Dr. Befeena Christopher

Befeena Christopher, a well-presented self-motivated, and confident dietician with more than 7 years of experience in assessing, developing, and implementing patients' nutritional needs and customizing nutrition programs for them. She has the ability to communicate complex and sensitive information about dietary matters in an understandable form to patients. 

 

She has a proven track record of successfully promoting healthy eating habits to communities and suggest diet modifications to individuals. She is the 1st Bariatric Nutritionist in South Tamilnadu and her main motto is to work for obesity-related complications and reduce the burden of obesity and diabetes in the community.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Staff Coordination
  • Supplements Evaluation
  • Client Motivation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Patient/Family Education
  • Family Counseling
  • Health Coaching
  • Optimal Nutrition Plans
  • Dietary Awareness Creation
  • Nutritional Risk Management
Qualifications
  • BSC (Dietetics and Applied Nutrition)
  • MSC (Dietetics and Applied Nutrition)
  • PGDND (PG Diploma in Nutrition And Dietetics)
  • Clinical Nutrition & Child Care Nutrition (VLCC)
  • Specialist in Sports Nutrition (ISSA-USA)
  • Certified Bariatric Counsellor(AABC)
Key Skills and Competencies
  • Clinical knowledge of specialized prescribable dietetic products and medications.
  • Experience of trialing and evaluating new and existing dietetic products.
  • Experience in both hospital and community settings.
  • Dealing with complex situations.
  • Knowledge of infection prevention and control policies.
  • Experience of working with the elderly, children, and individuals with special needs.
Professional Affiliations
National
  • Life Member of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of India (OSSI)
  • Life Member of Nutrition Society of India (NSI)
  • Life Member of All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity (AIAARO)
  • Life Member of The Indian Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (IAPEN)
  • Life Member ofThe Indian Society of Clinical Nutrition (INSCN)
  • Life Member ofAssociation of Diabetes Educators (ADE)
  • Life Member ofAssociation of Health, Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (AFND)
  • Life Member ofNutrition and Natural Health Sciences Association (NNHSA)
International
  • International Member of World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA)
  • International Member ofInternational Federation for the Surgery ofobesity and metabolic disorders (IFSO)
  • International Member of The Nutrition Society-Advancing Nutritional Science (NS-ANS)
Role / Duties
  • Obesity & Weight Loss Consultations
  • Helping clients to make informed & practical choices about their food & health.
  • Advising healthcare professionals, catering staff & nurses on nutritional matters.
  • Ensuring that each patient has an individually tailored care plan to meet their needs.
  • Involved in the dietary treatment of disease and health conditions.
  • Instructing patients and carers clearly on what to eat and when.
  • Patients follow up on an outpatient basis to ensure compliance of diet.

Academic Achievements & Teaching Experience

  • Attended training workshops in all aspects of nutrition in India,USA, Taiwan and UK
  • Have presented many papers in conferences in India and abroad
  • She has conducted and has been the moderator for nutrition programmes and workshops.
  • She has been actively involved with teaching & training many nutritionists.
  • She has been delivering Health talks at various forums and T.V. Channels.
  • She has been actively writing articles for health magazines regularly.