Our Team

Manzano Animal Clinic’s experienced support staff strive to provide personalized, compassionate care for our patients and clients alike.

Leah Blankenship

Arianna Trujillo, Technician at Albuquerque Animal HospitalLeah is a New Mexico native, born and raised right here in Albuquerque. She graduated in 2013 from CNM with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Leah shares her home with a Border Collie named Roo and Toby the cat. She loves to play soccer in her spare time and take Roo to the park to chase her ball. Some of Leah's favorite things about veterinary medicine include interacting with the animals and clients and being able to help make sick patients get back to their normal selves. Leah is our lead technician and has been a part of our team since 2016.

Michelle Chapman

Michelle Chapman, Technician at Albuquerque Animal HospitalMichelle was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She moved to Albuquerque with her high-school sweetheart after graduating from the University of Arizona with a BS in Veterinary Science. Michelle has two dogs, an English Mastiff named Abby and a French Bulldog named Bernard. When not at the clinic, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and fur babies. Her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is being able to work with dedicated people who share her love of animals. Michelle is our hospital manager and has been a part of our team since 2001.

Melissa Gates

Melissa Gates, Technician at Albuquerque Animal HospitalMelissa was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and moved to New Mexico in 2004. She graduated in 2012 from CNM with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Melissa has a Labrador Retriever named Bear and two cats, Ava and Willow. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, learning to play the bass guitar, cross-stitching, crocheting, and listening to live local music. Some of Melissa's favorite things about veterinary medicine are getting to interact with great clients, providing quality care to pets, and being a part of a great team of professionals. Melissa is one of our registered technicians and has been a part of our team since 2016.

Ken Lewis

Ken Lewis, Technician at Albuquerque Animal HospitalKen was born in Tucson, Arizona and spent his childhood traveling the states being part of a military family. He has worked in the Albuquerque veterinary field for over 30 years. Besides his career in veterinary medicine, Ken also found time to earn his CDL license. In his free time, he likes wood-working, playing table tennis, going on motorcycle rides, traveling, and repairing automobiles. Two of his favorite things about veterinary medicine are being able to watch our patients grow up and teaching clients about different options for their pets. Ken is one of our technicians and has been a part of our team since 1991.

Luvina Lucero

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Tabitha Maldonado

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Jessica Meadows

Jessica Meadows, Technician at Albuquerque Animal HospitalJessica was born in Baltimore, Maryland and spent most of her childhood there as well as in New Mexico. She graduated in 2009 from the veterinary technician program at The Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh with an Associate's degree in Specialized Technology. Jessica has four critters at home right now: Brody, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, a Husky named Sadie, and two cats: Thor and Moses. When not working, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family on the Laguna Reservation, making jewelry, and walking with her two dogs. Some of her favorite things about veterinary medicine include: nutrition, dental care, and forming bonds with pets and their owners. Jessica is one of our registered technicians and has been a part of our team since 2016.

Lynda Martinez

Lynda Montano, Lead Receptionist at Albuquerque Animal HospitalLynda was born in Heidleberg, Germany and moved to New Mexico as a young child after traveling abroad with her family. She graduated in 1998 from Pima Medical Institute with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Lynda has three dogs: a Chihuahua mix named Baby, a pug mix named Dobby, and an American Bulldog named Lucius. When not working, Lynda enjoys reading, watching movies, and baking. One of her favorite things about veterinary medicine is getting to know clients and their pets. Lynda is our lead receptionist and has been a part of our team since 2004.

Jami Ortega

Jami Ortega, Technician at Albuquerque Animal HospitalJami was born and raised right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated in 2009 from Pima Medical Institute with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Jami currently owns a Blue Heeler named Emma. When not at the clinic, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her friends and family. One of her favorite things about veterinary medicine is dentistry and being able to be a dental advocate for our clients and their pets. Jami is one of our technicians and has been a part of our team since 2012.​