She is the former president of the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (GAAAP). She also served as vice president, district representative and secretary of GAAAP. Cheek has practiced primary care pediatrics in Columbus for the past 27 years, serving on many local and state boards throughout her career. Cheek earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in health education and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University. She is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, Muscogee County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Rosa Parks Women of Courage and the Woman of Distinction awards. She and her husband, Ben, have three adult children. The family resides in Columbus.