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Our Staff

SONOLOGISTS

Associate Professor Joanne Said has many years’ experience in general obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine having worked in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department of The Royal Women’s Hospital for many years. She is currently the Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sunshine Hospital where she has developed a holistic program to care for women with high-risk pregnancies. She performs diagnostic ultrasound based procedures (e.g. amniocentesis) and is qualified with over 15 years’ experience to counsel patients regarding the range of testing options available. She is a training supervisor for trainee obstetricians and Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellows and is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Board of Examiners, examining Ultrasound and Maternal Fetal Medicine candidates.

She is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings, and oversees a range of research projects at Sunshine Hospital.

Jo enjoys travel as well as spending time with her family and dog.

Dr Stefan Kane MBBS BA BMedSc FRANZCOG CMFM DDU(O&G) is a maternal fetal medicine subspecialist obstetrician based primarily at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, where he is head of the Fetal Medicine Unit and acting head of the Diabetes Unit. His clinical engagements cover the spectrum of high-risk pregnancy care, and include preterm birth prevention, multiple pregnancy, fetal medicine and maternal medical disorders in pregnancy. He also performs tertiary-level fetal and gynaecological ultrasound.

Stefan's primary research focus is on the maternal neurological effects of pre-eclampsia. His PhD research project aims to evaluate the potential utility of maternal ophthalmic ultrasound in assessing changes in the cerebrovasculature and intracranial pressure of pre-eclamptic women. Other research interests include structural and genetic fetal anomalies, red blood cell alloimmunisation, preterm birth prevention, and early pregnancy prediction of later complications.

He has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, and has acted as site co-ordinator for a number of international randomised controlled trials. Stefan is actively engaged in teaching at all levels, from medical students to advanced specialist trainees, and holds an honorary position as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

He has a longstanding interest in prevocational medical education, and serves as an accreditation team leader for the intern accreditation authorities in Victoria and Queensland. He also serves as honorary secretary on the Council of the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the steering committees for the Women's and Newborn Health network of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, and the Interdisciplinary Maternal Perinatal Australasian Collaborative Trials (IMPACT) Network of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Stefan is married with four children.

Dr Shawn Choong completed his specialist training in Melbourne having commenced his career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Dublin Ireland, transferring to the Mercy Hospital for Women in 1992.

He has been a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist Sonologist at the Medical Imaging Department of the Mercy Hospital for Women for well over a decade now, and has founded Northern Ultrasound for Women in 2004 as the first practice to provide tertiary level women's ultrasound imaging in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. At the Mercy Hospital for Women, he also works with the Perinatal Medicine Department performing complex prenatal procedures such as Fetal Blood Sampling and Transfusion.

Dr Choong maintains his commitment to education by examining for the COGU subspecialty as well as for the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM). He has completed his term as Chair of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Ultrasound Committee (COGU subspecialty oversight) at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 2016, Dr Choong received a special ASUM award for his many years of service to Obstetric and Gynaecological ultrasound.

Dr Choong is also a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist Sonologist at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit, Sunshine Hospital - Western Health.

His extracurricular duties include involvement in the overseas development aid sector as a board member for CBM Australia.

Shawn, his wife, son and dog share a passion for sailing.

FETAL CARDIOLOGIST

Dr Paul Brooks is a Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist trained in both Melbourne and internationally in Canada. He was previously Head of Echocardiography and Fetal Cardiology at British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to training in Paediatrics he spent two years as a volunteer medical officer working in Vanuatu; this experience has shaped his ongoing approach to helping families understand and manage their children's heart conditions. Paul enjoys developing a supportive relationship with his patients and families, many of whom he meets and follows throughout childhood.

GENETIC COUNSELLORS

Loren Barron is an experienced perinatal genetic counsellor who completed a Master’s degree in Genetic Counselling in 2010 at Melbourne University and has vast experience working at Melbourne IVF, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Victorian Clinical Genetics Service, The Royal Women’s Hospital and the Maternal Fetal Medicine department at Sunshine hospital. Loren has specialised experience in counselling and advising in all forms of aneuploidy screening such as Non Invasive Prenatal Screening and Maternal Serum Screening. In addition to this, Loren has a special interest in high-risk pregnancies and providing an individualised approach to counselling for diagnostic procedures such as Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling.

Kate Riley is a Genetic Counsellor with extensive experience in prenatal genetic counselling. She completed her training in genetic counselling at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Kate has experience working in many speciality areas of genetic counselling, having previously worked at Monash Ultrasound for Women, Monash Medical Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Women’s and Children’s hospital in Adelaide. Her role at Western Imaging is to provide high quality genetic counselling for Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening, Genetic Carrier screening and diagnostic testing procedures. She also works in the Maternal Fetal Medicine department at Sunshine hospital and has a passion for working with women and couples about the implications of genetic conditions and to assist with informed decision making.

 

SONOGRAPHERS

Bowen Salvas trained as a Sonographer at Monash Medical Centre, a tertiary referral hospital where he specialised in Obstetrics and Paediatrics. He was a senior sonographer as part of the Fetal Diagnostic Unit (FDU) at Monash Health. He has worked in tertiary Obstetric practices and public hospitals both in Australia and in London (Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals). Bowen has worked as the key obstetric Sonographer at the William Angliss Hospital and currently works as a senior Sonographer at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital.

Whenever Bowen is not working, he enjoys escaping with his family to the beach.

Danoush Fardsavar currently works in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital and oversees the ultrasound training of Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrars and midwives. He originally trained at Monash Health and was involved with Fetal Diagnostic Unit (FDU), Fetal Monitoring Unit (FMU) and vascular imaging labs at Southern Health. Danoush worked in tertiary obstetric practices and public hospitals both in Australia and in London (Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals). Danoush has extensive experience as a tutor Sonographer and has successfully mentored a large number of Melbourne based Sonographers.

Danoush enjoys spending time with his young family.

Marlon Capiral is an experienced obstetric sonographer who successfully graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He also works at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital where he is involved in training obstetrics and gynaecology registrars and midwives.

Having worked in both the public and private sectors within New Zealand and Australia, Marlon has been involved in diagnostic imaging for over 6 years, and has a special interest in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound.

When not at work, Marlon enjoys spending time with family and has a particular interest in thrill seeking adventures such as skydiving and bungee jumping.

Taryn Gilbertson developed a keen interest in Obstetric and Gynaecology ultrasound working with the team of Sonographers and Specialists within the Fetal Medicine, Fetal Monitoring and Gynaecology Units at Monash Health. As a senior Sonographer within this Department, she enjoyed the challenges of embracing new technology, mentoring and training staff.

More recently Taryn has enjoyed the challenge of balancing family with her work taking a part time position at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne between the births of her two cheeky boys. This position furthered her experience in Fetal Medicine as well as fostering an interest in the evolving role of Ultrasound in the diagnosis of endometriosis and other gynaecological conditions improving both the medical and emotional outcomes for the patient.

Taryn has found it a pleasure to be part of the team at Western Imaging for Women and the Maternal Fetal Medicine department at Sunshine Hospital since joining them in 2015. She understands the impact a diagnosis of an illness or disability has on the individual and family and the importance of an empathetic and supportive medical team.

Taryn enjoys hanging out with two young sons, getting outdoors for a run and holidays at the beach.

Catherine Jeyabala trained at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) in general and emergency Ultrasound. She then went on to train at Mercy Hospital for Women (Heidelberg), a tertiary centre for Women's imaging. To further her exposure in Women's imaging and Obstetrics, Catherine worked at Monash Ultrasound for Women. She is currently working at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital. She is passionate about Fetal cardiology and ensuring all her patients have a caring experience.

NURSES

Judy Jackson is a highly experienced Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked broadly in all areas of maternity care. Her warm and bright manner, combined with extensive practice contributes greatly to our clinical services provided. Judy also works at the Epworth Maternity Special Care Nursery in East Melbourne.

Her time off is well spent with her family, in her garden or quilting.

Jess Huynh Having worked in a community as a nurse and providing early antenatal care and childhood immunisations, Jess always felt that she was missing a major component in her line of work - which was providing continuity of care for the woman throughout her pregnancy journey, hence she decided to study midwifery and is now dual registered. Jess is passionate about women’s health and providing woman centred care. She is also bilingual and speaks Vietnamese fluently. When not at work, you can find Jess in a studio practicing her Pilates.

PRACTICE MANAGER

Elli Darabi has completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences followed by completing a Double-Degree in HR Management and Business Management. She has been working in healthcare sector both in General Practitioner and Specialist clinics for nearly ten years now. She also has skills in Marketing and Sales, and has been able to establish great relationships with doctors and allied health professionals around Victoria. She has a great understanding of patient care and enjoys helping others!

Elli’s passion is soccer and plays Futsal a few nights a week. She also enjoys travelling and skydiving.

RECEPTIONIST

Our team of medical receptionists are the first point of contact for patients, doctors and other health providers. At Western Imaging for Women, we recognise the main role that medical receptionists play in operating smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

All our receptionists are self-motivated, have a friendly professional manner, and will be able to support and help you with your enquiries.

Laura Vazquez

Alexia D’Artista

We are proud to say that Western Imaging for Women has been providing care since 2014, with goals to expand and have multiple sites in operation in the near future to support women in their local environment.