By Mark Yanai

Moving In



Fukuji & Lum PT Associates proudly opened it’s new Honolulu clinics at the Kuakini Physicians Tower and Plaza. F&L was a resident at the Pali Medical Center for the past 13 years. On Monday, March 31st we joined Breakthrough Rehab, Inc. in the Physicians Tower to continue our presence in the town area. On Tuesday, April 1st, we joined Dr. Kenneth Sunamoto in the Plaza to add a second location.

Our hours of operations will be:

Kuakini Physicians Tower #1101
Monday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Kuakini Medical Plaza #813
Tuesday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

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By Mark Yanai

Dr. Stu


On Tuesday March 11, 2014, Dr. Stuart Wakatsuki passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was an orthopedic surgeon with The Windward Orthopaedic Group, specializing in foot, ankle and sports medicine.  

Dr. Wakatsuki was a graduate of Punahou School and  St. Louis School of Medicine in Missouri. He then became a foot and ankle specialist through a fellowship at Allegheny University in Philadelphia. With an exceptional reputation on the Windward side as a skilled surgeon who demonstrated the highest ethical standards, he always remained a humble and caring professional.

His Celebration of Life was held on Saturday at the Aloha Shriners Beach Club in Waimanalo.



Personally, I’ve know Stuart since high school when we competed against each other in athletics. To the staff of F&L, Stuart was known simply as a friend. He was an integral part of F&L’s decision to plant roots on the Windward side. Owner Art Lum summed it up best:

“A champion in all walks of life. Any thoroughbred comes from a pure breed. A recognized and well respected family line. His dad, Judge Wakatsuki, stood firm and tall in his years on the bench. His mom, an avid supporter of UH sports teams and family. Her eyes, like Stu’s, spoke of the enthusiasm and vitality in their walk in life.

Stu never strayed the solid line of integrity and goodwill. There was no question in the strike zone, always consistent in calling the balls and strikes. He often paused during discussions, asking for clarity.  Whether the topic was on medical diagnosis, business owners flaps, family and father matters, husband issues, and/or SPORTS, you could count on him to give you his decision and the basis behind it.

Like a Champion, he valued preparation and peak performance. He hated losing and was quick to go to the drawing board to formulate a new strategy. His battle with Cancer was no different. With each pitch that was thrown, he knew exactly his role. To call the shots in taking care of family, friends, and colleagues.  He knew his days were numbered and left his legacy in the stories shared by all in this past Saturday’s Celebration of Life. Champions live on and in my book, a true Hall of Famer.”

We will miss Stuart greatly. Rest in peace.


By Deb Matsuura

Caregiver Workshop #1 – Caregiver Safety Tips

Many family members in Hawaii are now assuming the role of caregiver for their loved one. They are often burdened by the overwhelming responsibilities of care giving and many times forget about taking care of themselves.

Here at F&L, our therapists have seen an increasing number of patients being treated for injuries they obtained when caring for a loved one. We saw a need to equip our patients and their families with the tools needed to safely carry out the tasks involved in caregiving and decided to host a series of workshops.

In February, our Kailua therapists hosted their first workshop for caregivers and families on Caregiver Safety Tips on Feb. 15th and included training on the following:

1. Safe Mobility – ambulation (and with assistive devices)
2. Proper Techniques for Transfers (bed, bath, car, chair)
3. Fall prevention
Our workshop attendees were pleased with the knowledge gained, and were eager to begin utilizing their newly learned skills.  We plan to continue our workshops on a quarterly basis, please stay tuned for more details.
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The role of the caregiver has recently been in the media, with the recent Star Advertiser article regarding caregiver support legislation.  Senate Bill 2264 serves to support and recognize the role of the caregiver.

Link to article:

By Mark Yanai

What’s a WORC WOD?


It’s 6:00 am…the Kaneohe roosters are crowing, the sun still sleeping and it’s the perfect time for a workout. Your body is fully charged from a good night’s sleep and you can’t wait to get to W.O.R.C., not because you like to work but because you love W.O.R.C. (Windward Occupational Rehab Center) where every Thursday, a group of die hards meet before the crack of dawn to get in a WOD (Workout of the Day). It all started on New Year’s Eve of 2013 with a group of guys who wanted to get in one last workout before the end of the year. Since then, the group has evolved to whomever wants to show up at early in the morning and start the day with some good ‘ol sweat.

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The format of the WOD changes every week. You never know what you’ll end up doing when you walk through the door. It’s not crossfit, but a blend of functional exercises that include TRX, kettlebells, sandbags, sleds, pulleys, medicine balls, etc. The workouts are usually high intensity interval training (HIIT) with some form of competition. We always include the competitive part which usually gives everyone a little more motivation to push themselves.


The WOD means something different for everyone but the intent isn’t to lose weight or build muscle. The intent is to find out something about yourself. How do you control your emotions when you’re pushing yourself physically? How do you feel when you compete against others and especially, yourself? How much gratification do you get when you accomplish something as a team?

If you want to be a part of the WORC WOD, all you have to do is show up – Tuesdays, 6:00 am .  That’s the hardest part. Once you do, you’ll get to experience a great group of people who come together once a week and have a lot of fun.

By Mark Yanai

Valuing the Physical Therapist Assistant

Ross Suyemura, P.T.A., L.M.T., Stacey Hertzog, P.T.A., Jessie Dullaga, P.T.A., L.M.T.
Physical Therapist Assistants at W.O.R.C.

At F&L, we greatly value our Physical Therapist Assistants because they are essential to our operational model that consists of a special team of physical therapists, therapist assistants and massage therapists. We often meet as clinicians to share our treatment approach so that we can provide a well-rounded and comprehensive treatment to our patients. We believe all of our assistants possess competent skills as health care providers and have the utmost confidence in them to provide excellent care to our patients.

Unfortunately, the current trend in many outpatient therapy clinics in Hawaii is to provide care on a one-to-one basis by a physical therapist without the use of physical therapist assistants. More clinics are adapting to this model and marketing it as an approach that is more consistent and of higher value. Because of this new model, assistants are starting to be seen as lesser skilled clinicians to the general public and other healthcare professionals. Even the insurance companies are following suit and trying to dictate this model by reimbursing treatments based on who delivers the care.

However, this is a flawed view. As a physical therapist, I depend on my assistants to provide the same care to our patients as I would on a one-to-one basis. We enjoy having assistants as part of our team and fully support their profession. Other medical professions use a team approach including doctors and medical assistants, dentists and hygienists, and nurses and nurse aides.

Our organization also has a strong teaching culture where we provide opportunities for student internships from schools like Kapiolani Community College that have PTA programs. We have had many students come through our doors from these programs and are proud to say that more than half of the assistants employed by F&L are graduates of KCC.

Regardless of the day or time you are treated at any of our clinics, you can be assured that our staff is well trained. More than one pair of eyes on a patient provides a greater overall picture for optimal treatment. But beyond the technical skills that our assistants possess, the most important quality they all have is empathy. It’s a value that we look for in all our employees. It’s often said in the medical field that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell

In addition to being knowledgeable in the physical therapy field, our assistants are unique in that they are able to incorporate their various backgrounds into their patient care. We are fortunate to have assistants that are licensed massage therapists, certified personal trainers or have been lifeguards and firefighters.

We recognize that our operational model of treatment is different than the current trend. We are a special company that follows our values and not trends. We stand by our employees and see great value in each and every one of them.


By Mark Yanai

2014 University of Hawai’i Strength Clinic

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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the 2014 HAWAII STRENGTH COACHES CLINIC at the University of Hawai’i. The clinic is run by Tommy Heffernan, a member of the UH football and baseball teams from 1988 to 1991, who handles the overall operation of the strength and conditioning program at UH. David Woodward D.P.T., one of our physical therapists at F&L’s W.O.R.C. site, joined me for two days of lectures and presentations by some of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the U.S.

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Speakers included Robert Dos Remedios (Oregon State), Gary Beamer (Hawaii), Henry Ruggeirio (Univ. of Washington), Brian Neal (Univ. of Mississipi St.), Kari Woodall (Univ. of Wisconsin), and Patrick Ivey (Missouri). Each of these strength coaches brought their expertise and unique experiences to this outstanding clinic by educating coaches, medical professionals and athletic trainers on how to improve performance, decrease injuries, and gain a greater understanding of the importance of strength and conditioning.

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Also in attendance were Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio (IMUA Orthopedics) who spoke about injury prevention and Mike Skogg (Skogg Kettlebell) who talked about kettlebell training.

One of the highlights of the weekend listening the honorable Judge Kaulukukui Jr., who spoke about Hawaiian values and leadership. We were given the opportunity to meet him and we hope to get to know him better as we found out that he resides on the Windward side and also practices martial arts right next to our W.O.R.C. site at Kokokahi YWCA.

David and I look forward to implementing many of the concepts that we picked up this weekend and are already looking forward to attending next year’s clinic.

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By Mark Yanai

Northeastern University PT Student Co-Op with Fukuji & Lum

A big mahalo goes out to Co-Op students Matt and Maura for working with us these past 6 months. We wish them the best as they continue to pursue their physical therapy degrees.

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We gladly welcome Jessica and Ariel, our newest C0-Op students, who will be with us for the next 6 months.

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These students are part of our partnership with Northeastern University for the Cooperative Partnership Program. We are dedicated and committed to providing these students with the education and experience they need to work in the field of physical therapy.

Each year we accept outstanding NU physical therapy students as full-time employees and give them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an outpatient orthopedic clinical setting. These students will primarily assist our highly qualified physical therapists with outpatient care at our clinic locations in Honolulu and Windward Oahu, including the outdoor heated pool in beautiful Kaneohe.

The journey to Hawaii will offer students tremendous life-changing experiences as they strive to balance work, play and new discoveries during their 6 month Co-op with the Fukuji & Lum OHANA (family). Please welcome them with the “Aloha Spirit”.

By Deb Matsuura

Holiday Massage Special!

The holidays can be very tiresome on your body. Do you have sore feet from walking around the mall all day, back or neck stiffness from putting up the 1000 Christmas lights on your house and hand/wrist aches from using your computer mouse too long when buying gifts online? If you have one or all of these ailments, you definitely need to treat yourself to an hour of relief, relaxation and rejuvenation and get rid of those aches and pains.  Fukuji & Lum’s licensed massage therapists can help you feel better so you can enjoy the rest of your holidays!

Fukuji & Lum is currently running a massage special for a limited time only. We are offering two packages, the Nohona Package: 5 masages for $375 and the Ho’ola Package: 10 massages for $720. With the Ho’ola Package, you save a total of $80! That’s equal to one massage absolutely FREE

Please visit our Massage Therapy page for more information. You may contact us at our Kailua Clinic (261-4321) to see Lallie or our WORC site (234-5353) to see Ross. You must purchase the holiday special before Dec. 31, 2013. 


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