Dr. Kathy Lichtenwalter, PhD, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Dr. Kathy Lichtenwalter, PhD
Dr. Kathy Lichtenwalter, PhD, LMHC, MCAP, CCS, is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in both Indiana, and Florida. 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).

She earned her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Kennedy-Western University. In addition, she has two Masters degrees; Community Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University, Community Psychology from Martin University.

Dr. Lichtenwalter currently practices in two out-patient community centers: Florida Health Care Plans-Daytona Beach, FL, as the Lead Chronic pain evaluator/therapist, Center for Behavioral Medicine-Port Orange, FL. providing services to patients with many diverse therapeutic needs.

Her volunteer community public health work includes, guest speaking engagements at multiple health agencies and she has held leadership positions in grassroots organizations dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health and addictions.

Recognizing Dr. Lichtenwalter’s scholarship, unique training, clinical experience, and dedication to community health, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship for their certification program. Her certification as a CBC will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment and prevention of obesities and related disorders.

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Nicole Papanicolas, MSN, APRN, NP-C, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Nicole Papanicolas, MSN, APRN, NP-C

Nicole Papanicolas, MSN, APRN, NP-C, a licensed and certified nurse practitioner from Fairfax, Station, Virginia, 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).

Nicole is an alumnus of George Mason University, where she completed her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees. In addition, she has a degree in Exercise Science and Health Education. She has worked in healthcare for over 18 years in a variety of specialties that include: critical care, neuroscience, perioperative medicine, surgery, and bariatrics.

Currently she is practicing at Lifetime Internal Medicine and is an integral member of their medical team. Lifetime Internal Medicine is a personalized, patient-focused comprehensive center whose mission includes a commitment to long term health and wellness.

Recognizing Nicole’s vast clinical experience and specialized training, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship for their Certification and Credentialing program. Her Certification as a Bariatric Counselor will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesities and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
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Jaye Odom, PsyD, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Jaye Odom, PsyD, BCBA-D

Jaye Odom, PsyD, BCBA-D, a clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst, from Albuquerque, New Mexico 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. Odom earned her doctorate degree in psychology from Rutgers University, with specialized concentrations in multiculturalism and pediatrics. She currently works at the University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Center as a clinical psychologist. She is an integral member of their primary care bariatric teams

Practicing as a generalist, she uses both specialized and transdiagnostic approaches to treat a variety of presenting issues across the lifespan. In addition, Dr. Odom is board certified in behavior analysis at the doctoral level, and provides Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She is a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation and a fluent Spanish-speaker

Recognizing Dr. Odom’s s unique training and clinical experience, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship for their certification program. Her certification as a CBC will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment and prevention of obesities and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
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Chikeitha Owens, LPC, CBC Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Chikeitha Owens, LPC, CBCChikeitha Owens, LPC, a Licensed Professional Counselor from Corinth, Texas, 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).

She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southwestern Adventist University and her Master of Art in Counseling at Argosy University/Dallas. The scope of her practice includes substance abuse, foster care, teenagers, adults and marriage counseling.

Chikeitha is the founder of Abundance of Hope Counseling that provides Virtual Therapy services in Texas and New Jersey. In addition, she has created W-A-I-T Management, a trauma focused bariatric counseling program. Her public health service includes being a Board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and an active advocate for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. Chikeitha is the author of “Living Life for What It Is” “and “Living Life for What It Is Examination Guide.

Recognizing her professional stature in the health care community, commitment to public health and vast clinical experience, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship. As a certified bariatric counselor (CBC) she will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
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Maribel Rivera, RDN/LD, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Maribel Rivera, RDN LD,Maribel Rivera, RDN/LD, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist from Lakeland, Florida, 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. Rivera completed her professional graduate education at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has over 20 years of experience as a clinical Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She has worked in multiple health care settings including hospitals, long term care facilities and outpatient diabetes education and weight management programs

Currently she serves as the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator at Advent Health Zephyrhills. Maribel Is bilingual and speaks Spanish and English fluently. She is passionate about public health education and dedicated to the Advent Health Mission …to help the people in our care create a life of whole health by healing their bodies, strengthening their minds, and lifting their spirits.

Recognizing her professional stature, clinical skills and commitment to bariatric care and treatment, AABC awarded her a fellowship 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.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
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Jane Bogursky, RN, LICSW, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Jane Bogursky, RN, LICSWJane Bogursky, RN, LICSW, a trained Nurse and Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Meredith, NH, 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).

Jane began her career as a registered nurse. After eight years of nursing, Jane decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work and graduated from Simmons College in Boston Ma. Currently, Jane combines both her nursing and social work knowledge (mind and body) to help those struggling with mental health concerns. Recognizing the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to her receiving a fellowship from AABC. Jane looks forward to incorporating this specialty into her telehealth private practice.

As a result of her unique training in both the medical and social sciences and professional accomplishments, AABC awarded her an academic scholarship. Her professional stature 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

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
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