Alder Brook Practitioners

Annegret Schmitt-Johnson, 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

Diane Collias, LICSW

Alder Brook & Charlotte & Evergreen

Diane Collias, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University-Chicago in 2009. Diane began her career in medical social work with a diverse patient population, working in outpatient oncology at University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. She has been part of Evergreen Family Health since moving to Vermont 2012. She worked for the University of Vermont Medical Center as part of the community health team, providing assessments, brief treatment, and support services to patients in multiple primary care practices.

Diane joined Evergreen Family Health full time in January 2020. She now splits her time between Evergreen Family Health, Alder Brook Family Health, and Charlotte Family Health. She provides individual therapy and clinical services in addition to case management support.

In her clinical practice, Diane primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy to address anxiety, depression, life transitions, and stress reactions. Her work focuses on understanding and treating mental health from a biopsychosocial perspective, addressing and helping develop the various aspects of our lives that contribute to emotional well-being.

Outside of work, Diane enjoys spending time outside by being active in the beautiful landscapes of Vermont.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Tues: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Tues: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook

James Dougherty, MD

Alder Brook

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
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook

Melisa Gibson, MD

Alder Brook

Melisa Gibson joined AlderBrook Family Health in October 2021 after working at Milton Family Practice for 14 years. She grew up in Minnesota and went to college in Michigan. She went to Rochester School of Medicine, and completed her Family Medicine Residency at UVM. During her residency, she fell in love with Vermont, and a Vermonter – her husband, Justin. She has done all things in Family Medicine- from working in the hospital to low risk obstetrics. She was also part of the Family Medicine Residency Administration for 6 years. She delights in getting to know and care for whole families. She lives in Essex with her husband and two children. She enjoys hiking, camping and reading.

Office Hours
  • Tues: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • @ Alder Brook