Premier Physical Therapy's Team

Meet our Therapists:

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 in 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 led 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, has a broad range of experiences, working with children to adults in home health care, acute hospitals, outpatient clinics, and long-term care settings.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University in Tempe and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.  Lisa is a certified Stott Pilates Instructor. Over her years as an outpatient physical therapist, she has honed her rehabilitation and fitness philosophy of healing through proper movement patterns. She has found Pilates to be the missing link in this philosophy. You can find her at Fluid Motion Maui.

She is a dedicated mother and enjoys gardening, painting, playing her guitar and tending to her various animals.

Terri Driesel, PT  has 28 years of PT experience in a variety of settings including home health, acute care, long term care and outpatient care.  She received her Bachelor of Health Science PT degree in 1988 from The University of Missouri- Columbia.  Terri loves sharing her knowledge with her patients and coworkers, often through stories of past experiences.  She has a strong interest in the treatment of vertigo and strives to remain up to date regarding evidence based practice.


Terri has been a Kihei resident since 2012.  She is currently focused on learning to recreationally stand up paddle.

Kelly Runge, DPT, CSCS- joined Premier Physical Therapy in August 2015. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences from Northern Illinois University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from A.T. Still University.  Kelly is also Certified in Strength and Conditioning through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  She is enthusiastic about learning new treatments and keeping up to date with the latest PT information.  


When her lovely smile is not in the clinic, she is out exploring the ocean and forests of the valley isle. 

Robert Silva, DPT joined Premier Physical Therapy in August 2016 and is the newest member to our team.  Bobby grew up in Northern California, and obtained his Bachelors of Exercise Physiology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He then went onto earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences outside of Boston, MA.  Bobby is a big sports fan and played soccer throughout High School as well as club soccer in college.  Bobby has clinical experience in the rehabilitation hospital setting as well as outpatient sports therapy.  

Bobby loves being active, whether it is playing sports, enjoying the ocean and exploring the beautiful scenery Maui has to offer.  He enjoys working with patients of all ages, to assist them in getting back to doing the activities they love too!

Meet our Support Staff: 

Maddy Briones, Patient Care Coordinator Kihei

She was previously with Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific in 2006.  She continues with Premier Physical Therapy since their opening in 2009.  She brings with her years of administrative experience in the medical field.  Maddy makes sure patient care runs smoothly and effectively for the clinic.  She helps with scheduling and billing for our patients.  When not working, Maddy enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters.

Michelle Melchor, Patient Care CoordinatorWailuku

Michelle joined Premier PT Wailuku in April 2015.  She has assisted patients with scheduling and helping Maddy with billing.  Michelle is always smiling as she keeps the therapists organized and follows through with additional tasks required.  She is currently enrolled in her final class to earn her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.  Michelle enjoys traveling with her family on the mainland, with plans for Arizona and Texas up next.  In 2018, Michelle just may participate in the 52 mile Hana Relay, while listening to Bruno Mars. 

Susan Erickson, Patient Care Coordinator Kihei

Susan has worked in the medical field as an administrative professional on Maui since 1990. She enjoys her position at Premier Physical Therapy and working alongside amazing people! She is married, with one son in college. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and life on Maui

Contact Us Today!


Premier Physical Therapy
535 Lipoa Parkway Ste 151
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone: 808-879-5211

Fax: 808-879-5213


1742 Kaahumanu Ave

Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone: 808-243-7870

Fax: 808-243-7871

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