Kelly A. Johnson, RD, LD, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Kelly A. Johnson, RD, LD, CBC

Kelly A. Johnson, RD, LD, CBC

Kelly A. Johnson, RD, LD, a registered and licensed dietitian from Houston, Texas, has been awarded 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).

Ms. Johnson currently serves as a clinical dietitian/nutritionist at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston. She is an integral member of their NewStart program’s interdisciplinary bariatric surgery team. She provides outpatient bariatric nutrition counseling for weight-loss-surgery patients.

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Texas in Austin. She then completed a specialized dietetic internship within the Baptist Heath System in San Antonio.

Recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. 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.

American Association of Bariatric Counselors

For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:

Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 

Rosana Gilles-Lamontagne LPC Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Rosana Gilles-Lamontagne, Ed.S, MA.Ed, ACS, LPC, CBC

Rosana Gilles-Lamontagne, Ed.S, MA.Ed, ACS, LPC, a clinical supervisor and licensed professional counselor from Glassboro, N.J, has been awarded 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).

Ms. Gilles-Lamontagne serves as a psychotherapist at the Inspira Behavioral Wellness Center in Glassboro N.J. She is an integral member of the Inspira Health Network bariatric care team and performs the requisite pre-operative candidate assessment testing.  In addition, she provides individual counseling for patients post bariatric surgery.

She received her graduate degrees in mental health from Seton Hall University and has more than 15 years of diverse clinical experience, providing individual, group and family therapy for patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. Continue reading

Louise Petrou, CBC First Australian Health Professional Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Louise Petrou CBC

Louise Petrou CBC

Louise Petrou CBC, is the first Australian health professional and member of the Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society, awarded 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).

Mrs. Petrou is an integral member of the Bariatric Surgery Team at Port Lapsurgery (Mid North Coast Bariatric & Hernia Centre), located in Port Macquarie, New South West Wales, Australia www.portlapsurgery.com.au/.

At Port Lapsurgery, Mrs. Petrou coordinates a patient to patient support program. This unique program offers pre-surgical patients an opportunity to learn from the experiences of post-surgical patients. For remote post-surgery patients Mrs. Petrou offers electronic and phone counseling. Mrs. Petrou’s extensive background in multimedia has enabled Port Lapsurgery to produce public health documentary videos that are used for their innovative patient education program.

While attending a US professional conference, International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, she became familiar with AABC and the need for specialized training and education.

Her unique scholarship and commitment to patient education will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

American Association of Bariatric Counselors

For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:

Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 

Ayana Gates PA-C Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Ayana Gates, PA-C, CBC

Ayana Gates, PA-C, a Licensed / Certified Physician Assistant from Edinburg, Texas 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).

Currently at South Texas Heath System in McAllen, TX, she provides comprehensive care and treatment for hospitalized cardiac patients. At AYANA Mind Body Lifestyle, in Edinburg, TX, she performs personalized Functional Medicine consultations and treatments, implements corporate wellness programs and designs, and teaches Pilates and Barre fitness classes.

Ms. Gates received her Masters of Physician Assistant degree from the University of Texas and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Fitness and Wellness Management.

Her pursuit of life-long learning, recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized training in bariatric medicine led to her fellowship with AABC. Her unique scholarship and commitment to health and fitness will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

American Association of Bariatric Counselors

For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:

Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 

Dr. Denise Hall Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Dr. Denise Hall, CBC

Dr. Denise Hall, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Norfolk, Virginia, 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. Hall has more than 15 years of experience in private clinical practice with specialty in conducting the requisite psychological assessment and evaluations for patients seeking bariatric surgeries. Currently she is practicing at a bariatric division of Sentara Medical Group located in Norfolk, Virginia. She continues to conduct psychological evaluations as well as actively facilitate several support groups for patients post bariatric surgery. Continue reading

Dr. Dalia Shawer, First Egyptian Health Professional Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

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Dr. Dalia Shawer, CBC

Dr. Dalia Shawer, CBC

Dr. Dalia Shawer, a pediatrician and licensed clinical nutritionist is the first Egyptian health professional to be awarded 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. Shawer completed her medical training in Pediatrics at Alexandria University in Egypt and her Clinical and Therapeutic Nutrition training from the European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. She also has been Certified as a Lactation Consultant by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants. She specializes in pediatric and adult nutrition and weight management.

Her years of clinical experience in Egypt and Kuwait supports current research that demonstrates that a mother’s nutrition before and during pregnancy can contribute to their baby’s development of obesity. To offer her patients best practices she became a fellow with AABC and completed their specialized training and certification program.

Her scholarship 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.

American Association of Bariatric Counselors

For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:
Email:carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org