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.

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.

Fellows Spotlight Dr. Michelle Matoff

Dr. Michelle Matoff is a psychologist in private practice, located in San Luis Obispo which is on the central coast of California. She was Board Certified and credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor in April of 2018.

 

 

 


Dr. Matoff  treats adults and seniors and has 24 years of clinical therapeutic experience. She is also an adjunct professor at Brandman University and an accomplished and published researcher. For patients seeking bariatric surgery Dr. Matoff performs the required pre-operative assessment and evaluation as well as providing individual post operative bariatric counseling and is now establishing group sessions. Her recognition of the correlation between emotional distress/mental disorders and obesity and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science, inspired her post-doctoral training and certification with AABC.

As a senior fellow, Dr. Matoff has recently been appointed to the advisory board of the AABC Centers of Therapeutic Excellence (COTE). COTE identifies and accredits facilities and practitioners that provide for the best therapeutic standards of practice relevant to the needs of bariatric patients.

How has your fellowship with AABC enhanced your counseling skills?

The training program has helped me develop the essential competencies to perform bariatric pre-surgery assessments and evaluations. In addition, their curricula synthesized my understanding of the biological mechanisms, psychological processes and social influences of obesities.Translating AABC metabolic research and bariatric math, has helped many patients understand the inequities of metabolism that often underlie their obesity. This has served to reduce the chronic self-blame and shame that so many patients endure. Special training with focus on the global perspectives of food, culture and nutrition, has furthered my understanding of nutritional preferences amongst culturally diverse ethnicities. This competence has helped with patient engagement, preferred food choice discussions and the ability to customize individualized and culturally sensitive treatment plans.

How has your fellowship with AABC advanced your career?

Since my certification in bariatric science and credentialing as bariatric counselor my referrals often come directly from bariatric surgeons. Patient and collegial recognition of my bariatric specialty, competence, and knowledge. I now do group presentations for a psycho-educational program on the topic of How to Maintain Motivation for Long-Term Success for post-surgery bariatric patients.

Dr. Matoff is a shining example of our fellowship. Our fellows are conducting cutting edge scientific research; applying and sharing their knowledge in the public and private sectors; and shaping policy at local, national, and international levels.

We are extremely proud of all of our fellows.