Valerie graduated with a degree in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1981. She was certified by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine, IAOM, in orthopedic manual therapy in 1989, and became an international instructor for the IAOM in 1994.
Dr. Phelps became a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, OCS, through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2003. She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, FAAOMPT since 2004. She graduated with a terminal professional degree, a Doctorate of Science, ScD, in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, in December 2011.
Along with being the founder and current senior faculty of the IAOM-US, (www.iaom-us.com) she has lectured throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Phelps has co-authored several books, book chapters, and numerous peer review journal articles. She is the founder of, and currently practices at, Advanced Physical Therapy (www.aptak.com) in Anchorage, with clinics in Fairbanks, the Mat-Su Valley, and the Kenai Peninsula, in Alaska.