Alder Brook Practitioners

Annegret Schmitt-Johnson, RN, FNP

Alder Brook Office

Annegret Schmitt-Johnson is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and joined Alder Brook Family Health in 2014. Annegret grew up in Germany and completed a degree in medical lab sciences.  After moving to Vermont in 2002 she completed a Master of Arts in literature as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Vermont. Annegret’s passion is caring for the full family including children, adults and elderly. She provides care for acute and chronic medical conditions. She also believes strongly in active preventative care.

She resides with her husband and 3 daughters in Colchester and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle.

James Dougherty, MD

Alder Brook Office

Dr. James Dougherty is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has special interests in sports medicine and preventive care.  He was a Chief Resident at the University of Vermont’s Family Practice Residency Program until joining Evergreen Family Health in 1998. Originally from Illinois, he resides in Underhill with his wife and two daughters.  He oversees Evergreen’s laboratory services. As of January 1, 2019, Dr. Dougherty is seeing patients at Alderbrook Family Health in Essex on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at Evergreen Family Health on Thursdays.

Alder Brook Hours
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tues: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thurs: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Diane Rippa, MD

Alder Brook Office

Diane C. Rippa M.D. is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician with special interests in Women’s Health and Geriatrics. She grew up in Burlington and graduated cum laude from Harvard University. She returned back to her hometown to attend University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. After completing her residency, she again moved back to Vermont with her husband and spent two years working in the emergency room at Rutland Hospital. She then joined her mentor, John Scholan, at Essex Health Center in Essex Junction where she practiced family medicine for fifteen years. With the help of family and colleagues she opened her own practice, Alder Brook Family Health, in April, 2000 in Essex. She is grateful to the wonderful staff and colleagues who helped her build and maintain this vibrant practice. In the fall of 2018, she merged her practice with Evergreen Family Health to allow her practice to continue to grow and thrive as an independent practice in Chittenden County.

Her free time is spent with her husband and two sons and her beautiful granddaughter Layla. She enjoys walking her two rescue golden retrievers, hiking, biking, kayaking and creating fused glass art.

Lucy Van Hollebeke, RN, FNP

Alder Brook Office

Lucy Van Hollebeke is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined Essex Health Center in 1999 and Alder Brook Family Health in 2002. She began her career  as a Pediatric Nurse and Nurse Educator at the  University of Vermont Medical Center.

Lucy received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1979. She graduated from the University of Vermont Nurse Practitioner program in 1999.

Lucy enjoys caring for patients across the lifespan.

She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys biking, skiing, running and hiking.