MEET THE TEAM!

Dr. Jodi Hierholzer, PT, DPT, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Owner and Founder of

BODY WORX Physical Therapy

Dr. Jodi Hierholzer, PT is a Physical Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and L2 CrossFit Coach.

She received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Hardin-Simmons University in 2011. She also played collegiate softball for Hardin-Simmons University and Concordia University-Austin while pursing her bachelor's degree. Jodi received her Doctorate's degree in Physical Therapy from Hardin-Simmons University in 2013. 


​Before founding BODY WORX PT,  Jodi worked 6 years in the adult outpatient PT setting where she treated a variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. She has obtained several post professional certifications including: Dry Needling Certification, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Blood Flow Restriction Training, Graston Technique, SFMA, FMS, TRX, LSVT Big, and CrossFit L2 Coach. 

Jodi considers herself a life long, everyday athlete. In high school, she played basketball, softball, volleyball, track & field, cheered, and was in the marching/symphonic band. She has ran multiple 5K/10Ks, a half marathon, obstacle course races, and enjoys skiing, wake boarding, hiking, and kayaking. Jodi is an avid CrossFit athlete and has enjoyed coaching and training at CrossFit Abilene for the past 8 years.  She takes pride in keeping her patients and athletes healthy and active so they can continue to do the things they love for the rest of their lives. 

Maci Salaz
Office Manager

Maci Salaz

Maci is the office manager and doer of all things at BODY WORX PT. She keeps things running smoothly and efficiently around here. If you have a question about BWPT or would like to get scheduled for an appointment, she's your gal. In addition to her skills as office manager, Maci is a CrossFit coach at CrossFit Elevate and holds certifications as a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Aerobic Capacity, CrossFit Kids, and CrossFit Gymnastics. 

Maci graduated from Wylie High School in 2014, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Sciences from Texas Tech University in 2019 (wreck 'em). She has previously worked as a flight attendant, and is married to Stephen, PA-C who recently graduated PA school. 

When Maci is not in the office or coaching CrossFit, she enjoys spoiling her two beautiful golden retrievers Millie & Simba, spending time with her family & friends, and hanging out at the lake. 

Dr. Amber Lewis, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Amber Lewis, PT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and the newest team member at BODY WORX PT! 

Amber received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from McMurry University in 2014, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2016. 

Amber has previously worked 2 years in an outpatient setting where she saw a variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses and obtained a dry needling certification. Amber then went part time to raise children and worked in the inpatient setting for an additional 2 years, where she saw post-op and neurological diagnoses prior joining the BODY WORX team.

 

Amber enjoys being active and loves doing anything outdoors, including skiing, kayaking, hiking, swimming and taking walks with her family. Amber has participated in obstacle course races, 5Ks and half marathons. Amber loves engaging with her patients on a personal level while empowering them to restore their movement and lifestyle.

The BWPT Difference

At BWPT, we believe you can achieve anything through the right medical care, movement practice, and lifestyle changes. To accomplish all this, we are big on bringing it back to basics. Your body has the amazing ability to heal itself, to adapt and to survive in any environment. We just need to get out of our own way. The path back to our healthiest self is not through canned approaches and outdated methods, such as ice packs, endless modalities, and stationary bikes. This one-dimensional strategy is rampant in traditional, third-party-pay physical therapy practices – you’ll soon see our tactics are delightfully different!

 

BWPT is a private-pay (cash-based) rehab and performance center. Before your heart seizes from sticker shock, let’s shed some light on what cash-based physical therapy is and how this method will likely save you time, money and resources, while also helping you achieve your desired results!

Let's Break it Down:

The Cash-Based Model Defined

BWPT chooses (emphasis on this being an intentional decision) a cash-based model for our practice. In a cash-based treatment model, your therapist enters into an agreement with you to provide PT services in a manner that both parties have decided upon to help you reach your treatment goals most efficiently.
(AKA: FULL TRANSPARENCY with no surprise bills 3 months in)


You will pay at the time of service. This model allows us to focus on providing direct, one-on-one care from a Doctor of Physical Therapy, while keeping administrative costs low. You may pay for services using actual cash, a check, a credit/debit card, or with your HSA/FSA.

In some instances, you may also personally file for reimbursement from your insurance company to curb your out-of-pocket expense. Most insurance companies, with the exception of Medicare, Medicaid and some HMOs, will provide reimbursement for services received “out of network." We can help you with this process!

Cash-based does not mean our team is short on the education, qualifications and accreditations necessary to provide you with best-in-class medical care. We blend unique backgrounds in strength, conditioning, and human performance to go well beyond rehab and help you live your happiest, healthiest life.

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Why Cash Based?

Benefits by the Numbers

We are not big on limitations – neither are you, which is why you’re here.

Limiting factors in an insurance based setting can include a limited # of covered visits, being confined to only treating one body part, and more paperwork for the therapist which can result in less focused attention on the patient. These factors often hurt the patient’s progress and hinders a PT's ability to help the patient reach his or her goals.

Furthermore, out-of-pocket expenses over the course of physical therapy will often be less expensive for patients like you with a cash-based model than through traditional physical therapy practice.


SAY WHAT?!

Let’s compare the same path to recovery for two 30 year old active females recovering from a torn rotator cuff.  Susan chooses to go the private-pay route with BWPT, while Karen sticks with the traditional third-party reimbursement track.

Before we dive into the breakdown, we will assume one crucial thing: both Susan and Karen have met their annual deductible and have chosen conservative treatment over surgery (which has better long-term outcomes according to the latest medical research), so Karen qualifies for reimbursement from her insurance, which typically looks like 20% out-of-pocket or $30 co-pays per session.

If we take the “standard” protocol in a insurance-based model for a torn rotator cuff in a healthy individual (25-35), the patient will typically need 4-6 months of rehab requiring passive and active PT (~2x per week) according to the US National Library of Medicine. In our model we typically see the patient 1x a week and give them an extensive home program so he or she can begin

working on this stuff at home. Those visits will then taper to 1-2x/month as progress is made.

We also see our patient on average 5-10x during a plan of care and quickly go from rehabilitation to working on performance and prevention.

MEET SUSAN & KAREN

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KAREN
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At the end of 6-months, Susan has spent $480 more out of pocket than our friend Karen. Although both women were recovering from similar injuries, Susan invested less than a third of the time (10.6 vs. 32 hours) for a fuller recovery that got her back to the lifestyle she loved sooner. This outcome also doesn’t account for the intangibles around enjoying a dynamic, individualized care plan and relationship built with her BWPT physical therapist. 

Furthermore, had Karen NOT met her deductible, this care path through traditional PT would have cost her ~$2,500+ ($200 for the initial evaluation + 23 sessions at varying prices based on time and charges) out of pocket, which would have her spending $1300 more in less-effective care than if he had gone through BWPT. 

Which path will you choose to get back to your peak performance?

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