Dr. Malia Kimura was born and raised on Maui. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (2000) and a Master of Physical Therapy degree (2002), both from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2008) 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. She was previous 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.
Christie Pirkle, DPT, Physical Therapist
Dr. Christie (Nurkowski) Pirkle attended undergraduate at University of Indianapolis where she got her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She then attended Andrews University for graduate school where she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. She worked for 4 years as a traveling physical therapist across the country gaining valuable experience in various settings. Christie's time traveling has allowed her to work with a variety of diagnoses including stroke, Parkinson’s, joint replacement, and chronic pain to name a few. Her passions lie in orthopedic juries, neurological deficits and sports rehab. She has experience in working with pediatric care as well. Outside of the clinic, Christie enjoys hiking, running, beach volleyball, swimming, Crossfit, and other adventurous activities. __________________________________________________________________________________________
Lisa Gregoire, DPT, Physical Therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor
Richard Villanueva, DPT, Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Dr. Richard Villanueva is a leading and trusted physical therapist specializing in orthopedics and sports performance for all ages. He obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences (FL, 2003), and a Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Sports Medicine, Athletic Training/Exercise Science respectively from the University of Hawaii, Manoa (1999, 2001).
He has served over 10+ years of Active-Duty service in the Air Force as a Clinical Director for numerous Human Performance and Rehabilitation Centers and Physical Therapy clinics in the US, Europe, Asia and Pacific Theaters. Due to a diverse and eclectic clinical background working with different populations, Dr. Villanueva can offer advanced care for active expedient recovery from musculoskeletal dysfunctions. His treatment philosophy is to improve the well-being and quality- of-life for all in an accelerated manner.
Season Gonzalez, Front Office Clerk
Susan Erickson, Front Office Clerk
Sheilla Santos, Front Office Clerk