About

We want to acknowledge your courage in taking the first step in finding out about weight loss surgery. Widely held misbeliefs about people with obesity have shrouded weight loss surgery with an atmosphere of failure and desperation.  Whilst weight loss surgery should be seen as the last resort, it is also the most effective treatment for people with morbid obesity.  It is now firmly established in most countries in the world, and there is a vast amount of reliable information available about most of the surgical procedures.  As with most operations, there have been many advances over the last 20 years, and weight loss surgery is now very safe when performed by experienced surgeons in well-established centres.


Meet the team

We believe we offer one of the most comprehensive, supportive bariatric surgery centres in New Zealand, offering various surgical options in the treatment of obesity. All procedures are primarily performed via a laparoscopic (keyhole) approach by our experienced and dedicated bariatric surgeons, Mr. David Schroeder, Mr. Rowan French and Mr Atul Dhabuwala.

 

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David Schroeder
Bariatric Surgeon

David Schroeder is an experienced laparoscopic abdominal surgeon who has been performing weight loss surgery in the Waikato area for 20+ years. He pioneered laparoscopic obesity surgery in New Zealand, introducing the gastric band in 1996, and performing the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in New Zealand in 2000. He has performed over 2500 primary and revisional obesity operations.

He is a member of several international obesity surgery societies, and is constantly updating surgical techniques and auditing outcomes. As a result, he has developed a keen interest in the role of the brain in getting the best results after surgery on the stomach. This is reflected in the team he has chosen to help patients achieve their goals.

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Rowan French
Bariatric Surgeon

Rowan French is a gastrointestinal and endocrine surgeon with a strong interest in metabolic surgery, including both under-nutrition and over-nutrition. He is a member of many general and obesity surgical societies. He is committed to the treatment of patients at both ends of the nutritional scale. His bariatric work with patients suffering from obesity is curiously balanced by his role as clinical leader of the Advanced Nutrition Support Team at Waikato Hospital that deals with severely malnourished patients.

His preferred bariatric procedure is the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.

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Atul Dhabuwala
Bariatric Surgeon

Atul Dhabuwala is an experienced General Surgeon who completed his medical degree in Bombay, India and extended his skills in Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal surgery in Germany, France and New Zealand.
Since 2008, Atul has been working as a Consultant Surgeon at Hutt Hospital, and privately at Boulcott and Southern Cross Hospitals. Having had the privilege of training with two leading obesity surgeons in New Zealand, enthusiasm for obesity surgery has been inevitable.
He has expertise in performing Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.

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Andrea Schroeder
Bariatric Program Co-ordinator

Andrea Schroeder is a Registered General Nurse and Bariatric Nurse Consultant who has been working within the field of bariatric surgery since 2000.

She is the Director of Weight Loss Surgery Ltd as well as clinically supporting patients  following all weight loss surgery procedures. She will advise and support you through your pre and post-operative journey. She also co-facilitates our residential retreats.

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Carol Reason
Nurse Practice Manager

Carol Reason is a Registered General Nurse and Practice Manager of WLS Ltd in Hamilton. Her role as Bariatric Nurse Consultant is to assess your individual general health and gain an understanding of your obesity problem.

She will inform you of your weight loss surgical options and educate you about the procedures that we offer. She will advise and support you through your pre and post-operative journey.

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Anna Malcolm
Bariatric Nurse

Anna Malcolm is a Registered General Nurse. Her role as Bariatric Nurse Consultant is to assess your individual general health and gain an understanding of your obesity problem.

She will inform you of your weight loss surgical options and educate you about the procedures that we offer. She will advise and support you through your pre and post-operative journey.

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Ann Monahan
Clinical Psychologist

Ann Monahan is a Registered Clinical Psychologist.  She will assess and identify any underlying problems that may influence the outcome of the operation. 

She will look for triggers that may tempt you to eat and help with the development of coping skills before and after your surgery.

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Heidi van loon   Advance Physiotherapy

Advance Physiotherapy specialises in Home or Gym Based Rehabilitation Programmes and Post-Gastric Surgery Exercise Programmes, that can be done either at a gym or from home, and are tailored to suit each clients individual needs. 

Their programmes begin with a consultation where the Exercise Physiotherapists discuss general information, goal setting, any medical conditions and exercise history – likes and dislikes about different exercise. They then design a specific and individual exercise and rehabilitation programme, either a home based programme or a gym based programme.

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Desiree Stewart
Administration

Desiree's role is to perform administrative functions for Waikato Surgery and Weight Loss Surgery Ltd.

The administrative team encompasses all of the front office duties and support roles that provide administrative services in our practices.

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Karen Kelly
Administration

Karen’s role is to perform administrative functions for Waikato Surgery and Weight Loss Surgery Ltd at the Wellington office.

The administrative team encompasses all of the front office duties and support roles that provide administrative services in our practices.

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Natalie Hogg
Clinical Psychologist

Natalie Hogg is a Registered Clinical Psychologist.  She will assess and identify any underlying problems that may influence the outcome of the operation. 

She will look for triggers that may tempt you to eat and help with the development of coping skills before and after your surgery.

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Sam Boobier
Physiotherapist

Sam Boobier is a qualified specialist in exercise and rehabilitation. Her role is to assess your fitness and physical activity levels and to create a tailored, individual exercise programme to assist you with functional pre and post surgery rehabilitation, and commence your goal of weight loss and improved well being. The exercise programme will be set at your own level, and guidance will be given with progressions to keep you motivated and challenged.

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Amanda Baird
Administration

Amanda’s role is to perform administrative functions for Waikato Surgery and Weight Loss Surgery Ltd.

The administrative team encompasses all of the front office duties and support roles that provide administrative services in our practices.

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Stephen Haines
Clinical Psychologist

Stephen Haines is a Registered Clinical Psychologist.  He will assess and identify any underlying problems that may influence the outcome of the operation. 

He will look for triggers that may tempt you to eat and help with the development of coping skills before and after your surgery.

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Sarah Lowerson
Hamilton Dietitian

Sarah Lowerson is a qualified Dietitian. Her role is to analyse your current dietary intake and examine your eating behaviours as well as give advice for pre and post-operative food intake. 

She will ensure that you have a well balanced diet after your surgery and will provide ongoing support and advice throughout your weight loss journey.

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Erin Adams                  Wellington Dietitian

Erin Adams is a qualified Dietitian. Her role is to analyse your current dietary intake and examine your eating behaviours as well as give advice for pre and post-operative food intake. 

She will ensure that you have a well balanced diet after your surgery and will provide ongoing support and advice throughout your weight loss journey.

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