Dr. Michelle Matoff, Psy.D, LCSW, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

 

Dr. Michelle Matoff AABC

Michelle Matoff, Psy.D, LCSW, CBC

Dr. Michelle Matoff, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a doctorate degree (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology. She 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. Matoff has a private practice in San Luis Obispo, CA. She treats adults and seniors and has 23 years of clinical therapeutic experience. She is also an adjunct professor at  Brandman University and an accomplished. published researcher. For patients seeking bariatric surgery Dr. Matoff performs the required pre-operative assessment and evaluation as well as providing individual post-operative bariatric counseling and is now establishing group sessions. Continue reading

Charles Cox LCSW Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Charles Cox a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice located in Baldwin, N.Y., 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 credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Mr. Cox received his master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Stony Brook University and has 19 years of clinical psychotherapy experience in multiple settings. His scope of practice ranges from pediatrics to geriatrics. He has provided mental health services within the NYC Division of Child Protection, in children and adult mental health clinics as well as providing psychotherapy home-care for seniors. In his private practice he has identified a link between obesity and mental illness which led to his specialization in bariatric counseling.
His recognition of a dual diagnosis of mental illness and obesity and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired his post-graduate training and certification with AABC. His 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 

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, Awarded Board Certification

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, CBC

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, 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 team that is committed to helping individuals overcome obesity. Treatment modalities include nutrition counseling, support programs as well as bariatric surgeries.

Her professional education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Texas in Austin, a dietetic internship at the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in Houston.

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.

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

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, First Kuwaiti To Be Awarded Dual Board Certifications

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, CBC CBE

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, CBC CBE

Dr. Shaimaa Alasfour, a medical doctor from Kuwait, is the first Kuwaiti to be awarded dual 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 both a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) and a Board Certified Bariatric Educator (CBE). Her unique qualifications in medicine and public health education provided the prerequisites for dual certifications.

Dr. Alasfour is a Consultant General Practitioner and VP of the Kuwait Lupus Group. Her professional memberships include, Kuwait Medical Association Society, World Organization of Family Doctors, International Bariatric Club, British Obesity Surgery Society, Royal College of General Practitioners, International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and now a senior fellow of
The American Association of Bariatric Counselors and Educators.

She completed her medical training at Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization in Kuwait City and became Certified in Family Medicine at Royal College in London. In addition, she has done specialized fellowships in obesity management in the bariatric unit at Saint Mary Hospital, Imperial College, London.
Dr. Alasfour’s training, experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC mission of providing specialized bariatric science education and credentialing standards for the global health community.

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS
The American Association of Bariatric Counseling is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment. Founded in 2005, AABC is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional multi-disciplinary bariatric counselors. Board Certification by AABC affirms that their credentialed fellows are licensed/registered/certified health or education professionals that have completed a specialized academic program in Bariatric Science and must continue their specialized education and training to maintain their Board Certification.

Drs. Clara and Dale Jerez Awarded National Board Certifications

Drs. Clara and Dale Jerez

Drs. Clara and Dale Jerez

Dr. Clara Ramirez De Jerez and Dr. Dale Jerez, married, medical doctors from McAllen, TX, have been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program they were recently credentialed as Board Certified Bariatric Counselors (CBC).

Both Drs. Clara and Dale Jerez are administrators and health educators at ABC Primary Home Care Services, LLC in McAllen TX., as well as bariatric practitioners at Family Medical Clinic in Reynosa, Mexico. They both have special interest in best practices for the care and treatment of all forms of obesities and have enhanced their medical education and have become credentialed senior fellows with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors.

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS

The American Association of Bariatric Counseling is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment. Founded in 2005, AABC is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional multi-disciplinary bariatric counselors. Board Certification by AABC affirms that their credentialed fellows are licensed/registered/certified health or education professionals that have completed a specialized academic program in Bariatric Science and must continue their specialized education and training to maintain their Board Certification.

Tami Frazier RN, BSN Awarded National Board Certification

Tami Frazier, RN, BSN, CBC

Tami Frazier, RN, BSN, CBC

Tami Frazier, RN, BSN a Registered Nurse from Johnston, Iowa, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program she was credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Frazier serves as Nurse Manager at Women’s Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to nursing supervision she has been instrumental in establishing a weight loss program at Women’s Health Services and has been appointed Clinical Coordinator of that program. Continue reading