De Novu Institute


Our highly specialised team brings a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to your weight loss journey. As Dubai’s leading weight loss clinic, our team is focused on ensuring you achieve your weight loss targets and are committed to preparing you for sustainable autonomous body management.

Julie Johnson, Certified Health Coach

“I am motivated by helping and watching people realize that hidden strength lies within themselves.”

The De Novu Health Coach, Julie Johnson, has established her career as a support system and mentor for those who seek to embark on a journey of transformation.

A diploma of Sophrologue Relaxologue at the Academie de Psychotherapie et Sophrologie de Paris, teamed with twenty years of practicing yoga, has inspired Julie to become disciplined in techniques which align body and mind. Julie’s passion for nutrition and wellbeing drove her to undertake further independent study, and become a graduate of American Fitness Professionals & Associates as a certified Weight Management Consultant.

Julie joined De Novu in 2016 to help tackle the weight crisis and its associated health issues in the region. Known as the institute’s “Sherpa”, Julie is positioned as the support system and mentor for Members as they embark upon their journey of transformation and reclamation. Through listening, advising, education and inspiration, Julie works closely with Members to facilitate De Novu’s life changing weight management solutions, motivated around helping and witnessing people realise their hidden strength.

It is now at De Novu that Julie finds full synergy, with each member of the team working hand in hand under her guidance, striving passionately towards the same goal of empowering Members with ‘prise en charge’, to take control of the totality of their being. 

“People who are struggling with their weight have often lost confidence, faith and willpower; it is my role to stand by their side at any moment to remind them that they are the master of their body and hence, their life.”

Wendy Nodelijk, Medical Director & Dietitian

Wendy graduated as a dietitian (Bachelor of Health, Nutrition & Dietetics) in 2011 at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Shortly after graduating, Wendy demonstrated her entrepreneurial drive and passion in the field by starting her own Dietitian Clinic.

Over the years Wendy has developed an interest in weight loss and in providing guidance for health related conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. In 2017 Wendy moved to Dubai and joined the team at De Novu where she is determined to contribute to the battle against obesity across the UAE.

Wendy is also interested in psychology and human behavior which she applies in her approach to her Dietitian sessions.

Samruddhi Luman, Nutritionist

Samruddhi is a Nutritionist licensed by Dubai Health Authority (DHA). She graduated from Dr. B.M.N. College of Home-Science in Food Science & Nutrition and is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

She has over 7 years of experience as a Nutritionist in various reputed hospitals in Mumbai such as Jupiter Hospital, Apollo Sugar Clinic (Division of Apollo Hospitals). Her expertise is Lifestyle Management, Pediatric Nutrition, Critical Care Nutrition, Cardiovascular Disease, etc.

She is an active member of the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA), and Indian Association of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (IAPEN).

Kelly Blane, Physiotherapist

Kelly Blane graduated with a BSc honours in Physiotherapy in Johannesburg, South Africa. With more than 14 years’ experience with 8 years in Dubai, she has worked in multidisciplinary teams gaining experience in general sports injuries, orthopaedic and surgical rehabilitation, mostly for spinal, shoulder, knee, ankle and neural cases. In 2009 Kelly completed her Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy specialisation with special honours which enables Kelly to provide each patient with the functional outcome-based treatment regime. She aims to answer the “Why” is this happening.

She uses myofascial release and manual therapy, joint mobilisation and manipulation, pre and post-operative exercise therapy, dry needling, cupping, neurodynamics and peripheral nerve therapy treatments to mention a few.

Her areas of speciality include cervicogenic headaches, neck pain and whiplash injuries, peripheral nerve issues, global biomechanical assessments, post spinal surgery, as well as ankle injuries.

She is a mother of three young children and has a keen interest in netball, yoga and scuba diving.

Sharon Parsons, Physiotherapist

An Australian trained Physiotherapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience, of which over 11 have been spent in Dubai, Sharon’s personal and popular approach to a clients’ recovery is based on the principle of restoring normal healthy movement patterns and activity levels. This approach to functional recovery is combined with “hands on” treatment techniques and bespoke exercise programs, underpinned by education and personalised communication.

Sharon has extensive experience in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and adopts a collaborative approach to helping clients overcome physical issues and limitations.  A Certified Pinc & Steel Physiotherapist, Sharon is also passionate about providing much needed physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation services for those diagnosed with cancer. An overwhelming amount of recent studies suggest that physiotherapy and guided exercise is one of the best forms of treatment in addition to standard cancer treatments.