About CoPT

Our Mission

At Central Oahu PT Specialists, our mission is to provide you with the best rehabilitation services possible. We offer one to one treatments with licensed physical therapists whose goal is to educate and empower each individual to manage their symptoms independently.

Meet Our Specialists

Robert “Bobby” Ken Tagawa – MSPT, CSCS

Bobby graduated from Oregon State University with Bachelors in Science. He then graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2000. He holds a certification in Strength and Conditioning from NSCA and a certification in Olympic Weight Lifting by USAW. His focus is not only on Orthopedics but Neuro/Vestibular Rehab and he is certified in Graston techniques. He is experienced with cardiac rehab. He is passionate about patient care and restoring individual health and mobility. His first introduction to Physical Therapy was assisting his brother John with his rehab. John had a spinal cord injury and was for a period a paraplegic. His outside interests include spending as much time with his wife Chelsea and 2 children Kylana and Kenny.

Bernardo “Bernie” Soriano, MPT

Bernie was born and raised in Aiea and graduated from Iolani School and then went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.  He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s College in southern California. Bernie’s emphasis in physical therapy include: orthopedic – post surgical, acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, foot/ankle disorders, and sports rehabilitation and sports enhancement. He is certified with the LSVT Big system for treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease, Graston-certified, and a member of the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA). He is experienced with cardiac rehab. Bernie enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons – Aisea, Shane, and Cruz, as well as spearfishing, surfing, training, singing and playing music.

Heather O’Malley, MPT

Heather O’Malley was born and raised in NJ. She attended Springfield College in Springfield, MA for both undergraduate and graduate school, receiving her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996. Upon finishing her physical therapy degree, she moved to the Oregon Coast. After 3 years on the west coast, she and her husband moved to Hawaii. Heather brings with her over 20 years of clinical expertise. She is certified in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) techniques for treatment of neurological pathologies and experienced in cardiac rehab. Heather has a diverse physical therapy background with experience in treating a wide variety of ages and diagnosis including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multi-trauma, developmental delay, musculoskeletal, orthopedic and sports injuries. When not working, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, paddling and gardening.


Andrew Isawa, DPT

Andrew was born and raised in Pearl City and graduated from Hawaii Baptist Academy. He received both his B.A. in Japan Studies and Doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Washington. He worked in an outpatient setting in Seattle for 5 years before returning to Hawaii. Andrew enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and post-op injuries, and helping people return to the activities they love to do. Andrew is NAIOMT trained, certified in Graston techniques, and has experience in cardiac rehabilitation. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters, tai chi, trying new restaurants, and cheering for UW and the Seattle Seahawks.

Erin deNeeve Baum, MSPT 

Erin is grateful to be a part of the COPTS team and brings with her over 20 years of experience in the field of Sports Medicine.  She grew up in Mililani and is a proud graduate of Mililani High School.  Erin received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from UH Manoa before earning her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University.  She studied dance for over a decade, which is what initiated her interest in the field of physical therapy as a means to help people regain and improve their physical abilities.  Erin’s training in orthopedic, sports, and post-operative rehabilitation has been complemented by her experiences caring for a wide variety of patients, and her treatment areas of interest have grown to include pediatrics, pre- and postpartum issues, and chronic pain. She is experienced in cardiac rehabiliation. When she’s not in the clinic, Erin’s focus is on motherhood.  She enjoys superhero movies, sightseeing, Blue Devils basketball, hiking, and cheering for and supporting her son at his various sports and activities.

Kenton Kong, DPT

Kenton received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2014 as an exercise science major at Northern Arizona University. He then traveled to Missouri to attend Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2019. His passion for the physical therapy profession lies in orthopedics; utilizing the Movement System Impairments model to understand how repeated movements and sustained postures affect the human body, then empowering patients with the skill and knowledge to take control of their symptoms. A local of Mililani Town, Kenton enjoys being back home in Hawaii where he can enjoy the beautiful outdoor weather year-round, bodyboard, and spend time with his family and friends.


Kira Hamamura, DPT

Kira graduated from Pacific University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2020.  Prior to PT school, Kira graduated from Mililani High School and then attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she graduated with honors, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.  She has a passion for volunteering and has assisted with the Special Olympics of Hawaii, Adaptive Sports Northwest, and Colleges Against Cancer to name a few.  Kira is committed to helping patients achieve their functional goals while providing patient-centered and evidence-based care to serve a diverse patient population with various orthopedic, neurological and vestibular conditions.  In her free time, Kira enjoys reading, hiking, catching up on her favorite tv shows, traveling, and supporting the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Becky Markovitz, DPT

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Rehab Staff

Jessie Okiyama

Hey guys! My name is Jessie Okiyama and I am an alumni of Leilehua High School. In high school I played volleyball and sang in the high school chorus. I also attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two years where I was working towards a Bachelors in Human Services. My future goals consist of moving back to Las Vegas to complete college and becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. In my free time I love to try new restaurants, binge watch the hgtv network, and spend time with my family, friends, and boyfriend.

Alexa Ramos

Hey guys! My name is Alexa Ramos and I am originally from Lino Lakes, Minnesota. I am attending the University of Hawaii- Manoa to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Biology to become a surgeon, hoping to specialize in orthopedics, neuroscience or cardiology.  In my free time I love spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends, going to the beach, trying new food places, and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.

  • I've benefited in so many ways: improved my functionality, learned to re-educate my muscles "slowly", and continued to maintain a pro-active attitude by taking control of my healing.

    C.O. - CoPT Patient

  • I appreciate, very much, that you thoroughly explained the purpose of the exercises - it is more meaningful when doing the exercise, to know its purpose.

    C.C. - CoPT Patient

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