Our Doctors

Our caring and compassionate doctors are experienced in evidenced-based weight management and will work with you to develop a treatment plan to get you the results you need.

Dr Hilda Jessop

Bariatric Doctor

After a number of years of working in general practice and medical education, both in the UK and Australia, Dr Hilda has brought her expertise and experience to Alevia.

She is a warm and compassionate doctor who recognises the challenge of losing and maintaining a healthy weight, and understands that for each individual the path to safe and effective weight loss is different. Hilda continues to practice as a GP, and maintains a special interest in supporting patients with mental health problems. When she isn’t working, she can normally be found hiking and connecting with nature.

Dr Neha Parvatreddy

Bariatric Doctor

Dr Neha Parvatreddy graduated from Monash University in 2012 and began her general practice career in the Gippsland region.

Neha is passionate about understanding every patient’s unique circumstances and drawing on the most up-to-date scientific evidence to provide personalised, long-term effective weight management. She provides a compassionate approach to helping her patients achieve their individual goals with a focus on optimising overall health and well-being.

Dr Nicolette Scheepers

Bariatric Doctor

Dr Nici Scheepers completed her medical training in South Africa in 1994, with more than 25 yrs of experience in various areas of medicine including General Practice, Psychiatry and palliative care.

Nici combines her medical expertise in the area of weight management with her deep understanding of how difficult it can be to lose weight, to guide her patients to their best health. To view Nici’s message on kindness in medical weight loss, click here.

Dr Julie Chang

Bariatric Doctor

Graduating from Melbourne University in 1998, Julie strives to provide medical care with integrity, compassion and wisdom. Having looked after many patients with chronic diseases, Julie is now focused on preventative health care through weight management.

She understands how hard it is to lose weight and to keep it off, which may seem like a never-ending cycle for many people.

She is dedicated to using the latest scientific evidence, in conjunction with a personalised approach, to help her patients achieve and maintain their goal weight.

Dr Andrea Ryan

Bariatric Doctor

Dr Andrea Ryan graduated from University of Melbourne in 2009. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated doctor with a core focus on health promotion and disease prevention.

She is committed to the provision of compassionate, patient focused heath care and helps patients find the weight loss tools that suit their lifestyle and health concerns.

Dr Janelle Francis

Bariatric Doctor

Dr Janelle Francis is an enthusiastic and experienced GP who graduated from Monash University in 1991 and obtained her Fellowship with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1998.

She has been a GP supervisor for the RACGP for many years. Janelle has a wealth of experience supporting patients who attend the Austin weight control clinic and is passionate about helping patients to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Dr Jane Doyle

Bariatric Doctor

Dr Jane Doyle studied medicine at Monash University and has worked in general practice in Melbourne for more than 20 years.

Jane enjoys supporting her patients to achieve their goals for longterm health and wellbeing. She strives to do this in a respectful, empathic and caring manner.

Jane appreciates that achieving and maintaining weight loss is a challenging journey that requires evidence based medical interventions combined with sustained lifestyle and behavioural change. She believes that together with the multidisciplinary team at Alevia she can provide close ongoing individual care and support to her patients.

Dr Tamsin Rhodes

Bariatric Doctor

Dr Tamsin Rhodes graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and brings 20 years of experience in General Practice to her work at Alevia.  She has a strong background in preventative health care, chronic disease management and women’s health.  She prides herself on the provision of quality care, in a friendly and compassionate manner.   In her spare time she enjoys travelling, reading and playing tennis.

Dr Catherine Bacus

Bariatric Doctor

Dr Catherine Bacus is a passionate and dedicated doctor, who specialises in weight management, and is committed to bringing the best of medical research to assist her patients to help manage their weight long term.

She knows that weight loss can be challenging, and many of her patients are frustrated by failed dieting efforts – they just want something that will work, information that they can trust and practical strategies that they can sustain long term.

Catherine has spent time under the mentorship of Dr Sharon Marks and Prof Joe Proietto, leading obesity physicians, and her goal is to bring the most effective weight loss tools to patients to help them achieve their goals.

Catherine supports her patients through to their weight loss journey, with care and compassion.

Dr Charmaine Tay

Bariatric Doctor

Charmaine graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010. She has experience working in general practice, with an interest in the management of chronic diseases and women’s health and is excited to join the team at Alevia.

With a supportive approach and an understanding of the challenges behind long term weight loss and maintenance, she endeavours to build relationships with patients, assisting them to achieve their best outcome.

Outside of work, she enjoys baking and spending time with her family and pugalier.

Dr Ella Barclay

Bariatric Doctor

Ella graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2014 and completed her General Practice training in 2018. Since then, she has worked in various fields in General Practice, gaining a multitude of skills.

Ella is passionate about helping people who struggle with their weight and understands the difficulty people face given all the fad diets and information circulating around, especially in social media. She understands that struggling with your weight can affect all facets of your wellbeing, not just physical ones.

Ella is dedicated to using the latest scientific evidence to help people achieve their weight loss and health goals. She is compassionate, empathic and will support you through your weight loss and health journey.

Our Allied Health Team

Ms Jennifer Tsoutsoulis


Jennifer is passionate to assist her clients with health and wellbeing, assisting them to achieve their nutritional goals using evidence-based practise. Jennifer makes sure she helps her clients to improve their nutrition knowledge and skills to assist them to make changes which are sustainable.  Jennifer has experience working in private practice where she has worked with a range of chronic conditions with an extensive focus on surgical and non-surgical weight loss.

Jennifer is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Human Nutrition with a Major in Genetics and a Master of Dietetics from Latrobe University.

Ms Georgie Beams


Georgie Beames is a registered Psychologist who has a long-standing interest in working with clients who have eating, weight and body image concerns.

Georgie uses powerful psychological techniques that shift client’s negative attitudes and beliefs that keep them locked in the battle with their body. She adopts a client-centred approach to her work that is respectful of the client, tailored to their needs, and grounded in evidence-based practice.

Georgie helps clients to identify the changes that they wish to make, and works with her clients to understand and make sense of their concerns. She has private practice experience solely working with clients around their eating, weight and body image concerns.

Mr Darcy Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Darcy has a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, with an aim to make exercise as easy as possible for everyone to fit into their lifestyles. He is particularly passionate about addressing aches and pains, then applying strength and conditioning principles used for athletes to everyone!

Whether it be training together a few times a week, prescribing an at-home exercise program or catching up periodically to work through challenges and progress exercises, he is here to help and support his clients!

Dr Louisa Hoey


Louisa is driven to help relieve the burden of disordered eating and poor body image in our society.

Disordered eating is a complex phenomenon because we cannot live without food. If someone sees a psychologist to quit smoking, while this is extremely difficult, ultimately the aim is to never smoke. With eating, you have to face food several times every day. This in itself, makes it a huge challenge for people.

Louisa has been working in the field of disordered eating for ten years. She aims to ensure sessions are targeted towards the individual, that they work towards breaking life-long cycles of emotional eating, poor body image and fear of food.

Our Reception Team