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Welcome to the office of Dr. Monica Scheel, Board Certified Dermatologist.  We are a skin wellness center with locations in Kailua-Kona and Waimea, Hawaii, offering treatments for the skin, hair, and nails.  We are experts in skincare and provide personalized care and treatment plans.

It is the goal of our entire staff to make sure our patients are treated as part of our family and provided with the latest in high-quality skincare services, customized to fit each patient’s needs.

We provide diagnosis and treatment of all dermatological conditions.  We treat chronic conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea, skin allergies, and eczema as well as acne, melasma, hair loss, and nail fungus. We highly promote overall wellness and skin damage prevention.

We pride ourselves on thorough skin examinations and listening to our patients’ needs.   We have all the latest equipment for detecting, diagnosing, and preventing precancers and skin cancer.

We also offer a full range of cosmetic dermatological services that assist in skin rejuvenation.  With the best treatments available to date, we assist in the reduction of brown spots and wrinkles, improvement in skin tone and texture, and give your skin that healthy glow!  We’d love to help you turn back the clock and find that radiant, smooth, plumper skin that you remember!

Dr. Monica Scheel

Drscheelportraits2020firstedit 9716Dr. Scheel is a Board Certified Dermatologist with over 20 years of experience in skin conditions and treatments for the skin, hair, and nails. She began her skin wellness center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, out of a desire to offer patients a personalized expert visit for their skin concerns. Dr. Scheel’s vision has been achieved by creating a practice that includes state of the art technology, a caring staff, a beautiful office, time to listen to her patients’ concerns, and customized treatment plans. Her initial dermatology consultations are 25 to 40 minutes versus the national average of only 7.5 minutes.

Dr. Scheel was professionally trained through the University of Texas system. Her undergraduate degree was in pharmacy from UT Austin. She put herself through medical school working nights in the Cardiac Care Unit. In Pharmacy School, she was Pharmacy Council President and gained admission into the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. She won awards at graduation for the most contributions to the College of Pharmacy and Outstanding Student at the University of Texas.

Her Medical Degree was obtained at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Hospital. While in medical school she volunteered with the Christian Medical and Dental Society, worked as a pharmacist. As a pastime, she enjoyed running with her girlfriends. She graduated at the top of her class earning her admission into Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and a coveted spot in a dermatology-training program.

She did an internship in Internal Medicine and her Residency in Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She thrived on the wide variety of training in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She was Chief Resident and passed her Board exams in dermatology in 1999, the same year she ran her first marathon.

Dr. Scheel practiced Dermatology in Dallas, Texas with a group medical practice before moving to Hawaii to follow her dream. She initially worked part-time with Kaiser Permanente while setting up her own Dermatology office in Kailua Kona.

Dr. Scheel stays active in her field by attending national conferences and advanced training seminars to ensure that she brings the latest in skincare to our Big Island. She completes over 50 hours in continuing education each year to stay current; a value well above the minimum required standards.

Dr. Scheel speaks at local and national meetings on many aspects of dermatology. She has given presentations about skin cancer, psoriasis, an exercise in medicine, acne, and more. She is a recognized speaker and physician trainer for Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm. She trains other dermatologists in Hawaii and California on cosmetic dermatology with fillers and relaxers.

Dr. Scheel is on the faculty for the University of Minnesota Medical School and has medical students intern in her office twice a year. She also hosts high school students, dermatology residents, medical students, and PA students who seek her out for her dermal expertise.

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Dr. Scheel is also in demand by the national media and has written articles and has been quoted for Oprah, Marie Claire, Sun Precautions, Fox News, and Triathlete magazine. She is profiled in New Beauty Magazine as an “Expert Injector” and is listed as one of the Top Doctors in the Honolulu Magazine.

Dr. Scheel loves the ocean, athletics, community service, her girlfriends, and her chocolate Labrador retrievers! She came to Kona to scuba dive but also found joy in learning to kayak, swim, and stand up paddleboard.

It wasn’t long after arriving in Kona that the triathlon bug bit her. She began doing triathlons when she turned 40. She was able to meet her goals of completing Ironman Canada and the Ironman World Championship race in Kona before 45 years old.

She was the Board President for PATH, Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, and one of her passions is to see greenways preserved on our island.

Other charities that she heavily supports include the Daniel Sayre Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Hospice, More than Sport, Kona Hospital Foundation, the Melanoma Research Foundation, the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology Free Skin Cancer Screenings.

Dr. Scheel spends several days a year offering free skin cancer screenings and talks in our community. Her office also donates services to fundraising auctions for over 45 different island charities each year.

She is grateful for her thriving practices in Kona and Waimea where she is able to employ over 30 employees.  Dr. Monica Scheel and her staff are passionate about her mission, “genuine caring for patients, community, and each other.”

Patricia Gannon Achay, PA-C

Drscheelportraits2020firstedit 9607Patricia “Tricia” Gannon Achay is a nationally board-certified Physician Assistant. PAs are highly qualified health care providers trained to perform most of the same duties as a physician, such as conducting medical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, order and interpret medical tests, provide counsel on health care issues, do minor surgery, and write prescriptions. They are uniquely positioned to extend and expand the care of their supervising physician.

Tricia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. Tricia went on to work for several years in the Emergency Department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where she gained valuable experience in emergency medicine.

Tricia received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2014. She graduated top of her class with honors, was on the Dean’s Honor List, and was appointed a member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society. She was also nationally recognized for scholastic and leadership abilities by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Tricia has trained extensively in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology and Mohs Surgery. Additionally, she attends annual Dermatology conferences and training to continue her medical education and training in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She is also CPR/AED and ACLS certified.

Tricia was born and raised in Kailua-Kona. She grew up on a coffee farm in Keauhou with her three siblings. She attended Kahakai Elementary School and Kealakehe for Intermediate and High School. She enjoys all the outdoor activities that Hawaii has to offer such as surfing, fishing, diving, running, swimming, and playing soccer. She married her husband, Logan Achay, also from Kailua-Kona, in 2012.

Tricia has always dreamt of returning to her hometown to work in medicine and serve the community that raised her. She was beyond thrilled to be given the opportunity to join Dr. Scheel’s practice. She is an advocate for community service, sharing much of the same values as Dr. Scheel. Tricia is a member of the Hawaii Dermatology Society (HDS) and the Hawaii state liaison for Dermatology Physician Assistants. She also serves on the Board of Directors for West Hawaii Community Health Center.

Natalie Hammond, PA-C

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Natalie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison graduating Magna cum laude. She received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 2013 graduating at the top of her class.

Natalie has nearly six years of experience in dermatology in both private practice and hospital-based settings. She started her career in medical dermatology in 2013 in The Woodlands, TX, and practiced there for three years. She was then was offered a position at a large hospital in Minneapolis, MN where she grew up. 

Natalie always imagined herself living in Hawaii as she grew up visiting the islands yearly throughout her life. Hawaii has always been a very special place for her and she was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the prestigious Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology.

Although Natalie has experience in all aspects of medical and surgical dermatology, her passion is early detection of skin cancer and atypical moles. She is also specifically trained by Dr. Monica Scheel in Cosmetic Dermatology and Lasers and is excited to now be able to take care of each patient’s medical and cosmetic needs. 

She shares Dr. Scheel’s philosophy of providing high quality, innovative, and genuine care personalized to each patient. She attends annual dermatology conferences to continue her medical education in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. 

Outside of the office, Natalie enjoys snorkeling, paddling, running, yoga, Zumba, cooking, and exploring the beautiful Big island (while always wearing SPF 50 zinc oxide 12% sunscreen of course!). 

Brooks Hammond, PA-C

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Brooks received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Health and wellness from the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. In 2016, he received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, California.

To gain knowledge in all areas of medicine, Brooks started his career in primary care, knowing that one day he would concentrate on his first love, dermatology. He initially worked at a large hospital system in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a city where he spent the majority of his youth. Prior to attending college, Brooks took a gap year abroad. During this time he worked for the local YMCA on Oahu and then spent the second six months backpacking through Europe and Asia. He always imagined that one day he would return to the Hawaiian Islands to live and work. When his wife Natalie was offered a position working for Dr. Monica Scheel in Kona, they jumped at the offer. Soon thereafter, Brooks was offered a job working in primary care at West Hawaii Community Health Center, where he continues to practice part-time today. He is grateful to have the opportunity to be trained in both medical and cosmetic dermatology by Dr. Monica Scheel.

He shares Dr. Scheel’s philosophy of providing high quality, personalized care to each patient. He attends annual dermatology conferences to continue his education in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.

On a personal level, Brooks enjoys traveling, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, working out, paddling, and exploring the many wonders of Big Island.

The following providers in this office are not partners or otherwise affiliated in the same medical practice. They are all independent providers and simply share office space, equipment, and some staff in their separate practices. They are not responsible for each others’ practices or patients.

Patsy Colvin, PA-C

Patsy Colvin PA-CPatsy Colvin is a licensed and certified Physician Assistant. Physician assistants are highly qualified health care providers trained to perform medical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret medical tests, provide counsel on health care issues, do minor surgery independently, first assist in major surgery, and write prescriptions. Patsy partners with Dr. Scheel to bring you the highest possible level of care. Patsy is licensed in the State of Hawaii to provide medical and aesthetic services.

Patsy graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She went on to train as a Physician Assistant at the prestigious University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine PA program, graduating in 1983. She spent many years working in Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation in Los Angeles, Oahu, and Maui.

Thirteen years ago she turned her attention to the art and science of Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine. She recently completed a 2-1/2 year Fellowship in Anti-Aging medicine through the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida School of Medicine and is certified in this specialized area of medicine. She is a Certified Advanced Injector as well, having completed rigorous training programs from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. She took specialized training in Laser Scar Revision from the Department of Defense and completed a preceptorship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. She has extensive experience in improving the appearance of unsightly scars.

After working for eight years in Aesthetic Medicine and Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, Patsy returned to Hawaii, practicing on the Big Island. She joined Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology to bring her expertise and share her skills with our community. Her work was published in the current issue of New Beauty Magazine, and our practice was recently named on the current list of Top Doctors in Hawaii by Honolulu Magazine.

Patsy loves aesthetics and has an artistic eye. Her focus is on Aesthetics and on Optimal Health and Wellness. She will be able to assess your needs and provide services for you with grace, ease, and comfort. She focuses on minimizing any discomfort associated with aesthetic services using a combination of topical numbing and cold. She is an expert at minimizing bruising as much as possible using the AccuVein vein finder which allows her to see blood vessels through the skin and thus avoid them during treatment.

Patsy shares Dr. Scheel’s views on Integrative Dermatology and the importance of providing compassionate and comprehensive skin care, focusing on the whole person and the use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches to achieve optimum health and healing.

After graduate school, Patsy took a backpack and spent a year traveling around the world. As soon as her two beautiful daughters were old enough they began to join her in her travels. Together they have had many excellent adventures, with many more to come!

“Patsy is an amazing PA and I feel fortunate to have someone of her caliber and experience at our practice. I have the utmost confidence in Patsy. She and I will work together to bring you the latest and best dermatological care! While I hired Patsy for her brains, you can’t help but notice her good looks. If you are ready to learn what to do to keep looking good at any age, Patsy has the experience to create a year long treatment plan for your rejuvenation.”
Dr. Monica Scheel

Each of our staff members has been selected to provide expert personalized skin care.  Our team of talented professionals has remarkable passion for what they do. You can expect quality care, as they work together to help you achieve your skin care goals.

Casey Gavoni

Casey was born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she attended the Aesthetics program at Spa Tech Institute. From a young age, Casey always knew she would have a career in the beauty industry. She is passionate about making people look and feel their best. It has been a dream of hers to work in the medical side of esthetics. She recently moved to the Big Island, and enjoys going to the beach, shopping, and spending time with her boyfriend, family, and friends. Casey is certified in Dermaplaning, Microneedling, and Cynosure laser.

Dayna studied Esthetics in Northern California and worked at luxury spas in Napa Valley for years. She has a background in art and fashion design with a BFA in fine arts, but her own experience and struggles with skin led her to dermatology, where she continues to evolve as an esthetician in advanced skin esthetics. In her free time, Dayna loves painting, nature, and hiking.

Gia Shimaoka

Gia is our Operations Manager and also provides aesthetic treatments. She was raised here on the Kona Coast and graduated from Konawaena High School. Gia has been a licensed esthetician since 2006. She has worked in the medical field for fourteen years and dermatology for 8. Her well-rounded career started in family practice and cardiology; most recently, she worked in Dermatology on Oahu, doing medical and esthetics.

Kerry Zalopany

Kerry is a Licensed Aesthetician from the Hawaii Cosmetology Academy on Oahu and also a Certified Dermatology Technician. She was born and raised on the Big Island and graduated from Kamehameha School on Oahu. Kerry worked in the restaurant business before she realized she had a passion for skincare and decided to go back to school to get her aesthetician license. Kerry has also been in the modeling industry since she was 15 years old and in her free time tries to make it to bookings and runway shows.

Stephanie Ayau

Stephanie is a Registered Nurse and Certified Dermatology Tech. She provides a wide variety of dermatological and cosmetic treatments, including ablative and non-ablative laser procedures. Originally a California native, she brings her sunny disposition to the team. When not working, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping, running with her dogs, and traveling the globe with her husband, David.

Tobie Fujimoto

Tobie was born in Kealakekua and raised in Hilo. She attended Hawaii Pacific University on scholarship and also graduated with honors as an Aesthetician from the International School of Beauty and Esthetique on Oahu. She then became an instructor in Esthetics, worked as an educator for ISBE, and created the school’s first Beginner and Intermediate Makeup Program. Today, Tobie is a happy mother of 2 children, Danica and Ethan, and dedicates her time to her family as well as a variety of community activities.

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Testimonials & Reviews

One of the best things about Hawaii is the sense of community. People are welcoming, friendly and accept everyone as part of their family. We also think of our patients as family members and work hard to make them happy. Below are just some of the testimonials we’ve received from happy patients.

"Tobie at the hilo office was amazing. She made my first facial a wonderful experience. Her knowledge of products, and explanation of each step she performed on me was awesome. I walked out of the office feeling like a brand new women. I recommended Tobie to a few of my friends and coworkers to. She's that good at what she does. Thank you so much Tobie, can't wait to go back for my second treatment. You rock girl!"
-Sabrina G.
"Since the pandemic, I have been getting maskne. I've had two diamond glow facial from Dayna in Waimea. I can already see a difference in my face. Dayna is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you and can't wait for my next appointment!" -Bernadette V.
"Dr. Monica Scheel and her staff are the best medical practitioners I’ve experienced during my 70 trips around the sun. Too often, medical offices with great doctors are poorly run - wait a long time - sometimes hours - beyond my appointment time to see the physician, only to get a perfunctory exam and a few minutes. Med schools can train the best docs, but the business management and marketing skills they need to run a practic get short shrift. Unlike too many others, Dr Scheel’s office runs like a Swiss watch - always on time - yet there is never a rush to get me in & out. The nurses, Physician’s Assistants, and Dr Scheel are unfailingly gracious, and thorough in their examinations and discussions about treatments and procedures. I highly recommend Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology, and have referred friends and associates to her office." - Jim O.
"Very impressed by the beautiful office and professional staff. Kerry did an amazing job on my first appointment and is so sweet and very thorough! Specifically requested her for all of my upcoming sessions!"
- Kamalani

"The Hilo office staff are great! I did a Dermaplane + Diamond glow with Tobie and she is really amazing plus informative. She explains everything throughout the process and it went so smoothly."
-Kawehi N.

"Wonderful to have an office right here in Hilo! Office staff very nice and friendly! Dr. Brooks Hammond was great! Very kind and compassionate." - Wayne P.

Was it just a scratch, a cut that wasn’t healing properly? That is what it seemed like. Thankfully I had a skin check already scheduled with PA Trisha. She didn’t like how it looked and explained how wounds that don’t heal can in fact be precancerous. She did a scrape and indeed, the biopsy came back positive for squamous cell carcinoma. Thankful for Dr Scheel and her staff building awareness in all of us to be on the lookout for anything on our skin that just “doesn’t seem normal.” My advice - schedule an appointment for a skin check! Thank you Refresh team!

I saw PA Brooks for my full skin check as well as my dysport and he is amazing at both medical and cosmetic visits! I have also seen Casey a few times for the new diamondglow facials as well as microneedling and she is very professional and knowledgeable about skincare.