Whole Beauty® Institute

Meet the Team

The Whole Beauty Team carries certification and expertise in injectable rejuvenation, RF and IPL therapies, and skin restoration and rejuvenation for a wide variety of concerns.

The Whole Beauty Team Philosophy

  • Provide Individualized Results for Each Patient
  • Follow an Aesthetic that emphasizes Naturalism
  • Act out of Total Concern for each patient’s Well-being
  • Strive for the highest level of Education and Skill
  • Share Deep Knowledge of your Craft with Colleagues and Patients
  • Maintain Collaboration and Team Spirit

Meet Our Whole Beauty® Team!

Bernadette Przybycien

Practice Manager

Bernadette is passionate about all aspects of plastic surgery, medical aesthetics, and skincare products. She loves to help her patients look and feel their very best at any age.  Her priority in patient care and management is to create a welcoming environment, where being helpful and listening to the needs and concerns of patients is paramount. Bernadette is committed to offering the highest degree in care, with a genuine interest in building a relationship with each patient.

Her earlier work experience at The Ritz Carlton, Marriott, and Hotel Intercontinental enhanced her love of customer service. Bernadette has over 17 years of management experience in the field of aesthetics including medispas, dermatology, and plastic surgery, which is her true love.

In addition to her professional experience, Bernadette is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.  She is also a former Miss Illinois USA pageant title holder, a world traveler, an admirer and lover of the arts, and an animal lover & advocate.

John Q. Cook M.D. and Whole Beauty® Institute are the complete package and like no other in the business of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Advanced Medical Aesthetics.

Beth Harris, BSN, RN, CANS

Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Beth Harris

Beth Harris, BSN, RN, CANS, is a well-known Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist who has worked in the field of plastic surgery since 1994. Beth first obtained her plastic surgery experience in Los Angeles, where she worked with some of the top surgeons in the U.S., treating many of Hollywood’s “A List” celebrities.

Beth’s nursing philosophy emphasizes patient safety, education and satisfaction. Beth’s dynamic personality and expertise in facial shaping contribute to her patient’s happiness. In Beth’s role at the Whole Beauty® Institute, she treats patients with individually tailored regimens of dermal fillers, neuromodulators and other therapies that offer non-surgical solutions to facial rejuvenation.

Beth was chosen by Allergen (the manufacturer of Botox, Juvederm, Kybella & Latisse) to be an Allergen certified trainer for the last 7 years. In this role, Beth trains physicians, nurses and physician assistants to master the art of cosmetic injectables and shares the techniques that have helped her build a strong and loyal following. Beth is continuously learning the best aesthetic techniques in her field by attending National and International trainings every year.

Beth is a member of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN).

Beth Harris RN, BSN, CANS has achieved certification from the Plastic Surgery Nursing Certification Board as a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. With her CANS certification, Beth is part of an elite group of nurses in the United States who met the rigorous qualifying standards and achieved the highest degree of professional competence in aesthetic medicine.

With precision, a gentle touch, and attention to every detail, Beth has the innate ability to study the face and create an individualized treatment plan. With youthful, natural results, it’s no wonder that her patients travel from all over the country to experience Beth’s rejuvenating treatments.

Natalie Yaker, MSN, AGNP-C, CANS

Nurse Practitioner & Certified Trichologist

Natalie Yaker

Natalie Yaker is a Nurse Practitioner who is born and raised in Dallas-Fort Worth. She has been a nurse for over ten years and is fortunate to practice alongside some of the best in the field of  aesthetic and plastic surgery. Her specialty is in non-surgical hair restoration and non-surgical facial and body rejuvenation. Natalie is a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist which is credentialed by the  Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board.

She received her master’s in nursing at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated a member of Sigma Theta Tau granted by The Honors Society of Nursing. She is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Natalie was selected as “Top Nurse Practitioner in Plano, Texas” by the Worldwide Leaders in Health Care. Her bachelor’s degree in Nursing was obtained from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where she was actively involved in the Student Nurses’ Association and the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Natalie has extensive experience in volume restoration with fillers and in balancing facial expression with relaxants such as Botox®. She has studied trichology and is certified through the US Trichology Institute in the recognition and diagnosis of hair and scalp disorders. She offers advanced skin care treatments utilizing Sciton and Inmode technology.

Natalie strives to be a positive force in her patients’ lives by treating them with genuine respect and kindness. She aims to deliver safe and effective care to her patients while putting their emotional and physical needs at the forefront. Her goal is to build a trusting rapport with her patients and assist them in not only looking their best but also feeling their best.

Natalie’s philosophy is to “treat each and every patient like family.”

Joy Edmonds

Clinical Licensed Aesthetician

Joy Edmonds

Joy Edmonds works closely with Dr. Cook at the Whole Beauty® Institute as a licensed clinical aesthetician. She loves servicing the Chicago’s Gold Coast and Winnetka patients. With over 14 years of dermatology experience and ten years of medical aesthetic experience, Joy brings to our practice a deep understanding and love of skin and aesthetic treatments.

Joy loves everything about medical-grade aesthetic skincare treatments. What excites her the most is assisting in the transformation of someone’s skin.  She believes that consistency is key; with regular in-office treatments (surgical and/or injectables), medical-grade skin care treatments and proper at-home product usage, everyone can be happy with their skin!

You would never see your dentist every six months and not brush your teeth between visits. Why invest into your skin care and skip wearing SPF between treatments?

Miri Atkinson, CST/CSFA, RSA

Certified Surgical Technologist
Certified Surgical First Assistant
Registered Surgical Assistant

Miri is a Chicago native and resident, an award recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for academic excellence, and class Valedictorian from the College of DuPage and Central DuPage Hospital’s in-house surgical program. With clinical backgrounds in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Plastics, Miri brings over 20 years of surgical expertise to the Whole Beauty® Institute. Working alongside Dr. Cook at the Surgery Center, and clinic and in-office procedures at the practice, her focus is on plastic surgery and quality patient care that defines the lifelong commitment of Dr. Cook’s patients.

I am privileged to be a part of this dynamic team, and will be committed to carry the mission that is envisioned by Dr. Cook and the Whole Beauty Institute. Blessed to be a part of your journey to beauty, both inside and out!

Gisela Bermejo, CMA, CLA

Certified Medical Assistant
Clinical Licensed Aesthetician

Gigi has been a Certified Medical Assistant for the past 19 years and a Licensed Aesthetician since 2018, however, her main focus is in surgery.

She worked at Rush for 10 years in plastic surgery and has been recognized with several awards for best patient care.

Working alongside Dr. Cook, Gigi assists in surgical procedures assuring patients receive the very best patient care experience during and post-surgery.

Gigi also holds certification in manual lymphatic drain massages, microneedling, and laser resurfacing.

Additionally, Gigi was recently accepted to Chamberlain University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing – a 3-year BSN nursing program.

I love my job and interacting with patients at the Whole Beauty® Institute! I am dedicated to providing patients with the best surgical experience before, during, and through post-op care.

Stacie Primer

Patient Care Coordinator

Stacie is one of our premier Patient Care Coordinators serving the suburban Winnetka office location. She has over 25 years of experience in the health care field ranging from managed care network development, physician contracting, ancillary case management, hospital administration, and patient advocacy. Prior to joining Dr. Cook, Stacie was a consultant for over 10 years specializing in aesthetic dermatology and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Stacie graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Sociology and Behavioral Sciences. She graduated with High Honors from Roosevelt University in Chicago where she earned her Masters Degree in Public Health.

Stacie works alongside Dr. Cook to provide the highest level of patient care. She schedules surgeries, provides pricing and recovery/expectations parameters. Stacie also goes above and beyond when assisting with facilitating overnight hotel stays or ride transports for our out-of-town patients.

Stacie is certified in CPR/AED and attends conferences in practice management on behalf of Dr. Cook and the Whole Beauty® Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance biking, is an avid CUBS fan, and is a member of many charitable organizations on Chicago’s North Shore.

Stacie is passionate about Dr. Cook’s lifetime work and truly enjoys the patient’s journey of transformation!

Tyler Granatelli

Patient Care Coordinator

Tyler is a Chicago native who started her career in Plastic Surgery while living in South Florida. With over 14 years in the Aesthetic Industry, she has managed and directed elite Plastic Surgery practices and Medical Spas in both South Florida and Chicago.

Tyler has over 30 certifications with various Skin Care, Devices, and Technologies. She is a Licensed Cosmetologist and Certified Consultant. Tyler loves working with patients, providing knowledge and recommendations that truly make a difference. She believes in creating a warm, supportive environment that provides the highest level of patient care and customized treatment plans.

I believe everyone should feel good and confident in their own skin. Self-love is the best love, and that’s what we’re here to help our patients achieve.

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Our Office Locations

Our locations in the Gold Coast of Chicago and Winnetka in the North Shore reflect our commitment to convenient and discrete concierge-level service.

Whole Beauty® Institute |Map | 737 N.Michigan Ave

Chicago Office

737 North Michigan Ave., Suite 760 Chicago IL 60611 (312) 751-2112 Entrance at 151 E. Chicago Avenue

Whole Beauty® Institute |Map | 118 Green Bay Road

Winnetka Office

118 Green Bay Road Winnetka IL 60093  (847) 446-7562
Located directly across from Indian Hill Metra Station