Dr.Michael J. Masters
April 5th, 1945 - July 13th, 2019
Sadly, Dr. Masters passed away on July 13th, 2019. Dr. Hirai, and the team members, continue to carry on his chiropractic practice, techniques, and philosophy.
My family had ten doctors of chiropractic. My father, uncles, brothers, nephews and nieces were practicing doctors of chiropractic. In 1971, I had degrees in theology and psychology from the University of Iowa when Uncle Sam called me up for the Vietnam War. I joined the Coast Guard and was stationed in Hawaii. I met my wife, the former Judy Imamoto. After we married, I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. There I was graduated summa cum laude.
I took over my father's practice when he retired. He taught me an abundance of information about chiropractic care. I was in practice with my two brothers in the largest chiropractic clinic in the upper Midwest. I had the special opportunity of attending chiropractic seminars on a monthly basis for twelve years.
After a visit to Hawaii, I looked out the plane window and saw the islands move into the distance, and I asked myself, 'Why am I leaving Hawaii?' I was flying with my wife, Judy and my two children, Kate and Coco, back to Mason City, Iowa.
My extensive continuing education, family knowledge and twelve years experience in a busy practice prepared me for starting a practice in Honolulu in 1986. I love to come to the office. For nearly three decades, I have cared for over 11,000 of your friends and neighbors. I have great satisfaction and fun helping people to better health without drugs and surgery.
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. I especially excelled in soccer, which I played from a very young age to a 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 (Q4 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.
I, along with the office team members, continue to carry on Dr. Masters' chiropractic practice, techniques, and philosphy.