Improve Life PLLC - Reston & Herndon, Virginia Mental Health Care

Dr. Stephanie E. Waggel, MD, MS

Dr. Stephani E. Waggel, MD, MS - Improve Life PLLC Reston & Herndon, Virginia Mental Health Care
Improve Life PLLC

Reston & Herndon, VA Mental Health & Psychiatric  Care
Phone: (703) 988-LIFE

Improve Life PLLC - Reston & Herndon, Virginia Mental Health Care
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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." -Thich Nhat Hanh
We provide therapy, psychiatry medication management, and wellness strategies to children 12 and older, pregnant mothers, young adults, and women in Northern Virginia. We also diagnose and treat ADHD in men and women of all ages. Clients leave with a tangible plan for achieving life goals and finding happiness. 

Therapy focuses – Depression, anxiety, ADHD, self-esteem, personal growth and development, stress, career counseling, chronic illness, life transition, social anxiety and shyness, sleep disturbances, occupational difficulties, attention and concentration improvement, interpersonal skills and effective communication, relationship concerns, marital/family conflict, and mind-body issues.

Medication management – If it is found after evaluation that medication would be of benefit, a carefully planned medication regimen will be discussed and carried out under close physician supervision. As Dr. Waggel is both a therapist and a medical doctor, you do not have to schedule a separate visit or pay another fee.  Pharmacogenetic testing is now available. Have your medications personalized for you and your genes.

Strategy for wellness – Stress reduction outline, coping skill formulation, nutrition plans, exercise plans, search for underlying issues (food allergies, infections, nutrient deficiencies), chronic fatigue treatment, energy regaining tactics, meditation exercises, spirituality exploration, lifestyle change, and skin health.

For a free phone consultation with the medical doctor, please call (703) 988-5433 and leave a message. Dr. Waggel welcomes your call, text, or email and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Patient Testimonials

Patient A

Dr. Waggel has been such a blessing for our family. After a difficult experience at another practice, our daughter was struggling with worsening symptoms and spent weeks sifting through which were related to her anxiety/depression and which were a reaction to the medications they had prescribed. During our initial consultation, Dr. Waggel shared that genetic testing (via a cheek swab) was an option to help us identify what medications might work best for her. Before long we had a new plan in place to transition her to more helpful medications and utilizing new coping strategies. Dr. Waggel's professionalism, knowledge and approachable style have made all the difference for our daughter. Thank you!

Patient B

Dr. Waggel talked to me in March when I wasn't feeling well at all.  Now I am feeling so much better!  She reassured me that I could feel like myself again, and offered helpful suggestions.  She really cares about her patients and is very kind and understanding.  One of the things I really liked was that she shared some personal experiences that I could relate to, and even recommended a book.  Dr. Waggel will make you feel at ease talking with her, and you will likely learn a lot.  I would definitely recommend her to friends and colleagues.

Patient C

Dr. Waggel didn’t just give me medicine but she came up with approaches in my everyday life. She would help me come up with manageable techniques to help me get through my day. She didn’t say, “here have a pill and see you in another month.” She would ask for something to foresee happening in the next week that we could work on. I am at least 90 to 100 % better. It has made a great difference in my life.

Patient D

Dr. Waggel is probably the nicest doctor I’ve ever met. She listens and takes good notes. The reminders for appointments are total life-savers, and she sends follow up emails after appointments with notes on what happened. Talking with her is really easy, and she just seems to really care. Also, she has a lot of experience and an interesting professional background that makes me think she is a well-rounded doctor. She’s not a doctor who is just going to tell you what you want to hear, though, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then you’ll be wasting your time. If you want honest feedback, then it’s absolutely worth making an appointment.

Patient E

​I love the time Dr. Waggel takes to actually talk to me and get to know me. She never makes me feel rushed or that what I have to say is unimportant. I truly feels that she cares about me, my mental health, and helping me to feel better. So glad I found her!

Patient F

The whole experience is positive and we look forward to our sessions. We leave feeling better and continue to work on communication and sharing. You were able to quickly drill down into her feelings and alleviate her stress right away.

Patient G

Dr. Stephanie Waggel is kind and very understanding of her patients needs. In the event she doesn't cover your urgency, she will point you in the right direction. I highly recommend her services!

Patient H

​Dr. Waggel is absolutely amazing! Dr. Waggel has an amazing ability to listen with empathy and provide positive constructive feedback and advice. She is professional, thorough and asks appropriate questions. She has a great memory as I am able to pick up each session from the last with no breaks becuase she remembers details from the sessions prior. Dr. Waggel is non-judgemental and during each session Dr. Waggel formulates both short term and long term plans for healthy daily living. Thank you Dr. Waggel!

Patient I

​My first experience with Dr. Waggel was very positive, right from the start, and I left feeling both confident and relieved that I had made the right choice. I have been seeing her for enough sessions to know that she genuinely cares about her patients when you go to see her. She is very quick in correspondence even though she's so busy, she makes sure to answer any questions or concerns you may have after the visit with her is over. Dr. Waggel takes the time to listen. She is not quick to make a diagnosis, but makes sure to take into account all the available information first so she can truly help the patient. After spending time research a lot of different doctors, I am happy to say that I am very glad to have found her.

Patient J

Above and beyond support to ensure my child reached a place of well-being!

Patient K

I've been seeing Dr. Waggel for just over a month, and I can honestly say that she is the most knowledgeable, approachable, and kindest doctor that I have met. I'm not usually an open person, but immediately felt comfortable talking with her. She listens without judgement and is very quick to respond if I have any questions between appointments. She has been a monumental help in addressing my sleep and mood issues. In just a short amount of time, we've made great progress and I am wholly optimistic about the future. I highly recommend Dr. Waggel and the Improve Life practice to anyone who is genuinely looking to improve their overall well-being.

Patient L

I was a patient of Dr. Waggel earlier this year. She is a great listener. Quick to work together with you to determine the appropriate and best solutions. She is quite punctual with her appointments. Spot on with the appropriate diagnosis for me and ensured my comfort and stability throughout with the correct information.  
Patient M

Dr. Waggel is an amazing, caring, and unique doctor. She truly cares about her patients and she makes therapy not only enjoyable but also worthwhile. I have seen such an improvement in myself ever since I started seeing her. She takes the time to listen but also gives detailed advice about how you can fix different problems that arise. I used to find it hard to open to someone, but she makes it so easy. You’ll never meet a funnier and more compassionate person than Dr. Waggel!!

Patient N

Dr. Waggel is a great professional, very helpful and genuine. I’m pleased that I found her after trying years of ineffective treatments and finally I did the DNA test with her, to indicate the best medication for me, that also helped not only with my depression but also my add as well. I’m grateful.  

Patient O

​Dr. Waggel takes the time to really get to know her patients and figure out what treatment options would be most beneficial. She is committed to improving the quality of life for her patients with the least amount of medication possible, which we greatly appreciated. She utilized genetic testing to assist us with determining the right medication and was very thorough in explaining the treatment options. Based on our previous experiences with medication prior to Dr. Waggel, we had significant reservations regarding potential side effects. In response to our concerns, Dr. Waggel employed her vast experience, genetic testing and collaborated with colleagues to provide a thoughtful and thorough recommendation, in addition to the reasoning behind her recommended approach. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Waggel for her commitment to our daughter.

Patient P

Dr. Waggel all I can say is thank you for all of the passion you clearly put into your work. It was a blessing that I found you when I did, and I'm excited to continue working with you. I can safely say that I couldn't agree more with those reviews now and I am so glad I found a doctor who is both approachable, compassionate and knowledgeable in this field. She is very professional and actually took the time to hear my story and my concerns and then worked with me to create a treatment catered towards my specific needs. I would highly recommend Dr. Waggle to anyone looking for a doctor who will help them through a difficult time while keeping your best interests and health in mind from the very start.

Patient Q

Hands down the best doctor I’ve ever had! Dr. Waggel is very patient, punctual, detail-oriented and works with me to find the best medication that will help me. She doesn’t push certain medicines likesome doctors do; she takes time to study you and then determines what medicine would work for you. Bottom line: Dr. Waggel is truly interested in helping her patients; you’re not just a number in her office.

Patient R

Dr. Waggel is best doctor I ever met. Very professional, compassionate , very good listener. I would highly recommend Dr. Waggel to anyone looking for a doctor who will help them through a difficult time while keeping your best interests and health in mind from the very start.

Patient S

Dr. Waggel was the perfect fit for me and what I needed. In the short 4 months I have met with her I have seen a complete turn around. She is knowledge and very easy to talk with. I would highly recommend her to anyone! I’m so glad to have met her!

Patient T 

Dr. Waggel was very helpful and super insightful. Felt like a very natural conversation which helped a lot in getting into the details and arriving at a solution. Highly recommend.

Patient U

​Dr. Waggel has truly helped improve my life for the better. She works with my busy schedule to make sure I'm able to be seen and is invested in helping me manage my everyday stresses and actually cares about my personal improvement. Highly recommend having tried other doctors in the past and almost giving up on the process.

Patient V

Dr. Waggel has greatly improved my life in such a short amount of time. I can't recommend her enough and only wish I had come in sooner. I set 3 goals for myself just a few months ago and almost all of them are now reality. Seriously, life changing.

Patient W 

Dr. Waggel is the best psychiatrist I have worked with. She is understanding, efficient and committed to helping her clients find the balance they are looking for. Love her and so grateful for her help!

Patient X

Dr. Waggel is an excellent psychiatrist. She shows compassion and understanding while using modern strategies and methods to accurately access your current needs. Dr. Waggel is easy to work with and her scheduling process is simple and effective. 
On a personal note, I found Dr. Waggel after struggling with other psychiatrist who didn't listen to my needs. It was such a relief to find a doctor who took the time to understand my symptoms and worked carefully to prescribe the correct medication for my biology. This is the first time my symptoms have been controlled without excessive side effects. She is a life saver!

Patient Y

Love Dr. Waggel

She is the first doctor I've been to in my 45 years that actually listens to me and helps me greatly.

Paitent Z

Blessing from God. Blessing, blessing, blessing.

Patient AA

Dr. Waggel has helped  get through the hardest time in my life. She listens and cares and always finds a way to give me hope and brighten my day. I can't thank her enough for what she's done for me and I wish her the best. 

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Is Improve Life a good fit for you?

Are you one of the following: a male of any age looking for ADHD treatment only, an adolescent between the ages of 12 and 25 who may have anxiety, depression, OCD or ADHD, or a woman of any age struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD or ADHD?

Are you looking for a doctor that has your safety, health and happiness in mind?

Can you use our online booking system and check your email for appointment reminders?

Are you able to follow policies such as a 24-hour cancellation policy?

Do you understand that it is ultimately the physician's decision whether or not to prescribe a medication? 

Do you agree that sometimes life style changes such as diet and exercise are necessary for improvement? 

Are you able to arrive to your appointments on time and understand that arriving more than 15 minutes late is considered a "no-show"?

If you have answered yes to all of the above questions then Improve Life is likely a good fit for you!   

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2201 Cooperative Way
Suite 600
Herndon, VA 20171

complimentary snacks, coffee, tea
community café
Reston, Virginia
convenient location
adaptable to meet your needs
lake and walking trails
private and peaceful office
wifi enabled terrace
weekend and night access
Dr. Stephanie Waggel from Improve Life PLLC is recognized as a TOP Integrative Wellness & Mental Health Expert for the Herndon and Reston, Virginia region and is featured on the TOP Doctors Interviews which are seen on CNN Headline News, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey Network, MSNBC and other networks.
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