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Our team of professionals bring you nearly 100 years of combined experience in a variety of physical therapy disciplines. Each member of our team utilizes the latest treatment techniques in order to bring you the highest quality of care.

kim lawyler-coyle headshot Kim Lawler-Coyle, P.T., DPT
License #10755

Focus On Health's owner and primary therapist, Kim Lawler-Coyle, P.T., DPT has been effectively treating patients for 35 years. In our area, she's established herself as a recognized leader in physical therapy and rehabilitation. Kim provides a beneficial blend of clinical knowledge matched with years of experience, human understanding and a heightened sense of intuition. Her unique style is reflected not only in the comfort she provides, but also in her results-oriented therapy sessions. Her primary goal is to discover the source of your challenging situation and set up a treatment plan to help facilitate your healing process.

  • Licensed Physical Therapist since 1982
  • Specializing in TMJ Therapy since 1984
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, Loma Linda University – 1981
  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association – 1981 - present
  • Member, Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children – 2003 - present
  • Instructor & Faculty Member; USC Dental School, TMJ Department under the direction of Terry Tanaka, DDS – 1991-1996
  • Instructor – Soft-Tissue Techniques, Physical Therapy Masters Program, Loma Linda University – 1993-1997
  • Guest Lecturer at various universities including USC, Loma Linda University, Cal State Long Beach, Chapman University, Upledger Institute and Western Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Since 1986, Kim has studied directly under John Upledger, D.O., developer of CranialSacral Therapy
  • Teaching Assistant, Upledger Institute – various courses
  • Also since 1986, Kim has studied directly under John Barnes, P.T., developer of Myofascial Release
  • Senior Instructor, John Barnes’ Myofascial Release seminars
  • Since 1989, Kim has studied directly under Jean Pierre Barral, D.O., P.T., the developer of Visceral Manipulation


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Tara Hakala , MPT
License #26600

Tara Hakala, MPT, has been successfully treating patients of all ages and with a myriad of diagnoses for 16 years. Tara incorporates her extensive knowledge of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and understanding of the human body in developing customized treatment plans for each patient. Tara specializes in the thorough assessment and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal, myofascial, visceral and craniosacral systems. She is very experienced with TMJ and jaw related conditions. Tara's strong clinical background, caring personality and passion for Integrated Physical Therapy make her an outstanding professional who succeeds in getting Great Results.

  • Licensed Physical Therapist since 2001
  • Master of Physical Therapy, California State University Long Beach, 2001
  • B.S., Physical Education and Kinesiology, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, 1998
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association - 1999 – present
  • Strength Training Specialist (International Weightlifting Association) – 2004 – present
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor – 2002 – present
  • Myofascial Release Practitioner, trained by John Barnes, P.T., developer of Myofascial Release
  • Craniosacral Practitioner (Upledger Institute)
  • Visceral Manipulation Practitioner, trained (The Barral Institute)
  • Member of Upledger’s International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP) – 2007 – present
  • Maitland trained in Spinal Mobilization techniques
  • Richard Jackson trained in The Pelvic Girdle and Sacral Iliac Joint – 2004
  • Integrated Australian Approach trained in the Shoulder Complex: Evaluation and Treatment


Our Team

We rely on our specialized and skilled team to facilitate your healing process. Each of our friendly staff members uses the latest training from a variety of disciplines to provide advanced multi-faceted care. They'll listen to your needs and concerns and will help create a custom treatment plan that's right for you. And, if needed, they'll work in conjunction with a variety of physicians, dentists, psychologists and other professionals to create the most comprehensive and effective plan toward your long-term health and recovery.

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20321 SW Acacia Street, Suite 150 Newport Beach California 92660
(949) 851-8121 ext. 301
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Focus On Health A Physical Therapy Corporation