Home Institution: Chinese Medicine and Sound Healing
My Driving Question
How can we imagine a new paradigm for health and healing? What would a “next-generation” healing center look like?
Uncharted Journeys Into New Clinical Models
As a Nova Institute Fellow, Valentina explores the concept of wellness retreats and next generation healing centers. Aspects of this exploration will be to connect and meet with leaders in the medical and integrative health community to discuss new and existing models of care, challenge conventional wisdom related to health and healing, explore issues, and conceptualize novel, integrative solutions.
Valentina brings 14 years of curiosity, study and practice in the field Chinese Medicine and sound healing. Early in her acupuncture career Valentina discovered the powerful healing combination of acupuncture and sound and pursued certification in the Acutonics® sound healing system. Prior to her study and practice of Chinese Medicine, Valentina worked in the corporate world for 15 years as director of international sales and as an international marketing consultant for a water quality test kit and instrumentation company. Understanding the relationship between workplace stress and health, she developed and conducted a pilot study to explore a simple self-care protocol using tuning forks to reduce symptoms of workplace stress for her Acutonics® certification thesis. The study was called Acutonics® Ohm Unison Self-Care Protocol and Workplace Stress: A pilot study exploring the use of a sound-based intervention to reduce symptoms of stress at work as measured by the Four-Dimensional Symptom Questionnaire – 4DSQ.
Valentina also has a background in fine arts and in 2018 she combined her passion for the creative arts with the healing arts in a collaborative project called Extraordinary Journey Expressing Spirit Through Art and Medicine. This year-long project involved working with a painter, poet and musician providing sound and acupuncture treatments focusing on the Eight Extraordinary Meridians to access and enhance the artists’ creative spirit. The project culminated in an exhibit and live performance showcasing the artists’ works. Valentina’s current pursuit is understanding the role of consciousness in health and healing.
Education and Training
- BA, Dickinson College
- MS, Oriental Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College
Licenses and certifications
- Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM
- Licensed Acupuncturist, State of Maryland
- Certified Acutonics® Practitioner
- Certified Acutonics® Teacher, Senior Faculty
- Certified Reiki Master Teacher