Meet the Staff
Tara Cool: Chiropractic Assistant
Tara was born and raised in Pontiac, until recently moving to Fairbury. She graduated from Pontiac High School in 2002 and has worked at OSF and Evenglow since graduation. Tara has two young children with her life partner Shawn, a daughter, Attlee and a son, Huxley. They are her greatest joys!
Chiropractic has become more of a lifestyle for Tara and her family. She states that “Chiropractic has worked wonders in my life. It has kept me healthy and active, it helped tremendously during both of my pregnancies, and it has kept my children healthier than most. They never suffered from those common baby issues like colic or acid reflux. Since they have been adjusted since birth, they just seem much healthier. Because of chiropractic, I have learned so much about supplements and other natural remedies with oils that myself and children rarely use OTC or prescription drugs. I love the natural lifestyle that chiropractic has introduced to me!”
Tara is ecstatic with her position at Livingston County Chiropractic. "It is a joy to come to work every day and to be excited about your job. I also love getting the chance to meet new people every day and serve the people of my community." She is passionate to teach others what she has experienced with chiropractic and the miracles that we see every day in our practice.
Christy grew up in Broadlands, IL. After graduating High School, she went on to play softball at Parkland Community College and earned her Associate Degree. She then transferred to Illinois State University to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. Christy possesses a passion for working with people of all ages, educating the public and individuals on health and wellness issues, and personally leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
She has worked in the healthcare field as a health coach, educating clients on a healthy lifestyle with weight loss. Working with the public and helping them overcome their challenges and achieving their goals is truly rewarding. She is so excited to work at Livingston County Chiropractic and with the community of Pontiac. She believes that she will be able to offer our patients valuable information due to her experiences as well as educate them through their recovery process.
In 2014, Christy married her husband, Derek. They welcomed their first child in 2017 and reside in rural Fairbury. When they aren’t working, they enjoy working on projects and spending time with their son, Logan, and their golden retriever, Waylon.
Skyler Trost: Chiropractic Assistant
Skyler was born and raised in Pontiac, Illinois. She is a 2009 graduate from Pontiac Township High School. In 2014, she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from Illinois State University.
Skyler is excited to be a part of Livingston County Chiropractic. It allows her the opportunity to work with people, make a difference, and help others on their journey to health and wellness. She has a passion for children and teaching others why they need chiropractic care too! "Our patients are our family. We get to know their spouses, children, and grandchildren. I love that they look to us as a resource to keep themselves and their family healthy."
In 2014, she married her husband, Frank. In April 2017 they welcomed their first daughter, Lola and have been loving every minute of parenthood. They also have two dogs and one cat at home that keep them busy. When they aren't working they love spending time with family, vacationing to Tennessee and Wisconsin, and going to St. Louis Cardinal games.
JENNIFER RICHARDSON: Chiropractic Assistant
Jen Richardson grew up in Streator, graduating in 2005 from Streator High School, and continues to reside in Streator with her family. After high school, she worked in customer service for many years and felt like she needed a change. She went back to school to be in the medical field and received her associate degree from ICC in 2017. After taking on an intern role at Livingston County Chiropractic, she found that she had a passion for chiropractic and was hired as a full-time team member!
Jen had been a chiropractic patient for several years and loves her position as a chiropractic assistant. It truly makes her happy being able to help others get well and stay healthy. She loves learning new things about chiropractic and health in general and being able to pass that on to others is such a rewarding feeling. She loves getting to meet the people of this community and spreading the word on natural health care. She states, “I love coming to work every day knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life.”
She also loves spending time with her husband, Steven, who is a 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. She is very proud of her husband for serving our country. They have 2 daughters, Kaybri and Kenzy. She cherishes the time she gets to spend with her family, because they are the most important thing to her. They love going to the zoo, going to the movies, reading books and making crafts together.
Nicole Lord: Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Lord was born in Kankakee, IL. For ten years of her childhood she lived in Baton Rouge, LA and returned to Illinois at the age of 13. She enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard at the age of 17 and left for basic training within weeks of graduating from Herscher High School.
Nicole entered adulthood as a soldier, a full-time student, and full-time employee. She began working as a certified Drill Instructor at Lincoln’s Challenge Academy in Rantoul, IL shortly before her twentieth birthday. She also served on the Illinois Honor Guard during her enlistment. During this time of her life she enjoyed skydiving, canoeing, and camping. She married at the age of 24 to James Lord, with whom she has two daughters.
Nicole earned an Associate in General Science from Parkland College in 2005, an Associate in Applied Science (Registered Nurse) from Parkland College in 2007, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Illinois State University in 2011, and her Masters in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) from Olivet Nazarene University in 2014.
Nicole began her medical career in cardiology at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL. She moved to Port Huron, MI in 2008 where she worked as a Unit Manager at MediLodge of Richmond and Port Huron. Nicole and her family moved back to central Illinois in 2011 and settled in Clinton. Once back in Illinois, Nicole worked in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, and Medical/Surgical unit at a rural critical access hospital.
Nicole currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Laurel A. Walton DO, SC where she specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Decatur. In addition, she is an American Heart Association (AHA) CPR, AED, and first aid instructor and adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Illinois. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her church as a Faith Community Nurse (FCN), and traveling.