Our Team

What We Do


At James Askew Medical we provide a caring and professional team approach to help you achieve your weight loss goals. You will find our multidisciplinary team of specialist surgeon, dietitians, psychologist, exercise physiologist, and experienced administration staff to be warm, welcoming and supportive.

We are committed to long-term results. To ensure your success we will closely follow and support you throughout their weight loss journey. Our weight loss surgery package includes seven dietitian appointments, two post-operative psychology appointments and regular on-going medical review appointments that are bulk billed. In addition to your regular clinic visits, we offer support group meetings with guest speakers covering various topics to help keep you on track.

Our new consulting suites at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital are focused on patient care and comfort. Separate General Surgical and Bariatric clinics are run and the new suite has enabled the formation of our specialist team approach to weight loss.

In addition to our bariatric program, we are here to assist you with general surgery procedures such as gallbladder removal, appendix removal, skin cancer and benign skin lesion excisions, anti-reflux surgery and hernia repairs..

Who We Are

Dr James Askew

MBSC. MBBS. FRACS
GENERAL AND BARIATRIC SURGEON

James is an established Queensland trained General and Bariatric Surgeon. He has been operating at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital since its opening in 2014 and he has recently built a new consulting suite within the hospital.

James undertook his tertiary qualifications at the University of Queensland. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) before graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2003. James’ General Surgical training was based throughout South-East Queensland. After four years of supervised training and exams, he obtained his FRACS (Fellow Royal Australian College of Surgeons) in 2010. James was selected onto the ANZGOSA post-fellowship training program and undertook a further two years of sub-specialty training in high volume Bariatric and Gastro-intestinal (Upper GI) Surgery hospitals.

During his years in New Zealand and Melbourne  he published articles in HPB and the ANZ Journal of Surgery and presented at the International Society for Diseases of the Oesophagus meeting. He is a member of ANZMOSS, IFSO,  General Surgeons of Australia and the AMA. He is the General Surgical Representative for the Medical Advisory Board at SCUPH. He regularly attends conferences and clinical immersions to ensure his practice and knowledge is current with the latest surgical techniques.

He is committed to providing a friendly and approachable environment to help you feel at ease.

James lives on the Sunshine Coast with his young family and is learning to surf. He also enjoys golf, tennis and park runs.

Kate Stoker

APD, APN
DIETITIAN

Kate’s passion for dietetics began at an early age when she was diagnosed with food intolerances. She understands the struggle behind implementing dietary and lifestyle changes and strives to provide support, understanding and strategies for people with chronic health conditions, such as food allergies and intolerances.

Kate is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and owner of Simply Nutrition Dietitians, which she establish in 2011. It has now grown to cover 13 clinic locations from Gympie to North Brisbane and includes a team of dietitians to support the health of the local community. With dedicated weekly sessions at Dr Askew’s consulting rooms she is here to guide patients through their weight loss journey with education, kindness and understanding.

Kate’s approach to dietary advice for bariatric surgery is to ensure that you feel supported and she takes the time to listen and understand what you need and want out of your upcoming surgery. She provides through and individual dietary advice for each patient by taking the time to find out what is important to you and by explaining your dietary needs both pre and post-operatively.

Kate is passionate about good food, great coffee and her happy place is spending time with her family.

Bethany Bambrick

APD, AN
DIETITIAN

Bethany is an accredited practising dietitian and loves helping patients through their bariatric surgery journey. Her passion for wanting to become a dietitian started by wanting to combine her love of food with helping people. She is passionate about helping others improve their overall health and supporting patients through their journey. Bethany always makes and effort to ensure that others feel understood and listened too.

Outside of work, bethany enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

Nicola Moine

MPSYCH (CLIN)
PSYCHOLOGY REGISTRAR

Nicola completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. As a psychologist, Nicola incorporates both cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment based therapy frameworks into her treatment approach, and has a strong commitment to evidence-based practice. She is enthusiastic and passionate about her work and has experience in treating anxiety disorders (including specific phobias, social anxiety and generalised anxiety), depression, addictions and eating disorders. Nicola has also provided psychological treatment to individuals in palliative care.

Nicky’s special interests include relationship difficulties, assisting individuals to develop emotion regulation skills, and resilience building. She has experience working across the lifespan and primarily works with adolescences, adults, and couples. Her supportive and warm approach allows people to feel comfortable while engaging in treatment and working towards their therapeutic goals.

Nicki moved from Sydney in 2016 and now considers the Sunshine Coast to be home. She enjoys playing with her Spoodle puppy, going on beach walks, and practicing yoga.

Kylie Sperling

PRACTICE MANAGER

Kylie is a highly experienced Medical Practice Manager and has worked in both plastic surgery and respiratory specialist practices before moving from Perth to join Dr Askew’s bariatric team on the Sunshine Coast. Kye’s role includes not only administering the practice but also in providing education and support to patients both pre and post-operatively.  Her welcoming attitude and vast knowledge base enables her to answer any questions you may have.

As a successful metabolic surgery patient herself, Kye is committed to patient care and ongoing education surrounding bariatric surgery. 

Kye has a deep love for coffee and when not assisting patients, she enjoys hunting for mid-century treasures, the arts and nature walks. 

Amy Tollan

MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST

Amy has over 10 years experience working as a Personal Assistant in London and has also worked in aged care and has enjoyed supporting older people and people with disabilities in the community. Since joining Dr Askew’s rooms, Amy enjoys welcoming our clients and assisting with all administrative tasks.  

Amy and her husband moved to Australia in 2005 to raise their three children. When she is not child wrangling, Amy enjoys quilting, listening to podcasts and spoiling her dachshund.  

Dr Johan Van Den Bogaerde

MBCHB. FCP. PHD. MMED. FRACP. MRCP
GASTROENTEROLOGIST

Dr Johan Van Den Bogaerde completed his undergraduate training in South Africa, with postgraduate training in the United Kingdom at Cambridge, St. Mark’s and Hammersmith Hospitals. He completed further research in Australia with friend and mentor Professor Michael Kamm.

Dr Van Den Bogaerde believes Gastroenterology is an exciting and important field, and has very broad interests including the study of esophageal pathology, motility disturbances, inflammatory bowel disease and functional bowel disease.

He has been performing general, interventional and hepatobiliary procedures at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital for the past four years.

Dr Van Den Bogaerde is particularly interested in the microbiome, and has recently completed a trial looking at fecal transplantation in patients with ulcerative colitis, which had encouraging results. He is also very interested in new techniques, particularly interventional endoscopic techniques, and works closely with a strong team of surgical colleagues at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital including Physicians, Renal Physicians and Cardiologists.

Dr Van Den Bogaerde is delighted to see patients with both challenging and non-challenging clinical problems. He practices from both Dr Askew’s Rooms in Birinya, and at Cotton Tree Gastroenterology Group in Cotton Tree.

Johan enjoys tennis and squash, and is learning to kite surf.

Jesse Goldfinch

BCLINEXSC. ESSAM. AEP. AES
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST/EXERCISE SCIENTIST

Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science, Jesse is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Exercise Scientist and a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Jesse also owns and operates myEP – a local exercise physiology company that specialises in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs.

Working in conjunction with Dr Askew, Jesse can help you maintain and tone muscle mass while improving flexibility and strength following bariatric surgery.

Jesse has a big interest in implementing exercise as a treatment strategy to help with chronic conditions for all ages, specialising in exercise for post-bariatric surgery patients, cancer clients, strength and conditioning in Young Athletes/Healthy Adults and a healthy holistic approach to a better lifestyle.  Jesse is continually thinking outside the box with his clients, he looks for areas that can be improved upon and sets out to make those improvements. Jesse is committed to learning new skills that will help with better client performance and goal outcomes.

Jesse has experience working with clients of all ages, professions and sporting backgrounds. Growing up, Jesse was very active and competed in a variety of sports. Whether it’s playing AFL for the Maroochydore Roos, surfing the breaks along the Sunshine Coast coastline or general fitness, Jesse lives and breathes movement.