Nice to Meet You!
Hi, my name is Monica Flores, Integrative Health Practitioner and Professional Footballer.
I grew up in Livingston, NJ. I am a 2017 fall-semester Science Pre-Professional graduate from the University of Notre Dame. At the University of Notre Dame, I also played collegiate Division I soccer for the Fighting Irish.
Currently , I play professional soccer for Valencia FC in Spain, and have also been a member of the Mexican National Women Soccer Team. I am a certified Integrative Health Practitioner.
How did it start?
My passion for sports science, rehabilitation and nutrition coupled with a rising interest and ardent desire to help myself and others maintain health and heal from injuries, led me to take the pre-med route in college. Upon entering the University of Notre Dame my goal was to play college soccer, graduate and play professional, and then pursue a medical degree by applying to Medical School.
During my time at Notre Dame I started to become intrigued by the approach to patient care that addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person's wellbeing. My academic interests drifted towards complementary medicine and I started to direct more and more of my attention to nutrition and holistic health resources.
After graduation, I continued to train hard core and to pursue my dream to play professional soccer. In an effort to better myself I engaged in research and studies regarding the impact that nutrition can have on sports performance. In my path , I encountered foodies, nutritionists, naturopaths, integrative practitioners, functional medicine and osteopathic doctors. I created my own social media foodie account on Instagram (@futbolfoodie) and connected with other people interested in functional wellbeing. It’s then, when integrative and functional medicine became my intellectual calling .
In the summer of 2018, I signed my first professional soccer contract with Valencia FC, in Spain. While in Spain, I continued to quench my thirst for knowledge in the areas of functional and integrative medicine. I am currently doing an observership at a clinic in Valencia (Medicality), that specializes in Integrative Medicine. I also enrolled in and have completed an online course, taught by Dr. Stephen Cabral, to become certified as an Integrative Health Practitioner .
My current and near future desires include continuing to shadow at Medicality, and begin working with clients to identify root causes of dis-eases and provide education and recommendations for living a healthy whole-full life. After my endeavors as a Professional Soccer player, I hope to go to osteopathic medical school, use my education and knowledge as an Integrative practitioner, and specialize in functional medicine.
Along with my other colleagues in the fields of Integrative and Functional medicine, I believe that treating the cause of disease, not the symptoms, is the way of the future , for wellness. With my knowledge and passion for holistic health and healing, I want to encourage you, and everyone else to join me along for the ride!