Get Insurance Savvy

When Melissa and I first started Sound, our knowledge on insurance plans was very basic. We knew what we needed, as clinicians, to place a diagnosis and procedure code on a billing sheet... but that was the extent of our knowledge. As speech language pathologists and audiologists, we are not taught about the world of insurance in our graduate programs. The wonderful world of insurance is often taught through osmosis of a billing department.

Being a small private practice, Melissa and I had to dive head first into learning the terminology of insurance companies in order to help educate our patients, and patients families about the world of insurance. Recently we ran into a great breakdown of insurance terminology by the site Skimm in their feature "NO EXCUSES to not talk about healthcare." The site breaks down the ins and outs of insurance terms and is a great resource for not just our patients, but for our own team. 


Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!