Doede Donaugh, D.O.
Dr. Doede has been on the Big Island since January of 2011 and adores Ka’u. She graduated from NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine* in Florida in 2004, after completing an extra year of an osteopathic teaching fellowship.
Believing in the gift of the self-healing power of the human body, she applies a whole-person approach to help people live healthier lives, in spirit, soul, and body. She desires to work with patients who want to focus on lifestyle wellness, find the root causes of symptoms and diseases in order to help eliminate or diminish the need for medications, and are looking for an alternative to traditional conventional medicine.
She enjoys spending time with and playing with the kids she lives with in paradise.
*Now named Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hokulani Porter, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNSPH
Hokulani can trace her roots to Ka’u three generations back to her great grandmother. She herself is born and raised on West O’ahu. She received a dual master’s degree in public health and as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the University of Hawai’i. She was awarded a Native Hawaiian Scholarship which aimed to increase the numbers of native providers engaging in rural health. She was assigned to Ka’u Hospital and South Kona for clinical rotations and felt the ‘aina calling her back.
After graduating in 2012, she worked in the family practice setting of federal qualified health centers and studied the social determinants of health and its affect on healthy outcomes. Hokulani prioritizes the patient experience and weaves the needs of the individual into health promotion interventions that are gender and age specific.
She is married and a mother of 4 children, has a dog and 3 cats. She moved to the Big Island in 2018 and is enjoying the adventure of farm life, it’s plants, and rural creatures.
Stephani Conner, MS, FNP-C, APRN
Stephani discovered a fondness for Ka’u upon her first visit in 2016. A former classroom teacher, she earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and later a Master’s of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., specializing in providing comprehensive care across the lifespan. She is nationally board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Stephani’s practice is collaborative, whole-person, and patient-centered, with particular emphasis on building relationships with patients. She honors each patient’s unique perspective and needs, and strives to address the root causes of symptoms and to support the body’s innate ability to heal itself rather than merely prescribing medications. Stephani has completed additional education and training in functional medicine, functional nutrition, and health and wellness coaching. When not visiting with patients, she enjoys organic vegetable gardening, landscaping with native plants, and spending time with her family.
She is residing in Montana, and is able to provide consults for functional medicine/nutrition and health and wellness coaching through telemedicine.
Lucy Olsen, MFT Psychotherapist
Lucy is a Marriage and Family Therapist who shares her time with us 3 days a week (Tuesday through Thursday). Although she is separate from Ka’u Wellness, we partner together to provide meaningful psychotherapy options right here in Ocean View. Please call her at 808-326-1400 and leave a message for appointments with her. We are genuinely blessed to have Lucy as part of our team!
Denise is our clerical care coordinator, and fulfills almost every other need in our office that the providers don’t! We appreciate Denise immensely.