Specialty Programs

REHAB at Nuuanu is located at:

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, 1st Floor
226 North Kuakini Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 544-3310
Fax: (808) 535-2017
Referral Fax: (808) 535-2018

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 4:00pm

Ethel Chun, PT

Education: University of Southern California
Specialties: Amputation, Gait Pathologies, Stroke, Tendonitis, Total Joint Replacement
Experience: 8 years

Mona Lisa Hee, PT

Education: Pacific University
Specialties: Arthritis, Back Pain, Sports-Related Injury, Tendonitis, Whiplash/Neck Pain
Experience: 14 years


Dana Hester, PT

Education: University of South Alabama
Specialties: Brain Injury, Osteoporosis, Sports-Related Injury, Stroke, Aquatic Therapy
Experience: 4 years

Kay Kitazumi, PT

Education: University of Southern California
Specialties: Stroke, Total Joint Replacement, Wound, Lymphdema, Neuro Development Treatment, Vestibular/Balance Disorder
Experience: 20 years


Stephanie Matsunaka, PT

Education: Pacific University
Specialties: Musculoskeletal Condition, Spinal Cord Injury, Vestibular/Balance Disorder, Total Motion Release, Neuro Development Treatment, Structural Integration
Experience: 20 years

Jerry Ono, PT

Education: University of Puget Sound
Specialties: Amputation, Gait Pathologies, Stroke, Total Joint Replacement, Guillain Barre
Experience: 24 years


Nelson Oshiro, PT

Education: Samuel Merrit University
Specialties: Stroke, Total Joint Replacement, Vestibular/Balance Disorder, Bioness, Massage (MT)
Experience: 11 years

Glen Teramoto, PT

Education: University of North Dakota
Specialties: Brain Injury, Gait Pathologies, Stroke, Tendonitis, Pilates
Experience: 12 years


Teresa Wong, PT

Education: University of California-San Francisco
Specialties: Gait Pathologies, Sports-Related Injury, Stroke, Total Joint Replacement, Pilates
Experience: 16 years

James Low, PTA

Education: Kapiolani Community College
Specialties: Back pain, Total Joint Replacement, Aquatic Therapy, Massage (LMT), Myofascial Release, Certified Pool Operator
Experience: 9 years


Kim Young, PTA

Education: Kapiolani Community College
Specialties: Brain Injury, Gait Pathologies, Stroke, Tendonitis, Pilates
Experience: 12 years

Kori Mizuta-Yamamoto, SLP

Education: Univesity of Hawaii, Manoa
Specialties: Stroke, Swallowing Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury
Experience: 12 years


Liz Dunn, OT

Education: Boston University
Specialties: Arthritis, Tendonitis, Occupational Health, Hand
Experience: 24 years

Alicia Hanta, OT

Education: Temple University
Specialties: Arthritis, Musculoskeletal Condition, Sports-Related Injury, Tendonitis, Wheelchair Seating/Evaluation
Experience: 22 years


Wendy Kondo, OT

Education: University of Puget Sound
Specialties: Spinal Cord Injury, Guillain Barre, Bioness, Driving, Neuro Development Treatment
Experience: 12 years

Mieko Iwamoto, PT

Education: Boston University
Specialties: Back Pain, Stroke, Total Joint Replacement, Neck Pain, Bioness
Experience: 11 years


Daniel Uyeunten, PT

Education: University of North Dakota
Specialties: Back Pain, Brain Injury, Stroke, Sports Related Injury, Bioness
Experience: 6 years

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Jill Dietmeyer, PT

Education:University of the Pacific
Specialties:Back Pain, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Sports-Related Injury, Aquatic Therapy, Massage (LMT), Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor.
Experience: 7 years

Therapeutic heated pool is featured at REHAB’s Nuuanu clinic. Pool and surrounding area provide an atmosphere conducive to recovery from injury or disability. A skylight roof opens, allowing patients a view of the sky, with the comfort of being indoors. Pool is equipped with a specially designed hydraulic lift to assist in transporting individuals directly into the pool.

  • Pool heated to 92 degrees
  • Retractable roof to allow sunshine and fresh air as weather permits
  • Ramp and stairs into pool
  • Offered 5 days/ week, M-F
  • Hours: 8am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5pm
  • Initial evaluation on land & treatment sessions in pool
  • Sessions last approximately 45 min
  • Prescription for physical therapy required
  • Individualized treatment session for every patient

What are the benefits of Aquatic Therapy?

1. Buoyancy to unload joints.
When submerged, buoyancy assists in supporting the weight of the patient. This aspect of aquatic therapy is especially useful for patients with arthritis, healing fractured bones or who are overweight. By decreasing the amount of joint stress it is easier and less painful to perform exercises.

2. Viscosity of water for strengthening.
This resistance allows for muscle strengthening. Using resistance coupled with the water’s buoyancy, allows a person to strengthen muscle groups with less joint stress than on land.

3. Hydrostatic pressure to decrease swelling and improve proprioception.
The hydrostatic pressure produces forces perpendicular to the body’s surface which increases joint positional awareness and proprioception is improved. The hydrostatic pressure also assists in decreasing joint and soft tissue swelling that results after injury or with arthritic disorders.

4. Warmth for increased circulation.
The warmth of the water relaxes muscles and vasodilates vessels, increasing blood flow to injured areas. Patients with muscle spasms, back pain and fibromyalgia find this aspect of aquatic therapy especially therapeutic.

What Patients Will Need

It is not necessary for patients to know how to swim before initiating an aquatic therapy program. Each session is directed by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who is specially trained in aquatic therapy. Lockers are available for patient use. We suggest that patients consider bringing:

  • A lock for their personal items
  • A cover-up or towel
  • Swim suit or dark t-shirt and shorts
  • Plastic bottle with drinking water to maintain hydration

Contraindications to Aquatic Therapy

Although aquatic therapy is appropriate for many individuals, there are some conditions where waterbased therapy is contra-indicated, such as incontinence, seizure disorders, open wounds or non-healing ulcers, chlorine allergy and/or extreme fear of water. We encourage patients to discuss any concerns they might have with the therapist prior to aquatic therapy treatment.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 808-544-3310.

Imagine a place where the patient is treated, not the pathology or disease. REHAB at Nuuanu is committed to helping each patient reach that level of wellness that goes beyond the traditional medical definitions of health. It is about well-being.
As part of this commitment, the Nuuanu clinic offers adjunctive services to raise the standard of care even higher and provide the full breath of services for each patient.


Acupuncture Treatment

$60 per session

Private Pilates Training

$65 per one hour session

Group Exercise Classes – Pool

$120 / month for twice weekly classes

Group Exercise Classes

$60 / month for once a week classes
$120 / month for twice weekly classes


coming soon!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 808-544-3310.

Driver’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program

The loss of the ability to drive is often a major obstacle to returning to independent living, enjoying social activities, running errands or returning to employment following an illness or disability.

The Clinical Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program at REHAB at Nuuanu is available to evaluate a person's current driving ability, assess driving potential and often enable the person to return to safe, independent driving. Driver rehabilitation may be beneficial whenever a medical condition causes limited function. REHAB’s primary goal is to enable clients to attain low-risk, independent mobility in the community.

Services are provided by physical and occupational therapists who are trained as driver rehabilitation specialists. These therapists are trained in the evaluation and treatment of visual, physical, sensory and cognitive/perceptual dysfunctions that impair driving. REHAB at Nuuanu offers a Driving Evaluation program, a Driving Rehabilitation program and assistance with Vehicle Modification.

Senior DriveSMART™ Program
REHAB’s DriveSMART™ Program is staffed by a trained team of physical and occupational therapists who fully understand the body AND it’s function.

  • Learn how normal aging impacts driving skills
  • Learn driving techniques to compensate for the impact of aging
  • Understand precautions and risks based on patient’s evaluation
  • A safe and smart driving plan customized for each patient
  • Individual car adjustments to optimally fit each patient
  • Driving aids and tools to make it all easier

Participants must be an active driver with a valid driver’s license with no history of neurological injury in the last 6 months.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 808-544-3310.