Our Team

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

  • Skilled nursing and certified nurse aids
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Home safety assessment to assist with transitions home

Suzie Woolway

Administrator

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.

Paula Neidengard RN BSN

Clinical Director

Paula is a graduate of Cal-State Bakersfield in California where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Public Health Certification. Prior to her move to Kauai, Paula lived on the Central Coast of California and worked for Tri-Counties Regional Center for 17 ½ years; she provided Case Management services for the Developmentally Disabled, targeting the medical fragile population from newborn to individuals 70+ years of age. When she and her husband moved to Kauai in 2003, she continued to work in a comparable position through the Dept. of Health/Developmental Disabilities Division. In 2008, she accepted a Service Coordinator position with Ohana Health Plan where she remained for 11 years. Paula came to OHH in June of 2019 when she accepted the position of Clinical Director. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Lee, and their two Golden Retrievers; most often you will find them walking the beaches on the South shore of Kauai every evening.

Dawna White

Registered Nurse

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.

Kaleki Rodrigues

Registered Nurse

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.

Mimi Melchor

Registered Nurse

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.

Maylei DiSpirito

Front Office Manager “Teamwork makes the dream work"

An Island girl, born and raised on Kauai who loves to surf, go hiking, and spend time with her 2 beautiful daughters. She attended Arizona State University in accounting and graduated in 1999. Maylei enjoys spending time with family & friends, doing ranch work and hanging with her horses at the ranch.

Trisha Inanod- Lizama

Front Office Clerk "Help me, Help you"

Trish was born and raised on Kauai, the typical island girl at heart.  She attended Canon’s Business College for Secretary and Office Administration and graduated in December of 1990. Trish is a wife and mother of two grown children, along with three grandsons.  She enjoys the company of family & friends, being at home with her pack of 5 dogs, watching late night SciFi and eating numerous snacks.

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.

Janet Spooner

Physical Therapist

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.

Dane Chambers

Physical Therapist

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.

Stephen Fowler

Physical therapist

Steve was born and raised in California and a graduate of San Diego State University. He moved to Colorado in 1990 to attend the Physical Therapy program at the University of Colorado. He spent 25 years in the Denver area working in a variety of PT settings and raising a family. In late 2018, with a nearly empty nest, his wife and youngest daughter decided to venture off the mainland and moved to Kauai, joining OHH at that time. He and his wife share 5 young adult children that are each working on establishing their own careers in Colorado, Kansas and Montana. In his free time he enjoys exercising and exploring the many beaches of Kauai with his family.

Josie Ogle

Licensed Practical Nurse

Josie is our skilled nurse interventionist here at OHH. Brought up as an Army brat she moved around all of her life. Since 2012 she has proudly named Kauai her forever home. After graduation in 2003, Josie started her LPN career on a Pediatric floor at a major hospital in Georgia. She then moved on to work in MED Surg, Long term care, Skilled Nursing facilities, Mother and baby, Psych and Palliative Care and finally Home Health. She loves to connect with her patients, their families and especially their pets! During her off time she enjoys football, camping, paddle boarding and gardening.

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.