Rhonda Breckenridge LICSW, CBC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Rhonda Breckenridge, LICSW, CBC

Rhonda Breckenridge, LICSW, CBC

Rhonda Breckenridge, LICSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Wenatchee, Washington 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).

Currently she serves as a Behavioral Health Therapist for Columbia Valley Community Health in Wenatchee. Her 21 years of clinical experience includes working as a social worker in Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Community Mental Health, and as a Behavioral Health Specialist in integrative care as part of a community-based primary care clinic.

Graduate School: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (Clinical Social Work) and Undergrad at Ohio State University (Psychology).

Recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to her fellowship with AABC. Because of her commitment to community health AABC awarded her an academic scholarship.  Her professional acumen 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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Fellows Spotlight March 2021

Heather Krick, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, CBC

Heather Krick, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, CBC is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist in Pennsylvania.  In addition, she is a Board-Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor. She was Board Certified and credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) in November 2018. As an educator she is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at La Salle University in Philadelphia.


How has certification  impacted your career and the lives of the patient’s you counsel?

The AABC certification program has opened my professional and personal eyes to the many evidence-based practice approaches to adult weight management. This program has highlighted the understated fact that an individual’s weight loss journey should be tailored to their unique needs with evidence-based biopsychosocial interventions. Through my fellowship with AABC I have gained insight and practice in motivational interviewing skills, patient engagement strategies, cultural sensitivity, and research interpretation.

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

The education and training program has helped me develop the cultural competency to provide appropriate evidence-based care for patients in diverse cultural settings. The ability to tailor dietary and lifestyle recommendations that reflect culture and ethnicity.  Enhanced my skills in research evaluation, interpretation, and implementation in clinical practice.

Commitment to Public Health  

AABC has advanced my commitment to public health in the community and in academia. I continue to offer community and academic workshops related to culinary arts; topics including basic nutrition for health and wellness, sports nutrition, geriatric nutrition practices, and culinary skills for cooking at home.

Agnieszka Wegiel, First Polish Psychologist Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Agnieszka Wegiel MS, CBC

Agnieszka Wegiel MS, CBC

Agnieszka Wegiel, a psychologist form Krakow, Poland has been awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship training program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC). She is the first Psychologist from Poland awarded this specialized certification.

She is a consulting psychologist and integral member of the Krakow Rydygier Hospital bariatric surgery team. Currently she counsels patients preparing for bariatric surgery and then offers psychoeducation post-surgery. The main goal of her work is to prevent relapses and help patients create a lifespan of health and happiness. Her work in public health includes providing in-service education for health professionals and group counseling for bariatric patients.

Recognizing Agnieszka’s clinical experience and stature as a psychologist, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship in their Bariatric Certification and Credentialing Program. Her 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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Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
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Aulendrys Rodriquez, LCSW, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Aulendrys Rodriquez, LCSW, CBC

Aulendrys Rodriquez, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Paterson, NJ, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Aulendrys Rodriguez has over 18 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and working with diverse patients, including long-term and brief interventions. The treatment spectrum includes, but is not limited to, the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, stress, crisis management, and obesity and its biopsychosocial disorders. Currently at Englewood Health in NJ, she specializes in counseling patients that are considering bariatric surgery.

Aulendrys graduated from Lehman College in NY with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. In addition she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work.

Recognizing her vast experience and stature as a mental health professional, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship in their Bariatric Certification and Credentialing Program. Her 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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Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
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Dr. Rebeca Bright, Psy.D, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Dr. Rebeca Bright Psy.D CBC

Dr. Rebeca Bright Psy.D, a licensed psychologist from Port Charlotte, Florida has been awarded National 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).

Dr. Bright has a private practice and enjoys working with people of all ages, offering counseling to children, adolescents, adults as well as the elderly as they cope with life’s transitions. She uses a developmental approach to help individuals from across their life span identify their strengths and meet the challenges that are faced in each stage in life.

While obtaining her doctorate at Argosy University in Tampa, Florida, Rebeca completed a health psychology internship that gave her a wide variety of experiences. From conducting child assessments to counseling the elderly in nursing homes, Rebeca was able to see how the body, mind and spirit work together to guide and support an individual’s journey in life.

Her recognition of the biopsychosocial implications of obesities and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science, inspired her post-doctoral fellowship training and certification with AABC. AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship in their Bariatric Certification and Credentialing Program. 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.

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Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
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Dr. Kimberly Kohli Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Kimberly Kohli, Ph.D., CBC

Kimberly Kohli, Ph.D. a licensed psychologist from Lewis Center, 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, she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr. Kohl is currently an integral member of Fairfield Healthcare Professionals an Affiliate of Fairfield Medical Center. The scope of her clinical experience includes, providing mental health services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as well as the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Kohli has a great deal of psychological testing experience and conducts pre bariatric surgery assessment and evaluations. Continue reading