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Valerie Jacobs, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP


Valerie Jacobs is a board-certified, Integrative Medicine pediatric physician. A member of the Integrative Medicine section of the American Board of Pediatrics, she has a special interest in nutrition, mental and behavioral health, practicing evidence-based holistic approach to primary care.

A native Arizonan, she grew up in the local area, attended Xavier College Preparatory before continuing on to Arizona State University, where she graduated summa cum laude.  She managed to leave this amazing sunshine to earn doctorates in both Medicine and Pharmacology from Dartmouth College. Her Ph.D. emphasis was on pharmacology, neuroscience and immune-based therapies. This work helped lay a strong foundation in her pursuit for a holistic approach to understanding medicine and safe, effective, complementary treatments for patients.  She is also trained in motivational interviewing and counseling from Columbia University.

Doctor Jacobs completed her pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital. She initially accepted a faculty position at Harvard Medical School, teaching while working full time in the Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. It was during this time, she pursued Integrative Medicine curriculum and training.

Ultimately, she was able to bring these unique skill sets back to Arizona to do what she truly loves, primary care and taking care of your families!


She loves being outside with her family and dog, Rusty, making up for any lost days of sunshine while on the East Coast. Look for her on the local trails!


She brings very unique attributes and perspectives as one of the only Integrative trained pediatric physicians practicing primary care here in Arizona.