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 skin care 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 skin care 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
Dr. 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.
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
Patricia “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
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
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 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.
Amanda is a Medical Assistant. Originally from Washington State, Amanda has lived in Kona for three years. She graduated from school with her AA degree from Skagit Valley College and transferred to Bastyr University to study Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is drawn to a future in promoting health and wellness. Some of her favorite pastimes are boating through The San Juan Islands with family and volunteering at wildlife rehab centers through the years. She enjoys spending her free time with nieces and family, gardening, songwriting and photography.
Cobey is our Marketing Director in charge of community events, marketing, and outreach for our office. Born and raised on the Big Island, Cobey studied Creative Media at Santa Monica College and University of Hawaii Manoa. Before coming to our office, she handled marketing, commercial editing and photography for Big Island TV. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her son, family and friends and also enjoys surfing, running, most outdoor activities and taking pictures wherever she goes.
Danielle was born and raised in Kona. She has been greeting patients in the office since 2010 and is the Call Management Specialist for our office. Along with scheduling appointments at the front desk she handles a variety of other duties for the practice. You’ll hear her pleasant voice answering your questions on the telephone. Outside of the office she enjoys lifting weights, paddling and spending time with her daughter and husband.
Emily is one of Dr. Scheel’s Patient Care Coordinators and a Certified Dermatology Technician. She was born and raised in San Diego, California and moved to the Big Island to be near family. Emily is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Business and Communications. Before joining our team at Dr. Scheel Dermatology she worked for an Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon in San Diego. When Emily is not busy with school or work, you will find her enjoying her pastimes at the beach!
Gia is our Back Office Manager. She 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 a 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 both medical and esthetics.
Jennifer is our Finance Manager. She has been managing the fiscal aspect of the practice since 2007. Jen works behind the scenes keeping order to the mountains of mail and paperwork. Born and raised on Oahu she moved to Kona in 1970, where she raised her two daughters. She gained her business experience operating a feed store, breeding horses, raising cattle and managing her husband’s construction business. Her current favorite pastime is playing with her twin grandsons. She wishes she had more time to camp and fish.
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 skin care 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 on her free time tries to make it to bookings and runway shows.
Mindy is Dr. Scheel’s Patient Care Educator and has been with her for 4 years. If you need information on products, she can steer you in the right direction in making product choices. She and her husband, Gerald moved to Kona from Southern California 10 years ago. She enjoys the close knit community and the beautiful Kona Coast and Island lifestyle. You may see her training on the roads, swimming at the pier or participating at some of the local races. Mindy has been an artist most of her life and has had her own Raku Art business in California.
Rachel is a Medical Assistant. Rachel has lived in Hawaii for four years. She attended Santa Barbara Business College where she obtained a certificate in Medical Assisting. Rachel is a Certified Dermatology Tech and comes to our office with four years of experience assisting in Obstetrics and Gynecology and two years assisting in Vascular Surgery. As a teenager Rachel has had firsthand experience in dermatology as the patient and now she’s helping people feel good about their skin. Rachel loves nature, animals, camping, music, and yoga, and enjoys Kona sunsets with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
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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.
I had the pleasure of my first visit to the Hilo Refresh Clinic! One word - WOW! Dr. Monica and Staff could not have been be more friendly and professional. Beautiful new space in Hilo with a fresh vibe. Dr. Monica was so kind and informative throughout my appointment. Her Staff is welcoming and thoughtful. Honored to call Refresh by Dr. Monica and Staff my beauty refresh place!!
|Honestly my best experience with any dermatologist on the Big Island. From booking an appointment, checking in, procedure, and check out. Very easy, and very well adapted to COVID-19 protocols/regulations. The office atmosphere in general is beautiful. I felt very safe and comfortable. I've been to other dermatologists and waited over an hour and a half just to see the doc. With my experience at Monica Scheel, there was very little to no wait at all! I was very hesitant to book at first for removing my facial moles, because the thought of sharp objects near my face terrify me, but PA Natalie and Brooks were very friendly, and made my facial mole removal experience a pleasant one! The procedure was done so quickly, I don't know why I've waited so long to get this appointment done. I highly recommend this dermatologist office! Thank you!|
I am always amazed how professional all of the staff are, and feel very comfortable when I go to the Waimea office, especially now with the concerns of the virus, they have a wonderful protocol, so I feel safe. - Mary G.
Well, I am a long time patient and recommend them to everyone. I love them all. Caring, kind, and they listen and even laugh! Well run staff both medical and office. They care. Natalie and Brooks are great additions! Make you so comfortable to talk to. Something you don't find always at a doctor's office. They have my highest respect. Thanks to all of Monica Scheel Dermatology!!! - Monica A.
THIS is how you run a medical practice: scrupulously punctual, unfailingly warm and considerate, thorough in their treatment, never rushed, and most important of all, highly trained and superbly skilled in their medical arts. Dr. Scheel, PA Natalie, and the entire staff set the high bar for the practice, both the medical care AND the business arts, of medicine. Brava!
When dealing with outward appearance, it is always important to be sensitive and compassionate. When you walk into a dermatologist office and it is filled with employees who have flawless skin then a person can become even more self-conscious. BUT then you meet them and they are so kind and empowering. They help you understand your skin and make you feel accepting of the aging process. I had the best experience and the most thorough exam with this office. They don't take insurance but I filed very easily with my HMSA for reimbursement. Highly recommend!! - Christina H.
Patricia, PA, was very thorough in checking for skin cancer and answered all my questions...very professional. Kerry did an awesome job giving me a HydraFacial which was very relaxing and it made my skin look so amazing! - Joni L.
I highly recommend Dr Scheel's office. I am a long time patient of Dr. Scheel. I can still remember my first visit. I was very impressed with the most thorough dermatological exam I had ever received and the care that went into that visit with a complete body scan and mole/spot mapping that is still referred to today. While I still maintain my medical visits with Dr. Scheel and her PA's, I have also ventured into Cosmetic visits to her office. I have been seen by Dr. Scheel, as well as her PA's and other providers and have had several procedures ranging from fillers and relaxers to hair removal, etc. I most recently received fillers from Tricia, who did an amazing job making me look refreshed and natural (never overdone). I trust in Dr. Scheel and her entire team for all of my dermatological needs. - Kim Y.