Kirsten H. Yonamine, M.Ed., CRC, LMHC, received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1993. She completed her practicum with the State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and her internship with Winners at Work. While in the non-profit sector she worked with persons with severe to mild mental and physical challenges in both the Supported Employment and Fee for Service Program. She is a Senior Rehabilitation Specialist at Vocational Management Consultants.
For the last 24 years, Ms. Yonamine has provided vocational assessments, counseling, and placement and training services to individuals within the worker’s compensation system in the private sector. She has also worked as a vocational consultant with law firms requiring vocational evaluations and expert testimony in personal injury, medical malpractice, divorce, family court and special education cases.
She has also previously been involved with providing contracted services to the Veteran’s Administration with regard to Chapter 31 Vocational and Independent Living assessments and follow up. She additionally has worked with the Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) with the Federal Government, servicing Federal injured workers in their return to work.
Ms. Yonamine is the current President of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, Hawaii Chapter and member of the Hawaii Injured Worker’s Association group. She currently services clients on Oahu and Maui County.