Amber’s Professional Bio
Amber Valenti Armstrong, PA-C is a functional medicine practitioner, group facilitator, writer, speaker, and co-founder of Luminary’s Integrative Health Retreats. Amber’s credentials include a host of international expeditions and adventures, more than a decade of work in wilderness and international medicine, talks and lectures for groups of 10 to 2,000, writing for online publications such as National Geographic Adventure, and her ongoing practice as a progressive functional medicine practitioner in women’s health.
She believes connection is the key to most anything great we want in our lives. Her work focuses on connection to ourselves, our bodies, community, spirit and our environment as a way of creating wellness and conscious change. She believes it’s possible to take wonderful care of ourselves, do amazing work in the world, and have a ridiculous amount of fun doing it.
Amber completed her Physician Assistant training at the Oregon Health & Science University Medical School. She trained at renowned hospitals and outpatient facilities across the Western US. She has practiced medicine around the globe including in Mongolia, Far Eastern Russia, Haiti, and the Amazon. Her more local background is in emergency medicine at a Colorado Trauma Center, and her current position at a family practice clinic in rural Oregon. She loves the challenge and adventure of practicing medicine in low resource environments for international expeditions and humanitarian aid. But her heart has always been in the practice of functional and mind-body medicine.
She is also certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher. All of her offerings are informed by her long time personal yoga practice, her rigorous science and medical education, the thousands of patients she has worked with around the world in her career, and her own personal journey of healing. She uses a holistic, root-cause approach to health. Amber has the gift of combining holistic and natural approaches alongside the best of modern medicine and science.
Amber has been an adult educator for over 10 years. She’s taught Doctors, Surgeons, PAs, Nurses, Paramedics and EMTs how to practice international and wilderness medicine for nearly a decade with Remote Medical International. She has developed the curriculum for and facilitated their highest level 5 day residential Advanced Provider course.
She led an intrepid all-female National Geographic supported expedition in 2013 down one of the last major free-flowing rivers left on on the planet through Mongolia and Far Eastern Russia. She and her team traveled 4,400 kilometers from the source of the river to the ocean by kayak, horse, trans-siberian railway, and their own two feet. They developed and produced an award winning documentary film, Nobody’s River, that continues to tour around the world. Amber presented their empowering, heart-breaking, and beautiful story to audiences from Colorado, to DC, to Germany.
Amber enjoys soaking up the natural beauty of her home in the Pacific Northwest, any excuse to celebrate life with her husband and friends, making art, growing vegetables, kayaking, practicing and studying yoga, cooking meals with those she loves, and traveling to and exploring new places around the world.
Connect with her at: www.confluencewell.com