Our Team of Professionals

Michael Foss, DVM, Ms
Michael Foss, DVM, MsVeterinarian

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. Rachel Foss
Dr. Rachel FossVeterinarian

Dr. Rachel Foss graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 following in her father’s footsteps to become a Veterinarian. For the last 2 years, she focused on Feline Medicine. Dr. Rachel has a special interest in Feline Medicine, Behavior Medicine, Endoscopy, Dental Surgery, and is Fear Free Certified. She has 2 cats of her own, a Domestic Shorthair and a Purebred Persian both of whom are rescues.

Dr. Rachel was born and raised in the Hood River/White Salmon area and participated in Swine and Cat 4-H in Skamania County. She is excited to be back in the area she was raised in and loves.

Sharon Foss Practice Manager
Sharon Foss Practice ManagerCVT

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 Certified Veterinary Assistant

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.

KelseyCertified Veterinary Assistant

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.

RachalVeterinary Assistant
Alicia Veterinary Assistant
LeahVeterinary Assistant
KristenVeterinary Assistant

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 Kennel Assistant

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.

Jonny Kennel Assistant

Jonny came to work for Alpine Vet in March of 2020. Jonny was born and raised in the valley. Jonny is currently a student at HRVHS, “I’ve always been intrigued by what my mom does for work.” So when the opportunity presented itself he jumped at the chance.

Jonny has been an animal lover since his early childhood and it shows by the care that he gives our patients here at the clinic. Jonny’s best friend and companion Riley is always at his side.