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 underlying which cause or contribute 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 function 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 is board certifed in psychiatry and neurology. He received his medical degree from Ohio State University, then moved to Virginia where he completed his Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry residency at University of Virginia. Dr. Scheiderer divides his time between practices in Florida, and Virginia. He is a highly sought after national speaker and mental health educator.
Dr. Scheiderer also believes in partnering with his patients to help them achieve the highest level of wellness possible. His areas of expertise include bio-identical hormone therapy, psychopharmacology, and health promotion.
Mary is our customer service supervisor.She blends her customer service experience and organizational skills to run our natural pharmacy and shipping department.She makes sure you receive your test results and supplements on time.
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