Sarita is a registered and licensed dietitian, who believes in helping each client learn, develop, and apply skills to find a balanced relationship with food, and live their best life. Working from an Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® lens, she uses effective listening, empathy, open communication, and humor to connect with her clients, and strives to create a supportive environment where clients can find autonomy and confidence. Sarita believes in the power of small steps and how they can build lasting, lifelong change. As part of supporting her clients, Sarita also enjoys collaborating with clinicians from multiple disciplines, and she recognizes the value of a team-based approach to providing client care and support.
Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Sarita worked at the residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care, and she has significant experience working with clients with eating, mood, and anxiety disorders. Sarita also has an interest in sports/performance nutrition and has experience working with athletes and physically active clients. She also has experience working with those needing special dietary accommodations, picky eating, and those with general health and wellness needs.
In her role as Clinical Supervisor, Sarita provides individual and group training, case consultation and supervision to the dietitians at Healthier Tomorrows.
Sarita attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and completed her dietetic internship and earned her Master of Science in Nutrition at Northern Illinois University.
Outside of time spent working with her clients and providing clinical supervision, Sarita enjoys traveling, having fun with loved ones, podcasts, cooking, music, movies, and teaching group fitness classes.
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!
Claire 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. Claire is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). CEDS status is granted to dietitians who meet rigorous education and skill requirements, accumulate a minimum number of eating disorder client hours, and commit to staying up-to-date on the latest research in the field of 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.
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!
Megan founded Healthier Tomorrows in 2009 with the goal of creating a warm and welcoming nutrition practice where clients with all types of nutrition needs would feel understood and supported. She is passionate about providing trauma-informed care to individuals in their recovery from eating disorders and disordered eating, and she believes all clients that come to Healthier Tomorrows will receive comprehensive, compassionate, and versatile nutrition therapy.
Megan is a registered and licensed dietitian and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Whitman College and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She completed her clinical training through the University of Houston, completing rotations at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, and Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Megan is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and is also a member of the National Eating Disorders Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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.
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.