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.

  • Lesa Magill – Practice Manager

    Lesa Magill - Practice Manager

    Our warm and caring practice manager Lesa has extensive experience, with over 30 years in the medical field. She is passionate about providing excellent customer service. She enjoys interacting with our patients and loves to support them through their surgical journey. She is outgoing, friendly, empathetic and treats our patients like her second family.

    In Lesa's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog "Maxi", jogging and reading.

  • 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.

  • Reception


    Our dedicated Receptionists Dee, Stephanie and Liz are here to help support and work as a team to achieve the highest level of care to our patients. They will guide you through all your questions and enquiries. They look forward to hearing from you.

  • Dominic Baker – Dietitian

    Dominic Baker - Dietitian

    Dominic (Dom) passion is assisting our patient’s health and wellbeing, assisting them to achieve their nutritional goals. Dom makes sure he helps our patients to improve their nutrition knowledge and skills to assist them to make changes which are sustainable. Dom is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with Dietitians Australia. Graduated from university of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) in 2019. Has experience working with patients for weight management, diabetes and many gastrointestinal issues such as IBS.

    Outside of the clinic I enjoy all aspects of health and fitness, a sports fanatic and taking my dog for regular walks along the beach.

  • Carlicia Chang – Dietitian

    Carlicia Chang - Dietitian

    Carlicia is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, she completed her Nutrition and Dietetics Honours degree at the University of Newcastle. Her passion in being a dietitian stems from her love for food, wellbeing and science. She engaged in Clinical Dietetics for Bariatric Surgery by the Dietitian Australia Centre of Advanced Learning (CAL) and is passionate in providing evidence-based nutrition care for her patients, because nutrition information can be confusing.

    Carlicia loves helping patients meeting their goals with practical tips that integrate with patients’ day-to-day lives. She understands that food is more than just nutrition. Not only does she enjoy sharing the importance of nutrition before and after surgery, she strongly believes that by establishing a good relationship with food and healthy balanced eating behaviours, patients will be able to achieve sustainable weight loss and long-term weight maintenance.

    In her free time, Carlicia enjoys going to the gym and having long walks along the beach with her coffee!

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