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Cheri Ponce, P.A.

Certified Physician Assistant

Cheri began her medical career serving in the United States Army Medical Research Institution of Chemical Defense. During her time in the service, she received her undergraduate degree in chemistry, along with her Physician Assistant’s Degree.

Since 2013, upon completing her time in the service, Cheri began working exclusively in the field of Dermatology.

When we asked Cheri why she chose this field, she said because dermatology allows her to help people get better quickly, relieve their discomfort, and watch them regain confidence. “It’s very satisfying,” Cheri commented.

A transplant from Illinois, Cheri enjoys the sunshine of the Central Valley. In her free time, she loves to travel and scuba dive. Her favorite spot is the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. She also enjoys cooking, reading, trying new things, and spending time with her dogs.

When we asked Cheri what message she would like to send to patients, her comment was both wise and straightforward, “If you see something on your skin that concerns you, make an appointment. It’s better to get an expert opinion rather than have anxiety.”

Licensure and Certification

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • CA State License
  • Society of Army Physician Assistants
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Basic Life Support Certification
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification
  • Tactical Casualty Medical Care Course
  • Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant
  • Field Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants

  • Society of Army Physician Assistants, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life

  • American Chemical Society


  • Diplómate Fellowship Program: Society of Dermatologic Physician Assistants
  • MPAS: Master for Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP), Omaha, NE, 2008
  • B.S. Science: Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2007
  • B.S. Chemistry: Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2001
Cheri Ponce Valley Skin Institute Physician Assistant
Cheri Ponce, P.A.
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