Vanessa Valdes has been a licensed physical therapist since 1980, when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy (Honors) from the University of Alberta, Canada. Since then, she has worked in the field of orthopedics and sports injuries in acute care hospitals and outpatient departments. After being injured on a round-the-world bike trip in 1995 and finding great benefit from acupuncture, Vanessa returned to school and completed a Masters of Science Degree (with distinction) from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture (TSCA).
Vanessa completed her Acupuncture post-graduate training in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon and Hanoi in 1996 and 1997. Soon after she earned advanced certification from the TSCA Post-Graduate Institute in Orthopedics and Physiatric Conditions.
Joining the core faculty of TSCA in 1999, Vanessa taught there for twelve years. At TSCA she developed the original course curriculum in Orthopedic Biosciences and taught Trigger Point Evaluation and Myology. A Senior Clinical Supervisor and Director of Clinical Training, Vanessa is also a national examiner in Clean Needle Technique.
In 2007, Vanessa began studying Zheng Gu Tui Na and Qi Gong with Tom Bisio, Frank Butler and Marshall Wood, becoming a ZGTN instructor in 2010.
Vanessa currently maintains a private practice in acupuncture in Manhattan’s West Village and is a Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy at the Mount Sinai Sports Therapy Center, where she has worked since 1993.
Vanessa is a proud to be a volunteer with Global Alternative Healthcare Project, and has traveled as part of their on-going humanitarian work. She is also a PADI-certified SCUBA divemaster and since 2007 is a member of the New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team. Vanessa is an avid long-distance swimmer and is currently planning to swim the Hellespont in 2013.