Brandy Valentine, MAcOM
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
"We think of each patient as our mother, or even child or sibling."
- Brandy Valentine, MAcOM
- Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Oklahoma State University
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Practicing Since: 2003
“I do not see myself as someone who is doing something for my patients,” says Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) acupuncturist Brandy Valentine. “I see myself as someone helping my patients do what they need to do to get through their process.” For Valentine, providing the best, whole-person approach to cancer care comes down to the “Mother Standard” upheld at CTCA. “We think of each patient as our mother, or even child or sibling,” she says.
As an undergraduate, Valentine studied psychology at Oklahoma State University, obtaining her bachelor degree in 1999. She then decided to pursue an education in acupuncture, obtaining her masters degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2002.
She joined CTCA in 2012.
Valentine is a member of the Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and, during her training, served as an acupuncture intern at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and Portland Addictions Clinic, in Oregon.
Focusing her practice in acupuncture for injuries, pain, emotional trauma, eye disorders, and fertility, Valentine works with patients to create individualized treatment plans. She employs acupuncture to help relieve the side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea, reduced appetite, peripheral neuropathy, stress, fatigue, insomnia, and excessive thirst. For patients undergoing surgery, she may recommend acupuncture as a preparatory measure.
As a CTCA acupuncturist, Valentine focuses on the whole patient, not just the disease, just as she approaches care with her whole self. “Oriental medicine is not only my job,” says Valentine, “it’s my life.”
When she’s not at CTCA, Valentine enjoys spending time with her son. She also sings, dances, camps, and plays water sports when she can.