Therapista is mostly good. My child has worked with two therapists. One is temporary, while the primary is on maternity leave. My child receives therapy at his school and neither of us (the parents) participates in sessions, though we would love to, mainly because when either of us iswith our child during the session, he mainly wants to play with us, and does not want to participate in therapy. So in our case it is better for us not to participate but to instead follow up by email and read the notes on play activities. About once a month, one of us meets with the therapist, usually for 10 minutes to check in and discuss, and then leave so therapy can continue.
I found it rather difficult to find a therapist that could work around our schedule so our child sees a therapist at the very end of his nap, not the best time.
One 60 session, 50 minutes of therapy and 10 minutes of notes, is $120. The therapist can come to your home, school, etc.
Our childs primary therapist has a good sense of humor and personality. The temporary therapist has a different style and I often feel that she is patronizing. I do not think that is her intent but she comes across as patronizing. Shell suggest A-M, emphasizing how critical it is do A-M, and I am well aware that A-M are critical to my childs development. Its like she does not think we get it or that we are with it.
Therapista fails in the insurance billing/using good procedure codes. Therapista does not accept insurance and is not in-network in any PPO which is generally fine for us. This means you will pay for the service up front and Therapista will provide a super bill that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement. We have a PPO that covers out-of-network providers and unlimited OT once we hit our low deductible. This being said coverage is dependent on Therapista using good and reimbursable procedure codes. I have struggled for reimbursement of this service. It would be helpful if they used a billing specialist to help with this aspect of their service this is not to say that they should accept insurance but have someone do the codes so parents/guardians/etc. can get more money back. I would pay more for their service if they could provide better coding.
We use many non-network providers for our care and are reimbursed successfully. It is only with Therapista that we have trouble with reimbursement. If other providers that do not accept insurance that practice privately can successfully get reimbursement for their clients than Therapista should be able to too. I do not want to be told by the head of Therapista that s/he is not familiar with codes.
Background on us. We are two professional parents. Our child also receives other services so we have a broad sense of what therapy is, looks like and what the expectations are of us. We also have a good sense of what works for our child. So this is to say that Therapista is not our only experience with child therapy.
I found this place on yelp which had about 200 reviews and a solid four stars. So I figured I couldn't go wrong. I would not recommend the pizza here. We ordered four different slices and quite frankly, they all tasted the same. It was greasy pieces of crap and that is being generous. Fortunately, it does not cost a lot so try it for yourself.
This is the type of pizza that tastes good after a solid night of drinking and you need something to settle your stomach. Nothing more. I'm not a snob and I wouldn't call myself a pizza know it all but I know that this is not good tasting food, at all. Why yelp-ers gave it such fine reviews makes me question their taste at all.
I love the Berkeley Bowl, especially the new location given the ample parking below and adjacent to the store. (FYI, the old location now has metered parking on the near by side streets -- it used to be free! -- the parking lot is still free).
I shop at BB more now than ever since I don't have to fight for parking, the narrow aisles, and long lines. It's clean and stunning to look at from the outside and inside. Of course, that's not why people shop at BB. Obviously this location has wonderful produce that is it's claim to fame, and at reasonable prices, especially if you purchase produce in season. It also has a more efficient bulk food aisle check out and wider aisles.
I now go during the week day and it's great. No crowds. I went on Saturday recently for one item, and it was hopping! Crowded inside but parking was just fine.
I wish they would invest in the smaller carts, like the new Berkeley Bowl has. They are easier to navigate and get around, especially for people with small families.
Ok, this is not organic high end ice cream, and that's why it's a $1 a scoop. I can eat ice cream here 3x a week without breaking my budget. If you stick with the basic flavors you can't go wrong and they don't charge extra for a cone!
Friendly people and I go at off hours so there is never a line. Choose a flavor that's been eaten a lot and you probably can't go wrong.
Small library in my neighborhood. They definitely do not have a huge collection but Oakland Public libraries has a system that allows you to pick up books at your local library so that's a big plus. You can also donate old books here which is great!
Friendly staff too. They have limited hours and they do a great job of getting kids involved!
This place was recommended by the Wedding Party to have my dress cleaned. I don't use this place for regular dry cleaning as they are not convenient to where I live and wanted to make an exception for my wedding dress.
They did an amazing job. My puddle train was extremely dirty after the night of festivities was over and a little red wine was also spilled on the front. They got everything out and the dress looks just like when I picked it up before my wedding!
Friendly staff who appreciate the simplicity of dress also helped!
I love all Trader Joe's. I don't shop here regularly since I don't live in this area but I have to give them props because they were incredibly helpful at the time of my wedding.
Earlier this year, I was prepping for my wedding in Carmel which was a weekend of festivities starting on Friday afternoon. We were feeding about 30 guests breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so it made the most sense for us to shop at the local TJs. Afraid they would run out of our favorite yogurt, we called them and they set aside the amount we needed which was so nice and not required. It helped alleviate anxiety and stress.
Kim is a gem. I loved working with her for my wedding. I did a trial run of both hair and makeup for the wedding day. I felt really confident after the trial. I felt like I looked like an enhanced version of myself but myself, if that makes sense. So I could tell that I had make up on (I rarely wear any) and I was ok with that. Before the wedding, I decided to change up my hair a little and on the wedding day she did an amazing job, and got it done the first time around.
My mom and sister used her for hair and makeup on the wedding day too (no trial for them). And they also loved her which is no small feat given how picky they are, especially my mom.
Kim insists on knowing if you are not pleased. Her feelings will not be hurt; she wants her clients to feel fabulous on their big day. So tell her if you don't like something and she will stay until you feel 150%. This is absolutely true. When mom was getting her make up done, I told my mom in front of Kim, "Please tell Kim if you don't like anything. I don't want to hear 3 hours from now, after Kim is gone, or tomorrow that you were unhappy. She wants to know so tell her." Kim told me later that she really appreciated my saying that. Kim also thought my mom and aunt were a riot so Iove her even more for that!
My trial hair and makeup was $200 and on the day of it was $220 ($110 for each). For my sister and mom it was $75 each for hair and makeup. I think her service and professionalism speak for themselves, and she's a great value for what she provides, excellence.
I love this place, and can't say enough nice things about the staff, especially Vince, the owner. I hired Bottles 'N Bins to supply wine, beer, and soda at my Carmel wedding earlier this year. He did a fabulous job.
Vince is very talkative, warm and friendly. I called him and ended up speaking to him about 45 minutes so if you have a meeting or something in 10 minutes, you may consider calling him after your meeting!
About 2 month prior to the wedding, we did a tasting and selected one white, one red and a bubbly. They also provide bar tending services which we wish we had done but by the time we decided to do it, about 2 weeks before the wedding, he couldn't get anyone. Our bad and he was super contrite about it though it was our fault.
Through BnB, it's a better value to do the open bar because they do not charge by the drink, rather the bottle, so if one bottle costs $25, you're getting at least 15-20 drinks per bottle, as opposed to 4-5 pours from a wine bottle. So it's a great deal.
Another fabulous deal is that Vince supplies enough beer and alcohol for the wedding, and whatever you don't use, he takes back and doesn't charge. You only get charged for what you use AND he delivers. He has kegs. He supplied us with 3, we tapped into 2, and we weren't charged for the untapped beer. We were having a wedding weekend so he drove from Monterey to Carmel (about 30 minutes each way) to make sure we had enough supply and restocked as necessary. And we didn't have to schlep all that heavy alcohol ourselves nor were we stuck with leftovers, though we would not have minded leftovers of the Martini Rossi Prosecco! Yummy.
Bottles 'N Bins is an incredible value with really friendly service. I would use them again in a heart beat!
I love this restaurant for lunch or dinner. For lunch you stand in line and place and order, and then seat yourself. For dinner, I would recommend reservations because it's a popular place to eat.
For lunch, I had a large beet salad and their homemade gingerale. Both were so so yummy, and reasonably priced given that all the food they serve is locally grown. The menu is seasonable and changes so it changes.
For dinner, I recommend the vegan charcuterie, pizzas, burgers and fries. I've heard everything is great so you'll have to treat yourself a few times to get through the menu.