Physical Therapists

Shauna Russell, DPT, MBA


 Graduate of University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida. Doc Russell started Pakolea LLC in 2009. Originally born and raised on Maui, Doc Russell came to the Hilo with her family in November 2014. Her son, Keliʻikoa, goes to Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, a Hawaiian immersion school and he speaks fluent Hawaiian and English. Outside of work Shauna loves playing softball, doing interval training using Kettlebells as well as Powerlifting. She is a student of strength and believes that making an effort to change what you dislike about your life is the first step but having someone to walk that journey with you keeps you consistent as well as motivated. 

She enjoys watching movies with a good story regardless of genre and traveling to new places. 

What patients like most about her is that she is tough but compassionate. She loves showing them that anything is possible no matter how crazy the idea. She is a master modifier so she can figure out how to break an activity down into small steps so the goal can be reached. No excuses.

Madeleine Child, DPT


Madeleine attended Physical Therapy school at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado, her home state, and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016.  She has since worked in small outpatient clinics in Washington state and now at Big Island Physical Therapy.  She is a believer that manual therapy combined with exercise and, most importantly, patient education, will lead to long-term improvements in how our bodies allow us to move through the world.  She is passionate about helping people move without pain so that they can fully enjoy the things they love to do!  Outside of work, Madeleine enjoys surfing, exploring the outdoors, yoga, and music.  She is excited to be working on the Big Island and feels fortunate to be living in such a beautiful place.  

Physical Therapist Assistant

Daniel Ezzo-White, PTA