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:
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.
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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.