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the Team


Cheryl Simmons, FNP-C

Cheryl was born and raised in Queen Creek, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. After practicing at Mayo Clinic Hospital for two years and working in Home Health, she went back to pursue a Masters of Science in Nursing, graduating in 2009.


Since 2009, Cheryl has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner where her love and passion for the endocrine system continued to grow. Her focus with Naturally Balanced is to educate her patients and help create a path to healing and wellness. Looking at the whole person by balancing hormones, adrenals, and thyroid while focusing on gut health, stress reduction, and a healthy lifestyle is key. Cheryl is honored to partner with you on your journey!

Tiffanie Russell, FNP-C
Care Provider

Tiffanie Russell is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University in 2003. As a Registered Nurse, Tiffanie has worked in a variety of settings including the emergency department, home health, hospice, and family practice. In 2016, she went back to fulfill a long-awaited desire to complete her Masters of Science in Nursing, graduating in 2019.  

Since 2019, Tiffanie has been working in a family practice where her desire to champion the health of others with the whole body in focus has been encouraged. She continues her love and pursuit of learning with an emphasis on wellness and balance. Her mission is helping others to improve their health by balancing hormones, adrenals, and thyroid through a unique focus on stress reduction, gut health, and lifestyle changes.  


Alyssa Kowalski
Office Manager

Alyssa was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and from NAU with a Master's in Elementary Education. She taught kindergarten for ten years, but stepped away from it to start a family. She now has two kids. She loves being a wife and a mom, and in her free time she loves practicing yoga. She has known Cheryl since the fourth grade and is excited to be a part of the Naturally Balanced team. 

Amy Fournier
Front Office Coordinator

Amy was born in Minnesota and lived there only long enough to learn to walk. She grew up in Colorado, which she considers "home." After graduating from Dallas Baptist University, Amy moved to Arizona where she secured her first career job as Administrative Assistant for the owner of a small company.


Amy married her husband Kyle in 2015 and they lived in Nashville for the first six years of marriage. They feel blessed (and exhausted) to parent their vivacious and effervescent daughter, Remy. Their little family proudly boasts an Arizona address as of October 2021. Amy holds tight to many ideals: to encourage people to be better; to care most about the important things; and to lead thoughtfully.


Kim Zagala
Registered Nurse

Kim was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from ASU in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Child Development. She then went on to earn a Master of Education in Counseling in Human Relations degree from NAU in 2008. After working in the field of Recreation and Social Services for 8 years, Kim traveled to the Old Pueblo to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree from U of A. Upon graduating in 2012, Kim worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years at Tucson Medical Center in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where she held positions as a Clinical Nurse Lead and Interim Manager before taking time off to start a family and moving back to Chandler. Kim keeps  busy chasing after two young kiddos and in her limited free time enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, hiking, and reading. Kim is excited to be joining Naturally Balanced and jumping back into the field of nursing.

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