About Us

Our Ohana

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.

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 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.

Dedicated

Providing our Island Ohana an exceptional, cost effective and family focused approach for the medically home bound patient.

Island Wide

We provide home health services to all of Kauai.

Experienced

We have an experienced home health rehabilitation team which includes all therapy disciplines:

Meet Our Team

        Dawna White, RN; Co-director of Clinical Services, Eastside

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.

Cliff Van Dyk, RN;

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 over 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.

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.

Renee Picotti, Occupational Therapist

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 the community based program called Rehab Without Walls, providing intensive rehabilitation 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.

Lynnette Hazard, Occupational Therapist

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.

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.

 Janet Spooner, Physical Therapist

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 Outpatient 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.

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.

Dane Chambers, Physical Therapist

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. — Mahatma Gandhi

Dane has traveled to India, South Africa, Mexico, Peru in the name of service, but believes service can be done daily on Kauai by compassionately listening to everyone he treats. He brings ten years of healthcare experience from working with children with disabilities and burns, as a PT aid to critically ill patients at a teaching hospital. He also specialized to treat patients with the following conditions: neuromuscular re-education for strokes, CHF, sepsis, ETOH withdrawal, ICU acquired delirium, orthopedic surgery (total joint replacement), COPD, lymphedema, amputees, oncology treatment, palliative care, and hospice preparation.
Dane believes in being culturally sensitive while delivering evidence-based care.

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