Our Veterinarians


Dr. Jeanette Lubenau

In Loving Memory of Dr. Jeanette Lubenau 1970-2014: Welcome to our clinic! I am the founding veterinarian of Above & Beyond Pet Care Hospital. We opened our doors January 13, 2004 and we happily moved to our current location and added on the Pet Resort in the summer of 2010.

I was born and raised in Alamogordo, NM. When I was a child, I saw a dog get seriously injured. I felt so helpless and didn't know how to help, so in the first grade, I decided I would be a veterinarian. Growing up, I was a proud 1st chair member of the Alamogordo Tiger Band Drum Line in high school, a lifeguard, and a girl scout camp horse "wrangler".

With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, I entered the veterinary world. I put in my hours as a kennel worker and I attended NMSU for my undergraduate degree (Go Aggies!!). After four more years of hard studying, I graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1994. I originally wanted to be a SeaWorld vet, but after learning how much research is involved with a position like that, I came to Texas thinking I could pursue my career with horses. Ahhh, best laid plans: I ended up in Lubbock working in small animal medicine and wildlife and haven't regretted a moment of it. Animals are the most important thing to me: I want the best for my own pets and in turn, I want the best for all pets.

I love what I do. In particular, I love surgery (neuters make my day), and surgery lead me to canine rehabilitation. I completed my rehabilitation training and earned my CCRP at the University of Tennessee in 2009. I have found that rehabilitation takes a bit more patience than the rest of practice, but that it is often so very rewarding. I also enjoy internal medicine and have also found that oncology & chemotherapy interest me. Of course, who doesn't love the cute puppies and kittens that come in!

Another veterinarian introduced me to my husband Lonny. Lonny keeps himself very busy in the cattle business. He is an avid gardener and he enjoys barbequing: with his help, Above & Beyond earned first place Brisket in the 2012 Chamber of Commerce Hub City BBQ Competition.

We have three children- Colton, Allie, and KK, ages nine, six, and five. Our free time is taken up with Karate lessons, music & gymnastic classes, and lots and lots and lots of swimming. We have 2 dogs - Duchess who loves to show off all her commands (she’s a smart pup!) and Olivia, my Great Dane. I love to horseback ride, scuba dive, camp, fish, play racquetball, and go skiing. I am new to yoga and have been surprised to find that I really enjoy it. My family also loves to travel: recently we have been to Disney and to the Florida Keys. And I can't forget the music: give me a pair of drum sticks and I'll show you what I can do!


Dr. Derek Ishida, Managing Veterinarian

Dr. Ishida was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii, and has since called three different states “home” since leaving to pursue his undergraduate degree. In 2004, he graduated with his BA in Biology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. On the cusp of graduation, Dr. Ishida discovered a passion working with animals, and channeled his interests by first volunteering at the local humane society, becoming an active foster parent, and then a full-time animal technician at Heartland Humane Society. Meanwhile he worked with an equine therapeutic riding program (Equitopia) assisting disabled and autistic children, and began post baccalaureate studies in Animal Sciences at Oregon State University with the goal of pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine.

When it came time to attend veterinary school, Dr. Ishida and his wife, Dr. Miranda Scolari, moved to Southern California – he graduated in 2011 with his DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona California. Following graduation Dr. Ishida moved to Hamilton, NJ where he worked as an Associate Veterinarian and then Chief of Staff of a small animal practice, as his wife pursued post-doctoral research at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute. They left New Jersey for Lubbock in 2016 after Miranda accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University – moving with their twin boys Anders and Oliver, and two cats Jazzy and Mazy. While new transplants to West Texas, the family has quickly found a beautiful and welcoming community to call home.

Dr. Ishida is a passionate practitioner and was drawn to work at Above and Beyond Pet Care Hospital because of the high quality medical standards at Lubbock’s only AAHA accredited veterinary practice, and the passionate care demonstrated by his coworkers. He has a special interest in working up interesting medical cases with a passion for Canine and Feline internal medicine, dermatology and dentistry.


Dr. Jenna Hillman, DC

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