About - Cherie Carter
Cherie is a Nurse Practitioner & Functional Medicine Practitioner.
She has a special interest in a number of key areas including Women's Health, Gut Health, Thyroid conditions and Children & Community Health.
Cherie has extensive knowledge, qualifications, education and experience from working over 38 years throughout the public health system in Australia - across the whole life spectrum and more recently in integrative and functional medicine.
Cherie Carter – NP
Nurse Practitioner, Midwife and Functional Medicine Practitioner
My name is Cherie Carter and I am a Nurse Practitioner and Functional Medicine Practitioner.
I specialise in the treatment of women's health and a range of other functional areas.
I have worked in various speciality areas, such as cardiothoracic surgery / ICU, midwifery, primary / community health, remote/rural health & in the past 10 years metropolitan hospital emergency departments and Integrative and Functional Medicine.
After working & living (20+ years) in remote / rural locations and lately 10 years in metropolitan emergency departments I knew there had to be a better way of providing health services caring for many patients with chronic diseases and conditions
Thus, I developed a strong interest in integrative / functional medicine and completed studies through the Australian College of Nutritional Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). I have continued to be mentored in functional medicine and have implemented these functional medicine practices within my clinic setting.
My Health Story
Since the birth of my first child 30 years ago, I struggled with weight gain, joint aches/pains, gut issues & fatigue.
In 2017 I ended up having complicated bariatric surgery. Recovery for me required extensive guidance & coaching from Nutritionists, Physiotherapist’s, Lifestyle coaching and mentors over 4 years.
I had issues with my body, my self esteem, mood swings, eating/ drinking in a social setting, appropriate physical exercise and without all the direction & assistance I received (outside of traditional western medicine) I don’t believe my life & health would be as good as it is now.
I am passionate about Functional Medicine and love working in this field and helping my patients overcome chronic illness and dysfunction.
Journey to Functional Medicine
For me, I believe my pathway to Integrative Functional Medicine started with my Midwifery studies in 1990 – exploring yoga/ breathing techniques, healthy fresh food diets and just doing the day-to-day life activities.
In 1991, my family & I moved to Carnarvon – so we lived away from city life and access. We grew our own fruit /veg and developed a barter system with friends & acquaintances in every place we lived.
From Christmas Island all the way down to Jerramungup.
I always had a niggle in my mind that Western Medicine was not the "Only Way”.
After going through my own health struggles, I decided to dabble/explore alternative health care options. Attending information sessions /informal professional gatherings that encompassed Integrative Health measures.
This path led me to make the formal move into Functional Medicine and begin my study with the Australian College of Nutritional Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and my mentorship with Jarrod Cooper – ND & other Colleague’s. Since 2021, I have immersed myself in functional medicine, learning from leading practitioners all over the world and continuing to develop my functional medicine expertise.
- Australian College of Nutrition Environmental Medicine Practitioner Training / Fellowship Program 2021
- Post Grad. Degree Nurse Practitioner 2007
- Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) 2010
- Post Grad. Degree Midwifery 1991
- Hospital Based Diploma Nursing (1984)
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing Conversion) 1991
- Post Grad. Degree Community / Child Health 1996
- Post Grad. Degree Remote / Rural Health 1999
- Master Classes in Wound Care - Wounds West / Wound Innovation 2007 / 2013
- Australian College of Nutrition Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
- Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)
- Australian College of Nurses / Midwifery (ACNM)
- Council Remote Area Nursing Australia (CRANA)
- Australian Nursing Federation (ANF)
Clinic Special Interests
- Women's Health (hormones)
- Children's Health
- Gut health
- Thyroid Disorders
- Autoimmune Disease
- Fatigue and Energy Dysfunction
Cherie offer’s Medicare rebates on all her consultations.
Being a Nurse Practitioner (registered with APHRA / PBS / Medicare) and a Functional Medicine Practitioner allows Cherie to be able to formally diagnose disease, put patients on and off pharmaceutical medications, if need be, including bioidentical hormones and combine these offerings with her full suite of functional medicine practices and treatments.
The combination of a Nurse Practitioner and Functional Medicine Practitioner allows Cherie to work in the same sense as a Functional Medicine Doctor, with the ability to order blood tests, imaging and other relevant testing via the Medicare / PBS system.
Advanced Functional Medicine testing is also used on all patients in addition to Medicare funded testing.
Cherie see clients from all over Perth in person as well as via telehealth across Australia and worldwide.