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 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.
Sonia Gallagher, PT
Pelvic Health Specialist
Sonia is originally from Quebec, Canada, where she obtained her degree from the University of Montreal. A few years later, she found her passion for women’s health while serving as a community health Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Sonia practiced pelvic health therapy for the last decade in Portland, Oregon, before fulfilling a lifelong dream of relocating to Kauai.
Sonia enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, baking, spending time with her family, and discovering new cultures.
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.