Specialty Programs

REHAB at Hilo is located at:

76 Puuhonu Place
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-5776
Toll-Free: (800) 973-4229
Fax: (808) 961-6473

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Laurel Nishimura, PT

Education: University of Washington
Experience: Over 27 years

Sandy Oda, PT

Education: Pacific University
Experience: Over 12 years


Don Yamauchi, PT

Education: University of Hawaii/University of Oregon/University of Washington
Experience: 28 years

Anne Carlson, OTR, CHT

Education: University of Minnesota/Gustavus Adolphus College
Experience: Over 25 years


Joyce Nakamoto, MSCCG-SLP

Education: University of Iowa, Washington State University
Experience: Over 14 years

Sarah Flores, Clinic Clerk


Brandie Young, Clinic Clerk




Work Health Programs are designed to reduce the costs of worker’s compensation by partnering with employers and injured employees in the prevention of work injuries and comprehensive medical rehabilitation of the injured worker.

Work conditioning – Highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized programs designed to return the person to work. Included in this program are work simulation, general conditioning and work hardening.

Functional capacity evaluation – Determines an individual’s physical ability to perform work related tasks. Recommendations may include modified duty assignments that help the individual to get back to work sooner and reduce loss workdays.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 808-961-5776.

Home Assessments

Home assessments are conducted to evaluate home environments for safety and accessibility issues. REHAB therapists will provide recommendations and offer practical and functional solutions to make living at home easier and safer for clients with physical limitations.

Adaptive Equipment

REHAB’s occupational therapists recommend adaptive equipment that maximizes client’s independence in performing activities of daily living. In addition, we assist clients with ordering the appropriate equipment and provide training on the proper use of equipment. Examples of popular adaptive equipment include sock aides, adaptive eating utensils, walking assistive devices and grabbers/reachers.

Orthotic/Prosthetic Fitting and/or Fabrication

Occupational therapists provide individualized fitting and fabrication of hand, wrist and finger splints to either protect the joint or assist in function. REHAB’s physical therapist will work in conjunction with a trained prosthetist for proper fitting and functional use of braces and prostheses, such as artificial limbs. REHAB provides training in using the prosthesis, including donning/doffing, gait/stair training and balance training.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 808-961-5776.

REHAB outpatient clinics offer specialty programs and services designed to rehabilitate individuals in their respective communities to reach their maximum level of functioning.

Work Health Program
Other Services