Dr. Denise Hall Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Dr. Denise Hall, CBC

Dr. Denise Hall, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Norfolk, Virginia, 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. Hall has more than 15 years of experience in private clinical practice with specialty in conducting the requisite psychological assessment and evaluations for patients seeking bariatric surgeries. Currently she is practicing at a bariatric division of Sentara Medical Group located in Norfolk, Virginia. She continues to conduct psychological evaluations as well as actively facilitate several support groups for patients post bariatric surgery. Continue reading

Mystery of 4th of July BBQ Solved

BBQ Mystery

Case History

Jack had a gastric sleeve surgery and is able to sustain his 75 lb weight-loss for over 4 years His BMI went from 38 to 27 and he no longer had diabetes, or hypertension, had no evidence of disease and was an excellent example of a successful and healthy WLS patient. He was compliant with post-surgery dietary guidelines, and followed a keto styled diet. Being a Southerner he attributed much of his success to his love for BBQ (rib eye steak, baby back ribs, pork belly, pork chops etc).

Symptoms Begin

Several hours after one of his Sunday BBQs he developed a headache. had stomach cramps , became dizzy, nauseous and itchy  He had a sleepless night and just attributed to have eaten something that was spoiled. During that week he started recognizing similar symptoms in the early afternoon and more severe symptoms that would wake him at night. He reported this to his internist who thought it might be related to his gastric sleeve surgery. He made and appointment with his surgeon who then referred him to a GI doctor that performed an upper endoscopy and found nothing that could explain Jacks symptoms and referred him to an allergist. Continue reading

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 

Devrah J. Otten LCSW Awarded National Board Certification

Devrah J. Otten LCSW

Devrah J. Otten, LCSW CBC

Devrah J. Otten, a licensed medical social worker (LCSW), 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. Otten, currently serves as the primary social worker for the kidney transplant program at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She is an integral member of the multi-disciplinary transplant team that provides counseling, care and treatment for children and their family’s pre and post kidney transplant.

Devrah completed her professional education at the University of Texas in Austin and now has more than 17 years of clinical, medical social work experience, including geriatrics, orthopedics, oncology and emergency medicine. Her vast clinical experience and recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. Her experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of obesities for children and adults. Continue reading

Lamees El-Derbi RD Awarded National Board Certification

Lamees El-Derbi RD, CBC

Lamees El-Derbi, a Registered Dietitian from Abu-Dhabi, UAE, 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. El-Derbi, RD, currently serves as a Bariatric Dietitian at Imperial College London Diabetic Center in Abu-Dhabi. She is an integral member of the multi-disciplinary bariatric surgery team that provides comprehensive care and treatment for patients, pre and post bariatric surgery.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities she has the honor of being the UAE Representative to International Affiliate of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND). In this international capacity, she has an opportunity to share best dietetic practices with a global community.

Ms. El-Derbi, RD, completed her professional nutrition education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. Her clinical experience and recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. Her experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of obesities.

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS

The American Association of Bariatric Counseling is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional international 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.

Dr. Stephanie Morgan Frye Awarded National Board Certification

Dr. Stephanie Morgan Frye

Dr. Stephanie Morgan Frye, CBC

Dr. Stephanie Morgan Frye, a weight management specialist from Thompsons Station, Tennessee, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).  Dr. Frye has also published research related to obesity and pregnancy and is currently conducting bariatric metabolic research.

Her practice, W.A.T.E.R. Bariatric and Weight Loss Research, located in the greater Nashville area, provides weight-loss counseling for adults and children and also offers assessment and counseling for weight-loss surgery patients. She has also published research related to obesity and pregnancy and is conducting bariatric metabolic research. Her specialized practice has state-of-of the-art metabolic testing equipment that can determine an individual’s actual metabolic/caloric needs. Dr. Stephanie said that, “not knowing what an individual’s metabolic rate is…is like driving a car without a steering wheel”.

She earned her B.A. at Tennessee University, her Masters at the University of Phoenix and her Ph.D. from Walden University.

 

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.

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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:

Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
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