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Meet our veterinary team!

Meet the veterinarians & team of Alpine Veterinary Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Get to know our veterinary team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you and hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.

Our Veterinarians

Michael Foss, DVM
Michael Foss, DVM

Veterinarian

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 for learning and innovating has led him to various worldwide 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 traveling around the world, hunting or serving our Columbia Gorge community.

Rachel Foss, DVM
Rachel Foss, DVM

Veterinarian

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 first two years of joining the practice in 2021, she focused on Feline Medicine but now enjoys working with all our animals, both large and small. Dr. Rachel has a special interest in Feline Medicine, Behavior Medicine, Endoscopy, and Dental Surgery, and is Fear Free Certified. She has two 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. Dr. Rachel Foss is fear-free certified Level 2.

Zach Shoufler, DVM
Zach Shoufler, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Zach Shoufler grew up on a small Shorthorn cattle farm in central Indiana. Here he participated in 4-H with cattle, swine, and sheep. He completed his undergraduate degree at Franklin College in Indiana, where he played DIII soccer and ran track and field. In 2016 he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he completed a Master of Science focusing on Microbiology and Immunology. After a couple of years as a Clinical Pathology lab technician, he got accepted into Colorado State’s Veterinary Program, where he graduated in 2022. He currently lives in Hood River with his dog Otto and cat Banana. His veterinary interests include cattle, small ruminants, small animal surgery, and learning as much as he can along the way. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Zach likes trail running, rock climbing, and checking out the local breweries.

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Shannon Carley, DVM

Veterinarian

We are proud to announce the addition of Dr. Shannon Carley, DVM, DACVIM, a small animal internal medicine specialist, to our staff at Hood River Alpine Veterinary Hospital! Dr. Carley is originally from La Grande, Oregon. She attended college at Oregon State University and graduated with DVM degrees from both OSU (Go Beavs!) and WSU (Go Cougs!). Following graduation, Dr. Carley completed a rotating small animal internship and then pursued an internal medicine residency at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, CA. After her residency, Dr. Carley began working as a small animal internal medicine specialist at CARE Animal Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. Subsequently, she worked at Veterinary Specialists of the Valley in Woodland Hills, CA, and spent the past 10 years working for Advanced Veterinary Specialists in Santa Barbara. Dr. Carley currently resides in Hood River with her husband, Michael Carley DDS, who recently acquired a dental practice here in Hood River. The Carleys also have three children, two cats, and a Golden Retriever puppy.

With the addition of Dr. Carley’s services, we are pleased to announce that we can now provide new and specialized care for our small animal patients. Services she will be providing for your special family pet include Cancer staging, specialized Ultrasound/Endoscopy and Biopsy, Arthrocentesis, Hormonal Metabolic and Endocrinopathies, and Immune-Mediated disease diagnostics and care. Dr. Carley will see patients based on veterinary referral, so please consult with your veterinarian to schedule time with Dr. Carley.

Our Technicians

Sharon Foss
Sharon

Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician, CVT

Sharon earned her degree in Veterinary Technology at the University of Minnesota, Waseca campus, in 1985. She started her career as a veterinary technician in Lewiston, Minnesota, at a large mixed animal practice focused mainly on dairy ambulatory medicine. She was then hired by Alpine Veterinary Hospital in Bingen, WA, in 1987. There she worked with and then married Dr. Mike Foss. Sharon and Dr. Foss have three beautiful children, and they have raised them through practice life. Many clients recall Dr. Foss driving up to their farm for a house call with Sharon and the kids in tow. Sharon is very proud to have her daughter joining the family practice as a veterinarian. Sharon is currently the managing technician of the practice. Dr. Foss and Sharon will be celebrating their 34th anniversary in 2022 and celebrating 35 years of working together as a team to take care of our patients and clients in the gorge. When Sharon is not working, she enjoys camping with her family, crafting, art, crocheting, and knitting.

Kelsey
Kelsey

Certified Veterinary Technician, CVT

Kelsey began her career at Alpine in 2009 and has worked with us off and on until 2018, when she became a permanent fixture here at the clinic. Kelsey was born and raised in the Columbia River Gorge. She is a mom to her 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.

Rhian
Rhian

Certified Veterinary Assistant, CVA

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 two years, Rhian was expecting child number 2 and decided to take the time to be a stay-at-home mom to her two boys. She recently came back to work with us part-time. Rhian has always loved all animals 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 friends, most likely fishing, camping, or relaxing on her “farm.” She has three dogs, one cat, seven chickens, two goats, and some fish.

Leah
Leah

Veterinary Assistant

Leah joined the team in September 2021 after many years here as a client.

Leah moved from Connecticut to Oregon in 2012 to take a break from the horse industry. Leah spent her childhood days riding and competing in hunter jumper shows, and after high school, she began training dressage riders in Fairfield, CT. She has experience in EAGALA therapy and, in 2018, opened a horseback riding program to share her love of riding with the Hood River community. Her pets include two dogs, three horses, and a cat. She is very delighted to learn and assist patients here at Hood River Alpine Vet. “After being an Alpine client for several years, I am excited to join a team of such passionate and knowledgeable individuals!”

Jessica
Jessica

Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Technician

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.

Alicia
Alicia

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Haley
Haley

Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

Bio coming soon.

Brittany - Veterinary Assistant
Brittany

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Brittany - Veterinary Assistant
Audrey

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Our Customer Service Advocates

Jodee
Jodee

Receptionist

Jodee was born and raised in the Columbia River Gorge. She Graduated in 2017 from Horizon Christian School and moved to Arizona shortly after graduation, where she fell in love and added a crazy baby girl to the mix. Shortly after her family’s move back to the Gorge, she started her career here with us in April of 2021. She currently is working part-time so that she can stay home with her little girl part-time as well. Growing up, you could often find Jodee on her horse, whether it was on a trail behind her home in Husum or any rodeo across the PNW. She fell in love with the sport of rodeo at a young age and found barrel racing, in particular, to be her passion. Animals, especially horses, have always held a special place in her heart, and she feels lucky to have had that lifestyle growing up. She now is very happy that she gets to enjoy working here, where everyone shares the same love for animals that she has.

Emily
Emily

Receptionist

Emily came to work for us just this year. She is a Gorge local. Emily graduated from Columbia High School in White Salmon in 2017. From there, she traveled to Bozeman, Montana, to pursue a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology – NCIS agent in the making. Emily graduated from Montana State University in 2019. Emily came back to the area in 2020. Her love of animals scored her many opportunities to pet sit for friends and family. Emily was passionate about learning more about caring for animals, and that is also when she decided to join the veterinary world. Emily loves working and spending time with animals. Emily has two sweet cats and six rats of her own, while her parents have two dogs and two cats. In the future, Emily hopes to continue to learn about the health and care of animals.

Our Kennel Technicians

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Zayleah

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon.