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Meet Our Team

Dr. Sarah Philpot

Dr. Sarah Philpot

Weight Loss Practitioner

Sarah graduated in medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne UK in 1987. Having worked at Nambour General Hospital for a year in 1991, she returned to settle in Buderim in 1997, working in general practice and raising her family here.

She currently divides her time between surgical assistance and consulting at the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre, and has been a valued member of our team since 2009.

Dr. Chris Lawson

Dr. Chris Lawson

Weight Loss Practitioner

Chris Lawson graduated in Medicine in 1989 and is a Fellow of the RACGP. He works in general practice as well as consulting at the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre, and teaches medical students.

Chris has been with our practice since 2010 and has helped patients achieve their weight loss goals using the best available evidence within our team based approach.

 

Dr. Wendy Whittingham

Dr. Wendy Whittingham

Weight Loss Practitioner

Wendy completed her medical degree 1992 at the University of Qld and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She currently divides her time between surgical assisting and consulting at the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre and has been a valued member of our team since 2009.

 

April Crickmore

April Crickmore

Secretary / Admin Officer

April is a receptionist at the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre for 11 years and has been a medical receptionist for the majority of her working life. She is an active member at team meetings and is an indispensable help with the practice running smoothly.

 

Kishani Turner

Kishani Turner

Dietitian

Kishani has been a dietitian for over 20 years and has an interest in bariatric dietetics, working with Sally and the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre for support of patients both pre-operatively and post operatively, including long-term follow up.

 

Dr. Natasha Jivan

Dr. Natasha Jivan

Psychologist

Natasha has over a decade of dedicated experience in mental health, working as a registered nurse and as a registered psychologist. During this time, Natasha has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology with Honors, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Natasha is trained in a wide variety of psychological interventions and treats a variety of psychological conditions, however she specialises in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity.

Natasha considers the unique circumstances of each client and is driven to provide connection, support and appropriate psychological assessment and interventions.

Natasha’s roles and qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Nursing | Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours)
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology
  • Ass. Member of The Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Full registration as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health
  • Full registration as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPR)

Natasha is passionate about psychological therapy and is trained in a variety of interventions including:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) | Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Julie

Julie

Clinical Psychologist

Julie is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Julie is trained in a wide range of clinical interventions and treats a wide range of psychological conditions including but not limited to anxiety disorders, depression and psychosocial issues impacting on mental health, including obesity. Julie has recently joined the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre team.
Julie has full registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (APHRA) and is a Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

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