Theresa Dao-Nakamatsu

Program Manager

Theresa Dao-Nakamatsu joined COPE Health Solutions in April of 2021 where she supported with workforce development through the implementations of the Medical Assistant program, Registered Nurse program, Clinical Lab Scientist program, and the Pharmacy Technician program at various Adventist Health locations across the country. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the COPE Health Scholars program at Adventist Health Castle in Kailua, Hawai’i. In this role, Ms. Dao-Nakamatsu directly oversees day-to-day Health Scholar operations, focusing on the educational and professional endeavours of the students and providing support to the Adventist Health Castle team. Ms. Dao is passionate about highlighting student talent from the local communities of Hawai’i and providing them with higher education and employment opportunities. She hopes to inspire Hawai’i’s Kama’aina (residents) to pursue careers in health care and medicine.

Prior to joining COPE Health Solutions, Ms. Dao-Nakamatsu was enrolled as a COPE Health Scholar in the pilot cohort at Adventist Health Castle from 2018-2020. During her time in the program, she was selected as a speaker for the Castle Leadership Institute conference, awarded the Health Scholar Exemplary award, and held the roles of Training Ambassador, Recruitment Coordinator, Birth Center Department Coordinator, and Health Scholar Assistant.

Ms. Dao-Nakamatsu graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative and Organismal Biology with a minor in English from Chaminade University of Honolulu in May of 2020. As a first generation student, Ms. Dao-Nakamatsu was motivated in mentoring her peers and first year undergraduate students in her roles of Teacher Assistant, Peer Mentor, Scholarship Ambassador, and the Health Professions/Undergraduate Research Worker. Following her undergraduate studies, Ms. Dao-Nakamatsu matriculated into medical school, as her career aspiration is to become a physician to improve healthcare accessibility to underserved populations in Hawai’i.