Our Team

The Above & Beyond Pet Care Hospital team

Our Mission: Providing compassionate, quality care to our clients and patients by exhibiting and upholding the high standards of veterinary care established by AAHA and our late founder, Dr. Jeanette Lubenau. As well as treating every pet as family and through client and community education.

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Hospital Manager

Erika Salazar

Erika started in January 2018 and is very excited to join the team here at Above and Beyond. She is passionate about animals and dreams of opening a shelter or rescue later in life. Erika graduated in Amarillo from Tascosa High School and continued her studies at Amarillo College and South Plains College. She moved to Lubbock in 2006 where she worked in retail for 11 years. Erika is married, has two beautiful children and a cat named Jax.

Reception Staff

Renee Mobley

I was born in Luling, TX and lived there until 1984. My family and I moved to Post, TX, where I graduated from high school in 1987. I joined Above and Beyond on November 11, 2014, and before long was made resort lead. I began working in the veterinary industry because of my love for animals and I joined the team here for a fun and exciting new experience. I have been working in the field since 1992, when I started work at another practice as a veterinary technician.

I work on the resort side of the hospital. I make sure all the animals are watered, fed, and medicated (if needed). I take pride in making sure they are clean and smelling great before going home. I truly enjoy everything I do, from doggy daycare to bathing. Most days I go home tired and sometimes covered in dirt or mud but love every second!

I am married to Galen, who is a mechanic, and have two beautiful daughters Michele and Rachael. I have one grandson, Konner, who loves water gun fights! We all really enjoy spending time with each other, mountain biking, and traveling on weekends. I say I haven’t achieved much, but I have raised a wonderful family and enjoy making time for others!

Natasha Carranza

Natasha was born and raised in Levelland and graduated high school in 2010 and then continued her education at Texas State University. After owning her own hair studio, she found her love for animals and joined the team at Above and Beyond in 2016. She also has a love for human health and is studying at South Plains College to become a Surgical Technologist. Natasha is engaged to her fiancé Ray and they have a pit bull named Chloe. God is her number one priority in life and she is very blessed to have found a wonderful family at home and at work.

Technician Staff

Morgan Garcia

When I was younger, my Mom asked me to think of a job that I would love to do, and all I could come up with was working with animals. In High School, I started working at a vet clinic where I grew up in New Braunfels with the eventual goal of becoming a stock contractor. I loved the veterinary field so much that I changed my mind and decided that vet school would be a much better choice for me. I moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University in 2009, pursuing a degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. I applied for a Veterinary Technician job at Above & Beyond in June of 2009 and have worked part time while attending classes since then.

Being a juvenile diabetic, I like the endocrine cases we see at the clinic. If you have a diabetic animal that is seen at Above & Beyond, chances are very good that you will end up talking with me at some point! One of my favorite cases so far was a cat with chronic ear infections who began having trouble with the eye on the same side as the infected ear. In school, we had just talked about the anatomy of the cranial nerves and how the nerve for your eye travels through the inner ear. It was so cool to put it together that the chronic inflammation in the ear was affecting the cat's eye!

I have 4 siblings and 2 wonderful parents. I am married to Casey, the greatest man I've ever met. He is the barn manager at a hippotherapy center and works with handicapped kids and their families. I have a blue heeler named Trixy, an Aussie named Bandy, and a calico cat named Paisley. I also have a quarter horse and a paint horse. I love to watch rodeo when I am not busy with work and school.

Morgan

Amanda Paredes, LVT

I was born and raised in Tahoka, TX. I started working as a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) at Above and Beyond on June 10, 2015. I joined the team to grow in knowledge of the veterinary medical field. The reason I was so excited to work at Above and Beyond is that we strive to provide the best and most updated medical care possible and make a pledge to never stop learning. I really want to make a difference in the pet and client’s lives.

Straight out of high school I attended and graduated from Midland College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Then I passed the state and national board exams to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Being a technician, I enjoy every case that comes in because it can be like unraveling a mystery and we never quite know what we’ll discover each day when we come to work. I like teaching clients how to better understand their pets.

I am happily married to my high school sweetheart Jonathan. We have two “kids” together, Khloe and Whiskey. Khloe is a spoiled Boston Terrier/Pug mix and Whiskey is a mischievous long haired cat. Jonathan and I both enjoy spending time together, laughing, attending concerts, movies, and going out of town on trips.

When not at work, I like to teach myself new hobbies such as crochet, painting, sewing, and DIY crafts. I enjoy volunteering at my church and attending bible study. I love serving others humbly and without selfishness.

Jeanna, LVT

Jeanna joined the team here at Above and Beyond in 2017 and is our newest Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has a precious daughter Rey Rey, a husky/heeler named Fenris and a long haired cat named Mufasa. She loves meeting new people and their fur babies and hearing about their backgrounds and life experiences. Jeanna is passionate about pet wellness and educating her clients.

Resort Staff

Michala Scott

Michala grew up in Levelland and moved to Lubbock when she was 12. She started off as a volunteer at Above and Beyond in ­­­­­­2012 and loved it so much she started working here in 2014. Her favorite part of the job is getting to meet the wide variety of fur babies in the Lubbock area. She takes pride in working with animals and gaining their trust. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing an animal that is nervous and scared and being able to work closely with them to gain their trust and see their true personality come out. Micahala did just that when she adopted Lulu, a deaf dog that was abandoned at our hospital.

Allison Stern

Allison is from Minnesota and loves hiking and being outdoors with her boyfriend and her Corgi Willow. She also has two cats, Ryo and a three legged kitten, Nox who she found here at the hospital. Allison has volunteered and worked for pet resorts for four years and is passionate about animals and takes pride in being able to take care for other people’s fur babies.

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