Our Specialists

Shore Birth provides private specialist obstetric care for women during pregnancy and birth as well as shared care and obstetric consultation services.

 

 
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Dr. Vijay Bhoola

MBBS, FCOG (SA),FRANZCOG

Vijay trained and practised Obstetrics and Gynaecology in South Africa before coming to New Zealand in 1998. He is a Consultant at Waitemata Health and visiting consultant at Southern Cross Hospital.  Vijay has a special interest in Medical Education and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Auckland School of Medicine. In 2014 he was awarded the “Distinguished Clinical Teacher” award by the Medical Faculty of the University of Auckland.  

Vijay’s special interests include multiple pregnancy and medical complications of pregnancy.  Vijay also practices general gynaecology and is a CQUIP accredited colposcopist.

Vijay is married and has two adult children – a Pharmacist and an Optometrist.  His hobbies include travel, wine, music and golf.

Other languages – Indian language Gujerathi


DR. kerri Meuli

MBChB, Dip Obs, NZCFP, FRANZCOG

Kerri is a 6th generation Kiwi and graduate of Auckland Medical School.  She was formerly a consultant at Waitemata Health and RANZCOG training supervisor and is now in full time private practice.  Kerri helps manage the joint practice and is an Obstetrician representative on the Maternity Clinical Governance Committee.  She is interested in Quality and Safety and clinical guideline development and is a visiting consultant at Southern Cross North Harbour Hospital.  

Kerri’s special interests include obstetrics, medical and general surgical gynaecology and colposcopy.  She is also a CQUIP accredited colposcopist.

Kerri is married and has three adult children, the younger two are at University.  Her hobbies include walking and hiking, dance (tap and jazz), skiing, church and travel.  She is commencing a Diploma in Pacific Studies.

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Dr Maha Haddad

MB ChB, Dip Obs, FRANZCOG, DDU

Maha originally trained in medicine in Bagdad but completed her Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in New Zealand in 2003.  She also has a Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU) from the Australian Society of Ultrasound medicine.  

Maha is a consultant at Auckland City Hospital (National Women’s) where she also does ultrasound.  She is a director of Shore Birth and practices private obstetrics at Shore Birth and private gynaecology at Shore Women.  She is a visiting consultant to Southern Cross Hospital. Her special interests include high risk obstetrics and ultrasound, medical and general surgical gynaecology and she is a CQUIP accredited colposcopist.

Maha is married to Eddy, a General Practitioner and she has two children.  Her hobbies include singing, music and reading.

Other languages: Arabic


Dr SERGIO STEFANELLI

MD, FRANZCOG

Sergio trained in medicine in Bari, Italy, and then in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Italy, Ireland and the UK before moving to New Zealand.  He then did his full specialist training in New Zealand and obtained his Fellowship with the RANZCOG in 2015.

Sergio is working as an O & G consultant at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital. Sergio’s special interests include general and high-risk obstetrics and he is currently working towards the completion of his Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU).

Sergio is married to Maria, a biologist, and has two children. In his spare time he enjoys family activities and watching football and Asian movies.

Other languages: Italian

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Dr Helen Allen

MB Chb, MRCOG (UK), FRANZCOG

Helen trained in medicine and specialised in O&G in Edinburgh, Scotland. As well as practising O&G in the UK and New Zealand, she has worked as a consultant in Nazareth and in rural Egypt. She has been a medical adviser to developmental agencies and has helped set up a women’s centre for trafficked women and refugees. 

Helen is a Consultant at North Shore Hospital where she has a special interest in diabetes and is the obstetrician for the diabetes in pregnancy clinics.  She maintains an interest in international health and women’s causes but her first love has always been obstetrics.  Helen does two antenatal clinics a month for Shore Birth with a special interest in diabetes and endocrine disorders.

Helen is married with one daughter, a paediatric nurse, and enjoys gardening, walking, skiing and cooking.

Other languages - Arabic


Dr Abir Abed-Ali  

MbCHB, Dip Obs, FRANZCOG

Abir originally trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Bagdad but has been working in New Zealand since 1998. Abir completed her speciality and Fellowship training in New Zealand. She is an O&G consultant at North Shore Hospital and a visiting consultant to Southern Cross Hospital and Shore Surgery. Abir is interested in obstetrics, medical and general surgical gynaecology and is a CQUIP accredited colposcopist. She runs the Colposcopy MDM at North Shore Hospital. Abir is married to Sadiq, a Pathologist, and has two children. Her interests include walking and travel.

Other languages - Arabic


Dr Yvonne Li

MBChB,  FRANZCOG

Yvonne is originally from Hong Kong China but has been living in New Zealand for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of the Auckland Medical School and did her post graduate training in New Zealand obtaining her Fellowship in O&G in 2013.

Yvonne’s special interests include general and high risk obstetrics, general gynaecology and colposcopy.

Yvonne speaks Cantonese and Mandarin as well as English which is a wonderful help for our Chinese patients. She has recently married and enjoys cooking and home improvements. Yvonne is a Sunday School teacher and says she learns a lot from her 3 and 4 year olds! Her hobbies include music, art, movies and crafts.

Other languages – Mandarin and Cantonese


Dr Tin Lok Chiu

MBChB FRANZCOG

Tin is a graduate of Otago Medical School and did his post graduate training in New Zealand and Australia obtaining his Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2014.  He completed two fellowships at St Vincents Hospital and Liverpool Hospital in Sydney in advanced laparoscopic surgery including urogynaecology.  

Tin’s interests include general and high risk obstetrics, general gynaecology in particular laparoscopic surgery, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic masses and cervical abnormalities.  He does prophylactic laparoscopic BSO for women with BRACA gene inheritance and laparoscopic transposition of the ovaries for women requiring pelvic radiation.

Tin is a consultant at Auckland City Hospital (National Women’s) with accreditation in advanced laparoscopic surgery and urogynaecology.  He is practising private obstetrics at Shore Birth and private gynaecology with the Shore Women group on the North Shore and the Auckland Gynaecology Group in the City.

Other languages - Cantonese


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Dr Reshma Desai

MBBS M.D (O&G) FRANZCOG

Reshma originally trained in general medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology in Mumbai, India where she also worked in Private Practice. She moved to New Zealand in 2003 and then completed her local O&G specialty training to obtain her Fellowship with the RANZCOG.

Reshma currently works as a consultant specialist for Waitemata Health at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals.  She is also a visiting gynaecologist at Southern Cross North Harbour Hospital and Shore Surgery.

Reshma has a special interest in teaching and is actively involved in training junior doctors.

Her special interests include obstetrics, general gynaecology and urogynaecology (TVT).

Reshma is a big fan of cricket and tennis and she is a keen badminton player.

Other Languages - Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi