Elaina Efird, RDN, CD, CEDRD, CSSD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified eating disorder dietitian with a degree from Virginia Tech. She moved to Burlington from North Carolina where she worked at the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at UNC Chapel Hill primarily in the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. Elaina worked closely with patients and their families to provide a family-based nutrition therapy approach during the recovery process. Elaina also worked at both North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech with athletes at the division 1 level helping to create nutrition plans that enhanced athletic performance.
Passionate about food, nutrition education and client centered care, the move to Burlington was a natural fit. With training in multiple areas of dietetics including sports nutrition, eating disorders, weight management and gastrointestinal complications, Elaina works with all ages, genders and body types. Through the unique approach offered at The Kahm Clinic, she is thrilled to help clients meet their nutrition goals. In her free time, Elaina loves to explore the outdoors with her husband and dog and cheer on Virginia Tech Football. She loves to travel both nationally and internationally, any chance she gets, and to experience the food, outdoors and people in new places.
Elaina is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. To schedule an initial visit with Elaina in VT, click here.
RDN, CD, CEDRD, CSSD
MS, RDN, CD
Bret Hermansky, MS, RDN, CD is a native Vermonter and registered dietitian nutritionist. She received her Dietetics and Nutrition Food Science degree from the University of Vermont.
Bret has experience working with child and adolescent nutrition, athletes, weight management, disordered eating, and eating disorders. She enjoys applying evidenced-based practice in her nutrition therapy; in particular, she loves getting to use the tests at the Kahm Clinic because she can help people better achieve their goals. Bret works with all ages, genders and body types.
Bret loves seeing her clients make tangible progress and watching their improved health change their lives. For instance, she loves working with people who are at their last straw, ready to be done with dieting and/or obsessing about food in various ways. She loves helping clients realize that 20 years of yo-yo dieting is hard and miserable, that there is a way out, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. She relishes, in particular, the small victories, say, when someone let’s her know that for the first time they went out to dinner with their family and ordered what they wanted without guilt and shame! In general, she takes pleasure in helping her clients improve their quality of life through a healthier relationship with food.
Bret likes shopping for fresh food at the local farmer’s markets, and dining at Vermont’s many farm-to-table restaurants. In her spare time, she loves exploring her home state with her boyfriend, including kayaking on Lake Champlain, hiking in the Green Mountains, and swimming at the Bolton Potholes. Bret dreams of one day having a dog of her own, and being jealous of Elaina’s Freyja, Bret is often daydreaming (when she is not seeing clients, of course) of various ways to kidnap Freyja. To schedule an initial visit with Bret in VT, click here.
Jody Drange RDN, CDE, ACSM EP-C is a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist who originally hails from Minnesota, but left the tundra-like weather for the bright Arizona sunshine 17 years ago after graduating from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. After working for a year, she furthered her education by attending Arizona State University in Dietetics. Jody has been a dietitian since 2007 and is also a Certified Diabetes Educator as well as an ACSM-Health Fitness Specialist.
Jody has worked in both residential and outpatient clinics for individuals with anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. Additionally, she has experience in sports nutrition, heart disease, diabetes, weight management, exercise physiology and works with both adolescent and adult populations. She loves helping her clients focus on their goals, gain healthy habits and improve their relationship with food, so they can ultimately improve their quality of life in becoming healthier and happier. The Kahm Clinic allows her to combine her counseling skills with technology to better serve her patients.
Jody lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband and two boys. She loves to read, volunteer at her church, exercise and spend time with her family and friends. To schedule an initial visit with Jody in AZ, click here.
RDN, CDE, ACSM, EP-C
Please welcome our newest staff member, Freyja. She is very friendly and may come to greet you at the door. If you don’t like dogs, just tell her no, and she’ll go away. Freya is very passionate about nutrition . . . well, about pretty much anything Elaina let’s her eat.