Lauren E. Shores, DVM

Dr. Shores grew up primarily in Michigan and Mississippi as a ‘vet school brat’. Her father, Dr. Andy Shores, is currently a veterinary neurosurgeon and neurologist at Mississippi State University. Throughout her childhood, she lived in various college towns including Auburn, AL, East Lansing, MI, and Starkville, MS, where her father was attending a residency, obtaining a degree, or teaching.

Growing up in a learning environment and around animals with her father naturally contributed to her career choice. She attended Auburn University to obtain her undergraduate degree in Zoology and then attended the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with her DVM in 2008. She has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in the North DFW area ever since.

Always involved in athletics and performing arts, Dr. Shores has been a ballerina, violinist, and softball player. Her interest in the arts has carried over into adulthood, as she has held numerous principal roles in The Nutcracker with The Frisco Ballet and is a professional background vocalist and member of The Fever Band, mainly covering Elvis Presley’s music all over the United States. You may have seen her on stage without even realizing it!

Dr. Shores and her husband Marcus have three dogs and two cats. Devo is a whippet who can sprint to chase a rabbit or squirrel but mainly prefers to stay wrapped up in a blanket 20+ hours a day. Monkey, a Labrador Retriever mix, is a mentally and physically disabled dog to some degree, having been hit by a car at the age of 10 weeks in 2007, causing brain damage. He does just fine, though, walking in circles to the left and loving life. Nellie is a Labrador Retriever/Boxer mix and is absolutely full of energy. Until she recently tore a ligament in her knee, she was widely regarded as indestructible. You’ll all be glad to know she is back to playing frisbee! The cats, Prima Ballerina and Mr. Cheese, get along well with the dogs and complete the pack.

Jennifer Whitworth, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Whitworth grew up in Henryetta, Oklahoma. She developed her interest in veterinary medicine at a young age while growing up on a small farm with a wide variety of animal friends that she loved and cared for. Her decision to become a veterinarian was made at the early age of four, and it never wavered.

She began gaining hands-on experience and knowledge of the profession with her first veterinary assistant job at age fifteen. She continued to work in veterinary clinics while completing high school, undergraduate courses, and her veterinary degree.
In 2002, Dr. Whitworth finished her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. She then went on to receive her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.

Since completion of vet school, she has enjoyed practicing small animal medicine in Oklahoma, California, and Texas. She has been a resident of Little Elm since 2010 when she first met and practiced with Dr. Shores. Dr. Whitworth is excited to be working close to home in her own community.

Outside of work, Dr. Whitworth enjoys spending her time with her husband, Noel, and daughter, Jaylee. On weekends, they love to travel home to Oklahoma to spend time in the country with their cows, donkey, and ducks. They also share their life and home with their beloved four-legged family members: a Bichon Frise named Maizy, a Shih-Tzu mix named Fergie, a Shih-Tzu named KC, a Dachshund named Anna, a Shih-Tzu named Amelia, and two adorable kitties, Layla and Mackenzie.

Alyson Bogus

Alyson was born an army brat in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where her family was stationed for five years. She moved to Plano, TX when she was three and has lived in the North Texas area ever since.

She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015, double majoring in biology and journalism (with a concentration in public relations). Alyson has always loved animals and has worked with numerous rescues and animal day cares since she was young. Currently, she shares her home with a boxer mix named Marley.

Sarah Smithers

Receptionist/Hospital Assistant

Sarah has lived in Denton her whole life. She graduated from Denton High School and went to Tarleton State University majoring in Animal Sciences.

She started her own pet sitting business when she was 9, and learned about AKC dog shows. She began showing at just 11 years old. Sarah got her own dog Cowboy when She was 13 and raised/trained/showed him in AKC conformation dog shows.

Cory Chockley


Cory was born and raised in Plano, TX. He started working in the veterinary field when he was in high school as kennel help and eventually worked his way up to a technician position.

He moved to Denton in 2012 and attended the University of North Texas where he received his B.S in Biology, focusing on genetics. When he’s not working you can find him playing with his three cats, Momma (dilute tortie), Sealy (Siamese mix) and Steve (black DSH).


Wally was found hiding out in the garden center at Wal-Mart. He’s an absolute sweetheart and loves everyone he meets!