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 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.
Director of Operations
With over 25 years in guest relations at luxury hotels, Jake has a passion for service and an expertise in providing the ultimate guest experience which he brings to the practice. He has the ability to make the patients feel at ease, understood and accommodated to throughout their treatment experience. He takes a genuine interest in getting to know each patient and is committed to making sure everyone enjoys a true VIP experience.
Jake echos Dr. Cook’s belief that it is about developing and nurturing the relationship with the patient that makes us the practice of choice and differentiates the Whole Beauty® Institute from the others.
Beth Harris, BSN, RN, CANS
Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
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 patient’s travel from all over the country to experience Beth’s rejuvenating treatments.
Natalie Yaker, MSN, AGNP-C
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 plastic surgery. Her specialty is in in non-surgical hair restoration and non-surgical facial and body rejuvenation.
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.
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.
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.”
Clinical Licensed Aesthetician
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.
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.
Karen Christman, CMA
Certified Medical Assistant
Karen comes to us with vast experience in the medical field, from dermatology to plastic surgery, creating wonderful relationships with the patients along the way. She works alongside Dr. Cook assisting in surgical procedures and clinic days providing the highest level of care at both Winnetka and downtown Chicago locations.
She was a gymnast growing up and became a competitive bodybuilder claiming the Miss Illinois and Miss Ironman titles during that time.
She has recently decided to go back to school to get her nursing degree. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her dog, Bruno, and stays very active with exercise, yoga, and meditation.
Being a part of Dr. Cook’s team and his natural approach to all patients and procedures align deeply with my values. It is a blessing to see each patient at their appointments feeling so confident and have the sparkle return to their eyes again.
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!
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.
Front Desk Coordinator
Alex loves building genuine patient relationships at the practice and ensuring everyone has the most incredible experience from their very first phone call through to the end of their treatment.
Alex understands and is passionate the transformative power of enhancing one’s natural beauty. She holds a license in cosmetology from Pivot Point International Academy; and brings 16 years in luxury salon management and client services nationwide (Chicago, Boston, New York City, Las Vegas and Tampa Bay).
I love to see how incredibly happy our patients are! It makes me feel blessed to be a part of such an incredible team that contributes to the wellness and satisfaction each patient at the Whole Beauty® Institute.
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