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Our practice accepts most major insurance plans. If we do not participate with your insurance and your plan allows out of network benefits, our office staff may be able to help you receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company. Please call the office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.

Insurance List

Aetna PPO

Aetna POS (Aetna Choice)

Aetna MHMO (managed choice)

Aetna EPO (Open Access Select)

Aetna EPO (Open Access Elect Choice)

Anthem BC PPO

Anthem BC CalPers Plans - Call payer to verify since we are in network with some plans

Bay Area Delivery Drivers (HSBA-Grp contracting)

Beech Street

Blue Shield

Blue Shield Covd CA


First Health

Galaxy PPO

HealthNet PPO

Health Net PPO, HMO, EPO, MCH

HealthNet Covd CA (see note below)

Health Net Covered California - Call first to verify

Health Net PureCare PPO

Humana PPO

Interplan PPO/Healtsmart



PHCS (Multiplan)

Pacific Health Alliance (PHA)

Tricare For Life (Medicare Supplement)

TriCare (All plans except TriCare for Life) - Certified NON


TriWest (Dept of VA)

United HealthCare


USA Health Network

AMM-Seoul Med Grp

CareMore (MAP)



Medi-Cal (DHCS)



SCFHP - Medi-Cal Product Line

SCFHP - Cal MediConnect Only (Medicare-MediCal)


Workers Comp-Certain plans


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What Our Patients Are Saying


“Outstanding doctor!!!! Went to my first visit and wow he was absolutely awesome. He thoroughly explained to me everything about my case and he told it to me that I would understand. He is an overachiever with lots of energy, willing to take complicated and challenging cases, which mine is. So two days later I had neck surgery and everything went perfect, it was straight again. Dr. Poelstra is intelligent and knows everything about what he trained to be. I knew the first time when I left his office I was very confident he was the right surgeon. Doctor to patient relations are wonderful. Thank you Dr. Poelstra for doing everything you do.”

Sandra C.

“Just had a complex cervical spine surgery performed by Dr. Poelstra. My osteoporosis certainly made the surgery more of a challenge. Dr. Poelstra devoted a lot of time and attention to my particular problems before coming up with a solution. I'm very happy with the outcome. Am also thrilled to report not only did the surgery go well, but I have experienced zero pain and am still pain free, 3 weeks post-surgery. Yes, the neck brace one must wear following surgery is hot this time of year, but a minor trade off for regaining erect, pain free posture. The Doctor and his staff were most personable and easy to deal with; any questions I had were responded to quickly. A very definite TWO THUMBS UP!!”

Wilma K.

“Dr. Poelstra goes above and beyond in every aspect of his practice! From the first visit I knew I had the right surgeon to do my spine surgery. His knowledge and experience made me feel comfortable right away. His "bedside manner" is over the top. He actually listens, encourages and answers questions all the while ensuring you he truly cares and looks forward to making you whole again. My surgery was a tremendous success and I haven't felt this good in years!!!”

David Y.

I had Lumbar spine surgery over 4 weeks ago with Dr. Poelstra. From start to finish, he and his team were extremely professional and pleasant. Dr. Poelstra has a keen ability to explain things in plain terms, as well as answer any questions either I had or my wife. I woke up from surgery and the pins and the burning in my legs was already gone. I look forward to the AWESOME care with the Spine Institute.

Ron C.

I've had back and leg weakness and pain for over 2 years. Couldn't walk more than 25 ft, didn't sleep for more than an hour at a time and the medications weren't any help. Dr Poelstra was confident he could help me and when I woke up from the surgery I no longer had any leg pain and had full strength in my leg. Now I'll tell you the surgery was painful but nothing like I'd been living with. I can sleep again and walk upright!!. THANK YOU! You and your team are positive, informative and forthright. I had total confidence in you before this big surgery and am so grateful you helped me. Thank you for giving me my life back.

Debbie T.

Talk about having confidence in my surgeon and the PA! I did not even meet my surgeon until right before my surgery ! I had read about Dr. Poelstra online and had every bit of confidence in him. Not only was he a renowned surgeon, but his bedside manners were superb. It is not very often you meet a doctor who is very knowledgeable, explains what he is going to do and what he had to do, but he was truly concerned about me. His office staff and the hospital called twice within the week following my surgery to see how I was feeling! My recommendation is that if you need a spine surgeon, the. Dr. Poelstra is the one ! I am six weeks post op and am 99.9% where I was before my herniated disc.

Johnathan H.