Meet the Team

Changing lives since 2006

For nearly 15 years, our team of surgeons, nurses, dieticians, psychologists and exercise consultants have helped people achieve their goals and gain new leases on life. As specialists in weight loss and metabolic surgeries, we focus on gastric bypasses, sleeve gastrectomies and revision bariatric surgeries.

Our team has worked in some of the world’s most renowned hospitals and medical facilities, and the techniques we use are the latest in key-hole and laparoscopic options.

Working together, we assess, diagnose, advise, treat and manage your health and wellbeing from day one. And over the course of around 12 months in total, we'll be there to ensure you have every tool you need.

Surgeons

CWLS Staff Grant

Mr Grant Coulter

MBChB FRACS
Grant is a New Zealand trained general surgeon with over 30 years experience in Christchurch. He currently works in both public and private practice. He co-founded Christchurch Weight Loss Surgery in 2007. Grant takes great satisfaction in establi...

Grant is a New Zealand trained general surgeon with over 30 years experience in Christchurch. He currently works in both public and private practice. He co-founded Christchurch Weight Loss Surgery in 2007. Grant takes great satisfaction in establishing weight loss surgery in Christchurch and enjoys seeing the success of each patient’s journey.

When Grant is not working he enjoys tramping and fishing and spending time with his wifeand son.

Education

MBChB 1980 (Otago)
FRACS 1989

Fellowships:

Norfolk &Norwich Hospital, UK (1988-90)
London Hospitals, UK (1990-91)
Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia (1991)

Current Appointments

Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Christchurch Hospital.
Clinical Director Department of General Surgery, Christchurch Hospital.

Surgeries offered

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
Also surgeries for hernias, gallstones, reflux disease, gastrointestinal cancers
Also endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy, stents and dilations)

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CWLS Staff Richard

Mr Richard Flint

MBChB PhD FRACS
Richard is a New Zealand trained general surgeon with over 10 years experience in weight loss surgery. He works in both public and private practice in Christchurch. Richard is a firm believer in weight loss surgery and is always keen to champion i...

Richard is a New Zealand trained general surgeon with over 10 years experience in weight loss surgery. He works in both public and private practice in Christchurch. Richard is a firm believer in weight loss surgery and is always keen to champion its success. He takes great pride in his patient’s results and enjoys watching their transformation.

When Richard isn’t working he is biking the hills or spending time with his wife and three teenage children.

Education

MBChB 1997 (Auckland)
PhD 2007 (Auckland)
FRACS 2008

Fellowships

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston (2008)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York (2009)

Current Appointments

Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Christchurch Hospital

Surgeries offered

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
Laparoscopic one anastomosis gastric bypass
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Laparoscopic revisional surgery
Also surgeries for hernias, gallstones, reflux disease, gastrointestinal cancers
Also endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy, stents and dilations)

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CWLS Staff Steven

Mr Steven Kelly

MBChB FRACS
Steven is a New Zealand trained general surgeon with over 10 years experience in weight loss surgery. He works in both public and private practice in Christchurch and is a passionate advocate for weight loss surgery. He takes pride in keeping up t...

Steven is a New Zealand trained general surgeon with over 10 years experience in weight loss surgery. He works in both public and private practice in Christchurch and is a passionate advocate for weight loss surgery. He takes pride in keeping up to date with modern surgical advancements and providing a comprehensive patient-focused package.

When Steven is not working he enjoys motor sport and spending time with his wife and three teenage children.

Education

MBChB 1997 (Otago)

FRACS 2007

Fellowships

Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK (2007)

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Scotland (2008)

Current Appointments

Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Christchurch Hospital

Surgeries offered

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Laparoscopic one anastomosis gastric bypass

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Laparoscopic revisional surgery

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Dietitians

Clarice Hebblethwaite

BSc Hons Nutrition and Dietetics, NZRD
Clarice brings together skills drawn from 10 years experience as a chef and over 17 years as a UK and NZ Registered Dietitian. Founder of NZ Dietitians Gastroenterology Interest Group, she is widely regarded for her knowledge and work in dietary a...

Clarice brings together skills drawn from 10 years experience as a chef and over 17 years as a UK and NZ Registered Dietitian. Founder of NZ Dietitians Gastroenterology Interest Group, she is widely regarded for her knowledge and work in dietary approaches for digestive health, gastrointestinal surgery, weight loss and weight loss surgery nutrition, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and identifying and treating food intolerance.

Clarice believes in greater health and wellbeing through practical and effective dietary and lifestyle advice.

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Meg Shannon

BSc HUNT, PG Dip Diet (Distinction), NZRD
Meg attended the University of Otago and has been a qualified Dietitian since 2002. She has worked with people having weight loss surgery since 2008. Prior to this she worked in clinical research. Most recently this involved research into medicati...

Meg attended the University of Otago and has been a qualified Dietitian since 2002. She has worked with people having weight loss surgery since 2008. Prior to this she worked in clinical research. Most recently this involved research into medications for Type 2 Diabetes and lipid disorders.

She is passionate about helping people to maintain good nutrition and enjoy their new style of eating after weight loss surgery.

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Clinical Psychologists

Lois Surgenor

PhD, DipClinPsych, FNZCCP
Lois is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years clinical and research experience working with people with eating and weight issues as well as those with serious life-shortening medical illnesses. Lois is an Associate Professor in Psychological ...

Lois is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years clinical and research experience working with people with eating and weight issues as well as those with serious life-shortening medical illnesses. Lois is an Associate Professor in Psychological Medicine (University of Otago at Christchurch) and teaches postgraduate courses in these areas.

She is involved in multiple research studies looking at illness adjustment and recovery.

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Kathryn Taylor

Kathryn trained to be a clinical psychologist at the University of Canterbury. Previously she has worked at the South Island Eating Disorders Service, Family Mental Health Service and is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychologic...

Kathryn trained to be a clinical psychologist at the University of Canterbury. Previously she has worked at the South Island Eating Disorders Service, Family Mental Health Service and is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

She believes it is important to use psychological therapies that have been well researched and shown to be effective, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Metacognitive Therapy.

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Team Co-ordinator

Caroline Boyce

Caroline is the team coordinator and medical secretary for Christchurch Weight Loss Surgery. She will help coordinate your journey from initial consult through to surgery and the follow-up period.

Wherever you are in life, we’re here to help. Call us on 03 375 4949 Or send us an email