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) 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. 

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Dr Clarke has worked as a general physician at Sunshine Coast University Hospital and an endocrinologist at Mater Hospital Brisbane. Dr Clarke has always been passionate about health care, having been a physiotherapist prior to her career in medicine.

 Dr Clarke has broad experience in general medical problems and all areas of adult endocrinology. Her special interests include diabetes (including insulin pump therapy, diabetes in pregnancy, and high risk foot care), thyroid and parathyroid conditions (including thyroid cancer), and osteoporosis.

 Dr Clarke enjoys teaching and research. She won a Royal Brisbane Clinical School Recognition of Outstanding Teaching Award and has been an Associate Senior Lecturer with the UQ Clinical School of Medicine. Dr Clarke has also published articles in peer reviewed journals and is currently undertaking research on thyroid cancer.

Having grown up in north Brisbane and now raising her young family in the area, Dr Clarke is dedicated to providing compassionate, up-to-date, patient-centred care for the local community. However, Dr Clarke is also keen to provide care to patients living further afield via Telehealth (video consultations) when appropriate.

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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.

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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 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. .

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She is a compassionate clinician who is committed to improving the quality of life of her patients.

Kathryn continues to be committed to medical education and is an associate lecturer at the University of Queensland. She is also committed to evidence based care and has ongoing research in Diabetes and hyponatremia.

Kathryn is a member of the Endocrine Society of Australia, the Australian Diabetes Society and the American Endocrine Society.

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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.

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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.

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