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  • Do I need a referral?
    Because this will be out of an insurance network, a referral is not required. However, it is in a patient's best interest to see a medical professional prior to therapy, as many pelvic conditions can be medical in nature, and more serious conditions would need to be ruled out prior to seeing a physical therapist. It is also beneficial to have a managing primary care provider with whom I may coordinate care with to manage your health as a team.
  • What does the first visit look like?
    First, we talk through your history. After reviewing your forms and medical history, you may share your history and concerns. Physical examination may include general movement patterns like bending forward and backwards, observing how you move your body, and particular tests for muscles, joints, and nerves. If you are being seen for pelvic conditions, an internal examination of the pelvic floor muscles may be performed internally (through the vaginal canal, or rectal canal if indicated), and you have the option to opt out of any part of examination or treatment with which you do not feel comfortable. The most important thing to understand is that you are always in control of the treatment session, and there is no one part of treatment that is vital to your progress, so I encourage open dialogue to let me know your comfort and your boundaries.
  • Why don't you take insurance?
    Insurance in the United States.... leaves a few things to be desired. I, like many healthcare professionals, have found that insurance-based practice can be very restricting on time with people, treatments allowed, and limiting for patient-centered care. For instance, one private visit with me through Great Lakes Pelvic Rehab covers about the same amount of information and treatment that I cover in THREE typical visits in the clinic under the insurance-based system. Additionally, for many people, when the deductible has not been met, clinic care can cost up to $400 per 45 minute visit! Working out of network allows me to spend as much time with you as needed, allowing me to hear your whole story, spend a thorough amount of time with the evaluation, and creating a plan of care that is specific to YOU, and not think about which codes an insurance plan may or may not pay for. Some insurances reimburse for out-of-network care. If you would like, I can provide a list of services rendered that could be reimbursed depending on your insurance plan.
  • Do you take Medicare?
    Unfortunately, Medicare limits their beneficiaries from receiving services with providers that are not enrolled with them, even with the cash-based model. At this time, I am not enrolled as a Medicare provider, and unable to see clients who have Medicare. I would be happy to refer you to local providers who take insurance.
  • I am not sure if physical therapy will help my problem, what do I do?"
    If you have a pelvic problem, but are not sure where to start, I would be happy to have a complimentary talk with you to see if pelvic floor physical therapy is right for you. If it sounds like you may not benefit from physical therapy, I will gladly talk through some other resources that can help you to address your problem. Email to set up a time to talk.
  • If I am on my period, do I need to reschedule?"
    It is typically not necessary to reschedule your appointment, and we can adjust the treatment program for the day to meet your comfort needs.
  • Do you work with men/people with penises?
    At this time, I do not. If you are someone with a penis who needs pelvic health, I am happy to make referrals as able!
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