About Mauna Physical Therapy

Mauna Physical Therapy is a small, cash-based PT practice aimed at providing evidence-based, personalized and patient-centered care in order to help you not only minimize your pain/ dysfunction in the short-term, but also to help you understand your body more deeply, take ownership of your own health journey, and ultimately be your own best care provider.  We believe that each individual knows their own body best, and using our clinical knowledge and experience, in combination with manual therapy techniques, it is our job to help guide you on your path to wellness.  

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Why Pay Cash? 

Mauna Physical Therapy strives to provide exemplary care by minimizing time spent dealing with insurance companies and maximizing time spent one-on-one with patients.  Paying out-of-pocket means making an investment in your health, and often times the overall cost is comparable to that of an insurance-based practice. 

Do I need a referral? 

In Colorado, people have direct access to physical therapy, meaning you do not need to get a referral.  As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Madeleine is able to do a thorough asessment and determine whether PT is right for you or if you need more work-up from another provider.

Dr. Madeleine Child, PT DPT


Madeleine is a Colorado native who completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine at Colorado State University in 2012.  She then lived in Crested Butte for a season and fell in love with the area, but had more exploring to do before settling down.  She traveled internationally before attending the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016.  Madeleine worked in small outpatient clinics in Washington State and Hawaii, and then fell in love and returned to Colorado to settle down and start a family in Gunnison.  She now lives here with her partner and her new baby.  She enjoys surfing (when she can get back to the coast), yoga, hiking, biking, cooking, sharing time with her community, and being with her family.  She is very excited to serve the community as a movement specialist and to offer the kind of care she feels is in alignment with her values by operating her own small clinic!