Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH
Founder, Board-Certified Preventive & Obesity Medicine Physician
Dr. Ingrid’s broad studies in cognitive science, eastern philosophy, and medicine come together in her role as Founder and Director of Wellness at Valia Lifestyle. Her passion goes back to 2004, when Dr. Ingrid established Cornell University’s Meditation & Yoga Club and served as President of Cornell's Seven Spirits Kung Fu organization. Her course continued to medical school and then to residency training in Preventive Medicine, when she simultaneously earned her Executive Masters in Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School. Dr. Ingrid is fortunate to share her passion for wellness and lifestyle design with the Valia Team, crafting unique programs for authentic health of body and mind.
Here is a snapshot of her national and international presentations on Lifestyle Medicine.
Anjai Shields, MHA, MBA
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer & Sport and Exercise Nutritionist
Anjai holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Precision Nutrition Coach. She also holds advance degrees in business and healthcare administration. Her passion for exercise began while being active in every sport imaginable at a young age. Anjai always knew she was destined to work in the health/wellness field, whether it’s helping patients in one of the largest healthcare organizations in the nation or helping clients across the spectrum of fitness achieve their personal health and wellness goals. She believes a whole person approach and integrating wellness strategies into daily life activities are the best way to achieve and maintain a healthy body, mind, and soul. Anjai specializes in helping clients of all fitness levels create effective strategies for whatever goal a client has in mind, whether that be weight loss, muscle gain, getting back into a regular routine or recreational athlete training. For those who commit to the methods, her tactics vivaciously lead clients to live their best lives. Anjai believes that exercise doesn’t have to be a daunting, so she prides herself on making training sessions fun, yet challenging, educational, and most importantly effective! Having had her own major back injury and health scares allows a deep connection and a passion with all clients looking for change. In turn, clients leave sessions yearning for a healthier, better lifestyle.
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Since 2009 I have worked as a personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach. I have coached 542 people to date, with ages ranging from 14-73 years old. These were of varied populations, including the military, Olympic athletes, and regular working professionals. I served in the United States Navy for 6 years and proceeded to acquire a degree in Biological Anthropology from UCLA. I will be starting my MS program in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the fall with George Washington University. This program is taught from a two-perspective approach. First, it looks at strength and conditioning in relation to human performance. Secondly, it looks at strength and conditioning in relation to health outcomes regarding the general population. I am at the end of rigorous mentorship with Chris Beardsley, who is a leading expert in research literature in relation to strength and conditioning, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and physical therapy and rehabilitation. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. With a failure rate of 52%, this credential is considered the gold standard for training certifications and is commonly required for head trainers of professional sports teams. I am recognized as an Olympic weightlifting coach by the United States Olympic Committee and have assisted in the coaching of an national trial’s qualifier. I have worked with Division 1 national championship athletes. Additionally, as a qualified Precision Nutrition Coach, I am able to integrate nutrition and recovery practices with strength training.