Obesity Medicine Association
I have been an active member of the Obesity Medicine Association –OMA (formerly the American Society of Bariatric Physicians) since 2005. OMA is a national medical professional association of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants, and the national leader in clinical education and training for obesity medicine specialists. Through my affiliation with OMA, you can be confident that I am receiving the most up-to-date information in weight loss medicine.
My OMA involvement includes:
- Committee leadership
- Overview of clinical education content
- Active participation in professional discussion groups
- Attendance at bi-annual clinical education conferences
- Speaker and author
In December 2016, the Obesity Medicine Association designated me as a Fellow of the organization–FOMA.
This is one of the highest honors, reserved for those who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the clinical treatment of obesity and obesity-related diseases.
As a member since 2005, I have received extensive education focused on treating obesity in a clinical setting. My service on the Education Overview & Planning Committees and the Nurse Practitioner / Physician’s Assistant Committee has advanced the practice of obesity medicine.
Being a Fellow allows me to stand out as someone who is passionate about the filed and continues to seeks new ways to treat obesity successfully.
The Obesity Society
The Obesity Society (TOS) is a professional organization of clinical researchers and medical professionals who are committed to the study and treatment of obesity. TOS publishes the monthly journal, Obesity, which provides me with the latest research in the field of obesity medicine. I also participate in professional discussion groups.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Speaker on Obesity
Education & Professional Credentials
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Seattle Pacific University
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), University of Washington
- Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
- Certificate of Advanced Training in Obesity Medicine
- Obesity Medicine Association
- The Obesity Society
- Obesity Action Coalition
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- ARNPS United of Washington State
- Sigma Theta Tau -The Honor Society of Nursing
- Northwest Alliance of Psychoanalytic Study
Continuing Medical Education
My commitment to excellence includes regularly attending obesity and medical conferences, as well as participating in professional education activities on the topics of health coaching, positive psychology, addiction, eating disorders, Motivational Interviewing, psychotherapy, mindfulness, and other related mental health topics.
Speaker & Author
I speak on the topic of obesity treatment at national and local medical conferences. Past presentation topics include:
- Weight Loss Medications
- Evaluation & Management of Metabolic Dysfunction
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Healthcare Coaching in a Weight Loss Clinic
- Weight Management for Women in Midlife
My articles have been published in both local and national medical and obesity publications including those of The King County Medical Society, The American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and The Northwest Alliance of Psychoanalytic Study.
Previous Professional Experience
Prior to specializing in obesity medicine, I worked as a nurse practitioner and registered nurse in the areas of women’s & reproductive health, maternal-infant health, and pediatrics.
My passions include making art, gardening, knitting, writing, and playing with my beautiful, spirited grandchildren.