Our Doctors Dr John WhitakerMBChB, FRANZCOG, MRCOG, CGO John graduated at the University of Otago in 1977. Completed general O&G training in the UK and New Zealand and then two years training in Gynaecological Oncology at Gateshead in the UK. Works as a Gynaecological Oncologist at National Women’s Hospital as well as in private practice. Obtained CGO (Certificate in Gynaecological Oncology) in 1998 and is actively involved in clinical pathological review of gynaecological cancers. Dr Ai Ling TanMBBS DipObs FRANZCOG MRCOG CGO Ai Ling is an experienced gynaecological oncologist specialising in the surgical treatment of gynaecological cancers, pre-cancers and some non-cancerous gynaecological conditions. Ai Ling initially trained in Australia, then completed her obstetrics and gynaecology specialist training at the National Women’s Hospital in Auckland and Brighton Hospital in the United Kingdom. She underwent formal subspecialty training in Gynaecological Oncology in Sydney and Melbourne to obtain a certificate in gynaecological oncology (CGO). Since 1994 Ai Ling has worked as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and since 2002 as a gynaecological oncologist at the Auckland District Health Board. Ai Ling also works in private as a Gynaecological Oncologist at Ascot Central Women’s Clinic and operates at Ascot Hospital though she is also accredited to operate in Southern Cross hospitals. Ai Ling was a founding board member of the New Zealand Gynaecological Foundation until late 2016. She is committed to continuing her work in increasing awareness and prevention of gynaecological cancers, communicating and educating the public and colleagues to make a difference. Ai ling is also passionate about helping women overseas by working with local specialists and has recently accepted the role of to implement a new Gynaecological Oncology training program for Doctors from smaller nations of the Pacific. Dr Simon EdmondsBSc MBBS DFFP FRCSEd FRCOG FRANZCOG Simon is dual trained in general surgery and gynaecology, with a special interest in the management of severe endometriosis and laparoscopic/minimally invasive surgical techniques in the treatment of pelvic pathology, including laparoscopic hysterectomy and complex adhesions. Following completion of his training at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, Simon worked for 5 years in the South East of England, performing all aspects of gynaecological surgery under the mentorship of Mr Mohamed Hefni, including laparoscopic and pelvic floor repair procedures. He moved to New Zealand in 2010, where he worked for 8 years at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland, as the lead for minimally invasive surgery and as clinical lead in gynaecology 2011-2014. He was the Training Programme Director for the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) 2-year training fellowship, one of only 2 such accredited hospitals in NZ. He left the public system in 2018 and now works solely at Ascot Central Women’s Clinic. He is the NZ board member for AGES and is lead for gynaecology on the Clinical Advisory Board at Mercy/Ascot Hospitals in Auckland. He is also a member of the Endometriosis Specialists Advisory Group of the charitable trust Endometriosis NZ. Simon is passionate about teaching and regularly organises conferences in Australia and NZ with his fellow AGES board members. He teaches on anatomical and surgical update courses and continues to share his skills and learn from other colleagues in gynaecology. In his spare time, Simon likes cooking, mountain biking and Pilates. Dr Anna-Marie Van der Merwe MBchB, FRANZCOG Anna completed her medical training at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2000 and worked at Hillingdon Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She moved to New Zealand in 2006 and undertook her post graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Waikato and Counties Manukau DHB. Anna completed her fellowship in Gynaecological laparoscopy and minimal access surgery at SAGE (South Auckland Gynaecology Endoscopy unit) and was awarded an AGES(Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery) fellowship qualification in 2014. Her special interests include pelvic pain, colposcopy, minimal access surgery and endometriosis Dr Douglas Barclay MBBS, MA, MRCOG, FRANZCOG Mr Douglas Barclay, Gynaecological Surgeon is a UK trained gynaecologist with a special interest in minimal access surgery including laparoscopic hysterectomy, treatment of endometriosis and hysteroscopy. His training was in South West England – Bristol and Plymouth and he has been a Consultant at Middlemore Hospital since 2009. Dr Sarah CorbettBHB MBCHB FRANZCOG Sarah is a gynaecologist who has completed her fellowship in gynaecological laparoscopy and minimal access surgery, and was awarded an AGES (Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery) qualification in 2016. She has an interest in laparoscopic hysterectomy, treatment of endometriosis and ovarian cysts. She has led the way in her hospital with the use of outpatient hysteroscopy to treat polyps and small submucosal fibroids under local anaesthetic. She is also performs colposcopy and the treatment of cervical lesions. She completed her medical training at the University of Auckland, then has worked around New Zealand while completing her specialist training. Currently she is a specialist at Middlemore Hospital. She loves the outdoors, and is hoping to introduce her two young children to the fun and beauty of the beaches, forests and mountains of New Zealand. Dr Albert De Decker Albert is a gynaecologist with a special interest in uro-gynaecology and minimal access surgery. He was trained as a specialist at the University of Louvain in Belgium and completed a fellowship in reconstructive pelvic floor surgery and endoscopy at the University of NSW in Sydney, Australia. He started working as a consultant at the Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand since 2017, after working for 10 years with the European Hospital Group in Brussels, where he founded the pelvic floor clinic. His hobbies are sports, reading and traveling. Dr Sarah Fitzgibbon MBChB, PGDipObstMedGyn, FRANZCOG Sarah is a New Zealand trained doctor who received her medical degree from the University of Otago. She went on to complete her Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and then her speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the wider Auckland region. In addition Sarah has undertaken a two year fellowship via the Australasian Gynaecology Endoscopy Society in minimal access surgery and advanced laparoscopy. Sarah currently splits her time working as a Specialist Gynaecologist at both National Womens Hospital and Ascot Womens Clinic. Her practice includes general gynaecology, colposcopy, and gynaecological surgery. Her surgical interests include the hysteroscopic and laparoscopic management of ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, menstrual disorders, and severe endometriosis. In addition to this Sarah has a particular passion for the interdisciplinary and collaborative care of women with pelvic pain.” Hannah BHSc Physiotherapy (2004), PGCert Pelvic floor Physiotherapy (2010), NZRP, MPNZ Hannah is a physiotherapist with over 14 years’ experience working in both New Zealand and the UK. Hannah graduated from AUT in 2004 and spent her first few years working at Middlemore Hospital before venturing to the UK where her interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy began. On returning to New Zealand in 2009 Hannah completed a post graduate certificate in pelvic floor physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and more recently completed a professional certificate in pelvic organ prolapse management at the University of South Australia. She has a keen interest in research and is a member of the pelvic floor research group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute through whom she plans to complete a Masters Research study over the next few years. Hannah attends many post graduate courses and conferences and works with the NZ Continence Society presenting workshops on pelvic floor safe exercising. Hannah treats all symptoms related to the pelvic floor including bladder, bowel, prolapse and pain issues. She is passionate about getting women back to where they feel at ease in there body, perform at their best and get the most out of life. Mary I have worked at Ascot Central Womens Clinic since 2005 where we have grown from a team of just three doctors. My interests outside of work are family, exercise and travelling Yolanda I have worked at ACWC since 2013 and very much enjoy the patient contact, team and working environment. My passions outside of work are family, travelling, festival moview and most recently biking albeit electrical. Helen I have worked at ACWC since early 2018 and enjoy facilitating a smooth, hassle-free journey for our patients. I have 2 children, love surfing and am the Chief Fire Officer of the Piha Volunteer Fire Brigade. Jackie Time has flown by rapidly since I started here at ACWC in 2017. I love my job and enjoy being part of a great team. From 1st contact onwards I like to provide a very friendly, caring, professional service to all our patients making their journey as smooth and carefree as possible. Outside of work I lead a busy life, but always try to find time for family, meditation and exercise.