About us

The People at Vitamin Express, Inc.

Vitamin Express opened in 1982 dedicated to being a small business offering a unique viewpoint with personalized control of quality, exceptional choice of products, and discounted prices. By remaining small and focused throughout our 35 years our goals continue unchanged, our commitment to scientific knowledge regarding health and nutrition remains steadfast, and our desire to remain on the cutting edge of nutritional advancements enhanced.

We now also offer unique items no one else provides and have added our high quality Labels of Vitamin Express, YES, and Herb Express.

WE are dedicated to YOU, our customers. WE continue to offer products that can make a difference to your health. We consider ourselves a primary health providing center, where you can come first, or at times after all else fails, to improve and maintain your health.

Michael's message from Vitamin Express:

  • "We want you to be satisfied, pleased and a return customer! So we decided to make shopping as personal and convenient as possible. When you call our store you get a person during store hours who quickly and pleasantly answers your questions and provides great service and information.
  • "We offer the finest supplements available. We search for excellent products and excellent products find us. We try them ourselves, look carefully at the ingredients and evaluate the company offering it. Our sources are all verified and vetted.
  • "We are committed to health freedom. Health is our business, health is the wealth of a person and of society. It needs support and protection.
  • "We discount our prices and provide products unique to the marketplace at the lowest prices we can offer and still remain in business."
  • "We are committed to helping the community through the San Francisco Food Bank."
  • Here's a link to our history through pictures and narrative.
  • Here's a link to an updated video of the store.

Michael LeVesque is the President and CEO of Vitamin Express which received the First Place award as the Best place to buy nutritional supplements and vitamins in the San Francisco Bay Area by the BayList through the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGATE. It is a reflection of the excellent staff, customer service, selection and pricing maintained throughout the last 35 years.

Michael’s first health food store was in Cortez, Colorado in 1973- Cortez Health Food Center. In April 1982 he opened Vitamin Express in San Francisco, California with 12 shelves of supplements and herb teas. By 1996 Vitamin Express achieved the Bay Guardian's "Best Place to Buy Vitamins in the SF Bay Area". At one time Vitamin Express had five locations; two in San Francisco, Berkeley, Mill Valley and Menlo Park. As Michael's health declined and times changed, he either sold or closed the stores except the original one in San Francisco on Irving Street by Golden Gate Park in the Sunset District.

Michael's health continued a downward spiral with great weight loss and energy deprivation. The finest doctors and nutritional approaches were not enough to turn his health around. His illness was soon linked to his sensitivity to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and the environment's increased levels causing a steady decline in his health.

Due to the good fortune of a customer's help, he was introduced to a RayGuard product. After several weeks, for the first time, he began to feel relief from his illness. Presently, due to his use of RayGuard, his health and vitality has returned and he has gained back 35 pounds of his weight now at a healthy 175.

As a child he had polio, infantile paralysis, which may have increased his sensitivity to EMF's. As a child the Sister Kenny treatment provided recovery without any crippling. Nevertheless, severe leg pain followed any exercise. In 1971 the experience of taking calcium and magnesium powder suggested to him provided quick and complete pain relief, created an appreciation and interest in nutrition that ultimately propelled him into the science of nutrition.

Michael was in the US Peace Corps in Ethiopia and Eritrea from 1966 to 1968 teaching science and agriculture. He speaks Tigrinya. Though his background is in the social sciences and music (Explorational Music TM 1983 – Journey to Titan), his focus has been on science and health. Initially Michael attended Colorado State University majoring in violin, then University of Colorado in economics, philosophy, history, the classics, and political science. While in the Peace Corps he studied at Allemayu College of Agriculture of Haile Selassie First University. Returning to the US he attended U. C. Hastings School of Law and San Francisco State University studying social psychology. He attended University of Alberta, Canada, getting a post graduate degree in teaching. He has spent several years teaching in Edmonton, Alberta - South Tucson, Arizona, and City College in San Francisco.

He wrote The BIG Vitamin Dictionary, published under Great Highway Productions, as a tool for his staff, which became a best seller for Nutribooks. Now he is back behind the counter at Vitamin Express, his favorite place to be, next to home.

To email Michael, Click Here.

Teresa Manquen is the Administrative Manager and Payroll Specialist for Vitamin Express. She also manages the Mail Order Department and provides nutritional information to customers. She has been with Vitamin Express since 1988. She is especially interested in hard to find products, herbs, and family health.

Anna LeVesque is an important part of Vitamin Express. She is a certified nutritionist, sports nutrition expert, and Vice President of Vitamin Express. She devotes much time to continuing education in different fields of Health and was an editor for The BIG Vitamin Dictionary.

Mary LeVesque is a licensed acupuncturist with a Master's Degree in Chinese Medicine and did an internship in China. She is certified in Acute Homeopathy. She has in depth nutritional experience and training and has taught Herbology at the University level.

 

What our customers say...

  • I just wanted to say what excellent service you have! My husband and I ran out of our Ola Loa and didn't get a chance to come to your store over the weekend. We ordered them from your website on Sunday night and they were delivered today! We are so excited, because we can't go without our Ola Loa vitamins even for one day! My husband is taking 2 to 3 of the pink energy ones and 1 sport one a day! He is hooked (which is why we go through them so quickly). Thank you so much! - Molly
  • I thought I'd let you know that the order you sent on Friday 20 February arrived this morning at 8.45 GMT - I can't remember how many hours you are behind us. Now that's what I call good service! Thanks again, - Astrid H., Basingstoke, UK
  • Just writing to tell you how impressed I have been over the past 2 years with your on-line order process. Without exception, my order arrives on the east coast 3-4 days after placing it via your website.....no mistakes, no delays, no excuses, a fair S&H charge and a very competitive price. Thanks for the great service!! - Regards, Charles A.
  • Hello, I am writing to tell you how impressed and pleased I am with your great prices and super fast service! I ordered Monday night from NC and my purchase arrived mid-day Thursday. I am anxious to try this new product and will definitely purchase from you again. Thank you. - Lynn K., Raleigh, North Carolina
  • I've enjoyed the three products so far. The Melatonin has "cured " my sleeplessness. The Choline & DMAE are great pick me ups, and long lasting mood enhancers, because I'm so "Awake". I'm looking forward to my next order. Thanks Vitamin Express! - Jindra P., Australia
  • Thanks for working with me on this purchase, I appreciate your timely professional service. - Bill B., MSgt, USAF, Guam
  • I have received the order this morning, in perfect condition. I shall be keeping in touch with Vitamin Express on a regular basis. Hope you do not mind. Thanks & regards, - Harish R., Singapore
  • Thank you so much for your help and service. Yes - I would like to be on your email list. Thanks again. - Bill O., California
  • I often check your site when I'm shopping for supplements. Thanks so much for posting Ray Peat's work on your site. You're doing a great service! - Ann W., California
  • Great site! Very informative, interesting, and easy to load. Also, I was in your San Francisco store for the first time yesterday - such helpful staff there! Great selection and prices. I'm coming back next week to get some Progest cream and Zia makeup. - Anna C., San Francisco, California
  • Thanks for the great newsletter. Vitamin Express is the best health store I've been to (I go to the one in Berkeley, great staff). I'm moving to the L.A. area soon (yuck) so am glad I'll be able to order things online. Not sure anything can save me from that much smog though.... Thanks again for the high quality stores & great prices! - Caroline M., Berkeley/LA, California
  • Thanks for your email, and service. I have been looking all over San Diego county for several months for a particular product I bought a couple years ago at a health foods place. They no longer carry it. FINALLY, it dawned on me Friday to surf the net for the product, and there was your company at the top of the choices. Thanks for making this available to me. - Karen P., El Cajon, California
  • I really like your site. Information and good prices. I doubt I will search the net further for other places to shop...unless you don't have what I need. - Ghina S., Columbia, Maryland
  • You people are really on the ball and I truly appreciate it very much. The day I sent in my order and said I couldn't find the primrose oil one of your staff called me and told me where to find it and also gave me information about the different kinds you carry and I ended up adding to my order. Very impressive. Keep up the good work and you now have a new customer in sunny Florida. I will be telling my family and friends about you too! Thanks, - Dutchi R., Jacksonville, Florida
  • I placed an order around noon on Wednesday, receiving lots of good answers to my questions. I was told the order would be shipped within 24 hours and it would take 4 days (4 business days, I assumed). I was running out of Endocreme and prepared myself not to count on receiving the order until next Wednesday.  Sure was pleased to see the UPS truck pull up today, Friday, only 2 days later! Thanks much! - Pat H., Bend, Oregon
  • I love it! I bookmarked it and will return when ever I get the chance. - Dan W., SoCal
  • I wish to thank you for the good service and the prompt delivery in handling my order. It has taken me over ten years to find Organic Germanium and it is a pleasure knowing that it is being supplied by such a reliable company. I look forward to ordering from you in the future. - Truly satisfied, Jerome M.
  • Thank you for the excellent article on Herbs vs. Pharmaceuticals [December 98 Newsletter]. I found that it contained compelling reasons why we should all be considering daily use of herbs and avoiding drugs. - Mary Ann O., South Carolina
  • Excellent website, with very good prices....Also very thorough information regarding the different nutrients, herbs, hormones, etc....I really appreciate this site and have learned immensely from it....thanks so much for offering it to us... - Bonnie S., Michigan
  • Thanks for your email ... I am delighted to find a place that is responsive and the prices are great!!! - Best, Gay K., Florida
  • I want to tell you that I appreciate the articles that you have on your site.   Having read Dr. Lee's book a few years ago it was a nice reminder of the importance of progesterone.  The article on pregnenolone was one that I had to print.   Thank you, your site has been bookmarked and now I have some information on colostrum that my daughter had been wondering about.  Your prices seem to be very competitive also. - Thanks, Mary M., Michigan
  • I like this web site, as personally I believe that this provides much information about different concepts of health-related matter.  Further, the language here is so simple to understand even for non-medical persons. - Thanks, Bhaktish T., Ahmedabad
  • I think your Web Site is well designed, uncluttered, appealing in its colors, nice.  Glad you had Enada, which I was seeking. - Julie H., Wisconsin
  • This is the first time I have ordered anything over the internet. Your site is very well put together and easy to use. Thank you. - Angela M., Louisiana
  • I was really pleased to find so much abc info on your web site.  I believe that knowledge is the power that supports choice.  Thank you for your info.  It is much appreciated. - Tessa T., North Carolina
  • Your philosophy and approach to providing the best available health supplements and information to the public is refreshing and appreciated.  It would be great to be able to have a personalized order page so that the customer can submit to a regular list of orders or just add to it throughout the month before submitting the final order.   Thank You. - Marianne H., Texas
  • Wow, you guys are GOOD!  I just placed my order mid-afternoon on Thursday, and y'all got it shipped out the same day and I got it today (Saturday).  Now that's service.  Thanks so much!! - Stephanie H., Texas  [Editor's note: Orders received after 1 PM usually ship the next business day.]
  • BTW, you all are great. I have ordered many times and have always been very happy with selection, service, pricing, everything!  Thanks, - Steve N., Florida