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 and has worked at OSF and Evenglow since graduation. Tara comes from a large family consisting of 6 brothers and sisters. Tara is very close with her family and finds that most of her free time is spent with them. Tara states "that most of them are so close in age, that they are not just family, but my best friends as well."
Tara is new to chiropractic, but says "the more I learn, the more passionate I become about the practice and all the benefits from chiropractic care. I was amazed how many things that chiropractic can help with, especially with children. I knew that my cousins received chiropractic care, but I did not realize that babies could also benefit. After my cousin was born, she had really bad acid reflux and was put on medication. I wish I had known that chiropractic was an option for her instead of medication and all the side effects that go with it."
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, a small rural community south-east of Champaign, IL. After graduating High School, she went on to play softball at Parkland Community College. She then transferred to Illinois State University to receive a bachelor’s 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.
She feels blessed that she is able to move to the beautiful town of Pontiac, where she is able to start a life with her husband, Derek and our giant Golden Retriever, Waylon.
Skyler Trost: Chiropractic Assistant
Skyler was born and raised in Pontiac, Illinois. She grew up being the oldest of 5 children and really enjoyed being a positive role model for her siblings. She is very passionate about helping others any way that she can and loves putting a smile on their faces.
She is a 2009 graduate from Pontiac Township High School. In 2014, she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from Illinois State University. She is excited about her position at 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. The more she learns about chiropractic care, the more she wants to teach others the benefits of it!
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 animals. They have 2 dogs (Jersey & Cocoa), and 1 cat (Ryder). She has a very passionate heart for animals of all kinds and would save them all if she could!!
One of Skylers favorite quotes is “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”- Babe Ruth
Vickie was introduced to chiropractic in 1997 when she had relocated to Phoenix, AZ. It was there that she learned how important the benefits of chiropractic care can be to your health. In 2001, she realized she needed to be closer to her family and came back to the great state of Illinois. She found a job, however it was over a 2 hour drive each way. That is when she started commuting back and forth from Pontiac to the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago every day via the train.
She then met her future husband and 1 year later they were happily married. However, the commute became more and more stressful. In March 2010, she saw an ad for a chiropractic office in Pontiac and was thrilled for the opportunity to stay in a profession that she loved and not have to commute anymore. That is when she became a part of the Livingston County Chiropractic family.
She loves spending time with family and 1 year old English Springer Spaniel, Bella. She considers herself to be a very blessed person because she gets to go to a job she really enjoys every day, and be a part of the great team of Livingston County Chiropractic Center.
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.