We Care !




Our Team offers many years of experience and service to patients in our community.  Thank you for entrusting us to be partners with you as you seek better health and maintain your quality of life. 

Thomas Rhyne White MD. (center): Physician

Josh Carpenter, MD.: Physician (shown below)

Shari Harmon (far left): Clinical Supervisor

Kristin Beam (far right): Office Manager

Lutricia Bennett FNP-C: Nurse Practitioner (shown below) 

Amanda Harris: Clinical Assistant 

Mary Patterson: Office Assistant 



Thomas White MD

A native of Cherryville, Dr. White attended Duke University for his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. In 1988 he returned to Cherryville and established Cherryville Primary Care. In 2015 he opened Hometown Direct Care, the first direct primary care practice in this area. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and Clinical Lipidology. In 2015, he served as the President of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. He is married to Diana, and they have 2 children - Whitney, an RN, and Daniel, also an MD and in surgery training - and one grandson, Lawson. 


Lutricia Bennett FNP-C

Also a native of Cherryville, Ms Bennett is a graduate of UNC-C. She completed her Family Nurse Practitioner training at Duke University. She has extensive experience in primary care, intensive care medicine, anti-aging, bariatrics, and aesthetics. In 2015 she opened Incandescence Wellness and Medical Spa, a thriving independent practice in Cherryville which focuses on skin care and weight loss. She currently works part-time at Hometown Direct Care, bringing an emphasis on wellness and prevention. Her hobbies include running and her family. She is married to Kevin, a Baptist minister, and they have 2 daughters. 

Dr. Josh Carpenter is a native of Duncan's Creek in Rutherford County. He attended Burns High School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at Cabarrus / NorthEast Medical Center. He is married to Megan, and they have a daughter, Lucy.

Dr. Carpenter is an incredibly smart and well-trained physician. You will love him. He is personable and has the bedside manner we all seek in our physician. As Dr. White said: "I could not have found a physician better-suited for our practice and our community. Dr. Josh Carpenter is the kind of doctor that I would want for myself, and for my family, friends and neighbors."

Dr. Carpenter will serve patients primarily at our new office at 5 East Marion Street in Shelby. We look forward to delivering to the City of Shelby and Cleveland County an innovative model of primary care, which provides better access and a more personalized experience.