Meet Us

Our experienced team of dietitians, nurses, psychologists and gastroenterologists take a holistic approach to weight loss, helping you lose weight and keep it off. Our approach encourages mindfulness and helps you overcome the daily challenges you face in achieving weight loss. Let the Weightless team guide you through your weight loss journey.

 

Dietitians

Miriam Mullard

NZ Registered Dietitian, BSc Hons Nutrition, MSc Dietetics

Tessa Bollard

NZ Registered Dietitian

Rebecca Bruce

NZ Registered Dietitian

I qualified at King’s College, London and began my career in some of London’s top teaching hospitals before moving into private practice and academia. As Dietetic lead at MacMurray I manage a team of highly skilled dietitians who share my values and are driven to help clients reach their goals.

My approach is to listen and empower you to make practical changes to improve your physical health, well-being and happiness. I work with you to develop bespoke nutrition plans, tailored to your unique needs, challenges and lifestyle. Providing evidence based nutrition is only part of the process, I give you practical advice to implement today to keep you on track for good.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Bariatric Dietetics and Endoscopic Weight Loss
  • Weight Management
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the low FODMAP diet
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Vegan and Vegetarian diets
  • Women’s health, PCOS and Pregnancy

I studied a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition at the University of Otago and subsequently completed a Master of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Auckland. I have a wide range of experience with both children and adults, which I have gained from my work at Auckland City Hospital and Starship Hospital, as well as private practice.

My nutrition philosophy is simple and strong – whatever your dietary needs are, they need to be incorporated into a life you love to live.

My areas of expertise include:

  • ‍Bariatric Dietetics and Endoscopic Weight Loss
  • Weight Management
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the low FODMAP diet
  • Diabetes
  • Paediatrics
  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Medical ketogenic diet therapies

I am a NZ registered dietitian passionate about improving health and well being through nutrition. I enjoy working with my clients to achieve their weight loss and nutrition goals. My approach is holistic, evidence based and tailored to your individual situation and food preferences.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Bariatric Dietetics and Endoscopic Weight Loss
  • Weight Management
  • Low FODMAP diet for management of functional gut disorders
  • Coeliac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Vegan and vegetarian diets
  • Food allergy and intolerance
  • Children’s nutrition

Psychologist

Catherine Kissel

Registered Psychologist

I have worked within the specialist area of weight loss for the past 15 years, supporting people with practical and effective strategies to optimise their results. As a psychologist, understanding the impact of mood, anxiety, stress, trauma and food addiction on weight gain allows us to implement individualised programmes and design the right support for you to achieve your goals.

My background is in mental health and addictions. I have worked clinically for over 30 years and held senior positions in WDHB as well as teaching positions at the University of Auckland and AUT.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Bariatrics and Endoscopic Weight Loss
  • Weight Management
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Managing stress implicated in weight gain

Doctors

Alasdair Patrick

BHB, MBChB, FRACP

Dinesh Lal

MBBS, FRACP

Kumudith Ekanayaka

MBChB (Otago), FRACP

Anurag Sekra

MBBS, MD, FRACP

Lara Courtenay

MBChB FRNZCGP

As the founder of Weightless and the MacMurray Centre I am excited about innovation and cutting edge weight loss medicine. I believe that patients deserve the very best weight loss treatments the world has to offer and so, I have made it a priority to research and train in new ground breaking technologies.

I am proud to be part of the team that bought Spatz Gastric Balloons and Onda Targeted Fat Reduction to New Zealand. I also developed FastFx Meal Replacement for Weight loss. I currently work as a Gastroenterologist at Middlemore Hospital and as the Director of the Macmurray Centre.

I am passionate about helping patients achieve their weight goals, so they feel great about themselves, but also so they can address the health concerns caused by excess weight.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Weight management using Spatz and Orbera Gastric Balloons
  • Endoscopy – diagnostic and therapeutic
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease - wireless pH, pH/Impedance, ResTech, High Res Manometry
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer- formally trained in CT Colonography
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Stretta

I was trained in New Zealand in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Liver transplant and Internal Medicine. I have also developed a special interest in endoscopic bariatric therapy for overweight and obesity. I have pioneered the use of AspireAssist Therapy in New Zealand and also performed the first Spatz Gastric Balloon procedure here.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Endoscopic bariatric therapy (for overweight and obesity)
  • Spatz and Orbera Gastric Balloons
  • Aspire Assist Aspiration Therapy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver diseases including Hepatitis B & C and investigation of liver dysfunction
  • Dyspepsia, reflux disease and coeliac disease
  • Hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases

I am a New Zealand trained gastroenterologist who grew up in the Waikato and attended Otago Medical School. I currently work at Middlemore Hospital as a consultant gastroenterologist and general physician and have a strong role in medical student teaching.

I have also trained in Gastric Balloons for weight loss and am passionate about helping patients find freedom from weight related health concerns.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Weight management using Spatz and Orbera Gastric Balloons
  • Endoscopy – diagnostic and therapeutic
  • Liver Disease – particular interest in alcohol related liver disease
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

I am a New Zealand trained gastroenterologist who was born and brought up in India. I have a broad range of experience in all aspects of gastroenterology and have a particular interest in bariatric and therapeutic endoscopy.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Weight management with endoscopic insertion of Spatz and Orbera Gastric Balloons
  • Endoscopy – diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy
  • Chromoendoscopy and virtual chromoendoscopy
  • Wireless capsule endoscopy
  • Bowel cancer screening and colorectal cancer
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Stretta
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrom
  • Coeliac disease
  • Liver diseases

I am a New Zealand trained General Practitioner and Cosmetic Medicine Physician having worked in both General Practice and Hospitals. I most enjoy forming long term relationships with patients to help achieve physical and mental health improvements.

Weightless allows me to spend more time and energy focusing my General Practice capabilities and expertise on providing patients with a holistic, well supported, patient-centered treatment plan.