Our Team of Professionals
Dr. Foss knew from an early age that he wanted to take care of animals. Born in Arizona, he moved to Idaho to complete his undergrad education at U of I and then earned his doctorate from Washington State University Veterinary College. He eventually moved to the gorge and built the Hood River Alpine Veterinary Hospital. His passion to learn and innovate, has led him to various world-wide experiences in equine sports medicine. He has been able to utilize what he has learned from these experiences to benefit pets of all sizes in the gorge. Dr. Foss’s interests include acupuncture, ultrasonography, endoscopy, lameness and injury rehabilitation.
When he’s not in the clinic, Dr. Foss is usually travelling around the world, hunting or serving our Columbia Gorge community.
Dr. Sam Lawton is originally from Vancouver, Canada and makes her way to Hood River after attending UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a large animal internship in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, exotic medicine, herd health and preventative medicine. Dr. Lawton loves the bonds we form with our animals and strives to make our patients and their people feel better.
Dr. Lawton is excited to work as a mixed animal practitioner in such a beautiful place. She has a young Border Collie who is very happy to be living somewhere with so many activities! She and her dog spend many of their free days hiking or skiing and they are excited to explore even more of what the gorge has to offer!
Dr. Daphne Johnson graduated from the Oregon State University Vet School in 2014 and completed an equine internship at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital. She then moved to the Columbia River Gorge and started working at the Hood River Alpine Vet Hospital. She is excited to meet her professional goal of working as a mixed animal general practitioner in a small community, and she loves working with all animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats and alpacas. She aims to provide complete and compassionate care for her patients and their human companions.
After living and travelling in South America and Spain, Dr. Johnson is fluent in Spanish and is looking forward to using her Spanish with her clients.
Dr. Johnson was drawn to the Columbia River Gorge for many reasons including the wonderful community, beautiful setting and vast array of outdoor recreation. When she’s not working, Dr. Johnson can be found trail running with her dog Mugsy, riding her mountain bike, skiing or playing her banjo.
Sharon Foss earned her degree and license as a veterinary technician in Minnesota in 1985, where she worked for 2 years at a mostly large animal 6 veterinarian practice
She then moved out to White Salmon to take a job as technician for Alpine Veterinary Hospital in 1987. A year later she and Dr. Mike Foss were married and have enjoyed being married as well as working together for 27 years.
” We have three children, five cats, three dogs, and two horses. Let’s just say we are not bored. We enjoy working on the horse endurance circuit for fun, and fit in as much traveling and camping as we can.”
Sharon is also very proud to announce that her daughter Rachel will be following her Dad’s footsteps in becoming the next veterinarian in the family. Sharon is also the Office manager and helps to keep the office running smoothly.
Rhian is a certified veterinarian assistant who came to work with us in 2014 after completing her externship hours in our hood river office. After 2 years Rhian was expecting child number 2 and decided to take the time to be a stay at home mom to her 2 boys. She recently came back to work with us part time. Rhian has always loved all animal and loves that she gets to assist our doctors in making them feel better.
When Rhian is not working you can find her with her family and friend’s most likely fishing, camping, or relaxing on her “farm”. She has 3 dogs, 1 cat, 7 chickens, 2 goats, and some fish.
Mary Jane is a Columbia Gorge native and grew up in the upper valley. She graduated from HRVHS and Oregon Connections Academy in 2015. During her high school years, MaryJane was an active member of the local FFA chapter, in which she would raise and show market goats and lambs in the county fair.
Mary Jane became a mom in 2016, both to daughter, Charlie Rose, and a Treeing Walker Coonhound named Hoss. Shortly after, she started at Alpine Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist. She recently became a new home owner in The Dalles, but continues to make the beautiful drive up and down the gorge to serve our clients and be a part of our team!
Rebbeca has been with the Alpine team since 2015. She graduated from Hood River Valley High in 2012 and went on to get her associate of science and associate of arts degrees from Columbia Gorge Community College. From 2011-2018 she served as a volunteer EMT with the Westside Fire Department. Rebbeca is currently enrolled at Oregon State University to receive a bachelors of science in fish and wildlife while she pursues admittance to the Veterinary medicine program. Hobbies include diy home renovation projects, fishing, baking, and crafts.
Kelsey Griffin was born and raised in the Columbia River Gorge. She is a mom to her two-year-old son Justace, as well as a couple of cattle dogs. While exploring her education she ended up in Lexington, Kentucky as an intern for the Kentucky Equine Management Internship. There she was able to work closely with Thoroughbred mares, foals and yearlings at Lane’s End Farm. After her internship, she began pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Sciences. While she was in school she worked for Juddmonte Farms, one of the most prestigious breeding and racing farms in the Thoroughbred Industry. She has had the opportunity to help foal, guide, break, and train many well-known racehorses. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in December 2017 and has moved back home to become a Veterinary Technician. Kelsey is also an Emergency Medical Technician who volunteers her time with Klickitat County Fire District 3 as their Emergency Medical Services Coordinator. Kelsey is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technician program and hopes to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician by the end of 2019.
Kylie moved to Hood River with her great Pyrenees dog, Moose, in April of 2019. After a visit to the area the previous fall, she knew the Columbia Gorge was going to be her home. Originally from Stillwater, Minnesota, Kylie grew up with animals around her always – from pigs and dairy cows at her grandparents’ farm to the one-eyed Appaloosa she leased and spent her evenings riding. Her love of all animals has always been apparent. When Kylie is not working, you can find her and Moose meandering through the incredible wilderness areas that surround us.
Cassi came to work for Alpine Vet in February 2016. Cassi is an upper valley native, born and raised in the gorge. She graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2002. After high school she went on to get her Certified Nurses Aid license from Columbia Gorge Community College worked as a CNA/Health Unit Coordinator for 8 years, then decided she wanted to further her education and chose to get her license as a Medical Assistant, she trained on the job, then after three years decided she wanted to stay at home with her kids. Cassi has a large family at home, she has 5 children – 2 boys and 3 girls. She has 5 dogs, 2 cats and a mini pig. “I have always been an animal lover. This is a great profession and I love all the exposure to learning.”
Haley joined our team as a receptionist in 2019. She grew up in the Columbia River Gorge on her grandparents’ small farm, and so her love for animals started at a very young age. As a child she competed in different equestrian events. Haley lives in Washington with her two year old son, Luke, along with 2 dogs and 2 cats. Haley recently moved into a house with acreage and is hoping to start her own farm soon. On her downtime she spends most of her time with family and friends enjoying the outdoors.
“I’ve always wanted to work in a vet clinic ever since I was little and am so happy to be apart of this team.”
Jessica started working at the Hood River Alpine Vet Hospital in 2019. After moving from sunny California to the magnificent Columbia Gorge, she is determined to expand her knowledge in veterinary medicine. Currently a kennel assistant, Jessica is now enrolled to start her journey as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Before working with us, Jessica previously worked at horse boarding barns, dog and cat grooming salons, and pet motels.
In her spare time, Jessica runs a troop of gogo dancers in Portland, as well as doing photography, cosplay, and mixology.