Meet your North Queensland team
Specialists in Upper GI & Bariatric Care
Dr Scott Whiting is a fully accredited specialist Upper GI, Bariatric & General Surgeon located in Townsville, Australia.
He is a true North Queensland local having spent his formative years in the Atherton Tablelands before moving to Townsville for his schooling.
Scott undertook his medical studies at the University of Notre Dame in Freemantle, Western Australia where he graduated with Honours and a Dean’s Commendation. His training includes the highest standard Australian and International experience, including, New Zealand and Europe.
In addition to his surgical career Scott enjoyed a decorated sporting career in Rugby League. After being awarded a scholarship with the Queensland Cowboys, he represented the club at the highest level in the Australian NRL club competition.
Melissa Whiting is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and member of Dietitians Australia (DA).
Melissa graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Hons) and has worked both nationally and internationally as a clinical dietitian.
Melissa has a particular interest in Metabolic and Bariatric surgery and has significant experience in this area. She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS) and regularly attends conferences, scientific meetings, DA led bariatric interest groups and courses in bariatrics, psychology and weight management.
Melissa works alongside the surgeons and bariatric nurse at North Qld Minimally Invasive Surgery and also at the Mater Hospital Townsville.
Samantha Hunt is a Registered Nurse working in the area of Bariatric and metabolic surgery.
Sam graduated from James Cook University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Nursing Science. She then spent the next five years gaining experience across the areas of Oncology and Bariatric & Metabolic surgery.
Samantha is enthusiastic about the benefits of bariatric surgery having undergone the procedure herself. She is highly knowledgeable and provides the very best of care to all our patients with a deep understanding of what it is like to be the patient.
With her caring nature, vast experience, and true empathy, we know that our patients are in the best hands with Samantha by their side.
Samantha is also a mum to three young children, and is passionate about helping others on their weight loss journey alongside Dr Scott Whiting and the team.
Jess Worrall is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).
Jess graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Science and a Masters in Dietetic Studies. She has spent the last six years working in a variety of areas across dietetics, including metabolic and bariatric surgery.
Jess is trained in the management of chronic disease, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – eating disorders (ED), and is an Accredited Sports Dietitian. She also has significant experience in working with the Australian Defence force and Veteran community helping people with various disabilities.
Jess is a caring and supportive clinician who understands that nutrition is about more than just what you eat. She is passionate about health and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
We know you will find Jess to be a great support in helping you achieve and maintain your goals.