About Us

At Heidelberg Weight Loss Surgery we provide a caring and professional team approach that ensures you are well informed and supported throughout your management. Our team comprises of a specialist surgeon, dietitian, exercise physiologist, physician, nurse specialist and psychologist.

Mr Kiron Bhatia MBBS, MMedSci(Surg), FRACS

Kiron is a general, specialist upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon.

He is Director of Heidelberg Weight Loss Surgery and has a keen interest in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic (key-hole), Da Vinci robotic surgery and single incision laparoscopic surgery. He is a founding member of OSSANZ, IFSO and ANZGOSA being experienced in adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

Kiron is a strong advocate of the benefits of multidisciplinary bariatric management and is proud of the team at HWLS. He passionately believes in the management of obesity and you will find him to be affable and very approachable.

Kiron is a member of the Austin hospital UGI/Bariatric unit and is actively involved in research, developing management protocols and outcomes assessment tools. He is also actively involved in the training of junior surgeons and nurses at the Austin hospital and believes appropriate training to be pivotal in the future direction of surgery.

Natalie Pizzichetta
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Natalie is usually the first person you will be acquainted with at HWLS. She has had a variety of roles previously within both the Public and Private sector. Her experience at the Austin Hospital includes co-ordinating and case managing as a Liaison Nurse for the General Surgery units, Endoscopy and the Orthopaedic department. Natalie was a member of the emergency department where she completed Post Graduate studies in Critical Care Nursing, as well as Health Promotion Officer and Practice Nurse of the Melbourne University Health Service. She has also been involved in development of management protocols and patient care pathways for patients undergoing weight loss surgery.

As well as being pivotal to managing the practice, Natalie is very involved with the overall management of weight loss surgery patients including initial pre-admission consultation, liaison with the rest of the team, theatre scheduling, initial post operative assessment and is a much appreciated support person. Natalie is central to the co-ordination of total patient care.

Noela Kluchkovski
Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)

Noela has a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Applied Science Honours (Human Movement). Noela is an Accredited Practising Dietitian since1999 and is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

Noela started her career as a dietitian in the public health sector at the West Gippsland Hospital and the Pakenham Community Health Centre. She has extensive experience in providing individual dietary assessment, education, counselling and support for those with diet related conditions such as diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, constipation, diverticulitis, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. As well as experience in working with group education programs (i.e. diabetes, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation).

Since 2004, Noela has worked in private practice at the Grimshaw St Medical Clinic and has a wealth of experience managing bariatric patients. At Heidelberg Weight Loss Surgery she will provide specialised dietetic care and management for those under going weight loss surgery.

Mandy Parkinson-Bates
Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)

Mandy has a Masters in Dietetics, Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and a Bachelor of Science with honours in Genetics.  Mandy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, and a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Mandy’s work in nutrition began in 2005, when she was involved in research investigating the effects that nutrition in early life can have on diseases that occur later in life.  She then completed further study into human nutrition to follow her interest in helping people to achieve better health through nutrition.  Mandy prides herself on really listening to individuals, and providing nutrition advice based on what she hears.

Mandy now works in private practice providing individual and tailored advice to help optimise health. As a member of Heidelberg Weight Loss Surgery, she will continue to provide individual dietetic care and management for those undergoing weight loss surgery.

Glenda Lehmann

Glenda has been working as a psychologist for over 20 years, including having worked for nine years as a specialty therapist with patients undergoing obesity surgery.   Glenda works in a holistic way and has a particular interest in helping bariatric patients achieve a healthy life-style change.  At HWLS, Glenda is part of our specialised multi-disciplinary weight loss team and is involved in screening patients prior to bariatric surgery to identify any contra-indications for positive outcomes or psychological risk factors likely to require intervention post-surgery (such as depression or major anxiety disorders).

More generally, Glenda will help people develop skills to better manage emotional urges to eat and deal more effectively with set-backs, to re-connect to living life in a valued and meaningful way, and to diversify health-related behaviours. You will find your sessions with Glenda extremely rewarding.

Jessica Barnard
Administration and Accounts

Prior to being part of the HWLS team, Jessica has had extensive background experience being a receptionist at a very successful orthopaedic surgical and gastroenterological practice. She brings to HWLS a wealth of management skills.

Jess has become our reliable administration/accounts manager and is one of the first smiling face to greet you at our reception desk.  You will find Jess to be extremely helpful in organizing appointments, catering to your administrative needs including organizing work/carer’s certificates and liaising with general practitioners/pathology/radiology for the provision and gathering of up to date referrals and medical records.

Caroline Lawless
Administration and Accounts

The most recent addition to the HWLS team, Caroline, brings an extensive medical administration history including previous experience in
psychology, physiotherapy, general practice and radiology services.

Caroline has become a very valued and reliable member of the HWLS team. Her assistance with all aspects of administration for patients, referring health professional and our team is invaluable.