Dr. Valerie J. (Vita) Rice

Dr. Rice is a practitioner and a scientist, who is committed to helping you develop the skills you need for a happy, healthy and vital life. 
“I believe we can influence our own health and improve our resilience, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase our performance through what we do, and I’m here to help you do just that.”

“After years reading, soul searching, teaching classes in guided relaxation and meditation,  and serving in a number of occupations, I was introduced to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through a desire to conduct research on its’ effectiveness with Service Members and Veterans. It brought me back to daily meditation in my own life. As it became known that I had been trained to offer MBSR, individuals began calling and asking me if they could attend my next class. Therefore, in addition to my research with the military, I have been offering MBSR classes to interested individuals in the San Antonio area, and teaching classes throughout the Unites States.

I began looking into Energy Medicine and Emotional Freedom Techniques for the same reason, to examine whether such practices could be of assistance to military service members, wounded warriors, veterans and their families. Once again, when others heard about my training and research, they asked me to teach them what I know, to offer classes, and to help them strengthen their energetic systems. Clearly, the techniques can be helpful for anyone, military or civilian, young or old, fit or needing to improve fitness.

I hope those who attend my trainings will begin to understand the power and potential for a more peaceful and fulfilling life that already resides within them. Through our lives we struggle with the frantic pace of life, stress and stressors, pain and illness, loss, anxiety, illness and self-esteem issues. Getting our lives ‘in control’ can seem overwhelming. Through these classes, workshops, and individual sessions, it is my intention (and my hope) that those attending will gain in health, self-compassion, insight, and inner strength… and they carry these skills and sense of calm with them, sharing them in their interactions with others.” – Dr. Valerie Rice


Dr. Rice has Attended Courses at the Omega Institute, Including:

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training  Retreat taught/directed Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli
  • 9-Day Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Living Inside Participant-Practitioner Perspectives, which included Mindfulness Tools for the Full Catastrophe: A 5-Day Intensive in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction taught/directed by Melissa Blacker and Florence Meleo-Myer
  • The 8-day Teacher Development Intensive course taught by Florence Meleo-Meyer from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.  
  • A three day conference on Alternative Medicine for Veterans, as well as a Healing Retreat for Women Military Veterans (2012 and 2013)


Other Courses/Events Attended by Dr Rice Include:

  • Silent retreats at Spirit Rock
  • Classes by Dr. Hickman and Allan Goldstein (UCSD Mindfulness Center)
  • mPEAK: Mindful Performance Enhancement, Awareness and Knowledge, offered at the University of California – San Diego Center for Mindfulness 


Among the Teachings and Presentations by Dr. Rice:

  • Mindfulness with Military and Veteran Populations: presented at the “Annual International Scientific Conferences for Integrating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society” sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine 
  • Introduction to Mindfulness: presented at the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Conference
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace: presented at the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Conference
  • The Use of Mindfulness with Clients with Drug and Alcohol Problems
  • Mindfulness for Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness 
  • Calm, Cool and Collected (C3): Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Abbreviated Mindfulness Training (2.5 hrs/day for 4 days)
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