Dr Tony Robinson
Tony completed his Doctor of Philosophy at Loyola College, Maryland, USA in 1995. He is a clinical psychologist. He has worked in mental health in America and Australia for over 20 years. Recently, he completed a six-month consultancy in Manchester, UK. For over 11 years, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Australasia. He has published professional articles as well as presenting papers at a variety of national and international conferences. He is an experienced workshop presenter.
Tony works with adult women and men in a supportive approach to therapy. Tony realises that our patients are making an important commitment to themselves, their loved ones and to life in general when they consider banding. This decision taken at the right time in a person's life leads to rich psychological rewards. As a member of our team of psychologists, he supports the patient celebrate their successes.
Unhealthy eating for most people has a long history so establishing a healthy vital relationship with eating takes time and has some challenges. These challenges can be faced with good support. Along with Taryn, Tony takes the role of 'band coach', helping our patients feel confident, supported and good about themselves and their achievements.
BSc (Nutr & Dietetics)
Dietitian & Nutritionist
Michelle is an enthusiastic dietitian who developed a keen interest in diet and health while studying Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Queensland. She quickly upgraded to a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics where she reveled in all there was to learn about food and health - and importantly, how to communicate this information in a motivating, interesting and practical way.
Michelle has worked both in Australia and abroad. She has recently returned from two years in the UK where she worked in two of the leading teaching hospitals in London; King's College Hospital and Imperial College Hospital. During her time there she developed a keen interest in Obesity surgery and worked in the surgical weight-loss units at both hospitals furthering her skills and knowledge in weight management.
Prior to this she worked in Brisbane in a weight management clinic. Michelle is keen to show you how to improve your health and wellness by eating a wide range of tasty, nutritious foods with your Lap Band!
Dr Anthony Edwards
BSc (Hons) MBBS
Dr Edwards graduated from University of Sydney 1999 with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and a full Bachelor of Science (Hons) including a year of medical research at Sydney Eye Hospital.
He has extensive experience in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.
He has worked with Dr Taylor for the past 2 years as both Assistant in surgery, and in the post-operative clinical management of patients with gastric bands.
He is currently undertaking a research project with Dr Taylor in an aim to reduce post-operative discomfort after gastric band surgery.
Dr Paloma Van Zyl
B. Med, FANZCA
Dr Paloma Van Zyl is a specialist anaesthetist with a strong focus on improving patient outcomes.
Paloma graduated from the University of Newcastle.
She trained at a number of leading institutions including Royal North Shore hospital in Sydney, Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and helicopter retrieval medicine with Careflight.
Her key interest areas include anaesthesia for weight loss surgery, pain management, and trainee mentorship.
Dr Adam Osomanski
Dr Adam Osomanski graduated from the University of Sydney and trained at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Concord Hospitals before undertaking further post-Fellowship training in cardiac anaesthesia, and Trauma/Retrieval Medicine in Lausanne Switzerland.
His clinical interests include Obesity Anaesthesia and Retrieval Medicine with NRMA CareFlight. He is the Director of Anaesthesia at Surgery Centres of Australia and Mona Vale Hospital. His professional interests include Quality and Safety in Anaesthesia, Rescue and Retrieval Medicine, Systems and Human Factors in Medicine, Education, Medical Informatics.
Dr Ajay Kumar
Dr Ajay Kumar is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and completed his anaesthetic training at Sydney's Westmead Hospital. He undertook a fellowship in Cardiac Anaesthesia and echocardiography and is now a Specialist Cardiothoracic and Obesity anaesthetist.
He has a special interest in Cardiac anaesthesia, management of high-risk patients, and Obesity Anaesthesia. He has convened and presented on these topics at several national and international meetings on behalf of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, the Australian and New Zealand college of Anaesthetists, and the European Congress of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists.
His other professional interest is travelling to developing countries with the Cardiac Outreach Program.
Dr James Prescott
Dr James Prescott completed his medical degrees at the University of Sydney in 1983 and his specialist anaesthetic training in 1990.
After several years as a staff specialist at Repatriation General Hospital Concord, he entered private practice with an emphasis on surgery on the upper gastrointestinal tract and major urological surgery.
This has led naturally to involvement in bariatric surgery. He maintains a strong commitment to the training of junior anaesthetists at the teaching hospitals Concord and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, as well as being accredited at numerous private hospitals.
Michelle is our OClinic Practice Manager.
Michelle has always been interested in health, fitness and patient care- she is a fully trained ambulance paramedic, Bootcamp instructor, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and dietetics! Michelle has extensive experience in medical practice management and will ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible.
Don't hesitate to contact Michelle if you have any questions or are unsure about anything.