Hi, my name is Melanie Valenciana. I was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. I attended Permian High School where I lettered in volleyball, basketball, and track all three years. I was offered scholarships in all three sports. I went on to play basketball at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas on a full athletic scholarship 2005-2006. I then transferred to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas where I played volleyball on an academic/athletic scholarship 2006-2008. I then transferred to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas where I played volleyball on an academic/athletic scholarship as well 2008-2010. I received numerous awards while attending all three colleges. I graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Chemistry. I now work full time at the Tri-Service Research Laboratory on Ft. Sam Houston base doing blood research as a laboratory research assistant. I have been doing blood research for five years now. In 2013 I played professional volleyball indoor in Europe where I finished the season with Switzerland. I was also offered a contract with Czech Republic for 2013 – 2014 but declined. I have coached volleyball for 11 years. My coaching experience includes numerous camps, leagues, clinics, private lessons, and club volleyball at numerous places. I have worked with girls from ages 5 to 18+. I am currently playing my first year of professional beach volleyball for the NORCECA/FIVB confederation.
Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of being a doctor and playing professional volleyball. Science and sports has always been a passion for me. 2011 I began my career in the medical/health field working in a lab performing blood research. My favorite part of work is being active in the lab running experiments and most of all performing surgeries. I am very proud to work at the Tri-Service Research Laboratory especially knowing the work I do is not only impacting but saving lives of our present and future soldiers as well as civilians. It wasn’t until 2013, when I took my volleyball career to the next level and turned my childhood dream into reality. I was given the opportunity to play professionally in Europe. Currently I play professional beach volleyball for the NORCECA/FIVB confederation. As I continue to excel in my athletic talent, practicing medicine is at a halt however still is in my future vision. Over all I have a passion for helping others whether it be performing experimental studies or preaching about nutrition and exercise. I constantly preach about health at work, on the road, and at home with family, friends, and the public in general. Over the years and as a current active athlete competing I’ve learned how important it is to take care of your body and health mentally and physically. The USANA multivitamins, Rev 3 energy surge sticks, protein shakes, and protein snacks are now a part of my daily routine. I am absolutely in love with these products and beyond satisfied with how my body has responded. I have had an increase in energy and faster recovery from taking the multivitamins. I am now able to complete my workday and still have the energy to power through intense workouts and practices. The Rev 3 energy surge sticks I use as a pre workout for intense training days and always before competitions. I love the fact that I do not get a sugar crash afterwards. The protein shakes and snacks I use as a part of my diet. I also love how USANA is science based. Being that I have my two degrees in science, biology and chemistry, and that I work in the health science research field this was huge for me. This brings me to why I chose to partner with USANA. I chose USANA to live an epically healthy and wealthy life. My reasons include: 1. Founded by Dr. Myron Wentz, an internationally recognized scientist 2. Used by over 750 professional and Olympic athletes across the globe 3. NCAA approved products 4. Only company with a million dollar athlete guarantee 5. FDA approved products 6. Referred by doctors 7. Minimized my tax liability 8. Residual income 9. Flexible 10. I own this business – 5 Star Athlete. USANA has only made it easier and motivated me more to practice and preach how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle.