Eri developed an interest in physical therapy after watching her grandmother struggle through the last decade of her life from a two-story fall and a subsequent spinal cord injury. She worked as a group fitness and personal trainer for 13 years with a focus to maintain functional independence in older adults prior to becoming a physical therapist.
Eri completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science from University of Hawaii, then completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy from California State University, Sacramento. During her clinical internships, Eri worked in a variety of settings including a trauma center, home health and hospice service, and an outpatient orthopedic clinic with increased opportunity to treat temporomandibular dysfunctions. Her philosophy in rehabilitation focuses to aim patient-centered goals through various approaches of manual therapy, modalities, and therapeutic exercises, as well as optimize movement with patience, compassion, and reeducation to restore their function to maximal potential.
Eri loves to see the world and experience new cultures. She also enjoys everything to get her body moving, whether it is dancing hula or bhangra, kickboxing, or weightlifting. On weekends, she cherishes her family time by going biking or hiking.