Sherry Dell, PhD, CN, Rev: Author, Health Educator, Clinical Holistic Nutritionist
In the 25 plus years since the beginning of her nutritional practice, Sherry has developed a concept for health that is based in the idea of a gentle wholeness to which we are all born. This concept includes the notion that we can always re-connect to that wholeness wherein all healing and health is normal. We can do this through our lifestyle, our thoughts, our diet and our daily practices in general.
It is Sherry’s knowing that our human bodies are “hard-wired” by design to easily and continuously reach for optimal health that is the foundation for her private practice.
Sherry’s work as a holistic clinical nutritionist has evolved to combine the scientific analysis of individual biochemistry, her use of medical intuition, and a deep empathy garnered through years of her own and others’ health trials. Sherry has the gift of being able to see her clients’ natural state of wellbeing, even when it isn’t currently present. This makes it possible for her to work with the sickest among us all the while knowing they, too, are enjoying the body’s unceasing efforts for wellbeing.
Sherry specializes in the most complicated of chronic health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, cancers, pain, fatigue or combinations of all of the above. Sherry helps individuals find their way back to their birthright of wholeness, wellbeing, and joy through a process of “biochemical de-burdening” of the body. In this sense, she is teaching the importance of “getting out of our own way” so that the body can heal itself as it works so hard to do each and every day.
For most people, indeed, it is this “getting out of our own way” that is the primary work of healing. Part of Sherry’s counseling process is the guidance to make change in our lives. How do we create change in our lives? How do we move forward every day so that we can find better outcomes? What are the small steps that make a big difference in our health? These are the questions you can expect to work on with Sherry.
Sherry was born to a long line of small family farmers in Iowa. Her parents later moved to northern Minnesota where she spent her childhood on the shores of Woman Lake. After undergraduate (University of Minnesota) and early graduate studies (New Mexico State University), she settled in Colorado in 1983.
In 2005, she discovered the astounding beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and split her time equally between Hood River, Oregon and Colorado Springs, Colorado for many years. Today she is based in Oregon and when not working, she can most often be found hiking through the miracles of Mother Nature in the Gorge.
Sherry’s journey through the arts and sciences of holistic natural healing began with her mother’s cancer diagnosis in 1987. After caring for her mother during her medical treatments and subsequent death 14 months later, she felt strongly that there simply must be a better way. She came to believe that no one should have to suffer such pain, fear, and loss of hope in the last months of their life.
Her studies took her from the halls of academia to South America, Mexico, Europe, China, New Zealand, Fiji and less exotically, throughout the United States to study with master herbalists, Native American shamans, nutritionists of all kinds, wise women, scientific researchers, and many, many other types of healers.
She came to see that there is indeed a much easier, more natural path to healing. And in fact, that it is only in the past 50-75 years that humans have deviated so far from that path.
As a farmer’s daughter, it has been easy for her to see the connection between the deviation from health and the corruption of the food chain via modern farming practices. The depletion of soils and the wide-spread use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers have succeeded in producing a much lower quality food product for mass consumption.
Over-fed and under-nourished, modern American bodies simply have to cut “health corners” where they can. This means that not all the functions required for optimal health and well-being can be accomplished each day. Some job simply don’t get done. Over time, this resuts in what today we generally call chronic illness.
Education and Credentials
Following her Father’s life-long admonition to “learn something new every day.” Sherry began her academic career probably most importantly of all with graduating salutatorian of her high school class of 56 classmates from Walker, Minnesota in 1975 🙂 .
Sherry received her CN (Licensed Certified Nutritionist) from the National Institute of Nutritional Education in 1995 (operating today as American Health Science University).
She also holds a PhD in Human Communication from the University of Denver, a Master’s degree in Professional Writing and a Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from New Mexico State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris in Spanish and Latin American Studies. In 2006 she completed a second doctoral program; this at Westbrook University in Holistic Health Science and Nutrition. .
Click here to read a brief Dissertation Abstract.
In addition to formal, traditional education, Sherry has studied continuously in the field of natural healing since she began in 1988. She has trained and been certified in iridology, aromatherapy, several forms of herbalism, and free radical therapy (the holistic interpretation of biochemical markers for the purpose of balancing body pH) to name a few.
She has studied both medical intuition and dream healing in the Asklepian model extensively, and has incorporated both into her own clinical practice. She has published significantly in the field of holistic health and nutrition.
She has specialized in the development of holistic, natural health protocols for cancer, and other chronic illness such as fatigue, digestive impairment, and pain. She has also delighted in working with those brave souls who eagerly seek out pro-active wellness care in the interest of vibrant longevity, sometimes called anti-aging protocols.
Her primary interest areas of research and study have been in the many forms of medicine provided by the plant kingdom (western, eastern, and native American herbalism, homeopathy, plant essences, aromatherapy), as well as the development and integration of wellness-based optimal ranges for traditional scientific testing (blood, hormone, digestion, hair, etc.) into a holistic wellness practice. She is also devoted to the teaching of the family farm tradition of self reliance in health care.
In the practice of holistic health, Sherry has learned that non-physical matters impact health even more than physical matters. Unconscious experiences in the emotional, spiritual, or relational realms, as well as the over-emphasis on the intellectual or ego aspects of personality, for example, can co-create negative effect on wellbeing. To this end, her studies have also included many kinds of religious, spiritual, and counseling practices.