Ms. Cooksley is passionate about teaching integrative therapies, stress prevention and wellness by incorporating natural lifestyle changes and holistic approaches through her dynamic and inspiring lectures, specialized workshops and holistic health retreats. “Choose well. Choose wellness” is Valerie’s dictum as she shares her experience as a holistic nurse to educate, inform and empower. Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM is an experienced and dynamic public speaker who has practiced and written extensively about Aromatherapy, Medical Herbalism and Nutritional Healing. Ms. Cooksley has been active in the holistic and integrative health movement for more than twenty-five (25) years and has studied Botanical Medicine at Bastyr University, Seattle, WA and Advanced Studies in Essential Oils at Purdue University.
In addition, Valerie is a prolific writer, having authored eight published books and numerous journal articles on topics including natural healing, aromatherapy and nutritional wellness. Her latest book is entitled Seaweed: Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease and Revitalizing Body and Soul. Moreover, in addition to her research and writing, she also serves as Co-Founder of, and an Instructor for, correspondence students with the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy in Houston, Texas. Valerie is an Integrative Health Coach and Lifestyle Educator to private individuals for week-long education, customized treatments, natural diet, First Line Therapy™ and holistic philosophy. She is a Holistic Health Nurse and Integrative Aromatherapy® Consultant for hospitals, health centers and nursing home facilities, as well as for the spa industry, retail businesses and private clients.