Our goal is to create strong, resilient women who are knowledgeable about their bodies and educated to make the best informed decisions regarding their health.

an Ohana Sports Medicine clinic

Who We Are

Women have changing needs throughout their lifetime that need to be considered as part of their individual plan of care

Wahine Wellness & Pelvic Health is an outpatient orthopedic and pelvic health physical therapy clinic devoted to the ever changing needs of women, and those identifying as women, in all stages of life.

Our mission is to provide holistic, individualized care to the women of Kauai. Our goal is to not only resolve your symptoms but to also make a life-long impact on how you view optimal health and provide you with the tools to attain it.

You are more than just a diagnosis. At Wahine Wellness & Pelvic Health we strive to help you find the cause of your symptoms by looking at all aspects that contribute to your health including stress, sleep, hormonal influences, GI function, diet, posture, prior injuries, and learned behaviors.

Women are not small men. Your physical therapy treatment should be tailored to the many physiological, hormonal, and psychological differences that make you unique. With treatment by Kauai’s first and only Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy, you’ll know you are being provided excellent care to meet your current and changing needs.

Services

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Bladder & Bowel Issues

Pelvic Pain

Orthopedic Injuries

Female Athlete

Post Surgical Rehab

Our Team

Michelle Pacilio, MPT, WCS

Board-Certified Women’s Health Specialist

Michelle’s passion for helping others propelled her to pursue a career in Physical Therapy, receiving her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 2002. Since then, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings including neuro rehab, home health, inpatient, and most extensively in outpatient orthopedics. For the last 13 years, Michelle has focused her energy through rigorous continuing education to become Kauai’s most experienced physical therapist treating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction for both men and women, with expertise in the treatment of incontinence, pelvic pain, colorectal issues, and pelvic girdle dysfunction. 

New Clinic & Board-Certified

2021 was a big year for Michelle. In the midst of opening Wahine Wellness & Pelvic Health, the first women’s-only clinic on Kauai, she also became a Board Certified Women’s Health Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities. She believes treating a woman should not be the same as treating a man. Women have special differences and changing needs throughout their lifetime that need to be considered as a part of their individual plan of care.

 

Christina Keltner, DPT, TPS

IPNFA Certified PNF Therapist

Christina graduated from Elon University with a B.S. in Exercise Sports Science. She then attended Arcadia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, graduating in 2012. She started her career with a passion for working with patients with neurological injuries, and spent her first 2+ years as a PT at a level one trauma center in Washington DC. She moved to outpatient orthopedic and neurological clinics before getting accepted into Kaiser Permanente’s PNF certification program, where she spent most of a year becoming an International PNF Association Certified PNF Therapist. She recently became certified as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through Evidence in Motion’s certification program, with the goal of improving the community’s understanding of chronic pain and preventing and treating chronic pain issues. 

Christina stumbled into pelvic health after realizing how impactful treating the pelvic floor is on the rest of the musculoskeletal system. Her passion for addressing pelvic floor dysfunction was further fueled when she realized how few medical professionals took the time to listen and help the underlying problem. 

Christina’s road to becoming a Physical Therapist and to live in Hawaii started around the same time. Originally from Florida, she fell in love with Hawaii while taking a Hawaiian history class, allowing her to travel between the islands. Only after moving to the Big Island did she realize that a discussion with her Hawaiian History professor in a restaurant in Kona led her down her ultimate path to PT school. Her goal since then has been to be a Physical Therapist in Hawaii. She finally was able to make her dream of becoming a part of and serving the local community over 12 years later. Christina is thrilled to be a part of a practice that supports women, with a goal of increasing community knowledge of general wellness, pelvic dysfunction and pain.

Kayla Murphy

Front Office Manager

Kayla is originally from Green Bay, WI. She visited Kauai in 2017, and loved it so much that she decided to make a permanent move to the island in December of 2019. She lives on the south shore with her family, including her parents and younger twin siblings. Kayla is a passionate advocate of women’s health, which makes her a great part of our team. In addition to being our office manager, Kayla is also a successful portrait and wedding photographer, as well as a musician. Laughing, adventures, chai lattes, nostalgia, karaoke, Indian food, and board games are some of Kayla’s favorite things.

Katie Kershner, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Katie grew up in the heart of midwest Kansas and attended Kansas State University to receive her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2013. In 2015, she graduated from Washburn University as a certified Physical Therapist Assistant. With clinical experience in public schools, outpatient settings, and skilled nursing facilities, Katie has worked with multiple ages and populations. Katie has primarily worked in the settings of outpatient and skilled nursing facility and has gained experience in working with women’s health, orthopedics, neuro, and geriatrics. She is excited to be a part of the the team at Wahine Wellness and Pelvic Health to expand her knowledge of women’s/pelvic health and contribute to healing the women’s community of Kauai. In her spare time, Katie and her husband Ben enjoy exploring what Kauai has to offer with hiking and beach time. She also enjoys baking, music, yoga and pilates. 

Testimonials

Michelle and her staff are friendly and professional, check in process is easy. The facility is very clean and beautiful. Michelle is an excellent practitioner, looking at the whole body and how it is all related. She is very intuitive and addressed my issues each visit singly and then showed me how it is all connected. I now have tools to address to continue strengthening pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. The feeling at the office is comfortable and welcoming.

Cathy C.

My experience at Wahine Wellness & Pelvic Health with expert Physical Therapist and Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist Michelle Pacilio was healing, helpful and educational. Michelle has created an environment that is a nest of comfort for women to enter into, as well as a place to empower women on their healing journey. She gave me one-on-one care, was able to assess and make a plan that was specialized for my recovery. She’s so real and personable, naturally giving mental and emotional support as well as encouragement and education along the healing path. She has a wealth of knowledge of the human body, and accesses her intuitive understanding of women. She gave me specific, relevant care and taught me how to give myself the help I needed to heal my injuries and have a better quality of life. Each visit with Michelle was unique to where I was in that moment’s recovery, as well as keeping me on track with a plan of achieving wellness. She met those challenges with the care of an expert who knows how to listen combined with using her vast toolbox of skills to give me specialized care and suggestions. She is patient, kind, and truly cares to give each individual what they need to recover and thrive. Any woman would receive the best of care with her and the wonderful staff in the beautiful office of Wahine Wellness. I can’t thank Michelle enough for all the assistance and confidence she’s given me along my road to recovery. Mahalo nui loa!

Sue Ann Z.

Events

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