PT Mills

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

How Do You Measure Success?

Everyone wants to feel successful professionally and personally. Of course the level of success everyone aspires to can be different but everyone is able provide some standard for which they aim. For example, one person may want to receive a passing score on their yearly work performance review. While another individual may view a stellar … Read More

2 Answers to The Client Value Question

The way it is: the PT Mills You know them. 3-4000 sq ft open facilities. Busy front desk. A couple overworked folks with a phone permanently attached to their ears. Phones and faxes ringing off the hook. Some automated voice answers the phone each time you call. ‘press 1 to make an appointment’. Half a … Read More

My First Year at SPARK In Review

It has been just over a year since I started working at SPARK. This has made me reflect on my experiences here and just how different SPARK really is. A cash-based practice completely changes the patient experience and, as a result, my own experience. Since starting at SPARK, I only see one client at a … Read More

Oh, You Have Insurance…. Great, Right?

As Office Administrator for SPARK, I get the Insurance question a LOT.  After listening in on a conversation between Dr. Joseph P. Caruso from Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC out of Allentown, NJ and Dr. Carlos Berio on the barriers of running of a cash-based clinic, I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject. … Read More

The PT Treatments You Don’t Need Because They Don’t Work

As we continue to examine the ways in which the physical therapy field can better serve the public, we realized that certain treatments are being done that we as patients really don’t need and/or really aren’t effective. In many cases, most specifically in third-party-payer-dependent settings (the PT Mills), your insurance company is dictating a lot of your care. While … Read More

PT Mills: Why Physical Therapy Doesn’t Work Anymore

What is wrong with the state of Physical Therapy (PT) as a practice? Physical therapy (PT) as a discipline has been changing. In the past, a client could be evaluated and treated by a licensed PT with great confidence that everything that needed to be done to achieve pain free movement was going to happen. … Read More