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Dr Nova Jordaan

Bariatric Medical Practitioner

Dr Nova Jordaan is a bariatric medical doctor and surgical assistant. She has spent nearly a decade managing the medical needs of our weight loss surgery patients before and after surgery to enhance the safety and outcomes of our procedures. After attaining her medical degree at the University of Sydney she undertook further training in Obesity Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Nova Jordaan helps our patients achieve significant sustained weight loss coupled with long term quality of life by adjusting medications during the rapid resolution of weight related co-morbidities, troubleshooting side effects, and directing long term nutritional monitoring and supplementation for best outcomes. She presents at medical conferences and runs training seminars for doctors who want to learn more about optimising the medical management of bariatric surgery patients.

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Dr Shylet Sitima

General Practitioner

Dr Shylet Sitima is a GP with a special interest in lifestyle, sports and weight-loss medicine.

She completed her General Practice Fellowship exams in the UK in 2005 and after moving to Australia in 2010, she undertook a Masters in Sports medicine. She is in the process of obtaining a Fellowship with the Australasia Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

She is passionate about helping patients maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as helping those struggling with obesity to lose weight.

In her spare time, she enjoys running marathons and taking care of her 2 children.

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Dr Zara Mason

General Practitioner

Dr Mason completed her medical training in New Zealand in 1996. She worked in hospital medicine and completed a Masters of Public Health in Brisbane before training in General Practice in 2007.

She has an interest in prevention of illness, helping patients adopt a healthy lifestyle and in weight management.

Dr Mason enjoys bushwalking, traveling and taking care of her 3 children who keep her busy when she is not at work.

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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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Joanne Lawless

Business Manager

Joanne Lawless is the assiduous business manager of Surgical Weight Loss Centre.

With over 35 years’ experience and knowledge in business management, Joanne is passionate about providing leadership, coordination and training to the team to ensure a high standard of care is provided in a welcoming environment.

Beginning her tenure at Surgical Weight Loss Centre and Jordaan Surgical in March 2020, Jo strives to identify and apply new and revolutionary methods to improve the service offering of the group to achieve exceptional patient outcomes and healthcare delivery.

Jo is skilled, qualified, and has the experience and professional attributes to execute complex patient-focussed business solutions. Her healthcare management skills extend across a broad range of disciplines meeting patient requirements at all levels. She is a member of Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM).

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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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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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Gemma Campbell

Dietitian

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

Long term sustainable health and positive relationships with food.

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

Their commitment and passion to help patients achieve their health and wellbeing goals. I also love learning from Dr Jorrie and Dr Nova Jordaan as they are both a wealth of knowledge.

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

Being part of a dedicated, professional, and fun group of people who are there to help others improve their quality of life.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

Seeing the changes in patients as their confidence increases and they start living their best lives!

How do you help your patients?

I help by educating patients on their new dietary patterns and eating behaviours. I aim to ensure patient’s long-term dietary changes are suited to their individual requirements and lifestyles.

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

Spending time with friends and family at the beach and traveling.

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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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Kathryn Atkinson

Medical Administrator

Do you have an area of interest within your field?

My interest is ensuring that all aspects of the business run smoothly and efficiently, which will benefit the patients experience.

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

The positive work culture they have created, benefiting our patients and staff.

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

Being a part of the patients journey, and seeing the end results.

What do you find most rewarding in your position?

Being part of a wonderful team, that is helping patients achieve thier goals and overall wellness.

How do you help your patients?

By ensuring their experience with Jordaan Surgical is as seamless a possible, by providing assistance in an administrate manner, whilst remaining compassionate.

Outside of work do you like to do for fun?

I like to stay active by going to gym classes. I enjoy nature walks, and socialising with friends.

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