OH 2022 friday

OH2022 Friday Sessions & Speakers!

May 27, 2022

We're kicking off our ObesityHelp National Conference on Friday with Marilyn Clark and stretching out the kinks with light exercise to start the day. We'll then have our Mix & Mingle with interactive games and prizes! You'll also have the opportunity to stop by the Clothing Exchange and visit with the bariatric-friendly vendors in the Exhibitor Hall before heading to hear the Friday speakers. We'll then wrap up the evening with a memory-making Costume Party with music and dancing!

We hope you'll join us to celebrate in Costa Mesa, CA on September 30th & October 1st. To make sure you don't miss a single conference announcement and to stay in touch with other conference attendees, join us in the Private Conference Group.

Early Bird tickets $20 off through Tuesday 5/31 only!

Connie Stapleton

Connie Stapleton, PhD

Connie is a licensed psychologist from Atlanta, GA who has been working in the field of bariatrics for the past 17 years. She now appears on three TLC programs (1000 Pound Best Friends, Too Large, and 1000 Pound Sisters). She has presented to patient and professional groups nationally and internationally, speaking on topics related to regain, food addiction, emotional eating, and the importance of improving one’s relationship with self in order to improve your relationship with food.
Cathy Arsenault

Cathy Arsenault, Patient Advocate

Cathy is recognized as a pioneer of the bariatric patient and family advocacy. In 2012, her life was an hour at a time and obesity was winning. But she found hope and now, her own greatest struggle and suffering of obesity is the catalyst to her greatest passion and contributions to healthcare. She serves as the Bariatric Patient and Family Adviser on the UNC REX Patient and Family Advisory Council and sits on the Bariatric Surgical Service Line and Peer Rounds on Pre-Op and Post-Op Bariatric patients daily.
Melissa Davis

Melissa Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAANP

Melissa is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner specializing in metabolic surgery, bariatric surgery and weight management. She takes the time to get to know her patients and provide them with excellent patient care. She received her Doctorate in Nursing at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, her Adult Nurse Practitioner degree from Saint Louis University in Missouri, and her Bachelor in Science of Nursing from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
Melissa Bailey

Melissa Bailey, PsyD

Melissa is a licensed clinical psychologist with active practices in several states for more than 25 years. Her vast experience in bariatrics has ranged from conducting support groups, pre-surgical psychological evaluations, and providing support years after surgery. She received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Chicago and currently works with several bariatric surgeons in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida. She is also the Director of Allied Health for oBand/miVIP Surgery Centers.
Kendel Christoff

Kendel Christoff, RD, LDN

Kendel survived a massive heart attack in 2012, partially caused by her weight. It inspired her to become a Registered Dietitian. Now, experiences with what her patient’s face and how they feel have helped bridge the gap in understanding and allowed her to be a patient practitioner. She frequently speaks on behalf of the American Heart Association and has also been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show for cardiovascular events in women under 55.

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