As a licensed professional Occupational Therapist & CHT (certified hand therapist) I specialize in treating orthopedic (bone) and neurological (nerve) injuries of the upper extremities—hands, wrists, elbows, and the full shoulder girdle. In addition, I’ve combined my years of OT experience in a hospital setting with complementary alternative treatment techniques. This allows me to bring a whole-person approach to your therapeutic sessions and work with you, as unique individual.
Fee schedule and insurance
I am an out-of-network provider which benefits my patients: MY ENTIRE FEE FOR MOST TREATMENTS IS THE SAME AS (or less than) MOST CO-PAYS! AND.... I will share an app with you to file for out-of-network reimbursement to claim back that money that only takes about a minute tops!
Why am I not an in-network provider? The answer is simple: many clinics that accept insurance have their therapists see two, three, sometimes as many as four patients per hour and usually spend an average of 15-30 minutes of one-on-one time with each patient while aides and technicians instruct patients in exercises.
The philosophy of Hands-On Wellness Occupational Therapy is that you heal faster when you spend the entire session with an upper extremity expert. This approach allows me to provide the type and quality of care and individualized treatment that you deserve. In addition, our healthcare system does not reward wellness- and preventative care - a big part of what I offer my clients.
The rate for all in-person treatments is $30 for a half-hour and $60 per hour-long session with the exception of the initial consultation/evaluation and orthotic (splint) fabrication (in order to offset the material costs). Some telehealth/online consultations are priced differently, please click here for pricing.
THE MATH IS IN YOUR FAVOR
I believe there is a better way to deliver the best possible care, as it will save you both time and money:
The typical patient at Hands-On Wellness OT will only require one to two appointments per week. My rate is $1 per minute (which equals your average co-pay!) but you spend the full session time (30 or 60 minutes) with me. Because of the dedicated time spent in one-on-one care with a licensed hand therapy specialist, you will only require, on average, 4-6 weeks of therapy.
At other clinics, for example, an average patient is asked to see an occupational therapist 2-3 times per week for a period of 6-8 weeks (18-24 visits). During those visits, your one-on-one time with your occupational therapist is roughly 30 minutes per visit. That means your $30 co-pay will cost you between $540-$720 over your (much longer) period of care.
And… CAN I GET REIMBURSED FROM MY INSURANCE COMPANY?
In most cases, the answer to this is YES! Most private health insurance plans provide some level of out-of-network reimbursement. Call your provider to find out if pre-authorization is required before starting treatment to make sure you're covered from your very first visit.
Hands-On Wellness OT participates in Reimbursify - a free app which handles the administrative hassle of filing claims so you can have the confidence that you will get the correct reimbursements for your office visits. The app is free to download and for new users, the first claim you file with Reimbursify is always free. After that, the cost to file a single claim (one visit with a provider) is $2.99. You can also pre-purchase a “10-pack” for $19.99 which is good for a year.
But you can also file your own claim by filling out the claim forms on your insurance company’s website and submit it along with your paid invoice and treatment codes that I provide for you. The amount you are reimbursed is dependent on your Out-Of-Network Occupational Therapy benefits. To help you determine your occupational therapy benefits, here is a tip sheet you can print out:
What Patients Say
I would like to recognize Michelle for her wonderful treatment and professionalism in working with my husband recently on a fractured finger from a fall.
"I would like to recognize Michelle for her wonderful treatment and professionalism in working with my husband recently on a fractured finger from a fall."
Conveniently located between Chester and Goshen, in Campbell Hall New York, on 8 beautifully wooded acres with gardens and pond, Hands-On Wellness OT offers a fully equipped gym, tranquil and spacious private treatment room and separate waiting area.
Custom orthotics (splints) are fabricated right here on premises and patients have access to state of the art modalities such as therapeutic ultrasound, low level laser therapy, and electrical stimulation to facilitate healing.