Paradise Animal Clinic

2-2514 Kaumualii Hwy, Suite 109
Kalaheo, HI 96741


Our Team

Dr. Nishimoto

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 Long-haired Minature Daschund named Phoebe and two cats named Bella and Miso. He enjoys traveling to far away places and is a long-time surfer who likes all types of ocean sports.




Mrs. Annette M. G. Nishimoto

Practice Manager

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. Immamura

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 two sons and her dogs Malie and Puka.



 Dr. Melissa Shaw

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 dedicatedher 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 seabirds, 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 toward this dilemma, which threatens animal welfare as well as human health. The main direction of her career has become compassionately crusading for humane population reduction and health care for those animals otherwise uncared for.

When not crusading for animals overseas, Dr. Shaw can be found on Kauai, at Paradise Animal Clinic, practicing holistic veterinary medicine. Dr. Shaw specializes in Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. She practices with medical modalities such as VINA (much like chiropractic), Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT such as prolotherapy), Nutrition, Cold Laser, Homeopathy, and Hydrotherapy, in addition to some standard Western Medicine.

Dr Shaw’s goal is to enhance the quality of life of the animals she touches. She believes in putting quality in their years, not just years on their life.

In her free time she enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, yoga, swimming, sailing, surfing, and paddling with her family



Christine M. Nishimoto

Veterinary Assistant

Christine was born and raised on the island of Kaua'i and is the daughter of Dr. Nishimoto and Mrs. Nishimoto. She is a graduate of Washington State University, where she received a Bachelors degree in Microbiology. Christine is a current veterinary student at Washington Sate University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating from veterinary school, she plans to return home and work as a mixed animal veterinarian in our practice.

She enjoys playing the flute, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.



Shayna Moore

Veterinary Assistant

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

Veterinary Assistant

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 2 dogs:  Kroc, (a male blue nose Pit bull), and Koko (a male shihtzu mix). During her free time she loves being with her children (Taylen and Jordyn) and hanging out with family and friends. She also pet sits on the side, and absolutely loves pet siting puppies.



Penny Robley

Veterinary Assistant

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 female Tibetan Spaniel named Bailey, and a female Boston Terrier named Harley.  Penny also has a pet mijiro named Poquito.

Angie Leipold

Veterinary Assistant

Angie joined the Paradise Animal clinic team in 2018. She loves working with all types of animals. Her favorite part about work as a veterinary assistant is working with challenging or "sassy" cats.

She has one blind dog named Ziggy and one "sassy" cat of her own named Rita. Her pets (Rita the cat included) love going on hikes with Angie in Kokee on the weekends.

Benjamin Steuri

Veterinary Assistant

Ben joined the Paradise Animal Clinic team in 2018. After graduating from Island School in 2012, he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia. He enjoys the opportunity to help animals, and learn technical skills from his knowledgeable coworkers.

Ben has a long-haired dachshund named Zipper who enjoys listening to him play guitar at home.

You know Ben is at work when you see a gleaming Harley Davidson parked in front of the clinic!



Kalani Parbo

Veterinary Assistant

Kalani joined the Paradise Animal Clinic team in 2019. His favorite part of the job is drawing blood from patients for diagnostic tests. 

Kalani has two lovebirds, Ku and Hila (one of which he hand raised - Hila).

He is also taking prerequisite courses for veterinary school at Kauai Community College. When he needs to take a break from his studies, Kalani enjoys going hunting.