Dr. Valenzisi grew up in Hazleton, PA and attended NCSU for veterinary school. Having joined Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in 2008, she especially enjoys working with geriatric cats. Dr. Valenzisi decided to become a veterinarian in 1999 after completing her graduate degree in Plant Physiology. As a life-long animal owner, she decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a veterinarian which allows her to combine an interest in science with helping animals.
Dr. Valenzisi is a member of the NCVMA (North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association), AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), and VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society).
Dr. Valenzisi and her husband, Matt, have a six month-old son, Giovanni, and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, playing with her two cats and reading fiction (mysteries, science fiction fantasy). One of the most memorable cases for Dr. Valenzisi has been diagnosing her first GDV (gastric dilation and volvulus), a life-threatening twisting of the stomach that requires immediate surgery. During surgery, she found that the dog also had a foreign body in the stomach and was able to remove it. Despite being 10 years old, the dog did very well after surgery and had an additional procedure to prevent the stomach from twisting again.