Dr. James Hierro Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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James Hierro, a medical doctor, located in New York City, 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 he was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr Hierro is the founder and CEO of Quisqueya Community Care Center, Inc (QCCC). This community health center in Bronx, NY, has focus on the complex biopsychosocial problems of obesity and provides a variety of workshops and programs for children, teenagers and adults. QCCC Inc., targets demographic groups that have above average diabetes and obesity risks and hosts forums that address public health equity concerns. 

Dr. Hierro earned his medical degree at Nordestana Catholic University, in the Dominican Republic and has recently completed his post–graduate fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). 

His scholarship, clinical experience, commitment and dedication to community 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.

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

Website: www.aabc-certification.org
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Paula Mercer, LCSW, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

 

 

Paula L Mercer LCSW, CBC

Paula Mercer, LCSW, a Licensed Social Worker, from Lonsdale, Arkansas 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. Mercer received her BS in Social Work from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas and her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

As a practicing Social Worker in Central Arkansas for more than 24 years she has worked with a variety of populations including, pediatrics, families, seniors and veterans.

As the demand for bariatric surgery increased in Arkansas she recognized the need for specialized training and education. To provide the populations she serves with the most current techniques and best practices in bariatric counseling she completed a fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors and has been credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Her 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.

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS

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

Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg

 

Kelly Fernandez RDN, CBC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Kelly Fernandez, RDN, CBC

Kelly Fernandez, RDN, CBC, a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist, practicing in the Space Coast area of Florida, 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. Fernandez obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Keiser University and completed a specialized internship at Health First, in Melbourne Fla.

Currently she is a practicing clinical dietitian in Melbourne, where she manages acute/subacute, rehabilitation and post-surgical patients. She commented, “My enthusiasm and passion for nutrition came when I was personally diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and realized I needed to make lifestyle changes. This personal experience was my impetus to help others with nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors.”

Realizing how mistreated and misunderstood the obese population is, led to her seeking a fellowship with AABC and becoming a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor. 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.

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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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:
Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg

Angela Nicole Powell, LMSW, CFTP Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Angela Powell LMSW, CFTP, CBC

Angela Powell LMSW, CFTP, CBC

Angela Nicole Powell LMSW, CFTP from Memphis, Tennessee, 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. Powell currently works as a therapist at Turning Point Recovery Center through Addiction Campuses. She provides individual and group therapy for individuals with mental Continue reading