About Your Visit

We are committed to making your experience as comfortable as possible. The following are frequently asked questions about what to expect during your visits:

  1. What should I expect during my physical therapy treatments?
    On your first visit a thorough evaluation will be done by a licensed therapist followed by a treatment session on the same day. Your treatment may consist of therapeutic exercise, self-care instruction, manual (hands-on) therapy, and therapeutic modalities if indicated (i.e. ice/heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, etc.).
  2. How early should I arrive to my scheduled appointment?
    Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your initial evaluation to fill out paperwork. You can also download paperwork here and bring the completed packet with you to your initial appointment.
  3. How long do physical therapy sessions usually last?
    Therapy treatments vary in length depending on the type of treatments being given. Usual treatment sessions can range from 60-90 minutes on average. If you are unable to stay for a full session, please inform your therapist and your treatment can be modified.
  4. Will I have increased pain or soreness following a therapy session?
    It is common for patients to have mild increased soreness after their initial evaluation. Please inform your therapist if you do have increased discomfort after therapy and the therapist will adjust or modify your therapy to decrease your discomfort level. Feel free to call the therapist if you have any concerns.
  5. What should I wear to therapy?
    Patients should wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable and appropriate for exercising. Depending on the body part being treated, clothing should be loose enough to expose the body part for treatment.
  6. What age groups do you treat?
    We work with patients of all ages but cannot accommodate children under the age of 5 in the Benicia clinic and under the age of 12 in the Vallejo clinic. Please call the clinic if you have any questions.
  7. What qualifications do the therapists have?
    All staff therapists are licensed to work in the state of California. Individual therapists have obtained additional certifications and credentials through continuing education.
  8. How much does physical therapy cost?
    The cost of physical therapy varies depending on the type of treatment rendered and the length of treatment time. Costs will also depend on the type of insurance you have and whether you have a co-pay, deductible, etc. Please contact one of our facilities with any questions about your insurance.
  9. What types of medical insurances are accepted?
    Our facilities accept a wide variety of insurances including worker’s compensation, Medicare, PPO insurance, HMO plans through Sutter Regional Medical Group or Palo Alto Medical Group, Auto insurances with medical payments available (no third party), Veterans Affairs, Tricare, Partnership Advantage, Solano Partnership (post-operation patients only), and we accept cash pay patients. Please be aware that photo ID is required to verify patient identity. A copy will be retained for our records.
  10. Do I need a doctor’s referral?
    Recently a new law (AB1000) has passed in California that allows direct access to physical therapy services by a licensed Physical Therapist. This means that you can access physical therapy care without a referral or prior diagnosis.

    If you would like your insurance to pay for physical therapy services, it is important to contact your insurance company to determine if a referral is necessary for benefits to be paid out. Most of the time you will need a doctor’s written referral for physical therapy so your insurance company will cover the cost of therapy.

    If insurance is not available and you plan to pay cash, you will not need a referral. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Vallejo

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

Jeremy Faust, MPT, CSCS, Clinic Director

Jeremy received his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Loma Linda University in 2003. He obtained his Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA in 2005. He has focused his work in the out-patient therapy setting for the majority of his career. He has taken many continuing education courses over the years with emphasis on the Mulligan Concept, Kinesio taping, manual therapy, and neurological rehabilitation.

Jeremy believes in treating the patient as a whole and finding the true cause of the problem prior to treatment. He prides himself on treating each patient as an individual and providing them with education on how to prevent future injuries. He enjoys exercising, playing all kinds of sports, and cheering for his favorite sports teams.

Marcus Ramos, PT

Marcus graduated at Carrington College in Pleasant hill, CA. He has 3 years of experience working in orthopedic outpatient practices in Vallejo. Marcus specializes in orthopedic and sports physical therapy, and has taken continuing education credits involving manual therapy, Kinesio Taping and Mulligan techniques. He is also an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling; a hobby which allows him to relate to athletes trying to return to their respective sports. Marcus believes that one of the most satisfying aspects of being a physical therapist is seeing patients return to their previous level of function.

Lary Liwanag, PT

Lary earned his physical therapy degree in Angeles University in the Philippines. He has been treating and caring for patients for over 20 years and places emphasis on a thorough evaluation, manual therapy skills and patient education. He enjoys one-on-one interaction with his patients as they progress through their rehabilitation. He loves spending time with his family friends and enjoys cycling, mountain biking, basketball.

Linda Camilleri, OTR, HTC San Jose State University

Linda graduated from San Jose State University in 1987 with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She started her work in hand therapy at North Bay Hospital under the supervision of a Certified Hand Therapist in 1992. She spent 7 years there before moving on to Grove Andersen, Ghiringhellii where she has worked independently for 15 years with a variety of Acute, Overuse and Chronic hand diagnoses. Her case load consists of private pay industrial and partnership patients. She received her Hand Therapy and Physical Agent Modalities Certification from the Board of Occupational Therapy in 2003. She enjoys spending her free time gardening and in the out of doors hiking and skiing especially in the Sierras.

Ann Natali-Mendoza, PT, DPT, CSCS

Ann grew up in the small town of Chester, CA where she played high school tennis, soccer, and was on the ski team. She went on to get her undergraduate degree in Psychology at University of San Francisco. Ann then moved to Orange County where she completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chapman University. Since graduation, Ann has worked as a traveling PT in Arizona, and at various outpatient clinics in the Bay Area. She enjoys working with a variety of populations and levels of function, helping patients reach their maximum potential. Ann has taken many continuing education courses including Performance Movement Techniques by Rocktape, as well as Mulligan and Maitland manual therapy courses. Ann has also completed training to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and plans to begin a yearlong Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy program (COMT) this spring. During her free time, Ann practices yoga and enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and dog. She continues to play tennis, and ski (when it’s not too cold) and is currently trying to learn how to golf, although she has yet to make it past the driving range.

Benicia

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Jeremy Faust, MPT, CSCS, Clinic Director

Jeremy received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2003. He obtained his certification as a Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA in 2005. He has focused his work in the outpatient therapy setting for the majority of his career. He has taken many continuing education courses over the years with emphasis on the Mulligan Concept, Kinesiotaping, manual therapy, and neurological rehabilitation.

Jeremy believes in treating the patient as a whole and finding the true cause of the problem prior to treatment. He prides himself on treating each patient as an individual and providing them with education on how to prevent future injuries. He enjoys exercising, playing all kinds of sports, and cheering for his favorite sports teams.

Christina Merkl, PT, DPT

Christina is originally from upstate NY and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University at Buffalo. After working for 3 years in New York, she moved to Phoenix, AZ where she had the opportunity to work with several high-level athletes and learn several Manual Therapy approaches. She has now made the Bay Area her home and enjoys working with all populations. Christina enjoys being active and spending time with her husband and their 2 boys.

Eydee Mazenko, PTA, CMT

Eydee received her Associates of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1998. She has spent the past 20 years working in the outpatient orthopedic setting. She has taken many continuing education courses over the years. Her passion is in manual therapy and she is an Advanced John Barnes Myofascial Release therapist. She is dedicated to health and wellness and integrates Pilates and yoga into rehabilitation. In her free time, she enjoys competitive sailing, cycling, and hiking.