“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”
You may be looking at this website because you are suffering from a psychiatric or a neurological condition, or because you are taking care of a loved one with dementia. Whatever the reason, I hope that today you will come one step closer to achieving balance, peace of mind and optimal wellbeing. This website can be your portal for gathering information about support groups, books, articles, services and other resources.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a PhD focused in Geriatric Neurodegenerative Disorders (dementias) it is my goal and privilege to partner with my patients and their families in finding solutions to challenging situations, optimizing medication regiments, utilizing diverse psycho-therapeutic techniques and complimentary/alternative interventions (hypnosis, biofeedback, medicinal foods) for maximizing your emotional and cognitive reserves.
AREAS OF Dr. Sadak's EXPERTISE
Family Caregiver Support. Caregiving takes many forms, it is a universal occupation. Most of us at some point in our lives will serve as a caregiver. The majority of people living with dementia are cared for at home by family caregivers. Caregivers’ ability to provide high quality care and keep their care recipient at home often depends on the state of their own health and wellbeing. However, caregivers frequently neglect their physical and mental/emotional health as they make the needs of their care recipients their first priority. Consequently, dementia caregivers experience more physical, cognitive, and psychological stress than do non-caregivers. Stress may increase risks of mortality, hospitalizations, medication use, poor health, and worse outcomes for care recipients including higher likelihood of residential care placement. Caregiver stress can therefore be seen as a social determinant of health for both caregivers and care recipients. Dr. Sadak specializes in supporting caregivers in optimizing their wellness and reducing stress. Her clinical and scientific work on improving caregiver's quality of life received local and national recognition. For more information please review Services for Dementia Care Partners section.
Memory Disorders are disorders of cognition, the ability to reason, remember, make decisions and communicate. They can be caused by multiple factors including conditions such as strokes in the brain, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutritional deficiencies, reactions to medications, systemic inflammation, high load of toxins, hormonal imbalance.... Dr. Sadak received Doctorate and completed 3 Post-Doctorate Fellowships focused on treating dementia and related memory disorders and conducting research studies aimed at developing clinically relevant interventions for people who are living with dementia and for their family/friend care partners. To learn more please review About Dr. Sadak section.
Geriatric Psychiatry emphasizes the biological and psychological aspects of normal aging, the psychiatric effect of acute and chronic physical illness, and the biological and psychosocial aspects of the pathology of primary psychiatric disturbances of older age. Geriatric psychiatrists focus on prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly and improvement of psychiatric care for healthy and ill elderly patients.
Integrative Psychiatry is a combination of traditional and alternative medicine and therapies that aim to identify and to treat the roots of the disease, and/or the core of the problem.
Integrative Psychiatry Goals Include:
1. Optimal mental wellness, not just the absence of disease.
2. Relationships have a healing power.
3. The body, mind, and environment operate as a whole.
4. Prevention is the key.
5. We all have an innate healing power. Our natural state of being is healthy, not sick.
6. Treatment modalities should be integrated. Hence "integrative" psychiatry. The best of conventional medical and psychiatric diagnostic techniques and treatments can be combined with alternative strategies such as mindfulness, supplements, neurofeedback, biofeedback and other complementary approaches.
7. We have personal responsibility for our health and happiness. Joy, happiness and fulfillment are not things that some medications, psychiatrist or therapist can give you. You must decide that these are goals worth striving for and be willing to let go of negative habits to get them.
8. Individuality should be honored. Not all bodies or minds work the same, and we all have different treatments and techniques that resonate with us. To the utmost degree possible, a person's preferences should be a crucial factor in determining what strategies are used to help him or her.
Adopted from: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/integrative-psychiatry_b_4074874
ReCode: Reversing Cognitive Decline Protocols designed by Dr. Bredesen. These protocols work best for people living with early signs/symptoms of memory loss and for their family/friend caregivers who are experiencing memory problems due to high physical/emotional stress. If you are interested in this very innovative, comprehensive and intensive program, please take a look at the information on our Services for People Living with Dementia section. Dr. Sadak trained with Dr. Bredesen and is certified in ReCode.
Medical Genetics is a method of understanding how variations in an individual’s DNA may affect disease and health. This knowledge can lead to: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, tailored treatment. Nutrigenomics the scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes, especially with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease. For more information about genetic testing please review Genetics and Nutrigenomics section.
Gut Microbiome - Mental - Cognitive Health Interactions. Microbiome - all the microbes in a community (eg. gut, skin). The human microbiome (all of our microbes’ genes) can be considered a counterpart to the human genome (all of our genes). The genes in our microbiome outnumber the genes in our genome by about 100 to 1. For more information about microbiome testing please review Gut Health = Healthy Brain section.
Dr. Sadak is certified in Medical Genetics by DNA Life and is currently pursuing advanced training in Genomics through the Centre for Translational Genomics.
If you decide to establish care at the Psychiatric Wellness and Dementia Care, LLC Clinic we will work together towards amplifying your overall wellbeing and improving your quality of life. I look forward to working with you towards achieving your goals.
Please call or email me for an individual in-person or video-conference (telemedicine) appointment, dementia patient/caregiver dyad assessments, couples or family therapy consultation today.
In the News:
2018, Dr. Sadak Inducted as a Fellow In The Gerontological Society of America
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named exemplary professionals as its newest fellows. The status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the Society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual’s career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity. This includes research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of GSA’s four membership sections.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational unit, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.
2017, Selected as Top Doctor, Nurse Practitioner in Geriatric Psychiatry
Seattle Met partnered with the Professional Research Services survey company to poll health care practitioners licensed by the Washington State Department of Health in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties, asking, “If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?” Voters nominated their most esteemed peers based on years of experience, competency, rapport with patients, patient satisfaction and compliance with care recommendations, and ability to work effectively with colleagues across specialties to deliver the best patient care. The top vote recipients were vetted with the DOH to ensure good standing before inclusion on the list, which is excerpted here alphabetically by specialty. Suite numbers have been omitted and practice names have been abbreviated for space; suite numbers and full practice names can be found in our interactive database. This list of Top Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners should be viewed as just one of many resources to consult when seeking the best care.
2017, Dr. Sadak Selected as one of Cambia Health Foundation
New Sojourns Scholars to Advance Palliative Care
Elite group of physicians and nurses demonstrate strong leadership potential and commitment to expanding palliative care. The Cambia Health Foundation has announced the acceptance of 10 new physicians and nurses into the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, the Foundation’s signature program to develop emerging palliative care leaders. With this new cohort, Cambia has now committed $7.2 million to cultivate 40 Sojourns Scholars from across the country who are working to advance palliative care.
The Sojourns Scholar program addresses a critical workforce development need and supports access to palliative care services. According to a 2016 report in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, “One-third of U.S. hospitals report no palliative care services of any kind, and access to palliative care in community settings (home, nursing home, assisted living) is limited for people who are not hospice-eligible. As a result, most people with serious illness are unlikely to receive the care they need throughout their course of illness.” Addressing these issues requires leadership, and by creating the Sojourns program, the Foundation has taken an active role in shaping the future.
2016, Dr. Sadak Received Award for a Distinguished Single Research Manuscript
Dr. T. Sadak received a SPRINGER PUBLISHING COMPANY Geriatric/Gerontological Nursing Award for a Distinguished Single research manuscript addressing Geriatric/Gerontological Nursing. This award is made to a gerontological nurse researcher for a single published work which in the opinion of the reviewers reflects outstanding scholarship with the use of a comprehensive methodology to study a particular gerontological nursing problem, the results of which have the potential to improve the care of older adults. The award was presented at the Nursing Care of Older Adults Interest Group Meeting at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in New Orleans on November 18th by Sheri Sussman Editorial at Springer Publishing Company.
J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Jul 5. pii: 0733464816657472. [Epub ahead of print]
Managing Your Loved One's Health: Development of a New Care Management Measure for Dementia Family Caregivers.
Sadak T, Wright J, Borson S.