FAQs: What are your questions?

FAQs

What kinds of issues do you work with? See More HERE:

  • Persistent Pain: When pain persists past 3 months, it is then considered persistent (or chronic) pain. Not limited to what is listed below.

    • Back/Hip/nerve pain

    • Neck/jaw/shoulder/upper extremity pain

    • Headaches/Migraines

  • Women’s Health:

    • Continence issues, Leakage, Going too often

    • Persistent pelvic pain, Pain with sex

    • Digestive issues: Diarrhea, Constipation, Fecal Incontinence

    • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia

    • Peri-menopausal, Menopausal and Post-menopausal transitions (Fatigue, Insomnia, Hormonal balancing, Energy, Breast tenderness, Mood)

Can I work with you remotely via Telehealth?

Yes! A lot of what we can work on together, can be done remotely. So if you are traveling, or live on a boat, or just don’t have time to make it to appointments, we can still work together. As long as you are living or traveling in California, we can work together. From physical therapy needs, yoga therapy, to health coaching, there are no limits. Check out Telehealth options

Do I need a referral for PT?

I can see you for 12 visits or 45 days without a referral from your doctor for PT. So, no, you don’t need one for an initial consultation.  However, If you want to submit claims for reimbursement from your insurance company, they may require you to have a doctors referral for PT, or at least a diagnosis code.

Do you accept my insurance?

I accept all people, regardless of your insurance company. However, I am Out-Of-Network with all insurance providers.  This does not mean that I cannot help you. You will receive a Superbill which you can submit to your insurance company for Out-Of Network reimbursement.

Under insurance contracts, I am limited to how much time I can see you and what treatments I provide. Insurance will often only cover treatments per condition or body part. I don’t want insurance companies and Medicare dictating how I treat my patients/clients and I don’t think you should either.

I do bill directly if you have Tricare Military Insurance. And those patients I have seen using Tricare have their visits completely covered if active duty and pay a VERY small percentage if retired.

Can I get reimbursed for your services?

Yes, in most cases, your insurance carrier may reimburse you for a portion of your payment, after deductibles are paid.  I am an Out-of Network (OON) Provider, so you’ll be reimbursed at OON rates, per your insurance carrier. It’s your responsibility to follow-up with your insurance carrier, though I am happy to assist. See below for a way to help with that process.

Here’s a link to an example FORM that you can easily find on your insurance company website. You will need to submit the Superbill/Invoice, the doctor’s Referral for PT (if required by your insurance carrier) and a Claim Form.

If you have a FSA or HSA, you may submit your receipt of services for reimbursement or use a FSA credit card upon time of payment.

If you don’t want to bother, below you will find the information you need in order to sign up with our partners, Better, to submit your bills for reimbursement from your insurance company.  The Better App was designed for private pay patients to get their money back from insurance for out-of-network care, and they aim to take away the burden of paperwork and dealing with insurance companies.  

Signing up takes only 1-2 minutes: download the app, take a photo of the insurance card plus your superbills, and Better handles the rest- it’s that simple!

From that point on, the Better team reviews each claim for errors and missing information and provide status updates for the patient as their claims process. They also verify that the patient is getting the best possible outcome from their insurance.

They charge a service fee of 10% of the money the patient gets back from insurance once their check is on the way. If the claim goes towards their deductible or is otherwise ineligible for reimbursement, Better is FREE of charge.

 

 

Better makes filing your insurance claims simple.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the iPhone app or Android App to sign up. Upload insurance card & superbills, then you are done. Or
  2. Send superbills in email to claims@getbetter.co .
  3. Better works with your insurance to get you paid

Find out more at https://getbetter.co

Better is safe, secure, and HIPAA-compliant.

How are you different than traditional PT?

I have a concierge model:

  • Where I can spend as long as I WANT with my client. Have you been with me and I’ve accidentally gone over time?  That’s me immersed in your care. And I never charge extra.

  • I DO NOT require that you have a doctor’s referral for every issue/injury/pain. You are not just a bunch of parts to be addressed as separate. And I won’t require you to have separate visits for each body part. If you’ve been to a doctor at least once about an issue that PT can help with, and you have some form of diagnosis, then that’s good enough for me. And legally ok in the state of California.

  • I am not distracted by having to focus on 10 other things going on in the clinic. It’s YOU and me.

  • My clients don’t have to come in 2-3x/week for 4-8 weeks. Because we have more time together, we can get more covered in 1-4 visits, so you don’t have to carve out an extra 3+ hours in your schedules to make  it into my office. And we can even see each other via Telehealth–making it that much easier on your schedule. Then we can space out visits to see you through the long haul, because life transformations take TIME.

  • I make timely contact available with my clients between sessions–as much as you need. Because questions come up. And it feeds you ACCOUNTABILITY.

  • And you can bet we’ll address IT ALL—your stresses, your struggles, your celebrations, your nutrition, ALL that is YOU, and not JUST that pesky neck pain (though we’ll get to that too).

What kind of yoga do you teach?

I call it “non-dogmatic” yoga. This means that it is a combination of yoga styles and does not lend itself towards one brand of yoga, though I would say it most closely matches a blend of Ashtanga (not the flow, but based on the philosophy) and Hatha. It is movement, it is breath, it is contentment, it is gratitude, and it is awareness within and without.

What is a class like?

Every class is a little different. However, it will start with setting an intention for the day, mindful breath (pranayama), movement through postures (asana), settling into savasana (corpse pose) that may be either quiet or includes guided imagery/meditation and the practice ends with mindful breathing and revisiting the intention.

It’s not just going through the poses. And you can trust I will ask you about your health concerns or injuries so we can have a successful experience.

What is a private yoga therapy session like?

Private sessions involve evaluation of you physically (posture, flexibility, strength) and we will discuss any other aspects of your life that may be affecting you (mental, spiritual, relationships, etc). We do a fun activity that gives me a better idea of your Ayurvedic constitution/nature. We will work together to find a combination of breath practices, movement, lifestyle, and nutrition that will promote your wellbeing. Instruction, education, and/or handouts and videos are always provided.  I usually recommend at least 4 sessions. Followup sessions are about 50% coaching, discussion and 50% yoga asana practice. My goal is to make sure that you are meeting your goals.

How do I prepare for a yoga session?

Please do not eat at least 2 hours prior to practicing yoga asana (postures) or pranayama (breathing). Small fruit or juice is ok. Wear comfortable clothing. Arrive on time or even early to prepare your mind and body for practice. Please do not arrive late…allow yourself time to settle in and to avoid interruption for the rest of the class. Supplies are provided but you may bring your own (especially eye pillows). Please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes/lotions. And, come with an open mind.