Certifications

Lucía is a Certified Nutritionist who graduated from Universidad Iberomericana with honors and is the recipient of the University Medal of Merit. Her interests include gastrointestinal disorders, women’s health, and autoimmune conditions.

Lucía is the first nutritionist certified by IFNA in Mexico. The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA), in an educational partnership with the Institute of Functional Medicine, is a clinician training program for registered dietitian nutritionists and other nutrition professionals. The IFNA’s emerging medical nutrition model combines evidence-based science, clinical wisdom, and critical thinking for the advanced practice of a personalized nutrition care process.

Education

  • Universidad Iberomericana with honors
  • Colegio Mexicano de Cirugía para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas (Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Mexican Association) with a Diploma in Bariatric Nutrition

Postgraduate Education

  • Perioperative Management of the Bariatric Surgery Patient
  • Functional Foods and Dietary Supplements for Cancer Prevention and Treatment
  • Digestive Disease Care
  • Exercise, Supplementation, and Hydration
  • Bariatric Nutrition from Colegio Mexicano de Cirugía para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas (Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Mexican Association)
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Training

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Educator

  • Lucía is a professor at her alma mater, Universidad Iberoamericana.

Awards

  • University Medal of Merit from Universidad Iberomericana

Memberships

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly ADA) 
  • Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine 
  • Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy 
  • Institute of Functional Medicine in the US
  • Colegio Mexicano de Nutriólogos in Mexico
  • Founding Member of the Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians of Baja California

Lucía is frequently called upon as a speaker at medical and nutrition conferences. At Obesity Control Center, she provides counseling for weight and metabolic management in surgical and non-surgical patients.

OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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