Improve Life PLLC

Dr. Stephanie Waggel, MD, MS

At Improve Life, our mission is to provide you with personalized healing designed specifically to enhance your life. We take the approach of high quality individualized care for a few patients rather than the “assembly-line” approach used to treat a large number of patients. You will receive a uniquely made healthcare plan by a medical doctor who takes extra time to explore your needs. This model removes middlemen in order to focus completely on the patient’s needs. Improve Life’s practice model of one room and one physician leads to a reduction of unnecessary space and elimination of extra staff. Without these extra distractions, the physician is able to spend more time with patients. This relaxed pace leads to improved patient satisfaction and better treatment outcomes.  

Dr. Stephanie E Waggel, MD, MS

Dr. Waggel is a physician, author, motivational speaker and founder of Improve Medical Culture. She has lived in the DC area for eight years and enjoys working with the Northern Virginia community.  She hosted and was a speaker at the National Day to Prevent Physician and Medical Student Suicide in Washington, DC. The goal of this day was to decrease the stigma of mental illness that is present in the healthcare field and honor those who have taken their lives. This was a national event that over 800 people participated in. She was also filmed for the movie "Do No Harm" which discusses abuse in the medical education system. She has been asked to speak for organizations such as Public Citizen, Care2, and One Story. She has also published articles with Physician Family and Kevin MD.  She was named a Physician of the Year 2016 by Medscape. She typically speaks on achieving life and career goals despite adversity, mental health education, and tips and tricks for premeds and medical students, depression, addiction, stress, sexual assault, discrimination and women’s health issues. Dr. Waggel has a huge social media following and is very popular with the under 30 crowd on social media. She greatly enjoys working with young people as she believes helping them to overcome barriers in today’s world will make for a better tomorrow. Dr. Waggel believes the most successful physicians are the ones active in their community.  Along with her student, Dr. Waggel was engaged in much community service  throughout the Northern Virginia area. Please have a look at Improve Medical Culture for more information.

Education: Chatham University, BA, Chatham University, MS, The George Washington University, MD.
Internship and post graduate training: The George Washington University
Licensure: The Commonwealth of Virginia

Stephanie Causey, LCSW

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Virginia and Kentucky who specializes in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, dual diagnosis, grief, adjustment, and relational problems. Her background includes clinical work in the corporate, forensic, educational, and therapeutic settings. She is experienced in providing collaborative and clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults in both community and private practices.
Stephanie has worked in the field of mental and behavioral health for nearly 20 years. She founded a private practice in Kentucky in 2008, working as a generalist as well as a clinical assessor and treatment provider of substance abuse. She holds an administrator license and a clinical supervisor certification for an alcohol and other drug entity (AODE) within the practice. Her background also includes work and board membership with non-profits addressing and aiding the homeless population.
Stephanie currently resides in the state of Virginia providing individual, group, and couples therapeutic counseling and assessment, as well as Christian counseling. She practices evidence-based treatment and incorporates strength-based approaches. Her therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy-Mindfulness, Insight-Oriented Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy.
Education: University of Central Florida, BA; University of Kentucky, MSW
Licensure: The Commonwealth of Virginia, The Commonwealth of Kentucky
Dr. Stephanie Waggel, MD, MS - Improve Life PLLC - Reston & Herndon, Virginia Mental Health Care

Improve Life PLLC
2201 Cooperative Way
Suite 600
Herndon, VA 20171
Fax: (703) 788-6867
Phone: (646) 776-0739