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Integrative Psychiatry is a psychiatric and functional medicine practice located in Sarasota, Florida. Our practitioners offer a patient-centered model where we combine conventional medicine and evidence-based pharmaceutical treatments with complementary mind-body medicine, nutritional counseling, psychotherapy and preventative medicine to promote long term well being. We strive to identify and treat the underlying causes and contributors to symptoms of depression, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, obesity, insomnia, burnout, and other contemporary health conditions.
We believe achieving harmony between the brain and body is essential to whole body wellness. Our functional medicine approach identifies and treats core imbalances which affect your brain, body, and quality of life.
Treatment recommendations are based on a complete history, questionnaires and evaluations, targeted laboratory testing, and patient preference.
Expect a personalized experience, completely unique to your individual needs. Please call our office so that we can carefully match you with the practitioner who will be best suited to work with you.
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 that lead 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.
Dr. David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education for Integrative Psychiatry, Inc.
An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields of both mainstream psychiatry and functional medicine. Dissatisfied with the patient outcomes using only conventional treatments, he began treating his patients by addressing biological imbalances with lifestyle improvements, nutrition and nutraceuticals to get better outcomes. His integrative approach provided much improved results. Dr. Dave is passionate about helping the community he serves by personalizing treatments and educating the public about mental health and healthy aging.
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 certified 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.