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Dr Nova Jordaan

Bariatric Medical Practitioner

Dr Nova Jordaan runs Jordaan Surgical and the Surgical Weight Loss Centre with her husband,  Dr Jacobus Jordaan, on the principle of providing the highest level of patient care.

She was raised on the Gold Coast and completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, while working as a researcher at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).

She relocated to Sydney to study medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2006. Dr Jordaan trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and then returned to the Gold Coast, starting a family. Nova and Jacobus are raising three lovely daughters together.

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Dr James Schlimmer

Anaesthetist

Dr James Edward Schlimmer (Jim) has been an anaesthetist in Australia and overseas for more than 20 years. He has specialized knowledge of the unique challenges of bariatric anaesthetics, having performed anaesthetics for over 3400 weight loss procedures.

Dr Schlimmer graduated from the University of Witwatersand (MB ChB), South Africa in 1983. He trained and worked in some of the busiest and renowned hospitals, including Baragwanath, the Johannesburg General Hospital and the Pretoria Academic Hospital Complex.

He qualified as an anaesthetist through the University of Pretoria in 1993.

After a distinguished career as a doctor in the South African Army, he was recruited by the Australian Defence Force and he migrated to Australia in 1998. While serving in the Australian Army, Dr Schlimmer obtained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in 2003. He undertook numerous overseas deployments and has been awarded the Australian Service Medal and the Active Australia Service Medal.

Dr Schlimmer has been in private practice on the Gold Coast since 2003 with a special interest in upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery. Jim is married to Nicole Ransley, the ballet dancer, and has six lovely children.

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Bayleigh Witheriff

Dietitian

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

I have always had a specific interest in weight loss. I started my career in dietetics working in medical weight loss, and progressed from there into specialising in bariatric surgery.

What do you love about working with Dr Nova and Dr Jorrie?

I feel privileged to work alongside a specialist surgeon and specialist bariatric doctor. Dr Jorrie and Dr Nova are both so passionate about this field and their patients’ long-term success. They are also equally passionate about building a great team of clinicians and are constantly providing us with opportunities to increase our knowledge in the field and are encouraging of development within the role.

What do you love about being apart of the Surgical Weight Loss team?

I love being part of a multidisciplinary team of hardworking individuals. We have created a fun, supportive working environment which makes it a pleasure to come to work each day.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

I find it rewarding seeing the positive transformations in our patients. It feels great to know you have been part of that transformation.

How do you help your patients?

I help patients adapt to their new eating behaviours through behaviour and lifestyle modification counselling. My goal is to help patient’s make long-term sustainable lifestyle changes… and enjoy it along the way!

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

I live by the beach in Northern NSW, so you will mostly find me relaxing by the ocean with my husband and our dog Frankie.

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Casey Quinn

Bariatric Clinical Nurse

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

How bariatric surgery influences patient psychology and wellbeing.

What do you love about working with Dr Nova and Dr Jorrie?

Dr Nova has a keen eye for detail and vision for the Surgical Weight Loss Centre hat inspires me to be the best nurse I can be. Dr Nova values my contribution and encourages career progression. I love working with Dr Jorrie because he is not only a brilliant surgeon, but is a kind, compassionate and emotionally intelligent man. Dr Jorrie is driven to provide the best surgical outcomes for patients and tailors his treatment for each person’s individual needs.

What do you love about being apart of the Surgical Weight Loss team?

I love working with the Surgical Weight Loss team because they are a group of kind, funny and professional people. We have a shared goal of improving patient outcomes. This creates a harmonious workplace.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

Seeing people’s lives get better… happier healthier and more interesting.

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Debbie Bird

Exercise Therapist

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

Holistic health and functional movement.

What do you love about working with Dr Nova and Dr Jorrie?

Their passion and professionalism for bariatric surgery and helping patients to realise their health and weight loss goals.

What do you love about being apart of the Surgical Weight Loss team?

Being part of a friendly, caring and professional group of people who are all passionate about what they do and truly care about making a difference.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

Seeing patients came alive again and enjoy their lives. Seeing them happy, moving with ease, getting their confidence back as well as their health is the best part of my job.

How do you help your patients?

I help patients to increase their functional movement, fitness levels, energy levels, tone up, increase strength, maintain lean muscle and bone density and keep them motivated to reach their goals.

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

I love spending time with my family and dogs and heading to the beach. I also love travelling and experiencing different countries and cultures.

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Natalie Brock

Registered Nurse

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

Being a cardiac nurse for eight years prior to working with Dr Jordaan helps me assess patients at high risk that may need cardiac workups prior to surgery to ensure their safety for surgery.

What do you love about working with Dr Nova and Dr Jorrie?

They are both so passionate and knowledgeable in their field and genuinely love helping bariatric patients.

What do you love about being apart of the Surgical Weight Loss team?

Seeing the amazing results of their patients by giving them support and working with such lovely people.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

Seeing how happy patients are after surgery and how grateful they are for your support.

How do you help your patients?

Educating, supporting and building with them.

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

Spending time with my sons, going out with friends, boxing and going to the gym.

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Jennifer Waller

Medical Administration

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

Weight loss.

What do you love about working with Dr Nova and Dr Jorrie?

They are caring and have real empathy for their patients.

What do you love about being apart of the Surgical Weight Loss team?

I love the comradery within the team – very lovely ladies.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

I like seeing the journey of our patients with such positive outcomes.

How do you help your patients?

We listen and make them feel positive with the outcomes.

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

Golf, Bikram Yoga, karaoke, theatre and long walks.

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Lisa Cotton

Bariatric Clinical Nurse

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

Chronic disease management.

What do you love about working with Dr Nova and Dr Jorrie?

Dr Nova has an energetic passion for bariatric medicine which is extremely motivating and positive. Dr Jorrie has an unwavering commitment to the patient through their journey. This is infectious and motivating to always do the best for patients and deliver outstanding patient care. He is also a genuine, kind and caring man to all his patients and team members.

What do you love about being apart of the Surgical Weight Loss team?

Working with an amazing group of people who are all as passionate as each other.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

When patients no longer require medications because their weight loss has put their chronic disease into remission.

How do you help your patients?

Using my experience and expertise to provide clinical and emotional support. Having surgery is scary for some patients and I do my best to alleviate patients fear through education and listening to their story.

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

Spending time with my husband and kids. going out boating, playing tennis and pilates.

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Tracy Ford

Manager

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

I love learning about all areas of the practice.

What do you love about working with Dr Nova and Dr Jorrie?

I love seeing them help people who are at their lowest.

What do you love about being apart of the Surgical Weight Loss team?

I love seeing peoples results and working with a fantastic team.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

Working together and seeing the wonderful outcomes of patients.

How do you help your patients?

I give them quotes, book their surgery and hopefully make them feel welcome and comfortable.

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

Walk on the beach, play netball and wine and dine.

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