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Sheryl was born and raised in New Orleans. Sheryl received her nursing degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans where she served as class President and earned The Outstanding Student Award. She is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse in the Operating Room (CNOR), with over eighteen years experience. Sheryl earned a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from Tai Hsuan College of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2002. Her studies under Dr. Lily Sou Chang are based on traditions rooted in the Six Taoist Arts of the Chou Dynasty. Dr. Chang is native of Shang Ching, Lung Hu Shan, Mountain of Dragon and Tiger, Jiangxi. She is a 64th generation Taoist lineage holder of a 2000 year old tradition inherited from the Han dynasty. Sheryl spent one month studying and traveling through China with Dr. Chang to places that included Beijing, Tian Jin, Shen Zhen, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hang Zhou, Wu Xi, and Hong Kong.

As a registered nurse, Sheryl held positions in the surgery arena as an Educator, Performance Improvement Coordinator, and an Educator Consultant. Her surgical background includes clinical nursing in Open Heart surgery and 10 other surgical specialties. She has worked in operating rooms across the country in places that include New Orleans, Arizona, New York, Alaska, and Hawaii. Her experiences have taught her the importance of health maintenance and the critical need for education about diet and food. If you want to know how to improve your health with the food you eat, subscribe to her bolg at:

Sheryl has given presentations to college students, professional organizations, and self help groups. She has published articles in Resolve magazine, a national self-help organization for infertility, the Hawaii Wellness Magazine, and The Journal for The Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN). She was recognized as one of the outstanding nurses in the past fifty years by AORN and was awarded the General’s Coin of Excellence during her service at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

She has served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors for the local chapter of The Association of PeriOperative Nurses. Ms. Malin is a member of The Association of PeriOperative Nurses, American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Acupuncture Association of Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).

Sheryl is the owner and founder of Symmetry, in Honolulu, where she practices acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a model that seamlessly combines Eastern and Western traditions. In addition to her practice, she volunteered as an acupuncturist for a local college men’s basketball team for three years.

Sheryl is a PADI certified scuba diver and loves sailing, cooking, hula dancing, power walking. She practices BikramYoga and Qi Kung.

About the Home Page

The design of the Home Page is symbolic of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

TCM will produce positive changes to improve your health.

Taoist philosophy views man as a cosmos that is interrelated with nature and his surroundings, colors and numbers have significant meaning in Chinese thought and tradition. The Home Page of this site is symbolic of these philosophies.

The number:

There are nine squares on the page. The number nine is symbolic of change and sounds the same as the Chinese word for "long lasting". The Tai Hsuan Ching (The Tree of Life) and the I Ching (Book of Changes) are based on 81 (9x9) tetragrams. The Tao The Ching contains 81 chapters.

The enormous double doors at the entrance of the Forbidden City are red with nine rows of nine golden knobs symbolizing power. The “gallery” picture on the Home Page is a picture of a set of doors in the Forbidden City.

The colors:

The color red is symbol of expansion, blooming, happiness, joy, vitality, and long life.
The color black represents knowledge, self-cultivation, self-confidence, power, strength of character, protection, and dignity.
​The color gold is viewed as success and high quality.