Professor Stacy Laack Valentine was born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She began the journey to becoming a Physician Assistant (PA) during her undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University. She became an EMT and worked in the ER and on inpatient floors as a tech. Following her desire to become a medical provider, she was accepted to Rosalind Franklin University PA program. She graduated in 2000 with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice. Most of her career as a PA has been in Emergency Medicine, but she has also held faculty positions at Rosalind Franklin University and Adventist University of Health Sciences. She became a full-time faculty member of the Nova Southeastern University PA Department in Orlando as an Assistant Professor in May 2017. She has served as the Academic Director and is currently the Clinical Director, and has been promoted to Associate Professor.
Professor Laack Valentine brings many years of clinical and education experience to the Orlando PA program. She has an interest in research and has been a part of a variety of research studies of which she has presented and published. Her teaching philosophy stems from her experience as a student, clinician, and educator. Together those experiences have given her the enthusiasm and excitement she has for teaching, the ability to form relationships, and the ability to collaborate with students and share information in a way that provides purpose and understanding. She feels the same gratification and enjoyment caring for her patients and she does when she teaches her students.
When Professor Laack Valentine is not with her students or patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Steven, and their three boys James, Ethan, and Ryan. Some of her favorite hobbies are running, cycling, reading, and going to Disney with her family.