Dr. Annie Valente, MD is a family medicine physician passionate about infusing health care with dignity and humanity. She believes that people deserve to be listened to and to co-create their own treatment plans alongside an experienced and knowledgeable health care provider. Dr. Valente cares about improving the patient experience in our healthcare system by ensuring all members of the care team work together and by drawing on a diverse range of approaches to promote healing. She happily works with patients at all moments of their health care journey, across all ages and gender identities, with questions large and small.
Dr. Valente completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she included research time in adolescent health, examining how social networks contribute to sexual and reproductive health risks in homeless youth in the city. She completed residency training at the University of Washington-affiliated program in Boise, Idaho, training to work in both hospitals and outpatient clinics in rural settings and to include prenatal and OB care as part of family medicine practice. She spent two years during training serving in the residency’s clinic for newly resettled refugees, and completed specialty training in providing care for HIV-positive patients in a primary care setting. She also served as part of a midwife-run group prenatal care clinic for refugees.
Annie was proud to be a full-time clinician and part of the OB team at SW Family Physicians from 2015-2019. She provided full-spectrum family medicine, including care of complex medical patients as well as reproductive health care including comprehensive family planning, prenatal, and postpartum care, and delivered babies alongside a close-knit group of midwife colleagues. As a family physician, she was then able to go on to care for entire families as they grew. She completed a fellowship from the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and is passionate about using lifestyle and non-pharmaceutical approaches to support people in both health and times of illness.
Dr. Valente has research interests in 1) how we use data science and computer modeling to advocate for improved human experiences in health, and 2) in improving the experience of women’s health across the entire reproductive life cycle. She currently works as a research scientist with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in their Institute for Disease Modeling, building better computational ways to quantify and define outcomes in reproductive health. She is a provider for Maven Clinic, a virtual care platform supporting women and families through all stages of their reproductive journey. Most importantly, she is very grateful to continue to see patients, new and existing, at her home clinic, SW Family Physicians.
In her spare time, Dr. Valente enjoys living an active life of adventure and travel with her partner and son. She loves all types of story-telling, including film, books, and plays.