Cherie Torrence, MSAc, L.Ac, DipAc completed her undergraduate studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. She obtained her Master’s degree from Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (P.I.H.M.A) in Phoenix, AZ. and is currently matriculating at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (V.U.I.M) to be certified in the Chinese Herbal program.
Cherie is not new to the medical field; she was a Certified Pharmacy Technician for over 9 years before she began her journey into Eastern Medicine. While working as a Certified Pharmacy Tech, she watched people come in monthly for medications for temporary relief of pain and ailments and still not get any better. Most of these patients end up being in a “doughnut” where they struggle to either pay for exorbitant medications or afford food for survival. She knew that many of these patients could alleviate their level of pain just by changing their diet and lifestyle choices.
She researched and googled “Natural Medicine” and found out about Naturopathic Medicine school. Cherie decided to pursue a degree in this field and learn more about holistic medicine. While studying, she became determined to heal her own body.
Cherie was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS at the age of 13 and was put on different Western medications including Metformin for her blood sugar levels. She shifted her focus from a Western medicine mindset to a more natural approach. She realized that she had the power to heal herself from the inside; we are what we eat. With the knowledge that she obtained from Naturopathic school, she was inspired to write an educational cookbook, “Healthy Never Tasted So Good”.
At the age of 26, Cherie had an ultrasound done to check the cysts on her ovaries and was amazed to see that they had disappeared. Cherie became convinced that the consistent acupuncture treatments she was receiving, and the complete diet change, she had gotten rid of those cysts without the use of Western medications. She knew that if this worked for her, then this can work for others. This mindset is the driving force for her view on holistic health.
Cherie worked as an acupuncturist on the Carnival Spirit for several months in Australia. She also did an extensive clinical post-graduate study at the Chengdu University and Hospital in Chengdu, China.
She treats all types of conditions including but not limited to – any pain chronic or acute, digestive health, pre and post-menopausal, hormonal issues, fertility, sciatic, weight reduction, arthritis, and various other ailments.
With all her schooling and passion to keep learning, Cherie also enjoys traveling, riding her bicycle and eating the occasional chocolate chip cookie.
Getting in balance is not so much about adopting new strategies to change your behaviors, as it is about realigning yourself in all of your thoughts so as to create a balance between what you desire and how you conduct your life on a daily basis – Wayne Dryer, Being in Balance