Betty is in her 4th decade as a healthcare provider, beginning as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and then continuing her education at the College of St Scholastica where she received a BA degree in Physical Therapy in 1987. Her experience as both a nurse and a PT is extensive in the acute and sub-acute settings.
As a PT she became accomplished in acute rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and ventilated pts in specialized hospitals in Tucson, AZ. While working in related long-term care and rehabilitation facilities she was positioned as PT Director and then to Director of Rehabilitation Service, overseeing physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and restorative services. Adding outpatient services to these rehabilitation facilities and providing contract services to other outpatient clinics in the Tucson community diversified her experience further.
When not treating patients Betty enjoys being in the ocean scuba diving or snorkeling, gardening, going to movies and playing Scrabble.
Amanda is also an outdoors enthusiast and especially enjoys hiking, swimming,
kayaking and enjoying Hawaii's beaches.
Stephanie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the
University of Washington, after looking for a career that could round out her
background as a Pilate's instructor. Her treatment approach is a combination
of functional movement & anatomical biomechanics based on patient’s goals
in order to achieve one’s best outcomes,
in a healthy, open & fun environment.
Her past experiences in both inpatient & outpatient settings include treating acute & chronic spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders, gait & balance training for the aging population, chronic pain, and general orthopedics. She received a certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from the American Institute of Balance in 2012, and continues to enjoy treating dizziness, vertigo, and aging vestibular systems.
Samii is our Front Office Administrator. She was born in Hilo and raised in Ka’u. She graduated from Konawaena High School. Thereafter, she attended University of Hawaii-West Hawaii campus, studying in early childhood education. Currently, Samii is working on her Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Administration. She has 15+ years of administration experience.
In Samii’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, whether it may be at the beach, cruising our island, or walking through our forests in the mountains. She is also highly involved with KS West Hawaii ATP where she loves participating in community service efforts and cleanups.
Mendy has been with South Kona Physical Therapy since 2009. And because of her degrees in Computer Networking and Security, and with over twenty years’ of experience in medical billing services, Mendy doubles as our Billing Manager and IT Specialist.
Mendy has called Kona home for 23 years and has two sons. She
is the daughter of a coffee farmer, and is no stranger to hard work. You
can be sure if your treatment is covered by insurance she will not give up
until they have paid every dollar they owe. In her free time, like so many of us on the island, she enjoys the many beaches our home provides.
Leena has been with SKPT for seven years, for the first few years working summers
in between college semesters at the University
of Hawaii at Hilo. Now with her Bachelor's in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, Leena works part time as a Front Desk Clerk, along with taking care of everyday clinic duties. In October 2017, upon obtaining her Hawaii Massage Therapy license (MAT #15387), Leena began her business: Naomi Massage.
Born in Captain Cook and raised on her parent’s coffee farm;
she learned the value of balancing work, academia, and “play”. In Fall 2011,
Leena began her college career at the UHH, so during breaks, and especially
summertime, she enjoys being under the sun, in the ocean, and on the beach; being in nature regardless if on mountain or within sea. Also enjoying days in, reading or watching movies with family and friends.