Testimonial

Vision Therapy Testimonial:

Sophie's Story

Little Sophie has accommodative esotropia. This means that her eyes turn in when she focuses on something. She also has significant farsightedness and wasn't diagnosed until she was 4. This video shares her mom's experience with vision therapy which focused on integration of her primitive reflexes and development of her depth perception in the few months we had before they moved back to Japan.

What our Graduates have to say:

Question: What was the most dramatic change you noticed in your child after completing vision therapy?

  • Makes eye contact and is more confident speaking to others.
  • My child is calmer and can even ride a bike now.
  • No more “snarlies” at the end of the day. Yeah!
  • He knows his left and right now, he reads more confidently, his coordination is much better.  Amazing! Thank you!
  • The stress of completing the tasks week after week was gone. Behavior has improved and she seems less fatigued mentally.
  • After over a year of horrible headaches and seeing the wrong eye doctor and the wrong prescription in his glasses, we met Gabby Marshall. WOW, what a difference it makes when you finally find the right doctor who knows what is going on. The headaches are gone, the tracking with reading is so much better, and the handwriting is getting better. So Thank You Elemental, we are going to miss all of you so very much, you have become our second family.
  • My child’s tic has decreased and in general his eyes appear more relaxed.
  • Motor overflow went away, went up a level in reading groups, reading out loud has improved
  • My child’s reading improved rapidly. His general stress level decreased and his frustration tolerance improved.
  • She wanted to play Battleship, which she used to hate!
  • Her ability to focus, extended time on tasks, agility and balance improved. Change in emotional maturity, reduced level of frustration, used her peripheral vision.
  • Taking responsibility and  better focus.
  • My daughter, after 2 years of therapy and surgery correction, has become more understanding and mature from learning to slow down and think.  I would not have ever done surgery on my own accord.  My daughter can focus better and is doing so much better in school now.
  • Her confidence increased.  We noticed her confidence in math and reading skyrocketed.  We have seen her outlook become more positive and she seems more focused.
  • The biggest changes that I noticed are his ability to read without getting lost and his ability to sit still and comfortably for longer periods of time.  Also, his ability to catch and throw a ball have completely transformed.  Playing games is no longer an exercise in frustration.  He actually has fun!
  • No more headaches.  Never getting a strike in softball this year.
  • There was a lot of dramatic changes not sure I can pick one. Her attitude, confidence and self esteem changes were amazing!!  Her grades are the best they have ever been.  No fighting to get homework done and no struggles with her saying she doesn't want to go to school.  All the changes are dramatic.
  • His confidence has made a drastic 360 change to the positive. 6 months ago we had a child that said “I hate reading, I am dumb, I am stupid.” He had huge resistance to reading and would throw a HUGE fit regularly when we told him it was time to do his daily reading. He had huge self-esteem issues and we were on a downward spiral with him that was scary as a parent to watch. We backed off completely with the pressure to do his daily reading outside of school and took Dr. Gabby and her teams lead and guidance through vision therapy and consistently did the weekly homework instead. He is a very reactive child and has impulse control issues. Through vision therapy it has taught him how to have more control over his action (body) because he has trained the brain to work together with his body before he responds. I may not be explaining it correctly, but he is more in control of himself.

  • Through vision therapy we learned he was not visualizing. This is something that a regular doctor would never test for, but Gabby does this as part of her evaluations when she sees kids.   He is now VISUALIZING!!!
  • His behavioral issues that he has had for the past few years at school are now non-existent. He has confidence and shows leadership with his classmates and teachers.
  • He is now “at grade level” for reading which is so exciting. He is picking up books to read now and we are so proud of him.
  • Incredible amount of confidence!  He takes on challenges now with less hesitation.  He doesn't get frustrated if something is hard, as easily.  He's playing sports now and riding his bike - things he's never been eager about.  Grades improved - way less frustration with homework.  More pride in his work.
  • My child would repeatedly hit himself in  the eyes when he experienced frustration and/or fatigue due to vision problems.  After 12 weeks of weekly therapy my child no longer hurts himself and has not complained of eye pain.  We have seen tremendous improvement.
  • The most dramatic changes were the visual straightening of the eye turn, the confidence  he gained, his improvement in school (especially in reading) and his ability with sports.
  • Headaches decreased from every other day to maybe once a week!
  • Surprisingly, her physical coordination
  • She finally tested above grade level in reading for the first time ever.  :)  
  • Reduced anxiety over things that previously challenged him.  For example:  math homework, sleeping at night, reading, playing in the sunlight, sports.  
  • Confidence and her ability to do thing she had never been able to do - swim, tennis, reading
  • My child no longer complains of experiencing double vision

Question: Is there anything we could do differently to help make the program easier for you and your family?

  • No, everyone was very helpful and accommodating throughout our experience at Elemental Eyecare.
  • The cost of the program is financially prohibitive to some families.  That is where we felt it most.  Other than that, no.  You are all awesome.
  • It was fabulous as is.  Dr. Marshall kept working with him even after he was supposed to graduate.  She didn’t just let him slip through.  Thank you.
  • Scheduling was pretty difficult- more flexibility would be great.  Appointments during school are not ideal.
  • Bill insurance- but I do understand why you don’t.
  • Overall the program was easy for us.
  • Less home activities per week
  • Everything worked well. Elemental is very organized and thinks everything through. I wish our lives were not as crazy.
  • Nothing. The program was very flexible.
  • All of you did a fabulous job!
  • Keep the number of exercises to about 4 (unless they are really quick) so you can really take time and focus on the work without fatiguing too fast.
  • Bill insurance directly, better VT glasses for at home tasks. Cost became very stressful when insurance started denying claims.
  • Add purpose to exercise instruction sheets so we know why we are doing the exercises.  Define/explain all “jargon” words in the exercises.  You folks know this stuff; we don’t.
  • Clinic and all staff are well organized and professional.  Pick up was stressful for me to go over homework while having younger sibling with me (not feasible to get a sitter for him for so many appts) - certainly my problem not yours - but was a challenge.
  • I feel like we had so much support.  Erin was available by email if I ever had any questions about at-home activities and handouts were clear and useful.  The office was also great about rescheduling appointments if [my son] was sick.  Erin provided travel activities for dates that we were out of town.  
  • This program does require a lot of time and effort.  However, Erin saw when my daughter needed a break and we went with that!  A small break was what was needed for everyone.  This enabled us to finish strong!!
  • No - Our experience was great!  Well worth the time, money and work put into it.  We would do it again if we had to.
  • I think your program perfectly suited my daughter. Jodi is a great with kids, especially those that can easily get off track and not listen. She is firm but yet loving which is a great combo. My daughter respects Jodi and was always ready for the next challenge!
  • Financially it was a huge strain.  We wish insurance would see value in it.
  • No, we were very pleased with the professionalism and results.  Also, Dr. Gabby's efforts with our insurance company went above and beyond.
  • None that we can think of!  Fantastic in every way and Dr. Amanda was patient and kind with our daughter every time <3
  • I was very pleased with the program and staff.  Thank you for your dedication and hard work. 
  • Lower the cost
  • Your entire team did great with feedback, appointments, encouragement, warmth--all aspects.  I don't really have any constructive feedback to do thing differently.  
  • NO.  you were supportive, encouraging, while setting high expectations.  I was particularly impressed that Jodi was able to apply recent research and professional information she received at VT conferences...she was absolutely AMAZING.
  • Payment plan offer would be helpful.  
  • No, the program was very accommodating.  Homework was reasonable.  Office visits were at good times. 
  • We had the expectation to make the commitment to be successful in completing therapy, so I don't have a recommendation to make the program easier. 
  • I feel like you understand life is messy and everyone was super nice about being flexible.  That is a huge relief for busy moms. 
  • Billing and invoices are not a smooth process.  Otherwise the appointments were like clockwork, all staff helpful, keeping a regular schedule was great.  

Question: Is there any advice you would like to share with parents starting our program?

  • We prioritized the VT over homework, and that often made our afternoons/evenings go more smoothly.  Doing both would have been overwhelming on some days.  We also had siblings try a few of the exercises, and they understood that it was difficult and helped encourage their brother.   
  • Time consuming and if insurance won’t cover then figure $3500.00.
  • Stick with it! It’s worth it! I feel that the work we did at Elemental will change his whole life.
  • Do it.  This is your child’s future.  Give him or her tools and the ability to see, respond and interact with that future to the best of his or her ability.  It is worth the work it takes.
  • The homework can at times be extremely overwhelming especially if you are working and your child also has other homework in addition, but in the end it is worthwhile.
  • It is parental work as well.  We spent 45 minutes 4-5 times a week in the beginning.  Know that a parent is going to have to work just as hard.  It bonded us as well.
  • It is a lot of work but the rewards greatly outweigh the struggle to sometimes find the time to fit in the homework.  It is costly but also so worth it.  Dr. Gabby’s focus is on your child and will work with you in any way you need to help you and your child succeed.  The team goes above and beyond always!
  • It is amazing to see so much change come about in such a short amount of time!
  • Do a little more training everyday (20 minutes) instead of longer blocks of time on only some days. Do activities along with your child when possible – have them “teach” you. Set up a system for practice- all gear easy to grab and start.
  • Stay calm when dealing with at home tasks, stay patient. Family commitment is key, using a schedule also helped us. Talk to your VT therapist if you are having issues or difficulty they are there to help.
  • I would say, love your child as much as you can during this time.  They are doing a lot of different things mentally, visually and emotionally.  Always check how they feel.  Early ages are learning emotions and some don't know how to handle them.  So always ask and always love. 
  • It is a difficult program.  You have to be committed on a very consistent basis.  It is a labor of love fueled by a vision for future gain.  It is definitely worth it, but very arduous, challenging emotionally, cognitively and coordination-wise.  Both the parent and child have to be equipped with plenty of patience and determination to succeed.
  • Stick with it, keep it fun at home, and get into a routine.  Four sessions a week at home can feel like a lot, especially when there are other demands on your child (like recitals or sports games) on the same days.  Having a set time of day to do VT and having fun with it helped it become a positive part of our routine.  
  • Try to set a routine of days for exercises and stick with it.  Read all the information sent home and do not be afraid to ask questions.  Communicate anything and everything with the doctor and the therapist!  This really helps them to tailor the program to the needs of your child.  
  • Know it will be hard but once you see the changes in the child you will be amazed.  Words can't express how helpful VT is.  Unanswered questions and struggles will have an answer to them once you understand and see how it all works.     The greatest feeling is hearing your child say after all the hard work "I can see the whole world now like I'm supposed to" and "I can use my peripheral vision that I didn't know I had" is one of the best feelings ever, especially knowing how her "normal" before wasn't how it should be.  It's hard to grasp what they see or don't see at the beginning of VT and it's a guilty feeling also knowing your child has struggled like they have and they thought it was normal.  Watching the changes as you go through the program is wonderful and exciting and in the end you can't say enough good things about the program.     Watching her play her first basketball game after VT was over and being able to see her from the stands use her peripheral vision made me cry.  You could see it from the stand what she was doing.  Something she didn't do before.  It was plain as day to me probably nobody else noticed but it was a wonderful feeling knowing what she was doing.   Thank YOU  Thank You!!!  For changing her life, nothing can slow her down and she now knows she can do anything.
  • This program is a little “outside the box” for many people. Most people don’t know what Vision Therapy is and how it can help people. We thought our son needed “counseling, potentially drugs” to help him but what he needed was Vision Therapy. He could not read because he was not tracking or visualizing when he was reading. He was working 100 times harder than most. All of this was causing his self-esteem issues and anger. Doing vision therapy is a big financially and time commitment for any family. I believe we could have spent the same amount of money having Xxxx see a therapist each week to discuss his “behavioral issues” and not seen the results that we did with Vision Therapy. I love that we were able to go “outside of the box” and take a bit of a leap of faith doing this program. Our family was committed to this and we got the results that we were hoping for!  A happy boy who has confidence and is reading!!!!
  • Make sure to check with your insurance coverage.  Insurance companies may be reluctant to cover eye therapy.
  • Therapy takes time, but the improvements and results your child receives from vision therapy at Elemental Eyecare will be superior to most pharmaceutical options.  You are providing them with real life tools and corrections that will serve them for years to come.
  • Ensure that families understand the home commitment.  If we had not been diligent at home (and there were weeks that were hard), we would not have been successful.  
  • There will be weeks of simply not wanting to continue.  We found that it's okay to take the necessary breaks to allow "learning" to occur.  But, it is soooo important to stay with it and persevere.
  • Stick with it.  Think of systems to encourage and motivate and be consistent with a routine.  Thank you everyone from the front office to each and every appt and session - we had the MOST positive experience :)
  • Plan VT as a set daily activity - same time, same place each day.  We also made it one on one time with our daughter, asking other children to be elsewhere.  It became special focused time on her that she looked forward to spending with a parent. 
  • Expensive investment, but so are braces and perfect eyesight is way more important than perfect teeth!
  • Stick with it.  The first 2-4 weeks can be rough but it is worth it.  Our daughter had a lot of emotional outbursts at first, but she broke through it and is now doing amazing.

From parents of children mid-program:

  1. WOW WOW WOW we just got a HUUUUUUGE surprise last night just before we went to bed.... he had been goofing off in his bedroom for an hour or so. He came out with his iPad and wanted to show us something. He pulled up and video he had made and we were stunned to see him READING a book about weather!!  I mean it he was reading!!!! The WHOLE book. He was sounding out words like weather, sunshine, energy, possible, pumpkins, and leaves...my husband and I had tears in our eyes. We have worked sooo hard and just like that, he comes in and blows our minds.  His words were clear and he didn't give up sounding out words. He didn't get every word right but I can't truly explain how I felt hearing him read to us after years and years of encouraging him to try. As we thought about what just happened it dawned on us. He is reading because he can see!!! The eye therapy we have been doing for the past 3 months has helped him IMMENSLY. He is using his right eye more, he has better depth perception because of it and he now has glasses that have all helped him see!!! I again was in tears realizing how many years he had to go with tunnel vision and unable to really see. How could we have known? How could we have helped him sooner? How does a parent figures out what someone needs when they can’t communicate their needs? This WILL BE A TERRIFIC New Year!!!!!!!!!!
  1. I am so grateful for the kindness, willingness, and understanding of my daughter. Her character and habits all make sense to me now. I can understand now, why she does some of the things she does. I am excited to see her continue to improve and grow into a beautiful and smart young girl. When we first started doing V.T. Her eye was in all the time. Now she has, the majority of the time, control to keep her left eye straight both with glasses and when she wears contacts. When we first started she was unable to enjoy reading because she would see the words backwards or skip over some words. But now...... SHE LOVES TO READ!!!! I am forever grateful to you and your staff for working so hard and together as a team to make this journey successful! Thank you so very much!!!  

General comments from our patient satisfaction surveys:

  • You are all a gift! Changing one life at a time really is more because ya'll changed this mama's life too.
  • Thank you for your excellent customer service and immediate responsiveness to my concerns. I have already recommended you to friends that recently moved here. Keep up the good work!
  • Thank you for your kindness and understanding during our visit.
  • Our daughter was a re-visit to pick out another set of frames, she had a blast! Picking out glasses at your office is a fun time and the patient isn't rushed or forced to pick out anything they do not want. I appreciate that! Other eye doctors tend to push you towards frames they think are the 'ones'.
  • I don't know if we saw Miss Gabby or Miss Amanda, you can view who we saw in the charts. But the doctor we saw was a wonderful lady and was beyond helpful!
  • Great experience!
  • I think you have an amazing office. From walking in the front door, to the exam, to ordering glasses I have felt the warmth and respect from all! Thank you!!
  • It can't get any better.
  • Thumbs up!! :))
  • Dr. Marshall is very professional, knowledgeable and exudes warmth and genuine caring!  I always leave her office knowing I have received exceptional treatment.  Thank you!!.
  • I cant thank you enough!!!!!!!! It is so nice to have a fun, joking, and stress free visit. I love that we can go in and our son is smiling and not stressed out.

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Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I can’t say enough great things about Elemental Eyecare. Dr. Gabby was so amazing with our special needs daughter. Highly recommend!!"
    Brittaney O.
  • "Both of my kids loved Dr Gabby. They have been seeing another doctor for over 12 years, but the transition to Elemental Eyecare was super easy. My son had a sudden change in his vision and they got us in within days. We are so happy we do not have to drive to Eugene anymore to see a pediatric specialist."
    Meredith S.
  • "My six year old recently had an appointment with Dr. Marshall! She was amazing and so great with children! The office was really nice and very clean and there were toys and stuff for my toddler to do while we wait! Overall great experience and wonderful staff!"
    Samantha G.