About Zen Health Center:

Zen Health Center expanded in 2012 to provide Honolulu with expert therapeutic massage, chiropractic treatment, weight management and nutritional advice. We are committed to improving and maintaining our patients’ quality of life. Our services Dr. Zen ABOUT USbenefit everyone from people with injuries to athletes wanting to get the winning edge. We specialize in the reduction or elimination of pain and in helping patients recover from injuries related to auto accidents.

Dr. Zen treats a person as a whole. He looks at the physical, emotional and habitual aspects and he offers a personal care tailored to your condition. Whether you are a semi-professional athlete or a person spending too much time at your desk, Zen Health Center can assist you in achieving optimal health and well-being.

 About Dr. Zen:

Born in Taiwan, Dr. Zen came to the United States in the 6th grade and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1983. When he was 16 years old, his parents insisted he travel through East Asia by himself. After that experience, he decided to study East Asian Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu.

GAR2 210x300 ABOUT USAfter graduating from UH, Dr. Zen traveled through Southeast Asia where he says he came to realize how difficult it can be to make positive changes, especially on a large scale. He decided he could make the biggest impact by helping people in pain and made the decision to become a chiropractor. Dr. Zen then traveled to Huston, Texas where he finished preliminary requirements for chiropractic school and also learned the Two-Step (but don’t ask him to do it). He was accepted to the world’s oldest and most famous school of chiropractics, Palmer Chiropractic College. Dr. Zen graduated with honors and moved to Taiwan where he opened a successful practice.

While in Taiwan, Dr. Zen was asked to write an article titled “Get to Know Your Foot” which was published and used to teach students at the local medical school. He was also frequently featured in radio broadcasts and answered questions about chiropractic medicine. In 1995, Dr. Zen decided to move back to Hawaii to be closer to family and to give his children the opportunity to experience the Aloha spirit.

Since moving back to Honolulu, Dr. Zen has become the designated chiropractor for the marathon training group TeamJet Hawaii and also consults with the World Championship Deca-Triathlon. He also regularly consults with many local athletes and competes in running events.


  • Palmer Chiropractic College West in 1995
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1988
  • Parker School in 1984


  • Practiced in Taiwan from 1995 – Jan. 2004
  • Practiced in Honolulu starting Feb. 2004
  • Designated TeamJet Hawaii Chiropractor
  • Designated 2004 World Championship Deca-Triathlon Chiropractor
  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Certified and State Board of Chiropractic Certified


About Van (Massage Therapist):

Van Front 300x165 ABOUT USThanh Van Dang (Van) was born in Vietnam, but moved to Hawaii 12 years ago. After graduating from Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu in 2004, Van began her career as a massage therapist doing massage at Serenity Spa, but now specializes in collaborative chiropractic massage therapy.

Fluent in English and Vietnamese, Van enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, body boarding, watching movies. She finds massage therapy to be a rewarding profession, remarking “people feel better and happier after getting a massage. That makes me feel happy.”


About Emilio (Massage Therapist):

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As a graduate of Remington College with a diploma in Massage Therapy, he is passionate in giving the art of healing hands and educating each individual with the most effective treatment possible. He pursued Massage Therapy because he has always had the desire to help people. He knows that not all massages are created equal, so he likes to combine many styles of massage (Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Stretching, and Sports Massage) to create a customized massage experience that addresses the needs of each individual.


About David (Massage Therapist):

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David Kanei Hironaka is a licensed massage therapist and has been certified in various modalities since December 2013. He has finished all of his requirements and all recommendations for his profession. He is currently working for Zen Health Center and see patients regularly. He enjoys what he does and always looks forward to meeting new patients.

David Promotes good healthy living, increasing blood circulation, and total relaxation. He uses his tools to help heal the human body spiritually, physically, and mentally. He is certified in Swedish massage, prenatal massage, reflexology, and various different modalities.

David has been working for Zen Health Center since April 2014. He finds it to be very motivating and rewarding.

His Massage Therapy license was just renewed (#13794) and has 2 years to explore all of his possibilities and achieve new goals as his profession unfolds. Keeping in touch with community services and volunteering at different organizations keeps David motivated and skills up to date.

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 Office Staff 

Susie Danielson – Office Manager/Billing Specialist:

Born and raised in Washington State, Susie earned her Associates in Business from Skagit Valley College and came to Hawaii to earn her Bachelors from Hawaii Pacific University. After working in multiple offices in Washington, she came to Hawaii and started working for Zen Health Center where over the past 3 years she has gained knowledge in management, marketing, and health insurance. When she isn’t at work or school, she enjoys hiking and enjoying the beautiful beaches of Hawaii.


Kara Mun – Reception:

Born and Raised in Hawaii, Kara loves being outdoors, going to the beach, and cruising with friends & family. She graduated from Oregon State University with a focuses in Health/ Nutrition/ Exercise and Science. Kara is interested in becoming a Massage Therapist and she has been with Zen Health Center for about a year.


Mey Perez – Reception:

Mey is a receptionist with our practice, and holds an associate’s degree in business management from Leeward Community College. She brings valuable managerial experience to our practice, and continues to contribute meaningfully to the well-being of our patients.