I have nothing but praise for Dr. Tracy Hernandez and her staff! They are the epitome of professionalism, knowledge, and caring. The staff is truly interested in me as a person, and they treat me in a fair, compassionate manner. I had seen many different doctors for a recurring back problem. Although they tried many different ways to alleviate the pain, I didn’t have a correct diagnosis or a plan. A friend recommended that I see Tracy. After one visit, she had found the problem and adjusted my back. Success! Tracy is really interested in my overall wellness. She has made suggestions about how to sit, stand, and walk efficiently to ward off back problems. I appreciate that she treats the whole person! I have seen Annie Baker for adjustments, as well. She, too, is wonderful! I would highly recommend her! Ms. Baker is patient, understanding, and proficient in her profession. I have recommended Innovative Therapy and Wellness to family and friends in the past, and I will continue to do so!
Julie R., Virginia Beach, VA
I highly recommend going to Innovative Therapy, especially if you do not feel that you are getting effective care at other PT practices. The individualized sessions at Innovative Therapy were truly necessary for my recovery process. Natalie was my primary therapist and is highly effective and knowledgeable, but in fact all the staff are fantastic. I saw Natalie for two years regarding knee joint pain and immobility caused by an old running injury and made worse by a cortisone shot. Within the first few months, she helped me to be able to bend my knee from the straight position in which it was essentially frozen, to regain complete range of motion. The combined techniques of dry needling, trigger point massage, and strength training were very effective. After my knee improved, I elected to continue seeing Natalie on a less frequent basis for maintaining mobility. Now I can bike and do yoga again, and climb stairs without pain. I cannot recommend Innovative Therapy highly enough!
Angela H., Norfolk, VA
When I first met Tracy Hernandez 6 years ago, I was preparing for a major operation. Thirty minutes into my initial consultation, she suspected that I might have a rare disorder that could severely impact the outcome of my operation. She suggested I get tested and she was right! That diagnosis changed everything! The operation had to be fully reconstructed and the way I managed my health care had to change. She worked with me through the entire process.
Post surgery, the entire staff at Innovative became involved in my recovery. The diversity of their training and their superior knowledge helped to create a plan specifically designed for me. I learned so much through the process and have since been able to maintain a very active lifestyle in spite of my condition.
Tracy and the staff at Innovative continue to treat, train, educate and support me in my quest for living the best life possible. I truly believe that without their “Innovative” approach, I would not have the quality of life I do today.
JoAnne C., Virginia Beach, VA
My physical therapist has been Natalie for the last few months and I swear she has got the
healing touch! From eliminating my neck pain to helping my leg regain more mobility, I feel
lucky to have found her. She puts so much effort into my session and it is no wonder she
gets results! She is superior in every way!
Meri B., Virginia Beach, VA
Annie Baker first and foremost is a wonderful women, dedicated to improving the lives of her clients as a therapist and teacher. As a therapist she designed the appropriate course of action to bring about my recovery after surgery on five cervical vertebrae. The proof of her expertise is the celebration of my 75th birthday at the top of a black diamond ski run in Utah snow skiing with my son. My surgeon, who initially expressed doubt I’d ski again, cleared me after and because of Annie’s therapy.
As a teacher she is instructing my wife and me in the techniques of Pilates. She has improved our physical capabilities and conditioning such that we are able to enjoy more strenuous, active lives. In her classes, Annie is working with 6 to 8 people who all have various injuries. She is careful to treat each person’s situation individually, not overtax their capability, and offer alternative techniques while carefully monitoring their progress. Her dedication to detail is exemplary.
Tom and Deb S., Virginia Beach, VA
As an adult woman with scoliosis, I feel very fortunate to have found Innovative Therapy. I have turned to these knowledgeable and kind therapists for about 10 years, working at various times with Tracy, Liz and Annie. All 3 have encouraged exercises and strengthening that can be dome at home, rather than offering a path to recovery/improvement that is possible only through their classes and appointments.
Most recently, I continue to take a Flexion-free class and a Pilates class, both taught by Annie. She challenges us and, yet, is very quick to offer ways to accommodate the physical concerns and limitations of our class members. She is encouraging, creates a friendly atmosphere and guides us to be our best selves. She is the reason we all keep signing up for the class. My coordination, strength and stability continue to improve through her gentle, compassionate, but wise instruction.
Susan L., Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Natalie Foret is a talented therapist who works magic with my aches and pains. She’s great with all types of muscular-skeleton therapy from soft tissue work and manipulation to strengthening. No band-aiding here. Innovative Therapy has the best practitioners!
Linda F., Virginia Beach, VA
The only word that describes Innovative Therapy is awesome!! The staff is so caring, friendly, and knowledgeable. Thank you Tracy for the last 12+ years of fixing me and never giving up until you resolved my problems. Thank you Natalie for working your magic to make me pain free, and Krista, I can't do without your great massages. Behind this great staff is Robin who has helped me so many times with my insurance and working around my mixed up schedule to fit me into their schedules. Thank you to all the other staff members I have worked with too throughout the years.
Nancy D., Virginia Beach, VA
As a patient of Dr. Sue Parks I can attest for her skills. While Sue was treating me I was given 100% of her attention. Innovative focuses on one patient at a time and does not rush through appointments for the next patient. Sue is very knowledgeable in various treatment methods and helped me to heal faster than expected. THANKS!
Cathy E., Norfolk, VA
Natalie Foret is a skilled therapist. I have been treated by her, and I have taken a fitness class from her. She is kind and caring, and she explains everything well. I have a chronic condition, and over the past few years, I have seen all of the therapists at Innovative Therapy and Wellness. They are all great. I have also had theraputic massages, and I have taken many classes. The entire staff gives personal, efficient service. I am in much better shape by having taken regular classes and having therapy when needed.
Janet F., Virginia Beach, VA
Outstanding in every way. Responsive. Knowledgeable. Straight-forward. Pro-active. Caring. Helpful. Healing. Great attitudes. Just wonderful. 5 stars.
Tom K., Virginia Beach, VA
My experience at Innovative Therapy was wonderful. From the evaluation through treatment, my physical therapist, Dr. Natalie Foret, provided expert and compassionate treatment to end my shoulder pain through a combination of manual therapy, dry needling and exercise. She took the time to fully evaluate and understand the cause of my pain and to listen carefully to my concerns. I also appreciated the one-on-one care, whether in the treatment room or the gym, and the focus on wellness by the staff. It is a bonus that massage therapists are on staff as well. Altogether this is a caring, professional and comfortable environment in which to undergo treatment. I will definitely return if any other physical therapy is needed in the future!
Tracy is an innately gifted therapist with extensive knowledge of body mechanics and uses the gentlest methods to achieve corrections. She has a genuine concern for anyone in pain, endless patience, and has worked loyally and tirelessly for the past 10 years to keep me on my feet and out of a wheelchair.
Ina F., Norfolk, VA
Innovative Physical Therapy truly lives up to its name. From its comfortable, private, and even luxury space; to its therapists and incorporation of a large gym and Pilates space, it is unique and set apart. I had the pleasure of working with Natalie Foret (DPT) for a nagging hip pain of over 3 years. As an ex-D1 athlete and prior retail manager for a yoga-athletic company, movement was a huge part of my life. I came to Natalie relatively immobilized and essentially, as a last resort. I’d been told by orthopedics that I’d only ever be able to treat my injury with cortisone shots. Not willing to take constant steroid injections as my only option, I came to Natalie and she got to work. We did a combination of manual therapy, dry needling, strengthening, home exercises, etc. We made improvements each week and she helped me better understand and relearn proper movement patterns. Despite our subtle progress, Natalie still felt we could do better. She applied her knowledge and went with her gut instinct, requesting to reread my MRI films. After studying them, she proposed an alternate diagnosis and suggested I get a second opinion from another orthopedic. Sure enough, her hunch was absolutely right! I ended up needing an arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum and structural bone impingements, but without Natalie’s patience, talent, and incredible attention to detail I would’ve never been able to finally figure it all out and have the life-improving option of an operation. Natalie and Innovative continued to follow-up with me post-op and ensure I had all the support I needed for recuperation. I am grateful for both Natalie and Innovative’s practice and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who takes their health seriously and desires to be well. Thank you, Innovative!
Kaitlyn H., Virginia Beach, VA
Over the course of many weeks my back began to experience shooting pains independent of physical activity. When the pain increased to the point that I could not get out to bed without assistance and enduring significant pain, I made a medical appointment with a specialist. After a battery of tests, x-rays and physical examination the doctor told me that I was not a candidate for relief from surgery. My arthritis is not directly impacting nerves within my spine so the doctor felt a series of physical therapy sessions might be my only recourse. My wife had been using Innovative Therapy & Wellness to address her particular injuries and pains and she strongly suggested I make appointments with her therapist, Annie Baker.
After about five weeks of therapy with Annie, I have regained my ability to be physically active! I now get out of bed without pain, I lift bags of mulch, garden and walk without debilitating pain. Annie performed an extensive interview, watched me climb steps, walk, sit down, lie down and stand. Her private one hour sessions provided me with very personal attention which initial focused on finding compensation techniques for pain free movement as well as developing a personal plan to help compensate for posture and walking issues that contributed to my discomfort. Over the course of our weekly sessions Annie gave me “homework” to correct muscle weakness, improper posture, weak abs and glutes and stair climbing and chair sitting techniques. Each session included muscle and nerve trigger point manipulation using a wide range of techniques that included dry needling, cupping, and metal bar pressure. Annie made a point each session to review my homework and be sure I had no questions and retained proper techniques.
Innovative Therapy & Wellness provides private, well equipped venues, well considered public spaces which are also well equipped and an atmosphere focused on well-being and improved health. The staff has a great attention to detail, to proper hygiene and sanitation and client focus.
I thank Innovative Health and attribute Annie Baker for placing me on a path to better health and pain free movement.
Carl S., Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Sue Parks is my lifesaver. I went to multiple doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors to try and get relief from nerve burning in my spine. What I learned was there is a vast difference in Physical Therapists and their training. Sue has improved my quality of life and helped me tremendously in getting through this very difficult time. She is professional, dedicated, and extremely talented in multiple therapy methods and especially in dry needling. She genuinely cares about your progress and is always encouraging. I am so fortunate to have Sue as my therapist.
Jana H., Norfolk, VA
Dr. Tracy Hernandez and staff at Innovative Therapy & Wellness are the most talented and professional physical therapy group. Dealing with chronic pain for nearly 10 years, I had yet to receive the proper diagnosis and care until I arrived at Innovative. I am now able to use my arm, I'm walking and feel overall significantly less pain.
Dr. Hernandez is the most knowledgeable, patient, and genuinely caring physical therapist and her staff is a reflection of that too. They use the multiple techniques for treatment, and go above and beyond in their care.
I am so fortunate to be treated by the talented staff at Innovative Therapy.
Alex P., Chesapeake, VA
My experience with Innovative Therapy could not be more positive. Over the years, I have spent too much time in therapy sessions for my back, both shoulders, and both knees (10 knee surgeries to include two replacements). I have never had the one-on- one care, attention to detail, and a therapist with Natalie Foret’s extensive knowledge. My previous experiences with therapy were “by the book ” on what and how much to do. They did not take into consideration other parts of the body that needed to be included in the total rehabilitation. In my recent sessions for my back and knees, the linkage between the back and both knees was worked on together along with my overall body strength.
My doctor could not have been more impressed with my rehab progress, my strengthening, and Natalie’s diagnoses of several problems that did not show up on x-rays. The Innovative Therapy team from registration, check-in, scheduling, and billing is exceptional. Adding to their professionalism, they are great people and always make the experience fun with lot of laughter.
Dr. Bruce B., Norfolk, VA
I discovered Innovative Therapies from a really good friend of mine who has been going there for help with injuries and pain from horse riding over the years. I had the pleasure of working with Natalie Foret after a second surgery for a frozen shoulder and rotator cuff repair. It was so nice to work exclusively with her through out my physical therapy. I will be back soon to have her treat me for back and neck pain. I have recommended Innovative Therapy to anyone that I come in contact with that needs PT.
Suzy C., Virginia Beach, VA
Suzy C., Virginia Beach, VA