Meet the Team

A Team of Professionals

Meet the Team

Daniel Sweet, DVM

Daniel Sweet, D.V.M.

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Daniel Sweet graduated from the University of California of Davis in 1986 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In early March of 1995, Dr. Sweet opened up this 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 been attending their conferences and remains current and knowledgeable on veterinary medicine.

Dr. Sweet loves spending time with his family and riding his horses Sydney and Cooper. He enjoys riding Sydney in Cutting competitions. Cooper is his young prospect in training. He hopes to continue trail riding and horse-camping with his horses.

Kimberly Hauck, D.V.M.


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. After completing her Bachelors she continued at UC Davis in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hauck graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2015.

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. She has orchestrated several successful equine emergency rescues since her joining in 2016.

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 gelding named Arrow, which she adopted from an equine rescue in El Dorado Hills.

Carol Van Hoogmoed, D.V.M.


Dr. Van Hoogmoed grew up in the central valley. She attended Fresno State, where she got her Bachelor’s in Animal Science. After receiving her Bachelors, she went on to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she majored in Veterinary Medicine.

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

Dr. Carol is training for disaster medicine. She is also an accomplished writer with many articles relating to veterinary medicine.

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. Dr. Carol can be seen riding her horse on the weekends she isn’t traveling or busy running her daughters somewhere.


Carole Sweet

Business Manager

Carole grew up in Fresno county with her 3 sisters. She was out riding horses with the cowboys since before she could 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 riding with her horse John. She also likes to go horse-camping with her trail horse Naughtman. If she is not with her horses, Carole will be taking classes in crafting arts.

Carolina Garcia

Carolina Garcia

Head Technician

Carolina Garcia grew up in Escalon, California. At the end of March of this year, she will have an Associate’s in Veterinary Science, and be a Certified Veterinary Technician from Carrington College. Carolina participated in a couple of internship programs before deciding to work for Sweet River Equine Clinic, Inc.

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 and riding horses, under her Grandpa’s watchful eye, she has wanted to have a career with horses.

Outside of work, Carolina enjoys being outside, doing activities such as: 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.

Janell Percey

Veterinary Assistant

Coming Soon!

Dezmine Washington​​​​​​​

Veterinary Assistant

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 and in a 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 wonderful horses and one adorable mini. Ducati, Dakari and Shango are her horses and Twilight is her awesome driving miniature horse. She also has a pet Peahen named Ambrosia Salad.

Although she recently joined us as an employee, she has been volunteering for us for quite awhile. We are very excited to have her now officially on our team and we look forward to seeing her progress.

Ashley O’Brien

Veterinary Assistant II

Ashley was born in Oakdale, California. She is a local girl born and raised, and started riding horses at the young age of three. She loves to ride and compete on her horses. She even wants to become a professional trainer and rider!

In her off time she is doing photography, building her online tack store and training her horses. She has so many horses she is training that she can’t remember all their names!. She also has an adorable Border Collie named Josie who likes to ride along with Ashley.

Ashley has been working with us since September, and we are very happy to have her on board. She is a quick learner, and a wonderful horse handler. We look forward to her growing future here at Sweet River Equine Clinic, Inc.

Everardo Lopez

Facilities Maintenance

Coming Soon!

Sheryl Bolin

Sheryl Bolin

Office Manager - Receptionist

Sheryl grew up in Walnut Creek. While Sheryl didn’t grow up with horses, she always dreamed of having one of her own. When she was interviewed for her position here, she was asked what she knew about horses and her answer was, “I like them.” Needless to say, in the 23 years of working at the clinic she has gained lots of knowledge and experience. For a moment in time she owned a beautiful mustang named Firefly that she and her daughter enjoyed riding.

Sheryl enjoys spending time with her daughter Ashley and grandson Aiden. She currently has one adorable dog, Peanut, who is often seen greeting the clients as they come into the office. She also has one cat, a big fluff-ball named Elsie.

Jennifer Metcalf

Jennifer Metcalf


Jennifer grew up here in the Central Valley. She grew up riding horses from a very young age. In fact, Jennifer has been caring for horses all of her life. She came to us with loads of experience; which includes working at a boarding facility and veterinary office work since 1997.

Jennifer has been with us since 2006. Since then she has seen many interesting patients come through the clinic. Her most interesting memory is when Dr. Sweet castrated a Zebra colt.

In Jennifer’s spare time she volunteers her time as a 4-H community club leader, as well as a project leader for rabbits, cooking, sewing, and crafts. Her animal household consists of 7 dogs: Gus, Tulean, Tallica, Diamond, Deagan, Jethro, and a new puppy. She also has 2 cats: Tiger and Sophie, and a Ball Python named Precious.

Brianna Sweet

Brianna Sweet


Brianna grew up here in the Modesto area. She has had horses her entire life. Her Horses include Katie and Derby. 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 for over a year. You might even catch her riding one of her horses in the arena!

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

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