Practice PhilosophyOur staff is specially trained to provide a wide range of healthcare from birth through infancy, childhood and adolescence. From counseling for behavioral problems, to emergency management of critically ill children, Paniolo Country Pediatrics offers a professional, caring and empathetic approach to your child and family.
Our philosophy is to partner with you, helping you achieve the best for your child's health and development. This is accomplished through education and open communication. We consider you, the parent, instrumental in your child's well-being and will actively involve you in decision-making.
Dana Marie Lee, M.D.Dr. Dana Lee, a native of the Midwest, received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Following graduation, she completed a pediatric residency program at University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her pediatric career since that time has been rooted in community pediatrics. After eleven years in Flagstaff, Arizona as founder of Mountain View Pediatrics, Dr. Lee established Paniolo Country Pediatrics on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2001. She continues to provide a wide range of pediatric health care to the North Hawaii community.
From busy clinic practice to the hospital care of children and newborns, Dr. Lee finds great professional and personal satisfaction in Waimea. Her commitment to partnerships with North Hawaii families fosters lifelong habits of health through preventive care as well as the treatment of childhood illness. In addition to her love of clinic pediatrics, Dr. Lee has a special interest in newborn medicine. She is a regional trainer for the Neonatal Resuscitation program and an active participant in a statewide initiative to improve newborn hospital care.
Outside of her practice, Dr. Lee enjoys time with her family. While two of her chicks have left the nest, one remains in high school and keeps the Lee Ohana busy with volleyball and paddling. Dr. Lee is currently serving a three-year term on the North Hawaii Community Hospital Board of Directors after over two years as Chief of Staff for the NHCH medical staff. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue in service to the North Hawaii community in a variety of ways.
Peter Gregg, M.D.Dr. Peter Gregg grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the middle of 3 children. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in biology and a second focus in anthropology. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego, where he met his wife, Lois. They earned their MD degrees from UCSD in 1988; each of them are the first doctors in the family.
Dr. Gregg did his pediatrics training at the University of Michigan, completing his residency and becoming board-certified in 1991. He then moved to an Indian reservation in western New Mexico, finding it so enjoyable that the family stayed for 6 years. Lois finally grew homesick for Hawaii, and the Greggs moved to Waimea in 1997, where Peter has been practicing pediatrics since.
Dr. Gregg lives in Waimea with his wife and 3 children (in middle and high school). He enjoys spending time with the kids, playing Frisbee golf, singing, and kayaking. He has served on a local school board for many years and was a founding member of a Waimea a cappella singing group. His medical interests (in addition to general pediatrics) include infectious diseases, adoption issues, and cross-cultural medicine.
Steve Kaplan, M.D.Dr. Steven Kaplan was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in New Jersey. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and received his training in pediatrics at the University of Colorado.
He has been a practicing pediatrician for twenty-five years. Prior to joining Paniolo Country Pediatrics seven years ago, Steven was the medical director of a free clinic in Los Angeles.
His special interests include pediatric infectious disease and gastrointestinal problems.
Steven lives on the wet-side of Waimea. His teen-aged daughter has attended Hawaii Preparatory Academy since kindergarten. They have a cacophony of animals including a crazy rooster named Kiki.
Outside of the office, he sings with the Waimea Consort and practices yoga.
Virginia Pigott, M.D.Dr. Virginia Pigott was born and raised in Danville, California. As a child, she was active in 4-H raising dairy goats, swine and Silkie chickens. She also attended local shows with her horses. Her greatest accomplishment as a teen was training and backing a bay Arabian filly named "Regal." After high school, she attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. She was married to her high school sweetheart and moved to Hawaii a year later.
In Hawaii, Dr. Pigott worked at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii in Honolulu. There, she developed an increased appreciation for the medical profession. She completed her medical school and residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. During these years, Dr. Pigott and her husband started their family. Upon completion of her residency, the now family of five, headed back to Hawaii.
On Kauai, Dr. Pigott worked part-time at Kauai Medical Clinic and homeschooled her three children. The remainder of her free time was spent at soccer games and swim meets as well as helping with church youth activities. A mission trip to Mexico led the family to adopt and her family now numbers seven!
Mr. Pigott purchased a business on the Big Island, prompting the family's move. They are all thrilled to be moving as they will have the opportunity to explore new places and get involved in more "horsey" activities. Dr. Pigott is excited to join the caring and dedicated crew at Paniolo Country Pediatrics. They will be moving in June with their dog, two cats, two guinea pigs, and five horses!
Jennifer L.M. ShotwellJennifer Shotwell grew up in Orange County, California. She graduated with honors from University California of Los Angeles with both a Masters and Bachelors' in Nursing. As a teen, she helped care for families who had children with cancer, and partnered in founding an oncology camp. As an RN, she focused in Pediatric Oncology and Pediatric ICU, which led to her specialty as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. As an Advanced Practice Nurse, she delivers health care to the sick and chronically ill child and has a strong interest in addressing a child's developmental and behavioral concerns.
In 1994 Jennifer moved to Oahu and worked at Kapiolani Children's Hospital in the Pediatric Oncology Unit and also at Kaiser Permanente, as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. While on Oahu, she enjoyed snorkeling, scuba diving and flying to the outer islands in a twin engine plane, with her future husband, Jon Shotwell. In 1995 Jennifer moved to the beautiful small town of Kamuela, where she practiced pediatrics in Kamuela, Kona and Hilo. The Big Island's Aloha, along with her husband's roots from Hilo, sealed her desire to stay and make Hawaii her new home.
Jennifer works part time at our clinic, and is also dedicated to homeschooling her three girls (ages 7, 10, and 13) while her husband travels as a pilot. To break up the rhythm of teaching and working, Jennifer enjoys kayaking and camping with her family. To refresh and energize herself, she enjoys early morning outdoor exercise, reading a good book, going to church, and quiet moments at the beach.