Who We Are

Kelly and Betsy formed Carolina Nutrition Specialists in 1996 after having worked together as clinical dietitians at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Originally a consulting firm for long-term care facilities, Carolina Nutrition Specialists became a private nutrition practice in 2012.

With more than 25 years of experience, Betsy and Kelly have created a formula for healthy eating that has successfully helped their clients reverse disease, such as diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and gut inflammation. They also help clients identify and manage food sensitivities, reduce or eliminate prescription medications, and achieve and sustain healthy weight.

Carolina Nutrition Specialists can help you, too, to become the healthiest version of yourself. Learn how to optimize your health by making food selection and preparation a priority and integrating those behaviors into your lifestyle. We believe small changes made over time add up to big changes in well-being that last a lifetime. It all starts with food.

Our Mission

With the understanding that a well-nourished body is essential for living a healthy, happy life, and that our best life emerges when the trinity of body, mind and spirit are in balance, Carolina Nutrition Specialists use their knowledge and experience of nutrition to inspire, guide and empower you to create your most vibrant, whole-hearted life. 


Kelly Guess RD, LDN

  • Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Bachelor of Science, Nutrition / Dietetics, Florida International University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art with minor in Biology, Rutgers University
  • Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
  • Certificate of Training in Childhood/Adolescent Weight Management
  • Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour (RYT 200)
  • Currently training to become an Integrative & Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner™ (IFNCP™) at the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy

Since an early age, I have always been fascinated by science, especially when it comes to the workings of the human body. My uncle’s death from a heart attack at age 40, when I was a teenager, sparked in me a quest to understand the connection between food, nutrition and health. I began to view practicing good health as an investment for the future, and my quest evolved into a passion.

A decade after my uncle’s death, my grandmother died of cancer, and soon after my grandfather died of heart disease. That’s when I returned to school to turn my passion into a profession. In 1990, I became a registered dietitian and began working as a clinical dietitian.

Now, as a private dietitian, I have the privilege of working with individuals and teaching them what it means to eat with intention – to make healthy, informed decisions about their food. With absolute certainty, I know what we put in our bodies in the form of food and drink matters more than anything else we do to create health.

I partner with my clients to get to the root cause of their symptoms and disease by addressing their health concerns with the most powerful medicine available to our bodies — food. With compassion, non-judgment and a little bit of fun, I help my clients create their healthiest life through nutrition.

 

Kelly Guess RD, LDN

Kelly Guess RD, LDN

Betsy Mikolajewski MPH, RD, LDN

  • Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Master of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
  • Certificate of Training in Childhood/Adolescent Weight Management
  • Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour (RYT 200)
  • Currently training to become an Integrative & Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner™ (IFNCP™) at the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy

I was always a curious kid. And as I matured and grew up, that curious nature never waned. My inquisitive approach to life has led me down many interesting roads of exploration, especially in the areas of science, biology, food, health and spirituality. They remain my passions to this day.

When I was 12 years old, I began to gain weight and didn’t understand why or how it was happening. So, being the curious type, I dug in. I explored and researched, and educated myself. The thrill of the transformation I experienced lit a fire in me that today still burns bright. I took my first nutrition class in my freshman year in college, and at that moment it became crystal clear this was my path. 

I love my work so much that I hesitate to even call it work. It’s a passion. And I’m so incredibly grateful and honored to share in others’ transformations to better health and a better life. 

Over the years, time and again, I have witnessed the impact of eating well and the power it has on individual’s lives. With each client, I first seek to understand the person – where he or she is in life, the impacting factors and desired goals. Then, together we begin the journey of transformation, one step at a time – and oftentimes it’s the small lifestyle changes that can create big changes in health and vitality.

 
Betsy Mikolajewski MPH, RD, LDN

Betsy Mikolajewski MPH, RD, LDN