About Dr Garth McLeod

Dr Garth McLeod BSc, BHB, MBChB, FRACS is a General and Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgeon who lives and operates on the Sunshine Coast. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in general surgery, with subspecialty training in obesity and metabolic surgery. Dr McLeod is a current member of ANZMOSS, the subspecialty surgical society for weight loss surgeons.

His main consulting rooms are located in Tewantin. This clinic is a short drive from Noosa Private Hospital in Noosaville, where he operates for both general and bariatric surgery. He also operates at Buderim Private Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. In addition, he offers consulting clinics in Maroochydore, Gympie, Hervey Bay, and Townsville.


Dr McLeod’s surgical exposure was broad from the outset. After he graduated from Auckland University School of Medicine in 1998, he spent over ten years working in Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Six years were in General Surgery and Urology, and five years in Emergency Departments. This exposure was predominantly rural hospitals in both New Zealand and Australia. He began his advanced surgical training in 2010 and completed it four years later. In 2014 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in the specialty of General Surgery.

Prior to his appointment at Noosa Private Hospital, Dr McLeod completed a 12-month Fellowship in Bariatrics with Dr George Hopkins in Brisbane. The fellowship involved a high volume caseload, with more than 500 bariatric procedures annually. The Practice was based at both Holy Spirit Northside, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospitals. The caseload was incredibly varied, including primary, revisional and complex cases – with patients from intrastate and interstate.

Approach to bariatric care

As a surgeon and specialist in obesity and metabolic disease, Dr McLeod’s approach is very much centred around the whole patient. He believes that successful weight loss surgery requires a lifelong dedication to health and wellbeing. Good outcomes are enhanced by a commitment to lifestyle changes and supported by consistent follow-up. This is why he offers a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team. He is focused on helping to cement the lifestyle changes patients require to have every chance of long term success. To capitalise on the early additional metabolic effects of surgery, and utilise them to build life-long positive habits. In order to do this, he has assembled a team of experts in the fields of dietetics, psychology and exercise physiology as well a number of bariatric physicians. Together, they commit to your post-surgery care and long term wellbeing long after the procedure.

Our Team

Dr Garth McLeod’s consulting clinics comprise a number of Bariatric Physicians, Allied Health Team, Practice Manager and Administration Staff, who are all dedicated to your long term health and wellbeing.

Dr Melanie Farr

Dr Melanie Farr

Bariatric Physician

Michelle Underwood

Michelle Underwood

Practice Manager

Jo Maxwell

Jo Maxwell

Medical Receptionist

Allied health practitioners we work alongside

Kirrilee Rayner

Kirrilee Rayner

Dietetics and Nutrition - Maroochydore Clinic

Accredited Practising Dietitian | Accredited Nutritionist | Diabetes Educator

About Kirrilee

Qualifications: BNutrDiet, Grad Dip Diabetes Edu.

Kirrilee has a broad range of clinical experience consulting to both Buderim Private, The Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and her private clinics. Kirrilee is passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals by using realistic and personalised nutrition advice guided by evidence-based best practice. Kirrilee enjoys empowering and supporting clients to make positive, delicious, nutritious and healthy lifestyle changes.

Kirrilee’s areas of interest include:

  • Weight Loss & Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders & Surgery
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Malnutrition
Nicole Fraine

Nicole Fraine

Psychologist - Maroochydore Clinic

Clinical Psychologist  LifeBridge Psychology

About Nicole

Nicole is a Clinical Psychologist with 25 years of experience who specialises in providing support and treatment in the following areas:

  • Psychological services for bariatric surgery
  • Post-traumatic stress and trauma
  • Depression, anxiety and phobias
  • Complicated grief
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties associated with physical pain or injury

Nicole enjoys supporting bariatric surgery clients. She can help you successfully go through the surgery process so that you can achieve the best long-term results possible.

Nicole can conduct pre-operative psychological assessments in a comfortable setting, in order to:

  • Identify any concerns and/or risk-factors in relation to the surgery and post- operative adjustment;
  • Ensure you have a good understanding of surgery, risks, and management strategies as well as the ability to access relevant information;
  • Discuss social supports and post-operative weight management plans, identifying any extra support that you may need;
  • Provide a safe and confidential space where you can openly discuss concerns;
  • Identify any current or previous mental issues for which you may wish for some additional support or psychological treatment; o
  • Discuss strategies for any identified concerns so that you can be as successful as possible, following surgery.

Nicole utilises the following evidence-based therapies

(If you would like further help following your pre-operative assessment, depending upon your needs and preferences)

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy and problem-solving with practical strategies;
  • Mindfulness-based therapies to promote relaxation and greater wellbeing;
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy) for helping with any history of trauma including PTSD, but also previous experiences of bullying and other childhood or adult neglect and abuse which continue to be triggered and causing disturbance in the present;
  • Biofeedback to help manage your own level of physiological arousal on an ongoing basis.


  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Level 1 Practitioner training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy with the Australian Institute of Applied Mindfulness (AIAM)
  • Consultant (EMDR Association of Australia) and Facilitator (EMDR Institute) for EMDR therapy training in Australia.
  • Diploma of Education
  • Hypnosis 100-hour training with Michael Yapko


  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of Psychology of Eating, Weight & Body Image Interest Group, APS.
  • EMDR Association of Australia • EMDR Institute (International)
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation


Physically Active

Physically Active

Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist Team

​Accredited through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

About Physically Active

Physically Active’s Exercise Physiologists are university qualified practitioners with an evidence-based paradigm. The team have been helping South-East Queenslanders improve their quality of life since 2012.

The team’s knowledge is internationally recognised. They offer a unique and innovative exercise program which can help you achieve your goals, perform at your genetic best, and live the best life you can. Physically Active treat a range of conditions, illnesses, and injuries. Importantly, they also prevent them from occurring or reoccurring.

The Personally Active team develop an individual exercise program which is right for you. Using postural assessment and functional movement analysis, the team can help identify and correct imbalances and inefficiencies which are present. This allows them to design a program which you can implement in a safe smart and effective way.

Rebecca McCormick

Rebecca McCormick

Dietetics and Nutrition - Tewantin Clinic

Access Allied Health

About Rebecca

Rebecca joined the Access Allied Health team in 2018 and has a strong focus on supporting the diet and nutrition of bariatric patients. She is a dedicated and well-informed dietitian with a contemporary approach. Rebecca is very conscientious and empathetic. and has a forward-thinking approach to long-term outcomes for the patient weight loss journey. Both Tim and Bec bring a wealth of clinical and life experience to their practice and use advanced equipment to regularly measure body composition to ensure lean tissue is maintained throughout the weight loss process.

Tim Black

Tim Black

Dietetics and Nutrition - Gympie Clinic

Access Allied Health

About Tim

Tim is the Principal Dietitian at Access Allied Health and has 20 years’ experience in dietetics. He has helped thousands of patients meet their health goals through dietary improvements. Tim maintains a special interest in bariatric surgery. He helps to translate nutritional research into practical dietary advice our patients can utilise. Both Tim and Bec bring a wealth of clinical and life experience to their practice and use advanced equipment to regularly measure body composition to ensure lean tissue is maintained throughout the weight loss process.

Multiple locations for pre and postoperative care

When it comes to follow-up care, we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Follow-up is important to your long term success. That’s why Dr McLeod and his team are available at a range of consulting locations:

  • Tewantin
  • Maroochydore
  • Gympie
  • Hervey Bay
  • Townsville

Wherever you join us for consults, your surgery will be at one of three hospitals on the Sunshine Coast:

  • Noosa Private Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
  • Buderim Private Hospital

As well as:

  • Mater Hospital, Pimlico

The hospitals he operates in offer a high-volume bariatric service and are all accredited Level 6 surgical facilities. This means that the staff are prepared for complex surgeries such as weight loss surgery. Dr McLeod’s team at each hospital includes experienced anesthetists, specialist physicians, dietitians and nursing staff. To further optimise patient success, Dr McLeod always operates with another qualified bariatric surgeon assisting him for weight loss procedures. For Dr McLeod and his surgical team, living on the Sunshine Coast means they can provide 24/7 emergency care after surgery as well.

Dr Garth McLeod is part of Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast

Dr Garth McLeod established Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast, with bariatric colleague Dr James Askew in 2015. Dr Benedict Mackay joined the group in 2019 to create the only 3-surgeon practice in Queensland. This group of surgeons has committed to assist each other in surgery, so you get the benefit of two highly qualified experienced surgeons at each bariatric procedure. In addition, they share the team philosophy of modern, comprehensive care for long term bariatric success. They also share a passion for continued education and professional development and a commitment to educating the public and our medical community about metabolic disease.

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