Our Staff

Dr. Craig M. Nishimoto

Dr. Nishimoto is the owner of the Paradise Animal Clinic. He received his training at Washington State University and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Bacteriology and Public Health along with another Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Science. In 1984, Dr. Nishimoto obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He opened his private practice in 1989 at Rainbow Plaza and has been there ever since. He is a Past-President of the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association and Past-Chairman of the Hawaii Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Nishimoto is also a long time Rotarian and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Poipu Beach. He is also a past-member of the Board of Directors for the Kauai Humane Society.

Dr Nishimoto lives with his wife, Annette, and two children, Christine and Matthew, in Hanapepe. The Nishimoto's have a Terrier named Thunderbolt and a Long-haired Minature Daschund named Phoebe. He enjoys travelling to far away places and is a long-time surfer who likes all types of ocean sports.

 

 


 

Mrs. Annette M. G. Nishimoto

Mrs. Nishimoto is the Practice Manager of the Paradise Animal Clinic.  She received her training from the University of Hawaii-West Oahu where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Business Management.

Originally from Boston, Mrs. Nishimoto graduated from Kapa'a High School and has made Kauai her home ever since.  She began working at the clinic in November of 1991.

Mrs. Nishimoto enjoy's spending time with close friends and family, relaxing on the beach, or reading a good book.

 

 

 

Dr. Mariko Imamura

Dr. Imamura was born on the West Side of Kauai. She received her Bachelors in Animal Science from The University Of Hawaii at Hilo in 2001 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2007.

After Veterinary school she moved to Idaho where she worked for a few years before returning home to Kauai in October 2012. Shortly after returning home she joined our Paradise Animal Clinic team.

In her free time Dr. Imamura enjoys spending time with her son and their 2 dogs Malie and Puka.

 

 

 

Dr. Melissa Shaw

 

Since her graduation from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on Aquatic Animal Medicine; Dr. Shaw has dedicated her career to the well being of animals wild and free.  During her ten years as an aquatic animal veterinarian, Dr. Shaw has worked with migrating sea birds, Hawaiian sea turtles, Fishes, and endangered marine mammal species, such as the Hawaiian monk seal (HMS), among others. Playing a pivotal role in the success of the HMS Critter Cam project, and other telemetry studies, Dr. Shaw facilitated further understanding of the habits of the HMS as well as protection of their prey species, foraging/feeding grounds, and pupping habitat.

 

Recently becoming acutely aware of the severity of the world’s animal overpopulation crisis, Dr. Shaw has turned her attention and energy towards this dilemma, which threatens animal welfare as well as human health.  Compassionately crusading for humane population reduction and health care for those animals otherwise uncared for, has become the main direction of her career.

 

When not crusading for animals overseas, Dr. Shaw can be found on Kauai, at Paradise Animal Clinic, practicing holistic veterinary medicine.  Rehabilitation and Regenerative medical modalities such as VINA (much like veterinary chiropractic),  Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT), Nutrition, and Hydrotherapy, to enhance quality of life, are her main interests.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, yoga, swimming, sailing, and paddling with her family. 

 

 

 

 

Shayna Moore

Upon joining our practice in 2004, Shayna has thoroughly enjoyed helping pet owners and their animals as well as performing the numerous laboratory tests in our practice. Shayna's family has 4 dogs named Piko, Keahi, Bentley, and Mika.  She also has a cat named Kitty and a rabbit named Bugs Bunny.

Shayna enjoys her free time by going to the beach with her 2 little boys named Zaylen and Zayvin.

 

 

Noe DelaCruz

Noe joined the Paradise Animal Clinic team in June 2006.  She enjoys all types of animals and especially likes working in the laboratory portion of the practice and the challenge of handling aggressive dogs.

Noe has 3 dogs:  Kroc, (a male blue nose Pit bull), Koko (a male shihtzu mix), and Pele (a female red nose pitbull/boxer).  Noe also has two pet goats named Bully and Hershey. During her free time she loves being with her son and hanging out with family and friends.

 

 

Melia Prinzing

Melia joined the Paradise Animal Clinic in 2009.  She is a graduate of the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. 

Melia enjoys the challenge of handling aggressive dogs and cats. She also enjoys placing IV catheters and collecting blood samples.

Melia is an experienced dog show handler who enjoys dog and cat shows.  She enjoys spending her free time camping  with friends and family. Melia has a Lilac point Siamese cat named Lily who she has taught to do tricks and walk on a leash. 

 

 

Penny Robley

Penny joined the Paradise Animal Clinic team in 2010.  Her clinic passions include performing blood work, taking X-rays, assisting in surgery and handling puppies. She loves that irresistible puppy breath!

Her hobbies include going to the beach, hiking and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

She has two little dogs in her pet family. A male Japanese Chin named Shasta and a female Tibetan Spaniel named Bailey.  Penny also has a pet Peach Face Love Bird named Crook.

 

 

Brandy Falvey

Brandy joined the Paradise Animal Clinic team in 2010. She enjoys assisting in surgery and checking in puppies and kittens.

She has one animal in her pet family, a cat named Martini. In her free times she enjoys dirt bike riding and body boarding.

 

 

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