The MINDFUl Team
DR. CONNIE STAPLETON, PH.D.
Connie Stapleton is a licensed psychologist who has worked in the field of weight management for the past 14 years. She has worked in the area of addiction and recovery for over 20 years. Dr. Stapleton speaks at a lot of conferences, but her favorite work is conducting educational and therapeutic programs for patients.
Her five-day, eight-person therapeutic retreats provide women an incredible opportunity to learn about themselves, to find balance in their lives, and to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health. She believes that the journey of successful weight management is primarily about healing your relationship with yourself. As you work on healing the relationship with yourself, you also heal your relationship with food and your relationships with others.
Dr. Stapleton is the author of several books including Eat It Up, The Eat It Up Workbook, Weight Loss Surgery Does NOT Treat Food Addiction and Thriving. She offers online courses, writes articles for professional publications and has been on numerous local media shows.
“Your Recovery Conscience” is what Dr. Stapleton playfully tells her clientele to call her. “Recovery is a way of life. The people I see for therapy regularly tell me they hear me ‘talking to’ them as they go about their recoveries in daily life!” A recovering person herself, Dr. Stapleton shares what she has been given in recovery by “helping others find the joy that unfolds when living free from problematic and addictive behaviors.” Her motto is “My health. My responsibility. This day. Every day.”
In addition to her busy career, Dr. Stapleton enjoys spending time with her husband, her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren. Her incredible family is the result of family recovery from the family disease of addiction.
JENNIFER: I met and worked with Dr. Stapleton during my bariatric rotation at Live Healthy MD in Augusta, Georgia. My gut instincts told me that we would possibly work together in the future. Sure enough, both physicians I worked with at Wellstar at Kennestone Hospital wanted to bring Dr. Stapleton on board with our bariatric program. Fast forward to now, we refer clients to each other and Connie reached out to me to collaborate on her “Fair and Firm” health and wellness retreats starting late summer 2018. It only made sense to fold her wisdom into the mix to grow the bariatric version of my 30-Day Mindful Eating Program. I look forward to incorporating more of her insight with food addiction and personal struggles into my programs as they grow.
DANIELLE GARRETT MS, CEP
Danielle’s passion for guiding individuals down the health and wellness path is evident through her work. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University’s College of Health and Human Services (2014 Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, 2017 for a Master’s Degree in Applied Exercise and Health Science’s).
She has worked in bariatrics for the past four years: specialized in Clinical Exercise Physiology which has allowed her to study chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease, and how those conditions are treated through exercise. Danielle enjoys educating patients on behavior change and helping others find their own journey towards total health and wellness. She believes exercise is medicine, both physiological and psychological, and will continue to spread the word through helping others make changes.
“I truly believe Exercise is Medicine. Exercise affects our bodies in a way that we pay for medications to. It’s all about balance. If you can find the right balance of movement and mindful eating, you are creating your body’s own, natural medicine.”
JENNIFER: Danielle and I worked at Wellstar Bariatrics and I was immediately impressed with her ability to work efficiently in a high-stress position while going to school full-time for her master’s in Applied Exercise & Health Science(!). She’s passionate, compassionate, intelligent and a hard-worker. When I wanted to expand the bariatric version of my 30-Day Mindful Eating Program, it was a no-brainer to reconnect with Danielle and bring her on board. She brought so much energy and fun to the videos that naturally, I want to integrate her into more of the program so stay tuned!
Gail is one-of-a-kind bariatric weight loss surgery patient who is all over my website for good reason! She inspires 15K members on her Bariatric Weight Loss Family Facebook page and received the 2018 Group of the Year (GOTY) award by the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA). Additionally Gail created the BWLF non-profit. If you are a pre- or post-op surgery patient, then join Family on Facebook. You can read about her success story on my testimony page as well as the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge page for Bariatric patients.
Working with Jennifer has changed my relationship with food!
What does that mean? It means: I think about nourishing my body and listening to what I truly need and want instead of grabbing for whatever is there and my usual go to food.
I don’t judge myself for eating food. I don’t have to eat everything on my plate anymore. I choose what goes in my mouth, not my childhood trauma. I eat when I know I need to nourish my body and when I’m hungry. I’m able to eat what I want in moderation. This is a big change.
Food is my friend, not my enemy. I don’t eat perfect mindfully and that’s ok. I’m continuing to learn. Mindful eating skills are gifts that keep on giving and teaching as I go along this wonderful journey! If I could sum up mindful eating in one word, it would be FREEDOM!
JENNIFER: Holly was part of the first bariatric 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge before she had surgery to set herself up for post-op success. Since then she has done a total of two 30-Day challenges + the 37-Day INTENSIVE! I’ve been so proud of her powerful mindful journey with food, replacing old habits, and more importantly setting down the blueprint for a healthier, sustainable lifestyle. I’ve been so proud of her and her willingness to fully embrace and explore the mindful concept that it was a no-brainer to add her as part of the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge team.