Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H., FACN

Vedic Educator

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 MeditationPerfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle, and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.

In addition to her clinical practice at the Chopra Center, Dr. Porter is adjunct faculty 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 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 the interaction with our environment from the microcosm to the macrocosm.

Articles by Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H., FACN

A diet based on raw fruits and vegetables seems like a healthy choice for anyone, but that's not necessarily the case. Depending on your dosha type, a raw food diet might not be the best option for you.Read More
Even moderate alcohol consumption might have more risks than benefits. Find out whether that daily glass of red wine is as good for you as you think.Read More
It's normal to crave sweet things, but not all sweeteners are created equal. Find out which ones are best, and which ones you should avoid.Read More
People are sniffling and sneezing to your right and left, but that doesn't mean you have to catch a cold. Even if you share an office, plane ride, or home with someone who's sick, you can stop it in its tracks by incorporating these immune-boosting superfoods into your diet.Read More
Don't let PMS throw you off course. Use these Ayurvedic tips to kick your period symptoms to the curb.Read More