At Therapydia Kona, we believe in personalized, one-on-one treatments based on your unique body and individual goals. Whether you’re looking to recover from an injury, improve your athletic performance, or just make sure your mechanics are performing at the optimal level, we’re here to help you along your path to lifetime wellness.
Conveniently located on the big island of Hawai’i, the sun-lit, boutique environment at Therapydia Kona offers a physical therapy experience that is both encouraging and casual; because why shouldn’t treatments be fun? Our physical therapists are highly-trained in a variety of physical therapy and wellness practices and selected based on their higher education and extensive clinical experience. With a strong belief in patient satisfaction, we want to help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
Learn more about our physical therapy team and how they can start you on your path to lifetime wellness today:
Meet our team
Tyler Patrick, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Bio:Hailing from Sandusky, Ohio - a tourist town featuring Cedar Point amusement park and the largest indoor waterpark hotel - Tyler Patrick went to Ohio State to earn his BS in Athletic Training. While in school, he worked in college athletics as an athletic training student and during the summer before his senior year, Tyler had an internship with the Baltimore Ravens. Tyler pursued his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Duke University and furthered his education in Orthopedics through an Orthopedic Residency in South Carolina.Tyler moved to the Big Island in October 2014 and is really loving the people and culture. As a big Cleveland, Ohio State, and Duke sports fan, he’s still getting used to watching football at 6am but it’s worth the tradeoff of being able to surf and be in the water year round. Tyler is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, passing a national examination demonstrating advanced knowledge and understanding in Orthopedics. He loves learning new physical therapy treatment methods and teaching his patients ways to optimize movement.Education: The Ohio State University for Athletic Training (‘09)Duke University for Doctorate of Physical Therapy (‘13)Proaxis Therapy Orthopedic Residency (‘14)PT speciality/focus area: Orthopedics and Sports Physical TherapyActivities: Surfing, Hiking, Swimming, Kayaking, Free Diving, Climbing, Slacklining, Traveling, Exploring, Playing Acoustic Guitar
Stephanie Colasanti, PT, DPT
Bio:Stephanie fell in love with the Big Island when she did one of her physical therapy internships at the Life Care Center of Kona and knew it would be a great place to practice physical therapy. Stephanie is originally from Michigan, but moved to the north east coast of Florida when she was 8. She developed a passion for surfing and the ocean from growing up in Florida and spent a few years in between summers coming home from college as an Ocean rescue lifeguard. She also participated in junior lifeguards, teaching kids to surf, taking them ocean kayaking and teaching them the ropes of being a lifeguard. Growing up, she was also a cross country runner and avid tennis player. She has a passion for nature, outdoors and adventure, and after graduating undergrad she did a 1200 mile bike tour from Eugene OR to Los Angeles CA. Her interests in PT include orthopedics and neurologic population. She has already taken all of the manual therapy courses (continuing ed) offered by the University of St. Augustine, and plans to get Manual Therapy Certified after gaining more experience with orthopedic patients. She loves treating a variety of patients ranging from the orthopedic to the neurological patient population and to provide them with the tools they need to move and feel better to improve their overall quality of life. Her future goals are to become MTC certified, SFMA certified, and potentially certified in yoga for health professionals. Education: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, 2016Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, Florida Atlantic University, 2013Clinical focus: General outpatient practice with a specialized interest in orthopedics and neurologyLeisure Activities: Surfing, biking, hiking, running, kayaking, stand up paddling, traveling, chasing sunsets : )
Tony Aufiero, PT, DPT
I am originally from Wall, NJ. I come from a family of 5 kids where I am the second oldest. I grew up on the beach and had a love for the ocean and surfing from a young age. I played soccer growing up through high school, and then went on to play at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA where I recieved my B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science (2010). I spent all my summers at the beach, and worked as a lifeguard from the age of 16 until I started graduate school. I competed in local lifeguard competetitions and coached junior lifegaurds for their competitions as well. I attendend the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where I receieved my Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (2014). I enjoyed St. Augustine and surfed as often as possible. During graduate school I met my wife, Jennifer. We were married in June of 2015, and both work as travel physical therapists. Over the past 3 years we have lived in Western Maryland, Massachusetts, Southwest Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Northern California, and Southern California. I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, skilled nursing, and home health care. Patient populations have varied from geriatric to youth athletes and everywhere in between. My passion has always been outpatient therapy and I enjoy working with the all patient populations. For the most part our jobs have been positioned near the coast in these states so that I could continue to surf, which is my passion. My wife and I recently went on a medical mission trip to El Salvador with a group from St. Augustine to provide PT treatment to the local people there with poor access to healthcare. It was a truly amazing experience, and renewed my love for what I do and the effect PT can have on quality of life. We had dreamed of finding a job in Hawaii, and I was thrilled to land a job in beautiful Kona.My interests/activities include: surfing, paddleboarding, hiking, travel, swimming, soccer, golf, and spending time with family.
Bio:Samantha Guerpo is the office manager at Therapydia Kona. Originally from South Florida, she now calls the Hawaiian Islands home. She is a new resident of Hawaii coming from Oklahoma where she was the Marketing Coordinator for a very successful real estate firm.After enduring a back injury, Samantha learned the importance of physical therapy and the overall success by being consistent with the exercises and instruction from the physical therapist.Activities and Community:As a new resident to the Big Island, she enjoys site-seeing, eating local food and going to the beach. In her spare time, she does graphic design and enjoys playing the acoustic guitar.
Bio coming soon!
Why physical therapy?
Hear from Tyler Patrick, Clinic Director of Therapydia Kona, discuss how physical therapists screen for ACL risks for injury prevention.