Meet Our Team

Primary IVF has brought together a team of leading IVF specialists, nurses and scientists to guide and assist you through your IVF journey. They each have a wealth of experience in the IVF industry and are committed to excellence and positive patient outcomes.

Dr. Janelle McDonald

Medical Director

Dr Janelle McDonald is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and has undertaken advanced training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. After completing sub-speciality training in this area, Janelle received the Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) and was the Medical Director at Sydney IVF (ACT) for five years. She has been working in IVF and infertility clinics for more than 15 years and is currently an examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

She has expertise in the management of hormonal problems from childhood through to menopause, including those with premature ovarian dysfunction. Janelle likes to get to know her patients and their families well and to involve them in decision-making throughout their treatment.
Janelle offers comprehensive care for all types of female and male infertility including IVF, ICSI and surgical sperm retrieval.

Dr. Julie Lukic

Fertility Specialist

Dr Julie Lukic began her formal training in obstetrics and gynaecology at The Royal Hospital for Women in 1996, where she became a Fellow in Reproductive Medicine. In 2004, she completed a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal. Julie is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG), a member of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and a member of the American and European Societies of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM, ESHRE).

Julie has completed over 4000 oocyte collections and embryo transfers and is skilled in all aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) cycle management. She also has training in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, focusing on the surgical treatment of infertility and in 2006 completed the Advanced Integrated Training Program in Minimal Access Pelvic Surgery.

Dr. Susan George

Fertility Specialist

Dr Susan George is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists with a Masters of Reproductive Medicine from the University of NSW and extensive experience in the treatment of infertility. Dr George trained at Modbury Public Hospital in Adelaide before returning to India where she was instrumental in the establishment and development of the reproductive unit at the Christian Medical College in Vellore India. Dr George returned to Australia after 11 years at the Christian Medical College where she was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Following 2 years with Queensland Health as a staff Specialist Dr George joined Primary IVF to pursue her love of reproductive medicine.

She joins us with extensive experience in fertility gynaecology and assisted reproductive medicine.

Dr Jim Heymann

Fertility Specialist

Dr Heymann is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists and a member of the Fertility Society of Australia.

No stranger to Brisbane Dr Heymann completed his Secondary education in Oxley, Brisbane. Dr Heymann received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Queensland in 1985. Jim completed his Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fellowship as a Senior Registrar at Salisbury Hospital in England, 2001. In 2004 Jim attended Advanced Training in Laparoscopic Surgery in Sydney and was awarded Best Surgical Award. In 2005 Jim underwent intensive training in Assisted Reproductive Technologies under the mentorship of Professor Kovacs. Since undergoing this training Jim has been affiliated with Monash IVF in North Queensland.

With 13 years as a Private Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and 11 years in Assisted Reproductive Technology with Monash IVF Jim joins us with his extensive experience in Laparoscopic Surgery and Fertility. Jim is an extremely passionate specialist, who prides himself in providing warm, compassionate care. Jim is also fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.

Associate Professor Christopher James

Fertility Specialist

Clinical Associate Professor Christopher James graduated from the University of Sydney and completed his medical and specialist training at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Sydney, and the Royal Hospital for Women, Paddington. He was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) in 1979.He was a founding Member, then Fellow, of the Royal Australian (now the Royal Australian and New Zealand) College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) and entered private practice as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Wollongong in 1980.

He was Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada from 1988 to 1990, training in pelvic microsurgery, laparoscopic tubal surgery reproductive endocrinology and IVF.

Returning to Wollongong in 1990, he re-entered practice as a Gynaecologist subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He was the first gynaecologist to perform microsurgical tubal sterilisation reversals in the Illawarra region and introduced laparoscopic treatment of fallopian tube disease and ectopic pregnancy in addition to the medical treatment of ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate. He was the first to adopt hysteroscopic surgery for the treatment of an intrauterine septum, fibroids, polyps and adhesions. He achieved the first pregnancy in the Illawarra using pulsatile GnRH and later, with gonadotrophins

In 1994 Associate Professor James was instrumental in the establishment of IVF in the Illawarra region.

In 1995 he was awarded Certification as a subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CREI) by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

He practices at Primary IVF in Sydney, and maintains an active teaching role in the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Wollongong.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to medicine and medical education.

Dr Linda Walmsley

Dr Linda Walmsley is a South African trained Obstetrican and Gynaecologist currently residing in Melbourne. She completed her undergraduate training in South Africa and worked for a few years in regional and rural centres gaining experience in her chosen field. She completed her post graduate studies at the University of Cape Town. Once qualified, she remained in the department as a senior lecturer and consultant and trained further in Reproductive Medicine.

Linda relocated to Melbourne in 2016 for the opening of the new branch of Primary IVF where she now works as full time Fertility Specialist.

Rosemarie Cullinan

Scientific Director

Master of Science in Medicine (Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics) – University of Sydney

Rosemarie has a wealth of experience in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). She has been involved in this area from the implementation of technologies as they advanced in the 1990’s to current emerging innovations. She has managed IVF laboratories both large and small, here in Australia and overseas. She is committed to ensuring the highest standards of laboratory processes translate into the greatest chance of success for patients.

Rosemarie heads the committed team of skilled, empathic and professional scientists at Primary IVF. Her team micromanages the meticulous processes involved in the growth of your embryos.

Karina Garea

Nursing Manager
Bachelor of Nursing

Karina was appointed Nursing Manager in April 2015, with the responsibility of managing the nursing team ensuring that Primary IVF continues to deliver affordable, accessible and high quality care to our patients. Karina brings with her extensive experience and knowledge ranging from IVF nursing, general nursing, midwifery, child & family health, and business.