Teoh Soo Huat, M.D., M.Med., Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

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Teoh Soo Huat, M.D., M.Med., CBC

Dr. Teoh Soo Huat, M.D., M.Med., a family physician and medical lecturer from Malaysia, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship training and education program in bariatric science, he was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr. Teoh earned his medical degree and family medicine postgraduate qualification from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has completed the World Obesity’s Strategic Continue reading

María José Camacho-González, MS, CBC, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

María José Camacho-González, MS, CBC

Maria Jose Comacho-Gonzales, a licensed psychologist from San Juan, Puerto Rico has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship training and education program in bariatric science he was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at The University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Carlos Continue reading

Darrin Peterson, MA, M.ED., LPCC-S Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Darrin Peterson MA, M.ED, CBC

Darrin Peterson MA, M.ED a Licensed Professional Counselor and Social Worker from Columbus, Ohio, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship training and education program in bariatric science he was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Mr. Peterson is credentialed by The Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board holding a professional license in both Clinical Counseling and Social work. He holds two master’s Degrees (M.A., M.ED) from Ohio State University and The University of Dayton where he completed his clinical training. He also completed advanced training in psychological assessment and evaluation at The Ohio State University School Psychology Program.

He currently practices at Metamorphosis Counseling & Consulting LLC, and has over 25 years of clinical experience, working with individuals, families, groups, and couples in community-based, residential, and outpatient settings. Using a multimodality approach to treatment and patient care, that integrates theoretical orientations tailored to specifically meet the need and development of the individual. He is culturally competent and very comfortable working with diverse populations.

Recognizing the emergent need for specialized bariatric training and education he has completed a post-graduate fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors and has been credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor, (CBC).  His scholarship, professional acumen and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

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Fellows Spotlight August 2020

Dr. Daniel Goldman, Ph.D., CBC, is a licensed psychologist from Sarasota, Florida.
He is a senior fellow with AABC and was board certified and credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor in June of 2015.

 

 

 


Dr. Goldman is in private practice and works collaboratively with bariatric health centers. He conducts pre-surgical assessments and prepares patients for bariatric surgeries. He also offers specialized counseling for non- surgical bariatric patients.

 

How has your fellowship with AABC enhanced your counseling skills?

The AABC certificate program really reinforced how incomplete – and thus clinically erroneous– a so-called ‘common sense’ approach to weight loss can be. For instance, common sense tells us that managing weight should be as simple as “calories in, calories out,” but bariatric science has helped professionals identify the individual biological mechanisms, psychological processes and social influences of obesities We now know that not all obesities are the same and require very individualized treatments.

 

How has your fellowship with AABC advanced your career?

When physicians refer patients to me for care, or assessment, they know I have received specialized training in bariatric science. Certification and credentialing have highlighted my professional stature has fostered my collaboration with bariatric health centers.

 

Dr. Goldman exemplifies our professional fellowship. AABC fellows are conducting cutting edge research, applying and sharing their knowledge in public and private sectors; shaping policy and best practices locally, nationally and internationally,

We are extremely proud of our fellowship.

Jennifer Elliott, LPN, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Jennifer Elliott, LPN, CBC

Jennifer Elliott, LPN, a licensed practical nurse from Alexander, Arkansas, has been awarded National Board 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).

Ms. Elliott has extensive training, clinical experience and knowledge in both nursing and bariatrics. She earned her nursing degree at Baptist College of Health Science in Memphis, Tennessee. She has practiced in the areas of medical case management, utilization review, pre/post-operative services, quality assurance, workers compensation and legal nurse review. Clinically she has worked as a surgical scrub nurse.

For more than seven years Ms. Elliott served as a bariatric program coordinator for a self-funded non-ERISA. Her diversified bariatric experience includes, contract negotiations, bariatric case management, appeals/denials, quality assurance, pre-authorization, claims repricing, nurse liaison and patient health education.

Recognizing her vast experience, and stature as a clinician, educator and administrator, AABC awarded her a fellowship in their Bariatric Certification and Credentialing program. Her scholarship, professional acumen, and commitment to public health will further the AABC mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

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Fellows Spotlights June 2020

Patricia Cooke MS, CDN, CNS, CDE, CBC, is a New York State Licensed Certified Dietician Nutritionist, Certified in Adult weight management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Bariatric Counselor. She was Board Certified and credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) in June 2018.

 


Ms. Cooke’s primary work setting is a Community Health Center which serves low income and underserved communities in Queens and Brooklyn, N.Y. Patients receive comprehensive medical services as well as nutritional services. Patricia counsels’ patients, of all ages for weight management/weight loss, chronic disease and overall improved dietary and lifestyle habits.

 

How has your fellowship with AABC enhanced your counseling skills?

My training and certification as a bariatric counselor (CBC) has given me the tools to address not only the specifics of the change in diet required but in addressing the myriad of biopsychosocial issues which are present in an individual struggling with obesity. Patients do recognize and trust the CBC credential and are assured of my specialty and competence.  They trust my understanding of the many obstacles they have faced and my competencies to provide sensitive and individualized treatment.

 

How has your fellowship with AABC advanced your career?

Specifically, since receiving Bariatric Certification I have been able to build health partnerships with many patient’s, Bariatric Surgeons and Primary Care Physicians. Physicians as well as professional colleagues recognize my CBC credential, specialized training and expertise in the bariatric sciences.  This has given them confidence in my competence and knowledge and the comfort to allow me to take the lead in the patients’ care.

 

Patricia Cooke exemplifies our professional fellowship. AABC fellows are conducting, cutting edge research, applying and sharing their knowledge in public and private sectors; shaping policy and best practices locally, nationally and internationally.

We are extremely proud of our fellowship.