Meet Our Doctors in Matthews, NC

Dr. Lorie White

Looking for an experienced, compassionate vet in Matthews? You found her at Caring Hearts Animal Hospital, with Dr. Lorie White! When she was just 4 years old, she told her mother that she wanted to become a veterinarian when she grew up. She never wavered from her conviction, and after more than 20 years on the job, she’s still as passionate about veterinary care as she was as a kid!

Dr. White was born in Hilliard, OH, and relocated with her family to Kentucky when she was 11. After her undergraduate schooling at Morehead State University, she attended Auburn University Veterinary School, then moved to Charlotte, NC. After working for 13 years as an associate veterinarian, she decided it was time to start her own practice and opened Caring Hearts Animal Hospital in 2004.

As a vet, Dr. White enjoys puppy vaccine visits and helping clients understand all the things they can do to give their pets the healthiest life possible. She also likes surgery because she has the tools and solutions in her grasp.

Dr. White shares her house with her long-time friend Paula. They have two dogs, Bocci and Oakley, as well as three cats named Turner, Kit, and Dottie. Dr. White is a big sports fan and loves the Atlanta Braves—one day she wants to travel and see the Braves play in many ball parks around the country. She also likes cheering on her alma mater, Auburn, and the Carolina Panthers. When time allows, she enjoys camping and hiking with her dogs.

Dr. Lauren Birch

We want to welcome Dr. Lauren Birch as our new associate veterinarian. She comes to us with over 7 years of experience in AAHA-accredited practices, so she knows quality medicine! Her addition to our team will enable us to offer more appointment times to better serve our patients.

At Caring Hearts Animal Hospital,  we know how important it is for our patients to have a low-stress visit. We make every effort through treats, pheromones, a deep understanding of animal behavior and respect for our patients’ personal space to make that happen. We couldn’t hire a doctor who did not agree wholeheartedly with our philosophy. Dr. Birch believes in Fear Free techniques and will add her name to our list of Fear Free Certified professionals.

But it is also about your experience at our animal hospital–we know you will love Dr. Birch’s outgoing personality and her commitment to great client service.  She believes that her after-school job as a restaurant server really honed her proficiency!


Dr. Laura Morefield, DVM

Dr. Morefield decided long ago (when she was five years old, to be exact) that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and she never gave up on that dream. At Caring Hearts, we consider ourselves lucky that she was determined to make that happen, as now we are able to offer her expertise to our clients!

After growing up in Northern Virginia as one of four kids, Dr. Morefield pursued both her undergrad and veterinary degree at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) making Blacksburg her official home-away-from-home. She’s no stranger to hard work, and has held various positions while growing up, including being a kennel cleaner at vet hospitals, selling beer at a baseball park, and even working for the FBI in Quantico, Virginia!

Today, Dr. Morefield resides with her husband of 29 years, their three dogs, and two cats. While they are very well-traveled, in more recent years they’ve nested into the joy of being homebodies and taking care of their property and beloved pets.

Dr. Morefield’s hobbies include hot yoga, woodworking, “upcycling” antiques, and dog training. She has competed in multiple agility and trick competitions with her own pets (specifically her two younger Blue Heelers, Carly and Jyn), including the “So You Think You Can Bark” competition and the AKC Virtual Trick Competition, in which she won second and first place. Her oldest Blue Heeler, Cassius, lives the retired dog life, and no longer competes. All three are Blue Heelers with differing personalities, but are loved equally!

Dr. Morefield is a woman of many skills, but as far as veterinary preferences, her favorite things to do are surgeries, acupuncture, and physical therapy on dogs and cats.

Caring Hearts is thrilled to welcome her to the practice, and we can’t wait to see what amazing things she has in store for our clients!