The Centre For Bariatric Surgery for Lap Band Surgery Grokitas
Lap Band Surgery - Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Bariatric Surgeons, Melbourne Obesity Weight Loss Surgery

Our Team- Health professionals

Patient Care Facilitators :: Dietitians


Samantha TweedaleSamantha Tweedale
MSc Applied Psych BSc Psych/ Counseling MAPS

Samantha is an experienced psychologist originally from England, registered in Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Samantha has experienced firsthand the difficulties with weight and for the last few years has specialized in helping others dealing with understanding the thoughts and behaviours towards weight loss and dealing with the Lap-Band.

Dr Leah BrennanAssoc Professor Leah Brennan BAppSc(Psych)(Hons) MSc PhD
Clinical and Health Psychologist

Leah Brennan is a clinical and health psychologist who is passionate about providing client-centred, evidenced-based treatment to people experiencing eating, weight, or body image related difficulties. She has a particular interest in integrated treatment for associated mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Both her clinical and research work have focus on using psychological approaches to understanding, preventing and treating eating and weight concerns and common co-occurring problems (e.g., depression, anxiety). Leah consults at CBS Glen Iris on Tuesday morning and also has her own private practice in East Melbourne.

Patient Care Facilitators

Chris Halklett   Chris Halklett

Julie Playfair

Julie Playfair



Helen Bauzon Leading APD, BSC., MND

Helen BauzonHaving joined the team at the Centre for Bariatric Surgery in 2009, Helen is a dietician with extensive experience providing dietary advice for people who have had Lap-Band surgery, having counselled over 2500 individuals with a Lap-Band.

Helen will help you Be Your Best, by achieving a balance between your mind set, food, exercise and stress in partnership with the Lap-Band. She is passionate about educating in a fun and interactive manner to help patients achieve optimal results.



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