Melissa was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She began her college career with a full ride swimming scholarship at North Carolina State University, majoring in Biological Sciences. As a student athlete she graduated summa cum laude and advanced on to get her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Following graduation Melissa worked at the sports medicine out-patient orthopedic clinic at the University of North Carolina Hospitals- Chapel Hill, where she gained experience in aquatic therapy and post surgical rehabilitation. Following her dream to move to Hawaii, she worked on Kauai gaining seven years experience in out-patient orthopedic sports medicine and balance rehabilitation. She enjoys treating proprioceptive balance conditions and injuries of the ankle, knee, shoulder and spine. Her treatment style involves the integration of the entire body and she emphasizes the interconnectedness of our musculoskeletal system.
Melissa believes in the importance of education and empowering patients to have a greater understanding of their body and awareness of movement. She has strong experience in core stabilization exercises, myofascial techniques and trigger point release. Outside of the clinic, Melissa spends her time training as a competitive crossfit athlete and olympic lifter. Her dream is to compete at the world championships crossfit games.
Andrew has been working as a physical therapist on Maui since 2008. He completed his doctorate of physical therapy from the University of St. Catherine, in Minneapolis, MN, which included residencies at the Mayo Clinic and Sister Kinney Institute. He has advanced training in many forms of manual therapy including Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Technique and myofascial release. He also has advanced exercise training including McKenzie Method, Functional Muscle Stimulation (FMS) and muscle activation methods.
Andrew has worked as a clinical instructor for several student physical therapists and participated in APTA events. Andrew believes in customizing his treatments for the needs of his patient's. He has specialized in treatment of the spine and shoulders and has successfully rehabilitated numerous patients after major injuries and surgeries. Andrew likes to be active in his free time and enjoys surfing, hiking, diving and a variety of paddle sports.
JUYHUN KIM, PT
Juyhun has over 20 years of experience as a physical therapist specializing in integrative manual therapy and movement based clinical practice in various reputable settings. In addition to learning advanced manual osteopathic modalities in the US, she has traveled to SE Asia to receive direct training in various eastern bodywork styles, movement forms, and meditations. She offers a comprehensive synergistic blend consisting of Myofascial release, Thai massage, Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Chi Nei Tsing, and Visceral manipulation therapies to address the specific needs of the individual physically, emotionally, and mentally. Blending direct knowledge in structural and scientific medicine concurrently with esoteric energetic eastern and western healing modalities has facilitated positive, transformational, lasting healing results.
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AMBER PANEBIANCO, PT, MPT:
Amber's master of physical therapy and bachelor of exercise science are from Northern AZ University, both magna cum laude. A certified Pilates instructor, yoga practitioner, functional anatomy course instructor, and aquatic therapist she addresses injury and the effect on the body as a whole. She has advanced education in manual therapy for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, foot, and ankle, also in closed kinetic chain rehabilitation and trigger point release.
She is a firm believer in the healing touch used with expert exercise prescription and education. This principle is firmly imbedded into the foundation of the practice. She has spent many years working side by side with an industrial medicine physician and allied healthcare professional team to rehabilitate countless workers; widest possible range in injuries from acute to 25 yr old cases. Some career highlights include successful narcotic weaning for chronic spine pain patients when decades of other treatments failed and, at the other end of the spectrum, rehabilitating Olympic athletes back to medal contention.