Alder Brook Practitioners

Annegret Schmitt-Johnson, RN, FNP

Alder Brook

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.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Tues: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Thurs: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook

James Dougherty, MD

Alder Brook & Evergreen

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.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Thurs: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook

Diane Rippa, MD

Alder Brook

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.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:20 am - 4:20 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Tues: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Thurs: 8:40 am - 4:40 pm
  • @ Alder Brook

Jaime Callaghan, DNP, FNP-BC, RN-BC

Alder Brook

Jaime Callaghan is joined Alder Brook Family Health in February 2020.  She is an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Doctorate in Advanced Clinical Practice, Master of Science in Nursing (family practice), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. As a nurse practitioner, her area of expertise has been in both internal medicine and family practice serving patients both pediatric to geriatric.

Dr. Callaghan truly believes that in order to do the most good for patients, healthcare professionals have to focus on more than getting medications right. It involves more focus on alternative medicine, natural remedies, nutrition and proper exercise while focusing on the patient as a whole being consisting of balanced mind, body, and spirit. This ideal thinking is what drove her to stand out amongst her peers and pursue an associate’s degree in clinical nutrition from the Virginia Culinary Institute in Norfolk, VA. She strives towards excellence in every aspect of her life and fully embraces the military core values of honor, courage, and commitment taken from her time serving in the United States Navy.

Office Hours
  • Tues: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Thurs: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook