Our Team


  • Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam

    Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam - Director and Principal Surgeon

    Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam is a second generation Hunter Region doctor.

    He is the youngest son of retired long time Maitland GP Dr T Thiruchelvam (Dr Chelvam) and the younger brother of ENT surgeon Dr Thya Thiruchelvam.

    He was locally educated at Maitland High School before gaining a highly competitive academic entry position to Sydney Grammar School. He then went on to train at Sydney University Medical School. He undertook significant national (Sydney and Melbourne) and international (UK, USA, Japan) training with 3 separate highly competitive fellowship programs in Upper GI Surgery .

    After many years of consultant practice at St Vincent’s Melbourne he returned home to spend time with family and enjoy the warmer weather!

    He is driven to ensure the best outcome for his patients and delivering the highest standard of care.


  • Olivia Shakarian  – Practice Manager

    Olivia Shakarian - Practice Manager

    Olivia has always been passionate about supporting patients through their healthcare journey since graduating from the University of Sydney. Olivia is responsible for overseeing the needs of the practice and is always happy to chat to any of our patients. Though new to the Newcastle area she already loves exploring the local beaches and reading a good book at some of her favourite cafes.

  • Christie Pritchett – Business Manager

    Christie Pritchett - Business Manager

    Christie is the Business Manager with over 10 years’ experience in administration. Christie is responsible for overseeing the business operation and coming up with proactive strategies to improve the practice.

    When Christie moved to Newcastle almost 4 years ago with her family, she started a job within the health sector. She fell in love with supporting people and their health needs.

    Christie enjoys spending time with her family, Pilates and camping.

  • Natasha Curry

    Natasha Curry - Reception

    Natasha is a driven and focused person who is committed to delivering the most optimal support to our patients. Natasha is currently studying nursing at university."I adore this role as you get to meet some great people and watch them meet their goals as well as work alongside an amazing team"

  • Briony Bubbins

    Briony Bubbins - Reception

    Briony is experienced, has a positive attitude and a willingness to help patients through the whole journey with Newcastle Weight Loss Surgery. Briony enjoys reading, walks along the lake and exploring with her children. “I enjoy the variety in the role and that every day brings something new and different”.

  • Sinead McKenna

    Matisse Davis – Reception

    Matisse is dedicated in providing the best care and support to our patients. In Matisse’s free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, sitting down with a good book, or crafting clothing pieces for herself and friends to wear. Matisse loves the diversity of her role at Newcastle Weight Loss Surgery; “every day is something new, and working alongside Dr Thiruchelvam is always a positive and supportive experience”.

  • Rebekah Rogers

    Rebekah Rogers - Reception

    Rebekah is skilful and is driven to provide a 10 out of 10 service to our patients.

    Rebekah is a big True Crime fan. She is excited to jump into a new investigation or tune in to one of ger favourite podcasts. Rebekah loves spending quality time with her little ones and taking them on fun adventures. She also enjoys a peaceful stroll by the beach or indulging in a little retail therapy.

    “Having the opportunity to work with the highly skilled and professional team at NWLS has been a significant highlight of my professional journey”.


  • Micaela Adendorff – Dietitian

    Micaela Adendorff – Dietitian

    Micaela is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is committed to providing a client centred care and acknowledges different values and experiences. Micaela is aware of the overwhelming volume of nutritional information available online and how difficult this can be to navigate. She is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest nutritional evidence to provide clients clarity, care and compassion in navigating the transition that comes with Bariatric surgery. Outside of work, Micaela enjoys weight training, reading, cooking and spending time with her cat.

  • June Kee – Dietitian

    June Kee - Dietitian

    June is a friendly and compassionate Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. She is currently working towards a PhD in pregnancy nutrition. June is dedicated to supporting patients health journeys by providing evidence-based nutritional advice based on individual needs and the required education and skills to assist patients in achieving their health goals. June has experience working with patients of different health conditions such as: diabetes mellitus, weight management, cardiovascular diseases and nutrition related gastrointestinal complications (IBS/IBD), with a particular interest in women's health. June is also able to communicate in different languages other than English (e.g. Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay). When she is not working, June enjoys catching the morning sun and coffee by the water.

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