Valerie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the University of Florida. She went on to earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska in 1999. She started working in Neuro-Oncology in Aug 2017 after 28 years in Transplant Surgery at UF. Prior to Transplant Surgery, she worked in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit for Medical-Oncology at the University of Florida. Valerie has 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and a black belt in TaeKwonDo.