Our Staff

Dr. Rachel Cain

Dr. Rachel Cain


The Vet-REC team is excited to welcome our newest veterinarian. Dr. Rachel Cain joins us in Mid-May from Ohio. We hope you will help us give her a big North Carolina welcome!




Kristen Watson

Kristen Watson

Often the first to greet new patients at our doors, Kristen is a receptionist and technician assistant at Vet-REC Veterinary Rehabilitation.

Born and raised in the Charlotte area, she attended CPCC - Central Piedmont Community College and received an associate degree in office administration in 1998, but her passion and love for animals led her into veterinary medicine. At a very young age she began pet sitting and had her heart set on a career as an animal caretaker. Her long term goal was to work in a veterinarian office and soon applied her office administration skills as a veterinary receptionist.

After fifteen years in veterinary medicine holding various positions in kennel, reception and office management she developed a strong desire to work in rehabilitation therapy for animals. Kristen is thankful for the opportunity to create special bonds with patients and their owners. She appreciates the ability to help animals maintain and improve their quality of life.

In her spare time, Kristen is involved in her church with a special interest in missions that have sent her around the world for many beautiful experiences. Kristen has a passion to help local and international less fortunate children. Kristen and her husband Frank share their time by getting outdoors, camping and hiking.

She shares her home with her beloved dogs, "Gidget", a Yorkshire Terrier, "Twiggy", a Chihuahua mix, and "Kimber", a black Lab.

Lori Brown

Lori Brown

A Massachusetts native, Lori moved to the beautiful State of North Carolina in the summer of 2008. While it was difficult to leave her family and friends in New England, Lori wanted to put the long cold winters in her rear view mirror and take on exciting challenges in a new environment. Lori has worked with and cared for all kinds of animals most of her life. At the young age of fifteen, her future career path seemed to present itself to her when she began working at a local reputable pet store. There, she quickly established wonderful relationships with her customers and the animals, and found that improving the lives of animals was something she had a deep passion for. Years later, she joined the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (M.S.P.C.A) as an adoption counselor and animal caregiver, where her passion would be further emphasized. Many long days were spent taking in animals, providing them with medical care, performing behavioral assessments and working with potential adoptees to help them find the perfect match. Lori first became interested in animal rehabilitation therapy when she adopted a dog (Carley Sue) that needed bi-lateral reconstructive knee surgery followed by extensive rehabilitation therapy. It was not long after that experience that Lori and her husband moved to Charlotte, where she continued her career as a Veterinary Assistant for local Veterinary Hospitals. Amongst her many functions, she assisted Veterinarians with Acupuncture, Laser therapy, Underwater Treadmill sessions and Orthopedic Surgeries. Lori loves meeting new clients and works tirelessly to ensure they have a positive, compassionate and rewarding experience. In her spare time, Lori enjoys all kinds of music, fitness, gardening and spending time relaxing with her husband. Lori has a Boxer Mix “son” named Louis Jefferson and a disgruntled cat named Sonia. Lori also had a “daughter” named Carley Sue, an American Staffordshire Terrier who devastatingly passed away from Cancer.

Carley Sue Brown RIP 8/2007 – 7/2016

Lauren Kablan

Lauren Kablan

Beginning as a volunteer in the fall of 2015, Lauren joined the Vet-Rec team as a receptionist/vet tech assistant to expand her knowledge of rehabilitation and veterinary care. In August 2016, she transitioned into a permanant role and has been loving on our 4-legged patients ever since.

Although a native to Nashville, TN, Lauren has found residence in several states including Kentucky and Arizona. In addition, she lived in Raleigh, NC for 12 years and has called Charlotte home since 2008. Lauren’s love for animals began at an early age as she assisted her family with rescuing abandoned and abused animals in her local community. She has remained committed to this cause throughout the years while serving as a foster mom for the Arizona Beagle Rescue and as a volunteer for many organizations, events, and fund raisers across the nation. She has a true passion for the well-being of each pet and derives great joy out of participating in their lives.

When she’s not doting over animals, Lauren enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, traveling the globe, attending music events, napping, creating art, reading and spending time with her beloved husband, Henny. She also serves as a manager and walker for a Charlotte based pet sitting company and has been the proud parent of a precious Beagle, Miss Abby, since 2005.