About Harmony Pilates Studio Hawaii

Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy offers both a full service physical therapy clinic and Pilates studio. Our services include: Physical Therapy covered by insurance, private and semi-private Pilates sessions and a variety of Pilates equipment classes ranging from gentle, restorative and therapeutic to athletic based Pilates training.  We also provide prenatal Pilates, Barre classes, Pilates mat classes and can provide your team, group of friends or co-workers with your own private Pilates class.

Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy strives to create an environment of encouragement, enthusiasm and professionalism to empower people and help them reach their highest potential in health and life. We promote integrity and excellence in the fields of Pilates and Physical Therapy, while working to stay at the forefront of these fast-growing industries.

We maintain a team of only the best health care and fitness professionals, who display initiative, creativity, dedication and passion in their fields.

Finally, Harmony supports our local, national and international Pilates & PT communities through the sharing of ideas, open communication and charitable giving. We will evolve as our clients’ needs and tools in the industry evolve, while always maintaining focus on our core values and guiding principles. Harmony is not one location or person…it is a way of life.

Shirley Dumaw

Owner of Harmony Pilates and Physical Therapy, is a seasoned Certified Pilates Instructor (500 training hours) and instructed in numerous prestigious Pilates studios in southern California for over three years before purchasing two Harmony Pilates and Physical Therapy studios in Oahu, Hawaii, April 2016. She brings her Pilates skills and training to Harmony, along with over 25 years of office management experience from the corporate world: The Upjohn Company, now Pfizer, in Michigan; ADAPT Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services in Indiana; Ed Rose and Sons Property Management (managing 400+ units at a time); Westpeak Investment Services out of Boulder, CO – just to name a few; as well as co-managing two Veterinary Services in Michigan with her husband for 17 years. She was groomed with finishing touches in the business arena from Western Michigan University and is thrilled to blend both her expertise in Business and in Pilates & Fitness together to help bring excellent Pilates and Physical Therapy services to the beautiful island of Oahu.

Physical Therapists & Instructors

All of our physical therapists are licensed in the state of Hawaii and have experience with a variety of conditions, including sports injuries, post-surgical protocols, soft tissue injuries, back and neck problems, chronic pain, balance issues, women’s health, prenatal and postpartum conditions.

All of our Pilates instructors are certified, insured and have experience working with various types of clients such as those coming out of a physical therapy program, those recovering from an injury or competitive athletes.  Instructors are able to modify a Pilates program to meet individual needs.  Find out why Pilates is such an effective form of physical restoration and how it enhances performance.

Karen Sebastian
Karen earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1996 and then completed her Pilates training under Marie-Jose Blom in 2001. She has experience in many areas of rehabilitation, including neurological, acute care and orthopedics, and she has a special interest in women's pelvic floor issues such as incontinence and postpartum rehab. She works in partnership with her patients using a "whole-body" approach to help you meet your fitness and rehabilitation goals.
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Jen McFarland
Jen McFarland received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2006. She has been a Nationally Certified Pilates teacher since 2012 and received her training through Polestar Pilates. Jen worked in orthopedic settings in British Columbia, Nevada, and Colorado before settling on Oahu with her husband 5 years ago. Jen has completed numerous orthopedic continuing education courses and has extensive experience treating shoulder, knee and spine injuries. She also enjoys working with both pregnant and post-partum clients. Jen combines her manual therapy techniques with Pilates’ exercises to ensure a comprehensive rehabilitation experience. In her spare time, she loves hiking, surfing, beach walks and swimming with her two young daughters.
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Diana-Marisol Najera-Lin
Diana brings a rich and diverse experience in the fields of general physical therapy, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Diana obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of California in Irvine. Her physical therapy career began with an athletic training and sports medicine internship at mount San Antonio College. While attending University, she worked with a variety of UC Irvine athletes, including those from football, basketball, soccer, swimming, and dancing teams. She received a doctorate of physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences, CA. She had the honor of being on UC Irvine's Dean's List in 2001 and 2002, the Nation's Dean's List in 2002, and received the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship in 2004. In her 11 years of practice as Physical Therapy, Diana continues to build on her strong foundation. She has developed her skills in the field of orthopedics and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. One of her highlights includes working with the China Olympic Team for the 2012 -2013 winter season. Diana continues to support the profession and helps shape the future of physical therapy by mentoring students in California and Hawaii as a certified clinical instructor. Diana looks forward to integrating Pilates with her Physical Therapy techniques here at Harmony.
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Kristi Weiss
Kristi bring extensive experience in orthopedics, manual therapy and nuerologic conditions to the clinic. Kristi received her degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida in 1992 and went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from AT Still University of Health Sciences, Arizona in 2015. Since relocating to Oahu in 2005, Kristi has worked primarily in an outpatient setting training the full range of orthopedic conditions as well as gait and balance disorders. Kristi believes that addressing each client’s specific treatment goals and providing effective patient education are essential for achieving the best therapeutic outcome.
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Leah Lau
Leah received her doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. While in school, she was introduced to Functional Manual Therapy (FMT). Functional Manual Therapy carries a philosophy that resonates strongly with Leah: every individual has “untapped potential” whether that’s as an elite athlete or wanting to move around without pain. While FMT is the foundation of Leah’s practice, she also specializes in Pelvic and Women’s Health, Orthopedic, Neurologic and sports rehabilitation in addition to providing guidance for lifelong wellness.
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Asa C Mills DPT
Pilates Instructor
Asa grew up in Washington state and Idaho and has been active in sports and fitness for most of his life including snowboarding as a teenager, collegiate rugby, and his ongoing passions for martial arts and surfing. In addition to the benefits of sports training, he has witnessed and personally experienced various sports injuries, which led him to earn his Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Miami in 2009 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Miami in 2012. There, as a student of Dr. Brent Anderson, he discovered Pilates and became a certified Pilates instructor with an emphasis on rehabilitation through Polestar Pilates. He went on to work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA where he completed a residency in orthopedic physical therapy and became a board-certified orthopedic specialist (OCS). Dr. Mills has experience and expertise in manual therapy, strength training, injury prevention, joint mobilization, neural mobilization, and post-surgical rehabilitation. His wholistic treatment approach focuses on improving the overall wellness of his patients. When he is not treating patients or teaching Pilates, Dr. Mills enjoys surfing, diving, hiking, sailing, travel, muay thai, and playing music.
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Laura Foster
Pilates Instructor
Laura Foster received her 450 hr. Comprehensive Pilates Certification in 2008 from Core Conditioning Physical Therapy and Pilates thru Balanced Body University. As well as continuing education most notably with Blossom Leilani Crawford, and Courtney Miller’s Athletic Reformer series. Laura went through the Cancer Exercise Institute training program, learning the safest and most effective ways to create an exercise Pilates based program for anyone that is currently undergoing cancer treatment as well as those on their way to long term survivorship. Helping patients minimize treatments and side effects, correcting range of motion and muscle imbalances. She has taught and worked with a wide array of clientele at studios throughout Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, PA. Laura studied Musical Theater and Dance at the University of Central Oklahoma before relocating to Los Angeles to dance, perform, and teach professionally. She was a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Winifred R. Harris’ Between Lines Contemporary Dance Co. touring America and abroad. Laura has as well taught ballet, and classical modern techniques for studios, non-profits, and dance companies including the Regina Klenjoski Dance Co, Joseph Allen Decker Dance Co, and the Music Center of Los Angeles:. She has also appeared in regional commercials and film. After dancing professionally Laura found Pilates helped her recover from injuries, moving, and strong. Now here she is on this beautiful island, where she will continue teaching everything she has learned in a supportive and joyful environment. Laura Foster Comprehensive Pilates Certification since 2008 with Core Conditioning Physical Therapy and Pilates, Balanced Body University
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Lahela Hekekia
Pilates Instructor
Lahela Hekekia has been in the health and wellness industry since 2001 – as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and NCBTMB certified since 2001; teaching massage therapy since 2005; teaching Pilates since 2007, and fully certified by Pilates Method Alliance and STOTT PILATES ® since 2011. (Level 1 STOTT PILATES® certification in 2008). Lahela has also studied Osteopathic Sciences for several years and is Level 3 Certified through the Franklin Method®. Lahela loves to describe how Pilates with self-massage changed her spine – after 2 years of daily practice, she had an x-ray and noticed a substantial improvement in her spine and hips. That was in 2009! It has been about 10 years since then, and she has continued to fine tune her body ever since, while striving to understand functional movement. Along the way, Lahela discovered an amazing therapy that resolved her own case of Plantar Fasciitis in 6 treatments and sought out the training as soon as it was available to LMTs. Lahela has attracted a number of clients with Scoliosis and other spine issues as a result of her own progress. She also loves to keep athletes injury free, whether weekend warriors or serious international competitors. She also loves to work with Kupuna, helping them achieve more autonomy through better coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility. Some of her clients are in their late 80s. Lahela believes that the key to resolving chronic aches, as well as, helping someone achieve their best physical potential is a combination of Pilates, Bodywork and the ability to understand how someone is moving - or not moving. Lahela works closely with our and other Physical Therapists whenever possible to augment therapy, as well as, to assist in the transition from rehabilitation to a reglar maintenance exercise program. Lahela can offer assistance to PTs and clients as a Certified Graston Technique® Specialist and as a Certified Medical Myotherapist. The protocols Lahela has learned and is qualified to teach through approved workshops include the following: Tendonitis and Tendinosis in general Reducing adhesions in connective tissues to facilitate muscle function Scar Tissue Mobilization Low Back Pain Rapid Recovery Method Postural Deviation Correction Structural Integration Advanced Neck & Head Treatments: Headache Relief Treatments TMJD Treatment Reversing Military Neck Whiplash Recovery Anterior Neck Work Thoracic Outlet Treatment Protocol Rapid Recovery Protocols for the Arm: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Tennis Elbow Golfer’s Elbow False Carpal Tunnel Seated & Side-Lying Technique Options Trigger Point Pain: Identify & Release Fibromyalgia Recovery Method™ Body Mechanics & Self-Care for LMTs Stretches for Expedited Recovery Hydrotherapy for Medical Massage Lung Capacity Expansion Techniques Advanced Leg Treatments: IT Band Release TFL/Tensor Fascia Latae Release Knee Injuries Shin Splints & Runner’s Injuries Foot & Ankle Injuries including PLANTAR FASCIITIS Compartment Syndrome Quad & Hamstring Balancing Reversing “Uniceps Femoris” Hip & Pelvis Treatments: Pelvic Decompression & Hip Balancing False Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome Gluteus Minimus & Medius Release Ultra-Athlete Pre & Post Event Protocols Ligament Sprain Recovery Treatments Complete Shoulder Treatment Sequences: Frozen Shoulder Release Deltoid Treatments Bicipital & Supraspinatus Tendonitis CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES: Licensed Massage Therapist (MAT #6286) – since 2001 Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage (NCBTMB #307766-00) – since 2001 STOTT PILATES, fully certified – since 2011 (Level 1 Certified, 2008) Pilates Method Alliance, Certified Pilates Teachers – since 2011 Franklin Method® Level 3 Certified – since 2015 (Level 1 Certified, 2011, Level 2, 2013) Certified Graston Technique® Specialist – since 2018 Certified Medical Myotherapist (Haase Medical Myotherapy®)– since 2019
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Carrie Menke
Pilates Instructor
Carrie Menke has been a STOTT Pilates instructor for 15 years and holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Washington State University. She comes to Hawaii via Bangkok Thailand, where she owned and ran her own private Pilates small business. There she also taught clients at a leading city Pilates studio for the past 10 years. Carrie teaches clients at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Her experience and qualifications include teaching injury and special populations and has designed and taught programs for clients with Parkinson’s, scoliosis, osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements, and back injuries. Teaching exercise and wellness has been a true calling for Carrie, as her clients can attest to. She is enthusiastic about improving the bodies and lives of others and is excited to work with people of all ages and fitness levels.
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Jillian Loustaunau
Pilates Instructor
Jillian joined Harmony Pilates in July 2020 following the completion of her 500-hour comprehensive training program. In addition to mat and reformer Pilates, her training includes Exo chair, barre and TRX. While PR and Marketing have been her career for nearly a decade, she found her true passion with Pilates. She started practicing to relieve lower back pain that was caused by lordosis and made worse by her desk job. She quickly became hooked to feeling stronger, more flexible and more energized. She recently relocated from San Diego to Kailua and looks forward to broadening her teaching experience at Harmony Pilates by leading clients to feel their best.
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Belle Knopf
Pilates Instructor
Belle Knopf has been a teacher and instructor for over fifteen years. She has taught a variety of dance and yoga styles to children and adults. Belle grew up training to be a semi professional dancer at companies around the East Coast. Being passionate about how the body moved and reacted to breath, she decided to continue her education pursing a Dance Therapy degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. After studying that for a few years Belle became a certified yoga instructor, a Yoga Trapeze instructor and a kickboxing coach. She has also completed several workshops including Yoga and Anxiety and is certified in CPR. Currently Belle is continuing her fitness teaching education and taking four new teaching training courses, including Pilates mat and Reformer. Once completed Belle will have over a thousand teacher training hours under her belt. Belle is excited to bring her knowledge and skill back into a classroom. Her ultimate goal as a Pilates instructor is to help people find balance and strength so they can live fuller and healthier lives.
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Antonella Zappador
Pilates Instructor
Trainings: 2020 CPR & First Aid Recertification 2014 UH Manoa BS Health & Wellness 2008 State of Hawaii Massage License 2006/07 BBU Pliates Certification with Jaydene Sniffer from Pilates Advantage (all modules: Mat, Reformer 1-2-3, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Tower and other apparatuses) 1996 Massage Certification at Body Therapy Institute Santa Barbara 1987 Urbino Italy BS in Motor Sciences
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Ben Kaufman
Certified Personal Trainer
Ben is a multi-talented Certified Personal Trainer with over nine years of training experience. He has led group fitness classes and has over five years of experience teaching Yoga as well. He is an avid student of various martial arts and is passionate about strength training and performance enhancement. Ben’s interests in acrobatics and martial arts gives him a unique approach to his practice and his clients. Ben continually expands his knowledge and skills to help his clients from all walks of life. Ben is certified thru ACE (American Council of Exercise) and was certified with NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine). Ben has 200 hrs of Yoga Training. He has a BS in Bio-cognitive Psychology from University of Maine. Ben received a course in Exercise Science and Fitness at UCSD. He received Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is CPR trained and recently completed Senior Fitness Consultant and Strength and Fitness Consultant Certifications.
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