Nashaat Tawfik, MBA, B.Sc. Pharmacy, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

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Nashaat Tawfik, MBA, B.Sc. Pharmacy, CBE

Nashaat Tawfik, MBA, B.Sc., a pharmacist from Saudi Arabia, 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 he was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Educator (CBE).

Nashaat earned his Masters of Business Administration at Leicester University in England and his Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science at Cairo University in Egypt. He has also been certified by The World Obesity Federation after completing their Strategic Centre for Obesity Education (SCOPE) program.

Currently he serves as the Obesity Business Director for Novo Nordisk in SA. He has been instrumental in the professional marketing of the novel anti-obesity pharmaceutical, Saxenda. In addition, at Novartis Pharma he headed up the Cardio Metabolic Business Unit in SA. In this capacity he helped market pharmaceuticals that targeted many of the diseases associated with obesity (heart disease, hypertension and diabetes). As an educator he has conducted many obesity management programs for health professionals as well as community health programs for the public.

In recognition of his pharmacology expertise, intense interest in obesity treatment and prevention and commitment to public health education, AABC awarded him a fellowship and he has been recently Board Certified and Credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Educator (CBE).  He will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related diseases.

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Dr. Ahmed Alkhalaf Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Dr. Ahmed Alkhalaf BCs, MSc, PhD, CBC

Dr. Ahmed Alkhalaf, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 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 he was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr Alkhalaf has 19 years of experience as a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). He received a Bachelor of Psychology from King Saud University, then obtained a Master of Science in Abnormal Clinical Psychology from Wales University and a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from Plymouth University in the UK.

Currently he serves as a clinical health psychologist consultant for Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare in the Psychiatry & Mental Health Services Department. He is an integral member of the bariatric team, conducting pre-bariatric surgery psychological evaluation and provides consultation with regard to the overall psychological care of bariatric surgery patients. In addition, he provides clinical supervision and training for psychologists and lectures to the psychiatry residency Saudi Board and Family Medicine Saudi Board.

Recognizing his vast experience and stature as a clinician, educator and researcher, AABC awarded him a fellowship 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.

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Kelly Queen MA, LPC, RD, CAADC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Kelly Queen MA, LPC, RD, CAADC, CBC

Kelly Queen MA, LPC, RD, CAADC, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dietitian practicing in the Greater Detroit Area, 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).

Ms. Queen obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Michigan State University and her Master’s in Counseling Degree from Oakland University. She was awarded a Certificate of Training in Child and Adolescent Weight Management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Continue reading

Bernadette van der Boom-Bebb BSC, MACP, CCC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Bernadette van-der Boom-Bebb, BSC, MACP, CCC, CBC

Bernadette van-der Boom-Bebb, BSC, MACP, CCC, a mental health professional from British Columbia, Canada, 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).

Bernadette’s professional education and training in biochemistry/microbiology/chemistry led to a two-decade long career in the pharmaceutical industry. Her experience includes preclinical and clinical trial medication research. While working with psychiatrists she was inspired and realized that she wanted to pursue a mental health career. She returned to graduate school and completed a master’s Psychology Program at Yorkville University in Canada and at the same time completed a fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric counselor.

Bernadette’s training and education in both the physical and social sciences have provided her with a unique integrated biopsychosocial treatment approach.Her scholarship, professional experience 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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Jeanine Miles, MS, LPC Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Jeanine Miles, MS, LPC,CBC

Jeanine Miles, MS, LPC, a Licensed Professional Counselor, from Marlton NJ, 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).

Ms. Miles has 25 years of administrative and management experience in the mental health field and is currently a premier provider for multiple surgeons in South Jersey where she works closely with pre and post-surgical bariatric patients. Her dedication and genuine empathy for the patients she serves is a result of overcoming her own personal struggle with obesity. Continue reading

A Waist of Effort

Ask Dr. Diet American Association of Bariatric CounselorsDear Dr. Diet,

I’ve lost the same 30 pounds…10 times! When I feel strangled by my waistband I go back to my keto diet.

Dear “A Waist Is A Terrible Thing to Mind”,

Veteran dieters are experts at the all-or-nothing, stuff/starve syndrome…one day broccoli, the next day is ice cream. (Perhaps Ben & Jerry should consider a broccoli flavored ice cream.)
It appears that your body has a weight settling point, that’s higher than your mind approves of.  If I can’t convince you to accept your nature…let me offer some suggestions. Continue reading