Our Endocrinologist Specialists in North Lakes

The endocrine system is a system of glands in the human body which secrete hormones into the circulatory system to regulate the function of different organs. Two of the body’s major glands are the thyroid and adrenal glands. The other glands in the human body include the pituitary and pineal gland in the brain, the pancreas, the ovaries and the testes.

The hypothalamus acts as the neural control centre for the hormone-secreting glands. These hormones consist of amino acid complexes, eicosanoids, leukotrienes, prostaglandins and steroids.

When you have a hormonal imbalance, the imbalance can affect your digestion, respiration, metabolism, growth and development, sleep, mood and other functions of the body. If you feel that your problem may be caused by a problem with your endocrine system, you can consult directly with an endocrinologist or simply see your regular doctor who may refer you to an endocrinologist for treatment.

Endocrine Society of Australia

The ESA is a national, non-profit organisation in Australia dedicated to conducting on-going, clinical research and practice in the field of endocrinology. The ESA seeks to maintain a high standard of practice for all the endocrinologists practicing in Australia, which in turn will provide a high-level of healthcare for any Australians have problems with their endocrine systems.

Dr Melissa Clarke

Dr Melissa Clarke (BPhty, MBBS (Hons I), FRACP) graduated with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 2008. She completed specialist training at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Cairns Hospital, and Mater Hospital Brisbane. Dr Clarke has worked as a general physician at Sunshine Coast University Hospital and an endocrinologist at Mater Hospital Brisbane. 


Dr Kelly Carruthers

Dr Kelly Carruthers (BA Hons (Psych) MBBS, FRACP) completed her medical training at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2008. She has had a strong interest in Endocrinology since her junior doctor training at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital.  She completed her specialist training in the field of endocrinology at the RBWH and Nambour General Hospital.

Dr Kathryn Berkman

Dr Kathryn Berkman (Bsc, MBBS, RACP) completed her undergraduate science degree and medical degree at the University of Queensland. She completed her specialist training in Endocrinology at the Princess Alexandra and Townsville Hospitals. Dr Kathryn Berkman currently practices at Specialist Medical Care Australia in  North Lakes Specialist Centre and Springwood General Practice as well as the Mater Hospital. Her practice covers all areas of Endocrinology with a special interest in Diabetes including insulin pump therapy. .


Dr Deepali Shirkhedkar

Dr Shirkhedkar is a senior endocrinologist, who has been practicing as a Consultant Endocrinologist in Australia since January 2008. She started her private practice in Queensland at the Sunshine coast in 2011, and opened her practice at North Lakes in 2013. She also holds public hospital appointments as a senior staff specialist in endocrinology.