Kelsey is a registered dietitian who is dedicated to creating a safe space for her clients and leads her practice with compassion and understanding. She offers inclusive care through a non-diet, weight-neutral, Health At every Size® (HAES®) approach. She has experience working with clients struggling with disordered eating patterns, eating disorders, metabolism, intuitive eating, cardiovascular health, diabetes management, and sports nutrition. Kelsey believes that building strong foundational relationships with her clients is key to helping them reach their full potential. By having a strong understanding of her clients, she is better able to help her clients heal their relationship with food and thus empower them to move forward with making other positive changes in their lives.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Kelsey worked as an Outpatient Registered Dietitian where she focused on empowering her clients toward change and creating a better relationship with both food and their bodies. Additionally, Kelsey has experience in sports performance nutrition where she has worked with recreational and collegiate athletes in reaching their maximum potential, while considering mental health and physical health. She continuously enjoys teaching athletes, students, the community, and adults the importance of nutrition in ways that are both comprehendible and personalized.
In addition, Kelsey has taught a university-level Introduction to Nutrition course to athletes and students alike. Lastly, Kelsey has been a part of the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (RIAND) since her college career, and currently serves as RIAND’s Nominating Committee Chair.
Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island (URI). She also earned her Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from URI where she simultaneously completed her dietetic internship with focus on clinical nutrition and research.
Over her career as a student and dietitian, Kelsey has been honored to receive the following awards given by the Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Outstanding Dietetics Student of the Year (2018), Outstanding Dietetic Intern of the Year (2019), and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (2022).
In her free time, Kelsey loves to lift heavy weights, try coffee from local shops in Providence, RI, read books (fantasy, mystery, fiction), be outside as much as she can by hiking, going to the beach, and exploring different countries and areas of the world with her fiancé.
Jessie is a registered dietitian who is passionate about providing nutrition counseling to individuals with eating disorders, chronic dieters, and those wishing to improve their relationship with food and their bodies. She believes that there is no one diet for optimal health, because everyone’s nutritional, emotional and physical needs vary. She uses a non-diet approach to work with each client to build a pattern of eating that best suits their individual needs. Jessie is comfortable working with individuals with co-occurring mental health concerns like addiction, anxiety, and depression, and has personal experience with working a 12-step program. She believes that nutrition plays a vital role in recovery from mental and physical health issues, and hopes to provide a safe space for clients to feel comfortable discussing all aspects of health.
Jessie received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from The University of Michigan and her Post-Bachelor Certificate in Dietetics from Wayne State University. During her clinical training, Jessie completed a clinical rotation at St. John Ascension hospital, where she spent much of her time in the behavioral health unit. In addition to nutrition counseling, Jessie has experience in long-term care, food service and adolescent eating disorder recovery programs.
Outside of helping her clients, Jessie loves spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys staying active with running, dancing and attending live music events, but also loves staying home curled up with her cat and a good book. Book recommendations are always welcome!
Giedre is a registered dietitian who believes in the philosophy of “food as medicine” and that food can be a source of vitality and pleasure in life. Giedre enjoys working with clients struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating behavior. She also enjoys providing counseling and education to clients on other nutrition-related topics, including the role that nutrition plays in supporting mental health, mindful eating, chronic disease and general well-being. Giedre is holistically minded in her approach to nutrition care and she works through an integrative nutrition lens that addresses multiple factors in her clients’ lives to help support overall health.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Giedre worked as a clinical dietitian and as an eating disorder dietitian in a residential treatment facility as well as in PHP and IOP settings. She received her Master of Science in nutrition from Bastyr University, and completed her clinical training through UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Beyond her work as a dietitian, Giedre is an avid hiker and painter. She’s also a frequent visitor of national parks, and thoroughly enjoys international travel and having the opportunity to explore, hike, and experience food from different cultures.
Alessandra is a registered dietitian who learned at a young age the impact of nutrition after struggling with health issues. Alessandra incorporates functional nutrition and root cause analysis to dig deep into what is going on, taking a whole client approach. She combines this approach with intuitive eating and the Health at Every Size philosophy. Alessandra meets her clients where they are and helps them to find ways to build on what they are doing well while filling in the gaps to get them where they want to go. Alessandra takes pride in supporting her clients as they embark on their health and wellness journey through thoughtful conversation, education, and barrier exploration.
Alessandra received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, where she also completed her clinical training. She is also a Health Coach, certified by the National Health Coaching Society. She is currently pursuing a board certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition.
Prior to joining Healthier Tomorrows, Alessandra worked in a variety of outpatient settings, where she worked with clients diagnosed with disordered eating, chronic kidney disease, pediatric and adolescent nutrition, GI concerns, and other health conditions.
Alessandra loves spending time with her husband, her son, and her two dogs, Maverick and Molly. She enjoys running, cooking, traveling, gardening, and hiking. Alessandra is excited to provide virtual nutrition education, counseling, and support!
Cara Best received her Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from Carson-Newman University, and her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Memphis. She completed a graduate assistantship with St. Jude Children’s Hospital and clinical rotations within Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare system. She has experience working as an inpatient dietitian, including leading an inpatient clinical team, and also previously worked as an outpatient adult oncology dietitian for eight years. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Cara is passionate about providing care for patients going through the heartbreak of a cancer diagnosis. Across her years of education and professional experience, her passion has given her the opportunity to work with clients across a spectrum of diagnoses, including diabetes management, cardiovascular health, digestive concerns and disorders, and medical nutrition therapy. She is an eager learner and enjoys bringing fun and excellent, evidence-based nutrition therapy to her client sessions, making it easy for her clients and their families to make nutrition-related choices that help them to maximize their health and wellness.
Cara grew up in Tullahoma, Tennessee and adores her songwriting husband, her toddler, and her orange tabby named Halli. She loves to spend time with loved ones, and loves being outdoors!
Claire Bowar is a registered and licensed dietitian who enjoys working with her clients to find food freedom and peace with their bodies. Her work is aligned with the Health At Every Size ® movement, and she incorporates the principles of Intuitive Eating into her sessions to help guide her clients towards a more relaxed and judgement-free zone around food and their bodies. She prides herself on providing a safe and supportive environment for her clients to open up about their deeply personal food and body challenges. Claire understands that her clients may come in with multiple co-occurring mental health diagnoses, and she feels confident in helping them see how these can be interconnected, whether it be obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, depression, or another area of medical or mental health. She makes sure to meet her clients where they are in their recovery journey, and together, with her clients, she builds individualized plans to ditch the diet rules and rediscover the joy of eating. Along the way, you’ll see that Claire includes compassion, empathy, active listening, and even some humor into her sessions.
Claire received her Bachelor of Science in Community Medical Dietetics from Viterbo University, where she also completed her dietetic internship with an emphasis on sports nutrition and eating disorders.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Claire worked at a leading mental health treatment center with clients of all eating disorder diagnoses. She has experience providing individualized care in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings for adolescents and adults. Along with providing one-to-one nutrition counseling sessions, Claire also has extensive history providing nutrition education, cooking sessions, and food exposure challenges.
Outside of time spent with clients, Claire loves spending time with families and friends. She enjoys soaking up the outdoors in almost any capacity—whether it’s exploring new state parks, fine tuning her pickleball skills, or boating on the river. When not outside, you’ll find her baking up some sweet treats or catching coffee dates with her best friends.
Cara is a registered and licensed dietitian and an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) who enjoys walking alongside clients in their health journeys to provide tailored support that meets their needs and fosters a positive relationship with food. She believes food is meant for both nourishment and enjoyment and strives to help individuals worry about food less so they can focus more on what’s important to them. Prior to joining the Healthier Tomorrows team, Cara worked in residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment. She has particular interests in women’s, pediatric, and adolescent health. As an IBCLC, she loves sharing her passion for breastfeeding with families and offering breastfeeding education and support to help them meet their infant feeding goals.
Cara attended North Carolina State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Nutrition and dietetic internship through Meredith College. She completed her lactation coursework and clinical lactation training to become an IBCLC through North Carolina State University.
Outside of work, Cara enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and church community, baking, reading, and cheering on the NC State Wolfpack!
Kerry is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who enjoys working with her clients to find food freedom! She is Health at Every Size aligned and uses the Intuitive Eating framework to guide her clients towards a more peaceful and joyful relationship with food and their bodies. She has a special interest in providing evidenced-based, whole health nutrition to those recovering from eating disorders and disordered eating.
Kerry graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, she worked with veterans of the U.S. armed forces on their journeys toward better health in mind, body and spirit. She also works as an assistant coach for a high school girls flag football team and is passionate about empowering young women to live well and honor their bodies through athletics.
Outside of work you can find her chasing her two young kids, spending time outdoors, or attempting to write and illustrate a children’s book with her husband.
Loni Pereszlenyi, MS, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian with a great passion for supporting her clients as they navigate their own personal journeys toward healthier, more peaceful relationships with food and the body. Although Loni has outpatient experience in many areas of medical nutrition and nutrition counseling, she truly feels most impactful when working with clients that struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating behaviors. Loni knows that all clients come in at different levels of readiness and motivation to approach a healthier relationship with food. Loni strives to meet her clients at their starting points, working to provide individualized, goal-oriented, compassionate care throughout the client-dietitian relationship.
Loni holds two undergraduate degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania – a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Additionally, she holds a minor in psychology, and has a strong interest in the intersection of nutrition and mental health. She completed her dietetic training concurrently with her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at St. Louis University.
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, Loni enjoys spending her free time cooking, baking, reading, and exploring new restaurants with her fiancé. Oh, and OF COURSE, cheering on her beloved Phillies, Eagles, and 76ers!!
Natalie Stine, RD is a registered dietitian with a passion for helping clients who are struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating behavior. She strives to help clients move toward a more peaceful relationship with food, body acceptance and trust, and integrating movement in an intuitive and joyful way. Natalie is Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating aligned in her philosophies around food and bodies, and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Her approach to counseling prioritizes walking alongside her clients as opposed to pushing or pulling them to a specific external health destination.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Natalie worked with clients struggling with eating disorders at higher levels of care. She has experience at the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care with adolescent and adult patients with all types of eating disorder diagnoses. Natalie also has experience working in sports performance nutrition with professional, collegiate, and high school athletes.
Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed her dietetic internship at Adagio Health, a non-profit organization in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Natalie loves weightlifting, watching reality TV shows, and spending time with her husband and son.