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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 for the past 11 years, in Early Intervention, schools, and outpatient settings and am passionate about helping children achieve their goals. It became very 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. Tracy Yoshimizu, OTR/L

Tracy Yoshimizu was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has wanted to work with children for as long as she can remember, so she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Tracy has OT experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including a public school, a community-based mental health facility, a sensory clinic, and outdoor spaces like forests and beaches. She values incorporating play-based approaches, sensory strategies, and social-emotional learning in her OT practice. She has a passion for helping kids and families live life to its fullest. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys connecting with loved ones and appreciating all that Maui has to offer including surfing, hiking, snorkeling, and playing beach volleyball.

Dr. Raven McGrath, PT

Raven McGrath was born and raised in Grandview, Texas. She graduated with her undergrad from Tarleton State University with a degree in Kinesiology while playing basketball for four years. She then attended graduate school at Texas Tech University where she earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has experience with orthopedic injuries, manual therapy and pediatrics. When she’s not working you will find her at the beach with her dog, on a hike, or playing pickle ball.

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.

Siera McNallan, OTR/L

Siera McNallan is from a small town near Rochester, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sport Science with a minor in Nutrition, and then went on to earn her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir Rhyne University - South Carolina. Siera has been working with children throughout her life including teaching dance and gymnastics. She has experience with pediatric sensory processing disorder, emotional regulation, autism, feeding aversions, and fine motor delay. She really enjoys finding the most meaningful activities to encourage children to reach their full potential. Outside of work, Siera enjoys doing yoga, hiking, scuba diving, going to the beach, and spending time with friends.

Deanna Vander Meer, OTR/L

Deanna Vander Meer is an occupational therapist from Long Beach, CA. She received her bachelor of science in Kinesiology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Working with adults with developmental and mental illnesses inspired her to continue her career in occupational therapy in order to help others' through a new lens. She then went on to get her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA. She has a huge heart for kids and has experience working in a variety of settings with children including the school district, early intervention, and outpatient clinics. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, playing guitar, kite surfing, and practicing jiu jitsu!

Lauren Schwartz, OTR/L

Lauren Schwartz was born and raised in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Community Health Education, and then went on to earn her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Cox College in Springfield, MO. Lauren has been working with children for as long as she can remember, and is passionate about using a creative and individualized approach with each child she treats. She has experience with pediatric sensory processing disorder, emotional regulation, autism, fine motor delay and whole-body learning within acute care settings, autism treatment centers, and outpatient clinics. When she’s not at the clinic, you can find her conquering new hikes, soaking in the sunshine on Maui’s incredible beaches, or cooking new dishes with local fresh produce.

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 Therapist performs 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.