Physical Therapy2019-02-26T14:28:35-10:00

Physical Therapy

Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy offers rehabilitation and physical therapy services for a variety of conditions, located in Kailua and Honolulu, Manoa Marketplace. You will see a licensed physical therapist for your evaluation, and continue your treatment with regular re-evaluations as necessary. Each appointment is one on one with a physical therapist in a quiet environment, allowing our therapists to focus only on your progress.

Physical therapy can address sports injuries, strained muscles, pain, pre-natal and post-partum pregnancy issues, surgical recovery, difficulty walking, and balance issues. Our licensed physical therapists have over 40 years of clinical experience and are all trained in Pilates. They are able to evaluate and treat you according to your needs.

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Our therapists are trained and specialize in a variety of physical therapy modalities, including:

Pilates (mat and equipment)
Manual therapy techniques
Sports performance
Dance injuries
Spinal and postural alignment
Core strengthening
Balance problems
Pre-natal and post-partum issues
Childhood and teenage injuries

We accept and participate with most insurance policies in Hawaii, including:

HMSA Quest
Tricare Standard and Prime
Worker’s Compensation

Our Physical Therapists

Karen Sebastian
Karen earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1996 and then completed her Pilates training under Marie-Jose Blom in 2001. She has experience in many areas of rehabilitation, including neurological, acute care and orthopedics, and she has a special interest in women's pelvic floor issues such as incontinence and postpartum rehab. She works in partnership with her patients using a "whole-body" approach to help you meet your fitness and rehabilitation goals.
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Anna Liza Sampayan
Anna Liza grew up in the Philippines, where she received her physical therapy degree. She moved to New York and practiced as a PT for 16 years before moving to Hawaii. She has experience working in orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric, home health and manual therapy settings. Anna Liza is also a Registered Nurse, and believes being a PT and RN compliment each other and allow her to more comprehensively treat her patients. She received her Pilates mat training in 2012, and enjoys dancing, yoga, hiking and being in the sunny outdoors.
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Tara Tannenholz
Tara has been active all her life, starting with snowboarding in the mountains of of the western United States. She received her degree in Physiotherapy in Southern Australia in 2002, and moved to Hawaii shortly thereafter. She worked in various orthopedic outpatient settings before finding Pilates in 2010. She loves bringing her physical therapy background, knowledge and love for people together with Pilates concepts. She received her Pilates Mat Teacher Training through Harmony Pilates in 2011 and has recently completely her Pilates Equipment Teacher Training with us. She enjoys surfing and getting to the beach as much as possible.
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Kathy Avery
Kathy was born in Wisconsin and raised in northern Minnesota. She began her college education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and then transferred to Valdosta State University in Georgia where she graduated with a BS degree in Sports Medicine in 1988. She continued her education at VSU receiving her BS degree in Physical Education in 1992. After working for several years in a physical therapy clinic she moved to Aberdeen Scotland to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a Physical Therapist. She completed her Physiotherapy degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1998. She has been living in Hawaii since 2002. Kathy has been working as a physical therapist in outpatient settings for over 20 years and specializes in manual therapy. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and incorporates Pilates into her rehabilitation protocols, when appropriate. Currently Kathy is in her fifth year of a Doctor of Science program in physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy at Andrews University and plans to graduate May 2017.
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Jen McFarland
Jen received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2006. She has been a PMA certified Pilates instructor since 2012 and received her training through Polestar Pilates. Jen worked in orthopedic settings in British Columbia, Nevada, and Colorado before settling on Oahu with her husband 2 years ago. Jen has completed numerous orthopedic continuing education courses and has extensive experience treating shoulder, knee and spine injuries. She also enjoys working with both pregnant and post-partum clients. Jen combines her manual therapy techniques with Pilates exercises to ensure a comprehensive rehabilitation experience. In her spare time, she loves hiking, surfing, beach walks, and swimming with her baby girl.
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Moon Moniot
Moon spent many of her formative years doing gymnastics, and as a result significantly injured her knee and low back. Her rehabilitation experiences inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy, and she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2003. She discovered Pilates around the same time, and it was instrumental in the healing process for her low back. After a decade of practicing Pilates, she completed the Harmony Mat and Equipment Teacher Training Program in 2012.
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What is physical therapy and do I need it?2017-12-07T10:36:52-10:00

Physical Therapy is a medical service covered by insurance that helps you recover from acute or chronic injuries. It usually will occur after a specific injury or surgical procedure, but oftentimes will be done years after an injury! If you are still having pain or problems, you need physical therapy. If you aren’t sure if physical therapy is right for you or don’t have a doctor to see, contact us and we can help.

Do I need a prescription for physical therapy?2017-12-07T10:38:09-10:00

Hawaii is a direct access state, which means that legally you do NOT need a prescription from a doctor to start physical therapy. A few insurances still require that you have one, so you will want to check with your insurance. If you aren’t sure how to obtain a prescription, Contact Us and we will help.

Why should I have physical therapy at Harmony?2017-12-07T10:38:53-10:00

At Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy, you will see only licensed physical therapists – never an aide or assistant. Our therapists have over 40 years of combined experience, and are trained in manual therapy, sports injuries, balance issues, prenatal conditions, post-operative rehabilitation, and many other areas. Every appointment is an hour long, and treatments are about you and your goals. We work closely with doctors across Honolulu and all of Oahu, and take most insurance plans.

Will insurance cover my physical therapy at Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy?2017-12-07T10:39:50-10:00

Yes! We do accept most insurance plans for physical therapy, and will work with your insurance to find out your coverage and get the most visits possible for your injury. Many insurance plans have a copay that you will be responsible for, and a possible deductible.Copays vary depending on your insurance plan. Your insurance will be able to tell you your exact deductible or copay. Currently we do not accept AlohaCare or Kaiser for physical therapy.

Will I do Pilates during physical therapy?2017-12-07T10:40:35-10:00

All of our physical therapists are trained Pilates instructors and will be able to use the Pilates equipment for your therapy if you choose and it’s deemed appropriate. Pilates is not the only thing we do in physical therapy, so if it’s not a fit for you we have many different tools to use!

What if I have an injury or health issue?2017-12-07T10:44:01-10:00

Pilates was actually first developed as a rehabilitation and physical therapy tool. It is ideal for injury recovery in that you will strengthen muscles while protecting your body and relearning proper movement patterns. If you feel limited in your injury, we recommend starting with the Beginner’s Evaluation class and then progressing to Pilates sessions if you choose to. If you are ready to try a class, you may want to start with the introductory class or low back care class. Contact Us us if you aren’t sure where to start!