Our Staff

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BRUCE WIHONGI, PT

Bruce is the owner and founder of Kiwi PT. He is also the clinic director and  treats patients regularly within the clinic. See “The Owner” tab for his full story and PT experience.

 

 

 

 

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REGINA OLARI, PT

Regina has worked as a Physical Therapist at Kiwi PT since October 2017.  She was born and raised in Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa.  The second of four daughters born to German parents, Regina graduated from the prestigious Stellenbosch University in South Africa in 1983, with a BSc degree in Physiotherapy.

After backpacking for three months through Europe, she returned to Namibia where she worked for a year in a hospital setting.  She then moved to South Africa where she worked in Outpatient PT before spending three years teaching PT students at the University of the Orange Free State.

Regina moved to the USA in 1991 and started working in an Outpatient PT clinic in Milford, Michigan in September of that year.  For five years, she worked in Outpatient and Inpatient settings for a contract company.

Regina married John Olari in 1993, with whom she has three children, Luke, Katja, and Benjamin.  She became a stay at home mom and then homeschooled all three children.

Over the last seventeen years, Regina has worked part time as a PT, first at Excel Rehabilitation in Milford, then at ATI in Milford.

We are very happy to have someone as experienced and capable as Regina on our team.

 

SARA MCDERMOTT, DPT

Sara became interested in Physical Therapy when she was injured as a hurdler in high school. After going to PT herself, Sara wanted to continue helping others achieve wellness. She began working as a Physical Therapist Assistant in May of 2009 in various outpatient orthopedic clinics before beginning as a PTA at Kiwi PT in October of 2017.

Sara recently completed a transition program through Findlay University in Ohio and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in December of 2018. She is now one of our staff Physical Therapists at Kiwi PT.

Sara enjoys being active in any way and is an avid runner. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Sara lives in Pinckney with her husband and step-daughter, Jim and Macie. Sara also has two fur babies, a chocolate lab named Bailey and a yellow lab named Kuna. They are hoping to expand their family in the near future.

Sara is interested in pursuing continuing education courses in vestibular rehab, dry needling, and post concussion rehabilitation.

 

MARY HURST, PTA

Mary attended Oakland University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Wellness, Health Promotion, and Injury Prevention in 2013. She began working as a Rehab Tech while completing her Bachelor’s degree and became interested in Physical Therapy. She graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baker College in December of 2017 and began working at Kiwi PT as a PTA in February of 2018.

Mary Lives in Highland with her husband and daughter, Daulton and Larkynn. She enjoys practicing yoga and recently became a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance.

Mary is interested in pursuing continuing education courses to learn craniosacral therapy and become a certified LSVT Big Therapist for treating patients with Parkinson’s disease.

 

RAFAEL PLASENCIA, REHAB TECH

Rafael is our senior tech and began working at Kiwi PT in December, 2017. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Exercise Physiology and is currently applying to Physical Therapy Schools to pursue becoming a Physical Therapist.

 

 

 

 

img_3991CATRINA MALYSZ, REHAB TECH

Catrina started as a Rehab Tech at Kiwi PT in March, 2019. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University in Kinesiology while double minoring in Psychology and Sign Language. She is currently attending Oakland Community College to become a sign language interpreter.

 

 

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