Sara Atallah BS, LD, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

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Sara Atallah  BS, LD, CBC

Sara Atallah, a licensed clinical dietitian/nutritionist from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has been awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Atallah’s clinical experience in both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia encompasses, adult weight management, therapeutic and geriatric nutrition.  As a bariatric nutritionist she specializes in dietary counseling for patient’s pre and post weight-loss surgery. Continue reading

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, Awarded Board Certification

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, CBC

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, a registered and licensed dietitian from Houston, Texas, has been awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric
Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Johnson currently serves as a clinical dietitian/nutritionist at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston. She is an integral member of their NewStart program’s interdisciplinary team that is committed to helping individuals overcome obesity. Treatment modalities include nutrition counseling, support programs as well as bariatric surgeries.

Her professional education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Texas in Austin, a dietetic internship at the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in Houston.

Recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. Her clinical experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of those suffering from obesity and related disorders.

For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator: Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 

Devrah J. Otten LCSW Awarded National Board Certification

Devrah J. Otten LCSW

Devrah J. Otten, LCSW CBC

Devrah J. Otten, a licensed medical social worker (LCSW), from Houston, Texas, has been awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Otten, currently serves as the primary social worker for the kidney transplant program at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She is an integral member of the multi-disciplinary transplant team that provides counseling, care and treatment for children and their family’s pre and post kidney transplant.

Devrah completed her professional education at the University of Texas in Austin and now has more than 17 years of clinical, medical social work experience, including geriatrics, orthopedics, oncology and emergency medicine. Her vast clinical experience and recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. Her experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of obesities for children and adults. Continue reading

Lamees El-Derbi RD Awarded National Board Certification

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Lamees El-Derbi RD, CBC

Lamees El-Derbi, a Registered Dietitian from Abu-Dhabi, UAE, has been awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. El-Derbi, RD, currently serves as a Bariatric Dietitian at Imperial College London Diabetic Center in Abu-Dhabi. She is an integral member of the multi-disciplinary bariatric surgery team that provides comprehensive care and treatment for patients, pre and post bariatric surgery.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities she has the honor of being the UAE Representative to International Affiliate of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND). In this international capacity, she has an opportunity to share best dietetic practices with a global community.

Ms. El-Derbi, RD, completed her professional nutrition education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. Her clinical experience and recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. Her experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of obesities.

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS

The American Association of Bariatric Counseling is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional international fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment. Founded in 2005, AABC is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional multi-disciplinary bariatric counselors. Board Certification by AABC affirms that their credentialed fellows are licensed/registered/certified health or education professionals that have completed a specialized academic program in Bariatric Science and must continue their specialized education and training to maintain their Board Certification.

Heidi Lynema, RD, Awarded National Board Certification

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Heidi Lynema, a Registered Dietitian who resides in Hudsonville, MI, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program she was recently certified and credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselors (CBC).   Ms. Lynema serves as a dietitian with Intercare Community Health Network in Allendale and also Holland, MI. She also teaches nutrition through Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital's community relation department and through Health Plan Advocate. She has received certificates in Adult, Childhood and Adolescence Weight Management from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her training in bariatric science with AABC will further her professional interest in providing best practices for the care and treatment of patients with all forms of obesities.  Ms. Lynema, who now has been a dietitian for almost 10 years, received her nutrition education at Western Michigan University and completed her RD/Dietetic Internship at Michigan State University.    BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS   The American Association of Bariatric Counseling is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment. Founded in 2005, AABC is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional multi-disciplinary bariatric counselors. Board Certification by AABC affirms that their credentialed fellows are licensed/registered/certified health or education professionals that have completed a specialized academic program in Bariatric Science and must continue their specialized education and training to maintain their Board Certification.

Heidi Lynema, RD, CBC

Heidi Lynema, a Registered Dietitian who resides in Hudsonville, MI, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program she was recently certified and credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselors (CBC).

Ms. Lynema serves as a dietitian with Intercare Community Health Network in Allendale and also Holland, MI. She also teaches nutrition through Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital’s community relation department and through Health Plan Advocate.

She has received certificates in Adult, Childhood and Adolescence Weight Management from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her training in bariatric science with AABC will further her professional interest in providing best practices for the care and treatment of patients with all forms of obesities.

Ms. Lynema, who now has been a dietitian for almost 10 years, received her nutrition education at Western Michigan University and completed her RD/Dietetic Internship at Michigan State University.

 

 

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS
The American Association of Bariatric Counseling is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment. Founded in 2005, AABC is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional multi-disciplinary bariatric counselors. Board Certification by AABC affirms that their credentialed fellows are licensed/registered/certified health or education professionals that have completed a specialized academic program in Bariatric Science and must continue their specialized education and training to maintain their Board Certification.

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, First Kuwaiti To Be Awarded Dual Board Certifications

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, CBC CBE

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, CBC CBE

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, a medical doctor from Kuwait, is the first Kuwaiti to be awarded dual Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as both a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) and a Board Certified Bariatric Educator (CBE). Her unique qualifications in medicine and public health education provided the prerequisites for dual certifications.

Dr. Alasfour is a Consultant General Practitioner and VP of the Kuwait Lupus Group. Her professional memberships include, Kuwait Medical Association Society, World Organization of Family Doctors, International Bariatric Club, British Obesity Surgery Society, Royal College of General Practitioners, International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and now a senior fellow of
The American Association of Bariatric Counselors and Educators.

She completed her medical training at Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization in Kuwait City and became Certified in Family Medicine at Royal College in London. In addition, she has done specialized fellowships in obesity management in the bariatric unit at Saint Mary Hospital, Imperial College, London.
Dr. Alasfour’s training, experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC mission of providing specialized bariatric science education and credentialing standards for the global health community.

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS
The American Association of Bariatric Counseling is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment. Founded in 2005, AABC is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional multi-disciplinary bariatric counselors. Board Certification by AABC affirms that their credentialed fellows are licensed/registered/certified health or education professionals that have completed a specialized academic program in Bariatric Science and must continue their specialized education and training to maintain their Board Certification.