Suzie Woolway, Administrator
Better than I ever could have imagined.
The vision for Ohana Home Health crystallized in 2011 when founder, Suzie Woolway, realized the need for a comprehensive home health agency, with a strong rehabilitative focus.
Building supportive communities from scratch is not new to this committed health care professional.
Since moving to Kauai in 2001, Suzie has helped launch two Kauai grown service-oriented non-profits created for the purpose of enriching the lives of people living with disabilities. As a speech pathologist she’s worked closely with patients living with brain injuries, and became aware of the isolation that can segregate them. Think B.I.G. (Brain Injury Group), founded in 2005, began as a playful support group for her clients and grew into a rich resource for many Kauai residents living with brain injuries today.
Then in 2009, in partnership with Kurt Leong and dozens of volunteers, Kauai Ocean Recreation Experience, or KORE, was born. This grassroots non-profit was developed to help any person with a disability get into the ocean safely, aided by trained professionals. Today the monthly Beach Day draws up to 400 participants and volunteers working together to make the ocean accessible to all.
In 2004 she opened Ohana Sports Medicine with her husband, physical therapist Dan Schaal. The couple moved to the island 16 years ago and have a 14 year-old son, Ben.
Suzie’s sizzling effervescence and open-hearted generosity make her a beloved force in our Island community.
In 2013 Suzie was recognized by Hawaii Business magazine as “20 for the next 20: People to Watch.” Read the story. Suzie is passionate about KORE Kauai. Learn about how to help people with disabilities get back into the sea.
Suzie Woolway holds a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.
On Kauai, For Kauai
Ohana Home Health is home grown, locally owned and cooperatively run. All of us call Kauai home; we live, play and work here and have a vested interest in our Island Ohana.
Providing our Island Ohana an exceptional, cost effective and family focused approach for the medically home bound patient.
We provide home health services to all of Kauai.
We have an experienced home health rehabilitation team which includes all therapy disciplines:
- Skilled nursing and certified nurse aides
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech language therapy
- Home safety assessment to assist with transitions home
Meet Our Team
Living pono with aloha.
Dawna is our senior nurse at OHH. She’s worked in home health and Hospice for over 20 years and has a Bachelors of Science in nursing from San Jose State University. You can frequently find her on the Ke Ala Hele Makalae trail and at least once a week at a library. She proudly confesses to her love of Spam.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. –Dalai Lama
An island person by birth, Cliff was born in the San Juan Islands of Washington State and grew up on a small farm between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. He began as a nurse’s aide and is now a registered nurse with 30 years experience. He has a Bachelor’s in Science and Nursing, is a licensed massage therapist in Hawaii, and a practicing Reiki Master, an ancient oriental healing art.
Cliff has lived in Colorado, Korea and Thailand, visited Japan and Mexico. He and his wife, Candy Baar, came to Hawaii on vacation, were offered jobs while visiting, so returned a month later. They’ve lived in Hanapepe for 14 years and have a dog named Sunny.
He and his wife own Aloha-n-Paradise, an Art Gallery, Internet Café and Espresso Bar in Waimea. He enjoys cooking, collects crystals and is passionate about anything electronic. He enjoys reading new age and science fiction; loves gardening, biking and the outdoor life both in the mountains and on the water.
I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell. –Harry S. Truman
Born and raised on Lanai, Ivy was one of the first 22 young women accepted into the boarding department of Lahainaluna High School, the oldest school west of the rockies. She graduated from University of Hawaii with what she calls her Mickey Mouse diploma.
Ivy worked for 20 years as a legal secretary and book keeper on Oahu. She wears many OHH hats, all of them critical to the success and serenity of the administrative staff. To us, she is a human encyclopedia- she may not have the answer but if you give her 10 minutes, she will.
Ivy moved to the Westside recently with her native Kauai Boy husband and their 12 year-old daughter, Jenna.
Renee is a graduate of University of Puget Sound and holds a degree in Occupational Therapy. She’s worn many hats in her field, including work as a clinical instructor and guest lecturer for UPS; in skilled nursing facilities, home health and most recently, in a very specialized community based program called Rehab Without Walls, providing intensive rehabiltation services in the home and community for people with neurological impairments.
Renee has a son and several hanai children. She enjoys swimming, gardening, cooking, traveling and just hanging out with friends and family. She volunteers regularly for Kauai Ocean Recreation Experience, KORE.
“It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.” -Italo Calvino
Redel received her M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Emerson College in Boston, MA in 2013. She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence while working for Boston Public Schools and The Anne Sullivan Center (Early Intervention) in Lowell, MA. Redel is excited to continue her career, learning alongside her clients and co-workers at Ohana Home Health.
Redel believes that the best approach to therapy is through recognizing and understanding where each individual’s motivations lie, and helping facilitate their personal goals. She enjoys targeting goals through functional activities and continues to be amazed at how powerful the human spirit can be.
She currently lives on the east side of the island with her husband, who is a teacher and a chef (which she is grateful for as her greatest culinary accomplishments consist of opening Raman and boiling water). She also enjoys being outdoors and exploring all that Kauai has to offer!
One day life will flash before your eyes; make sure it’s worth watching.
Born and raised on the South Side of Kauai, and considering she’s always in the ocean, Miss Ariel lives up to her name, The Little Mermaid.
When she’s not soaking up the sun at the beach with family and friends, hiking in Kokee, or catching a sunset, she’s sitting around a campfire listening to Country music eating s’mores and simply appreciating her island life.
Raised in a family oriented background, where she was always surrounded by babies and young children, led her to the discovery of a career interest in pediatrics.
Recently Ariel completed the course work for her medical assistant certification.
Living life to the fullest.
Lynnette became an occupational therapist in order to impact the lives of people directly. She says the best part of being a therapist is seeing people restored to the best health they can achieve.
She holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo NY. After a thre-e month internship at Wilcox Hospital in 2012 she accepted an internship in Portland, Oregon. But the `ohana culture and wild ocean called her back to Kauai. She spent a year at Kauai Care Center in Waimea before joining the OHH team.
When she’s not traveling around the island working with patients, she’s playing in the surf. Lynnette spends every available moment of free time surfing her favorite breaks. Her idea of the perfect meal is a tub of spicy ahi poke and a dozen chocolate chip cookies. She shares.
An oyster opens his mouth to swallow one drop, and now there’s a pearl. –Rumi
Janet earned a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Santa Monica, Calif. She worked in Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside for 19 years and in all areas of the hospital including acute care, a 10 bed rehab unit for primarily stroke patients and in an outpatient neuro and orthopedic clinic. Her last 5 years at Tri-City she was the Physical Therapy Supervisor for all physical therapists working in Acute Care and two Outpaitent Orthopedic clinics. After leaving Tri-City she worked for 3 years for the Visiting Nurse Association of California in home health in the Riverside and San Diego County areas.
After over 30 years of vacationing on Kauai with her husband and family they decided to make the move.
Kris Hunt, Physical Therapy Assistant
If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how different our ideals of beauty would be.
Kris graduated from North Idaho College with an AAS Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2001. Upon graduation, she began working in the Neuro Unit at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center in Spokane, Washington, primarily with stroke victims still in the acute phase of their recovery. In June 2002 she passed the Idaho State Board Examination for Licensure.
While working at St. Luke’s, she became certified in Aquatic Therapy, also known as pool therapy and began working for North Idaho Physical Therapy in June 2002, a busy outpatient physical therapy clinic. She continued to study all aspects of physical therapy specializing in Neuromuscular Motor Point Manual Therapy, Balance & Exercise, Posture, Sports Medicine, Youth Athletics, Post-surgical Rehabilitation and much more. She remained with NIPT for 13 years before moving to Kauai. Kris is happy to have joined such a very talented team of professionals at Ohana Home Health.
When she, her daughter and husband aren’t in school or working, they’re out “discovering all that Kauai has to offer, from hiking and biking to swimming and our new favorite activity, SUP.”
Mimi Melchor, Registered Nurse
Life is good!
Mimi is a proud graduate of the Kauai Community College Nursing Program and been at it for over 20 years. She loves being a nurse, helping the community, and being part of Ohana Home Health. One of her favorite things about OHH is the team she works with at the agency.
Mimi is a wife and mother of three who enjoys spending time with family, playing in her garden, and of course, being a nurse.
A tree as great as a man’s embrace springs from a small shoot…. — Lao Tsu
Rose personifies the dedication and selfless spirit our little company always dreams of achieving. When she is not serving the Kauai community restoring balance and strength to the medically home bound, she is at the beck and call of all creatures great and small in her efforts to raise awareness around better treatment of animals.
Rose teaches Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut Physical Therapy Program and holds a Master of Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University.
Patients who have been blessed by her care and expertise sing her praises. Ohana Home Health feels as blessed to have her on our team.
Bury doubt under wonder. — Ruth Radlauer
Kirstie, the queen of reinvention, considers herself a product of The School of On the Job Training. She’s worked in the health care industry since 1991 with a variety of part time gigs thrown in the mix: outpatient (Kauai Medical Group/Clinic); inpatient (Wilcox Hospital); home heath (Hale Omao/HHCP); and for a billing company (Team Praxis).
Life is never dull. When she’s not working, she enjoys three children, a grandchild, daughter-in-law, plus two 70-pound dogs and her soul mate.
The best way to predict the future is to create it. — Peter Drucker
Born in Cebu City, Philippines Iben moved with his parents to New Jersey at 16. After high school he studied nursing at Bergen Community College and graduated in 1998. Before moving to Kauai, Iben worked at Wayne View Convalescent Center, Kessler Rehab, Fresenius Dialysis, Bayada and At Home Nursing Care.
When he’s not working he likes to play basketball, camp, fish, kayak, sail (ASA 103 certified), hike and bodyboard.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. –Winston Churchill
Can you say, “maple syrup?” Warm, funny and authentic are just a few words we use to describe Logan, who hails from The Land of Maple Syrup, (Vermont), where he grew up tapping Maple trees with his grandpa using a horse and wagon. You can’t make this stuff up.
Logan received his certification through Vermont Central Medical Center. For the past eight year he’s worked in many hospital settings including nursing homes, the emergency room, Hospice and now home health.
Emelia holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Vanguard University of Southern California. As captain of the women’s soccer team, Emelia developed a deep respect for the art and science of physical therapy. In 2011 she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Chapman University. During her internships, Emelia received intensive instruction under many of Orange County’s top Orthopedic Certified Specialists and clinicians, where she honed her skills as a manual therapist. With her intensive training in manual therapy, and an in-depth knowledge of exercise, strength and conditioning, Emelia’s treatment style incorporates skilled manual therapy.
Emelia empowers her patients to take charge of their health through education on the nature and cause of their condition, and she takes time to listen in order to develop a personalized treatment plan and set goals to optimize each individual’s overall wellness.
Emelia lives on the Eastside of Kauai with her husband Randall Haraguchi, a civil engineer from Hanalei and daughter, Lilah.
“Learn something new every day.”
Michelle came to the Islands in 1994. She’s explored many avenues of the medical field since graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Medical and Administrative Assistance in 1994. She’s worked as a phlebotomist, ophthalmic technician and pathology assistant on Kauai. She is a mother of three, her children range in age from 5 to 25; and a grandparent to a 1 year-old.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. — Albert Einstein
The consummate savior of small things, Kaleki is patron saint to Kauai critters and kupuna. Her warmth and passion precede her into every situation.
Maui born and raised on Kauai, Kaleki graduated from Waimea High School and Kauai Community College with Associate Degrees in Science and Nursing. She spent five years working at Kauai Medical Clinic and urgent care as a float nurse. She’s also served the community in two longterm care facilities. Her career path has not veered from the healing arts: she began as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, skills trainer and LPN.
In her free time she enjoys being with her husband, daughter, two dogs, cat, rabbit and a guinea pig.
We are always the same age inside. –Gertrude Stein
Born and raised on Kauai, Paulette continues to share her healing talents at home. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma in 1974, Paulette spent a year at the Cerebral Palsy Center of Norman, Oklahoma before returning to Kauai.
She spent three years at Wilcox Hospital, and in 1979, accepted the challenge of developing a Physical Therapy Department for Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, where she remained until retirement in 2010.
Her energetic nature didn’t keep her in retirement long – Paulette spent three years working part time with St. Francis Home Care before joining our team recently.
Her hobbies are tennis, gardening, cross stitching and jigsaw puzzles. She walks daily with her beloved dog Chubs. Her favorite song is “Dance With My Father Again” because it reminds her of her dad, who passed 1.5 years ago.
Everything in moderation, including moderation. — Oscar Wild
Chris spent most of her life on Pacific islands. Raised by adventurous parents who moved to Guam when she was a toddler, she graduated from JFK High in Upper Tumon, spent several years in the Philippines and traveled to Japan and the Federated States of Micronesia. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science from Colorado College, after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in chemistry from the University of Colorado. She taught high school chemistry and biology in the ’90s and eventually moved to Maui in 1999, earning her associate in Science in Nursing in 2003.
Chris worked in telemetry, emergency departments, pre- and post-operative surgery, long-term care and rehabilitation and home health on Maui, Oahu and Kauai. After a brief hiatus to publish Elder Resource Magazine, she recently returned to working as an RN with Ohana Home Health, to continue the important work of providing nursing care to homebound seniors and their caregivers.
Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. — Mother Teresa
Theresa enjoys being a life long learner. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1985 and then returned to school 20 years later for her transitional doctorate in PT.
She has experience in outpatient orthopedics and working with pediatrics both in the school and home setting. What she enjoys most about working in home health is seeing the joy and accomplishment patients feel when they achieve their goals, and also being part of a team-effort to help someone physically become the best they can be.
Theresa grew up in Minnesota and lived in California and Michigan before moving to Kauai. She and her husband have two daughters, a son and daughter-in-law. When not working she likes to read, walk and garden.
Jim Lee Seah, Physical Therapist
Hold your fire
Keep it burning bright
Hold the flame
‘Til the dream ignites
A spirit with a vision
Is a dream with a mission. –Rush
I work with families trying to keep loved ones at home. I’m moved by their love and dedication so if I can teach my patient’s family members exercises to make them stronger, or a transfer technique to make their lives as caregivers a little easier, I feel I’ve fulfilled my role.
I graduated from Physical Therapy School in 1995 from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. I practiced outside Boston for 20 years in a hospital system where I gained valuable experience working in outpatient therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and in a skilled nursing facility as well as in hospital inpatients.
We moved to Kauai a year ago after falling in love with the island while here on honeymoon. I love introducing new experiences to my family and being a teacher at heart, learning and teaching them about the history of the island, its people and the aloha spirit.