Our Team

We strive to provide a family atmosphere, extending a warm welcome to all.
the crew

Your North State Veterinarian Team

Blessed by a positive, intelligent, compassionate team. We work together to bring our clients the best possible care for their animals.

DVM

Dr. Jennifer Powers Maples

Veterinarian

Graduated with Phi Zeta Honors from UC Davis in 1995. Completed certification for Veterinary Acupuncture in 1997. Extensive Advanced Equine Dental Training completed in 1997, including intra-oral extractions, periodontics, and crown restoration. Dr. Jen enjoys camping, riding, kayaking, traveling, and spending quality time with her son and husband and an adorable pack of pets.

Dr. Kayla Kraft

Veterinarian

Dr. Kayla graduated from Auburn University in 2017. She is a close friend of Dr. Jen’s and was her mentee for over a decade prior to graduating from Vet School. She is well known for her compassion and dedication to our clients. She recently became engaged to her high school Sweetheart, and wedding plans are in the near future!

Her spare time is typically spent with her animals. She enjoys riding (her horse “Speedie” is pictured), camping, hiking, and traveling. She loves all dogs but especially loves Great Danes. Her Great Dane “Hugo” is a celebrity amongst our clients.

Veterinary Assistant

Ashley Leach

Veterinary Assistant

Ashley has been involved in the Veterinary field since high school. Her experience and knowledge make her a very valuable member of our team. She is a Shasta County native and has 2 beautiful daughters. She and her husband love the outdoors and are often out and about hunting and fishing.

Dana Coughlin

Veterinary Assistant

Dana has been a client since she was 3 years old! She and her family were essential in helping Dr. Jen remodel our current location prior to opening. During her High School years, she started as an intern and worked her way up into a permanent staff member in 2016. Dana is very experienced in assisting in surgical and anesthetic dental procedures. She is also an expert with our Laboratory analyzers as well as being an Emergency Technician on the weekends. She and her husband live nearby, and she spends her spare time baking and enjoying her dogs and horses.

Nicole Rivera

Veterinary Assistant

Nicole, who we call “Nic,” has been in the Veterinary field for years. She is highly experienced in the care of many species. The knowledge that she has acquired over the years working in Veterinary Hospitals has helped make her a key asset to our team. She has been a part of our staff since 2021. Nic and her family have many pets of different kinds, and we love to hear stories about them all, especially about her flock of chickens!

Equine Dental Assistant

Kim Gold

Equine Dental Assistant

Kim is our Equine Dental Technician. She replaced Nancie Avila in June of 2020. Kim has undergone extensive training to equilibrate (aka float) equine teeth and performs dentistry 2-3 days a week. Horses are her passion, but she also has extensive experience in cattle wrangling and ranching. She is an avid horsewoman and loves to spend time outdoors riding horses with her dogs running alongside her.

Hospital Manager

Ashley Savage

Hospital Manager

Ashley Savage started her journey into Veterinary Medicine as an intern with Dr. Jen in 2008 and has been a consistent member of the Above and Beyond Animal Care staff since 2014. Her dedication to our clients and patients led her to accept the role of Hospital Manager in 2021. When she is not at the office, she spends time outdoors exploring nature and enjoying activities such as hunting, fishing, and kayaking. Otherwise, she is in the kitchen, canning or creating meals for loved ones.

Customer Service Representative

Leah Husa

Lead Customer Service Representative

Leah has been working above and Beyond Animal Care since 2020. Not only does she take care of our clients at the front desk during the workweek, but she also works as Dr. Jo’s Emergency Technician after hours. She has a passion for learning and is constantly expanding her knowledge. She is a skilled problem solver and works hard to ensure all clients and patients receive the best care.

In her spare time, she indulges in comic books as well as sewing projects. Her husband and her routinely play Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They were recently married in 2021 and share their home with 2 dogs and 3 cats.

Emily Solkovits

Customer Service Representative

Emily started working with us recently in 2022. Her enthusiasm for our clientele shines through in everything she does. She truly puts our clients and patients first. She is a very active individual and enjoys hiking and working out in her free time.

Elena Galbraith

Customer Service Representative

Elena has been in the Veterinary field since 2021. She prides herself on making sure that every animal and human that enters our door is taken care of to the best extent. She loves to see clients and pets walk away happier than when they walked in. As she knows that bringing a sick pet in can be stressful, she always makes sure to make the experience a pleasant one. Her favorite part of the job is getting to see the smile on someone’s face after we have helped save their pet. She truly has a talent for connecting with our clientele. Her hobbies include horseback riding (she has experience working in Equine Show and Hunter/Jumper Barns), watching movies, and spending time with her 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Kennel Assistant

Chelsea King

Kennel Assistant

Chelsea joined our team in June 2022. As our Kennel Assistant, she dedicates herself to our surgical and hospitalized patients, ensuring they have the best care while staying at our hospital. She has lots of horse experience between owning her own (2 horses) and in the Equine Program at Feather River College. While at work she loves learning more each day about various animals. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys horseback riding, painting, hiking, and spending quality time with her English bulldog named Daisy.