Psychological stability must be determined in order to indicate that there is a good understanding of the risks involved with surgery, lifestyle and behavioral changes necessary following surgery, as well as the understanding that weight loss surgery is only a tool. We have partnered with Eastland Psychological Services to ensure that each patient is a good surgical candidate. Each of our patients is independently evaluated by Anne or Kjierstine, under the supervision of Dr. French.
Mel French, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist: Dr. Mel French is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Addictions Counselor. For nearly 30 years, Dr. French has worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse treatment settings. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Dr. French is Board Certified in Medical Psychology. Dr. French has 30 years clinical experience and has been integral part of the Illinois Bariatric Center for more than 5 years.
Margaret Weatherly (”Anne”), MA, LCPC, Clinical Associate: A Licensed Clinical professional Counselor, Anne joined the staff at EPS in 2007 having worked at Chestnut Health Systems for many years. She brings a Christian emphasis in her specialties of mood disorders, postpartum depression, anxiety, couples counseling, stress management, geriatric counseling, family counseling and pre-surgery bariatric evaluations.
Kjierstine Maas, MS, LCPC, Clinical Associate: Kjerstine Maas is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor experienced in the treatment of individuals, couples and families. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University in 2000. Ms. Maas was then employed at Chestnut Health Systems as an Addictions Therapist for seven years, specializing in the treatment of mild to severe drug and alcohol issues. Ms. Maas also addressed client concerns including depression, anxiety, stress/anger management, childhood abuse, sexuality, job/career changes, and family of origin issues. Ms. Maas joined EPS in July 2007. Since joining the practice she has gained much experience in the assessment and treatment of children (ages 5 – 12), adolescents and their families. Ms. Maas has established positive working relationships with several area pediatricians and Primary Care Physicians, routinely receiving may referrals from them as well as current/past clients. Ms. Maas addresses a wide range of concerns including parenting, general behavior issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self-destructive behavior, anger management, and self-esteem issues. She strives to help her patients relate to themselves and others in a healthy way, which in turn can improve family relationships. Ms. Maas additionally works with adults (individually and couples), addressing a wide array of concerns. She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach, building on the strengths her clients already possess.