Bernardo Valero, ND

Dr. Valero’s main areas of specialty are autoimmune conditions, diabetes, digestive health, environmental toxicity, thyroid disease, and treatments for arthritis, fibromyalgia and general pain. Dr. Valero graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Valero has a passion for connecting with his patients in order to help them find the best answers to their most troubling health concerns.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED/DEGREES:

  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, Arizona - Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Florida International University, Miami, Florida - Bachelors of Science, Biology 

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BE A PROVIDER?

I enjoy solving problems with a strong preference for healing and natural medicine. Working with people has always come naturally for me, and I feel enthusiasm when I am able to help others. 

WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIALTIES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO TREAT AND WHY?

I enjoy working with patients who have complex medical concerns that are not treated well by modern conventional medicines and surgeries. I am a holistic medicine specialist, meaning I take a functional approach to managing a patient. I run investigative diagnostic labs, including specialty labs, that can be more specific to a case. This allows me to see more of a complete picture while treating the whole person.

Commonly I treat:

  • Autoimmune Diseases

  • Digestive Health

  • Environmental Toxic Burden (testing and treatment)

  • Hormone Testing/Treatment (thyroid, cortisol, stress, appetite control, diabetes)

  • Metabolic Health (diabetes, high cholesterol)

  • Cardiovascular (heart health)

  • Treatments for Pain (fibromyalgia, arthritis)

WHY DID YOU MOVE TO ALASKA?

I am an adventurous spirit who loves the outdoors. I considered  moving to Alaska while I was practicing in Los Angeles, CA after graduating from medical school in Tempe, AZ. Alaska provided me the opportunity to work with Dr. Scott Luper who was a professor at my school, (though not while I was there) and the rest of the WSM team in the last frontier!

PREVIOUS CAREERS?

My first job was as a cook in a breakfast restaurant just after high school, and during the start of my undergraduate studies. I still use the skills I learned to teach cooking classes, though I have upgraded my cuisine. After some time in school I started considering a career as a physical therapist, and even worked as a therapist assistant for 3 years as I continued to finish my bachelors of science in Biology. Ultimately, naturopathic medicine allowed me to integrate physical medicine into a whole body approach to healing. I have been in private practice as an ND since I graduated. 

HOBBIES AND OTHER INTERESTS?

There is nothing is more enjoyable for me than being outdoors enjoying beautiful weather and a bit of exercise. Hiking, skiing, camping, and off-roading are just some of the things I enjoy doing, but I look forward to hunting and fishing! I enjoy physical fitness involving the training and conditioning of my body through exercise and mindfulness. I used to practice yoga and meditation, which has since evolved into a martial arts style practice. Now, I focus on developing my optimal posture and creating exercises for longevity and balance. I take the balance and strength from that and apply it into my recreational sports, which has helped me feel stronger and more coordinated than ever.

When I lived in Arizona, I would often take time to go out to Payson, where I would mine for amethysts and clear quartz crystals. I currently use them to do carvings, such as making statues and natural looking jewelry pieces. Now that I live in Alaska, I would be very curious to know of some places I can go to find GOLD!

FAMILY

I have one younger brother, and both my parents who all live in Miami, FL. I enjoy the opportunities I get to visit them in the tropics, especially on the coldest days. My extended family lives in Cuba, Venezuela and Canada. My diverse family has given me the opportunity to be bilingual in English and Spanish as well as have duel citizenship in the USA and Canada.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS?

  • The Power of Posture by Naudi Aguilar

 An educational insight into the way humans move and the limitations in the modern times.

  • Yoga of Herbs by Vasant Lad and David Frawley

 This is a great guide to herbal medicine, as well as a good introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine.

  • Boundless by Ben Greenfield

 This book is an incredible resource for life.

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