Hi, I’m Julie!
I am the proud founder of Moon Physical Therapy! I was born and raised in the small town of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and graduated from Leilehua High School. I ventured all the way to Denton, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from Texas Woman’s University, then to American International College in Massachusetts for a second Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1999.
Upon returning home I fell in love Aquatics when I interned and then worked for Dr. Jan Prins of Prins Aquatherapy. I saw first-hand, the power of healing in the water, patients being able to increase strength and endurance without pain, reducing stress and anxiety, while building feelings of confidence and wellbeing.
In 2001, I opened a tiny clinic at Dole Cannery Shops in Iwilei with two friends called Hawaii Therapeutic Services, specializing in orthopedics and cardiopulmonary rehab. After discovering one of the partners embezzled funds, the company was dissolved, and although I was devastated and overwhelmed, I was determined to continue to treat patients and make a difference in the community.
Quality Care Therapy, dba Moon Physical Therapy, was launched in 2006 and with the help of a bank loan I moved to a larger location in Honolulu, on Ward Avenue and installed an Endless Pool to pursue my passion of Aquatic Therapy. Now years later, we have expanded to 3 locations offering Hawaii’s only state-of-the-art Hydroworx 350.
The strong sense of community that I was raised to believe in continues on in my life and is evident in our clinics. It is in the way we treat our patients. We want each person that walks through our doors to know that we are here for you in your moment of need. We consistently go above and beyond to deliver an amazing experience, which leads to faster recovery, better pain management, and greater patient satisfaction.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think this girl from Wahiawa would have the opportunity to help so many people. I am truly grateful and blessed to be able to share what I have learned with my team so that we can give hope and healing to others with our aquatic and land-based services at Moon Physical Therapy.