Ng KarFoo, First Malaysian Dietitian Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Ng KarFoo, a clinical dietitian from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been awarded Bariatric Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship training program in bariatric science, he was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC). He is the first health professional from Malaysia awarded this specialized certification.
He received his Nutrition and Dietetics training at the International Medical University, Malaysia. For the past ten years he has been a practicing dietitian serving many populations in various settings. This includes providing nutrition services in State general hospitals, University Medical Centre, private clinics, and corporate wellness programs. Currently NG KarFoo is practising at CENGILD G.I. Medical Centre where he specializes medical nutrition therapy for gastrointestinal and liver diseases as well as obesities, including bariatric surgery.

He is a SCOPE-certified health professional in obesity management (conferred by World Obesity Federation), a certified bariatric educator (conferred by Obesity Canada) and a fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He aims to offer sensible, sustainable and attainable therapeutic lifestyle solutions to people struggling with obesities and their comorbidities.

Ng KarFoo is very active in the professional health community. Steering Committee Member of Malaysia’s National Nutrition Month 2018-2020, the subcommittee leader responsible for IT & Resources in Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) and had served as a MDA Council Member. He received the Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award by Malaysian Dietitians’ Association in 2017.

Recognizing his vast clinical experience, professional stature, and commitment to health education, AABC awarded him a fellowship scholarship in their Bariatric Certification and Credentialing Program. His 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.

Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
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Charlene Pitek LPN, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Charlene Marie Pitek LPN, CBC

Charlene Pitek, a Licensed Practical Nurse from Denver, Colorado 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).

Licensed nurses at all levels are frontline practitioners. Their practical health advice and
wisdom is always sought. Because of Charlene’s personal weight loss surgery success
story, and years of clinical experience she has become active in the bariatric
community. She said, “I found that people were asking my advice and pharmacists and
doctors were asking if they could have patients reach-out to me.”  For this reason, she
enrolled and completed in the AABC Certification and Credentialing Program and
launched Cardinal Bariatric Counseling LLC, that specializes pre and post-op recovery
counseling for bariatric patients.

Recognizing her personal accomplishments, clinical nursing experience and training,
AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship. Her dedication to bariatric health care will
help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment
and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
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Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Ph.D. Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

 

BAT SHEVA MARCUS, LCSW, MPH, PhD, CBC

Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Ph.D., LCSW, a certified sex therapist and Licensed Social
worker from the Bronx, NY, 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. Marcus earned her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality and a Master’s in public health at the
Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; she holds a master’s degree in
social work from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the
Jewish Theological Seminary.

She is the Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health the largest independent sexual
health center in the country. She’s the author of Sex Points: Reclaim Your Sex Life with
the Revolutionary Point System. She has lectured internationally on women’s issues,
gives frequent Grand Rounds to medical health providers, as well as lecturing to sex
therapists around the world. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television
shows, including CNBC, CBS News, Huffington Post Live, and NPR and been profiled
in the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, and Westchester Magazine, among
others.

Recognizing her dedication to women’ health, exemplary leadership and clinical
experience, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship. Her professional stature,
public health 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: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg

 

Olivia Baylor, LCPC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Olivia Baylor, LCPC, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, from Catonsville

Olivia Baylor, LCPC, CBC

Maryland, 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).

Olivia completed her graduate mental health therapy training and education at Capella University and earned a Master of Science degree. In addition, her certifications include; Couples and Family Systems, Board Certified-TeleMental Health (BC-TMH), Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Individual (CCTSI), and has the distinction of being certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Olivia is a private practitioner and owner of Life Revisions Counseling, LLC. She specializes in gender identification and culturally sensitive comprehensive counseling for LGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).  Like many therapists she has seen a recent increase in clients seeking assistance with getting bariatric surgery and realized the need for Bariatric Science training and certification.

Recognizing the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to her receiving a fellowship from AABC. Because of her unique practice and academic 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: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg

 

Frieda Fontaine, NDTR, CPT, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Frieda Fontaine, NDTR, CPT, a Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician and Certified Personal Trainer, from Los Angeles, has been awarded National Board

Frieda Fontaine, NDTR, CPT, CBC

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).

Frieda received her education at the University of Southern California. Subsequently she earned a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition. As a private practitioner she specializes in the treatment of obesity and concomitant comorbidities. Clinically she has managed the dietary department of skilled nursing facilities and provided nutrition counseling in underserved communities.

Recognizing her unique clinical experience and commitment to public health, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship. Her professional stature, public health 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.

Dr. Julie Oliveira-Payton, LCSW, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Dr. Julie Oliveira-Payton, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker from Honolulu, Hawaii, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric

Dr. Julie Oliveira Payton, LCSW, CBC

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 is the first from Hawaii to attain this certification.

Dr. Julie Oliveira-Payton earned her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California, along with Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

She is the supervisor for the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Bariatric Clinical Services. Under her guidance and leadership, the Bariatric Surgery Department has been awarded Bariatric Surgery Comprehensive Center Accreditations for three successive term cycles. In addition to leading the bariatric surgery multi-disciplinary team, she continues to specialize in bariatric surgery assessment and counseling for the past 12 years.

Recognizing her exemplary leadership and bariatric medicine clinical experience, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship. Her professional stature, public health 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.