About Our Staff
Integrative Psychiatry is a psychiatric and functional medicine practice located in Sarasota Florida and is owned and operated by Valerie Balandra ARNP, BC. We strive to identify and treat the underlying cause(s) and contributors to symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Our functional medicine approach involves identifying core imbalances which affect the brain and body network. We realize that there is no separating the brain and the body. What affects the body affects your brain.
Our treatment is based on a very careful history, questionnaires, physical exam, and targeted laboratory testing.
Examples of core imbalances we assess for are:
- Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
Oxidation-reduction imbalances and mitochondrial dysfunction
Detoxification, neurotoxicity, and biotransformation imbalances
- Immune imbalances (Cytokine hypothesis)
- Inflammatory imbalances
- Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
- Structural, boundary, and membrane imbalances
- Psychological and Spiritual Equilibrium
Your treatment plan is based on correcting nutritional, lifestyle, and core imbalances. We work in partnership with you, advising you
of the treatment options available, such as medication, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, detoxification, neurotransmitter and hormone balancing.
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Meet Our Staff
Valerie Balandra ARNP, BC is board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and is also a holistic functional medicine practitioner. She graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook with a Masters Degree in Nursing. She has advanced training in functional medicine and has been practicing in the field of psychiatric nursing for over twenty years. She met her husband of 22 years at a Florida psychiatric hospital where they were both working. Valerie started Integrative Psychiatry in 2000 after becoming frustrated with the current practice of just treating symptoms with medication and not addressing the underlying issues.
She considers herself a mind-body detective, finding clues as to the cause of your symptoms. Her areas of expertise are neurotransmitter imbalance, targeted amino acid therapy, psychopharmacology, adrenal fatigue, orthomolecular psychiatry, and natural treatments. She has written numerous articles on natural cures for depression and anxiety and was interviewed on that topic on a national radio health program.
David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA
David J. Scheiderer, MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Director of Education at Integrative Psychiatry, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida and the President of Tiberius Enterprises, Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia. An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields both of conventional mainstream psychiatry as well as functional medicine. As such, he is one of the most highly sought speakers in the nation on the topics of mental health and healthy aging. Dr. Dave also serves on numerous advisory boards and currently provides professional and technical expertise to several international corporations. In addition to his busy lecturing and consulting schedule, Dr. Dave maintains a private practice of Integrative Psychiatry in Sarasota.
Dr. Dave specializes in Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI), a relatively new approach to Diseases of Civilization including most mental disorders. The theory behind PNI is that life and its attendant stressors, combined with your unique genetic endowment and early life experiences, cause progressive imbalances among multiple physiological systems: neurotransmitters, hormones, growth factors, metabolic parameters, and immunity.
This approach considers your individual symptoms and their associated biological (hormonal, adrenal, neurotransmitter, and immune) imbalances to develop a specific treatment plan for you incorporating lifestyle, nutritional supplements, adrenal support, and medications.
His education, training, and experience make Dr. Dave a versatile clinician able to provide comprehensive evaluation and testing as well as offer a variety of treatments: medication management, psychotherapy, wellness coaching, lifestyle management, and nutraceuticals.
Dr. Dave is certifed by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University, then moved to Virginia where he completed his Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry residency at University of Virginia.
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