Diane C. Rippa M.D.Diane C. Rippa M.D.
Dr. Rippa is the owner of Alder Brook Family Health. She was raised in Burlington and attended local schools. She is a graduate of Harvard University and University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Rippa completed her family medicine residency training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is board certified in family medicine. Following residency, Dr. Rippa spent one and one half years working at the Rutland Hospital emergency room before moving to Essex with her husband. She has been a family physician in Essex since 1987. She moved her successful practice from the Essex Health Center to Alder Brook Family Health in 2001. Her special interests include women’s health, geriatrics and adolescent medicine. When she is not at work, Diane spends all her time with her two sons, Ben and Daniel, her husband David and her dogs Sammy and Nugget. She enjoys x-country skiing, biking, hiking, reading and traveling.

Lucy VanHollebeke R.N., F.N.P.Lucy Van Hollebeke R.N., F.N.P.
Lucy completed her undergraduate work at SUNY  Binghamton and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Lucy spent many years working at Fletcher Allen Health Care on the pediatrics ward. She was an experienced pediatric nurse educator and was instrumental in developing pain control guidelines for pediatric patients at the hospital. She is also an experienced CPR instructor.  Lucy completed her Family Nurse Practitioner training at University of Vermont and graduated at the top of her class. Lucy joined Dr. Rippa in 1999 and has become an invaluable asset to the practice at Alder Brook Family Health. She is particularly skilled in pediatric and adolescent medicine. When not at work, Lucy spends time with her husband and her two sons. She is an exercise enthusiast and loves to run, bike, hike and ski.

Annegret Schmitt-Johnson R.N., F.N.P.Annegret Schmitt-Johnson R.N.,F.N.P.
Annegret joined us in December 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies in Germany and then moved to Vermont with her husband. She completed a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Vermont. She then completed her Family Nurse Practitioner studies at the University of Vermont. She is interested particularly in Women's health and pediatrics. She has extensive experience in the health care field and we are delighted to welcome her to the practice. When she is not at work she spends time with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys biking, sailing, skiing and gardening.



Nursing Staff:

The nurses at Alder Brook Family Health, Katie, Chris, Elberta, and Colleen all have excellent clinical skills and many years of nursing experience. They will work as a team to accomodate your nursing needs.

Nursing Staff
Elberta Bergeron, Chris O'Brien, Katie Bergeron, and Colleen Davis

Office Staff:

Debbie, Maryann, LeeAnn, and Jennifer will be multi-tasking in our front desk area. They are wonderful, dedicated employees who will help assist you in your health care needs.

Front Desk Staff

Maryann Hollywood, Leeann Runne, Jennifer Frick, and Debbie Wagoner