Valerie Bercier

About Valerie Bercier

Valerie is originally from Brampton, Ontario, Canada and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2008 through 2012. She then attended the University of Rhode Island to finish up school and become a Registered Dietitian. Valerie is now a health coach and co-owner of Berberry Health & Wellness, LLC, as well as a PWBA Tour player. She took home the 2019 PWBA Rookie of the Year honors. Valerie is also a 10-time member of Team Canada.

Five Steps for Returning to Competition

Don't leave it until the last minute


As someone who is just making a return to the competitive bowling scene myself, and with the season fast approaching, I thought it would make sense to discuss how to get ready to compete after a bit of a break... [Read More]

Bowling and Joint Pain

Why systemic inflammation could be making things worse

Bowling and Joint Pain

If you're a bowler, you've likely experienced joint pain at some point. This pain occurs when joints become inflamed. Inflammation seems to be a buzzword right now in the health community. We often hear things like, “That particular food causes... [Read More]

Snack Better, Bowl Better

Nutrition FAQs for better on-lane performance


As a dietitian and bowler, I receive many of the same questions on a regular basis. I have chosen a few of these questions and provided short answers to them here in this article. The questions below relate to topics... [Read More]

A Simple, Purposeful Practice

Effective training that doesn't reinvent the wheel

A Simple, Purposeful Practice

We are in the thick of league and tournament season. While this isn't the time to be making drastic changes to your game, effective training strategies can go a long way to improving your results in peak competition periods. With... [Read More]

Improving Your Bowling Through Self-Reflection

An example from the 2021 US Women's Open

Improving Your Bowling Through Self-Reflection

Once a tournament is finished, do you take the time to think about your performance? Not the result, but your performance? Taking the time to reflect on how you executed, your mental game, and your lane play choices can be very helpful. You... [Read More]

Preparing for the Upcoming Season

Tips and tricks to make the most of your practice

Preparing for the Upcoming Season

Are you ready to take your bowling game to the next level this coming season? Perhaps with the breaks due to COVID-19 restrictions, you have found yourself feeling uncomfortable on the lanes? My guess is most people were in the... [Read More]

A Process for Competition Readiness

On-lane and off-lane training to prepare for the PWBA season

A Process for Competition Readiness

When setting goals and making training plans, it is important to know where your bowling game is at the start. For me, the opportunity to bowl in the recent PWBA Kickoff Classic series provided an excellent opportunity to compete and... [Read More]

A Five-Step Approach for Improving Anything

Bowling, health, and everything in between

A Five-Step Approach for Improving Anything

There are plenty of strategies that you can implement to make your life—and bowling game—better. This article presents a five-step process that you can use for improving just about anything. After learning these five steps and practicing each of them over... [Read More]

Health Coaching FAQs – Part 2

Diet versus exercise, keys to motivation, and intermittent fasting

Health Coaching FAQs - Part 2

Welcome back to my Health Coaching FAQs series! My primary aim for this article is to provide a bit more clarity to three more common nutrition and health-related topics. There is a lot of information and misinformation out there about... [Read More]

Health Coaching FAQs – Part 1

Good habits for weight loss and fueling yourself for competition

Health Coaching FAQs - Part 1

As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach, I am often asked several of the same questions on a daily basis. I especially get these questions from bowlers, since you are my primary clientele. I thought it would be a... [Read More]