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Julie Kaneshiro, MSOM LAc

MSOM (Oriental Medicine). National University of Natural Medicine

Clinical Studies at Chengdu TCM Hospital, China

Julie was born in Hilo, went to college on the east coast, lived in Japan and then studied Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine in Portland Oregon before returning home over 15 years ago to her beloved community of Hilo, Hawaii.  She helped run Kaiao Community Garden - one of only two community gardens on the island at the time.

Making the wonders of acupuncture accessible to all through Hawaii Community Acupuncture is a life-long goal for Julie.  She has seen it help hundreds of family, friends, neighbors and even folks visiting Hawaii on vacation alleviate acute as well as chronic pain and suffering.

Since 2016, Julie has been focusing much of her private clinical attention on veterans care.  If you know a veteran who could use pain relief, please have them get in touch with us!

David is a chiropractor serving Hilo,  Pahoa and the surrounding communities. He customizes your chiropractic solutions to fit your unique needs, whether you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even just plain old muscular tightness and tension. You may need pain relief after suffering an accident, experiencing an injury, or if you have a specific condition such as chronic back pain or a spinal condition; even if you just want to improve your overall health, your chiropractor can help you achieve your wellness goals!

At your first visit, Dr. David Shapiro will explain the science behind how chiropractic care works, and give you a full evaluation to see if chiropractic care is right for you. If there is a good fit, he can develop a plan of chiropractic care that is specific to your condition and health goals.

Dr. Shapiro is accepting new patients, including veterans, Workers Compensation, car accident personal injury, and some insurance plans.

Dr David Shapiro, DC  Chiropractic Kinesiologist

DC (Doctor of Chiropractic)


Lori Pusateri, LAc, LMT (MAT#12716)

Lori is an amazing acupuncturist and herbalist and sees veterans by appointment.  She considers herself a lifelong student of the healing arts and enjoys combining many modalities into her sessions. After first becoming a certified Yoga Teacher and licensed Massage Therapist, she went on to complete her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu.  Lori is so happy to be a part of Aloha Acupuncture & Wellness, Inc.  When she’s not happily working, Lori loves spending time in nature with her dog, creating herbal remedies, and reading one of the books on her ever-growing list!

Michael Ceraso L.Ac.  LMT

Michael has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003 and a licensed acupuncturist since 2014. He was founder and director of the Hawaii Massage School at Kalani and served as Kalani's Principal Massage Therapist and supervisor for their student massage clinic. He also started and ran a community style acupuncture clinic at Kalani from 2014-2018.   His practice focuses on Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese Acupuncture, Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Traditional Thai Massage.


'Porter' Courtney Dusschee 

'Porter' has been practicing acupuncture since 2015 after training and receiving her master's degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine on Hawaii island.  She uses both traditional Chinese medicine and Japanese styles when working to help people achieve meaningful healing and wellness.  She is grateful to spend time with her family, in the ocean and dancing on beautiful Hawaii island.

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Taapai Mataoa, LMT  MAT 13758

Taapai graduated from Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2004.  He has been a massage therapist in Hawaii since 2014.  Taapai works from a client-centered focus to tailor each session to your specific wellness goals.  He utilizes an eclectic combination of modalities ranging from cranial sacral to reflexology, deep tissue and sports/injury recovery to gentle relaxation and rejuvenation.  He was an avid outdoorsman and wilderness therapy guide in Utah for many years. 


'Bodhi' Diane Searles, LMT  MAT 7262

Bodhi has resided on Hawaii Island for 22 years, listening deeply to the call of her heart to be of service in the fields of education, healing and community. She has been a massage therapist and bodywork teacher, counselor, and hypnotherapist for almost 30 years.

Her work is deeply relaxing, calming, and healing.  As the daughter of a WWII veteran, she is grateful for the opportunity to serve our local veteran community.


Lana Burko, Administrative "Genius"

Lana is living her dream life in Hawaii!  She came to us by way of Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania all the way from Minsk, Belarus.  She graduated from CCA in Colorado with a degree in Business Administration. Lana has been married to her beloved Alex for over 10 years.  Although she misses the beautiful trees and four seasons of Belarus, 

her life in Hawaii nei is kept busy preparing the land for their home.  In her free time, she looks forward to discovering more about this amazing place.  Her favorite foods in Hawaii are Spicy Crab Poke and Kalua Pig.  She is a pro at everything computer-related and we are grateful she is here to welcome everyone with her beautiful smile and warm heart!!! 


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