Are you training to run fast or to be a F.A.S.T. Runner?

Race season is upon us! That time of year where we gear up for spring races and plan our fall race schedule. Many of us pull training programs off the internet, while others try to replicate what may have worked in the past. Some of us will hook up with a local running group or … 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

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

The PT Minute – What is Direct Access?

  This week’s PT Minute question: “What is Direct Access?” Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “Gone are the days where you needed to get permission to see a physical therapist. If you hurt, find a PT! You’ll save yourself time, money and loads of grief.” Dr. Ivy Jordan –  “Direct access allows you to get the … Read More

The PT Minute: How much money can I expect to be reimbursed from my insurance provider?

This week’s PT Minute question: “How much money can I expect to be reimbursed from my insurance provider?” Nicole Babka, BS, CPT, HKC – I submit insurance claim reimbursements monthly and we have a pretty high success rate for reimbursement.  We receive checks from Insurance Providers weekly and pass them on to the patients.  On average, … Read More

The PT Minute: What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?

This week’s PT Minute question: “What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?” Dr. Carlos J Berio – “Physical therapy is where you go when you’re hurt”. While this a great place to work from as a profession, it really undermines the many skills and knowledge the an experienced physical therapist possesses. … Read More

The PT Minute: How Do You Know You CAN’T Help Someone?

The SPARK Physical Therapists get one-minute to answer a single clinical question. We live in a “I want it and I want it now” society.  This is our way of providing our community the best answers to the burning questions without any fluff. This week’s PT Minute question: “How Do You Know You Can’t Help Someone? Dr. Carlos … Read More

The Debriefing IFOMPT 2016:

Once every four years a collection of some of the most well renowned minds in the field of physical therapy come together for The International Federation of Manual Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) Conference. This go around the conference was in Glasgow, Scotland.  As with all conferences, there were a TON of takeaways. Some from an interpersonal perspective, … Read More