Malia Kimura, DPT, a physical therapist, is the owner and manager of Premier Physical Therapy. She was born and raised on Maui and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Physical Therapy degree, both from the University of Washington, Seattle. She also holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Malia joined Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) in Honolulu as an inpatient physical therapist in March 2003 and was promoted to outpatient clinic supervisor of REHAB’s Kihei clinic in December 2006. She remained with REHAB until opening Premier Physical Therapy in June 2009.
Malia has a strong interest in manual therapy for treatment of orthopedic conditions and treatment of stroke patients. Growing up as a swimmer has lead her to become certified as an Aquatic Therapist to teach patients how to get better using the water. Malia enjoys watching movies, being with friends and family, and relaxing when she is not busy growing her practice.
Lisa Gregoire, DPT, a physical therapist, has a broad range of experiences from working with children to adults in home health care, to acute hospitals, outpatient clinics, and long-term care settings. She received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Wellness degree from Arizona State University in Tempe and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Lisa has continued her education by attending courses in shoulder rehabilitation, hip rehabilitation, and movement disorders.
Lisa spends her free time with her husband, two-year-old son, and dog in the hills of Kaupo and on the northern beaches of Maui. She is passionate about what she does and believes that exercise and fitness are necessary for a long, happy, and healthy life.
Jennifer Aberhart, BScPT, BScKin, a physical therapist, has recently joined Premier Physical Therapy. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan, Canada with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Exercise and Sport in 2004 and a Bachelor of Physical therapy in 2008. Jennifer had the opportunity to gain extensive experience in various areas of physical therapy through working at Prince Albert Victoria Hospital, which included outpatient orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, post surgical treatment, home care, amputations, and geriatrics. Since August 2010, she has been enjoying her full-time role in outpatient orthopedics and specializing in the treatment of spine.
Jennifer has over 200 clinical hours of education including McKenzie Part A: The Lumbar Spine. She has pursued to improve her skills as a manual therapist through attending John Barnes’s “Introduction to Myofascial Release and Soft Tissue/Myofascial Management of the Pelvic and Thoracic Outlets”. In addition, Jennifer has also attended numerous seminars and in-services on treatment of sports injuries of the knees, hips, and shoulders while having worked as a student sport therapist for 3 years while in college. In 2006, Jennifer participated in a research study on chronic pain and development of a new manual therapy based on modulating the neuronal pathways that create chronic pain.
Jennifer loves to be with people most aside from hiking, swimming, and surfing in the beautiful island of Maui. If you have a “kink in the neck” that’s holding you back from what you love to do, ask your physician to refer you to Jen!