Dr. Steve Stephens
Steve was born in Littlefield, TX in 1958. He grew up in the Lubbock, Lazbuddie, Earth, TX areas with a farm & ranch background. He attended Monterey High School. His primary focus was NOT academics, but calf roping and bull riding in the Tri State High School Rodeo Association. He graduated from Monterey in 1976 and then soon began college at West Texas University in Canyon, TX. Life experiences really began for Steve in October 1976. A late night phone call from his uncle that was considered a second dad came. He had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and needed Steve to finish out the farming year for him. The next day Steve withdrew from WT and moved to the Lazbuddie area. Soon he was farming, on his own, at the age of 18. In 1977 Steve married Cindy and they continued farming until 1979.
In 1980 Steve joined the Lubbock Police Department. During his rewarding 12 year career he was assigned to uniform patrol and Special Services, including the Tach Unit and narcotics units, as well as the SWAT team. Throughout the years he attended South Plains College, Wayland Baptist University, and Texas Tech University for undergraduate studies.
In 1992, even though Steve loved the Police Department, a hard decision was made. He was going back to his original plans, vet school. After being accepted to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Steve and Cindy embarked with their two kids, Chelsey and Seth on the adventure. Vet school began in 1993. Graduation was a long four years later in 1997.
Dr. Steve’s veterinary career began in 1997 at Burleson Equine Hospital (BEH) in Burleson, TX with one of his mentors, Dr. Putnam. Soon as a shareholding partner the future looked great at BEH.
In the year 2000 another curve ball came. Dr. Steve’s mother was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. His dad was also having heart related health problems. Distance made it very hard to be in Lubbock when needed so another big decision was made. Dr. Steve left Burleson and BEH and moved back to the Lubbock area to help take care of his mother and dad.
In 2000 Dr. Steve drove into Lubbock without a job or a client. He started a mobile veterinary practice which over the next year evolved into a good business. In 2001 Dr. Steve opened a brick and mortar veterinary clinic in Wolfforth, TX which has come to be known as Frenship Vet Clinic.
Dr. Steve enjoys fly fishing, participating in steak and BBQ cook offs, tailgating at the Tech football games, and spending time with his grandkids, Cade and Corbin.
Dr. Katie Ford
Katie was born in Lubbock in 1988. She attended New Home schools and graduated in 2006. Katie was a cheerleader,basketball player, and involved in FFA while in high school.
Katie attended Texas Tech University for her undergraduate work and majored in wild life management. While at Tech, Katie volunteered at South Plains Wildlife Rehab Center. She started working at FVC in the summer of 2009 on a part-time basis. Katie continued to work at Frenship Vet Clinic through her undergraduate time at Tech. Katie was accepted to Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to College Station in the fall of 2010. Katie continued coming home for the summers and working at the clinic.
Katie had a busy finish to her school days at A&M. She passed her board exams, graduated as a DVM, moved home, married Daniel Ford and started to work as a veterinarian at Frenship Vet Clinic in June of 2014.
Katie and Daniel share their home with their son, Andy, and two dogs, Cooter, and Jimmy, as well as two cats, Tommy and Georgia.
Katie enjoys gardening, reading, and cooking.
Missy Flowers- Reception
I am one of the most blessed girls alive! Best thing about me, second only to my God, is Keagon Flowers, my son! It’s the greatest privilege in life to be his mom. Anyone can be a mother but I’m his MOM! I thank God for that opportunity!
I’m really protective of those I care about- family and friends. I enjoy spending time with my family, the outdoors, camping, fishing, horses, gardening, and enjoying what God has given and never take any of it for granted. I love the special people that God has placed in my life with extraordinary love! I love the life He gives and live it to the fullest, laughing each and every time I get a chance.
I never want to forget to thank God for making all this possible because my God makes all things possible, he blesses me with love immeasurable and grace unknown! My motto: “The most important things in life aren’t things.
Jennifer Gaines- Technician
Hi! My name is Jennifer. I was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. I have 4 brothers and sisters. Bekah Odom who works here at the clinic with me, Jessica, my twin that is in the United States Navy, my brother Logan who is in the United States Air Force, and my youngest brother, Landon who is still in school.
I have 7 fur-babies. Five dogs and two cats named Jax, a pit bull, Ruby, a pug, Boomer, a chiweenie, Badger, a schnauzer mix and my cats are Cookie and Buster.
I have been so blessed to join the FVC family and staff! My co-workers are so great to work with and I love my job. I am learning something new every day and I love getting sick animals healthy and back into their families’ arms!
My live quote and advice to people if asked would be “If it all comes crashing down, kneel and leave it to God.”
Nicole Busby- Technician
Kelsey Glen- Technician
Hey everyone, my name is Kelsey! I am originally from Clovis, NM where I was born and raised. I have one sister who is 19 months younger than me named Kadie. We get called twins often since we look so much alike. God has truly blessed me with the most amazing parents who have always been so supportive of me. A little bit about my schooling, I graduated from Clovis High School in May of 2010 with honors. From there I attended Clovis Community College where I graduated with an Associates Degree in general studies shortly after graduating high school. I decided I wanted to be a Texan so I attended South Plains College to get some more basics out of the way before transferring to West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. I graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Equine Industry and Agribusiness, with a minor in Animal Science.
I grew up showing horses at the local horse shows and have been riding since I was old enough to walk. I gave up horse showing after going to college and the passing of my 26 year old show horse, Bunny. I got lonely at South Plains and decided to rescue a French Bulldog whom I named Kardi. Kardi has been with me for 5 years now and has been such a blessing in my life. Two years ago, at the age of 4, Kardi suddenly became paralyzed. Surgery wasn’t an option for her so I got her a pink wheelchair and the rest is history. Kardi and I now volunteer as a therapy team where we visit local nursing homes, hospitals, and rehab centers. We want to teach the world that disabilities do not define who you are and what you are capable of doing. I also have another rescue dog named Bonnie Rose who is a Boston Terrier. Bonnie has some brain damage but is such a happy little girl who truly loves life. I guess you could say I have a special place in my heart for the specially-abled animals.
I recently relocated from Amarillo, Tx where I worked at a large veterinary hospital with seven veterinarians. I absolutely love working with animals and thier families too. I am so thankful I found Frenship Vet Clinic and have the opportunity to work here. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and your sweet pets!
Jessica Yates- Technician
I was born on March 10th, 1982 in Pensacola at the Naval Hospital in Florida. My father was in the Navy. When he retired we moved to Arlington then to Mansfield. I developed my passion for animals from my mother who is one of the most kind gentle people you could meet. Growing up we always had all sorts of critters in the house. As a child, we would travel to visit our grandparents in Indiana. My grandmother worked for Dr. Brocksmith DVM in Vicennes and I loved going to the clinic to see her and the animals. Today, my mother and my aunt Karen work with Baron Brocksmith DVM who took over his fathers practice when he retired. Growing up in Mansfield, my father gave my sister and I two horses to enjoy. Spending time at the barn are my fondest childhood memories.
After graduating high school I enrolled to college at UT Arlington to pursue a degree in dental hygiene but shortly after, felt that profession was not what I wanted to pursue. I began my first job at a vet clinic called Arkansas Browning Animal Clinic and almost a year later met my future husband and moved to Lubbock. Though our marriage didn’t last, I had fallen in love with Lubbock and didn’t want to leave. Since I have worked at several vet clinics and I love what I have chosen to do.
Since, I met the perfect man for me and at our home 4 miles from Shallowater, we raise my 5 year old son and his two sons. We have a wonderful life and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I have been blessed beyond belief. I am so thankful for everything that God has given me. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be working at Frenship Vet Clinic. I look forward to working with them for may years!
Kate DesHotels- Technician
Hi my name is Kate! I’m a student at Texas Tech University and live here in Lubbock for most of the year, by home for me is in Fort Worth, TX. I’m studying animal science for undergrad and I’m hoping to go to vet school after I graduate. Working with and helping animals is my passion and I believe that by studying to become a veterinarian I can continue doing both of those things for the rest of my life!
My favorite hobby is horseback riding. I’ve been riding horses since I was seven and started barrel racing in high school. Now I barrel race with my horse, Reba, on the Texas Tech Rodeo team. I love being able to share the experience with my friends and represent our amazing school. I have three dogs at home, two mutts named Tucker and Levi and a pug named Otis. I also have a cat named Buddy. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, cooking, and watching movies.
Anna Garcia- Reception
Hello, my name is Anna Garcia. I was born and raised in Brownfield, TX. I have worked about 10 years in nursing homes as a CNA and as a receptionist in doctor’s offices. I love helping others. I have three boys, Adrian, Jordan, and Alex, who have graduated high school. I also have two girls, Eboni who is a senior in high school, and Malakiva, who is a sophomore. We are a family that prays together through anything. Our best times are basketball times. I now have two step grand daughters, two grand daughters, and one grandson. I have five fur babies, Trouble- a brindle pit, Drama- another brindle pit, Soleman- a blue pit, Baby Girl- a chocolate lab, and JoJo- a shih tzu mix. They are what brought me to wanting to work for Frenship Vet Clinic. I love animals! My life is work and family and I’m glad to be a part of the FVC team!