You should have high expectations of your PT Doc just like we expect our patients to be ALL IN!
From the Receptionist to your PT Doc to your Clinical Assistant - We ALL want to see you move better and take control of your life!
We have a genuine investment in your wellness and expect nothing but the best! You're not alone on this journey. If you're ready to work, then we'll be with you step for step
We specialize in manual therapy, orthopedic and neurological conditions, as well as sports & conditioning to improve movement for returning to life and sport!
Understanding WHY you are suffering is the first step to recovery! We teach you about your body so you understand WHY we are doing things so you can eventually continue your progress with your prescribed Home Exercise Program
Being 'STRONG' means different things to different people.
Whether you want to get back to work, back on the field/court, or just want to be able to get in and out of bed, our team works toward goals that are important to YOU so you stay strong for life! Choose the best physical therapy in Hilo and in Keaau.
Our PT Docs are experts in biomechanics or how the body is designed to move. They use manual therapy techniques to move and assess your joints to make sure they are operating at full capacity. They detect the source of the problem and create a plan to fix it so you can get back to LIFE!
Anyone can Google exercises to strengthen areas of the body but not everyone has the clinical expertise that our PT Docs have! Armed with advanced education in biomechanics, nothing compares to our abilities to customize your plan.
No program is identical. Each plan is modified to fit YOUR specific condition or goal!
ONE treatment does not fit ALL cases.
Some of the equipment we currently have:
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Graduate of University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida. Doc Russell started Pakolea LLC in 2009. Originally born and raised on Maui, Doc Russell came to the Hilo with her family in November 2014. Her son, Keliʻikoa, goes to Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, a Hawaiian immersion school and he speaks fluent Hawaiian and English. Outside of work Shauna loves playing softball, doing interval training using Kettlebells as well as Powerlifting. She is a student of strength and believes that making an effort to change what you dislike about your life is the first step but having someone to walk that journey with you keeps you consistent as well as motivated.
She enjoys watching movies with a good story regardless of genre and traveling to new places.
What patients like most about her is that she is tough but compassionate. She loves showing them that anything is possible no matter how crazy the idea. She is a master modifier so she can figure out how to break an activity down into small steps so the goal can be reached. No excuses.
Faith is our go-to person for handling difficult situations. She always knows what to do every time. Creating leaders with staff training is her specialty to make sure our patients have a great experience at our clinics from the first day they walk in and on their graduation day.
Outside of work Faith loves spending time with her family including their newest addition "Maggie" (man's best friend) and trying different restaurants. She also serves her community on the executive board of Hilo's largest club, "Hui Okinawa."
She lives by the saying: "Always do the right thing even when no one is watching!"
Faith believes what our patients like most about our clinics is the 'ohana atmosphere and the feeling of entering our "home" not just another medical facility.
If she could be any animal, she would be a puppy because they are always happy no matter what and are so loyal to their 'ohana.
Summer loves enjoying and having fun with her six keiki everyday and supporting them through all the sports and the events they commit to. She hopes to join a team one day to paddle canoe or play volleyball whenever but nothing too serious. She loves crafting when she's in her zone like sewing, crocheting, and making party centerpieces.
What her patients love about her the most is that she expresses pure ALOHA all around but is straight tot the point with no beating around the bush.
If she could be an animal she would be a lioness because she is the queen of her jungle with her six pack of children. She is shy at times but will let the beast out when necessary!
One of our senior Clinical Assistants, Christian is a student at UH Hilo studying Kinesiology in hopes of becoming a physical therapist.
Outside of work, Christian loves to workout, go fishing, play video games and intramural sports. He works at Foodland in Kea'au as well as Pakolea.
He has competed in multiple body building competitions for physique demonstrating his discipline and commitment. His favorite quote: "There is no such thing as making up just lost time" - Victor Martinez IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
Please welcome our newest team member Destiny!
When you call either of our clinics, chances are you'll speak to one of these lovely ladies. Sweet, professional, and they also keep you accountable!
These angelic faces look soft and fragile until you're late or miss your appointment.
They are the master schedulers and make magic happen so you get the care you need!
Kaylee is responsible for coordinating front desk activities, distributing correspondence and redirecting phone calls. When you call the Hilo or Kea'au clinic she is usually the one to help you with your schedule and start getting you what you need.
She is currently a student at UH Hilo studying psychology in hopes to one day open her own practice and/or teach as a professor.
Outside of work Kaylee loves spending time with her family, friends, and other half, Koapaka. They go on mini staycations to Kona or Waikoloa where she shops whenever she has the chance.
What she thinks patients like most about our clinics is that they realize that our clinic is different from others in Hilo and in Kea'au and they appreciate that we really care and don't just do what we do for a paycheck. "I really do love working here, we're like one big happy family."
Kait is our Activations Specialist; she activates a potential patient to the active caseload. She reviews and verifies all new referrals sent to our clinic and calls patients to schedule their first appointments. She also makes sure that you get your visits recommended by your therapist.
Outside of work, Kait loves watching videos about conspiracy theories and learning about astrology. She loves going back home to Molokai and enjoying time with her family. She believes in not accepting Nothing but appreciating everything so that you don't have high expectations on things but when you do, you'll appreciate it in the long run.
What Kait loves about working at Pakolea is that we have a positive family-oriented culture and thats key to keeping her inspired and ready to work. What she loves most about caring for patients: "I like caring for patients because I know that they are in the right place for them to get better, be better, and feel better. I know that thy are in the right hands and nothing beats the smile on their faces when they are feeling a whole lot better on discharge day."
Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
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(808) 961-9044 (Hilo Clinic)
1 (800) 281-1486 (Kea'au Clinic)
740 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, United States
Big Island PT (Next to Hilo Burger Joint)
740 Kilauea Avenue Hilo, HI 96720
Monday: 8am - 12pm Tuesday - Friday: 7am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm Sunday: Closed
Pakolea Rehab Kea'au (Next to Kea'au Urgent Care)
16-590 Old Volcano Road Keaau, HI 96749
Monday: 1:30pm - 5:30pm Tuesday - Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed