Meet Our Team

Caring Hearts Animal Hospital is staffed with a team of friendly, compassionate professionals who want nothing but the best care for your four-legged friends. If you have any questions about our veterinary staff in Matthews, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Jenn Kruse

Registered Veterinary Technician/Practice Manager

Born in Chadron, Nebraska, Jenn always found every opportunity she could to ride horses as a kid. Her love of animals persisted, and now she wears many hats at Caring Hearts Animal Hospital—registered veterinary technician, inventory manager, technical team leader, and the creator and lead instructor of the Puppy Preschool Program!

After attending various colleges for multiple studies, Jenn stumbled upon the Veterinary Technician program at Gaston College and was accepted into the program in 1998. She graduated with honors in 2000, took her national and state exams, and passed to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)! In 2004 she came to Caring Hearts. At the clinic, Jenn likes her inventory work because of the detail-oriented nature. She also likes assigning tasks, working with clients, and troubleshooting with equipment.

At home, Jenn has four cats named Miette, LanMan, Legolas, and Micah as well as a feral cat she takes care of named Khan. She also has two Boston terrier mixes named Django and Phedre. In her free time, she likes reading, listening to public radio, listening to music, watching performance art, and hiking with her dogs. She’s also President of the Board for her condo community, which allows her to work on her people skills.

Amanda Morgan

Registered Veterinary Technician

Amanda grew up in a small Connecticut town and was raised with dogs, cats, and horses. She even showed horses, and was always asking the family veterinarian the “why’s,” “what’s,” and “how’s” of animal medicine. Now she’s a veterinary professional herself and works as a registered veterinary technician.

Amanda received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Virginia Tech, then attended Northwestern Connecticut Community College to receive her Associate in Veterinary Technology degree. Upon passing the national exam, she moved to Charlotte and started at Caring Hearts Animal Hospital in October of 2010.

Dental cleaning is one of Amanda’s passions within veterinary medicine—she says some of the before-and-after images of the cleanings she’s done will make your jaw drop! She also likes making clients comfortable and learning new things in the veterinary world.

Amanda and her husband, Dustin, have two dogs, Keebler and Fairlee; two cats, Atticus and Meechum; and a fish. Outside of work, she enjoys horseback riding with her horse, Ozzy; running; and creating crafts, which helps her think out of the box.

Becky Kale

Registered Veterinary Technician

Becky has been a registered veterinary technician at Caring Hearts since May 2016, but she’s been working with animals since she was 15. Originally from Virginia, she moved to Charlotte, NC, with her family when she was 4 years old. Pets have always been part of her life. In fact, she can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a pet (she had cats growing up).

She’s always liked being around animals and wanted to help take care of them, so becoming an RVT seemed like a natural choice for her. She earned her certification from Gastonia College in 2004. As an RVT, Becky enjoys getting to know her clients and seeing their pets grow up. She also loves keeping pets healthy and educating their owners. In terms of the services she provides, her favorite is drawing blood.

When she’s not at work, Becky enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Adam, and her pets (a calico cat named Spunky and a mixed breed dog named Princess). She especially loves trying new places to eat, going to the movies, sitting on the porch, and just taking it easy. She plans to also try kayaking soon.

Michele Holley

Veterinary Assistant

Michele love for—and desire to work with—animals began when she was a child. She grew up on a farm in Pageland, SC, around all types of animals, including horses, donkeys, cats, dogs, birds, fish, turtles, rabbits, and cows. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in animal and veterinary sciences in 2008 from Clemson University, where she is currently working on her master’s in agricultural education. She joined the Caring Hearts team as a veterinary assistant in April 2013. As a veterinary assistant, Michele loves working with clients and educating them about their pets’ health.

When she’s not at work, Michele cares for her own pets: a Chihuahua named Missy; three Great Danes named Ellie May, Jethro, and Vidalia; a pit bull mix named Jolene; a lab mix named Bonnie; a cat named Artemis; and three horses named Abby, Willy, and Sara. She also spends time with her family and long-time boyfriend, Cameron.