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Cherise K Pendleton, MA, CHES, CWHC, CWP, NBC-HWC


I have been in the health field for 30 years, and my passion and mission is to help others live happy, healthy, and abundant lives.  As a professional Health Educator and Wellness Coach, I help people to improve or resolve nagging health issues and create the healthiest life possible.

Don’t assume symptoms like joint pain, fatigue, migraines, rashes, digestive issues, weight issues and so many more are just part of life. I use evidence-based health protocols with a client-centered approach that will create positive and lasting change in your health and well-being.

I focus on client strengths, overcoming barriers to change and creating a wellness plan based on their health assessment, personal needs and lifestyle.  Getting to the root cause of health issues and creating resilience in the client’s life are both keys to “wellness.”

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Are you struggling with any of these?

  • Pain

  • Diabetes

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Eczema

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Digestive issues

  • Food sensitivities

  • Allergies

  • Weight gain/loss

  • Other



“Are you tired of waking up every day with the same health challenges?”

“Do you feel overwhelmed and need a step-by-step process for change based on your individual needs?”

I will provide the tools you need:

  • Environmental Evaluation

  • Dietary support

  • Individualized Lifestyle Change

  • Health Assessment

  • Needs-based Testing

  • Evidence-based Coaching




You will be in good hands.  I partner with your physician and other health providers to create the best plan for you.  I will help you with the “How” to get better. Doctors usually have less than 10 minutes at a time to spend with you. They don’t have the time or skills to dive into your lifestyle, environment, stress factors, diet, etc. They often encourage you to improve some of these things, but they simply don’t have the tools or time. Let’s get you well!

My education and certifications include:

  • Master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)(NCHEC)

  • National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) through NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners)


  • PhD Study Abroad in Sweden at Karolinska Insitutet

  • Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)

  • Certified as a Health and Wellness Coach (CWHC)

  • Certified with the Essential Oil Institute

  • Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP)(NWI-National Wellness Institute)


My Story

I am happily married to the love of my life, and my husband and I are the proud parents of four sons and four daughters.  Having survived cancer twice, I have come to appreciate and love life with all its beauty, possibility and opportunity.  There is nothing quite as enjoyable and rewarding as spending time with family.  I love traveling, meeting new people, making new friends, and experiencing different cultures.  I have a passion for the outdoors, being in the sun, gardening, and running for fun and competition.  I love cooking and coming up with recipes that fill the body and the soul.  I especially love connecting with people. 

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positively well cherise pendleton about page health coaching and lifestyle medicine

 I am also personally motivated to help others to live lives free of disease and full of vitality.  While in graduate school and in cooperation with the ACHES and a local medical practice in North Carolina, I developed a currently used health coaching program designed to promote successful outcomes for patients and individuals in the community.  Health coaching became a natural fit for me, as it satisfied my mission of helping others achieve optimal health.  My wellness practice is the extraordinary result of putting all of my health knowledge and experience together.  I love what I do!

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