Rola Enouz, MS, RD, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Rola Enouz, MS, RD, CBC

Rola Enouz, MS, RD, a Clinical Registered Dietician and Nutritionist from Abu Dhabi, UAE has been awarded 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. Enouz is currently an integral member of the multidisciplinary team at London Consulting Medical Center in Abu Dhabi. With more than 10 years of clinical experience in both public and private sectors, she provides public education and nutrition counseling for individuals and families. In addition, she counsels patients, pre and post bariatric surgery.  She also continues to provide public health education on various social medal platforms.

Rola Enouz received her professional training in Dietetics and Nutrition from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2009. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Senior Fellow of the American Association of Bariatric Counselors.

Recognizing her clinical experience, and specialized training, AABC awarded her a scholarship in their Bariatric Certification and Credentialing Program. Her 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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Linda L. Williams MA, MSW, LCSWA, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Linda L. Williams, MSW, LCSWA, CBC

Linda L. Williams, MSW, LCSWA, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Charlotte, NC 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).

Linda received her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Perdue Global University as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Edinboro University. She is the founder of Free Your Mind Consulting LLC located in Charlotte, North Carolina that provides a safe space for clients to achieve freedom from anything that has prohibited their growth. Free Your Mind provides counseling, consultation, and coaching services to clients. For more information about Free Your Mind Consulting please visit www.freeyourmindconsultingllc.com.

As a Certified Bariatric Counselor, she specializes in therapeutic treatment of the biopsychosocial implications of obesity. Her treatment modalities target difficult chronic problems that address the synthesis of mental health and physical health.

Recognition of the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to her fellowship with AABC. Because of her commitment to bariatric care and public health AABC awarded her an academic scholarship.

Her compassionate commitment to bariatric therapeutic care and treatment, as well as her professional 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.

Linda resides in Charlotte North Carolina with her wife and two children. She recharges by traveling, gardening, and spending time with her loves.

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Rida Abeer, MS, RD, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Rida Abeer, MS, RD, CBC

Rida Abeer, MS, RD, a Clinical Dietitian from the United Arab Emirates 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 Rida serves as a clinical dietitian at a tertiary care, private hospital in the UAE, where she counsels patients pre and post bariatric surgery. As a researcher she has investigated the “Neurobiological and Behavioral Correlates of Food Intake,” at the Imperial College of London, UK.

After obtaining her BSc. in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, from the United Arab Emirates, Rida went on to pursue her MSc in Clinical Nutrition from the UK.

She has also recently received the Bariatric Care Specialist accreditation by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).

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 bariatric care and public health AABC awarded her an academic scholarship.  Her professional 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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Huda Al Ashqar RD, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Huda Al Ashqar RD, CBC

Huda Al Ashqar, RD, a Clinical Registered Dietician and Nutritionist from Abu Dhabi, UAE has been awarded 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. Al Ashqar is currently an integral member of the multidisciplinary team at Danat Al Emarat for Woman and Children Hospital in Abu Dhabi. With more than 10 years of clinical experience in both public and private sectors, she provides public education and nutrition counseling for individuals and families. In addition, she counsels patients, pre and post bariatric surgery.  She also continues to provide public health education on various social medal platforms.

Huda Al Ashqar received her professional training in Dietetics and Nutrition from the United Arab Emirates University 2008. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Senior Fellow of the American Association of Bariatric Counselors.

Recognizing her clinical experience, and specialized training, AABC awarded her a scholarship in their Bariatric Certification and Credentialing Program. Her 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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Rhonda Breckenridge LICSW, 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.