Meet the Staff

Tara Cool: Ideal Protein Coach

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.

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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. "Becoming a mom has been the greatest experience of my life & she's just amazing!" 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.

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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.

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JENNIFER TOOLEY: Chiropractic Assistant

Jennifer is originally from Minonk, IL and currently lives in Rutland with her daughter Sydni who recently graduated high school in May 2018. She also has a son Joseph who is currently serving in the United States Navy and lives with his wife Mikela in Groton, CT. When Jennifer is not at work she can be found spending time with her dogs and cats Watson, Tinkerbell, Leah and Sugar.

Jennifer has benefited from chiropractic for many years and understand the importance of maintaining a healthy spine. Jennifer couldn't be more excited to to be here at Livingston County Chiropractic. When relocating back from Arizona she knew that this was the place for her.

"I feel so blessed to be a part of the Livingston County Chiropractic family. The awesome care that each person receives each day from the moment they walk in the door till the moment they leave makes me proud to be part of such a wonderful team."

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Cheryle Strother, MSN, FNP-BC: Nurse Practitioner

Hello! I'm Cheryle D. Strother, MSN, FNP-BC and this is my story (the short version). I was born and raised in Kankakee, Il. I was married for 20 years, have a 43-year-old son that lives in California with his wife and three children. I also have three 14-year-old papillons (whom are worse than children).

I graduated in 1993 from the local community college with a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate and continued with my nursing career graduating in 1995 as a Registered Nurse (RN). I graduated in 1998 from Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and in 2003 graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (Education). In 2016, I continued my education and received a post-graduate degree in Family Nurse Practitioner becoming board certified in 2017 through American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC). While attending ONU I was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and began teaching as an Adjunct Professor. I taught a variety of classes-Nursing Research, Critical Care, Families in Crisis, and Nursing Informatics.

My nursing career started as an LPN at a 600-bed long term care facility passing medications, administering enteral feedings, wound care, drawing labs, and writing annual care plans. After becoming an RN, I worked on a Medical unit at a long-term care facility, I also worked at the local hospital on a Med-Surg unit for two years part-time. In 2003, I began working for the Illinois Department of Public Health as a health inspector surveillance nurse until 2011 when I retired. After retiring I continued working at the Kankakee Community College as a part-time nursing instructor and as an Adjunct Profession at ONU teaching Nursing Research. In 2013 I began working full time as a Clinical Nurse Manager at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic for the VA. In 2018 I accepted a position at Hines VA Hospital in the Podiatry Surgical Clinic as a Nurse Practitioner. Also, in 2018 I began working for A2I as a Nurse Practitioner. I enjoy traveling to see my grandchildren in California, my three dogs, singing in the Adult Choir at Church, and being at home.