The PT Minute: Why would I go out-of-network when I can use my co-pay?

  “Why would I see a physical therapist out-of-network when I can see one and use my co-pay?” Nicole J. Cleveland, BS, CPT, HKC – SPARK Office Administrator – “You absolutely can see a therapist that is in network and utilize your co-pay.  It becomes a matter of level of care.  If you want to … Read More

Aerial Glutes: Could they be the Culprit of your Back, Knee, or Ankle Pain? Part 1

Do you have Back Pain? Knee Pain? Ankle Pain? : Let’s Have an Open Discussion about those Aerial Glutes. A lot of patients come to our clinic complaining of knee/ankle/back issues and are surprised when we start examining the hip muscles. Remember that catchy children’s song “the hip bone’s connected to the ankle bone?” Well, … Read More

Running Medicine 2018 Highlights

It’s that time again where I have the pleasure of sharing what the experts at the UVA Running Medicine conference are up to and how we can keep runners running fast, long and healthy. This year did not disappoint as the keynote speaker Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD dropped so many knowledge bombs I needed an … Read More

The Secret Key to Becoming a Better Aerialist

With the fall season upon us and performances coming up, we are seeing a spike in aerial related injuries. During my aerial classes, I interact with a lot of aerialists and a question that I usually ask is “Are you doing any kind of exercises outside of your aerial work?”  As Dr. Ivy Jordan wrote … Read More

Meet Dr. Natalia Sleziak

I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of the SPARK team. My name is Natalia and I just moved into Old Town, Alexandria a little over a month ago. I originally hail from the Big Apple and was raised in “hipster”Brooklyn. Moving into Old Town with all of its colonial charm has been a … Read More

SPAVING – What is it?

This new trend in health care spending is going to save medicine Ever purchase something you didn’t need right this instant because it was a great deal? Something you are sure you will use but maybe not right away. A great example is the guy that buys a snowblower on deep discount in June. This … Read More

Client Insights

SPARK Physiotherapy is NOT your grandfather’s physical therapy office!  I was surprised by SPARK Physiotherapy’s facility, or what I think of as the Shrine to Movement.  Dr. Berio and all of the staff are so energetic and kind at the same time!  It doesn’t seem like a medical office, but lots of excellent medical therapy … Read More

The PT Minute: “What is it like Working at SPARK?”

  This week’s PT Minute question: “What’s it like Working at SPARK?“ Dr. Carlos J Berio – “Pride isn’t strong enough a word to describe working at SPARK Physio. The appreciation that I have for my family who’ve supported us on our journey is immense. The amazing people that I get to treat on a daily … Read More

The PT Minute: “How will the new SPARK 2.0 space be a benefit to clients/patients?”

  This week’s PT Minute question: “How will the new SPARK 2.0 space be a benefit to clients/patients?“ Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “SPARK 2.0 will allow us to treat more of the competitive movers in our community in a way that places them right in the game. Our new space, new equipment and new team … Read More

The PT Minute – Why go “cash-based” Physical Therapy vs. “insurance-based” PT?

  This week’s PT Minute question: “Why go “cash-based” Physical Therapy vs. “insurance-based” PT?” Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “This is a question of ‘what you value most’. If one-on-one time with a physical therapist is important to you find a value-first cash practice or practitioner. If being eyeballed across a big room with some wimpy … Read More