Dr. Valente is board certified in Internal Medicine. His diverse background and training encompass Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Chiropractic. This allows him to practice a unique integrative approach to medicine and pain management.
He graduated from James Madison University in 1983 and then New York Chiropractic College in 1987. After practicing chiropractic for several years, he attended New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated as the valedictorian in his class with a doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992.
Dr. Valente returned to Virginia and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital (MCVH). He worked as an ER physician at MCVH and was named the director of the ER's Urgent Care Unit, which he helped develop.
In 2002, after seven years in the ER, Dr. Valente, with his diverse background, opened an integrative medical and pain management practice, Springfield Medical Center, P.C.
M E M B E R S H I P S
- Diplomat American Board of Internal Medicine
- American Medical Association
- Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association
- Society for Pain Practice Management
- Medical Society of Virginia
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed and trained medical doctors. They can opt to go into any medical specialty or surgery. What makes them different from traditional MDs is their historical philosophy about the importance of the body's structural system and its effects on one's health and overall function. A key part of Osteopathic practice, for both pain and general health, is OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment). OMT encompasses a variety of manual techniques including spinal and extremity manipulation; soft tissue, myofacial and muscle treatment; and cranial techniques.
Brooke has been with our practice since 2005. She holds a B.S. in Business Management & Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mirek provides medical and therapeutic massage therapy to our patients and has been with our practice since 2006. Mirek obtained his certification as a medical massage practitioner, masters level, from LMT Success Group.
Myofascial Release Massage
Christine is Dr. Valente's daughter who serves as an office assistant during the summer months.
Carrie has been with our practice since 2011. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Sciences; and obtained a B.S. in Nutrition Sciences from Kaplan University.
Associations & Certifications
Sports Specific Nutrition
Spin Instructor Training/Certification
Yoga Instructional Training
Pilates Instructional Training/Reformer
Red Cross Authorized Provider
AFAA Personal Trainer
Carrie - Nutritionist and Personal Trainer
Brooke - Practice Administrator
Christine - Office Assistant
Mirek - Massage Therapist
Ashley - Manager of Patient Relations
Ashley has been with our practice since 2015. She attended J. Sargeant Reynolds and previously served as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Emily - Medical Assistant
Emily joined our practice in 2016. She is currently attending J. Sargent Reynolds, working toward her degree in nursing.
Shelly Mickens, MS, VATL, ATC, CSCS - Certified Athletic Trainer
Shelly has been with our practice since 2015. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Health Sciences/Athletic Training. She also holds a M.S. in Health Promotion and Exercise Science.