The Staff

Lauren Chaves



Nutrition, Connection, Balance, (NCB), is delighted to announce our new colleague, nutritionist and clinical practitioner, Lauren Chaves, MS, RD, LDN. Lauren joins NCB due to her alignment with NCB’s mission to inspire and change the health of others through individualized testing & relationship building while staying on the edge of nutrition science. Lauren emits a quiet inner knowledgeable force with an optimism that inspires others to be better!

Lauren Chaves, MS, RD, LDN has been a Chicago-based registered dietitian nutritionist that has worked in the sub-acute rehab/long-term care setting for the majority of her career. Offering Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to this population has taught her the compassion and clinical skills necessary for the treatment of chronic disease. Brought up in a family of medical backgrounds ranging from MD, RN and PharmD, Lauren has been exposed to cases where lifestyle changes are critical in preventing potential costly and negative health outcomes.

Lauren is very excited to consult on the prevention of disease at NCB. She’ll focus on practical, holistic approaches towards nutrition and wellness to achieve improved health, weight management, and overall well-being. She’s of full belief that clean and balanced nutrition are essential in attaining the best quality of life.

Lauren is available for nutrition education through consultation and seminars, as well as hormone/neurotransmitter balancing through optimal nutrition and supplementation by phone or in person. Her passion for good food made with quality ingredients, and understanding of time-sensitive cooking, can help you reach your health and wellness goals whatever your lifestyle may be.

Lauren graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from John Carroll University and went on to complete her master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Sports and Cardiovascular Wellness Dietetic Practice Group.

Lauren Chaves is excited to use her experience and skills to help further YOUR goals through consultation at Nutrition, Connection, Balance!

Valerie Early

R.D., L.D.N., R.Ph.T., RD, LDN


Valerie Early is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Registered Pharmacy Technician, a Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist and a Reiki Master.

Valerie is also a National Marketing Director with NSA. Valerie received her BS degree in Food and Nutrition Science from The Florida State University.

She completed her Medical Nutrition Therapy Internship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has been certified by the American Council on Exercise, and served as the Director of The Natural Health Center, a compounding pharmacy.

Currently, she counsels people on the importance of preventative nutrition, finding the real solution to medical in balances and symptoms, sports nutrition and hormonal and neurotransmitter balancing at her private practice in Schaumburg: Nutrition, Connection, Balance, LLC.

Valerie is a successful entrepreneur and likes to share her business knowledge with others so they can enjoy the health, time and money freedom they all deserve. Valerie has been a facilitator and member of many complementary and holistic organizations.

She has been featured in Fitness magazine, The Daily Herald, The Chicago Tribune, Northwest Chicago Women, Nutrition Wellness, and numerous fitness newsletters, websites and other publications. She has been a presenter at national health conferences and co-hosted radio shows. She has been recognized for her accurate and practical work in health and nutrition in the Sunday Magazine of the Chicago Tribune.

She has received the Soaring Spirit Award in 2007 and 2008 for her volunteer and leadership abilities. Valerie has an audio CD "Balancing Men and Women’s Hormones" a topic she has specialized in since July 2002. She has also written a book  “Eight Ways to Lose Your Blubber, Through Hormone Balancing". Valerie is personally and professionally passionate about nutrition, exercise, and alternative forms of healing and stress reduction.

Valerie is also a sought after motivational speaker. She has spoken at over 300 events since 2007. Valerie has also received specialized training from her family life. Being a mother of two boys, she has honed her motivational and multi-tasking skills while training and competing in two natural bodybuilding contests and three marathons. She can’t wait to connect with you!