Home Physical Therapy
- back pain in pregnancy and postpartum
- body balancing techniques for delivery
- pregnancy massage
- positioning and pain management techniques for labor
- support braces and belly band education for pregnancy and postpartum
- urinary incontinence
- diastasis recti rehabilitation
- pelvic organ prolapse
- postpartum recovery and return of core function
- planned cesarean preparation
- post-cesarean management and rehabilitation
- body mechanics during pregnancy and with baby in the postpartum
- painful intercourse
- cosmetic procedure recovery
Specialized and Individualized Care
Anchor Wellness Physical Therapy & Women's Health provides PT services based specifically on your needs and goals. An initial evaluation thoroughly assesses how your body moves, and plenty of time is allotted for you to tell me your history, why you've come to therapy, and what you want to achieve. You will never feel rushed during your visit. Every session is one-on-one with me and is designed specifically for your needs. We decide together how many visits you need with me, how often, and a plan for your care. This is never dictated by an insurance company.
Your sessions are performed in your home. I offer services to the Ventura, Oxnard, and Ojai areas. (Additional locations by request.) Avoid any waiting time - I am able to schedule your first visit within one week. I am an office of one. When you call, email, or text AW, you are talking to me. I will respond to your messages personally and work with your schedule to the best of my ability.
I use a holistic approach, incorporating areas of nutrition, essential oils, and crystals as well as an incredible network of resources to refer patients to practitioners of acupuncture, massage, herbology, and energy healing. I have been pregnant and recovered from a vaginal tear and pelvic organ prolapse using my techniques. I have instability in my back with pain when I don't practice what I preach. I have experienced a condition called vaginismus (significant pain with intercourse or use of a tampon), and was successfully treated by PT. I have personal experience with women's health issues, but I also hold an APTA certification of specialty in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy. I am constantly seeking more education on the topics in women's health to better and better treat my patients. I care greatly for the women I see, and I am dedicated to getting you doing the things you want to do - fully and without pain.
Do I need to have just had a baby or currently pregnant for patient services?
No, women's health is my area of focus and specialized training, however, I have over 15 years experience working in various areas of rehabilitation. I would be happy to consult with you on your area of pain and/or dysfunction. Feel free to book a free 10-minute video consultation to chat more!
Do you take insurance?
Anchor Wellness is an Out-Of-Network (OON) provider for services. This means the patient pays in full for her treatment at the time of the session. However, a "superbill" will be provided and can be submitted by the patient to insurance for possible reimbursement to the patient directly. It is the responsibility of each patient to call her insurance to inquire about her OON benefits, but I will provide all requirements and assist in the process as needed. Often, an insurance company will, at minimum, apply the costs to your deductible. Many times, your entire experience with AW will cost less than your deductible. Rising co-pay and co-insurance costs are even beginning to close in on cash-based rates. AW provides OON services to have the freedom to work with you exactly how you need - the treatments you need and the visits you need - without the interference from an insurance agent deciding those options for you.
What are your rates?
10 minute consultation - free
Initial Evaluation - $120
Follow-up visits - $80
I accept cash and all major credit cards. Your visits should qualify for payment via your Health Savings or Flex Spending accounts, and I accept your HSA/FSA check card.
What if I'm not sure this is right for me or what I need?
Book a 10 minute free video chat with me to talk about what might be the right fit for you! (coming soon)
What should I expect on my first visit?
For the first part of your session, I want to get to know you and what brings you to PT. We will spend as much time as you need to discuss your pain and body issues, especially how this affects your life from day to day. I will then perform an evaluation of how your body moves as well as your strength, posture, flexibility, and painful spots. Finally, we will go over any areas I found that we need to work on and form a plan on an estimated number of visits with me and what can be done at home. You will be provided with a home program on this first visit and a hands-on treatment will be performed if time permits. This will typically take 60-90 minutes. Follow-up sessions will last 45-60 minutes. Depending on your condition, an internal pelvic exam may be necessary. This helps me to learn specific weakness, tightness, or pain issues of your pelvic floor. This is rarely, if ever, performed on the first visit and can be discussed prior to your next appointment. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move easily in and sneakers.
Can I still attend therapy while menstruating?
Yes, we are able to continue internal pelvic floor work when you have your period. However, no internal work should be performed during an active infection (yeast, urinary tract/bladder). If you prefer, we can continue with external work during your period - this will always be your decision!
Do I need a referral from a physician to start physical therapy?
Fortunately, because I do not participate directly with insurances, I am able to treat you without a physician referral for 12 visits or 45 days, whichever comes first. (Most patients are treated once, maybe twice weekly, for four to eight visits.) The ability to see you quickly rather than waiting weeks for a physician visit may make a huge difference in your recovery. Please note, if you are considering submitting for OON reimbursement, this may be a requirement of your insurance, and I would recommend inquiring when you call to learn about your OON benefits. If you need a physician referral form, you can download one here.
What is the difference between Personal Training and Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy consists of skilled examination, treatment, and discharge from care for a person in initial stages of surgical recovery, experiencing severe pain symptoms, and/or demonstrates limitations in everyday tasks due to a physical ailment. Physical Therapists hold a masters or doctorate degree and personal trainers are certified via an examination following at-home study. Both professions are required to perform yearly ongoing education and recertification. While personal training does consist of some hands-on stretching, myofascial rolling, and taping, physical therapists perform more advanced manual techniques such as mobilization of joints and passive fascia release. If you are experiencing pain and/or loss of function, physical therapy is more appropriate. Personal training is of greater benefit to someone who has recovered from an injury or illness and is interested in pursuing more advanced levels of physical fitness and/or health. I am able to provide both services, but have have worked with both professions - as a personal trainer working with a client's physical therapist AND as a physical therapist working with a patient's personal trainer. Whether I provide you with both services or work alongside another professional, it is vitally important you are receiving all necessary treatments and trainings to allow you to fully function as your best self.
How do I get started?
Scheduling is simple! Easily book an appointment here. You will also want to call your insurance company at this time to inquire about your OON benefits if you would like to pursue reimbursement.
Where are you located?
I am located in Ventura, CA and provide services in the woman's home in Ventura, Oxnard, and Ojai. Please contact me for special location requests.
Do you see women with Medicare?
No, I am not a participating provider with Medicare. If you have Medicare coverage, you may only be seen by a Physical Therapist who is a participating provider with Medicare. However, I am able to provide personal training services.
Do you treat men?
No - my specialty and focus is within the area of women's health, but I am happy to assist any male seeking physical therapy in finding the right PT for him. Please contact me for further recommendations.
Coming soon :)