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Mauka Movement LLC is female owned and operated and welcomes the residents of South Kona and Ka’u for physical therapy services. As movement specialists, the physical therapists at Mauka Movement want to help our aging community continue to engage in their preferred activities. Mauka Movement addresses the complexities of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. We educate our clientele about their bodies and work to promote their balance, flexibility and stability. This ultimately restores their ability to work and play, as well as be proactive in their own healing and mobility. Our goal is to help our local island community stay as active and independent as they can, to empower them to have the tools to decrease and control pain, and to optimize functional mobility as they age.

Stephanie Vanhoff working with Client

Stephanie Vanhoff, DPT

Stephanie Vanhoff is the owner and founder of Mauka Movement, LLC. She graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from University of Washington in 2007, and continues to hone her interest in analyzing movement systems. Her treatment style is a combination of anatomy and bio-mechanical movement to drive and enhance functional mobility.

Stephanie continues to follow her passion for treating dizziness and vertigo and has advanced clinical training in vestibular rehab. Her most recent educational update includes the intensive Vestibular Rehabilitation Certificate course at Emory University/Duke University, completed in 2022. In addition to this specialty area, she has extensive experience in treating everyday musculoskeletal impairments and especially loves treating older adults with mobility issues.

After falling in love with the Big Island, she moved to Captain Cook in 2014 with her husband, dogs and cat.
When not in the office, she can be found in the ocean swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding. She also plays cello with the all-volunteer Chamber Orchestra of Kona.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Neurologic, Geriatric, and Private Practice Sections; Vestibular Special Interest Group
  • Hawaii chapter member, HAPTA
  • Guest lecturer at University of Washington PM&R Review Course 2012-2014
  • Instructor for Spinal Cord Injury Anatomy and Physiology in Seattle VA SCI patient education lecture series, 2009-2014
  • 2023 APTA Hawaii District Ambassador to Hawai'i island
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Ellie McLean, MSPT

Ellie received her Master’s Degree of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI in 2005. She began her career combining her passions for travel and PT as a traveling physical therapist exploring the southwest US. During this time she gained valuable and eclectic rehab experience. She then settled in southern Arizona focusing ten years in outpatient geriatric care before deciding to move to the Big Island in 2019.
Her treatment style  focuses on holistic, individualized approach to patient- centered care with an emphasis on patient empowerment through education.
Ellie has background in conversational Spanish and loves traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.
She studies and practices various styles of yoga and enjoys incorporating it into the clinical setting when possible.
She has also completed level 1 CranioSacral therapy training through the Upledger Institute and plans to further her training in this therapeutic approach.
In her free time, Ellie enjoys swimming in the ocean, exploring the beaches and the underwater world of Hawaii by snorkeling. She also enjoys yoga, dancing, hiking, gluten-free baking, eating and learning about her new home on the Big Island!
She is very excited to join the team at Mauka Movement!

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Brittany Kondo, Billing Specialist

Brittany Kondo is the Billing Specialist at Mauka Movement. She attained her Mathematics Degree from the University of Hawaii but has found a new drive for work in the healthcare industry. She has years of experience in clinical administration and is concurrently working towards her certification in Medical Coding.

Growing up here in the small town of Kealakekua, you can expect to find Brittany diving, surfing, or tinkering in her garage workshop.  

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Stevie Woods-Bettis, Patient Care Coordinator

Stevie Woods-Bettis is our Patient Care Coordinator. She has a background in customer service, having spent 35 years in the airline industry.  She has always had a personal interest in health and wellness, so joining the Mauka Movement team was a natural fit. 

Along with her husband, Stevie bought property in South Kona in 2014. They made the move with their cats from Washington to Hawaii in 2018 and are in the process of finishing their home construction and planting their farm with ulu and pineapple. 

In her spare time, she enjoys healthy baking, cooking, eating, gardening, beaching, snorkeling, hiking, and taking up all the interests she has yet had time to pursue.