Meet Dr Cheryl Burdette, ND

Dr Cheryl Burdette

Naturopathic Doctor
Chief Scientific Advisor & Education Director of Dunwoody Labs 

Cheryl Burdette, N.D. received her Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Bastyr University in 2001. She completed her residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Dr. Burdette is currently a consultant in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia at Progressive Medical Center, one of the largest Integrative Medicine clinics in the Southeast.

She has been the director of the only naturopathic residency program in the U.S. that trained in functional medicine and nutritional biochemistry. She serves on an IRB board and reviews studies related to complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Burdette is one of the authors of the book, Laboratory Evaluations in Molecular Medicine and has published in many journals including Alternative Medicine Review and Clinical Chemistry.

She is an often-sought speaker and is invited yearly to present at Grand Rounds at all of the Naturopathic medical schools in the country. Dr. Cheryl Burdette has been a member of the BOA for Xymogen since 2009. She is also president and education director of Dunwoody Labs. In this position she is involved in clinical trials of different nutraceutical products as well as development of functional testing profiles. Her marriage between clinical practice and laboratory oversight, gives her a unique perspective in evidence-based natural therapies.



It's Not Your Hormones, It's Their Home
Re-defining Menopause as a Condition of Cytokine Imbalance and Oxidation
Dr Cheryl Burdette, ND

It is well-understood that hormones interact with the DNA in our bodies to influence metabolic and enzymatic control. For example, oestrogen increases the activity of glutathione peroxidase and decreases the inflammatory activity of NF-kappaB. As we age, our oestrogen declines, altering its favorable influence on these end-targets. We can manage this decreased glutathione and increased cytokine imbalance with a variety of natural interventions, which present a lower risk of side effects compared to hormone therapy.

Using hormone testing—and our understanding of its nuances and limitations—in conjunction with an evaluation of the environment that hormones function in, we are able to monitor the physiologic significance of changes in estrogen. Measurements gathered from the aforementioned testing and evaluations not only increase our clinical understanding but also widen our menopause treatment options. Functional medicine is a necessary cornerstone of safe and effective hormone management and treatment.

Review Menopause

& the gamut of trends in menopause management.

Analyse Current Research

The link between cytokine imbalance, oxidation and menopausal outcomes.

Functional Medicine Approach

Salivary, serum & urinary hormone collection & other markers used in hormone management.

Review Current Understanding

& how it points us in the direction of new therapies.

Review Keystones in Menopausal Care

Including Probiotics, glutathione interventions, diet and lifestyle.


Dr Burdette is a dynamic and passionate integrative practitioner and that zeal spills over into how she teaches other practitioners the fundamentals of functional/integrative medicine. She is a biochemistry whiz. She explains it in such a way that you can apply it to your practice with ease. She is my go to physician on all my tough cases. She is absolutely brilliant.

Dr Gez Agolli, MD., DrPH., ND