Physical Therapy Appointments with Dr. Ariele Foster

We are a small, private physical therapy clinic offering evidence-based, holistic, one-on-one physical therapy (informed by the principles and practices of yoga), private yoga sessions and yoga therapy.

Our location is directly across from the National Zoo in Washington, DC (between Woodley Park and Cleveland Park metro stops), and we provide home visits (see distance limitations below).

No prescription is required for physical therapy treatment in our clinic. Online bookings can be made as little as 24 hours in advance. For last-minute appointment requests, please email

We are also out of network for all insurance plans.

* Please refrain from wearing fragrances to your appointment

detailed information:

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We are located across from the National Zoo at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 434 (North Entrance! 3000 Connecticut confusingly has 2 entrances so go to the one in this picture — the north one), Washington, DC 20008 on the West side of the street.Physical Therapy Office

Hours (Woodley Park Clinic)

 Mondays 12-6pm / Wednesdays afternoons 1:30-6pm / Thursday hours may be available upon request.

Home visit hours are arranged individually, and are not be available during clinic times. Please email to find out if your home is within our scope

Do I need a prescription for physical therapy?

No. In Washington, DC, physical therapists have direct access. Direct access means you can be treated for up to 30 days 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.

Please note, if you seek out-of-network reimbursement from your insurer, a doctor’s prescription for physical therapy may be required.


We are out-of-network for all insurance types, and therefore will be self-pay (you may request reimbursement from your insurance company).


As of Oct 2015, rates are: $160 for in-clinic initial evaluations and $135 for follow-up visits in-clinic. For home visits, charges will be $250 for initial evaluation and $200 for follow-up visits, and are available only certain zip codes within the District of Columbia. You pay up-front and request reimbursement from your insurer. Private Yoga Sessions (no documentation or formal invoicing, usually non-reimbursable) are $125. 

Appointment Details

All appointments are 55-60 minutes one-on-one with Dr. Ariele Foster – in a private room. Payment is required at the time of confirming an appointment. You will be provided with an electronic invoice (via email) within 48 business hours after the treatment in a format convenient for requesting reimbursement from insurers. We pride ourselves on timeliness for both treatment and follow-up!

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.  Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.43.08 AM


 We regret there is no commercial parking lot available for 3000 Connecticut Ave NW. Street Parking is easy to find within a block on Connecticut Ave. Please note that parking on Connecticut Avenue is very limited during both morning and afternoon rush-hour. However, you  are very likely to find parking within a block behind the building on the west side of Connecticut. To get there, the BEST route is to turn WEST on Cathedral Ave NW, park wherever is legal, or if you don’t see anything, take a right on 28th St NW and you may park there. 

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Why private physical therapy?

 If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or a high deductible and are unsure whether you will meet your deductible in a given year, private physical therapy may be a great deal for you to get quality one-on-one care (while knowing exactly what you will spend before the session starts). Sessions are longer, and you typically need fewer overall appointments. This saves you time and money, and can get you back to the activities you love faster. 

Conditions treated

Dr. Ariele Foster 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 injuries, returning patients to yoga after injury or illness,
  • healing low back / Sacrum / SI joint pain
  • hip injuries including acetabular labral tears, FemeroAcetabular Impingement (FAI) and early arthritis
  • shoulder injuries, including impingement, rotator cuff tendonitis / tendonopathy, 
  • hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos.

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 therapist and will be highly specific with exercise prescription. Most 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, Functional Mobilization I and II, Pelvic Girdle Puzzle (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. 

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Physical Therapy students: Are you enrolled in a DPT program and interested in merging yoga or holistic health with your physical therapy career? Dr. Ariele Foster accepts students for affiliations or clinical rotations. Please email with your clinical dates.

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