Rebecca Aslam MS, RD, LDN

Posted April 5, 2024

Rebecca is a registered and licensed dietitian who is driven to help her clients develop a healthy relationship with food. She offers a safe, inclusive, compassionate space for her clients to learn about the practices of mindful and intuitive eating, to break down old thinking patterns and influences of diet culture, and to empower clients to make lasting, positive changes in their lives. She embraces the Health At Every Size® (HAES) framework in her counseling practice. If you have felt stuck in cycles of dieting, felt held back by poor body image, and nothing you’ve tried has addressed the root causes of your struggles, Rebecca would love to work with you to help you change that.

Rebecca’s experience prior to Healthier Tomorrows includes serving individuals working on their mental health, including healing from disordered eating. She has an extensive background in plant-based nutrition and loves sharing with people the evidence-based benefits of including more plants on their plate, and particularly working with personal needs and preferences for people who might find this challenging. She has also worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings that focus on oncology nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. She has personal experiences with fertility and pre- and post-natal nutrition, feeding neurodivergent children, the challenges of feeding yourself well while in the trenches of parenting, and working with folks in the LGBTQIA+ community.

She received her Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, as part of their Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which matched her to internships at the Lahey Clinic, Tufts University, and Cooking Matters in Massachusetts.

In her free time, Rebecca listens to audiobooks, especially fantasy and science fiction, and watches genre shows, while nerding out about adaptations. She enjoys theater and music, yoga and hiking, and playing board games with her kids.

Lauren Burkett MEd, MS, RD, LDN

Posted June 6, 2022

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!

Amy Gionta MS, RD, LDN

Posted March 18, 2024

Amy is a registered dietitian with a life-long love of learning.  She is caring and curious, and is always looking for opportunities to learn more about food, nutrition and her clients, and the ways in which she can help her clients make changes to support improved health!  Amy believes that, at its core, food should be a fun and enjoyable part of life, and she strives to help her clients find balance, both in and out of the kitchen. She takes a root-cause approach to all health obstacles, and she takes pride in meeting her clients where they are, no matter their starting point.  Amy believes that, in order to foster sustainable change, it’s important to understand the “why” behind a suggested change in addition to understanding the change itself.  She encourages questions and approaches each client session as a collaboration, taking a conversational and easy-going approach while always maintaining an evidence-based foundation.

Amy has a long-standing passion for functional nutrition and regularly finds opportunities to increase her knowledge in this area, including through additional classes and trainings.  Her goal when working with clients is to look at the true causes of various disease states, and then offer suggestions, guidance and support to help her clients make lasting change.  Amy also has an interest in women’s health issues, including PCOS, endometriosis and fertility.

Amy received her B.S. in Marketing from Fordham University before pivoting to the world of food and nutrition. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, and completed her dietetic internship at James J. Peters VA Medical Center. During her clinical training, she gained hands-on experience working with a highly complex patient population, including counseling clients with diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and unintended weight loss (often working with clients with more than one complex health condition occurring at the same time).

When not talking about food, Amy enjoys reading, baking, yoga, hiking, traveling, and scouting out ceramic mugs from various street markets.

Brittany Maykish RD, LDN

Posted April 5, 2024

Brittany has a passion for fostering strong connections with her clients and she is dedicated to providing each client with personalized nutrition counseling. Her approach is grounded in setting achievable goals that contribute to overall well-being. Passionate about functional nutrition and anti-diet principles, Brittany integrates scientific knowledge into her practice to promote a healthy mind and body.

Having earned her undergraduate degree from West Chester University of PA, Brittany further honed her skills through a rigorous dietetic internship at Stony Brook Medicine. Her commitment to excellence was recognized with the Research Award for her contributions to a gastrointestinal study.

With a mindset centered on abundance rather than restriction, Brittany empowers her clients to make sustainable changes that support long-term health and happiness. She thrives on continually expanding her understanding of gentle nutrition and its transformative effects.

Through her expertise and genuine care, Brittany guides individuals on their journey to optimal health, one step at a time.

 

Cara Mowery MS, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Posted October 28, 2022

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!

Kimberly Novotny MS, RD, LDN

Posted February 14, 2019

Kimberly is a registered and licensed dietitian who is passionate about assisting her clients in achieving their health and wellness goals.  Kimberly received a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition from University of Illinois in Chicago, and she completed her clinical training at UIC Medical Center, with rotations at Advocate Sykes outpatient wellness center, FoodMinds, Gourmet Gorilla, and CEDA WIC.

Kimberly has worked in outpatient private practice since becoming a registered dietitian, and uses a client-centered approach and motivational interviewing when working with her clients.  She believes that all foods have a place in a well-balanced diet and that small but powerful changes over time will help individuals’ reach their goals.

Kimberly enjoys working with clients on a range of food-related issues, including eating disorder recovery, food allergies and intolerances, diabetes management, cardiovascular conditions, pre- and post-natal nutrition, pediatric nutrition, and general wellness.

Kimberly spends her free time teaching fitness classes, cooking, walking her over 100-pound dog, and planning her next vacation. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her husband and son.

Jessica Smosna RD, LDN, CFNIP

Posted June 26, 2020

It’s not uncommon to feel lost and confused when it comes to food. In fact, it’s frequently the norm. Jess steers away from the diet-mentality and focuses on a food-as-medicine and a “good, better, best” approach to educate and motivate clients to thrive and grow.  Using her philosophy and approach, which are rooted in functional medicine, she has guided clients in healing and repairing their gut; supporting thyroid and immune health, reversing diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and high blood pressure; minimizing and managing pain and headaches; and supporting couples in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum health.  She works with her clients to create a highly customized plan to support their specific health and wellness goals for optimal health.  In addition, with her emphasis on functional nutrition, she takes into consideration every aspect of each client’s health, diet, and overall lifestyle when providing nutrition recommendations.

Jess is also a Certified Functional Nutrition Informed Professional (CFNIP) and serves as the Functional Nutrition Director at Healthier Tomorrows.  Practicing functionally offers individualized food and lifestyle goals that address the root cause of illness and health struggles, rather than just addressing symptoms.  As Functional Nutrition Director, Jess advises and clinically supervises the dietitians at Healthier Tomorrows in looking at wellness from a functional perspective and addressing the whole body to support clients in optimizing their health.

Jess obtained her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Bradley University and completed her dietetic internship through the University of Houston.  She was part of the Healthier Tomorrows dietetic team from 2013 through 2015, and rejoined Healthier Tomorrows in 2020 to provide virtual nutrition education and support!  She has significant experience working with clients in outpatient settings, and she enjoys fostering relationships with clients and providing ongoing support.

Clients appreciate her non-judgmental, realistic, and upbeat approach!

 

Hannah Walker RD, LDN

Posted July 19, 2021

Hannah Walker is a registered dietitian focused on helping her clients create and maintain a healthy relationship with food and achieve and sustain balanced lifestyles. Hannah has a true passion for helping clients live happier, heathier lives with the support of nutrition counseling. She works with her clients to help them establish balanced eating patterns, create healthy daily habits, and reach their desired health and wellness goals through empathetic, non-judgmental nutrition counseling techniques. Hannah believes health is not determined by a number on a scale, and she strives to create balance in the lives of her clients while debunking the harmful beliefs of diet culture.

Hannah was born and raised in northwest Ohio. She received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics along with a graduate certificate in Food and Nutrition from Bowling Green State University. She then completed her dietetic internship in Boston, Massachusetts.

Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Hannah worked in an outpatient clinic setting focused on nutrition counseling for improved overall health and wellness. She also has experience working as a personal chef, helping her clients adopt healthier cooking techniques in their own homes. Along with providing one-on-one nutrition counseling, Hannah is well-equipped to provide virtual cooking sessions and support her clients with meal prep, and she also offers grocery store tours.

Hannah absolutely loves to cook and create new recipes in her free time. She also enjoys traveling and planning road trips with her husband, doing yoga, and enjoying joyful movement in nature!

Allison White MS, RD, LDN

Posted March 23, 2023

Allison is a registered dietitian who loves working with clients to help them become the most confident versions of themselves. She enjoys working with clients that have disordered eating habits and eating disorders as well as clients seeking help and support with food allergies, picky eating, fertility nutrition, postpartum nutrition / breastfeeding, gestational diabetes, cooking lessons, meal planning, and sports nutrition.

Allison strives to create a warm and honest environment in all client sessions so that her clients feel free to speak openly about their relationship with food, their bodies, and what changes they want to make to prioritize their health and wellness.  When working with her clients struggling with eating disorders, Allison strives to help them heal from the impacts of diet culture and reduce shame and establish a better relationship with food and their bodies.  She also incorporates intuitive eating and the health at every size philosophy into her nutrition counseling sessions.  Allison prides herself on creating a compassionate and non-judgmental environment that allows her clients to gain the knowledge and skills needed to restore their health and relationship with food.

Allison received her bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and completed her clinical dietetic training at WVU Medicine in Morgantown, WV.  She received her master’s in nutrition at Stony Brook University.

Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Allison worked with clients with a variety of eating disorders diagnoses, including ARFID and Binge Eating Disorder, at the PHP/IOP level of care and in the inpatient setting.

Allison loves spending time with her fiancé and her bernadoodle. She also enjoys baking, traveling, reading romance novels, running, watching Disney movies, and spending time at the beach with her family and friends.

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