TEAM

The Gold Coast Team

WLSA is unique in that we have a complete bariatric team in-house. This means that none of our key services are outsourced. All the key services and support that you need are available in one location, and most of these services are included in your package cost of surgery. Our team includes highly skilled surgeons, a psychologist, a dietitian & a nurse.

Patient Support

WLSA-CEO-Felicity-Cohen

CEO

Felicity Cohen

Felicity has always held a commitment to helping others with their weight problems. She continues to exceed professional expectation in developing educational programs and resources at WeightLoss Solutions Australia and has been an integral part of the clinic’s success over the last decade. She loves nothing more than witnessing the transition people make to leading happier and more fulfilling lives as a result of achieving sustained weight loss through surgery and healthy lifestyles.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the practice or it services, Felicity is the person to talk to. She’s friendly, caring, and more than happy to assist patients of all weights and backgrounds.  

WLSA-Psychologist-Warren-Artz

Psychologist

Warren Artz

Warren joined the team in 2008. His interest in the field of psychology started back in the early 1990s when he took an interest in sport psychology and its application to coaching, graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, USA in 1996. A professional soccer career took him from South Africa to the UK, USA, New Zealand, and Australia. He studied during his many years abroad and now holds qualifications in psychology from both the USA and Australia, including graduate degrees in English and journalism. Over the years, whilst playing and coaching soccer abroad, Warren developed a strong interest in the impact of lifestyle on elite performance in athletes, which diverted much of his psychological interest to the field of lifestyle-related diseases, specifically obesity and the impact of bariatric surgery. Along with providing psychological assessments and services to patients before and after surgery, Warren also assists in facilitating the clinic’s Professional Development Workshops for general practitioners. He is a Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA)-registered psychologist and holds associate membership with the Australian Psychological Society; he enjoys working with patients who are motivated to assess and change their lifestyle in order improve their overall well-being and quality of life. Warren is a valuable resource to patients from various cultures, thanks to his own culturally diverse international background, who consults in sport and health-related assessments. He regularly works with young aspiring athletes.

WLSA-Dieitian-Maddison-Evans

Dietitian

Maddison Evans

Maddie is one of the dietitians at WLSA, who is very passionate about all things food and nutrition. After spending 6 years at university, studying a Bachelor of Science in Melbourne and a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics on the Gold Coast, she loves being able to pass on all of her practical knowledge and tips to help patients throughout every step of their journey.

WLSA-Clinic-Manager-Kellie-Kendall

Receptionist/ Patient Liaison

Kellie Kendall

Kellie has had over ten years administrative experience in Bariatrics. She manages enquiries from prospective patients interested in weight loss or general surgery procedures, and assists patients in accessing the early release of superannuation funds for funding their surgery.

Julianne Leembruggen

Care Manager and GRIT Project Manager

Jules Leembruggen
WLSA-Brianna

Dietitian

Brianna Fear-Keen

Brianna has recently moved to the Gold Coast from Canberra where she has spent the past 7 years working with patients who have diabetes.

She is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) having completed her studies in nutrition and dietetics and a Bachelor of Health Promotion-Public Health.

Brianna enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team and developing ongoing relationships with her patients helping them take ownership of their own health.

As a mum of two, Brianna knows how busy life can get and thrives on being able to provide practical nutrition support and education that assists patients to make healthy food and nutrition choices the easy choice.

WLSA-Dietitian-Amanda-Turbill

Dietitian

Amanda Turbill
WLSA-Nurse-Angie-Pettit

Registered Nurse

Angie Pettit
WLSA-Nurse-Asha-Soni

Registered Nurse

Asha Soni
WLSA-Psychologist-Leslie-Hartley

Psychologist

Leslie Hartley

Leslie Hartley is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Leslie is trained in a variety of evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Mindfulness. She has worked extensively with victims of complex trauma mostly relating to childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual violence. Leslie has always been interested in weight management issues and is particularly interested in the interaction between eating disorders/obesity and trauma.

In addition to providing psychological assessment and psycho-education both before and after surgery, Leslie provides psychological support and intervention for a broad range of psychological issues as well as a variety of weight loss-related issues that may arise. Leslie’s approach is to be warm, engaging and non-judgemental. She aims to provide an empathic and supportive environment in which to foster personal insights, growth and positive change. Leslie is committed to supporting patients throughout what is probably one of the most significant journeys of their whole life—their bariatric surgery journey—by helping them to achieve the psychological, behavioural and lifestyle changes necessary to ensure the best possible weight loss and quality of life outcomes.

Barbara Mulvenney

Medical Receptionist

Barbara Mulvenney

Barb came to WLSA with a wealth of experience working in the Credit Union Industry and Finance Industry for over 30 years. She prides herself in patient privacy and confidentiality at all times— patients are her first priority.

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Medical Receptionist

Alex Thomson

In 2016, Alex underwent the Gastric Sleeve surgery through Weightloss Solutions Australia and it was only after her 12-month journey that she realised her new found passion for weight loss and wanting to help others make this life changing decision.

Following this, Alex then came to work full time at WLSA and loves having the opportunity to help everyone that walks through our doors. She comes to work with a true passion now. On Alex’s days off she now enjoys going out and being active, something she never thought she would enjoy doing!