Company: Kapi’olani Community College
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
For more than 13 years, Jill Wakabayashi has been bringing knowledge and an upbeat spirit to Kapi’olani Community College as director of the physical therapy assistant program. With expertise in health science, physical therapy rehabilitation, specific muscle movement function, long-term aging process, and neurology, Ms. Wakabayashi teaches five courses in addition to handling public relations and student advisement. Through Kapi’olani, part of the University of Hawaii, she hopes to further their mission of providing the highest quality education possible for Hawaii’s people.
As part of the physical therapist assistant program, Ms. Wakabayashi helps students gather and apply knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, kinesiology in preparation for a rewarding career in the field. Her lectures help students develop the skills necessary to acquire jobs in physical therapy and advance their educational licensing. Ms. Wakabayashi pursued her own career by earning a master’s degree in public health from the University of Hawaii in 1996.
Ms. Wakabayashi was recognized for her hard work and academic excellence when she received the Outstanding Parent-Teacher Association Program Education Award in 2006. To remain informed of developments within the physical therapy community, she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Assistants Group. Ms. Wakabayashi is also involved in the medical community through her membership with the local chapter of the Parkinson’s Disease Association.