Kathy Kozak

Host, The Body Show

In 1999, Dr. Kozak came to Straub Clinic and Hospital where she currently works as an internist specializing in preventative health, travel medicine, women's health and wellness. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and did her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Kozak has also spent time in medical clinics in Australia, Peru, Zimbabwe, India, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia. She studies Cambodian language and sponsored the Kozak Ohana School in Kompong Thom, Cambodia. A woman of varied talents, she is a member of the Oahu Civic Orchestra since 2000 and studies voice.

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Did opioids just go away or is there still an issue with abuse? We'll talk with Dr. Michael Jaffe about the current state of opioid use and what can be done to address abuses here in the islands.

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What's it like to take care of a coronavirus patient in the hospital? We'll talk with Dr. Lisa Tan and Dr. Cheryle Ganal who knows firsthand what's going on inside our hospitals and how Hawaii is preparing for more cases if we see a rise now and into the future.

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What's safe to postpone and what could lead to serious consequences for those who are delaying medical care during coronavirus. We'll talk with a local primary care doctor about what's the best way to figure out what's essential for your health now, and what can wait until later without causing harm!

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The Our Care Our Choice Act was passed and in effect January1, 2019. Hear the latest stats on how many patients asked for and used the medication so far and what amendments might be needed to improve access for everyone. Hawai’i State Director of Compassion and Choices Samantha Trad shares the annual report just released two weeks ago.

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Asthmatics and those with lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are particularly vulnerable during COVID, what can be done to help prevent infection in people with these conditions? Valerie Chang from the Hawai‘i COPD Coalition is on the line to share first hand tips and tricks regarding how to stay safe for those with lung disease.

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Having a baby isn’t easy at any time, but what might be different during the time of coronavirus? From delivery restrictions, to visitors, to recommendations on visiting family, we’ll talk with Dana Quealy, Certified Nurse Midwife, about some of the unique challenges of starting or expanding a family during COVID.

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Stay at home. Wear a mask. Stay at least six feet away from others.

All of the new recommendations can cause a lot of psychological stress for all of us. On this edition of The Body Show, a discussion about how to stay well and deal with the symptoms of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and more.

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As we look to opening up interisland travel and more stores and restaurants throughout the islands, how can we keep everyone safe — both customers and workers alike? On this edition of The Body Show, a discussion about the logistics of temperature screening, contact tracing, and more. 6:30 PM on HPR-1

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Dr. William Haning shares his decades of experience in the field of addiction to address how things have changed during COVID and what the current plans are for helping those who need it the most during this difficult time.

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Dr. Ryan Sato shares his expertise about the common types of sunscreens, when moles might be a sign of cancer, and how dermatology is poised for telemedicine -- even before the pandemic.

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Vivienne Aronowitz shares how eating more vegetables can prevent and even heal many common medical diseases, increase energy and help reduce the risk of premature death from heart disease. This two part series reviews how now is the perfect time to try home gardening, growing vegetables even in small spaces, and creating a more self-sustainable dietary plan.

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Vivienne Aronowitz shares how eating more vegetables can prevent and even heal many common medical diseases, increase energy and help reduce the risk of premature death from heart disease. This two part series reviews how now is the perfect time to try home gardening, growing vegetables even in small spaces, and creating a more self-sustainable dietary plan. 

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Focusing on strengthening your abdominal muscles and core includes doing a very simple exercise that involves squeezing tightly . . . as if you need to zip up a tight pair of pants. According to Christine Lynders, that use of the transverse abdominus muscle can help with chronic low back pain, posture, strengthening the spine and much more. Learn a few other tips on this show about how physical therapy can be transformative for back pain management and care.

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Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience founder Dr. Kore Liow and Catherine Mitchell are on the show to explain how they have figured out the glitches in the use of video technology, and made this accessible to neurology patients throughout the islands. 

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Dr. Kenneth Chang helps explain what is an eyesight emergency, and what to do if your vision is suddenly a lot different than it used to be.

Glaucoma, eye trauma, infections and more are discussed in this edition of The Body Show -- helping all of us to keep our eyes healthy, and avoid losing one of our most important senses. 

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Dr. Justin Groode from the Patient Advocate Alliance, and Tami Rockholt join the show to explain how medication coordination can help reduce errors, and in some cases, deaths from mistakes made when taking our pills. Also, the key factors necessary to negotiate for more appropriate medical bills, and what can a patient navigator do to improve complex care.

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Coronavirus has made all of us to go to our rooms . . . literally. And this can result in a profound sense of isolation. Our kupuna need our help now, more than ever, to do our best not to spread the virus. On this edition of The Body Show, Dr. Bradley Wilcox, geriatric specialist, shares how to meet the needs of our community of elders at home.

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Dr. Martin Johnson joins the show, sharing how the use of telemedicine has opened up the availability to psychotherapy to everyone, even from the convenience of their own home! Learn what can help manage the anxiety and worry that is ever increasing during this time of the pandemic.

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Dialysis centers are uniquely qualified to handle the concerns about coronavirus. Listen to Dr. Ramona Wong as she explains tips and techniques to deal with kidney disease in the time of COVID-19.


Many island residents need a little assistance as they get older. Services that range from nursing homes, assisted living, medications or even just food shopping. Hoʻokele Health Navigators joins this edition of The Body Show with information on how to help seniors get the assistance they need to stay well, especially during the COVID crisis.

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The coronavirus is here in Hawaii. What do you need to know to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the entire community? On this edition of The Body Show, Kaiser Permanente's Chief of Infectious Disease Dr. Tarquin Collis joins the show to discuss the virus and how to avoid spreading it

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Learning differences can make education much more difficult for students, but there are techniques that can help. Darlene Robertson, Mele Aina Wood and Angela Keen from Assets School join this edition of The Body Show to share their first hand experiences in childhood education that can help all of our keiki succeed in their own way. 

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Stem cells -- they come from our own bodies and can be concentrated and injected into joints, and many other places to help with healing. Dr. Michael Pasquale from the Hawaii Stem Cell Treatment Center joins the show to explain the latest research on this innovative treatment that might just replace the need for surgery someday! 

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Perimenopause, it's part of life, but it starts a bit earlier than you might think. Women in their late 30's might start experiencing symptoms, so it's good to know what's going on. On this edition of The Body Show, Dr. Monique Yuen, a naturopathic physician in Honolulu, will explore the different changes that happen, and share her all natural approach to maintaining hormonal balance between the ovaries, thyroid, and adrenal glands. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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Contraception, HPV vaccination, avoiding sexuallly transmitted infections — what's the latest in the world of reproductive health? On this edition of The Body Show, Dr. Shandhini Raidoo from the University of Hawaiʻi Department of OB/GyN and Women's Health joins the show to discuss that it's never too late, or too early, to be mindful of family planning and sexual health.

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Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to be heart healthy! Dr. Elisa Zaragoza from Kaiser Permanente joins the show to talk about how cholesterol, stress, diet and exercise can make all the difference. After all, heart attacks and strokes are one of the main causes of death in the U.S., and yet it’s never too late to learn how to avoid having one!

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Copays, deductibles, coinsurance — it's the alphabet soup of insurance terms. Pomaikai Gomes and Doreen Nakamura from UHA Health Insurance join the show to explain what these terms mean, and how each of us can get to know more about our own health insurance coverage, and be better prepared for any unexpected changes before they happen.

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Are over the counter creams and lotions acutally effective? Can you eliminate wrinkles for good? In an effort to look and feel our best, many of us want to find a quick fix for some of our signs of getting older. But the best products might be things you have never even heard about, until now. Dr.

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What's good for your heart is also good for your brain. That's the basis of focusing on nutrition, exercise, community and stress reduction to improve brain health. On this edition of The Body Show, a talk with experts on how lifestyle changes might help prevent strokes and even dementia. 6:30 PM on HPR-1

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What would you do if your immune system mistakenly attacks your body? Sjögren's syndrome is a lesser known autoimmune disease that can cause a whole variety of symptoms. On this edition of The Body Showhear an inspiring story of a local nurse who has this condition, and is reaching out to help others who do too. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.