Before moving to the United States, Valerio was a practicing physician in the Dominican Republic. For the past four years, Valerio has worked as part of the Respiratory and Immunology Center team. Her responsibilities include recruitment, program development and facilitating educational workshops in Spanish. She also coordinates the Hispanic asthma support group for parents of children with asthma. She is a recognized leader among Providence's burgeoning Latino community and serves on board of directors for the HELP Lead Safe Center and Childhood Lead Action Project. Valerio has a son with asthma.