Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take health insurance?
Dr. Josie is phasing out of accepting insurance and is no longer in network with United Healthcare or Optum Health. She remains in network with Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, Cigna, Kaiser, Sharp and Scripps at this time. If you plan on using health insurance it must be verified prior to your first visit. Please be sure to include all the requested insurance information when completing the online intake form or email your insurance information to email@example.com.
I won't be using insurance, how much will it cost?
You can find Dr. Josie's rates for payment at time of service on the “book now” page.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash and venmo are preferred methods of payment, but all major credit cards are accepted. All services offered by Dr. Josie are eligible for reimbursement from flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA).
I can't afford care, do you offer any discounts?
Discounts are available to everyone by pre-purchasing a package of visits or enrolling in a monthly wellness plan. Please see the details of these options in the next section.
If you are a secondary school teacher, a first responder, military, or living below 300% of the poverty line you may qualify to receive care for substantially reduced fees through Dr. Josie's 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, Chiro Connect. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask Dr. Josie at you next visit.
Does it hurt?
Nothing during the appointment should hurt, although some people find the popping sound made during the adjustment a bit startling. Certain injuries could cause pain during examination and treatment but Dr. Josie will modify her techniques for each individual/injury.
What should I expect during the first appointment?
The first visit will last 45 minutes to an hour. Dr. Josie will start by taking a history of your chief complaint and overall health. She will then perform an exam which commonly includes a posture assessment, range of motion, muscle testing, neurological testing, and palpation of muscles and joints. Dr. Josie usually transitions seamlessly from exam into treatment. Treatment during the first visit typically includes adjustments, muscle work, and craniosacral therapy. Although some exam findings may be discussed during the first visit, a full report of findings and recommendations are made at the first follow-up visit.
*Dr. Josie almost always treats during the first visit! The only exception to this is the rare instance when exam findings contraindicate treatment. *
What should I expect during return visits?
Return visits last anywhere from 10 minutes-30 minutes depending on the services rendered. Dr. Josie will discuss which services will be most beneficial to you during the first follow-up visit and as needed during the course of your care. You can expect to spend the entirety of a return visit on the table receiving treatment. If you have a new injury or concern however, Dr. Josie will need to spend some of the time on history and exam.
How many visits will I need?
The number of visits recommended varies greatly person to person and depending on the situation. Although possible, it is rare that problems are resolved in one visit. Dr. Josie requests that every patient commit to at least two visits. At the second visit Dr. Josie will provide an individualized plan of care. An example of a plan of care to treat a musculoskeletal injury would be two visits weekly for 4 weeks. After an injury has healed Dr. Josie commonly recommends a preventive plan of care such as one visit per month. Packages and discounts are available to assist in compliance with plan of care.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes, chiropractic care is very safe for patients of all ages and a great alternative to riskier treatments such as medication, injections and surgery. Like all other treatments however, chiropractic does carry some risks including soreness, bruising, and in extremely rare cases broken bones and stroke. Well trained chiropractors should be able to avoid bruising and broken bones. And although several cases of stroke after chiropractic manipulation have been reported, studies have found that patients presenting with neck pain are equally as likely to show symptoms of a stroke after visiting their PCP as they are a chiropractor. Please see the articles below for more detailed information on the safety of chiropractic.
Monthly Maintenance Plan
$70 per month recurring payment includes:
One 30-minute visit per month
15% off all other services and products
of 30-minute visits
3 visits for $228
($76 per visit, a 5% savings)
6 visits for $432
($72 per visit, a 10% savings)
12 visits for $816
($68 per visit, a 15% savings)
Once one family member is enrolled in a wellness plan or has purchased a package of visits their discount amount (either 5%, 10% or 15%) can be used towards a new patient visit for any immediate family member.
Package visits can be used by any immediate family member once they are an established patient.
Please click on the link below to request access to the online dispensary where you can shop from Dr. Josie's favorite products. Feel free to ask the Doc for specific recommendations!
Kosloff TM, Elton D, et al. Chiropractic care and the risk of vertebrobasilar stroke: results of a case-control study in U.S. commercial and Medicare Advantage populations. Chiropr Man Ther. 2015;23:19.
Below, you will find a list of trusted San Diego providers. Dr. Josie is always looking to expand her network-- if you have a product or service in-line with her practice please reach out, she'd love to meet you!
Megan Doyle, LMT
3355 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Specializing in fertility, prenatal & postpartum massage
Courtney Adams, BA, CMT, CPT
Intention Massage and Bodywork
Phone: 619-699-9066 (call or text)
Anatomy and kinesiology based deep tissue sculpting; pain relief that doesn't hurt
Dr. Lorena Lee, DAOM, LAc, DiplOM
5222 Balboa Avenue, Suite 21
San Diego CA, 92117
Specializing in pain management, anxiety and stress relief, digestion and fertility
Dr. Shani Cooper, LAc, DACM
Root & Soul
9131 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 108
La Mesa, CA 92115
Specializing in chronic pain management, digestive and women's health issues.
Oculus Brain Centers
Dr. Stephanie Barbakoff DC & Dr. Benjamin Terrano DC
3530 Camino Del Rio N. Ste 204
San Diego, CA 92108
Specializing in TBI, post-concussion syndrome, dizziness/vertigo, migraines/headaches, movement disorders and chronic pain