Frieda Fontaine, NDTR, CPT, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Frieda Fontaine, NDTR, CPT, a Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician and Certified Personal Trainer, from Los Angeles, has been awarded National Board

Frieda Fontaine, NDTR, CPT, CBC

Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors, (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship training and education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Frieda received her education at the University of Southern California. Subsequently she earned a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition. As a private practitioner she specializes in the treatment of obesity and concomitant comorbidities. Clinically she has managed the dietary department of skilled nursing facilities and provided nutrition counseling in underserved communities.

Recognizing her unique clinical experience and commitment to public health, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship. Her professional stature, public health accomplishments and clinical experience will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

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Dr. James Hierro, MD, CBC, is a Board-Certified Obesity Management Specialist

Dr. James Hierro, MD, CBC

(COMS), founder and current CEO of Quisqueya Community Care Center, Inc. (QCCC). This not-for-profit community center addresses problems related to obesity in children, teenagers, and adults, currently affecting the New York City communities.

QCCC’s primary focus is to offer programs that will improve the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers, especially children. What is unique about our health interventions is that they meet people “where they are at”, where they live, work, learn and recreate, bringing a variety of workshops, nutrition seminars, and physical activity strategies.

How has certification impacted your career and the population your serve?

This Board Certification has been a blessing personally and professionally. Thanks to this certification and the implied stature and recognition, I and QCCC have been able to collaborate with other community stakeholders, and promote public health initiatives, health fairs and address health equity.

What specific competency have you developed through our education and training program that has been most important for you?

Recognition that the mind and body are inseparable. Rather than using a typical medical model, we now incorporate a biopsychosocial approach to for both illness and wellness.

Commitment to Public Health

AABC training has helped me recognize many of the health obstacles and disparities that communities, families, and individuals face every day. QCCC has been able to provide community strategies that have helped overcome many of these health obstacles, especially during these “trying times.

We are extremely proud of our fellowship!

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