Dr. Franchell Hamilton

MD, FACS, FASMBS
Bariatric Surgeon/Author/Consultant
Dr. Franchell Hamilton began her journey in medicine with the goal of changing people’s lives for the better. During her surgical training, she discovered a passion for helping patients change the trajectory of their lives through radical weight loss. Soon, she, too, became a bariatric surgeon and eventually went on to open up a private practice.

Experience and Education

In the first year, Dr. Hamilton applied this teaching; true transformation starts in the mind and ends in the body (with the help of her bariatric services). And although this concept worked in her personal life and other patients, she still saw others return to her office struggling with weight regain and looking for revisions. Though revisions often help in cases like removing lap band hardware in place of a different procedure, patients often returned because their habits never changed with their post-operative body. Whether the poor eating habits stemmed from emotional eating, control issues, environments brimming with junk food, or simply eating because food is available, she saw patients return in search of something more. Eventually, the books were filled with patients needing revisions instead of new patients looking to begin their weight loss journey. Speak with any doctor in the field and you will quickly learn that mastering revisions are not the procedures you want as your main service. Besides, why operate on patients if the results are not lasting and effective?

All of her patients wanted to be healthy, were willing to do the work, and raved about the experience of reaching a healthy BMI.

But if this was the case, then why were so many of these patients experiencing weight regain? A simple google search about “what is the hardest thing about losing weight” will pull up thousands of results likely all to list “keeping it off” as a top contender. But what is not so simple to search for, is how to achieve this.

The State of Healthcare

The problem is, so many patients are given the same cut and dry, Point A to Point B approach and still wonder why they cannot seem to maintain their weight. But who is to blame them? With over half of the nation’s adult population belonging to an unhealthy weight category, this issue plagues more than just the patients brave enough to ask for medical help. It is an issue that hundreds, even thousands of doctors, physicians, surgeons, self-help gurus, fitness trainers, and nutritionists try to solve. If it were so easy a solution, it likely would not have turned into the $72 billion industry that it is today. All too often, these groups (who have the best intentions at heart) are guilty of treating the symptom – the number on the scale – rather than the root problem – the initial cause for a rising scale.

Using the 4 Pillars in Her Own Practice

In recognizing this flaw, Dr. Hamilton quickly realized how she must change her strategy to get new results in her patients. So, she aimed to spend more time with each patient and work with those willing to have difficult conversations for a better outcome. By doing this, Dr. Hamilton was given the tools needed to provide proper, personalized treatment rather than a bandaid western medicine approach.

Spending hours upon days holding these deeper discussions with her patients, Dr. Hamilton ultimately discovered the 4 key areas that mainly contribute to weight gain. And so, recognizing their significance, Dr. Hamilton created the 4 Pillars of Transformation. These 4 key areas were to be placed at the forefront of treatment for each patient. Mental, environmental, behavioral, and medical – the 4 components that together create a macro view of patients’ weight loss and other wellness issues.

These areas are the root cause of obesity and neglected overall health for patients. By having open and honest conversations with the patient regarding their mental health, potential eating triggers in their home or work environment, unintentional behaviors like eating out of habit rather than hunger, and also taking into account the specific patient’s medical history, genetic makeup, and current symptoms for the most accurate treatment plan, her new approach created the foundation for lasting success in thousands of her patients.

Why She Left Bariatrics

Encouraged by the results, Dr. Hamilton realized the overarching flaw in most western medicinal practices – prescriptions to solve everything. Before implementing something new, be it in life or her private practice, Dr. Hamilton is always sure to ask how and why. If answers appear too vague, lacking detail, or not well-supported, then she will not adopt the method. Even the least bit of uncertainty or the sense of a gimmick will result in her total disinterest. Dr. Hamilton operates her practice the way she operates her life – through certainties and facts. Seeing the success of the 4 Pillars in the lives of thousands of her patients bolstered her belief in the new methodology. Her passion first materialized as a medical provider – but then a new path appeared. A path that leads to a total commitment to spreading this new methodology so that patients across the country could enjoy the same results. However, there was no way to fully devote her time to this new direction while juggling a busy private practice. And so, she made the difficult decision of selling the bariatric surgery portion of her practice to further pursue the mission.

Ziglar Legacy Certification

Now armed with a new mission, she asked herself a question: “What teaching style should I adopt so that my message will be best received?” For that, she found the Ziglar Legacy Certification. Based in her home of Dallas, Texas, Ziglar Inc. works to bring up and inspire future generations of movers, thinkers, supporters, and influencers by teaching them how to speak to others and take others with you on your way to the top. Their motto is “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Seeing this, the decision to move forward and become a Ziglar Legacy Certified Speaker was an easy decision to make. In this time, she became a part of a group of 26 like-minded individuals with the aspiration to be better, inspire others to be better, and how to best achieve that. This group soon became family, spurring each other on through the program and their missions and journeys. These people became a prevalent part of her life, and have supported in monumental times, from writing her first books to building the 4 Pillars of Transformation. The Ziglar Legacy Certification fine-tuned the speaker in Dr. Hamilton to effectively share the teachings of the 4 Pillars of Transformation and how to best reach audiences.

Your Life Transformed: The Podcast

As a physician, Dr. Hamilton felt as if time was much too limited to fully address her patients’ concerns, from the mental to the environmental and so on. Restraints imposed by things like insurance fulfillment deadlines and busy schedules compressed patient visits into a few short moments, only allowing time to address the first few things on a much longer topic list about health and wellness. With the Ziglar Legacy Certification in her pocket and a new skill level reached in hosting inspirational discussions, Dr. Hamilton decided to start a new podcast: Your Life Transformed, The Journey to Becoming a Better You. In this podcast, she speaks about the issues that matter most to patients. Conversations normally held in the office are continued through the speakers or headphones of patients and listeners. Through this podcast, she is allowed more time to make a difference in patients’ lives; the entire reason she pursued a career in medicine to begin with. The discussions in this podcast go beyond – past topics like medications for hypertension to topics about life. This podcast has awarded the opportunity to have vulnerable discussions, ones that might be more difficult to have in person but allow for deep seeded outcomes, for both her audience and herself. Because what she wants is for all of us to live their best lives. That does not mean having a bloated bank account and living an indulgent life. It means living life without being tired or in pain. Without anxiety knocking on the door. It means enjoying loved ones as much as possible and watering those relationships because we have the energy to do so. It means managing health and taking it to places that once seemed impossible.

In this podcast, she illuminates these key areas, what simple actions to take to start the process of transformation, and how to maintain long term outcomes. Through this journey, listeners emerge educated, enlightened, and energized to begin the work for a life transformed. You can listen to the podcast wherever you listen to your favorite podcast shows (Spotify, etc.)

The Transformation Book Series

For our friends who like to hold tangible words and nuggets of knowledge, she is also a published author! In The Best Diet is… Dr. Hamilton writes about the most popular diets that patients and weight loss seekers participate in. She reviews the guidelines of each diet, the allowed modifications, and what they best achieve – not all of which being weight loss. She wrote this because of the common confusion about how each diet works, which often creates unhappy dieters who did not receive the results they were hoping for. So, she took it upon herself to research the ins and outs of each and provide a helpful handbook that discusses nearly every diet all in one convenient place.

In Transformation Is a Mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World, she sets out to empower us on how to begin the journey of life transformation, and how to succeed by changing what goes into that process. How to address mindsets that are holding us back, how to move from struggling at point A to overcoming at point B. In this book, she dissects the things we do and leads us to a conscious understanding of why we do them to gain control. Being aware of what needs to improve is a crucial first step in any journey. Through this book, Dr. Hamilton helps identify that first step and what inputs are required to change your world. This book is for anyone who has felt defeated after a failed attempt, who has a difficult time finishing what they started, who suffers from chronic conditions or behaviors that are preventing them from living their best life. Dr. Hamilton put a lot of time, passion, and energy into both of these novels, the same way she did with the 4 Pillars of Transformation program.

We hope that you will walk with us along this journey to a place we deserve to be.