Ka Punawai Ola therapists go BIG

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Hawaii Region of Life Care Centers of America

KONA, Hawaii – On Nov. 17-18, 2012, eight therapists from the Hawaii Region of Life Care Centers of America attended the training and certification workshop for the BIG component of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment.

Jenny Tuccitto, physical therapist, led the training, certifying physical therapists Kristen Vail, Darrell Jing and Kristen Halsan from Ka Punawai Ola in Kapolei. Three therapists from Life Care Center of Hilo and two from Life Care Center of Hilo also attended.


The BIG program addresses movement and self-care abilities, primarily for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, but also for those with multiple sclerosis, multiple-system atrophy or cerebral vascular accidents.

BIG reduces the risk of falls, improves patients’ abilities to complete daily activities and helps them enjoy activities that are meaningful for them and their families.

“I had seen amazing results from the patients treated in our facility by previous certified therapists,” said Jennifer Hulen, rehab services manager and physical therapist at Life Care Center of Kona. “The patients were so pleased with the results, and I wanted to learn this successful technique.”

Hulen added, “I have already treated two people since the class, with excellent results.”

For more information about BIG therapy at Ka Punawai Ola, please call the therapy department at (808) 674-9262.

Ka Punawai Ola, located at 91-575 Farrington Highway, is one of four skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Hawaii operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.

Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Tenn., Life Care operates or manages more than 220 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com





  1. Thank you for caring. These are horrible disease which put an enormous stress on the patient and his family. Every bit of help means a lot.

  2. Slowly but surely, living with a disease like this will get easier. It will never be a walk in the park, but poeple will be able to lead relatively normal lives.

  3. If you will follow the steps of this program you will notice that your life can be easier and in this way you can see that you have so many posibilities.

  4. It takes a lot of courage to finally make the decision to see a therapist, because it's really hard for some people to acknowledge that they have a problem.. For most of us, this is the most difficult thing

  5. It's great that prices are low enough for people to afford to go on business trips or just on vacation. I remember a few years ago it was a pretty empty place

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