Alumni Stories: Cheryl Pierce

Cheryl Pierce

Cheryl Pierce, San Francisco, CA
Skinworx, Founder
Master of Science in Nursing, 2010

When Cheryl Pierce decided she wanted to advance her education, she had been working as a certified wound care nurse for a decade.

“I wanted to advance my education and learn to design and create new programs,” she said. “I read what a master’s degree was and loved the idea to create programs.”

Pierce, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of San Francisco and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix, in 2010, said her master’s degree helped her create a program for her employer at the time. “They still use the program I created,” she said. “I am thankful to University of Phoenix because it helped me learn how to design, create, and implement it.”

Pierce is an avid believer that everyone must continue to learn and grow, and her master’s degree satisfied this desire of hers, while challenging her.

“During grad school, I was challenged at a whole other level of learning and professional language,” Pierce said. “I learned best practice and strategies for program implementation and design. Even now I use the knowledge I gathered to develop new programs in my skincare business.”


“I am thankful to University of Phoenix because it helped me learn how to design, create, and implement it.”

Cheryl Pierce, Master of Science in Nursing (2010)


While Pierce pursued her master’s degree online, she was a single mom working full-time. “My 11-year-old daughter and I did homework side-by-side,” she said. “When she saw me struggle, she would encourage me by touching me on my shoulder and telling me she believed in me and that I would make it. That strengthened me to set an example for her.”

Pierce’s daughter graduated Scripps College with a degree in biology, works in biotechnology and has since transitioned to product design.

In 2007, Pierce founded Ageless Beauty Skin Clinic, Inc., which evolved in 2016 into Skinworx — a spa retail boutique with the mission of inspiring confidence in its clients through better skin. Some of the services offered at Skinworx are customized skin regimens and mind-body programs through which Pierce — a certified high-performance Coach — helps clients unify their inner and outer beauty and live a more purposeful and fulfilling life. She also has a YouTube channel show called “From Skin to Soul”, where she guides people through a journey to find their true nature, through spirituality. Additionally, she delivers in-person workshops that combine her formal training with a creative process.

“My workshops help people explore areas in their lives through which they can reach heightened and sustained levels of joy and confidence,” Pierce said. “People may not associate nursing with being creative, but that’s one of the concepts I learned through my master’s with University of Phoenix.”

Pierce believes the world is coming back to appreciate ancient wisdom and spiritual expansion, and she infuses her work with these concepts. “The noise and chaos in the world increase people’s anxiety and depression. We need more personal growth and transformational work, so that people can master their minds and gain more clarity, courage and productivity, and live more confident, purposeful and fulfilled lives,” she said.