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Dawn started working for Dr. Masters on November 4th, 1993. She was 26 years old and new to Hawaii. When she applied for a chiropractic therapist position in a group interview - she and all the rest were rejected by Dr. Masters as no one was qualified for the position. Even though she had worked for several chiropractic clinics in Washington, and each time had risen from the lowest position to running the office in a short time, Dr. Masters was not about to hire someone that got off the plane a week ago. He had been abandoned too many times by individuals who found working in paradise had a long list of disadvantages.
As she walked across the parking lot pondering another rejection - "too smart", "only worked for those crazy chiropractors" - she turned around and in her now famous manner, confronted Dr. Masters and insisted that he hire her. "I am qualified - I can do the job - give me a test and I will prove it!" The rest is history.
Dr. Masters is fully aware that Dawn is the brain, and has the people skills, of the front office, and he and Dr. Hirai are the brains, and have the technical skills, in the back of the office.
That combination, for 20 years, has allowed Masters Back and Neck Pain Relief Center to reach the goal of turning lives around and teaching wellness after the pain has been resolved. Without that combination of personality and technical skill, who knows - even Dr. Masters may have left for the mainland by now. Your health has been influenced by that determined 26 year old - Thank her the next time you are in the office.
Why has she stayed for 20 years? She had already embraced the proactive, conservative and natural approach to health management before she left Oregon. With Dr. Masters, and now Dr. Hirai's, skill she is excited daily about he miracles of chiropractic care. She is confident in the doctors' abilities when she is greeting a new patient - she is comfortable in the ethical and rapid results that will be achieved in a short time.
Dr. Elliott L. Hirai
I have always been an active person throughout my life. I was born and raised in Hawaii, where the weather and environment is beautiful, allowing me to participate in a variety of sports and ocean water activities all year long, all of my life. I especially excelled in soccer, which I played from a very young age at a very high level.
After high school I left Hawaii to attend college and to play college soccer in the state of Oregon. During my active life I sustained multiple injuries, which, at the end of my soccer career, left me with severe neck pain radiating into my arm causing weakness, shoulder pain, and low back pain radiating into my leg. I couldn't carry more than ten pounds, I couldn't move my head without pain shooting down my arm, and I had numbness in the back of my thigh. My athletic performance suffered, I couldn't fully participate in my hobbies, and I couldn't function comfortably in my everyday activities. I had been through team trainers, team doctors, physical therapist rehabilitation programs, and nothing fixed my problems. That is, until chiropractic care. From that day forward I knew I had to help people through chiropractic.
After I graduated with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science, I attended Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay area. I graduated in March 2010 after three and a half years of doctoral study and two years of clinical internship, where I was the Intern of the Quarter for my practice (Oct. 2009 - Dec. 2009). Attending Life Chiropractic College West allowed me to be exposed to a variety of techniques and diagnostic procedures, the most up-to-date clinical guidelines and protocols, and access to the field's top doctors and instructors.
When I graduated from Life West, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work with Dr. Masters. I jumped at the chance, packed up my life, and moved to Hawaii.
My purpose today is to serve and care for you and your family and to provide a healthy lifestyle through quality chiropractic care. I want you to be able to participate in everything you want to do, enjoy life, and be healthy at the highest possible level.