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!
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!
Olivia is a registered dietitian who enjoys working with clients struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating behaviors and gastrointestinal concerns, and clients looking for support and help with sports nutrition-related matters. She believes in meeting her clients where they are, and she works hard to develop a strong rapport with each client while promoting sustainable lifestyle changes. She believes that many eating-related concerns are not about food itself. Instead, she has found that behaviors around food are usually a result of something else, such as an individual’s upbringing, relationship with their body, or lack of prior nutrition education. She works to identify these barriers in a safe environment while incorporating nutrition concepts. She enjoys breaking down complex nutrition topics into achievable tasks and habits for clients to implement for long term success. Olivia knows how challenging eating disorder recovery is. She is passionate about working with this client population because she has seen how this process can free clients to build a whole new life outside of their eating disorder.
Olivia earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Idaho State University and completed her dietetic internship at Utah State University. Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Olivia worked in an ICU, inpatient rehabilitation unit, outpatient GI nutrition clinic, and as an eating disorder dietitian in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
She lives in Idaho with her husband and two dogs, Cinder and Hoka. In her free time, she enjoys distance running, hiking, traveling to new countries, and home design.
Lauren is a registered and licensed dietitian with a passion for helping individuals who are struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she received her dual Bachelors in Dietetics and Kinesiology, along with her Masters in Exercise Science. She went on to complete her dietetic internship through the University of Chicago Medicine, Ingalls Memorial Hospital. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS).
Lauren is devoted to creating a safe space for working through eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. She takes a client-led approach to counseling, utilizing empathy, validation, and humor. She is passionate about the physiological and psychological implications of eating disorders and disordered eating and takes a holistic approach when supporting clients through recovery.
In her spare time Lauren enjoys exploring new coffee shops, traveling, and learning new languages!
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.
Paige is a registered and licensed dietitian who focuses on using lifestyle and food as medicine while working through one’s relationship with food, fitness, and body. She believes that the mind and body have a very strong relationship, and that it’s important to address both in order to achieve long-term success with one’s health and wellness. She believes in walking alongside her clients and working collaboratively as opposed to forcing certain changes or behaviors. She is an empathetic, anti-diet dietitian who strives to create a safe space for her clients to thrive. Paige is also a Certified Functional Informed Professional (CFNIP); as a dietitian who specializes in functional nutrition, Paige’s goal is to address the root cause of one’s symptoms by taking a holistic, natural approach.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Paige worked as a personal trainer, online fitness coach, and clinical dietitian. Paige has experience working with a variety of clients who struggled with emotional eating, gut and hormone health, and chronic stress.
“I love working with clients who have spent a lot of time and energy trying to feel better/healthy with little to no success. As a functional nutrition dietitian, I have found that working with these individuals can bring them the peace that comes with finding solutions to problems they have battled for years. The problems may be irregular, painful menstrual cycles, chronic gut issues, PCOS, chronic stress and fatigue, and more. I find it helpful to combine nervous system regulation with lifestyle and dietary habit changes in order to help one heal. It’s never too late to start living and feeling well.”
Paige attended Benedictine University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and completed her dietetic internship and earned her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with an emphasis on Wellness at Bradley University.
Outside of time spent working with her clients and furthering her education, Paige enjoys walking her dog, reading, spending time with loved ones, coaching her local dance team, and taking naps.
Jamie is a registered dietitian that is dedicated to helping her clients foster a positive relationship with food and their bodies. She strives to meet her clients where they are and to empower them to make informed choices that honor their bodies and support their health goals. Jamie is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, certified yoga teacher and is Health at Every Size aligned. She utilizes the intuitive eating framework and mindfulness to guide her clients to reconnect with their body’s wisdom and to embrace a more balanced and joyful approach to eating and body image. Jamie especially enjoys working with clients struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors, clients looking for help and support with sports and performance nutrition, and clients looking for new ways to find enjoyment in movement and exercise. In addition, Jamie has many years of experience working with clients on a range of health concerns, including cardiovascular health, diabetes, PCOS and gastrointestinal health. She also has experience providing cooking lessons and instruction.
Jamie completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University and completed her dietetic internship at The University of Maryland College Park. Before joining the team at Healthier Tomorrows Jamie worked with veterans of the U.S armed forces in both Virginia and Florida and has worked with local athletes to improve their athletic performance.
Outside of work you can find Jamie paddling with her local outrigger canoe crew, hanging with her two pups, cooking, and spending as much time in nature as possible.
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 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.