Veterinarian Staff


Melinda Fowler, Practice Manager 

Hi there, I have had the pleasure of being the Practice Manger at Quail Ridge Animal Hospital since Aug. of 2006. My husband John & I have the joy of sharing our home with our furry family in the beautiful Carson Valley & we are lucky enough to have our daughter Sydney and granddaughter MacKenzie living close by so we can share in all their special moments. What originally drew me to Quail Ridge was the sense of compassion as well as quality of care exhibited by the Drs. & 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.

Our 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, kayaking, golfing, shooting or just hanging out BBQing with friends. We are truly blessed.

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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Alyssa Lopiccolo - Hi there! My name is Alyssa Lopiccolo and I have lived in Carson city most of my life. I moved to Maui my sophomore year and graduated from high school a year early as a junior. I have two dogs of my own, a one year old husky mix and a four year old pitbull mix, both of which are my world. I live with my boyfriend Ikaika, who I have been with for almost 2 years. 

I just recently started at Quail Ridge Animal Hospital and I absolutely love it. Working with animals is my passion and what I want to do for my career. I’m hoping to become a veterinary technician and this is a great way to start my career. I have already learned so much in the past few months of working here and I feel so privileged to be on this team.



Emily Ray, Front Office Receptionist - Hello! My name is Emily, I've lived in Nevada for 27 years and I've worked in the veterinary field for 4 years as a receptionist and have worked at Quail Ridge since July 2016. I love animals and enjoy seeing them every day. I have a few critters at home...3 dogs, Olive my lovely pitbull, Clifford my fat lab/basset mix and Milo my mini pitt/basset mix. I have 3 cats, Bear, Pablo Escocat and Cheddar. Then there's the others... 2 parakeets, a rat, a hamster and 2 ball pythons. Needless to say there is a lot of love in my home. I also live with my husband Michael and daughters Abbie and Carlie. I love working with animals, but photography is my number one love and I love photographing nature, landscapes and animals. I take pictures whenever I can and I'm in the process of starting photography classes. I hope to one day be a professional photographer. But until then working with animals is what I enjoy doing and will continue to do.



Sabrina Thomson  - Hi there! Hi! My name is Sabrina Thomson, I am a receptionist here at Quail Ridge Animal Hospital since June of 2016. I moved to Nevada 3 years ago from Miller Place New York where I was a LVT for 9 years working for specialty hospital as the lead technician in the radiology department and critical care unit. I have been working in the field for 17 years and wouldn't change it.  I am currently working on my bachelor's degree in Animal Science then on to my Master's in education, where I hope to teach in my field at a college level someday.  My area's of expertise are dentistry, radiology, equine and marine medicine.  In my off time I'm usually swimming up at the lake where last year I completed the swim around Tahoe swimming 72 miles. I'm an avid gamer and cos-player, cooking and archery are also passions of mine. I live here in Carson City with my 5 year old son Dimitri aka D and boyfriend Thomas.  Our furry family consist of our dog Copper, our kitties Mew Mew, Aristotle and Nyx.  I am very happy to be working in the front office meeting and helping our clients with all their needs because we have some of the best patients!

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