Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
No, as a solo practitioner, I collect payment at the time of service (cash, credit card, check, flexible savings accounts and health savings accounts). I do provide an itemized bill to patients who are interested in reimbursement and they can independently submit it to their insurance companies.
This model gives me the flexibility to see you for longer visits than insurance would pay for and I can design my treatment plans based on what I find your body needs instead of what insurance will or won’t pay for. I get my clients better faster because I have the time to really devote to you. All of my energy and time goes to helping you reach your goals instead of the countless hours a provider has to spend interacting with insurance companies on the phone and with paperwork.
If you are interested in knowing your potential level of reimbursement for our services, please call your insurance provider and inquire about their coverage for “out of network physical therapy,” as well as any applicable deductibles.
Do you take HSA/FSA cards?
Yes, I accept HSA/FSA cards or checks and will provide you a receipt for your records.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, if you sign up for a package of 3 or more visits, you can pay me a deposit of 50% of the cost of the package on our 1st visit and the remainder on our last visit.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
In the state of CA, you can see a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral for 45 days or 12 visits, whichever comes first. To continue treatment past this time, you will need a referral. This is a state law which applies to all physical therapy clients whether they pay cash or use insurance benefits. There are certain times where I may require you to bring a referral to start treatment. We will discuss this when we set up your first appointment.
Do you offer discounted rates?
Yes. I offer a limited number of discounted clients per quarter. Please contact me to inquire about this option.
Do you treat men?
Yes. I have over nine years of experience treating orthopedic injuries in men and women and can treat any orthopedic condition. I do not offer male pelvic floor services, however. Please contact me if you need referrals to physical therapists who do treat the male pelvic floor.
Do you treat children?
Yes. I have experience treating kids as young as 12 with orthopedic injuries. I am not a pediatric specialist.
Can my baby/child be present during appointments?
Yes. One of the benefits of my longer session times is that we do have time to allow baby feeding and soothing if needed. We can also do specific body mechanics training surrounding baby care activities such as posture during holding or nursing. For some moms, having your child present can be a distraction and you might not get as much from the appointment when your mind is elsewhere on baby’s needs.
I am postpartum but I don’t have any pain, only weakness. Can I still see you?
Yes! I am specialized in core rehabilitation postpartum and can improve your strength and stabilization safely. The important thing to note is that strengthening is considered a Wellness Service, which most insurance companies will not reimburse for. If you have questions, contact me and we can talk about your specific case.
How long will I need to see you?
This depends on your condition and your goals. I find most clients have made big improvements within 4 visits which is why I offer packages. You might need more than 4 and we can talk about how we can continue treatment beyond the 4 visits when needed. I will know more about the plan after I evaluate your body.
How long do I have to wait to see you postpartum?
This is case specific. I have seen moms as early as 2 weeks postpartum to address acute pain as a result of a birthing injury. If you had a vaginal birth, I can see you as soon as you feel ready and we work with your body’s needs. If you had a C-Section, it’s good to give your body 6 weeks for your incisions to heal and then start PT. Please contact me if you’d like to talk about your specific case.
I am not pregnant or postpartum, can I still see you?
Yes! I can treat any body of any gender whether you have a baby in your belly, never have, or had a baby thirty years ago.
Is it normal to leak urine?
No! Urine leakage is not normal and is a sign that the muscles in your pelvis are not working efficiently which has long term results. Unfortunately urine leakage in moms has been normalized and it is not and can be treated with physical therapy.
Will my abdominal separation ever go away?
We measure an abdominal separation by how wide it is and also how deep it is. The more babies you have had, the bigger your separation usually is. There is also a genetic component to how one naturally heals postpartum, based on how elastic your tissues are. Not all separations will close but most of them can fully heal with proper treatment. When a separation is fully healed, you have full stabilization of your spine and pelvis and are not at increased risk of injury anymore.