Denise Donati, IVF Clinic Manager, Sunshine Coast
Denise grew up in beautiful Tasmania where she started her career as a midwife. She then successfully completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and obtained her Masters of Nursing with her Major being infertility in 1992. In 1994 Denise was asked to manage a local infertility unit and after 2 years established Launceston’s first IVF unit.
Relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 1999 saw her working as IVF Sunshine Coast’s Nurse Manager for 8 years during which time she established the nursing aspect of IVF Bundaberg along with IVF Bundaberg’s senior nurse Ngaire McRae. In 2007 Denise left IVF Sunshine Coast when she saw an opportunity to make a difference for her patients and assisted by Drs James Orford, George Bogiatzis and scientists, she then established Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast. In 2007, Denise was approached to set up Fertility Solutions Bundaberg IVF clinic after the sudden closure of the local IVF unit. She took on this challenge along with Ngaire McRae, who joined the Fertility Solutions team in 2007 and Fertility Solutions Bundaberg was established in November of that year.
Denise regularly travels overseas as an invited guest speaker presenting on various IVF and nurse management topics. Her in-depth knowledge in fertility care as well as nurse education and training is second to none. Denise is the most experienced fertility nurse in IVF on the Sunshine Coast and manages both the Sunshine Coast IVF clinic in Buderim and the IVF fertility clinic in Bundaberg.
Kim, Fertility Nurse Specialist and Donor Coordinator, Sunshine Coast
Kim started her career as a midwife in 2003, where she worked in the Ninewells Hospital and the local Dundee area in the United Kingdom (UK). During this time she gained invaluable experience as a hospital midwife with community care. Then in November 2004, Kim decided to specialise in IVF, working in a predominantly nurse-led clinic at the Assisted Conception Unit in Ninewells.
After spending her whole life in the UK, she along with her family, moved to Brisbane in 2008, where she initially worked in the Maternity Wards at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Then in January 2010, Kim chose to return to IVF where her passion lies and worked with City Fertility Centre in their Brisbane City office. However with her long-term plan of living and working on the Sunshine Coast when, in 2014 an opportunity arose to work at Fertility Solutions, Kim jumped at the chance and started as a Fertility Nurse Specialist. She has since been promoted to Nurse Team Leader and continues to share her passion for guiding couples through their fertility journey.
Michelle, Fertility Nurse Specialist, Sunshine Coast
For the past 30 years, Michelle has worked as an on-call nurse in PNG, as an educator for disability carers, as well as nursing in aged care, adult and paediatric surgical and medical wards and school nursing.
She has completed further studies in acute paediatric nursing, paediatric pain management and accident and emergency care.
She recently joined the Fertility Solutions team as a Fertility Nurse specialist at the Sunshine Coast Clinic. Her aim is to provide patients and families with quality support and advice throughout their fertility treatment, creating an environment within the clinic that is warm and welcoming.
Michelle is married with three children ranging from 11-24 years. Born in Toowoomba, she spent her childhood in PNG and teenage years in Caloundra. In 1984, she graduated from the Princess Alexandra Hospital as an endorsed enrolled nurse. Ten years later she undertook a BSc in Nursing at the Griffith University in Brisbane.
Paula Hatchman, Fertility Nurse Specialist, Sunshine Coast
Paula started work at Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast in its inaugural year – 2007. She came from a background in midwifery, gynaecology & practice nursing prior to her introduction to fertility nursing in Toowoomba in early 2000. Paula’s role as a senior nurse at the Clinic is both rewarding and exciting. She is passionate about providing quality care & support to patients undertaking their fertility journey.
Paula & her husband George, have 3 grown up daughters and are enjoying their “sea change” since their move from Toowoomba to the Sunshine Coast in 2007. She loves sharing travel adventures with George & keeping active with gardening, yoga, bike riding & walking on the beach. Paula is excited with her brand new role this year as ‘ Nanni “ to her 2 little grandsons.
Carol, Fertility Nurse Specialist, Bundaberg
Carol qualified as a Registered Nurse in the U.K. She emigrated to Australia in 2005 and moved to Bundaberg in 2008. In the U.K. she specialised in emergency care and diabetes.
Carol has now been working for Fertility Solutions since 2010 and in that time has enjoyed helping the clinic grow and provide more and more services to the Wide Bay, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, and Rockhampton regions.
Carol gets great satisfaction in helping her clients fulfill their dream of hoping to become parents. She enjoys working closely with and supporting you through a sometimes difficult and challenging time in your life.
Leigh, Fertility Nurse Specialist, Sunshine Coast
Leigh was born and raised in Brisbane and completed her training as a registered nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital. She then worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in various fields of nursing before completing an Intensive Care Course.
Leigh moved to the Sunshine Coast where she trained as a Midwife at Nambour General Hospital. She then combined her skills and worked for a period of time at Royal Brisbane’s Women’s Hospital in in NICU before moving back to the Coast to have a family of her own.
Leigh has continued to work in the field of women’s and children’s health since that time and successfully graduated from Sunshine Coast University in 2014 with a Masters of Midwifery.
Leigh is pleased to have joined the Fertility Solutions team with the aim of assisting families through their fertility journey here on the Sunshine Coast.
Tanysha Nursing Assistant, Sunshine Coast
Tanysha has lived on the Sunshine Coast her entire life and could never imagine living or raising her young son anywhere else.
She studied Child Care as a teenager, and went on to work as a Personal Assistant in the real estate industry.
Tanysha was looking for a change in career where she could pursue her passion in the nursing industry.
She is so excited to be part of the team at Fertility Solutions Buderim and looks forward to helping couples realise their dreams of starting or growing their families.
Now that you have met our nurses, see what they do by reading A Day in the Life Of A Fertility Nurse.