Our Clinic Team
Meet Your Surgeon
Mr Mo Atalla
Dr Atalla is a locally trained surgeon who has predominantly worked in and around Melbourne for over 12 years. He completed his specialist training in General surgery before heading overseas to further sub-specialise in bariatric surgery in a high-volume centre under the guidance of international leaders. During his time in Northshore hospital, Auckland NZ, he has refined his complex surgical expertise in both upper gastrointestinal/bariatric weight loss surgery and advanced laparoscopic skills. He routinely attends regular conferences and skill workshops to consistently keep abreast of any new developments in the treatment of obesity.
He is a also a credentialed Endoscopist under the GESA Conjoint Committee, a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne who is routinely involved in teaching surgical trainees and medical students with multiple publications in highly reputable peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Atalla dedicates himself to listening and understanding his patients which establishes a necessary sense of trust, a connection that is imperative when a patient is required to place their faith in a surgeon who is about to perform a complex procedure on them.
Marianne is responsible for the smooth running of the practice and being our patients’ first point of contact. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the administrative medical field and brings great enthusiasm, a friendly disposition, and a positive attitude to her role. Bariatrics are her great passion, attending regular ANZMOSS conferences, and keeping informed of the latest advancements regarding metabolic weight loss surgery. Her goal is to give all patients optimal & caring support throughout their life-changing journey with BetterLife Surgery.
Dr John DYSON
Dr. John Dyson has been a GP in Shepparton for many years. He has a special interest in assisting with gynaecological, general and bariatric surgery.
In recent years he has taken on the role of assistant to Mr Mohamed Atalla with his general and bariatric procedures.
John enjoys the diversity of the patients and surgery and has been invaluable in not only assisting but also post operative care of the patients.
John and his wife enjoy living in rural Victoria and in his spare time he enjoys soaring from Tocumwal aerodrome.
Janet Yong is a dual-qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with a decade long of experience in empowering her clients to “Eat Well, Move More and Love Life!”
Janet believes that a person’s health encompasses more than the body, hence she is passionate about helping her clients to improve their wellbeing in a holistic manner. She is committed to providing the best possible care to her clients and guiding them on their journey of health upgrade using evidence-based knowledge.
Janet aims to help her clients achieve their health goals through the provision of practical, sustainable and individualised dietary and lifestyle strategies.
Bariatric Nurse Practitioner
Rebecca returned to her local community after the first 7 years of her Nursing career at Epworth in Richmond to undertake a Master’s of Nursing Practice (Perioperative) and Master’s of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) at Deakin University.
For the past 10 years Rebecca has worked in private practice and gained endorsement as a nurse practitioner in 2014.
In 2018, The Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) awarded Rebecca Fellowship in recognition of her significant contribution to perioperative nursing and demonstration of professional excellence Rebecca’s clinical practice is diverse and has special interests in Bariatrics, General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Sports Injuries.
Rebecca is very passionate about patients and families experiencing safe, informed and holistic health care and a looks forward to being able to support the Better Life patients throughout their journey.
Bariatric Liaison and Clinical Nutritionist
Olga is a qualified Clinical Nutritionist with a unique mix of training and experience in a wide range of industries. She is passionate about helping patients find their optimal wellness through empowering them by making them feel heard and supported. Her caring approach makes her well suited as a point of contact for patients throughout their Better Life journey.
Carole has experience in providing support to clients with weight issues. She works with individuals to understand their motivations, create realistic and achievable goals, and maintain motivation to assist change. Carole can assist with natural weight loss, as well as support clients having bariatric surgery during both the pre and post-operative stages.
There are many psychological adjustments that individuals who are losing weight or having bariatric surgery can face. These may include changes in body image and self-esteem, emotional eating and change of diet, social pressures at meal times, and the impact change of diet and weight loss can have on relationships. Carole usually provide support and strategies to assist this journey toward a better quality of life. She works in Shepparton, Echuca and South Melbourne, and can be contacted on 0448 865 666.
Exercise Physiologist, AEP
Hayley has a passion for helping others improve their health and lifestyle. She enjoys working with clients to enable them to feel better, function better and optimise their wellbeing.
As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, she is equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide exercise and education for management of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Hayley thoroughly enjoys spending her free time working on her own health and fitness and going out for brunch on the weekend.
Julianne is an Accredited Life Coach who enjoys supporting people pre and post-weight loss surgery. Using a variety of therapeutic modalities with an integrative blend of Coaching, CBT, and ACT Therapy, Julianne can assist you in discovering the underlying issues behind your relationship with food, whilst achieving a sense of self-worth and self-efficacy.
She can help you discover learned behaviours and create new pathways to move toward acceptance. This approach can equip people to overcome negative thoughts and gain the freedom to make wiser choices that help facilitate change in all aspects of their lives.
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