is to combine expertise in surgery with personalised team care for a better,
healthier life

Our Aim

is to provide the highest quality of care with compassion, respect and expertise for patients who deal with obesity

Our Goal

is to enhance our patient’s quality of life and to encourage a positive mindset and improved lifestyle to become the best version of themselves

About our Team

SCMWLS - Staff Photo - Dr Ian BaxterDr. Ian Baxter

Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgeon

Dr Ian Baxter is an Australian trained general surgeon with a special interest in Upper Gastrointestinal surgery, bariatric surgery and laparoscopic hernia surgery.  He has been a fellow of The Royal Australian College of Surgeons since 1995 and has resided on the Sunshine Coast since 1998.  Dr Baxter completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in the 1980’s and went on the train at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he completed his surgical training.

After fellowship, he had post fellowship training in the United Kingdom at Bath and Edinburgh in upper gastrointestinal surgery.  In 1997 he returned to Queensland to take the job of Director of Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Brisbane but has always had a longstanding goal to live on the Sunshine Coast and settled with his family in 1998.  He is married with 4 daughters, most of whom are now adults and pursuing their own life paths.

Dr Baxter is the first person to start performing bariatric surgery on the Sunshine Coast shortly after arrival and has been consistently doing this for the past 20 years in which he has performed over 3500 procedures.

Past appointments have been to the Younger Fellows Committee at college counsel.  He has been on the Medical Advisory Committee at the Buderim Private Hospital, The Surgical Services Committee at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and The Medical Advisory Committee at Kawana Private Hospital.

Dr Baxter lives rurally, and his daughters have strong interests in horse riding.  He enjoys his time outdoors and enjoys the pursuit of gardening.  He is an avid beachgoer; he enjoys the ocean and surfing.  He enjoys music and he has been known to play in a local band, but most of his spare time is spent with his family.  He enjoys international travel when he can.


Sally-Anne Livock


Sally has over 30 years’ experience as a Dietitian and is a skilled Bariatric Dietitian.

She has worked with Dr Baxter and the team at SCMWLC since we started providing Bariatric services in 2001.

Sally has extensive clinical dietetic experience and is currently consultant dietitian at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, consults at Buderim Private Hospital and has her own Private Practice.

She is passionate about education and teaching both clients and students and her role as Manager of the Teaching Clinic – Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast allows her to fulfil this passion.

Sally believes in a client centred approach and will work closely with you, listen to you, and assist you by providing education, coaching and support at every phase of your journey.

She will help you rediscover healthy food and healthy food relationships, feel healthier and fitter than you have for many years and achieve your personal goals.

“Working with Bariatric clients is such a wonderful experience. Seeing people’s lives transformed is truly amazing and it is always such a privilege to be part of the journey”.

Sally loves all things food and on weekends, when she’s not at the beach, can be found visiting the local produce markets, then cooking quick and easy and tasty meals to share with family and friends.

SCMWLS - Staff Photo - Kishani Kishani Turner


Kishani works as part of the multi-disciplinary team at The Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre.

Being half Italian, Kishani has grown up with an appreciation and respect for good food, from paddock to plate. This lead Kishani to study a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics which she graduated from in 1992.

She started her specialised work in Metabolic Surgery Dietetics in 2010 when she moved to the Sunshine Coast.

Her passion is empowering others. She loves working with the patients at the SCMWLC as they are motivated to change their lives and work on improving their relationship with food, preparation and cooking.

Kishani has 2 daughters and a wonderful husband who she has been married to for 23 years. When she is not working, Kishani enjoys spending time with her family & friends, travelling, music and walking her beloved dog on the beach.


SCMWLS - Staff Photo - Cate Cate Parkes

Counselling Psychologist

Cate is a Counselling Psychologist with a breadth of experience gained from working in a variety of settings over many years. Her work has involved helping individuals, couples and groups across a range of issues. She currently works in several programs at Buderim Private Hospital including the reconditioning program for patients following Bariatric surgery. She has special interests and advanced training in weight and health management, pain management, overcoming depression, recovery from trauma, and helping improve distressed relationships. She is committed to providing effective evidence-based therapeutic services that assist clients in moving forward from past challenges and creating positive behavioural change. She is a fully registered psychologist with AHPRA. Cate is excited to join our team in her role of assessing the most suitable weight loss option for you.

 Julie Bennett
Julie Bennett

Clinical Psychologist

Julie is a Clinical Psychologist with over thirteen years experience. Julie has worked in the public sector in child and adolescent mental health; and also in private practice working with children, adolescents and adults. Julie has recently returned to SCMWLC after her maternity leave and enjoys being able to support people create life-changing behaviours. Julie works from a trauma perspective and applies various frameworks and modalities to support each client achieve their goals. Julie has full registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Darrelyn Adams
Darrelyn Adams

Clinical Psychologist

Darrelyn is a Clinical Psychologist with experience supporting and assisting people across the life-span.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, schools, mental health and disability services, and not for profit organisations. Darrelyn has a warm empathic nature and is committed to creating a non-judgmental welcoming environment.  She provides evidence-based treatment to assist individuals with a range of difficulties including weight and health management, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and adjustment issues. Darrelyn is passionate about working with people to create positive change and improve their overall well-being.  She is fully registered with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP).

SCMWLS - Staff Photo - Debbie Debbie Lucas

Clinical Psychologist

Debbie is a Clinical Psychologist with over ten years experience. She has worked in the public sector in mental health, and child and family health; and also in private practice where she has supported and assisted individuals, families and couples in managing difficulties to enhance health and wellbeing. Debbie uses a range of evidence-based practices and tailors interventions to individual’s needs. She has a passion working with people to improve relationships, health and wellbeing. Health and pain management, including weight management, is one of Debbie’s key interest areas. Debbie has full registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

GP Team

Dr Chris Lawson

Weight Loss Practitioner

Chris Lawson graduated in Medicine in 1989 and is a Fellow of the RACGP. He works in general practice as well as consulting at the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre, and teaches medical students.

Chris has been with our practice since 2010 and has helped patients achieve their weight loss goals using the best available evidence within our team based approach.

Dr Sarah Philpot

Weight Loss Practitioner

Sarah has been part of the medical weight loss team as a Bariatric GP since 2008. She graduated in Medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK in 1989 and after a working holiday, decided to emigrate to Australia. She completed her fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 1996 and moved to Buderim in 1997 to work as a GP and raise her four children.

She has always had a special interest in preventative medicine and especially lifestyle choices which influence health. It was therefore a natural progression in her career to join the team.

She has gained a good knowledge and expertise with lap bands, being able to give support and advice as well as performing adjustments. She also offers follow up reviews for all other Bariatric surgery procedures.

Reception and Administration

SCMWLS - Staff Photo - Cassie Cassie

Office Manager

Cassie is our front office manager, looking after the day-to-day operations of the practice.

She has been at the SCMWLC since December 2016, after working in allied health for a number of years.

Cassie is a keen runner & foodie and lives locally with her 4 children and FIFO husband.

SCMWLS - Staff Photo - Alita Alita


Alita is the newest member of the admin team joining us in May of 2019.

She started off as a patient of Dr Baxter’s in April 2018 where she underwent a Gastric Sleeve and has since lost 60kg and is more than happy to talk about her experience as a patient and her life after surgery.

Alita has now found a passion for everything active. She is a religious Parkrunner, founder of 5KURWAY and a proud triathlete.



Laura is one of our friendly Reception staff and one of the first faces you can expect to see when visiting the practice.

Laura’s background has been in hospitality. She is enthusiastic and passionate in providing exceptional support and customer service to our patients.

Since joining Dr Baxter and the team 2 years ago, she has been driven by ensuring the success of each patient and relishes in being a part of their journey and in providing education and support to patients both pre and post-operatively Laura moved back to Australia after a 6-year stint in the UK where she met her husband. When not at work, Laura is kept busy with her 4-year-old boy.



Nicole has been an Integral part of our team for 3 years as one of our Receptionist.

Nicole enjoys welcoming clients and providing support, information whilst making patients feel safe, supported and part of our family.

Dedicated mother, wife and Dog mum, involved in Surf Life Saving, Community focus, team approach which Nicole brings to reception, loves running and spending time with her family.

All our friendly admin team are highly trained to answer any questions or concerns you may have. They all work closely with Dr Baxter, Dietitians, Psychologists and GP’s to be able to offer ongoing comprehensive support.