Veterinarian Staff

Melinda Fowler

Melinda Fowler, Practice Manager Melinda Fowler, Practice Manager - Hi there, I’m Melinda Fowler & I have had the pleasure of being the Practice Manger at Quail Ridge Animal Hospital since Aug. of 2006. My husband John, daughter Sydney & I have the joy of sharing our home with our furry family in the beautiful Carson Valley. What originally drew me to Quail Ridge was the sense of compassion as well as quality of care exhibited by the Dr. & staff as I rushed my little Chihuahua, Marley, in for emergency care so many years ago. I knew then as a client, that this is where I wanted to grow my professional career. A Veterinary Hospital built on pride and compassion, in a professional setting. I brought with me a strong background & education in business management, public relations, positive leadership, and a belief that a successful business can be managed with compassion, empathetic views for clients & team members in a fun environment.

My Family (two & four legged) & friends are very important to us, so we like to spend our extra time together. During the summer you can find us at Lake Tahoe boating, golfing, shooting or just hanging out BBQing with friends. Being an Alum of UNR, the colder seasons (also known as football season) brings the “True Blue” of UNR , out in my veins (go pack). As a family, we definitely try to make the best of life and spend as much time possible in flip flops, because “life is far too short not to have a little umbrella in your drink”.

Gail Finkelstein

Gail Finkelstein, Veterinary Technician - Hi! My Name is Gail Finkelstein and I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician. After being in practice and living up at Lake Tahoe for 15 years, I am overjoyed to join Quail Ridge Animal Hospital and our amazing, talented staff.

I grew up in Nevada, so making the move to Carson valley was an easy choice. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

I am happily married and have three grown children. We share our home with several rescues, including a Jack Russell mix from Dog Town Rescue, a poodle mix from the Lake Tahoe humane Society and two very tolerant cats.

In my free time, I enjoy gardening and tending to our chickens. I am an avid reader and usually have at least two books going at once. I also spend quite a bit of time in my kitchen, trying out new gluten free recipes.

Hope Westbrook

Hope Westbrook, Veterinary Assistant - Hi, my name is Hope Reed. I am a veterinary assistant here at Quail Ridge Animal Hospital. Doctor Hewitt is my doctor and now my boss. I am a native of Carson City am happily married to a great guy for 9 years and we have three beautiful daughters, a son, and two beautiful granddaughters. I am also a volunteer with Dog Town Rescue, a local animal shelter. I am a student with Animal Behavior College currently studying dog obedience training. I have four pit bulls and a collie mix. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of our clients and future clients.


Courtney, Veterinary Assistant -  My name is Courtney and I have been a Veterinarian Assistant for a little over 4 years. Animals are my passion. If I could I would take everything home. I have lived in the Carson Valley most of my life. I love the rural atmosphere here in the valley. In my spare time I love to go camping with my family and of course with my 4 dogs. I also have a 2 cats. I am very excited to be here with Quail Ridge Animal Hospital and I look forward for what the future holds.

Hailey Bishop

Hailey Bishop, Veterinary Assistant - Hey there! I am Hailey Bishop and have had the great pleasure of working here at Quail Ridge Animal Hospital since May 2015. I have a Husky- Pitbull mix of my own named Miko and he is the love of my life. I spend most of my spare time with my family and friends. I am currently in school to get my Veterinary Assistant certification and hope to get my Veterinary Technician License in the next couple of years.

Working at Quail Ridge has changed my life and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful staff that I can call my second family. I so look forward to meeting all of our wonderful clients, new and old, and all of their furry, feathery and scaly babies.

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