Meet Our Team

Dr. Ira Zunin, MD, MPH
Primary Care and Preventive Medicine
Occupational Health and Integrative Medicine
Pain Management

Dr. Zunin has been practicing medicine in Hawaii since 1993. He is the medical director of Manakai O Malama Integrative Healthcare Group and Rehabilitation Center and maintains a full-time integrative clinical practice specializing in occupational health, preventive medicine and chronic pain.

He earned his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Preventive Medicine in Hawaii and also earned a Master’s Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health. After further experience in the field, he earned Specialty Board Certification in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Hawaii. He is also certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, the American Board of Ambulatory Medicine and the American Association of Medical Review Officers.

In addition to his practice at Manakai O Malama, Dr. Zunin lectures locally, nationally and internationally on a variety of aspects of health and wellness with a particular focus on integrative medicine. He is frequently featured in the media and writes a regular column, Health and Wellness in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.


Christopher ‘Scott’ Acree, PA-C, General Practice, Pain Management

Christopher Acree, Scott, as he prefers to go by, is a Board Certified Physician’s Assistant in Primary Care and Special Recognition for Surgery.  He joined the Manakai O Malama team in December 2013.  He specializes in general medicine, chronic pain management as well as minor outpatient procedures.  He earned his degree in 1998 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a BS in Physician Assistant Studies.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1996 – 2003 where he achieved the rank of Captain, serving as a linguist and later a Certified Physician’s Assistant. 

He speaks Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese conversationally.  Having moved to Hawaii in June 2009, he has embraced the local culture stating, “The social differences of the local Hawaiians are very unique and allow excellent experience in dealing with people from different ethnic backgrounds of the many pacific islands.”

Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Landon Ka lauʻae naʻi i nā lā ino Opunui, ND

As a local boy and Kamehameha graduate, Dr. Opunui left the islands to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science at Loyola Marymount University while competing as a 4 year NCAA Division I athlete in the sport of rowing. Dr. Opunui then went on to pursue his Naturopathic Doctorate at Bastyr University, one of the most world renowned science-based institutions of natural health.  Bastyr’s rigorous medical program provided him with deep medical knowledge, an awareness of the most innovative developments in medicine, and the creativity to formulate individualized and effective intervention strategies to manage, cure and prevent disease.

Dr. Opunui is a firm believer in the naturopathic principle of Docere (Doctor as Teacher) and agrees whole-heartedly that in order to effectively teach, one must practice what they preach.  Dr. Opunui strives to exemplify health promoting behavior and balance as a competitive endurance athlete having finished 5 Ironman triathlons. Health promotion counseling is at the forefront of successful naturopathic healing which consists of educating patients on how various determinants of health such as genetics, diet, lifestyle, environment, mental and emotional well-being, and ones sense of purpose in life creates the framework for health and one's capacity to live and be well.

With an interest in cardiometabolic disease, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disease, GI pathologies, mood disorders, oncology and Native Hawaiian health, Dr. Opunui is honored to return to the place he calls home with the responsibility of serving the health needs of his community as a naturopathic physician. Dr. Opunui believes that everyone deserves a safe place to heal and be heard. In private practice, Dr. Opunui’s passion lies in developing relationships with his patients and their health through comprehensive integrative natural medical care and individualized support.

Visit his website here: www.dropunui.com

Psychology

Dr. Wayne McClellan, PsyD

Dr. McClellan, Psy.D. received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, and works with Individual, adults, couples and groups. His professional interests include PTSD and other anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, health psychology, weight management, chronic disease management, grief and bereavement; relationship difficulties; and issues regarding stages of life. His theoretical orientation is Integrative, to include Cognitive-Behavioral and Humanistic approaches. He also received two additional Master’s degrees in Communications and Marketing from CBN University, and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from U of S.C. In his spare time he enjoys water sports, ballroom dancing, and spending time with family.
Dr. Jennafer Bruchauser
Dr. Jenna Bruchauser received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. After completing her internship, she moved to Hawai‘i for her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children. Her areas of interest include pain management, neurological disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as an array of medical ailments including diabetes, cancer, and weight management, among others. Dr. Bruchauser is skilled in neuropsychological and psychological assessment, in addition to individual, couples, and group therapy. She uses an integrative approach with evidence-based behavioral treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness. A therapist can be an ally and partner during times when life presents with challenges or obstacles. As a clinician, Dr. Bruchauser aims to develop a strong relationship with her clients to assist in their journey toward empowerment. 
Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Ashley Jefferies

 
Dr. Ashley graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 2010 and recieved her bachelors degree in Natural Science. She continued her education in Southern California to attend Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, graduating with her Doctorate of Chiropractic in December of 2013. After graduation she moved back to O'ahu and has been practicing on the North Shore since 2014.
 
Dr. Ashley then became a huge advocate for Chiropractic after a swimming injury in high school and has since learned even more about the benefits of not only pain relief, but the entire function of the body. The human body is self-healing and everything it needs to be healthy comes from the innate intelligence inside. When the vertebrae of the spine are out of alignment, it may cause pain in the surrounding area due to pressure from the mis-aligned bone. This also causes decreased function of that nerve because the brain is not able to communicate with the body as well, but when that interference is removed by an adjustment it is more capable of adapting to whatever stress it may be under; be it physcial trauma, toxins from our environment or emotional issues. When the entire nervous system is involved, it is not just about the back and neck pain. That is your body telling you there is an issue with it's function.
 
Dr. Ashley practices what she preaches through healthy lifestyle habits. Along with getting adjusted regularly, she stays active through hiking, yoga and surfing, as well as making sure to eat a clean, balanced diet to support her body through the healing process of everyday stressors. 
 
Getting adjusted helps the body to function at a higher level than if there were interference. She sees patient's of all types and ages; from injuries and accidents to newborns and elderly. Everyone should have their nervous system checked so that we are functioning at our highest potential.
 
Visit her website for more information here: 
www.lifepathchiropractic.com

Occupational Therapy

Hilary Valentine, OTR/L, Clinical Administrator

Hilary attended Boston University and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007. Upon completion of her degree she moved to Hawaii. Since 2007 she has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and community settings. Her passion lies in work with clients with chronic conditions, as well as using OT to promote health and wellness in all of her clients’ lives. Hilary uses an integrative and holistic approach to therapy with concentration on close collaboration with the client to achieve their desired goals. Hilary is also trained as a health and wellness coach through Wellcoaches.
Delila Newman OTR/L, LMT

Delila grew up as a competitive athlete in gymnasts and snowboarding. She has 15 years of experience working as a Licensed Massage Therapist in California and on Maui. She graduated with her Bachelors in Kinesiology from California State Northridge in 2013 and then attained a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2015. Delila uses compassion, empathy and a goal oriented approach in her massage and Occupational Therapy treatments. She incorporates her knowledge of the human body, neuroscience, Reiki, and activity analysis working in partnership with her patients to create interventions which lead to successful outcomes.

Diane Watjen, OTR/L

Diane is an Occupational Therapist with 35 years of experience working in a variety of therapy settings. With her work at Manakai O Malama she is able to bridge her skills as an integrative therapist using techniques of Craniosacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Reiki, Polarity and Yoga with skilled Occupational Therapy practice. The combination of these modalities with occupational therapy practice allows for optimized patient outcomes that are client centered. Sessions focus on meeting the individual patient goals in areas of self-care management, vocational goals and recreational/ leisure activities.

Physical Therapy

Steve Thomas, DPT

Steve Thomas has been practicing physical therapy since 2004 when he graduated from the University of North Dakota.  In 2007,  he continued his education and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Steve’s focus is general orthopedics, but, because of his experience as both a high school and collegiate athlete, he has a passion for treating sports medicine patients as well.

Fabienne Wade, PT

Fabienne earned a Bachelors in Science in physical therapy from State University of New York in Buffalo in 1983. She moved to Hawaii that same year where she began to practice physical therapy full-time. In 1997 she opened a physical therapy practice in Guam and spent the next three years there serving as the lead physical therapist. She has since moved back to Oahu permanently and lives on the North Shore. Fabienne specializes in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, with particular expertise in spine rehabilitation. She also works closely with patients to encourage them to move forward in their lives, beyond the pain and disability they have been dealing with.

Nani Ishii, PTA

Nani earned her PTA license from Oregon State University and a PTA certificate from Kapiolani Community College in 1996. She has 15 years of experience in outpatient rehabilitation and offers particular expertise in orthopedics. Nani was born and raised was on Oahu where she first became interested in integrative healthcare.

Acupuncture

Alia Zunin, LAc

Born and raised in Ireland, Alia received her Social Work degree from Trinity College, Dublin. Ten years in California exploring various healing and life enhancing arts led her to the study of acupuncture. She moved to Hawaii in 1993 where she received her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from Tai Hsuan Foundation. She currently lives in Honolulu and practices acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Manakai O Malama.

Tara Mattes, LAc

Tara Mattes graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A in World Religions and Biology. Upon graduation her career took her to various parts of the world where she eventually encountered acupuncture. Determined to learn more about this art, she was fortunate enough to land in Hawaii where she choose to study under Taoist Master, Dr. Chang Yi Hsiang, Ph. D. at the Tai Hsuan College of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.  She has had a wide variety of experience from women’s health, addiction and recovery, to pain management. She currently practices at Manakai O Malama.

Massage Therapy

Noel Eto, LMT

Licensed and practicing massage therapy for over 35 years, Noel has studied Shiatsu, Swedish massage, Reiki-2nd degree, reflexology, cranial sacral therapy and trigger point therapy.
Noel received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2001 to expand medical knowledge and increase manual skills. Also a disciple of Wu Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan Master Patricia Leong.

Lama Wangchuck

Born in Tibet and trained in India as Tibetan Buddhist monk, Lama was assigned by his elder brother His Eminence the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche to teach meditation in Hawaii. He has followed these instructions over the past 21 years. In 2012 he pursued his education in massage therapy, acquiring his license in 2014. Since that time Lama has worked at Manakai O Malama as a medical massage therapist providing his patients with a variety of massage techniques including Swedish, Shiatsu, and Lomi Lomi massage techniques with goal of reducing pain, increasing circulation and improving range of motion. Lama incorporates his training as a monk and meditation leader into his massage sessions, providing patients with a unique experience. 
Elena Andrie 

Elena began her massage therapy career in Kahului, Maui where she graduated at the top of her class in 2014 from Spa Luna Holistic School. With over 900 hours of training she is fluent in Swedish, Lomi Lomi, deep tissue, sports massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and reflexology. She has worked closely with a chiropractor and a rehabilitation center before joining the Manakai O Malama ohana. Elena also holds a B.S. in Biology from Chaminade University resulting in an extensive and detailed knowledge of anatomy. Patients appreciate her strong touch, intuition, and holistic approach to each session. 
Elena believes in the body’s ability to heal itself, and that massage therapy is one of many paths to restoring health and wholeness to the body. She is also a strong supporter of raising awareness for self-care. 
In addition to massage, Elena enjoys hiking, reading, and dancing. Her areas of independent study and interest include nutrition, herbs, and movement therapy. 

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