|2012 News Stories|
Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Celebrates Moves to New POB III Space
Queen's Outpatient Rehabilitation Services moved into a new space in the Physicians Office Building (POB) III, suite 300. The new space checks in at 3,044 square feet, but the therapists describe it best by cheerfully enthusing, "It's way better--it's big and it's bright!" Manager Lisa Fuchigami embellished on their excitement: "We're using our space differently now. We are moving toward a focus on sports and orthopedic care, so we have more treatment rooms, as well as office space for a doctor and this nice, large gym area."
The "gym" is a big room that contains all of the exercise machines, weights, and other equipment used by patients and their therapists. With two walls of floor to ceiling glass windows, the gym has an uplifting and welcoming ambiance conducive to healing and therapy. All of Queen's practitioners are Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT), which is a rarity among most local physical therapy practices and something worth mentioning. The "D" distinction denotes a post baccalaureate three- to four-year degree achieved through the successful completion of a professional doctorate program. The advanced degree was created to better meet the needs of the health care environment. Patients expect more and the profession and schools rose to meet that challenge.
In addition to more space and a better view, the new office has convenient parking. "The [POB III] parking garage Level J opens directly onto our floor," Fuchigami pointed out. "That's a major plus if you are hobbling in here on crutches or in a wheel chair." Appointments are usually made through physician referrals. Queen's Outpatient Rehab Services has been around for some time now, but it is still considered almost a hidden gem. "Some people just don't realize we even exist right here at The Queen's Medical Center campus," say the therapists. The location is especially convenient for employees or patients with doctors in any of the POBs. The office number is 808.691.4449. Queen's Outpatient Rehabilitation Services offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology. Speech Therapy is still located in the POB II, Suite B1.
1. Top Photo: (l-r) Della Magno, DPT, OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist), ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer); Kari Rivera, DPT, OCS; Brooke Nakamura, OTR; Blaise Seto-Mook, DPT; Alika Kuamoo, DPT.
2. Blaise Seto-Mook, DPT in the Outpatient Rehab "gym."