Mike Ventresca

Mike Ventresca
Owner, Wearer of Many Hats, 18+ years

When I’m not working at Vital Choice, I operate a successful chauffeur service for my son, Ethan. My wife Kim and I were married the same year Vital Choice opened (that was some year!) and still enjoy many of the same things today that we did then, not the least of which is a good laugh.


Nicole Gould, R.D., L.D.,

Nicole Gould, R.D., L.D.,
Director of Education & Training, In-store dietitian, 11+ years

When I’m not at work or eating kale, I’m most happy spending time with my two children and exploring nature, zoos and museums with them. I also have a passion for dance and enjoy playing the piano and the highs and lows of Cleveland sports. I provide direct customer education, private consultation by appointment and helped develop and implement the PEP training program.

Dan S.

Dan S.
Store Manager, 4+ years

I have been with my wife for over 14 years and we have eight dogs that we treat as our children. I entered the health industry four years ago when I joined Vital Choice. Finally, I am a self-professed geek who enjoys playing video games and riding my bike.

Deb L.

Deb L.
Health Assistant, 10+ years

As a retired second grade teacher, I take pride in the knowledge that I positively affect the quality of people’s lives by helping them make educated decisions about their health.  Outside of Vital Choice, I mentor in Strongsville Schools, play percussion in the First Lutheran Church’s band, work out at the gym, and love my three cats. The PEP education program keeps my second grade teacher’s brain active.   

Chris G.

Chris G.
Health Assistant, 10+ years

What I enjoy most about my work is making connections with people and helping them expand their knowledge of holistic, mindful living. I love spending time with my wife, daughter and three dogs. Some personal interests include cooking, reading, expanding my consciousness, video games, music and simplifying life in modern America.

Donia G.

Donia G.
Health Assisant, 6+ years

I have a genuine passion for helping people. On my time off, I love being with my daughter and husband, Chris, and our three dogs. I also love crafting, especially scrapbooking and photography. I even make the displays at Vital Choice.

Ashley J.

Ashley J.
Health Assistant & Shift Leader, 1+ year

When I’m not at work, I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with friends and family. Currently, I’m waiting to hear back from grad schools. I’m hoping to be accepted into a physician assistant program. I’m excited to use the knowledge I’ve gained at Vital Choice in my future career.

Ryan B.

Ryan B.
Health Assistant, 6+ months

Ryan is new to Vital Choice and is a lifelong musician married to his high school sweetheart. He looks forward to providing compassionate customer service with helpful knowledge and getting to know the VC family, both present and future.

Interested in joining our team?

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New Hires

When someone first joins our team, they begin learning the Basics. This is an overview of supplement concepts and common health concerns

Topics Included

  1. Vitamin Basics
  2. Forms of Herbs
  3. Potency vs Weight
  4. Inflammation

3 Common Health Concerns

  1. Bones & Joints
  2. Indigestion
  3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Once a staff member masters the Vital Choice Basics, she or he is ready to begin working towards their Expert Certification. 

The Expert Certification is a more in-depth, rigorous study of a specific health topic and includes video and written study, as well as personal coaching with our dietitian. Once they have demonstrated mastery of the topic material, the staff member earns the certification as a Vital Choice Expert and the topic is added to the Expert Badge they wear.

PEP Certification

Nicole Gould RD, LD

Director of Education & Training, 10+years at VC

PEP and Expert Certifications

PEP, or Professional Education Program, is on-going specialized training. After her or his initial training, each team member begins the process of continuing education on specific topics, directed by our our in-store licensed and registered dietitian.

16 Expert Certifications

Employees can currently receive advanced certification in 16 areas related to health.

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Bone Health
A unique nutritional regime is critical to maintaining strong bones, and strong bones are the...
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Cleansing & Detoxification
The body needs to be cleansed regularly, but the best methods and products to expel toxins from...
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Digestion
Digestion affects the body from top to bottom, from acid reflux to common digestive issues (IBS,...
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Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids are beneficial fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Sources...
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Glucose Support
Type I and Type II diabetes are deficiencies in the body’s ability to produce insulin, a hormone...
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Heart Health
As the body’s engine, the heart is the center good health. Nutritional supplements can keep the...
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Immune Support
The body’s immune system needs day-to-day fortifications to fend off an onslaught of viruses...
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Joint Support
Nutritional supplements can alleviate joint pain caused by inflammation, arthritis, gout and...
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Mood Support
Mood is complex and multi-layered, yet, increasingly, stress has been found to be an underlying...
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Protein
Protein’s role in the body is multifaceted. There are a number of different proteins that have...
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Skin Care
Healthy skin is the reflection of a healthy lifestyle. Natural products produce a natural glow.
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Sleep Support
Good sleep is good health and good health is a good life. Insomnia seriously impacts the quality...
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Weight Management
Attempts to lose weight are frustrated by many factors. Certain meal-replacement options are more...
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Women’s Health 1
Women have distinct health needs. Women's Health Part 1 discusses common general concerns shared...
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Women’s Health 2
Women have distinct health needs. Women's Health 2 discusses common hormonal issues and...
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Women’s Health 3
Women’s health is more comprehensive and requires greater study. Women's Health 3 focuses on the...
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VC Mission Statement

Help our customers achieve and maintain well-being through education, nutrition and lifestyle management. We accomplish this through: An eager to serve and educated staff, Informational resources including our in-store and on-line resources and the most effective, scientifically validated natural health and personal care products available.

Vital Choice Values

Helpfulness
Enthusiam
Thoroughness
Integrity
Teamwork
Fun