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.

Becky Markovitz, DPT

Becky Markovitz graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During her clinical rotations, Becky gained experience working with a wide range of diagnoses to include traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury in the acute care setting, and neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions in the outpatient setting. Becky enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries as well as sports injuries, pediatrics, neurologic conditions, and cardiac rehabilitation. Becky has clinical interest in lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries and vestibular rehabilitation. She is passionate about helping people regain their independence and mobility and return to activities they love. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, hiking, baking, and reading. 

Manny Pascual, DPT

Manny is born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Maryknoll Highschool. Eventually, he went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Portland and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Touro Nevada University. From his experiences, he’s knowledgeable with various acute or chronic musculoskeletal injuries in the outpatient setting, pediatrics with home health, and orthopedic and cardiac postoperative rehabilitation. His expertise in Physical therapy involves personalized treatment plans that utilizes movement of the human body to empower people to regain their independence from injury. On his spare time, Manny enjoys gaming, hiking, bowling, ping pong and most of all spending time with friends and family.

Kyle Watanabe, MPT

Kyle was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii. In 2009, he received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University.  Kyle brings with him over twelve years of clinical experience.  He values the importance of patient and family education, while building rapport with all those involved in the patient’s care and fostering a collaborative environment.  Kyle, his wife, and daughters enjoy spending time at the beach and are avid University of Hawaii football fans.


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.

Tara Huey

Aloha! My name is Tara Huey and I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration. I hope to continue to gain experience in this field, while assisting patients and my team as best as possible. I enjoy spending my free time with my son, husband, and dog at the beach and on hikes.

Kayla Luke 

Aloha! My name is Kayla Luke and I was born and raised in Mililani. I attended University in Oregon for two years but decided to move back home and start working full time so I can explore my options before going back to school. I’ve always aspired to have a career in the film industry whether it be acting , writing, producing, or directing. My father contributed to me being a film fanatic watching all kinds of movies from the last century, even getting me into “old” rock and heavy metal. My family is my anchor and has no problem keeping me humble, I don’t know what I’d do without them. A big thank you to COPTS for having me on the team!

Pukana Takushi

Aloha! My name is Pukana Takushi and I currently reside in Mililani, O’ahu. I am an alumni of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with my bachelor’s degree in Public Health. I’ve always aspired to work in the healthcare field, specifically health administration. It has always been a passion of mine to help others and give back to my community. I strive to create a safe and meaningful environment for our patients, alongside my fellow coworkers. On my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, going to the beach, and trying new coffee shops.

  • 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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