Editor's te: AOY Rewind is a special series of stories catching up with a handful of past Maui News Athletes of the Year. Stories are posted regularly in the Maui News this fall.
Dr. Kimmie Ouchi and Bailey Holly, RN.
Both are medical professionals in their field.
Their upcountry days in the Maui Interscholastic League sports helped them get there. The state championships shape each of their impressive résumés.
Ouchi is an internist at Kaiser Permanente, Maui, and was first selected for MIL Athlete of the Year on The Maui News in 1991 after winning the state double tennis title for Seabury Hall with Allison Valenta.
Ouchi was also an outstanding volleyball player for the Spartans and took third and second place in state double tennis with partner Michele Milovina as a junior and junior. After Seabury, she was a student tennis player at Santa Clara University, where she played number 1 for most of her career.
"Athletics taught me that anything is possible through self-discipline, hard work and commitment." She wrote in an email to The Maui News. “I definitely feel that the work ethic that I've developed through exercise has helped me thrive in other parts of my life. I also keep playing and enjoy tennis. Tennis has been wonderful for my physical and emotional health and well being. "
Holly, née Massenburg, was a two-time Maui News MIL Girl Athlete of the Year winner in 2007-08 and 2008-09 while racking up six state titles for King Kekaulike – the 800 and 1,500 meters as a junior and senior cross Country crown in 2008 as senior and in 2009 part of the team with 1,600 relay gold medals.
After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, she is now a nurse in the emergency room at Sharps Memorial Medical Center in San Diego. She ran Cross County and Track for Point Loma, which brought the NAIA National Track together for three years. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Azusa Pacific in 2015.
"I agree that my athletic background has helped me excel in the medical field." Holly wrote in an email. “Exercise is often our first experience of teamwork, training, and discipline, which translates into not only future studies and careers but also relationships (and) self-esteem. Through athletics I learned that there are always opportunities for growth, which I am trying to apply to my own life and career. "
Holly lives in San Diego with her five year old husband Brady Holly and often walks with her 1 year old daughter Lily Kawenalani Holly.
"It was so fun to see how running was still a part of my life as I grew and now I do it with my daughter." She said. “I did a 6k race when I was 6 weeks after giving birth and it felt so powerful to be able to run after giving birth and still feel strong!
"Lily and I have already traveled hundreds of miles in our jogger stroller and it was a great time having a new training partner."
After Santa Clara, Ouchi graduated from the University of Hawaii with honors from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in 2000. She then attended her internship and residency in family and community medicine at Davis Medical Center, University of California, completing it in 2003.
Ouchi, who is married to John Guarin and has children Esken Guarin, 14 and Nanea Guarin, 11, immediately returned to Maui and received an OBGYN and family medicine position at Kaiser Permanente in 2003 before becoming a Staff Family Medicine doctor Permanente was hired for Kaiser in May 2004. Since then she has been working as a family doctor at Kaiser Permanente Lahaina Clinic.
"I consider it a great privilege to be able to return to my island to practice medicine." She said.
Ouchi will never forget being the very first MIL athlete of the year.
"I am honored and happy to have received this award, especially with all of the incredible young and talented athletes who shared my company at the time." She said. “I am still in awe to have been chosen from so many great sports colleagues.
“I still feel the same sense of awe when I see my name among so many accomplished AOY award winners over the years. The MIL continues to have so many great athletes in its ranks. I am forever grateful for AOY's honor and distinction. "
Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic has been an important part of Ouchi's and Holly's lives since it hit the U.S. in March.
"It is incredibly difficult to be a front-line doctor during this pandemic." Said Ouchi. “The landscape is constantly changing, often on a daily basis, and we are constantly adapting and developing new work processes to efficiently manage Covid-19 and meet all of our patients' health needs. We also had to innovate with the changing times and are doing a lot more virtual phone and video visits to give our members access during this current pandemic. "
Ouchi is the co-chair of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group's regional health and wellness committee.
“We broadcast weekly programs to the medical group to promote resilience and self-sufficiency among our doctors and health care providers during these pandemic times. When we are not doing well, we can care less about others. " she said and added the hashtag #SELFCARE.
Holly just got back to work in March after taking Lily's maternity leave.
“I work in a busy emergency room in San Diego. We had to adapt quickly to the influx of this new disease. There was so much unknown that can be incredibly stressful when you see these patients walk through the door. " Holly said. “We had to change a number of processes to ensure that we screen and treat our patients appropriately while protecting ourselves and other patients.
“Aside from COVID patients, we've also had our regular ER patients who have had strokes, heart attacks, and behavioral emergencies. So it was kind of juggling, especially in the emergency room – but that's life, isn't it? I am grateful for my job and the work that I can do. "
The emergency room is a special place for Holly.
"The emergency room is one of the few places where everyone is really welcome." She said. "It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like or what your socio-economic status – we take care of you. As emotionally demanding as this job may be, it is truly an honor to have a job. who is intellectually challenging and enables me to be there for people in their most vulnerable times. "
Ouchi provided some advice to current MIL student-athletes currently out because of the pandemic.
"Covid is bigger than any of us … and affects everyone" She said. "You are not alone. I would try to look at the positives in any situation and see these times as an" opportunity "for growth. An opportunity to perhaps develop your own fitness program that you can safely do at home and with social distancing ; an opportunity for self-reflection – journaling can be helpful; an opportunity to explore virtual resources to improve your fitness and increase your mental resilience and resilience.
“Every situation can have a silver lining. My own children came to mountain biking to have fun and improve their cardiovascular fitness during this pandemic. It also gives them time outdoors in nature … which can be incredibly resilient. "
Ouchi's conclusion is: “Perhaps the greatest gift of all is to take the time to reconnect with family and be present for yourself and others. #Reframe. "
Holly also offered some thoughtful reflections for current MIL student athletes.
"The fascinating thing about this COVID-19 pandemic is that it has affected every single person in the world in some way." She said. "My advice to MIL athletes is really the same advice I would give to anyone, and I've thought about that a lot over the past few months.
“During this time of immense change, two different types of people have emerged. You have those who have used the setbacks associated with COVID-19 as an excuse to ponder their own dreams and growth. Then you have the ones who used that time to get the job done. One of the most powerful tools is to motivate yourself. So every day we have the opportunity to be the person who apologizes for why they can or can't do something, or the person who gets down to work and chases their dreams – who will you be? "
* Robert Collias is at firstname.lastname@example.org
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