Dr. Valencia Porter is the Chopra Center’s Director of Integrative Medicine. Board-certified in both general preventive medicine and integrative holistic medicine, she has an integrative approach that incorporates many areas of health and healing, including Ayurveda, functional medicine, environmental medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, and biofield (energy) therapies. As a Vedic Educator, she is certified to teach Primordial Sound Meditation, Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle, and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.
Her recent book Resilient Health: How to Thrive in Our Toxic World is a handbook for healthy living in an age of increasing environmental pollutants, mental stress and social toxicity based on her experience over the last decade guiding guests through the Chopra Center’s signature detox program Perfect Health.
In addition to her clinical practice at the Chopra Center, Dr. Porter is an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She lectures to a wide variety of audiences and has published numerous scientific and popular articles and book chapters.
A graduate of Tufts University, she received her medical degree from the University of Southern California; completed a residency in general preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego; and completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where she was a Bravewell Collaborative scholar. Dr. Porter also earned a master’s degree in public health, focusing on environmental health, from San Diego State University. She is passionate about food, nutrients, and our interaction with our environment, from the microcosm to the macrocosm.