About the Authors
Michelle May, M.D.
Michelle May, M.D. is a board certified family physician and a recovered yoyo dieter. She developed the Am I Hungry? multidimensional, cognitive-behavioral weight management program in collaboration with Psychologist Lisa Galper, and a registered dietitian and an exercise physiologist. Dr. May has spoken widely on this innovative approach to weight management at hundreds of medical conferences, hospitals, corporate wellness programs, health clubs, spas, schools, and community organizations. Her follow-up book, I'm Not Hungry; What Now? will be published in 2005. She is also co-author of the children's book, "H" is for Healthy -- Weight Management For Kids.
Dr. May earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University and her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed a three-year family practice residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and has been in private practice in a Phoenix suburb since 1991.
She has served as the chairperson for the Subcommittee on Women and in the Congress of Delegates of the 93,000-member American Academy of Family Physicians. She was elected president of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians and actively participates in the Arizona Department of Health Services Obesity Prevention Program. She is a recognized leader in many other professional and community organizations.
Dr. May must practice what she preaches in order to balance her personal and professional life while maintaining her own optimal health. She cherishes her relationships with her two children, Tyler and Elyse, and regularly enjoys walking, hiking, and yoga. She and her husband, Owen, a chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, and traveling.
Lisa Galper, Psy.D.
Lisa Galper, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders, compulsive overeating, and weight management. For the past 15 years, she has devoted herself to teaching people how to step off the diet roller coaster and replace destructive eating patterns with truly effective tools for lifelong weight management. Dr. Galper has a strong commitment to challenging widespread cultural messages that perpetuate the myth that it is necessary to struggle against our own bodies in order to lose weight. Her passion for this work arose out of her own journey to victory over diet and weight obsession and compulsive overeating.
Dr. Galper has earned a reputation as one of the foremost experts in weight management in the Phoenix area. In addition to collaborating with Dr. Michelle May in the development of the Am I Hungry? program, she is currently the chief psychologist for the Balance program at Scottsdale Healthcare, and has worked with the Weight For Life program facilitating behavioral aftercare groups for bariatric surgery patients. In addition, she is the designer and instructor of the behavioral education classes at Scottsdale Bariatric Center. Dr. Galper maintains a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. In her free time she indulges her passion for travel, exploring other cultures, and spending time with her wonderful and supportive friends and family.
Janet K. Carr, M.S., R.D.
Janet Carr, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian specializing in weight management and eating disorders since 1998. Her intuitive understanding and passion for sharing a non-diet approach derives from her personal battle with eating and weight.
With an undergraduate degree in education from Bob Jones University and a master's degree in nutrition from the University of Alabama, Janet's training and experience provide the ideal combination for her frequent role as a nutrition therapist and educator. As a staff dietitian and former director of nutrition services at Remuda Ranch Programs for Anorexia and Bulimia, the largest inpatient facility for girls and women struggling with eating disorders, Janet worked closely with persons struggling with issues and behaviors surrounding food and weight.
When not working as an outpatient dietitian in the Blacksburg, Virginia area, Janet spends her leisure time in her herb garden, cooking, and playing with her young son, Hudson. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping with her husband, Doug.
Paul St. Onge, M.S.
With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from LeMoyne College, and a Master's degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University, Paul St. Onge, M.S. is pursuing his Doctorate in Biomechanics and Human Performance at Auburn University. Paul combines his knowledge of psychology and fitness to encourage others to achieve optimal health. He plans to teach and conduct scientific research on physical activity and health throughout the lifespan.
Loraine Parish, M.S.
Loraine Parish, M.S. is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Motor Development at Auburn University. While focusing her studies on physical activity and sport motivation, Loraine earned a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Master's degree in Sport Psychology from Arizona State University. Loraine embodies the benefits of increased health, fitness, and wellness. After completing her Doctorate, Loraine will continue to educate and motivate others in the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases through the adoption of healthier behaviors.