Our Practitioners

Paul Reiss, MD, FAAFP

Evergreen & Sports Medicine

Dr. Reiss was the original physician at the practice in 1990.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and received a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine.  Additional practice interests include: pediatrics, procedures and medical quality improvement.

Dr. Reiss holds a BS from Fordham University, completed his MD at the University of Rochester, and then a Family Medicine residency at the University of Vermont.  He is the board chair of Healthfirst, a statewide independent practice association; and the medical director of the Accountable Care Coalition of the Green Mountains.  He is a former board member of VITL, and former president of the Vermont Academy of Family Medicine.

Dr. Reiss is also the board chair for the Julian Reiss Foundation, sponsoring summer camps for New York City youth in Lake Placid, New York for over 50 years. Dr. Reiss has lived in Williston since 2006, has five children, and enjoys hiking, traveling, tennis and skiing.

Office Hours
  • Tues: 8:30 am - 4:10 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

P Alex Graham, MD

Charlotte & Evergreen

Dr. Graham is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has broad skills in all areas of primary care, with special interests in preventive care, pediatrics, family planning and procedures.

He completed his MD at Tufts University School of Medicine/Maine Medical Center and completed residency in Family Medicine at the University of Vermont. He holds a BA from Harvard University.

Prior to his life in medicine he first worked as a partner at a technology startup, and then had a career in education, running a travel-based school for youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities and a non-profit focused on service-learning and rural development in Latin America, both based in Burlington.

Dr. Graham feels lucky to have grown up in Vermont, and true to his heritage he enjoys any activities that involve water, dirt, snow, peddling, climbing, furry friends and music.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Thurs: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte

Andrea Regan, MD

Charlotte

Dr. Andrea Regan joined the staff of the Charlotte Family Health Center in 2008, bringing special interests in women’s health and adolescent medicine as well as wide-ranging skills in all aspects of primary care.

Dr. Regan is a graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School, St. Lawrence University, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Fletcher Allen Healthcare.

Dr. Regan is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is on the board of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Vermont Immunization Advisory Committee.

Her interests include hiking, skiing, and boating. She is a native of Hinesburg and currently resides there.

Office Hours
  • Tues: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Fri: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • @ Charlotte

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

Carissa Brooks, PA-C

Evergreen

Carissa joined Evergreen as a PA in May 2021 but worked as a Medical Assistant and Scribe for Dr. Paul Reiss prior to leaving for PA school. She graduated from Franklin Pierce’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies in March of 2021. Her training includes rotations in Orthopedics, and Addiction Medicine. Carissa focuses on effectively treating all patients from all backgrounds with the same care and attention and believes that all providers have a responsibility to reduce disparity in care.

Born in Colorado and raised in Saratoga Springs, she and her husband have been living in Vermont since 2012 with their two rescue mutts. She enjoys all things outdoors including backcountry skiing, hiking, biking, gardening, and trail running.

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Office Hours
  • Wed: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen

Cheryl Underwood, FNP

Evergreen

Cheryl Underwood is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined Evergreen Family Health in 2020.  She has been a nurse since 1994, receiving her training at Fanny Allen Memorial School of Practical Nursing and Southern Vermont College.  She moved to Connecticut in 2005 where she worked as a nurse in the Emergency Department for thirteen years.  During this time, she furthered her nursing career, receiving her Master of Science degree in Nursing and completed her Nurse Practitioner training before returning home to beautiful Vermont in 2018 to be closer to family.She has a special interest in women’s and adolescent health, although brings experience in geriatric primary care with additional interest in health prevention and promotion of all ages.

She enjoys spending time with her family, photography, collecting Vermont art and listening to live music.  Cheryl is a native of Vermont, currently living in Georgia with her husband and two youngest children.

Cheryl will be joining Evergreen Family Health on November 16th 2020.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Tues: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

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 & 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

Jan Ferris, DO

Evergreen

Dr. Ferris is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has special interests in preventative care and women’s health.  After graduating from Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine she completed her residency training in the Hudson Valley in New York.  Dr. Ferris has three sons and lives in Essex Junction where her husband teaches at the high school.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:50 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

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

Danielle Jasinski, PA-C

Evergreen

Danielle joined Evergreen in April of 2018. She graduated from Franklin Pierce University in February 2018 and has particular interests in women’s health and pediatrics.

A native of Milton, Vermont, Danielle now lives in Essex Junction with her husband Dillon. They enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and spend much of their summer boating on Lake Champlain.

Office Hours
  • Tues: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

Jason Lippman, MD

Sports Medicine

Dr. Lippman is board-certified in Family Medicine with additional certification in Sports Medicine. He specializes in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as exercise-related medical concerns such as concussion and exercise-induced asthma. His professional focuses include care of the endurance athlete, in-clinic diagnostic ultrasound & ultrasound-guided joint injections, osteoarthritis management and acute fracture care.

Dr. Lippman grew up in Virginia and holds BA and MD degrees from the University of Virginia. He and his wife moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to complete residency and fellowship before settling in Vermont. He has cared for active individuals ranging from high school athletes and their weekend warrior parents to Division 1 collegiate ski racers and Olympic hopefuls. Outside of athletics, Dr. Lippman is also well-suited to treat the day-to-day aches and pains that may be keeping you from working around the house or losing those few extra pounds.

Exercise and athletics are just as much a part of Dr. Lippman’s private life as they are his work. After growing up as a competitive swimmer, he played collegiate ultimate frisbee before getting lost in the world of endurance sport. He’s competed in skimo, triathlon, cycling, and trail/road running of every distance. He completed the Wasatch 100 Mile Endurance Run in 2018 and still has a penchant for disappearing into the backcountry for full-day unsupported runs. Even so, winter remains his favorite season – once the snow starts falling, the skis come out. You’re equally as likely to run into him skate skiing, touring the backcountry, doing uphill training laps at Bolton Valley, or just enjoying laps off the lift at one of Vermont’s resorts.

Dr Lippman will be joining Evergreen Family Health in January 2021.

 

Office Hours
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Tues: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Thurs: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine

Michael Johnson, MD

Evergreen

Dr. Johnson completed the Family Medicine Residency program at UVM / FAHC in 2005, serving as Chief Resident, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine . After practicing in Colchester for a few years, he joined Evergreen Family Health in February 2008.  Dr. Johnson is proficient in German, having studied several years in Germany. He has training and experience caring for all ages in the office and hospital. He lives in Colchester with his wife and three daughters.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Tues: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

Rebecca Joyce, MD

Evergreen

Dr. Joyce is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician and has special interests in women’s health and pediatric care.  She is a native Vermonter who attended Middlebury College and then worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Washington, DC. After graduating from the College of Medicine at UVM, she completed specialty training in Family Medicine at Scott & White in Temple, Texas.   Dr. Joyce recently relocated from Temple, Texas to Vermont with her husband and three children.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Tues: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

Patrick Kearney, MS, PA-C

Charlotte & Evergreen

Patrick C. Kearney, MS,PA-C Patrick is an experienced provider of primary care for adults and older children. He was born and raised in Ireland and completed his pre-med training at University College in Dublin. He went on to study at the British School of Osteopathy in London, England, during which time he became a Clinical Services Provider at Saint Martins in the Field. After obtaining his BS, Patrick moved to the U.S. and received a Masters degree of Health Science from Drexel University in 2005.

He met his wife while in Philadelphia and moved to Vermont in 2006 so his two children would be near their grandparents. Mr. Kearney has worked at Evergreen Family Health since 2011 and is currently at Evergreen once a week, and has transitioned to Charlotte Family Health 3 days a week which is closer to his home in Shelburne.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:10 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Tues: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Thurs: 8:10 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Charlotte

Elizabeth Loscalzo, PA-C

Evergreen

Physician Assistant Elizabeth Loscalzo, PA-C received her Bachelor of Science in from the University of Vermont and worked as a Senior Histologist in dermatology for more than 10 years prior to pursuing her Masters degree at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire to become a Physician Assistant.   Ms. Loscalzo completed several clinical rotations at Evergreen Family Health working closely with Molly Backup, PA-C.  She is available to see patients of all ages.   Ms. Loscalzo was born and raised in Morrisville, VT.  Her home is in Essex with her husband and two children.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:10 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Thurs: 8:10 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 8:10 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

Elizabeth Newman, MD

Evergreen

Elizabeth Newman, MD is board certified in Family Medicine with a special interest in palliative medicine. Originally from Queens, New York, she received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from MIT and her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She moved to Vermont in 1985 to complete her family medicine residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She has worked in a variety of positions including the Porter Medical Center Emergency Department and Alderbrook Family Health in Essex, Vermont. She recently completed a one-year fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is thrilled to be back in Vermont and joining the team at Evergreen Family Health Partners. She has two grown children and lives in Chittenden County with her husband. She enjoys hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, gardening and playing music.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 1:20 pm - 6:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen

Noah Wollenburg, PA-C

Evergreen

Noah Wollenburg joined Evergreen in 2020 after working as a family medicine provider in both Rutland, Vermont and Wisconsin. Noah holds a masters degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Originally from Wisconsin, Noah moved to Vermont in 2017 with his wife. They now live in Hinesburg with their two young boys and three dogs. While not at work, Noah enjoys upland bird hunting with his dogs, fly fishing on Vermont’s many beautiful rivers and streams, and working on a long list of house renovation projects.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Tues: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen
  • Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • @ Evergreen

Matthew Salter, PA-C

Sports Medicine

Matthew Salter has been a board certified Physician Assistant since 2007. After growing up in the Hudson Valley Region of NY, he attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, then graduated from Albany Medical College in 2007. Over the past 9 years, Matt has gained extensive experience in both Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine working for Associates in Orthopaedics as well as Mansfield Orthopedics.  He has also spend 4+ years working in the Emergency Department at University of Vermont Medical Center. He enjoys an active lifestyle in Essex Junction with his 2 sons.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:20 am - 4:40 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Tues: 8:40 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Thurs: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Fri: 8:10 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine

Scott Paluska, MD, FACSM

Sports Medicine

Dr. Scott Paluska is a board-certified sports medicine physician with primary training in family medicine. He grew up in Michigan and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts. He completed medical school and a residency in family medicine at the University of Michigan before pursuing a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Paluska has practiced sports medicine for over 20 years in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Washington and Illinois. He has been a team physician for high school, collegiate and professional teams. In addition to caring for athletes, he also conducts musculoskeletal research and has published many peer-reviewed abstracts, articles and book chapters. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine and has presented on sports medicine topics nationally and internationally.

Dr Paluska practices comprehensive sports medicine, providing care to individuals of all ages and abilities. He treats a wide variety acute and chronic conditions related to activity, including non-surgical fracture care. He utilizes musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis and treatment of joint disorders and performs joint injections using anti-inflammatory medications, viscosupplements and platelet rich plasma (PRP) preparations. He allows time to listen to his patients’ stories and actively involve them in collaborative dialogues regarding the evaluation and treatment of their conditions. As a patient advocate, he helps patients understand the pros and cons of surgical and non-surgical approaches to musculoskeletal disorders. His goal is to assist his patients toward quick recoveries so they can resume their active, healthy lifestyles.

When not at work, Dr. Paluska is a competitive runner, cyclist and triathlete, after having been a collegiate rower and downhill skier. He lives in Williston with his wife and daughters – all of whom enjoy the rich variety of outdoor pursuits in the Green Mountains.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Tues: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine
  • Fri: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • @ Sports Medicine

Tina D’Amato, DO

Charlotte

Dr. D’Amato is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has special interests and expertise in herbal and complimentary medicine, women’s health (thyroid/hormone imbalance), traumatic brain injuries, sports medicine and LGBTQ health.  She received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in the History of Science, Medicine & Culture and graduated from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine with a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree.

In her practice Dr. D’Amato offers primary care medicine and osteopathic manipulation with a focus on health and wellness.  She has earned certificates in Naturopathic, Homeopathic, Herbal and Nutritional Healing and incorporates her knowledge of traditional medical treatments along with her expertise in complementary modalities to create a patient-centered treatment plan.

In her spare time Dr. D’Amato is an avid New England sports fan.  She loves to eat vegetarian/vegan food cooked by her husband and to spend time with her dogs Fenway, a Boston Terrier, and Picholine, a Pug. She is fascinated with ancient Egypt and dreams of seeing the pyramids one day.

Office Hours
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Tues: 8:10 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Thurs: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • @ Charlotte
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 4:40 pm
  • @ Charlotte