Valerie Balandra ARNP, BC is board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner as well as a holistic health practitioner. She has been practicing in the field of psychiatric nursing for over thirty years. Valerie takes a functional medicine approach, finding the cause of your problems not just treating your symptoms. Her areas of expertise are psychopharmacology, adrenal fatigue, natural treatments for depression, anxiety, and mood. She has been utilizing neurotransmitter testing and targeted amino acid therapy to identify and treat neurotransmitter imbalances in her full-time practice since it’s inception. She has written numerous articles on natural cures for depression and anxiety and was interviewed on that topic on a national radio health program. NEI Certified, Voted favorite mental health and holistic practitioner!
Dr. Dave Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA is a board certified medical doctor in neurology and psychiatry. He has advanced training in the field of functional medicine and nutritional treatments. 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.
Michelle Dan El Carr PMHCNS-BC is an ANCC board-certified psychotherapist and an APRN and licensed nurse practitioner in the state of Florida. She has practiced psychotherapy in N.J and N.Y. in private practice for 15 years as well as taught and precepted Psychiatric Nursing students in major universities. A contributor to renowned psychiatric nursing texts, Michelle has also presented in major nursing conferences on the topics of shame-based problems and suicide. Through specializing in eating disorders and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, she became aware of the inseparable mind – body connection. She brings her years of experience in traditional psychotherapy to integrate with EMDR therapy, DBT and contemplative practices. Her underlying belief is that we are made up of four parts which are seeking balance to maintain a satisfying quality of life. By addressing matters of the mind, heart, body and spirit, we can live happier and more meaningful lives.