Cheryl has always been driven by the mantra of Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, “Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy Food.” Because of this drive, she became a registered dietitian/nutritionist in her first career over 30 years ago. She then trained and became a nurse practitioner. During her conventional practice, she witnessed her patients returning to her sicker and sicker, and requiring more and more medication, because no one was addressing the root cause of their condition. This went against everything that Cheryl stood for. She went into the field of healthcare to make people better, not worse, and she could no longer work within this “sick” healthcare system.
After discovering The Institute for Functional Medicine, Cheryl completed the rigorous certification process and joined their ranks as a certified practitioner, and returned to prescribing “Food as Medicine,” and now treats the root cause of her patients’ conditions so they can truly heal. Cheryl has been able to find the root cause of so many of her patients’ diabetes and obesity conditions, as well as other healthcare conditions, including autoimmune diseases, fatigue, depression, headaches, acne, thyroid disorders, cancer, and so much more. By finding the root cause, this enables the body to heal itself, and thus say goodbye to disease.
In addition to being a family nurse practitioner and registered dietitian/nutritionist, Cheryl is a certified diabetes educator with advanced training in diabetes management. She is currently completing a doctoral degree in clinical nutrition.
Cheryl has been married to her LSU-college sweetheart for the past 38 years. They have two daughters and one granddaughter. When she is not spending time with her family, Cheryl loves painting, interior design, reading and boating.