Valerie M.Om., Dipl. Acu (NCCAOM) L.Ac Currently Valerie is pursing her executive MBA at Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She has received her Masters from Northwestern Health Sciences University, and her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. She is certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Valerie seeks to support inclusive forms of healing that support the patient and utilizes holistic and complimentary medicine. Previous clinical experience includes clinic outreach and patient care at Traditional Roots Healthcare in addition to her role as co-founder and Executive Director. Other previous clinical experience includes intern rotations at Courage Kenny Inpatient and Outpatient, University of Minnesota Medical Center Masonic Cancer Center, Pillsbury Integrative Community Clinic, Salvation Army Community Clinic, along with urban and rural community outreach clinics in Costa Rica and Mexico.
La Clinica Costa Rica March 1 - 30th, 2014
As the only acupuncture intern amongst chiropractic and massage therapy interns my role as a practitioner helped transition the patient from a very physical treatment approach as in chiropractic, to a more mind-body and somatic approach seen in acupuncture and massage therapy. We worked in three unique community clinics and saw a wide range of conditions from hypertension, diabetes, pain, to severe depression and anxiety. It was a cultural exchange and educational experience to learn how Costa Ricans approach healthcare, specifically holistic health, what options they have for care, and how many people utilize natural remedies in their daily lives, passed down through tradition.
University of Minnesota Children's Hospital Apr 2014 – Dec 2014
As an intern at the Masonic Children's Hospital, I see a lot of sick kids with severe and often fatal conditions. My role, and greatest challenge, is to oﬀer additional therapies to help alleviate pain, nausea and anxiety. I am just one component, yet I am constantly amazed at how each little piece of this puzzle, of what all healthcare providers can oﬀer, make such an overall diﬀerence in care.
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Sep 2013 – Dec 2013 Minneapolis
Treatments focused the reduction of pain and post-operative symptoms such as nausea, constipation, and vomiting as well as a specific focus on increasing immune response time for areas of injury.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Sep 2012 – Aug 2013 Golden Valley
Provide in-depth acupuncture treatments for patients with spinal cord injuries, stroke rehabilitation, and other neurological type rehabilitation-focused treatments. Treatments in this setting specialize in pain reduction, muscle stimulation using electro-acupuncture, stress/depression/anxiety management, motor and sensory nerve stimulation using zone on the scalp and along local areas (also o!en utilizing electro-acupunture).
During my clinical internship, I noticed that patient who received bi-weekly acupuncture treatments that utilized electro-stimulation, saw more noticeable results that helped with other forms of rehabilitation therapies, such as PT and OT.
The Salvation Army Jan 2012 – Aug 2013 Minneapolis
The Salvation Army free clinic is open to anyone, including the homeless and at-risk population served at this facility. During my year internship, I was able to interview and treat a wide variety of patient complaints ranging from chronic hepatitis C, unmedicated hypertension, neuropathies, bi- polar and wide-ranging mental health conditions....to your common low back pain and general wellness goals.
This clinical internship was an invaluable resource for my own personal growth. Being able to work with complex patient cases on an on-going basis for over a year provided a deeper understanding of how best to integrate acupuncture with other forms of patient care.
MN Acupuncture Association President (2014 - current)
Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) - 2015 & 2017 Research Presenter
Traditional Roots Healthcare Co-founder and Executive Director (2015-2017)
Trauma Relief Volunteer Acupuncturists Without Borders 2014 – 2016 Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
Participants on this Acupuncturist Without Borders trip will visit health care clinics throughout the region and offer acupuncture. As with our other World Healing Exchange trips, this is an opportunity to get to know a region, local healers, and to offer community service clinics.
What MY Patients Are Saying
"I am able to manage my pain (back pain and joint pain) without having to rely on prescription drugs."
"After years of chronic insomnia I feel like I have been able to see improvements in both quality and quantify of sleep. It's been a journey, but worth seeing that my body is resilient and healthier than ever!
"I can manage my hormone fluctuations and hot flashes with acupuncture and herbal medicine!"
" My work is very stressful and I often have headaches, along with neck tension and a ton of irritability. Valerie at Haven Acupuncture & Wellness has really made a difference in how I manage stress and my overall approach to health and wellbeing!"
"Acupuncture treatments with Valerie bring in the kind of energy and awareness I need to better understand how I manage stress!"