Dr. Judith Valentine
Dr. Judith Valentine writes, teaches, speaks and consults to individuals
and organizations on issues of nutrition and wellness. Driven by the
desire to empower individuals to create greater health and vitality
for themselves, Judi is no stranger to the purposeful choices that must
be made in order to make the world a better place.
Judi has worked with hundreds of clients, helping them to achieve greater
health by learning how to eat properly and avoid toxic ingredients in
food, supplements, and personal care products. She has combined her
expertise in wellness and nutrition and her business savvy to become
one of the most successful Regional Vice Presidents of Arbonne International,
a direct sales company offering botanically-based skin care, nutritional,
and personal care products. An accomplished writer, Judi has written
numerous articles on health, wellness, and toxic ingredient awareness.
In 2003 she published Weight Solutions: The New Body-Mind-Spirit
Approach with co-author Dr. Janet Cunningham.
Judi spent much of her life pushing beyond conventional boundaries.
As a child, she dreamed of becoming a doctor one day which was
simply not an option for nice girls in Maine in the 1960s. So,
for a time, she instead channeled her energies into successful careers
of teaching, real estate, and business and financial management.
Despite postponing her dream of becoming a doctor, Judis adventurous
spirit was always visible. As a born trailblazer, she was unafraid to
venture past the no girls allowed signs on the old boys
club doors. In Portland, Maine, she was the first woman ever invited
to become president of the Lions Club (Woman Becomes Lion,
read the headline in the Portland newspaper). She was also the first
female president of the Portland Club, historically a staunchly male
Republican organization. Once they let the Democrats in,
says Judi, they had to let women in.
Judis lifelong fascination with the workings of the human body
took on new meaning when she experienced serious health issues herself
as a young woman. The alternative health movement, although still in
its infancy, was growing fast, and it served as a launching point for
Judis search for a balanced food program for herself and her family.
Judi continued to pursue her interests in nutritional and health issues
while making her mark professionally as a successful businesswoman in
Maine and Washington, D.C.
In 1992, Judi moved with her husband Barry to Annapolis to accommodate
his career as a political appointee. Because a second income was no
longer necessary to support their household, Barry encouraged Judi to
pursue her lifelong interest in holistic nutrition. At the age of 44,
Judi began a full time pursuit of her doctorate.
Judi received both a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in
Nutrition in 1996 from the American Holistic College of Nutrition and
that same year completed a clinical internship at the Capital University
Clinic of Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, where she was certified
as an Integrative Health Practitioner. She is also certified by the
American Association of Nutritional Consultants. At the undergraduate
level, she studied Business Administration at the University of Maine.
Since realizing her dream of becoming a doctor, Judi has continued to
blaze trails. She has worked hard to navigate the tense territory between
traditional and alternative medicine, building a solid bridge between
the two historically opposed communities. She has taught at Anne Arundel
Community College in Annapolis, and has been on staff at Calvert Memorial
Hospitals Healthy Alternatives Integrative Medicine Clinic outside
of Washington, D.C.