Endocrinologists for North lakes and Brisbane Surrounds
Specialist Medical, qualified specialists caring for our community.
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Our Endocrinologist Specialists
Dr Melissa Clarke
Dr Melissa Clarke (BPhty, MBBS (Hons I), FRACP) is an endocrinologist and general physician. After graduating 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 currently works at the North Lakes Specialist Centre, and has public appointments in diabetes at Caboolture Hospital and North Lakes Health Precinct. She has previously worked at the Queensland Diabetes and Endocrine Centre at Mater Hospital, and as a general physician at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Prior to medicine, Dr Clarke was a physiotherapist.
Dr Clarke has experience in all areas of adult endocrinology. While having a special interest in diabetes, Dr Clarke also enjoys managing osteoporosis and thyroid disease, as well as calcium, pituitary, adrenal, and gonadal disorders. She also enjoys providing perinatal diabetes and endocrine care.
Dr Clarke enjoys teaching and learning. She won a Royal Brisbane Clinical School Recognition of Outstanding Teaching Award and has been an Associate Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland Clinical School of Medicine. She has published multiple research articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr Clarke regularly attends educational meetings and has been a member of the Endocrine Society of Australia, Australian Diabetes Society and the Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network.
Having grown up in north Brisbane and now raising her young family here, Dr Clarke is dedicated to providing compassionate, up-to-date, patient-centred care for people in the area. Dr Clarke is also happy to provide Telehealth (video) consultations when appropriate.
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 Carruthers particularly enjoys teaching medical students and junior doctors and is an associate clinical lecturer with University of Queensland.
Dr Carruthers looks after patients with a range of endocrine conditions and is committed to providing up-to-date care.
She enjoys helping women who are pregnant, or considering pregnancy, manage their endocrine disorders (including Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, thyroid dysfunction) at this exciting time in their lives.
As a Type 1 Diabetic herself, Dr Carruthers is uniquely experienced in the management of Type 1 Diabetes, including insulin pump therapy and is passionate about improving the health of young Queenslanders.
In addition to her clinical practice at North West Hospital, Dr Carruthers is completing a Master of Philosophy degree based at the Translational Research Institute and locums as a consultant Endocrinologist at the RBWH and Mater Hospitals
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.
She is pleased to join the Specialist Medical Care Australia group to help deliver the highest quality multi-disciplinary specialist care. Dr Shirkhedkar’s areas of interest include diabetes, bone and mineral metabolism, infertility and thyroid disorders. She is well versed with insulin pump treatment for Type 1 diabetes and works with experienced Diabetes Educators to commence and optimize insulin pump therapy. She is well experienced to see patients with any endocrine disorders.
She trained at various hospitals in Sydney, including St Vincent’s Hospital, Garvan Research Institute, Westmead Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Concord Hospital. She has published a number of publications and presented in various grand rounds and scientific meetings. She is a supervisor for training in Endocrinology for the Australasian College of Physicians.
About the Endocrine System
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.