological oncology, and both low and high risk obstetrics.

In addition to my private work, I am a public obstetrician/gynaecologist at Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself, on a personal level?

I love running, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Travel always fills my cup, and is a lovely way to explore beautiful scenery, enjoy delicious food and experience unique cultures.

Animals will always hold a special place in my heart. I have an adorable 14 year old husky cross samoyed rescue called Milo, and I volunteer at a farm sanctuary fortnightly. I am always happy to oblige by showing photos!

What areas of women’s health do you specialise in / what areas are you particularly passionate about?

My special interests include the management of abnormal cervical screening (including colposcopy), heavy menstrual bleeding, and contraception. I am passionate about women and people requiring gynaecological care feeling empowered to discuss their concerns, and make informed decisions regarding their bodies and health.

What made you decide to become part of the Maven Centre team?

Ideally, work is a place you enjoy. To make this happen, you need to work with people who have similar values and a great vibe. Everyone at Maven Centre practices holistic person-centred care ,and wants the best for our patients. We offer complementary skillsets, and work as a multi-disciplinary team. Passionate women caring for people of the west!

Can you discuss a particularly rewarding or memorable experience you’ve had working with a patient? What did you learn from that experience?

Rewarding experiences occur daily. My work puts me in an extremely privileged position in the lives of my patients. You travel with them through the highs, the lows, the fear, and the joy. By providing a safe space, a listening ear and knowledge, my hope is that all patients feel understood. My aim is to give this experience to everyone who sees me.

What can patients expect when they come to see you?

Honesty, patience, and to be heard. I want everyone to feel empowered and part of the decision-making process.

How do you work to empower women to take charge of their own health and wellbeing?

Having honest conversations, ensuring they have the most up-to-date information and creating a safe, non-judgemental space. The more that can be asked and learnt, the more comfortable all people seeking gynaecological care, including gender diverse people, feel in making empowered decisions about their bodies and health.

We look forward to collaborating with you to help you to be your best.