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.
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
About Dr Farr
Dr Melanie Farr is a General Practitioner with a subspecialist interest in obesity. (BHB, MBChB(Auckland), FRNZCGP, FRACGP, PG Dip MSM, SCOPE Certified). She is dedicated to helping people lose weight, feel better and take charge of their health.
Dr Farr’s approach to patient care is down to earth, and caring. She has a special interest in:
- Weight loss and maintenance
- Bariatric pre and post care
- Obesity-related disease management
- Weight loss medication
- LCHF diet
- Disordered eating
Dr Farr is certified by the Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE) and provides comprehensive medical weight loss services including pre-operative assessments and post-operative care for bariatric surgery.
“I offer support which is tailored to you as an individual, for your unique body, lifestyle, and mindset.”
Michelle Underwood is a dedicated and experienced manager, who has been Dr McLeod’s Tewantin practice manager since 2017. Michelle oversees the important task of patient care. She is dedicated to ensuring the rooms and staff are inviting, friendly, kind, respectful and caring.
Michelle worked in Finance at Noosa Hospital for 17 years, after a long career in banking. Those years of experience have given her lots of knowledge in delivering honest and reliable information for patients. She is a self-confessed workaholic, who is very passionate about what she does.
“I enjoy my job and am always happy to help our patients when needed,” she says.
Michelle loves camping and travelling around Australia, especially the outback in her caravan. She also enjoys improving houses & gardening. She has a grown-up son & daughter she is very proud of, and a gorgeous grandson, who is the apple of her eye.
Ashleigh has been working for Dr McLeod since early 2021. She has lots of medical experience, having worked as a medical receptionist in a GP practice for 11 years.
Ashleigh brings a great ability to adapt to different needs and situations. And most of all, being wonderfully kind and patient.
She has lived on the Sunshine Coast for the past 16 years, and loves to hit the beach with her two beautiful children whenever she can.
Annaleise began working with Dr McLeod in early 2021, after working in the busy fields of real estate and property management.
Her approach to patient care is about creating an environment that you feel safe and comfortable to be a part of.
“I’m always happy to help and will always try to make your experiences as easy and stress free for you as possible.”
Ashleigh moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2018 from Townsville, and loves spending time at the wonderful beaches that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Allied health practitioners we work alongside
Dietetics and Nutrition - Maroochydore Clinic
Kirrilee Rayner (BNutrDiet, Grad Dip Diabetes Edu.) is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator. She 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
- Gastrointestinal Disorders & Surgery
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
Suzie Endrey (BA; GradDipEdPsych) is very focused on helping clients achieve their potential in life. She has over 30 years of experience in numerous fields of psychology including in:
- Research Institutes
- Critical Incidents
- Private Sector
Her focus is on understanding the individual – their history and their concerns with the aim of assisting them to achieve both emotional and physical wellbeing. Suzie is a great listener, with a cheery personality. She is pragmatic, and seeks constructive solutions to issues for her clients.
“It is a privilege to walk a part of my client’s life with them,” she says.
The Allied Health Team
Exercise Physiologists and Exercise Scientists
About Physically Active
Physically Active’s Exercise Physiologists are ESSA Accredited, 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.
Dietetics and Nutrition - Tewantin Clinic
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.
Dietetics and Nutrition - Gympie Clinic
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:
- Hervey Bay
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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