Completing a Bariatric Nutrition Assessment
300,000 bariatric procedures are done annually in the US. Almost 100% of those patients interact with a dietitian before surgery. This is a great opportunity for practitioners looking to grow their program or seek a career in this field. Understand the key components of a bariatric nutrition assessment including basics about the procedures, red flags that may arise, insurance requirements, addressing patient expectations before surgery, and how your report is used in the office. The goal is for you to feel comfortable adding this to your professional skill set. These patients are seen in the outpatient hospital setting, clinical outpatient offices and private practice.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Identify all components of a pre operative bariatric nutrition assessment.

  • Understand the purpose of the evaluation and how they are used in the bariatric surgical offices.

  • Briefly describe the different nutrition requirements set by insurance companies for bariatric surgery.

  • Help clients understand their role after surgery to achieve long-term results.

  • Identify red flags that warrant additional nutrition follow up prior to surgery.
Live Event Date: Jun 16, 2022
Expiration Date: May 31, 2024
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 10.1.1, 4.1.1, 9.4.1, 8.2.1
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: 1 Site Credit

About the Presenter: Tina Musselman, MA, LPC, RDN, LDN, CLT
Tina Musselman

To help clients bridge the gap between knowing and doing, Tina Musselman obtained a MA in Counseling: Marriage and Family Concentration. The additional education transformed the way she works with clients in an outpatient setting. She has found that creating shared meaning through language, empowering clients to be the experts in their own lives and approaching the client from a Systems perspective makes a significant difference in patient engagement and self efficacy. These skills have the ability to transform any nutrition counseling practice.

Prior to starting a private practice, she worked in the field of bariatric surgery for 18 years as a dietitian, coordinator and most recently a regional director of a large healthcare organization. She is a sought after presenter/consultant and has spoken at international and national conferences. She mentors and educates others and enjoys watching them grow by utilizing new skills to transform the lives of their patients. In addition to educating, she has a private practice in Illinois serving clients interested in counseling, lifestyle therapies, integrative nutrition, pre/post bariatric surgery, integrative nutrition, and food/chemical sensitivities. She is a past Allied Health President for the Illinois Bariatric Surgery Association, and current member of the ASMBS.

Tina tries to find joy and excitement in everyday moments. She is a working mom of two. As a family they enjoy getting outside, being in nature, and serving up a good family Sunday dinner!