Kim has been a physical therapist for over 8 years specializing in outpatient orthopedics. She specializes in manual therapy and customized exercise programs for everyone from beginners in exercise to college and semi-pro level athletes. She strongly believes physical therapy not only has an important role in rehabilitation from injuries, but also in providing lifelong wellness beyond the treatment period.
Kim is a Southern California native. She completed her undergraduate studies Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2003. She continued on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Western University of Health Sciences where she received numerous academic achievement awards graduating at the top of her class. Kim received her certificate as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2007 and continues to be active in the fitness community.
Upon graduation from physical therapy school, Kim joined one of the elite orthopedic practices in South Orange County. She worked with 11 board-certified orthopedic surgeons, each with their individual specialties providing Kim with a wide variety of musculoskeletal diagnoses. As a physical therapist, Kim incorporates her manual therapy techniques with her knowledge of a variety of exercises including functional body weight exercises, resistive training, yoga, pilates, BOSU balls, TRX straps and high intensity interval training.
Although originally a California girl, Kim is no stranger to the Hawaiian Islands. She visited Hawaii every other summer since the age of 6 only propelling her desire to move to Hawaii one day. She fulfilled her dream by studying at UH Manoa for a semester exchange program during her last year of undergraduate school. She was also able to experience two of her clinical rotations on Oahu including Castle Medical Center in Kailua and a private outpatient clinic in Kaimuki. Kim always knew her heart belonged in Hawaii and with its culture so it deemed suitable to return to the islands and give back to the community that drew her there.
When she is out of the clinic, Kim enjoys running, hiking, camping and a relaxing day at the beach with her fiancé and her blue heeler/lab mix in tow. She has trained for 10Ks, half-marathons and the Ragnar Relay run and is looking to continue her love for the outdoors here on the Big Island.
Kim is enthusiastic to join such a reputable clinic and team in the Waimea community and wants to be a leading provider of physical therapy, health and wellness.
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