At Coastal IVF you will be cared for by a dedicated team of doctors, embryologists, nurses, midwives and administration staff. We believe this small team approach is essential to providing high quality patient care.
DR PAUL STOKESObstetrician & Gynaecologist, Medical Director
With over 35 years experience in IVF & Fertility, including complex cases, Dr Paul leads the Coastal IVF team with care and experience.
He was UNSW Sydney medical graduate with Honours – undergraduate research in embryopathology and embryo culture techniques.
From 1982 worked in one of Australia’s first IVF units in Adelaide and then in a UK fertility program. From 1987, established a private medical practice with special interest in infertility and diagnostic ultrasound. 1996 – clinical update at Monash IVF, Melbourne and introduction of IVF services to the Sunshine Coast through establishment of Coastal IVF at Maroochydore.
DR BENJAMIN STOKESObstetrician & Gynaecologist, Clinical Director
Ben joined the Coastal IVF team in 2022. After graduating from Monash University, Ben has been completing his specialty training at several major hospitals in South East Queensland. During this time he also completed a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and pursued a special interest in infertility and minimally invasive surgery.
Ben feels having a family is one of the greatest joys in life. The ability to help and support patients to achieve a healthy pregnancy is what drove Ben to O&G. Ben believes tailoring care to the individual is essential to achieving the best clinical outcome and patient experience.
DR ROBERT NORTHObstetrician & Gynaecologist
From 2007 to 2015 Dr North was a GP Obstetrician and practice principal in rural Victoria. During his tenure, Dr Robert found the obstetric part of his day the most rewarding, and so embarked on further O+G specialty training & qualification.
Dr North is committed to continuity of care for his patients and delivers a range of specialist services.
PETER JACKSONDirector of Embryology
Dip.M.L.T., Dip. M. L. T. (Bact).
Peter is a University of Rhodesia medical laboratory technology graduate with more than 30 years’ experience in IVF managing laboratories in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. In 2002, he relocated to the Sunshine Coast as our Director of Embryology.
Peter has a special interest in gamete and embryo micromanipulation. He is a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE), the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT). Peter is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, lecturing in the Clinical Embryology course of the Biomedical Science degree.
LOUISE BURRELLPractice Manager R.N, R.M
Louise graduated from Homerton College in Cambridge UK 25 years ago, first as a registered nurse and 2 years later qualifying as a Midwife. Louise emigrated to Australia in 2006. During this time, she worked for many years in a local private hospital undertaking a variety of nursing and midwifery roles including both clinical, supervisory and Managerial positions.
Louise joined Coastal IVF in early 2020, and her role as Practice manager involves all aspects of practice administration and management. Louise is the person to contact regarding queries related to treatment fees, queries about Medicare and the private health industry. Louise also assists when required with nursing management and for patient procedures.
SARAH ROBINSONRegistered Nurse & Midwife
Sarah has worked as a Registered Nurse for almost 25 years, and as a Midwife for 20 of those. Sarah is a member of both the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and the Fertility Nurses Association (FNA). She was awarded the midwifery prize at the Australian Catholic University for her clinical and academic achievements.
Sarah has experience working in a large tertiary hospital in all areas of midwifery (special care nursery, antenatal and postnatal wards, and birthing suites). She held a senior position in the specialist area of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Young Women’s Outreach Program. Sarah has developed antenatal education programs for both public and private hospitals.
ERIN HAWKINRegistered Nurse & Midwife
Erin has over 18 years’ experience as a registered nurse and midwife and has been part of the Coastal IVF since 2010.
She previously held a variety of clinical roles at several maternity units in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. She was a Lecturer and Clinical Facilitator for Enrolled Nursing Students. Erin previously worked for one of the largest IVF companies in Australia and helped establish clinics in both Queensland and Victoria.
Erin’s role at Coastal IVF includes the co-ordination and management of patient clinical cycles, and the liaison between the varied multi-disciplinary medical teams involved in fertility management.
JO GILESRegistered Nurse & Midwife
Jo joined our team in 2022 bringing over 30 years of experience as a nurse and midwife in both the public and private sector. She worked at the Mater Mothers in Brisbane before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2005, when she started working at Buderim Private Hospital.
Jo enjoys working in all areas of her field, including antenatal care, education, labour, postnatal and general nursing. While maintain a casual position at Buderim Private Hospital, she is now grateful and excited to support families throughout their fertility, pregnancy, and birthing journeys.
JENNIFER STOKESDirector & Registered Nurse
Jenny is a Registered Nurse who has worked in adult and neonatal intensive care.
She has 15 years experience in private medical practice management. As well as general nursing responsibilities including surgical procedures in the unit Jenny is responsible for the administration and financial enquiries at Coastal IVF.
LIZ HANSENSenior Embryologist, Laboratory and Quality Manager
Liz joined the Coastal IVF embryology team in 2021, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the field. Liz has always had a love for fertility science, having initially worked in stem cell research prior to pursuing a career in Embryology.
Liz has trained in all aspects of embryology and andrology, including biopsy. She have a strong background in quality improvement and laboratory compliance, ultimately leading to better outcomes for our patients.