20 May 2021

TasIVF Welcomes New Medical Director, Dr Manuela Toledo

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Dr Bill Watkins is planning to retire after 25 years leading the TasIVF team. Bill leaves behind a lasting legacy, taking on the family business and building a first-class IVF service. Bill’s passion for equitable access to Assisted Reproductive Services has made IVF more accessible to Tasmanians. In many ways, Bill has been the face of IVF in Tasmania for the past three decades. 

His vision to strengthen TasIVF’s future through joining the Virtus network and embracing initiatives such as One Lab has seen TasIVF achieve excellent patient outcomes – so much so that today, TasIVF’s success rates sit at the top of the Virtus group.

Supporting Bill’s transition to retirement, Dr Lyndon Hale has been interim Medical Director as we conducted a search for Bill’s successor. TasIVF is very pleased to announce that we have made a permanent appointment and Dr Manuela Toledo will take over as Medical Director on 1 July 2021. 

“Manuela is a familiar face, having practised intermittently at TasIVF for the past five years with our doctors and staff. She has also been a fertility specialist with Melbourne IVF for 15 years and established a successful practice there. I look forward to handing over to Manuela and am confident that  her clinical leadership and expert knowledge will serve the TasIVF team and the wider Tasmanian l community well,” said Dr Watkins.

We congratulate and welcome Manuela to her new role. With Bill’s retirement, Manuela will be the only qualified CREI in Tasmania and brings with her an incredible depth of skill and knowledge, specialising in complex infertility and second opinions. 

We would like to thank Bill for everything that he has created here at TasIVF, and wish him well in his retirement. The team at TasIVF also extends their thanks to Lyndon Hale for his contributions as interim Medical Director.

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