Valerie Bartenfelder is originally from Miami Florida and lived for 35 years in Colorado. She recently moved back to Florida to be closer to family. In 2011 Valerie began a new career in addiction studies and enrolled in the Certified Addiction Professional program. She has completed all of her course work and intern hours. She currently works as a clinical administrator and continues as a clinical intern learning the Beachcomber system working alongside the director of therapy and other long term clinical staff members.
Valerie also has a passion for traveling, and has had opportunities to travel to many far off destinations over the last 25 years. She has traveled to Europe, Micronesia, Africa and India to name a few. One of her favorite places to visit was Nepal since its cultural is one of the least influenced by the U.S. and western culture.