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Mel French
Program Psychologist

"The team approach here is the nicest I’ve experienced. We all learn from each other, and there’s a synergy and a respect that happens when you’ve got the right team…the patients feel it too."

Dr. Mel French is a clinical psychologist, licensed in Missouri and Illinois. He is also a board certified diplomate fellow in clinical psychopharmacology, a certified advanced addictions counselor, a board certified diplomate in medical psychology, a fellow of the American College of Advance Practice Psychologists, and a fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. French specializes in bariatric and Obesity Psychology and has been working in the field for more than 25 years.

Dr. Mel French is a clinical psychologist, licensed in Missouri and Illinois

Dr. French has worked with the MyNewSelf team since 2009 and became an official staff member in 2012. Dr. French explains why he enjoys working with the program, “The team approach here is the nicest I’ve experienced. We all learn from each other, and there are a synergy and a respect that happens when you’ve got the right team…the patients feel it too.”

Dr. French worked for years to develop a comprehensive bariatric patient evaluation and has trademarked the process he now uses. He sees it as his job to “challenge a patient’s decision to get their procedure and then to prepare them for what is to come once their decision is final.”

On his own experiences with the challenges of healthy living he states, “I come from a culture that puts a lot of social and emotional emphasis on feasting,” and though he sometimes struggles with healthy eating, Dr. French stays active 3-5 days a week with a combination of running, swimming, and resistance training. On running in the mornings he states, “It’s a very peaceful thing for me. I get to be alone with my thoughts and to clear my mind…it’s my time.”

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