Brianna is a registered and licensed dietitian who is passionate about applying the intuitive eating principles to help her clients find food freedom. Brianna utilizes the Health at Every Size approach to help her clients build a healthy relationship with themselves and their body. She works closely with her clients to create individualized goals and supports them as they make changes and work toward achieving those goals.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Brianna worked as a dietitian in an eating disorder treatment center with clients in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. Brianna helped clients heal their relationship with food, movement, and their body image through one-on-one sessions, leading nutrition education and movement groups, teaching cooking skills, and supporting clients through exposures.
In addition to her experience working in the eating disorder field, Brianna also has experience working with clients living with diabetes. Brianna has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 11 years. She is passionate about supporting those living with diabetes learn how to eat the foods they love and find sustainable strategies to meet their blood sugar goals. Brianna understands on a personal level the challenges of living with a chronic disease:
“Living with diabetes can make the relationship between food and ourselves even more difficult. Those living with diabetes see how food, exercise, stress, etc. have a direct impact on their blood sugar levels. It can be hard not to blame ourselves when we have a high or a low blood sugar and want to avoid that food because of the negative experience. I recognize that it is not possible or realistic to have perfect blood sugars all the time. By learning to give ourselves grace, and problem-solve, living with diabetes gets easier and takes less from our lives.”
Brianna also has experience working with clients on sports nutrition-related topics, and she enjoys teaching her clients how to fuel their bodies and feel their best when engaging in movement. Brianna previously worked as a dietitian and personal trainer at a community gym, where she supported clients in reaching health and fitness goals through a non-diet approach.
Brianna received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Missouri State University. She completed her dietetic internship and earned a Masters in Nutrition and Physical Performance from Saint Louis University.
In her free time, Brianna loves to spend time with her family, friends, and her cat, Teco. She enjoys being outside, reading, and trying new restaurants!
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.
Cara is passionate about providing care for patients going through the heartbreak of a cancer diagnosis.
“My aunt was diagnosed with cancer on her 30th birthday while raising 3 young children. She passed away 9 years after her diagnosis, and she continues to be an inspiration to me in my work. It is my passion to support clients in their nutrition care while they battle a cancer diagnosis, and I have had the honor of doing so for over 10 years both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Whether through chemo, radiation, pre-surgery, post-surgery, or in remission, it is my privilege to help clients optimize health and answer any nutrition-related questions along their journey.”
Across her years of education and professional experience, Cara’s passion has given her the opportunity to work with clients across a spectrum of diagnoses, including diabetes management, cardiovascular health, and digestive disorders and concerns. She 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 spending time with friends and family, and loves being outdoors!
Lauren Burkett, MEd, MS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian who enjoys working with clients with a variety of disease states and supporting them in developing mindful eating habits and learning to recognize and honor their hunger cues through intuitive eating habits. She has a particular passion for working with clients struggling with gastrointestinal issues, including IBS/GERD/SIBO, diverticulitis/diverticulosis, fatty liver issues such as NAFLD/NASH, and low-fat diet post gallbladder removal. She also enjoys working with clients on challenges around emotional eating (with or without binge eating disorder), diabetes (with or without chronic kidney disease), and developing heart-healthy diets (for hypertension, high cholesterol, and/or heart disease).
Lauren believes that mental health is equally as important as physical health, and she supports her clients in developing behaviors that will assist them in both areas of their lives. She works with her clients to develop a more regular eating routine that works best with their lifestyle and allows them to get joy out of eating again. She takes great pleasure in providing individualized care to each of her clients. She guides them as they strive to reach their health and wellness goals. This supports them in having a more balanced lifestyle for years to come.
Lauren completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with minors in Biology, Medical Humanities, and Sociology from the University of Delaware (UD). She also earned her Master of Education as a Nutrition Education Specialist through Framingham State University and a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Design from UD. Lauren completed her dietetic internship program through Virginia Tech and considers herself a learner and self-starter.
In her free time, Lauren loves to cook (her favorite meals are shrimp scampi and chicken à la King), paint on canvas, go to spin classes, and play with her two pet bunnies, Quinoa and Pancake, and four dogs, Eevee, Bruno, Twinkie, and Cloud!
Julia is a registered dietitian who is passionate about educating and empowering clients to improve their health and overall quality of life. She believes that all foods fit into a healthy lifestyle and implements intuitive eating principles into her practice. Julia takes a non-judgmental, empathetic, and hopeful approach when addressing food and body image. She works collaboratively with her clients to create individualized and sustainable changes by building supportive and trusting relationships. She strives to shed light on harmful dieting myths and reframe thinking patterns to lead to a more balanced and fulfilled life.
Julia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Arkansas. She completed her internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she worked closely with clients focused on diabetes management and heart health. Prior to joining Healthier Tomorrows, Julia worked in a residential facility with clients recovering from substance abuse, eating disorders and disordered eating.
In her free time, she loves taking ballet classes, hiking, running, listening to music, and creating new recipes. She has found that virtual nutrition counseling can encompass more than just discussion and she enjoys being able to provide meal time support, meal prep and virtual cooking guidance to her clients.
Summer Cooper is a registered dietitian who enjoys working alongside clients on their individual health journeys and guiding them to a positive and sustainable relationship with food and body image. Her work focuses on targeting ineffective behaviors and beliefs about food and body using Health at Every Size principles, Intuitive Eating, food exposures and FBT-informed care. Summer appreciates everyone’s uniqueness and offers a gracious and affectionate approach throughout the treatment process as she works to balance nutrition science and education successfully. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages!
Summer was born and raised in Kentucky but now calls Indiana home. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University, where she also completed her dietetic internship.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Summer worked as a college campus dietitian and collegiate sports dietitian, followed by extensive work at an eating disorder clinic where she served as a dietitian in the individual and group nutrition counseling and intensive outpatient program settings. Summer is passionate about creating safe spaces for clients to work through their eating disorder/disordered eating concerns as well as supporting other chronic health conditions during one-on-one nutrition counseling.
Outside of work Summer enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters, church community, reading, the outdoors, and thinking of movie quotes to match most situations!
Evie Copeland is a registered dietitian who enjoys building strong relationships with her clients and helping them to reshape their view and relationship with food. She practices from a non-diet, all-inclusive food approach. Evie has experience working with clients struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, weight concerns, diabetes, and substance abuse. She believes in setting small, realistic lifestyle goals that help her clients to slowly work towards creating a stronger relationship with food and improving their long-term physical and mental health.
Evie attended undergraduate school at Appalachian State University and received her Masters of Science in Nutrition at Meredith College. She completed her clinical training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
In her free time, Evie enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, fishing, and traveling with family and friends.
Rowan is a registered and licensed dietitian who strives to help clients enjoy a balanced diet while addressing relationships with food and body image. She promotes weight-inclusive care by providing a judgment-free space where nutrition education is geared towards enjoying nourishing foods, letting go of dieting rules, and finding pleasant forms of movement. As a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Rowan enjoys helping clients reconnect to their bodies’ innate intuition while learning how all foods can fit into a healthful diet.
Rowan completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received a Master of Science in Nutrition from Eastern Illinois University, where she also completed her dietetic clinical internship. Rowan has experience in clinical, outpatient, and community nutrition, working with both adult and pediatric populations. She’s experienced in counseling on chronic disease management (particularly diabetes/insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, PCOS, POTs), disordered eating/eating disorders, sports nutrition, and plant-based diets.
Rowan values addressing all areas of life that can impact eating behaviors. Stress management and its impact on hormone levels and hunger/fullness is a particular area of interest. She counsels using a patient-centered approach to help clients create practical and sustainable behavior changes. Being an excellent listener and gentle educator helps Rowan work with clients to improve their overall quality and satisfaction with life.
In her free time, Rowan enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and cooking! She loves trying new foods and testing out new plant-based recipes at home. Rowan also enjoys being active by playing volleyball, taking long walks with her dog (Shanti), and doing Pilates, yoga, and strength training.
Nikki is a registered and licensed dietitian who is passionate about helping each client find happiness through improving their relationship with food. She specializes in making complex concepts easy to understand in order to help clients challenge their beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around food. She provides a nonjudgmental, open, and honest environment and enjoys incorporating lighthearted humor into her sessions as appropriate. She also enjoys working with, and learning about, neurodivergent individuals, including those with ADHD and Autism as well as hormone and nervous system regulation. To support her clients, Nikki believes in providing customizable care, including individual and group appointments, meal support, shopping assistance, and more.
Nikki teaches nutrition classes at a local Florida community college and, before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Nikki was the primary dietitian for the Orlando VA’s eating disorder interdisciplinary treatment team, where she developed program guidelines and worked with veterans at an intensive outpatient level of care, while also teaching an innovative intuitive eating class and seeing patients for chronic conditions and weight concerns using a non-diet approach.
Nikki attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and obtained dual degrees in nutrition and psychology. She completed her dietetic internship and earned her Master of Science of Nutrition at Bowling Green State University.
Outside of working with her clients, Nikki enjoys all forms of crafting and DIY, reading, adventuring with her husband and two young sons, and collecting magnets and crystals.
Adrienne enjoys supporting clients who suffer from eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic dieting, and clients who want to improve their relationship with food and their body. She also enjoys supporting clients who suffer from IBS, GERD/acid reflux, and other chronic GI concerns.
Adrienne began her journey as a dietitian counseling on the topics of weight management and bariatric surgery. Through these experiences, she learned that years of dieting, inflexible food rules, and a focus on weight loss can lead to disordered eating habits and a poor relationship with food and one’s body. This tends to take individuals away from, rather than moving them toward, their health goals. This has led her to be passionate about a weight neutral and non-diet approach to nutrition counseling.
Adrienne strives to help clients develop a “low fuss” relationship with food. This involves dismantling disordered beliefs surrounding food that many folks have internalized from years of dieting, restriction, and myths prevalent in the media. This also involves helping clients implement straightforward and timesaving nutrition habits. Adrienne herself is not an avid cook and prefers to keep it simple in the kitchen, while still desiring nourishing, delicious food!
Adrienne is a registered and licensed dietitian who received her Master of Science in Nutrition and dietetic internship training from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Chicago through meandering runs, trying new food and beers in good company, reading and relaxing, singing to her anxious cat, and most importantly, making up new games and art projects to keep her six-year-old twin nephews entertained.
Nicole is a registered dietitian who has a passion for helping her clients develop a relationship with food that allows them to enjoy all of the benefits that food has to offer, from energy, to enjoyment, to socialization and community. She strives to help others struggling with disordered eating or eating disorders to be able to rebuild their relationship with food. Nicole believes that all food serves a purpose and can be part of a nourished life.
Nicole received a bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition from Johnson and Wales University and completed her clinical training through Metropolitan State University in Denver. She received her Master of Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Prior to joining Healthier Tomorrows, Nicole worked at an eating disorder treatment facility with patients at inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization levels of care. Before becoming a registered dietitian, Nicole completed culinary school, earned an associate’s degree in baking and pastry and spent time working in a number of bakeries and restaurants.
In her free time, Nicole spends time with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. Nicole loves to socialize with her extended family and friends and share meals with them.