Cherie ONeill

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Dr. Cherie Kroh is the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Health Coaching Programs Director at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. She is also the Owner and CEO of Wellness Coaching Elevated (,a company dedicated to upskilling health and wellness coaches and the School of Inclusion Health Coaching focused on DEIB competencies for health coaches and increasing diversity within the discipline. Dr. Kroh was a Senior Manager of Design and Development at Western Governors University Academy, a start-up in education that uses health coaching methodology and emotional intelligence interventions to help students manage the stressors of college life. She is a former Concentration Track Director/Associate Professor/Adjunct Instructor in the Ph.D. in Health Science program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She taught courses in wellness coaching and currently serves as a mentor for Ph.D. students whose dissertations are related to wellness coaching effectiveness and efficacy.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and serves on the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Credential Committee and authored the Behavior Change Module of the NEW EIM certification exam. She has served as an EIM Emerging Leader and speaks frequently on the topic of exercise and wellness coaching in healthcare. She is a contributing author in the American Council on Exercise's The Professional's Guide to Health & Wellness Coaching textbook. Dr. Kroh has worked in various capacities in health and wellness fields including federal grants, health departments, health insurance companies, and healthcare systems in addition to education.  Dr. Kroh has several certifications including: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist, Exercise is Medicine level two credential, and a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching. In addition, Dr. Kroh is a Certified Health & Wellbeing Coach through Wellcoaches and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

Research Interests

 Dr. Kroh’s research foci include efficacy of health coaching, health coaching in healthcare and chronic pain management, physical inactivity (sitting) as it relates to vascular health and productivity, submaximal exercise testing for those with chronic disease, exercise in healthcare, and intercultural development of allied health professionals. 


Health coaching efficacy, Health coaching competency development, Exercise in healthcare/Exercise is medicine