Matthew Wheelock, DVM

Dr. Wheelock is a 2002 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.  While in school he was keeper for LSU’s live tiger mascot and a co-chair for the LSU Wildlife and Raptor Rehabilitation Unit. He did a preceptorship with the Baton Rouge Zoo before graduation.

After graduation, Dr. Wheelock spent a year practicing small animal medicine and emergency care at Roanoke Animal Hospital in Roanoke Rapids, NC.  He spent two years practicing at the Animal Medical Hospital in Charlotte, NC, and then acted as Chief of Staff at Harris Blvd Veterinary Clinic in north Charlotte for almost 3 years.  He has a special interest in surgery, dentistry and exotics. 

Dr. Wheelock published (Feb 2007) an online article about one of his pet interests: Chameleons! The article is about Calcium Supplementation in Chameleons and gives an overview of the supplementation and care needs of these special little guys.  To read the article, please go to

Dr. Wheelock is married to Dr. Jill Smith-Wheelock.  They currently have two sons, 1 pomeranian, 1 quaker parrot, 2 Parson's chameleons,  multiple leachianus geckos, multiple crested geckos and various “critters” required for feeding the reptiles.

Jill Smith-Wheelock, DVM
Dr. Smith is a 2000 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.  While in school, Dr Smith pursued her special interest in dermatology and feline medicine.  Dr. Smith was awarded “Outstanding Feline Practitioner” for her veterinary class.

After graduation, Dr Smith spent two years working at Causeway Animal Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana honing her skills in small animal internal medicine.  Dr. Smith took a small hiatus to give birth to her two sons, but has kept up to date acting as a relief doctor in Roanoke Rapids and Charlotte, NC in the last 4 years.  Dr. Smith has a special interest in dermatology and geriatrics.

Dr. Smith is married to Dr. Matthew Wheelock.  She currently has two sons, a pomeranian, and 1 quaker parrot.   (Dr. Smith tolerates Dr. Wheelock’s in-hospital reptile menagerie…) 

Michelle Cameron, DVM
Dr. Cameron received her BS in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M in 2004.  She then graduated with a DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. During veterinary school, she was awarded the American Association of Feline Practitioners Senior Student Award.

After graduation, she completed a 1 year internship in small animal medicine and surgery here in Charlotte at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.  Now done with her internship, she has been drawn to Dilworth’s close knit community and the continuity of a neighborhood family practice. Her interests include feline medicine, dentistry, and emergency medicine.  Outside of the clinic, Dr. Cameron enjoys traveling and reading.  

The Cameron household is ruled by a Persian cat named Peggy.  The Camerons also have two sweet and energetic Labradoodles named Ellie & Kevin.

Carolyn Collier, DVM

Dr. Collier graduated with a DVM from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. During veterinary school, she was the rehabilitation coordinator for the Turtle Rescue Team and an aquarist for the school's saltwater aquarium and poison dart-frog vivarium. Prior to graduation, she completed clinical rotations at the Carolina Raptor Center; North Carolina Zoo; and South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.

After graduation, Dr. Collier completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, FL. Having completed her internship, Dr. Collier is happy to return to the Mid-Atlantic and join the Dilworth Animal Hospital team. Her interests include internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, and exotic-animal medicine.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Collier enjoys Zumba dancing, playing handbells, swimming, and reading. Dr. Collier has one cat named Jenny.

Laura Theobald, DVM

Dr. Theobald graduated with her B.S. in biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl. in 2006.  She then attended the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2010.  During veterinary school, she took elective courses in internal medicine, preventative medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Theobald practiced for two years in Florida before relocating to Charlotte, NC to be closer to family.  The following five years were spent in general practice, where three of those years included consulting in hospice and geriatric care in the Greater Charlotte area.  She has a special interest in dentistry, preventative care and end of life care.

Dr. Theobald met her husband, Joseph, at Eckerd College.  They have a son, Christopher, and two dogs, a corgi mix named Cassiopeia and a labrador mix name Timber.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, running and hiking.

Elena Shirley, DVM, CVA

Dr Shirley earned her DVM from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in both general practice and emergency practice for the last eight years. 
Her profesional passions in veterinary practice include:  Integrated medicine, surgery, acupuncture in orthopedic and neurologic disease, and ophthalmology.  

She completed her specialty certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2014. Incorporating this modality has provided optimal pain management with no side effects, created rapid return to function and speeded recovery for countless patients over her career.  She has been an invited speaker in veterinary medical schools in both the USA and South America, and coauthored a publication in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 

Dr Shirley believes that Success is about we, not me.  A team that is dedicated to each other ensures unparalleled client service and patient care. This is Dilworth Animal Hospital’s culture, making all the difference to her in the practice of veterinary medicine.  

Her personal life is blessed with the love of her life, beautiful children, wonderful family and friends, near and around the globe, and critters of all shapes and sizes that leave paw prints on our hearts.