Stephanie Waggel, MD

Stephanie Waggel, MD
Improve Life PLLC 2201 Cooperative Way 600 Herndon, VA 20170
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Stephanie Waggel, MD

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. As Dr. Stephanie Waggel is both a medical doctor and therapist, patients do not need to make two separate appointments saving time, hassle, and money.

Dr. Waggel is a medical doctor, author, motivational speaker, and therapist. She was named a Physician of the Year 2016 by Medscape. Her physician-owned and operated clinic, Improve Life PLLC, provides patients with personalized healing. Her organization, Improve Medical Culture, strives for the betterment of behavior in the healthcare field. She has been working in the field of mental health for over ten years and she has experience in helping others, including other physicians, overcome life struggles. Recently, 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. Dr. Waggel was also filmed for the movie "Do No Harm" which exposes abuse in the medical education system. This year, she has spoken for organizations such as Public Citizen, Care2, and One Story. Also, this year, she has published articles with Physician Family and Kevin MD.

Dr. Waggel is familiar with many cultures. She has traveled to 35 countries and she has worked as a healthcare provider in 5 counties. Most recently, Dr. Waggel explored the healthcare system in Havana and Trinidad Cuba. Interpretation services are available to patients of Improve Life. We welcome women, adolescents, and young adults of all backgrounds.
Primary Specialty


Gender Female
Education Chatham University, BA
Chatham University, MS
The George Washington University, MD.
Certification Physician of the Year 2016 by Medscape
Services We provide therapy, medication management and wellness strategies to adolescents, young adults, and women of all ages in Northern Virginia. Clients leave with a tangible plan for achieving life goals and finding happiness.

Therapy focuses – Depression, anxiety, 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.

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.
Additional Services psychiatry, mental health, women's health, wellness, primary care
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Let me start by saying that Dr. Waggel at ImproveLife PLLC gave me a chance at a life I never thought I could have. There is something so beautiful and liberating in talking to a doctor who doesn’t judge you. For over ten years of struggling, for the first time I was able to speak with someone who knew exactly what was happening with me and why I was feeling the way that I feel. On my first visit with her I remember telling her that I just want one normal day. She said I can definitely help with that. On my second visit with her I told her that if she were to tell me that I would feel and see this much improvement in my mental and physical health, I would have said no way. Over ten years of unhappiness all vanishes within a two months period. To anyone who is feeling like you are not alright, my only advice to you is follow your instinct, seek help, and don't let anyone talk you out of doing so. Dr. Stephanie Waggel I thank you, my husband thanks you, and my mother thanks you. You have truly given me a chance at a wonderful life.
by Yasmin Abdella
September 11, 2020
Dr. Waggel is the best! She provides care through a thoughtfully developed, personalized plan. She pinpoints goals and helped me achieve relief from anxiety. Very thankful to have found her!
by Melissa
April 22, 2019
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