Our expert team of Doctors is lead by Medical Director, Dr Vince Chapple, and Clinical Director, Dr Jay Natalwala.
Vince and Jay have worked together in practice for over twenty-five years. Each with a skillset and expertise that complements the other, and sharing their special interest in infertility, endometriosis and laparoscopic surgery, they are committed to delivering first-class patient care.
Above their significant clinical experience, each of our Fertility Doctors is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG), with additional Masters training in Reproductive Medicine.
Our Doctors are available to the Team to address urgent matters as and when they arise, working work closely with our Nursing, Laboratory and Administration staff to uphold our mission.
Dr Vincent Chapple is a consultant Gyaecologist and Infertility specialist who has a special interest in the management of endometriosis and advanced, minimally invasive (or laparoscopic) surgery.
Dr Chapple studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London and started his Obstetrics and Gynaecology training at St Bartholomew’s and Guys Hospitals before immigrating to Perth, completing his training at King Edward Memorial Hospital in 1996.
He stopped private Obstetric practice to concentrate on the care of infertile couples in 2005 and completed a Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales in 2008. He has been Medical Director of Fertility North for the past 10 years and works in private practice in Glengarry Private Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus.
He also has an adjunct position as a Clinical Mentor for Notre Dame Medical School students.
Dr Jay Natalwala is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist. He consults in all aspects of gynaecology but his main interests are in the management of infertility, advanced minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy) and endometriosis care.
Dr Natalwala studied medicine in Cardiff, UK and specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology after training in Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide. He also completed the Masters of Reproductive Medicine degree from the University of New South Wales.
Dr Natalwala has been in specialist practice since 1996, and ceased private obstetrics in 2004. This allowed him to concentrate on a Gynaecology only service. He has been the Clinical Director of Fertility North since 2003.
Dr Natalwala has been involved for many years in teaching and mentoring of trainees in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialisation programme. He is also a Clinical Mentor to medical undergraduate students from Notre Dame Medical School.
Dr Gian Urbani has been an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist since late 2001, after he qualified from the University of the Free State in South Africa. He then relocated to the Western part of Canada where he developed his broad skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the next 8 years. He developed a keen interest in pelvic reconstructive surgery, but not to the point where he would use a lot of mesh; Dr Urbani supports native tissue repair of pelvic organ prolapse.
His subsequent interest in advanced, minimally invasive gynaecology culminated when he started (in conjunction with Dr Sunny Baruah) the Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy service at the Joondalup Health Campus for public patients.
Dr Megan Byrnes is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in infertility and IVF. She is a graduate from Sydney University completing her Bachelor of Medical Science in 2002 and in 2006 was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Dr Byrnes completed her internship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. In 2007, Megan relocated to Perth and undertook her initial specialist training at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women at Subiaco , and completed her senior training at Joondalup Health Campus. She has completed her Masters Degree in Reproductive Medicine at the University of New South Wales.
In her obstetric practice, she is dedicated to caring for mothers and their babies and optimising their birth experience in the safest way possible. She can manage both uncomplicated and complicated pregnancies and deliveries.
Megan is interested in all aspects of gynaecology particularly endometriosis, complex laparoscopic surgery, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, menstrual management, contraception and family planning.
Maria graduated from St. Petersburg Medical Academy, in 1989, working in Women’s Health for the first 12 years.
In 2002, Maria migrated to New Zealand with her young family to work at Wellington Hospital. Here she completed her specialist training by obtaining a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dunedin University in 2009 and thereafter Maria successfully completed her RANZCOG ITP and was awarded her fellowship in 2014.
With a keen interest in laparoscopic surgery, Maria moved to Sydney to complete a fellowship in Pelvic and Laparoscopic Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital.
She relocated in February 2016 to finally settle in Perth. Currently, Maria works at Joondalup Health Campus as an O&G staff specialist teaching junior staff and is a RANZCOG training supervisor, as well as working at Fertility North.
Maria is fluent in both English and Russian. She has commenced consulting private Fertility and Gynaecology patients. Her areas of special interest are Urogynaecology, Pelvic Pain, Endometriosis and Infertility, Colposcopy and Vulvar Disease, and of course Obstetrics. Maria is currently working towards obtaining her Masters in Reproductive Medicine.
Outside of medicine, Maria is passionate about needlework, gardening, photography and travel.
Dr Jane Chapple grew up in Ireland and did her medical degree at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. After migrating to Australia in 1990 she trained as a GP, also completing her Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Since 2010 Dr Chapple has worked exclusively in fertility medicine, and completed her Masters Degree in Reproductive Medicine in 2015, and a second Masters Degree in Women’s Health Medicine in 2016.
At Fertility North Dr Chapple see patients for initial fertility and pre-conception assessment, and for urgent assessment or review while they are waiting to see their gynaecologist.
No referral is required to have a consultation with Dr Jane Chapple, however we always recommend that your regular GP is aware that you are experiencing fertility issues.
All consultations with Dr Jane Chapple are charged as a time-based consult using GP Medicare item number(s). The expected out of pocket cost (after a Medicare rebate) for a consult with Dr Jane Chapple is approximately $30 per consultation.
Please note that Dr Chapple will be on sabbatical leave from June 2021 until January 2022.