Integrative Pediatrics

Dr French was honored to be chosen as one of the 2018 Ambassador Choice Award recipients. 10 honorees were chosen out of 200 nominations by grateful patients of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Grateful patient families of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital will hold seventh annual Ambassador Choice Awards event, honoring the doctors, nurses and caregivers who provided exceptional health for their children.

The event is part of the Glennon Ambassadors Program, designed for grateful families who want to “give back” to the hospital through service, stewardship or peer-to-peer support. The ceremonies will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by an Oscar-like video presentation honoring each of the nominees, including testimonials from grateful families and patients.

The Glennon Ambassador reviews hundreds of nominations and selected the winners. Caregivers are notified of their nominations via mail and winners will be presented with their award from a grateful patient family member the night of the event.

Anu French, MD is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Member of the AAP’s Pediatric Integrative Medicine Leadership Initiative. She has been in practice for 25 years and is double board-certified in Pediatrics and Integrative Medicine. She has completed a pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through Dr. Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine University of Arizona, an Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute University of Colorado and Advanced Pediatric Training through the IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine).

She has a special interest in PANS/PANDAS and is on the Professional Advisory board of ASPIRE the Alliance to Solve PANS & Immune-Related Encephalopathies. Dr French serves on the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Policy committee for health care equity and attended the 2018 Integrative Health & Wellness Congressional Caucus hearings on Capitol Hill. She is on the core committee of Let’s Integrate, a national community network dedicated to reversing ACES  She also serves on the Health advisory board of Whole Health Ed, a nonprofit program and policy organization advocating for whole health learning experiences in the American elementary and secondary education system.

She was an AAP Section on Integrative Medicine 2017 grant recipient and her research “A pilot study on ‘The Magic Mirror’ harp music as a cost-effective biofeedback/neurofeedback tool to build intergenerational resilience.” Anu French MD Kristy Shaughnessy BS MS, William Collins PhD BCN, was presented at the AAP’s 2018 National Conference.      A yoga student for 20 years, Anu has completed Kids Yoga Teacher Training through the Yoyoyoga School in St Louis. She coauthored and published a review on Yoga in Children included in the AAP’s 2016 Clinical Policy Statement on the use of Mind-Body Therapies in Children and Youth. “Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Yoga. Lawrence Rosen, Anu French and Grace Sullivan. Pediatrics in Review October 2015, 36 (10) 468-474; DOI:

Dr French practices at her SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Pediatrics and Integrative Medicine office of the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital system. She is a Physician Medical Advisor for the SSM Health Urgent Care Clinics. She was part of the AZCIM Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency pilot  and offers medical students/residents, a community elective in PIM. She precepts dietetic interns from St Louis Fontbonne University, co-facilitating a group integrative nutrition visit model which was published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2019 Special Focus Issue on Innovation in Group-Delivered Services. “Collaboration Between a Dietetics Program and Pediatric Medical Office to Provide Nutrition Education Group Visits” Dena B. French, EdD, RDN, LD. Anu French MD

Dr French is passionate about creating resources through her public Facebook page which are available on her website.

She has published a children’s book I am You, You are Me with a strong anti-bullying message available on her website and Amazon. She partners with yoga teachers in the St Louis community and offers meditative music at healing workshops. She has recorded a meditative kirtan CD Wake Up My Divinity filled with music she created as she made sound healing a part of her own journey to wellness available on her website, on Amazon, iTunes and Pandora.

She paints for mind body spirit balance the ‘I Am’ series and her ‘I Am Vida’ line of accessories to support global Literacy for Life programs. Her art for sale and her accessories/clothing line the I Am Vida series can be found here.

She teaches resilience building, sound healing, art therapy and mindfulness workshops locally. Her choice of meditation is walking her backyard labyrinth and trying to be a mindful partner to her beloved and a mindful parent to her two precious daughters and her two wayward dogs.

Dr. French is passionate about creating resources that will reveal a more colorful, joyful, united, healthy world. She is committed to partnering with the families and children she is fortunate enough to meet, to empower them to begin journeys towards individual communal and global wholeness and wellness. With a special interest in pediatric integrative medicine, which is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. French offers a healing oriented approach that is informed by evidence. It emphasizes the powerful triad of child-family-provider, makes use of all appropriate therapies addressing nutrition, sleep, behavior, mental health, environmental toxins, the mind-body connection, whole body healing systems, herbs, botanicals and supplements.

She enjoys a prenatal visit with expectant mothers in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy to meet and discuss shared goals and expectations for future care. She provides integrative pediatric primary care for children ages birth through 18 years and is available for integrative pediatric consultations and second opinions too.