Meet The Team
PATRICK D.K. GESIK D.P.T.
Patrick was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Growing up with two parents as physical therapists he spent a lot of time in their clinic in Kaimuki. Little did he know cleaning their baseboards and equipment would leave such an impression later in life. As an athlete growing up playing sports and having injuries he quickly understood the benefits “hands-on” physical therapy had to offer in giving relief and returning him back to play.
Patrick went to THE Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in General Sciences with a minor in Chemistry in 2007. He then received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University in 2010. After graduating, he did a two year fellowship training program at his parent’s physical therapy clinic in Eugene, Oregon. No longer cleaning baseboards, he learned many lessons in how to assess, treat and manage patients along with running a clinic.
In 2013, Patrick moved home to Hawai’i to be closer to family and to work with the local community. He feels fortunate to go to work and continue his family’s legacy.
Patrick was recently honored with the Small Business Association award for "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" of 2017.
In his free time Patrick enjoys playing basketball, tennis, swimming, running and ping-pong with his fiancé. He enjoys the island lifestyle, going to the beach with his niece, nephew and dogs.
LESLIE RICHARDS D.P.T.
Leslie Richards is originally from Dallas, Texas with some time spent in the Carolina’s. She moved to Oahu to attend college and become a member of the University of Hawai’i cheerleading team. Although, she was far from her home state of Texas she has always felt the welcoming Aloha spirit of Hawai’i.
Leslie received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009. She then continued her education at the University of Colorado receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.
In June 2016, Leslie and her husband moved back to Oahu after spending the past few years in Northern California. She was excited to come back to the place where her dreams of becoming a physical therapist first began. Leslie has enjoyed working at Gesik Physical Therapy where she helps her patients return to their goals of leading an active lifestyle and participating in all the activities living in Hawai’i has to offer.
During her free time Leslie likes to do yoga, surfing, and taking her dachshund to the beach.
DEREK ATTA D.P.T., O.C.S
Derek Atta was born and raised in Aiea, Hawai‘i and is a proud graduate of Aiea High School. Derek’s fascination with the human body as well as his drive to give back to the community was fueled by his involvement in sports, martial arts and boys scouts when he was younger. He experienced numerous injuries requiring him to go through the rehabilitation process that would eventually lead him on a journey to becoming a physical therapist.
He attended the University of Hawai‘i and later transferred to Pacific University in Oregon where he played soccer and tennis while earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Integrative Physiology in 2007. After exploring the field of exercise science and physical rehabilitation, Derek continued his education at Pacific University receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010.
Following his graduation, Derek moved back home excited to begin helping his family, friends and local community. During his years of experience, he has enjoyed helping patients who suffered from orthopedic, sports, and neurological injuries.
Derek became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2013 and is certified in Functional Movement Screening.
In his free time Derek enjoys playing soccer, fishing, surfing, golfing, and jiu jitsu. He especially enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and going to the beach with them.