The caring, compassionate providers at the Spine & Pain Center of Kauai have decades of experience in the treatment of chronic pain and other neurologic conditions. 

Eric grigsby, md, mba - founder and medical director of spine & pain center of kauai dawn sparks, do - pain management physician

Eric grigsby, md, mba - founder and medical director of spine & pain center of kauai
dawn sparks, do - pain management physician

Provider Biographies


Dr. Eric Grigsby enjoys a national reputation for excellence in the field of Pain Management. He has a background as a researcher, teacher and clinician, and brings over 25 years of clinical experience to the Spine and Pain Center of Kauai. Dr. Grigsby attended elementary and secondary school in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, and received a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He formed an interest in Pain Management as a career while working at Boston Children's Hospital in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. 

After graduating from Boston University Medical School in 1984, Dr. Grigsby trained in General Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was then invited to join the Medical Staff and teach at the Mayo Medical School until moving to California in 1989. The Dean of the University of California at Davis Medical Center then invited Dr. Grigsby to establish their first Pain Management Center, where he served as Medical Director until 1992. Following his post at UC Davis, Dr. Grigsby established his private Pain Management practice in Napa, California. Today, he and his staff of over 25 professionals consult with patients from throughout Northern California and the western United States, and now Kauai and the Hawaiian Islands. 

More recently, Dr Grigsby completed his Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He speaks nationally on topics such as non-operative treatment of spinal disorders, the safe use of medications for treatment of pain, and the legal and regulatory issues relating to proper treatment of patients with chronic illness. 


Dr. Dawn Sparks trained at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic with multiple pioneers in pain management, including Doctors Michael Stanton-Hicks and Leo Kapural. She has already published several journal articles and book chapters on important topics in the field of pain medicine. 

Dr. Sparks graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1999. Early in her college career, she did research with a pediatric oncologist, and saw the need for effective pain control. Dr. Sparks was perplexed by the ordeals patients faced, and hoped to ease the many difficulties patients deal with while in unrelenting pain. This early interest in pain medicine led her to Ohio University for medical school, followed by postgraduate training in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, which she completed in 2009.

After three years as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, she was in private practice in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands and Seattle, Washington. Dr. Sparks is very excited to join Dr. Grigsby's practice on Kauai, and privileged to work with a leader in pain management in both the clinical care and research arenas. Most of all, she is delighted to call Kauai home, and to offer her patients empathy, kindness, and excellent clinical care.