We Are R.O.C.K.

committed to providing the Kauai community with the most cutting-edge physical therapy intervention on the island
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what we do

Physical wellness assessment

Sports injuries and rehabilitation

Post-operative care


testimonials from our amazing patients

Success where several other therapists have failed.

“There is a reason Dr. Jesse Pasag has the reputation of being one of the best Physical Therapists on Kauai.  Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and well-trained, but he truly cares about his patients and goes the extra mile to ensure you receive the highest quality of care possible.  He succeeded, where several other therapists failed, in curing a spinal problem which plagued me for over a year and a half.  His new clinical space in Kalaheo is wonderful – bright, airy, and full of the latest equipment. I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Jesse Pasag and the Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Center of Kauai and I know a lot of other folks who feel the same.”
-Kim P

Abolutely Amazing!

Jesse is outstanding at not only listening carefully to the issues needing to be treated, but also in diagnosing the cause and treating them thoughtfully and thoroughly. He also is excellent at following up on those issues, and not forgetting about the fine points.I’ve been working with Physical Therapists regularly through over a dozen surgery recoveries and the aftermath of about a decade of uncontrolled bone fracturing in my spine and rib cage. Over these past four+ decades, I have worked with about four really outstanding PTs, and I hold them in high regard. I’ve been fortunate to have been treated by such talented, intelligent, dedicated professionals. Jesse Pasag is now one of the best I’ve been fortunate enough to be treated by.I will continue now to be very active in doing all of the things I love here on Kauai, with my injuries well under control, and knowing I can get great PT help right here in Kalaheo when I need it in the future.Even though Jesse is a Bruin, graduated from UCLA, and I’m a Bear from Cal, I guess I can overlook this little issue.
– Craig T.

Our team

Meet our team of medical professionals

Dr. Jesse R. Pasag

Dr. Jesse R Pasag, DPT, OCS (co-member) is an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Dr. Pasag has been practicing physical therapy here on Kauai since 2010 where his focus has been on providing the residents of Kauai cutting-edge manual therapy intervention with an emphasis on spinal rehabilitation.Dr. Pasag is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physiological Science. Dr. Pasag went on to obtain his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2007. In 2008, Dr. Pasag completed a year-long orthopedic residency with Kaiser Permanente’s Orthopedic Residency Program. He received his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2010.Dr. Pasag has volunteered and participated in various community and neighborhood events across the island where he was able to provide physical therapy consultation, treatment and medical expertise on a pro bono basis. Dr. Pasag has helped many of Kauai’s residents – from keiki to kupuna – regain lost function, all while improving their strength, reducing their pain and increasing their independence.

Dr. Jennifer Tavares-Pasag

Dr, Jennifer M Tavares-Pasag, DPT (co-member) is a Kauai-born “local-girl” who graduated from Waimea High School in 1999. Dr. Tavares-Pasag then went on to college at Pacific Lutheran University where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education in 2003.While in college, Dr. Tavares-Pasag always knew she wanted to return to Kauai to focus on helping the special needs keiki, so she furthered her education by attending the University of Southern California (USC) to obtain her graduate degree. In 2006, Dr. Tavares-Pasag obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.Instead of returning to Kauai immediately after graduating with her doctorate, Dr. Tavares-Pasag thought she would better serve the keiki of Kauai by gaining valuable clinical experience working with the special needs community of Los Angeles. She worked 4 years with California Children’s Services where she developed her pediatric skill-set, as well as gained invaluable experience managing a bi-weekly orthotics clinic, as well as a monthly durable medical equipment clinic.Dr. Tavares-Pasag brought her experience and love for our special-needs population to the island of Kauai – her home – in 2010 where she began working for the State of Hawaii’s Department of Education. Dr. Tavares-Pasag has been a physical therapist serving the island of Kauai’s school system for the past 6 years.

Dr. Melissa Jamerino
PT, DPT – Staff Physical Therapist

Melissa was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She began her college career swimming for North Carolina State University, majoring in Biological Sciences. As a student athlete, she graduated with summa cum laude honors and advanced on to get her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.Following her dream to move to Kauai, she has gained seven years experience in out-patient orthopedic sports medicine physical therapy. Her treatment style involves the integration of the mind and body, with an emphasizes on the interconnectedness of our musculoskeletal system. Melissa believes in the importance of education and empowering patients to have a greater understanding of their body and awareness of movement. She has strong experience in core stabilization exercises, ACL injury prevention methods, and myofascial trigger point release techniques. Outside of the clinic, Melissa spends her time training as a competitive crossfit athlete and olympic weightlifter.