Our Team

Dr. Ian Baxter

Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgeon

Dr Ian Baxter is an Australian trained general surgeon with a special interest in upper gastrointestinal surgery, bariatric surgery and laparoscopic hernia surgery.  He has been a fellow of The Royal Australian College of Surgeons since 1995 and has resided on the Sunshine Coast since 1998.  Dr Baxter completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in the 1980’s and went on the train at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he completed his surgical training.

After fellowship, he had post fellowship training in the United Kingdom at Bath and Edinburgh in upper gastrointestinal surgery.  In 1997 he returned to Queensland to take the job of Director of Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Brisbane, but has always had a longstanding goal to live on the Sunshine Coast and settled with his family in 1998.  He is married with 4 daughters, most of whom are now adults and pursuing their own life paths.

Dr Baxter is the first person to start performing bariatric surgery on the Sunshine Coast shortly after arrival and has been consistently doing this for the past 20 years.  Passed appointments have been to the Younger Fellows Committee at college counsel.  He has been on the Medical Advisory Committee at the Buderim Private Hospital, The Surgical Services Committee at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and The Medical Advisory Committee at Kawana Private Hospital.

Dr Baxter lives rurally and his daughters have strong interests in horse riding.  He enjoys his time outdoors and enjoys the pursuit of gardening.  He is an avid beachgoer, he enjoys the ocean and surfing.  He enjoys music and he has been known to play in a local band, but most of his spare time is spent with his family.  He enjoys international travel when he can.


Sally-Anne Livock


Sally is a dietitian with extensive knowledge in the bariatric field.

With over 25 years’ experience in clinical nutrition and dietetics she can help you achieve your health goals.

She has been involved with our clinic since its inception 18 years ago and has a reputation Australia wide with her bariatric experience.

Kishani Turner


Kishani works as part of the multi-disciplinary team at The Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre.

Being half Italian, Kishani has grown up with an appreciation and respect for good food, from paddock to plate. This lead Kishani to study a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics which she graduated from in 1992.

She started her specialised work in Metabolic Surgery Dietetics in 2010 when she moved to the Sunshine Coast.

Her passion is empowering others. She loves working with the patients at the SCMWLC as they are motivated to change their lives and work on improving their relationship with food, preparation and cooking.

Kishani has 2 daughters and a wonderful husband who she has been married to for 23 years. When she is not working, Kishani enjoys spending time with her family & friends, travelling, music and walking her beloved dog on the beach.



Julie Bennett

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).

Debbie Lucas

Clinical Psychologist

Debbie is a Clinical Psychologist with over ten years experience. She has worked in the public sector in mental health, and child and family health; and also in private practice where she has supported and assisted individuals, families and couples in managing difficulties to enhance health and wellbeing. Debbie uses a range of evidence-based practices and tailors interventions to individual’s needs. She has a passion working with people to improve relationships, health and wellbeing. Health and pain management, including weight management, is one of Debbie’s key interest areas. Debbie has full registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

GP Team

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. Sarah Philpot

Weight Loss Practitioner

Sarah has been part of the medical weight loss team as a Bariatric GP since 2008. She graduated in Medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK in 1989 and after a working holiday, decided to emigrate to Australia. She completed her fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 1996 and moved to Buderim in 1997 to work as a GP and raise her four children.

She has always had a special interest in preventative medicine and especially lifestyle choices which influence health. It was therefore a natural progression in her career to join the team.

She has gained a good knowledge and expertise with lap bands, being able to give support and advice as well as performing adjustments. She also offers follow up reviews for all other Bariatric surgery procedures.

Reconditioning Program

Brad Jobson

Exercise Physiologist

Brad is an Exercise Physiologist with extensive experience in musculoskeletal, cardiac and metabolic rehabilitation. He works closely with patients’ following bariatric surgery to develop individualised exercise programs to improve cardiovascular fitness and strength along with facilitating sustained healthy weight loss and positive exercise habits.

Stefanie Weis

Bariatric Co-Ordinator

Stef has been in practice management for over 12 years and came to the SCMWLC in 2016 after relocating from Melbourne back to the Sunshine Coast.

Stef’s main role in the practice is as a Bariatric Support
Co-Ordinator. She works closely with the weight loss patients to ensure they have a smooth, informed and comfortable weight loss journey with optimal results.

In her spare time, you can find Stef on the beach with her son or pursuing the perfect cup of coffee.


Office Manager

Cassie is our front office manager, looking after the day-to-day operations of the practice.

She has been at the SCMWLC since December 2016, after working in allied health for a number of years.

Cassie is a keen runner & foodie and lives locally with her 4 children and FIFO husband.





All our friendly admin team are highly trained to answer any questions or concerns you may have. They all work closely with Dr Baxter, Dietitians, Psychologists and GP’s to be able to offer ongoing comprehensive support.