Teresa Cherry MD
Interventional Pain Management
TERESA A. CHERRY, M.D.
In June 2016, Dr. Teresa Cherry joined Vail Integrative Medical Group (VIMG) as the Medical Director. In an effort to complete the clinic, Dr. Joel Dekanich hand-picked Dr. Cherry for her skills in Pain Management, Anesthesia, and Internal Medicine.
Currently, Dr. Cherry is full-time at the Edwards, CO VIMG clinic location and is now on almost every insurance plan. She offers a wide variety of services including comprehensive Interventional Pain procedures (most of which are performed under ultrasound guidance or under fluoroscopic guidance), medication management, management of Intrathecal pumps (she is the only physician who does this between Denver and Grand Junction), and various primary care services. Dr. Cherry has completed training in regenerative medicine, and is now offering platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapy at the VIMG Edwards office. This exciting field of regenerative medicine is directed at stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself. It is a procedure which uses the body’s own stem cells, optimally combined with platelet rich plasma, to repair and stimulate the remodeling of arthritic joints, lumbar annular disc tears, and injuries and/or chronic inflammation of tendons and ligaments. Many of these procedures can be performed in-office utilizing ultrasound guidance, while others may be performed at the outpatient surgery center using fluoroscopic guidance. Sedation is available per patient request.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Dr. Cherry started her career as an Industrial Engineer in management at the United Parcel Service after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Despite her flourishing career while at UPS, she desired to expand her expertise into the field of medicine. She enrolled at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and then completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Colorado in Denver.
After practicing medicine for four years in the Vail Valley, Dr. Cherry decided to elevate her skillset even more by leaving practice to complete a residency in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic. She continued to further her education and completed her fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of Vermont, under the directorship of the esteemed Dr. James Rathmell and Dr. Jerry Tarver. Dr. Rathmell is the current president of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is the author of many interventional pain textbooks.
Dr. Cherry then entered practice at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT, where she practiced Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management. She was also instrumental in building a formal interventional pain center within the newly-constructed Billings Clinic Outpatient Surgery Center. During her time at the clinic, she met her husband, Dr. Doug Loveless, who is a Mayo Clinic trained Cardiac Anesthesiologist. After seven years of practice in Billings, she scaled back her Anesthesia practice to increase her Interventional Pain Medicine practice.
Dr. Cherry enjoys patient continuity of care and remains active practicing Anesthesia mainly at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, CO. When she’s not assisting her patients, she can be found snowboarding, cooking, riding her horse, taking care of her rescue animals, and spending time with her husband.
• Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, 1985 – 1989, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
• Medical Doctor, 1992 – 1996, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
• Internal Medicine residency, 1996 – 1999, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
• Anesthesiology residency, 2003 – 2006, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL
• Interventional Pain Fellowship, 2006 – 2007, Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
• Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine
• Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology
• Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Certificate
Conditions Dr. Cherry treats include, but are not limited to, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pain, joint arthritis and pain, chronic sacral pain, cancer pain, chronic pelvic pain, chronic migraine and chronic headaches, chronic painful contractures from stroke, complex regional pain syndromes, and fibromyalgia.
• American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
• American Society of Pain Management
• American Society of Anesthesiology
• Mayo Clinic Alumni Association