FAQ

Where are you located?

Spark Therapy Collective is located on the second floor of the large, black Cartoon Network building in downtown Burbank, CA.

303 N Glenoaks Blvd.Suite 200Burbank, CA 91502

Is parking a pain?

Free 1-hour street parking is located next to the building on Palm Ave.

Free 2-hour public and street parking is located in the police & fire station parking lot across from the Cartoon Network building (look for the signs) and on Glenoaks Blvd. south of Palm Ave.

There are almost always spots available on Glenoaks Blvd. and Palm Ave.

If no spots are available, a paid public parking garage is located next to the Cartoon Network building. We do not validate parking at this time.

Do you take insurance?

I am in network with Blue Shield of California.

If you would like to pay privately for services, you can seek reimbursement for out-of-network services with your insurance company. I am happy to provide a superbill with the necessary information.

Why would someone do private pay rather than insurance?

For an insurance plan to cover services, the treatment must be “medically necessary.” This means that you must receive a diagnosis that can remain on your or your child’s medical record. Sometimes this is necessary and can be advantageous for obtaining other services, but there are some circumstances where individuals and families want to avoid this.

Additionally, some insurance plans limit the number of visits you can have per year; or make you split a limited number of visits between speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Some plans only give you a set number of sessions per diagnosis, regardless of how much time you or your child may need to make progress in therapy.

The fact that insurance companies decide who qualifies for therapy, how often they can receive it, and for how long is inappropriate, in my opinion.

Insurance companies are corporations that treat people like numbers and not dynamic human beings. They do not have the education, experience, and expertise that clinicians do. Over my 11 years of experience, I have seen insurance companies stand in the way of patients obtaining the best possible care in therapeutic settings.

Lastly, many plans pay clinicians a fairly offensive rate.

For these reasons, I am extremely picky about the insurance companies with whom I work. I encourage individuals and families to strongly consider private-pay services, whenever possible.

If you would like more information regarding private-pay rates, as well as available pricing packages, please give me a call.

Will therapy even work? How long will it take?

Everyone I’ve worked with makes progress in therapy.

But as important as speech therapy is, it’s not a cure-all.

In general, speech and feeding therapy can be needed anywhere from a few months to a few years.

As we work together to set goals that align with your values and needs, you will see progress in the areas that matter most to you.

The most important factor for steady and timely progress is family involvement and homework completion. The more committed you are, the better your results will be.

Therapy takes as long as it takes. I no longer make predictions regarding treatment timelines, because I have been wrong in the past due to the variability in each client’s unique abilities.

With that said, I am a moderately impatient therapist (in a good way), and I do not hesitate to change approaches. I try new things or refer to another therapist or specialist if we are not getting results.

What ages do you work with?

I provide screenings, evaluations, and treatment for individuals ranging in age from infancy through adulthood. See my Services and Specialties pages for more information regarding my areas of expertise.

What do you do in therapy? What does therapy look like?

We have fun.

Really, we do. People learn best when they are having fun and laughing.

I try to make therapy as engaging and enjoyable as possible no matter the age and needs of the client.

We usually begin each session by checking in to see how your homework went and if there have been any changes or new questions or concerns. Then we will review your current skills and goals to see how you are doing, practice new skills, and update your homework to complete before the next session.

Therapy usually takes place in my office; but depending on our goals, we may occasionally go outside, walk to a shop, or chat with other people in the office.

Do your clients receive assignments to work on between sessions?

Yes, most of the time.

I see the best progress in therapy when clients consistently do their homework.