DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR?
No, you do not need a referral from your doctor to start physical therapy. The state of California allows you direct access to Waterman Physical Therapy SF for up to 12 sessions or 45 calendar days, whichever comes first, without a physician’s referral. Beyond this period, you are able to continue with physical therapy after obtaining an in-person examination and approval of your physical therapist’s plan of care by a physician, osteopath or podiatrist, certified in the state of California.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
If I relied on insurance companies for payment for your treatment, I would not be able to provide the treatment you deserve. I believe that your treatment should be individualized and tailored to your needs. I believe that your treatment should not be rushed or padded with unnecessary and invalid treatment methods that have been proven to be ineffective. At other PT facilities, you may be treated by several different therapists, your appointment will only last 20-30 minutes, and you may be seen for several treatments per week. This model is designed to increase the billing capabilities of the PT facility. Because insurance companies never reimburse the full amount of charges billed, medical offices need to charge more to meet their revenue needs. My appointments are booked in 60 minute blocks, and I never inflate your bill with ineffective treatments like ultrasound or $25 ice packs that you can put on yourself at home. In most cases, you will only need 1 appointment every 1-2 weeks and will need fewer than ten session total. Effectiveness and efficiency are what I strive for in my care.
SHOULD I CONTACT MY INSURANCE COMPANY BEFORE COMING TO PT?
I recommend that you contact your health insurance company before you come to your first appointment to determine what your out-of-network benefits will be. I don’t accept insurance but I will provide you with the necessary billing codes to submit the claim yourself. Most patients are able to be reimbursed for a portion of their physical therapy sessions.
WHAT IS THE COST OF EACH SESSION?
I charge $200 per 60-75 minute session. I accept cash, check, credit card, as well as HSA and FSA credit cards.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
Sessions are by appointment only. Your first session is a thorough evaluation and comprehensive discussion of any past injuries, current pain or issues you are experiencing, a physical therapy exam, and a customized home exercise program. You can request your first session here. After we receive your request I will contact you to arrange the time, date, and location of your appointment. Currently, I am taking appointments at these locations
EverStrongSF (Fillmore Location) - 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Custom Fit SF - 1844 Market St #2, San Francisco, CA 94102
The Riekes Center - 3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
If you are referred by the staff or are a member of one of the facilities above, we will meet at the facility that you belong to.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
I recommend that you dress for exercise. T-shirts, shorts, or sweatpants are fine. If you have an extremity injury please wear clothing that allows that body part to be examined. For instance, if you have a knee injury, please wear shorts. If you have a shoulder injury, please wear a tank top or the equivalent. If you are a runner or an athlete, please bring your training or athletic shoes with you.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
If you have been referred by your doctor, dentist, nurse practitioner, podiatrist, or chiropractor, please bring your written referral form. If you have had any diagnostic tests performed prior to your first evaluation please bring the written report that I can review with you in person during your initial evaluation.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY FIRST VISIT?
Your first visit will consist of your physical therapy evaluation. The actual appointment will take up to an hour and will consist of an extensive, evidence-based evaluation. This is the foundation of your treatment program. I will then provide you with the findings of your evaluation. There are times where my findings may indicate that you are not an appropriate candidate for physical therapy treatment at this time. In some cases, further examination by your doctor or another health professional will be necessary. I will be happy to provide you with any necessary information you’ll need in arranging treatment with the appropriate health professional.
DO YOU COMMUNICATE MY PROGRESS TO MY DOCTOR?
I will be happy to provide your personal physician with any documentation related to your treatment for your doctor’s medical file. Should your treatment exceed the 12 visits or 45 calendar day limit for the state of California’s Physical Therapy direct access law, I will provide you with copies of all documentation for you to present to your doctor in acquiring a referral for continued physical therapy as needed.
WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU TREAT?
I specialize in the treatment of most musculoskeletal complaints including:
Sports injuries and training injuries
Lower back pain
Hip, pelvic, or sacroiliac joint pain
Elbow and wrist pain
Thoracic back or chest wall pain
Ankle or foot pain
Peripheral nerve entrapment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
I PARTICIPATE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES. CAN I KEEP EXERCISING WHILE I REHAB?
I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of high-intensity fitness competitors and enthusiasts. Physical fitness has evolved to include a new breed of fitness enthusiast and fitness competition; high-intensity sports and activities place daily and competitive challenges on participants. Pain and injuries often result in putting competitive drives on hold for extended periods of time, a loss of hard-earned fitness gains, and the inability to exercise or train at the desired intensity. Higher levels of fitness training intensity, bootcamp-style training, and the unique physical demands of off-road races and fitness competition places unparalleled stresses on the human body. I specialize in the treatment of the new breed of “fitness athlete” and promise to provide the best care, to keep you training hard, and to get you back to competition.
HOW LONG WILL MY APPOINTMENT TAKE? HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO COME IN FOR APPOINTMENTS?
Plan on your initial evaluation to last approximately one hour. Any necessary subsequent visits will last up to one hour as needed. It is rare that any conditions will require you to be seen more often than once per week. Each time you visit, you will be provided homework in the form of your corrective home exercise program. I recognize that you don’t need to pay for unnecessary physical therapy treatments that you can do on your own. For non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain, many patients experience some level of relief on their first visit. After you have been evaluated, I will provide you with a treatment plan and an estimation of the duration of treatment. Most of my patients are done with physical therapy in fewer than ten sessions.