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.

The Body Show: Asthma

Apr 14, 2014

Asthma, it can make you feel like you are breathing through a straw! For those with severe asthma, there is a new treatment in town, bronchial thermoplasty. Dr. Warren Tamamoto chief of pulmonology at Kaiser Permanente is in the studio to tell us more. 

  Cholesterol blockages don’t discriminate, and they can happen anywhere in the body, particularly in the blood vessels to the heart, brain, arms, and legs. We’ll talk with vascular experts about how to know if you or someone you love have atherosclerotic vascular disease causing blood flow problems to your body, and how to fix it.   Today at 5pm on HPR2

The Body Show: Healing

Mar 24, 2014

When does something go from being a cut that won't heal to a wound that requires the attention of an expert? How long should it take for a skin tear to heal? We'll talk with experts from the Queen's Wound Care Center about how to know if it's healing, when you can safely take off bandages for good, and how to protect you or someone you love from getting a wound that just won't heal that requires medical attention.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem in the world, but how do you know if you have it? Is it serious? Can it cause bigger problems like strokes if it's not treated? We'll talk with cardiology expert Dr. David Singh about this heart problem and what to do if you or someone you love are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

Sprained ankles, broken arms, kids get into all sorts of accidents all the time. What's a parent to do? We'll talk with Dr. Jonathon Pellett from Shriner's Hospital about common orthopedic injuries in kids, and how best to treat these to avoid bigger problems in the future. 

We all know that we should eat fresh food that's less processed, but what should you do if your favorite dish is full of toxins? Are we inadvertently poisoning our food supply? Is it worth the cost to insure that your family eats from sustainable sources? Jack Kittinger, from the Conservation International Center of Hawaii is in the studio, and we're going to talk about the food supply chain and how this affects your next meal. 

Sometimes in life you are given a challenge, a loved one is sick, and no one can figure out what’s wrong. Treatments that might be available, but not here at home. Today on the body show, we’ll hear two incredible stories of hope, from a mother who just wouldn't quit and a woman who flew thousands of miles to save herself.

Infertility affects one in ten women in the US who want to get pregnant. The causes are many, including issues that affect men too. Dr. John Frattarelli is in the studio, here to talk about this common problem that might just be affecting someone you love. 

February is Heart Month, and in honor of Valentine's day we're going to talk about what you can do to prevent heart disease. Dr. Lorelei Repique, cardiologist, will share her tips to keep your heart healthy, and what to do if it's not!

Advanced care planning, it's one of the latest buzzwords in medicine but what does it really mean? Should you just leave your medical decisions to your loved ones to make if you can't do so yourself? This week we'll talk with experts about how to start this difficult conversation now, when you can really think about the consequences, and what you need to know to make the best decision for your future.  

So your doctor tells you to exercise more, but you have arthritis and your back hurts, and it feels worse when you go for a walk. What's a person to do? This week on the Body Show we talk with Ironman athlete and professional personal trainer KC Carlberg about how to keep moving while dealing with health challenges that make it harder to exercise regularly.

Acupuncture, it used to be on the fringe, but now major medical centers are using this as an adjunctive treatment for a variety of common illnesses, back pain, high blood pressure, and stomach problems. But how does it really work? Could this ancient art be making a comeback and become mainstream? Dr. Mike Zanoni is in the studio, ready to explain the healing art of acupuncture and how it might just fit in to your treatment plan

Weight loss, it isn't easy but where does the increasingly popular stomach surgery fit in? Could you be a candidate? Is it really lifesaving? Bariatric surgeon, Dr. Mark Grief, is in the studio to review the latest in weight loss surgery and if it really works.

We've all heard about people stranded at sea, stuck overnight on a hiking trail in the islands, are there things you can do to increase your chances of survival? Dr. Scott Renei is in the studio, wildnerness medicine expert to share his tips for how to stay alive if you are ever caught in the elements and need to be rescued.

It’s Friday, January 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Violence Against the Homeless: Connie Mitchell

Connie Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Services, the social services agency that works to prevent and end homelessness in Hawaii.

Intro Music: New Time Shuffle by Jazz Crusaders and Joe Sample

Outro Music: Bilar by Ratatat

It’s Thursday, January 2 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Midwife Regulation Bill: Annette Manant

Annette Manant is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She currently works at a small North Hawaii rural area hospital. She volunteered to be the interim secretary of the Hawaii Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Intro Music: The New Year by Death Cab For Cutie

Outro Music: Milton At Midnight by Zero 7

It’s Tuesday, December 31 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Year End Reflection: Father Walter Brownridge

Kwanzaa; Willow Chang; "Eddie Would Go"

Dec 30, 2013

It’s Monday, December 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kwanzaa: Deloris Guttman

Deloris Guttman is the founder of the African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii.

Intro Music: Happy New Year by Camera Obscura

Outro Music: Kwanzaa by Headhunters

Dancer/Entertainer: Willow Chang

Allergies can make a sunny day into a nightmare for those who are affected. Sniffling nose, watery eyes, these are just a few of the symptoms of allergies that you can get, and this time of year it's hard to know if it's allergies or getting sick. Dr. Matt Lau is in the studio, allergy and immunology expert, here to tell us more about how to get our allergies controlled all year long.  

Tis the season to smell the evergreen, but can you? If you notice recurrent sinus infections, less sense of smell, or regular sinus drainage, you might have chronic sinusitis, and the weather these days is certainly not helping.  Today on the Body Show we’ll talk with an expert about what could be predisposing you to sinus issues, and how to fix it. 

Depression around the holidays, it's more common than you think. What can you do if someone you love has been more than a little blue? Are there signs that we should all be watching out for? Dr. Martin Johnson will be in the studio, ready to help identify the warning symptoms that we can all watch out for as we gather with family for the holidays. 

If someone were to collapse right before your eyes, would you know what to do? Have you seen the automatic external defibrillators around town, and would you know how to use one if you needed to? Today on The Body Show we'll talk with an expert about how in an emergency any one of us can be a lifesaver if we know how. 

Can hitting your hard head ever be a good idea? Even with the latest technology in helmets, scientists are discovering long term effects of head trauma that can last for years. On this episode of The Body Show we'll talk with an expert about the latest research into concussions, and what you need to do to protect you and your loved ones from harm.  

Can you eat during the holidays and still have fun? Nutritionist Sally Belles will help explain how to enjoy all the festivities this week and survive Thanksgiving without gaining weight and losing good eating habits.

Getting back on your feet after a surgery, injury or even just an episode of back pain is not an easy task. But with the help of rehabilitation specialists, the magic of physical therapy and body retraining can really take place. Dr. Damien Tavares, expert in the field of physical medicine and recovery, will share his work with helping people with many different conditions to recover their abilities and in many cases, get their lives back.

If you have ever witnessed a seizure, you know how scary that can be, and for those who have epilepsy, this can affect every area of their life. The Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii is going to help to explain how seizures happen and what we can all do to help those with epilepsy.  

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look at your friends, one in 8 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and we will discuss the latest in diagnosis and treatment with a panel of experts from Kaiser Permanente.

Borderline personality disorder is one of the most studied mental health issues but we still don't have a good handle on it, or do we? Dr. Mark Stitham is in the studio, here to tell us about the latest in the diagnosis and treatment of your favorite borderline personality!

Back pain is one of the most common complaints doctors hear, and there are things you can do right now to prevent it. even if you have had pain in the past, certain exercises and treatments can help.  Dr. Jerry Garcia will be in the studio with more information that anyone who has ever felt that tell tale twinge in their back, will learn from.

The Hawaii Health Connector is poised to help anyone in Hawaii looking for answers to the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Starting October 1st, just by logging on, anyone who needs to purchase health insurance will be able to see their available options and talk with a knowledgeable expert about their options. 

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