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The work of our Organization is aimed at providing therapeutic services to children with disabilities and developmental delays, in a convenient and affordable way. As a Pediatric Physical Therapist, I have been working with children on Maui since 2011, in Early Intervention, schools, and outpatient settings and am passionate about helping children achieve their goals. It became apparent that Maui did not have enough pediatric providers and many children were not receiving the services they needed. Early Intervention offers Physical and Occupational Therapy services from 0-3 years old and the Department of Education offers services to children from 3-21, but often are unable to offer enough services to meet all their needs. Children who need more therapy outside of school have limited options. Currently, there are no other pediatric Physical Therapists and limited Occupational Therapists on island who accept insurance. I decided to do something about this and started Pediatric Therapies Hawaiʻi to help fill this need. We accept most insurances. I am excited to contribute to our community in this way and provide these much needed services.


Dr. Amy Peterson, CEO / Physical Therapist

Learn MoreAbout Our Team

Elizabeth "Biz" Giancola, OTR/L

Elizabeth "Biz" Giancola, is from Massapequa, NY. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature, and from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Her specialties include SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy, mindfulness and sensory based approaches to self-regulation, as well as Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral and Neural Manipulation. Elizabeth worked on farms and in school gardens for over ten years before becoming an OT, and she continues to enjoy spending time in her garden on the weekends. Other interests include tai chi, qigoing, meditation, and playing basketball and volleyball.

Dr. Stacey Auffhammer, OTR/L

Stacey Auffhammer is from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. Stacey has been practicing Occupational Therapy for 18 years. She has worked in the school setting as well as in private practice. Since she was in her early teens, Stacey knew she wanted to be a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and enjoys seeing children learn and grow and loves to work with not only the child, but the family as well. Her specialties include sensory processing disorder, fine motor delay, autism, and emotional regulation. Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children when she is not working. Other interests include all sports (both playing and watching), spending time at the beach, spending time with friends and church activities.

Mary Pat Culligan, OTR/L

Mary Pat is from Ballouville, Connecticut.  She graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s of science degree in occupational therapy, is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certified, and has her advanced practice certification in swallowing. Mary Pat has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for 16 years.  The majority of that time she worked for the San Diego County Office of Education in the HOPE Infant Family Support Program with the birth to three population.  She also worked in school settings had a private practice.  Her specialties include SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy, New Visions Feeding Therapy, Food Chaining, autism, sensory integration, social emotional skills, DIR Floortime (parent training), and fine motor delays. She also has a strong interest in using assistive technology to help promote social emotional skills, independence skills and fine motor skills. Mary Pat is kept busy with her two teenagers.  She enjoys snorkeling and all beach activities.

Cheri Golda, OTR/L

Cheri Golda is from Milford, Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.  Cheri has been an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years.  She has worked in many areas, from home health care, inpatient/outpatient settings, and as the Director of Rehabilitation. After many years working with the adult population she returned back to her roots in pediatric therapy. Cheri is dedicated and passionate in her work with children of all ages and their families. She has worked with pediatric populations in outpatient clinical and school settings, including early intervention and K-12.  She has experience with SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy, Sensory Integration, and Therapeutic Listening. She enjoys spending time at the beaches and exploring the natural beauty of Maui.

Angela Sallerson, OTR/L

Angela is originally from Rochester, New York. She is a 1972 graduate of the Occupational Therapy program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has focused her study of practice on sensory integration and sensory processing. She is SIPT certified and is a Senior Ready Approach therapist (Hanschu). Her mentor, Bonnie Hanschu, OTR made profound differences in the way she looks at her clients, treats her clients and educates her families in regard to sensory processing difficulties. Angela’s treatment approach has been effective in helping children who experience significant behavioral and developmental difficulties and individuals with autism who continue to have behavioral difficulties despite their intensive behavioral services. Angela is passionate about working with children of all ages who are having difficulty with life skills due to sensory processing/sensory integration differences. She has worked with the 0-3 population for 20 years and children with behavioral issues that prevent them from benefitting from an educational program. She has dedicated her life to educating herself regarding Autism and Sensory Processing/Integration.

Dr. Jessa Emmerich, PT

Jessa Emmerich was born and raised in Lahaina; a proud Lahainaluna graduate and valedictorian, she continued her education on the mainland, but always knew she wanted to return home to Maui. She graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN with a degree in Health Science, returning home to work as the office coordinator at Kihei Physical Therapy for a year. She then attended Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and her passion for pediatric therapies. Jessa has experience with orthopedics, home health, and both in-patient and out-patient pediatric settings. Jessa loves to longboard, hike, swim, chill at the beach with her dog, lift at the gym, and spend quality time with her friends and family.

Therapy Services

Our organization provides outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy services for children with disabilities and developmental delays.

Wheelchair Evaluations

Our Pediatric Physical Therapists are trained in wheelchair evaluations to assess a child's mobility needs and helps obtain the appropriate chair.

Equipment Sharing

We accept used durable medical equipment such as canes, walkers, gait trainers, and standers and will redistribute them to other children in our community who need them.

Want to start services?

If you are interested in getting an evaluation or finding out more about our services, please call us today.