Meet Cindy Weinberger, OT/L, CHT


Cindy Weinberger, OT/L, CHT and an ITA Member took a negative - getting fired when COVID hit - and turned it into a positive by starting her own mobile therapy practice. In just a few months, she has been able to expand to hire a PT and two additional OTs on her team as Independent Contractors. Here is her story.

Where Did You Go To School & When Did You Graduate?

Boston University, 1985 when (ahem) only a BS was needed.

When and why did you decide to go “independent”?

I went on my own April 1, 2020. In November, 2019, I began setting up a mobile/telehealth practice because of displeasure with the way outpatient clinics were run. I hated seeing multiple patients simultaneously and wanted to provide a different type and level of care for my patients. Then, COVID-19 hit. I was laid off from my job with no notice which pushed me to move my planning in action, quickly!

When COVID-19 hit, I was laid off from my job with no notice.

Tell us about what you're doing now.

I am running a mobile practice treating patients in their homes. I have hired a PT and 2 OT independent contractors in order to provide coverage in a larger area, and also to treat more varied diagnoses. As a hand therapist, I am able to treat complex hand injuries including custom splinting in the home. We also treat neurological diagnoses. We are Medicare B providers and also accept out of network insurance and self pay.

What are your hopes/plans/dreams for the future?

I would like to expand the treatment area through the state of Florida, and have contractors, or maybe employees down the line, to provide the majority of the care while I run the business.

What tips do you have for others looking to go Independent?

Be bold, ask for what you need in terms of help, go forward with confidence once you are educated enough to take the needed steps. Surround yourself with mentors and people who have the knowledge you seek!