Physical Therapy, Yoga Therapy and Private Yoga Appointments

* Online physical therapy and yoga available * 
Happy & Well Physical Therapy & Yoga Therapy  is a boutique, integrative physical therapy and yoga therapeutics clinic and online physical therapy center offering evidence-based, holistic:
  • * One-on-one physical therapy (informed by the principles and practices of yoga, always with the goal to treat the whole person),
  • * Yoga therapy or private yoga sessions
  • * Meditation private sessions
  • * Movement Analysis 
* Due to COVID-19 concerns, in Person sessions are LIMITED – MOST sessions are currently offered via encrypted video, also known as: 
  • Online, virtual, remote, video, videochat, videoconferencing, telehealth, telemedicine, or telerehabilitation physical therapy or physiotherapy or yoga private sessions and small groups. 
We also offer:
  • Online yoga
  • Online meditation
  • Online movement analysis
  • Online posture analysis
  • Corporate wellness consulting for lifestyle medicine, stress management, ergonomics, and yoga-inspired movement and general wellbeing

Our practitioners: 

Our practitioners are highly trained and sought-after experts in therapeutic movement, anatomy and biomechanics and in marrying the practices of yoga to modern movement science.  We treat and train the whole person, mind body and spirit.   


We are located directly across from the National Zoo in Washington, DC (between Woodley Park and Cleveland Park metro stops) at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW (NORTH ENTRANCE by Duke’s Counter), Suite 434, Washington, DC 20008.

If arriving to the clinic via a rideshare / cab, please have them take you to the restaurant Duke’s Counter which is right next to the North Building entrance.

Please read over your booking confirmation email for specific directions, including a code to enter the building.

Physical Therapy Office

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a prescription to start Physical Therapy?

No. In the District of Columbia, physical therapists have “direct access”, which means you may be treated without a prescription from a medical doctor for physical therapy. If you have made progress within 30 days, you may continue to see that physical therapist without a prescription.

Yoga Therapy is not a licensed profession and therefore does not require a prescription in any state.

How quickly Can I be seen?

Online bookings can be made as little as 24 hours in advance using the Book Appointment links.

Wait List:

If you don’t see your desired time, simply add yourself to the wait list and you will be contacted if that time / day become available.

Last-minute appointment requests (less than 24 hours): 

Please email

Do You Accept My Insurance?

We are out of network for all regular health insurance plans, however we do accept accident / automobile insurance (we can provide physical therapy to individuals who have been injured though an automobile accident – just contact to schedule), and Federal Employee Worker Compensation. Please contact prior to booking with all claim information for workers compensation or auto accidents.   

Reimbursement: Upon payment, you will receive an invoice that has everything you need to request reimbursement from your health insurance company (though not Medicare). Our invoices are formatted for this purpose, and which you receive within 24 hours of your appointment (usually same day) by email. 

To make getting reimbursed easier, you can also use an app like Reimbursify.

What if I have medicare? 

Medicare Beneficiaries: Because we are not participating providers with Medicare, we can only accept Medicare beneficiaries as patients when the patient does not want Medicare billed for any PT services.

The request to not involve Medicare in payment must be made before your first appointment, of the patient’s own free will, and will be asked and confirmed electronically in our intake process.

Do you accept my FSA or HSA card?

We accept most Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) payment cards.

Questions about reimbursement rates? We recommend contacting your health insurer and inquiring about their out-of-network reimbursement rates for the following CPT (billing) codes:

Evaluation 1 hour: 97161, or 97162

Evaluation 1.5 hours: 97163

After the initial evaluation, we use a combination of these 5 treatment codes (4 codes are used per hour booked): 97140, 97110, 97112, 97116, 97530
Are Telehealth sessions reimbursed?

Yes, most state law and insurance policies reimburse telehealth at the same rate as in-person physical therapy. However, some rules and regulations may be specific to your health insurer, including where you or the physical therapist may be located.

What Is a Session Like? 

Appointments are 60 minutes one-on-one with your practitioner in a quiet, private room. 30 or 60 minute “express” telehealth follow-up sessions are also available. 

Unlike in larger health care settings, you will not share your time with other patients or clients. You will receive the undivided attention of your practitioner. 

Advantages of Out-of-Network, Private, Physical Therapy

Private physical therapy offers you high quality, one-on-one care without any guess-work about your practitioner, how much time will be spent with you, etc.

Sessions are longer, highly focused, and you typically need fewer overall appointments. This saves you time and money, and can get you back to the activities you love faster.

For those with frequent travel schedules or inability to attend physical therapy frequently (more than 1x/week), private physical therapy sessions offer significant time advantages, by limiting commute and maximizing time in session.

Particularly if you have a high deductible and are unsure whether you will meet your deductible in a given year, you may spend less (and get better faster) seeing us than an in-network provider.

There is no time spent (or charges sent to your insurer!) “warming up” on exercise machines, or using excessive modalities.    

Prices and hours

Please click on the button below to our booking site for current pricing and day / time availability. We do have some evening hours:

What is Yoga Therapy?

[Yoga therapy is] the use of the techniques of yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.” – Judith Lasater. Yoga asana, breathing and meditation techniques may be some of the forms of practice in yoga therapy. 

Yoga therapy is not a substitute for medical care. If you are in pain, please begin with a physical therapy evaluation or be under the care of a licensed medical professional. 

Why meditation?

Whether you are experiencing physical pain, or the regular ups and downs of life, science shows us that meditation can help right the raft and lower inflammation.

Developing a meditation practice that works specifically for your needs is a fundamental component of optimal health.  We highly recommend booking a session to compliment the more physical approaches we offer.

How to Get Here

Public Transportation

Accessible via Metro Red line – half-way between the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park Metro Stations, Woodley Park Circulator, and/or L1 and L2 buses). Please note, we are approximately a 12 minute walk north from Woodley Park Metro, and a 12 minute walk south from Cleveland Park Metro (each is about a half mile distance). For cross-town transport, we are a 12 minute walk from the H4 bus stop near Cleveland Park Metro (east or west) and same distance from the westbound H2 bus stop (the eastbound stop is 1 block further north on Connecticut). 

Driving Directions

From the north (Maryland, upper Northwest DC), simply take Connecticut Ave south. About 0.4 miles after you pass Cleveland Park, we are located on the right hand side, directly across from the National Zoo. From the south (Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, etc), simply take Connecticut Ave north. We are 0.4 miles past the Woodley Park Metro Station and on the same block as Starbucks across from the National Zoo.  


 We regret there is no commercial parking lot available for 3000 Connecticut Ave NW. Street parking is usually easy to find within a few blocks (but may be difficult on popular tourist days). Please note that parking on Connecticut Avenue is very limited during both morning and afternoon rush-hour (starting at 4pm). However, you  are very likely to find parking behind the building on the west side of Connecticut. To get there, the BEST route is to turn WEST on Cathedral Ave NW, and if you don’t see anything, take a right on 28th St NW. 

Conditions Treated

Dr. Ariele Foster, and her PT staff, treats all orthopedic conditions from toes to nose as well as Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV — which often needs just 1-2 treatments). Ariele has a special interest in:

  • Healing yoga and athletic injuries, returning patients to yoga or to optimal athletic function after injury or illness,
  • Healing low back / Sacrum / SI joint pain and asymmetries
  • Healing hip injuries including acetabular labral tears, FemeroAcetabular Impingement (FAI), greater trochanteric bursitis / gluteal tendinopathies and hip arthritis
  • Shoulder injuries, including impingement, rotator cuff tendonitis / tendinopathy, 
  • Hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ, TMJD)

That said, she has never treated a knee that wasn’t connected to the rest of a body. Her main interest is creating optimal whole body health and musculoskeletal well-being, consistent with the tenants of yoga, regardless of whether the patient has a formal “yoga” practice. 

Treatment Style & Techniques

Ariele is a hands-on physical therapist and will be highly specific with exercise prescription. Many patients benefit from functional myofascial release, which might involve cupping therapy (made famous by Michael Phelps and other Olympians) or deep tissue release using hands or tools. Many times, gentle joint re-alignment is also utilized, followed by targeted individualized exercises for both in clinic and at home.

Her main continuing education background for physical therapy includes study of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Core First Strategies, Functional Mobilization I and II, Pelvic Girdle Puzzle, Dynamic Foot and Ankle (IPA courses), Functional Movement Patterns and FMS Certification (Gray Cook), Myofascial Release Technique (via Tom Myers’ courses) and Advanced Shoulder Rehabilitation with the physio for the U.S. Tennis Team. She has also mentored with advanced Certified Functional Manual Therapists and practitioners of Postural Restoration Technique, and is active in teaching and taking continuing ed courses for yoga teachers.

Ariele also teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings, and has helped resolve a variety of yoga injuries and physical conundrums on the yoga mat for yoga teachers and beginning yoga students.

* Please refrain from wearing fragrances to your appointment

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