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Local Tributes Pour in for Dr. Sheryl Roe

Feb 29, 2016 07:04PM

Members of the healthy living community have been deeply saddened to learn that their dear friend and colleague Dr. Sheryl Roe and her friend, James Shumbert, were killed in a plane crash the evening of February 11. Roe was an acupuncture physician and a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a local practice in Fort Walton Beach and Navarre.

“She was a pillar of our community,” says Daralyn Chase, publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine. “Even with an extremely busy schedule, several offices, and travels between home and Texas, she was always willing to participate in educating others about alternatives to pain management and health issues.”

Chase says Roe’s ability to explain the science and efficacy of acupuncture was brilliant, noting, “She presented the subject in layman's terms that everyone could understand.” Roe taught classes at the Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of West Florida, and through Natural Awakenings’ Wellness Rocks series for the past six seasons.

Roe was well regarded by friends and colleagues, who say she was passionate about what she could do with her knowledge and skills in both traditional and oriental medicine. And after a 25-year career as a registered nurse, she had a special way of making the most skittish newcomer comfortable and open-minded about treatments. 

Tributes and expressions of grief over Roe’s death were quick in coming.

“Sheryl was steadfast in her work, her relationships and her beliefs … In the ’80s, when people were scared to even touch someone with AIDS, she went against the grain to help them and was part of a coalition to promote awareness of the disease. She lives in my heart, and I will do my best to make her proud.” 

Christy Morgan, co-owner, 8th Element Wellness.

“Sheryl was a joy to be around ... down to earth and real. I never had a surface conversation with her. And she was funny! … Our community has lost a dedicated healthcare professional, and our wellness clinic has lost a wonderful healer. We will honor her legacy by continuing to grow in the healing arts.” Alex McAllaster, co-owner, 8th Element Wellness.

“Dr. Roe suffered trials no person should have to endure, and because of her determination and perseverance, she was able to reach goals she had set for herself and her family. She always showed unconditional love and loyalty. Her future goals often included us all. I’m saddened not to have her to work with.” Deana Cooper-Chapman, friend and colleague.

Dr. Sheryl Roe practiced at 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pky., Fort Walton Beach, and Navarre Wellness Center, 7752 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre. To read more about her, visit

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