Rachelle Iopa

PT, DPT

Born and raised in Hilo, Rachelle now calls Honolulu home as the Owner and President of Kaimuki Care. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, before earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) from the University of Southern California. Rachelle’s early career was spent with several clinics in the Los Angeles area before returning home to Hawaii. Having spent three years with HealthSouth she decided to open her own clinic, Kaimuki Care, in 2005.

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Rachelle specializes in orthopedic disorders,shoulder and neck injuries, has experience in vestibular rehabilitation, and is skilled at treating patients with complicated disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling with her family, watching her boys’ baseball games and daughter’s dance performances.

Eric Torres

PT, MPT

Eric, originally from New York City, attended school at the University of Central Florida where he completed his B.S. in Health Sciences (with a focus on Sports Medicine) and M.S. in Physical Therapy. Having a passion for excursion and different cultures, he began his journey as a traveling therapist in Honolulu at the start of 2010 and never left after falling in love with the town & country vibe of Oahu. Since then, he joined the Kaimuki Care family in 2013 and draws his motivation from helping others achieve the quality of life that a detailed, hands on approach and intentional listening unequivocally achieves.

Jessica Ogawa

PT, DPT

Jessica, a physical therapist, is the newest member to our Kaimuki Care family. She was one in a set of triplets born in Honolulu and raised in Hilo. She spent her years of school in Washington state where she attended Seattle University and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Biology and then went on to attend the University of Puget Sound where she earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She began her career here in Honolulu working at the Queens Medical Center and the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific as an inpatient physical therapist.

Nancy Kuboyama

PTA

Living in Hawaii as a child, and on many continents as a young Army brat, Nancy Hart Kuboyama attained her first degree from the University of Alaska in Wildlife Management and worked as a Wildlife Biologist for twenty-two years before going back to school to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Having cared for her aging parents (including a mother with Alzheimer’s), she became convinced that physical therapy was a critical component in the quality and independence of one’s later years. This (in addition to her own personal experience with shoulder rehabilitation) only reinforced her desire to make a career change once her children went off to college.

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Working part-time in clinic and teaching PTA classes in Aging and Rehabilitation at Kapiolani Community College, Nancy has cultivated her passion for the hands on, one-to-one care that Kaimuki Care is known for. What’s more, educating students interested in becoming PTAs has in turn played a tremendous role in fostering the growing need for education, outreach, and advocacy for our community.

Wendy Newman

LMT

Wendy, a licensed massage therapist, has been with Kaimuki Care since its inception in 2005. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where she originally worked in the banking industry. Following her passion to work in the health and wellness industry, she got certified as an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor in 2000, and worked in health clubs and gyms before moving to Honolulu in 2001.

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She then received her massage therapy license at Hawaii College of Health and Science, with a specialty in medical massage. Wendy also received additional training in Thailand for Thai massage. When not seeing clients at Kaimuki Care, she teaches kickboxing and Zumba. Wendy is fluent in Spanish, and her interests include hiking, surfing, and traveling.

Emelie Soriano

Office Manager

A graduate of Farrington High School, Emelie has been with Kaimuki Care from its start in 2005. She has an associate’s degree in medical assisting from Honolulu Community College. Emelie enjoys working at Kaimuki Care because of the wonderful patients, the friendly staff, and she likes being in charge of the front office. Emelie is fluent in Tagolog and Ilocano, and her interests include hiking and traveling.