Meet the Team

Daniel Sweet, DVM

Daniel Sweet, D.V.M.

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Daniel Sweet attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obisbo for his Bachelor’s Degree. He then went on to graduate from the University of California of Davis in 1986 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In March of 1995 Dr. Sweet opened the practice with his wife, Carole Sweet.

Dr. Sweet has been an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners for 35 years. He has a special interest in podiatry, reproduction, and sports medicine.

Dr. Sweet loves spending time with his family and riding his cutting horses, Sydney and Cooper. He hopes to continue trail riding and horse-camping with his horses.


Carole Sweet

Practice Manager

Carole grew up in Fresno county with her three sisters. She was out riding horses with the cowboys before she could even walk. Carole graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Management. In 1995 she helped her husband, Dr. Dan Sweet, open Sweet River Equine Clinic, Inc. She has remained at the clinic as the Business Manager.

Carole enjoys fun days out carriage driving with her horse John. She also likes to go horse-camping with her trail horse, Nauttman. If she is not with her horses, Carole is oftentaking classes in crafting arts.

Kimberly Hauck, D.V.M.

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kim Hauck grew up in San Marcos in North San Diego County. She completed her Bachelors in Animal Biology at the University of California of Davis. he then continued at UC Davis in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hauck graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Hauck has a special interest in emergency and disaster medicine, as well as preventative care. She is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps and has orchestrated several successful equine emergency rescues.

Outside of work, Dr. Hauck enjoys camping, boating, and spending time with her husband, Eric. She has two dogs, Balou and Linus. She also has a mustang named Arrow, which she adopted from an equine rescue in El Dorado Hills.

Carol Van Hoogmoed, D.V.M.

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Carol Van Hoogmoed grew up in the Central Valley. She attended Fresno State, where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. She then went on to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

While she has over 20 years of experience as a licensed veterinarian, she has also been a licensed veterinary chiropractor since 2015.

Dr. Carol is training in disaster medicine. She also has experience in veterinary research and has published many articles. She belongs to: AVMA, CVMA, NSJVMA, CoAc, AAEP

When she is not working, Dr. Carol enjoys spending time with her family and their dog Harla. She enjoys camping trips and long road trips to visit her family in New Mexico with her husband, Andy, and two daughters.

Carolina Garcia

Carolina Garcia

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Carolina Garcia grew up in Escalon, California. At the end of March of 2020, she earned an Associate’s in Veterinary Science and is a Certified Veterinary Technician from Carrington College. Carolina participated in several small animal and large animal internship programs and was a long-term volunteer at Sweet River Equine Clinic, Inc. before being hired as our Lead Veterinary Assistant.

Carolina has a special interest in large animals and would like to pursue continuing her education in equine medicine. Ever since she was a little girl riding horses under her Grandpa’s watchful eye, she has wanted to have a career with horses.

Outside of work, Carolina enjoys being outside, off-roading, hanging out on the water, and hiking. When she gets home from work, she is greeted by her 95 lbs. Mastiff/Rottweiler puppy named Brody. She also has a beautiful horse, Buck Holiday, who she enjoys riding in her free time.

Dezmine Washington​​​​​​​

Veterinary Assistant III

Dezmine was born and raised in Turlock, California. She is a lifelong rancher at her grandparents’ place. She rides and drives her horses whenever she can. In her time off you can see her and her ponies at a Mini Petting Zoo or Kids’ Horse Educational class. She has always loved horses and is very interested in learning more about their reproductive habits and changes in equine welfare.

She currently has three horses, Ducati, Dakari, and Shango, and one adorable mini, Twilight, who is used for driving as well as local equine education. She also has a pet Peahen named Ambrosia Salad.

Dezmine started as a hard-working volunteer before she was hired. We are very excited to have her officially on our team and we look forward to seeing her progress.

Brianna Sweet

Brianna Sweet

HR, Social Media & Marketing Manager

Brianna grew up here in the Modesto area and has had horses her entire life.. Brianna grew up right here at the Clinic and has had a lot of experience assisting her dad, Dr. Sweet. Brianna currently works in the office and assists the vets when needed. She has been working at Sweet River in the office since 2019. You might even catch her riding one of her horses in the arena!

When Brianna is not working or riding her horses, Katie and Derby, she enjoys spending time with her dog Belle.

Everardo Lopez

Facilities Maintenance

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Nikki Hawn, RVT

Hospital Manager

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Paris Bennett

Veterinary Assistant II

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Cassidy Pehl

Veterinary Assistant I

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