By Mark Yanai

Finding Teagan: A New Home

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Teagan Ferguson’s Co-Op Experience

When I think about Teagan, I get a little misty eyed. I first interviewed her for a co-op position a year before she arrived on Oahu. She was very quiet and reserved. Honestly, I was concerned that she wasn’t ready for the experience of being so far from home so I recommended that she apply again the following year. She ended up traveling to Hawaii with her family and visited our facilities. She contacted me and again expressed her desire to join us. Her determination to join us was evident and I offered her the position gladly.

Throughout Teagan’s six-month employment with us, her skills, along with her confidence, grew immensely as she worked closely with our patients and staff therapists. What amazed me the most about Teagan, was her ability to adapt. Due to multiple unexpected changes, she was asked to deal with changes to her schedule, including moving locations, and working with different programs. She definitely displayed a level of maturity that impressed us all and became one of our most versatile, multi-skilled clinicians that patients embraced as their own.

Here’s what she wrote about that experience.

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I’ve traveled my whole life and never lived anywhere very long. I’m honestly not one to jump at a chance to travel more, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to revisit the place where I was born. After my co-op with Fukuji and Lum I was really glad I had taken the trip to work with them. F &L is truly a family, one that includes the patients that we cared for. I was able to work at Lower Atherton’s Outpatient Clinic and in Aquatic Therapy at the pool.

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With the F&L family I was able to solidify my skills in the outpatient clinic and learn a lot about clinical decisions from Jamie, whom I worked closely with. It was great to see things from her perspective as a newer PT and learn some tips along the way.

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Down at the pool I had the ever-amazing Rachael Hyland to guide my learning. She helped me grow from a nervous student to someone who was ready to take on clinical education with confidence.

It was amazing to see how much could be done in an aquatic setting, from ROM to conditioning and balance, and how creative the field could be. I was grateful that I could have such a positive experience in the field I’d like to specialize into. 
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The things I’ve learned as a co-op student aren’t the only things I’m thankful for either. Everyone shared their part of Hawaii, whether it was food from our lovely patients, Colleen opening her doors to house us or Ryan and Talon showing us the social life. The staff went out of their way to really make this a wonderful experience for all of us. 
Being back in classes definitely isn’t the same as being on an island but after this experience I’m much more motivated and have valuable insight. I look forward to a chance to return to Oahu and hopefully make it a more permanent accommodation. 
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Teagan Ferguson

By Deb Matsuura

October is Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month and the clinics of Fukuji & Lum Physical Therapy are having a “Spread the Aloha” drive, collecting various donation items each week to support local charities. For our staff at F&L, this drive gives us the opportunity to provide services to those less fortunate in ways other than direct clinical care. We want them to have footwear, clothing, toiletries and other necessities that will help them to be healthier, more active and improve their overall quality of life.

If you are near one of our four locations on Oahu, please fell free to stop by and make a donation.  You can also enter our drawing for a FREE one-hour massage for any weekly donation you make.

Donation Schedule: Items must be gently-used or unused…Thank you in advance for your donations.

Week 1 Oct 1st – Oct 5th Donate SOCKS/SHOES/SLIPPERS

Week 2 Oct 7th – Oct 12th Donate CLOTHES/ACCESSORIES

Week 3 Oct 14th – Oct 19th Donate BED & BATH ITEMS (Linen and toiletries)

Week 4 Oct 21th – Oct 26th Donate BOOKS/TOYS/DVDS/GAMES

Week 5 Oct 28th – Oct 31st Donate SPORTS AND FITNESS GEAR/EQUIPMENT

 

 

By Deb Matsuura

CPB Health Fair September 2013

Fukuji & Lum visited Central Pacific Bank for their annual Health and Wellness Fair in September. The F&L staff enjoyed talking with CPB employees  about “What is Physical Therapy” and how they could benefit from our services. Our main focus was to discuss with employees how they could ergonomically correct their work space to prevent pain and future injury. We also had the opportunity to answer questions and perform physical assessments.

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