Please review some of our most asked questions. I look forward to building relationships with each of my clients while watching them move more often, & with less pain to meet their goals–whether its to establish & improve daily living skill needs, running a 50K or carrying baby + carseat + diaper bag without pain!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
Do I need a referral from my health care provider to see you?
I can’t find a time that works for me to be seen
Please message me and let me know what your ideal timing options are and I will try to see if I can make something fit.
If I'm seeing you in my home or at the clinic, can my children be present?
How do you assess what the pelvic floor muscles are doing?
“My wrist & shoulder have also been bugging me? Can you treat that while you’re seeing me too?”
What do I need to bring to a blocked milk duct appointment?
How do I make an appointment to work with you?
Please use the link on the Appointments page to reach out to me through my
secure portal. This is where you are able to schedule, fill out electronic intake forms, and we
will have secure messaging. Due to the mobility of my practice (drive time) and varied needs of fitness and rehabilitation, I am not currently allowing client self-scheduling on an online
calendar. Hence, we will coordinate the initial evaluation & treatment as well as any follow ups in that portal or by phone call. I am happy to call you, but to book the appointment & fill out forms, you would still need to be registered in that portal. It is advised that 3-4 follow ups are booked after the initial evaluation, because it can sometimes be challenging to find available appointments if we wait until the week ahead.
How do I get reimbursed for my rehabilitation?
Pondera Rehabilitation & Fitness provides a service called “Reimbursify;” they will do the
necessary work for any additional forms & submissions to your insurance company so that you may receive reimbursement according to your plan’s benefits. There are two main ways to access Reimbursify, either through their free downloadable app, or
through this web-based link below called File Fast.
I have worked with a personal trainer who said they were certified to help with pre/post-natal clients. But I am not sure why they want me to see you now? What is the difference between a licensed clinician doing rehabilitation, and a personal trainer who has taken classes or who has a certification in pregnancy and post-natal?
This is a great question! I am so thankful to have worked with more and more personal trainers who are receiving continuing education to learn about some of the issues related to pregnancy and how they might impact fitness and health. They are additional members of an interdisciplinary team that I am often grateful to work with. Like many professions, there is highvariability in training program and experience levels so in general terms, trainers focus on exercises with fitness goals. They cannot evaluate or diagnose for conditions such as a rotator cuff tears, ulnar nerve impingement, pelvic floor muscle exam or lumbo-pelvic pain. This is really the primary difference. If the evaluation isn’t well-informed, then the approach to goal attainment is likely going to fail. Knowing what to look & when to refer out are both essential to success.
retraining to address HOW you are doing exercises. They would not be able to treat you for a medical condition. Also, generally they do not coordinate with other providers who would potentially be helpful for your care, such as pessary needs during load, referrals for various research based types of injections (ie, PRP, steroids, interventional pain medicine) and following post-procedural protocols. If you have someone you already like to work with, it does not have to mean that you don’t do that fitness aspect any more. The main idea is to get you back to whatever it is you WANT to be doing. We can both work to support you with the best challenges for your improving status.
It is common that some healthcare clinicians do not have a strong fitness or training
background. That is not the case for me. I do truly bridge the gap between fitness and
rehabilitation with both formal training, informal training and actual experience level. I have
been involved in training, coaching and education for other fitness and healthcare personnel for many years. I am comfortable designing a cross training or weight lifting and conditioning program for a parent who wants to just go to the park & play with their kids without pain, a retiree who wants to travel in their RV smoothly, a fitness fanatic reaching for goals in various workout classes, as well as high level professional teams (firefighters, collegiate cyclists, elite runners, etc).
What is the difference between occupational therapy for pelvic health and physical therapy for pelvic health?
In short, there is not a difference. The code for evaluations for submission to your insurance for reimbursement is different for each license, but all of the other possible 10+ treatment codes are the same between the two licenses. In terms of what goals are being addressed or what treatment approaches, the diagnoses we are addressing and symptoms we are treating...this is all the same in this arena. In some other areas of rehabilitation, there are more significant differences between OT & PT for goals and what they are within their scope to address. But in pelvic health, that is not generally the case. Differences between providers most often has much more to do with training background, varied experiences and exposure to a range of conditions, populations and treatment tools/approaches. Amy has over 15 years of working in the realm of pelvic health; and 3 years prior to that in both adult & pediatrics, including trauma, burns, orthopedics & neurological diagnoses. For Medicare patients, the initial threshold amounts are separate between OT & PT so you
have “extra” basically if you see OT for one thing
What are your rates for services?
In general, my rate is $150/hour, and in some cases there is a travel fee of $15/each way. I see patients for an initial 2-hour-long evaluation and treatment session, then follow-ups range from 60 minutes to 90 minutes depending on client need (i.e., frequency of availability schedule, goal driven issues, and various other factors). There are no additional costs associated for use of imaging ultrasound, documentation or Superbills.