Bjorn Barrè D.V.M., Medical Director
Dr. Bjorn Barrè’s family immigrated from Denmark to California, where he was born. At the young age of four, Dr. Barrè convinced his family to adopt a stray, pregnant, Santa Ana River cat. This cat along with frogs, fish, birds, mice, and dogs were part of his childhood family. Thus, began his love and passion for animals.
Dr. Barrè stayed in California to attend college. Bjorn’s undergraduate studies were at UCSD, where he majored in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He spent a summer studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, learning about his family’s language and culture. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. His graduate studies then took Bjorn to UC Davis, where he received a nutrition scholarship, volunteered at the spay and neuter clinics for the pets of the local homeless population, participated in Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation fundraising events and finished Veterinary School in 2009. Dr. Barrè’s extended family includes a chocolate lab, Kahlua, a mastiff mixed- breed dog named Piggy, and assorted reptiles and fish. Dr. Barrè enjoys racquetball, surfing and fishing, even though his love, passion and work with animals keeps him very busy. His extended family continues to grow and now includes the patients and clients at Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center.
Craig Marvil D.V.M.
Dr. Marvil grew up in the Pasadena, California area. He always had animals and began working in an animal hospital as soon as the veterinarians would let him. “I was too young to drive, so I got rides or took the bus to work.” His most memorable moment was raising an abandoned collie puppy from two days of age, bottle feeding around the clock, and having it become a treasured family member. Following graduation from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Marvil joined a multi-doctor practice in Covina, a suburb of Los Angeles. “It was a very busy practice with a large case load. I developed extensive experience in surgery and internal medicine.” In 1975, he and his wife Joan, a special education teacher, moved to San Diego. His son and daughter were raised in San Diego. Dr. Marvil formed Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center in 1998 by merging Dr. Broady’s practice with his own. “I find veterinary medicine a constantly stimulating and exciting profession. I look forward to going to work each morning. It’s not just the medicine, but the people I meet and the staff I work with, that make it rewarding.” Dr. Marvil is a past president of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association and has chaired the peer review committee for the association the last several years. When not practicing medicine, he enjoys bicycling, golf, skiing, scuba diving and underwater photography. “The whole family enjoys these activities and we have had some great experiences.”
Emily Cross D.V.M., DABVP(Canine/Feline)/ Dietician
As many of you already know, Dr. Emily Cross recently earned diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine/feline), making her one of the only two veterinarians in San Diego to achieve this prestigious medical distinction in this specialty.
Dr. Emily Cross grew up in Syracuse, NY. At the tender age of 5 she declared to her parents that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Wanting her to get a real world experience in animal care, her parents encouraged an externship at the Syracuse Zoo when she was 13. After shoveling up a lot of monkey poo all summer, she was still committed to veterinary medicine and her parents started to take her seriously! She graduated in 2003 from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the Phi Zeta honor society. She worked in a high volume general practice and referral hospital in Syracuse for 2 years before joining the team at Purina Veterinary Diets as a Veterinary Communications Manager in August 2005. Her special interests include nutrition, dermatology, and internal medicine. She says, “I love being able to help an animal who has been feeling sick without always having to reach for long term medications. Sometimes it is just as simple as the right diet change.” She greatly enjoys having left the cold Syracuse winters behind her and plays beach volleyball regularly. At home her cat Dewey keeps her very busy when not working at her two jobs!
Emily Clore D.V.M.
A native of Kentucky, Dr. Emily Clore completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville majoring in Human & Organizational Development. Then after a quarter-life crisis brought on by an unfulfilling career in corporate sales in Boston, she returned to her childhood dream and set her sights on vet school. Dr. Clore graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.
At KMVC, she specializes in preventive medicine for dogs and cats where she puts particular emphasis on pet owner education and empowerment to help you make informed decisions for your pet’s health care. She enjoys working with you to create careful, customized diagnostic and treatment plans for your furry family member. Her veterinary passions also include: musculoskeletal disorders, dermatology, internal medicine and complimentary/alternative therapies. For more information on Dr. Clore, please visit her LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-clore-9229904
Trading the gray cubicle life for the exam room was the right choice for her. But when she’s not in the clinic you can find her playing with her dogs Iggy & Herbie, cycling up the coast or chasing a golf ball around with her wife. She volunteers and raises money for JDRF to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and interviews applicants for her alma mater. Sometimes, she even sleeps.
Kirsten Ronngren D.V.M.
Dr. Kirsten Ronngren was born and raised in Washington State, spending time on both the west and east sides of the state. She attended Washington State University in Pullman for her undergraduate degree which she obtained in 2011, as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree which she obtained in 2015 (Go Cougs!). She relocated to Southern California in the fall of 2017. Her interests in medicine include diagnostic imaging, feline medicine, and preventative care. Dr. Ronngren enjoys outside activities like hiking, biking, spending time with family, and running with her golden retriever Jasper. She is also an avid sports fanatic, and loves traveling and cooking in her free time.
Tyler McGuckin, RVT – Hospital Manager
Tyler originally started with KMVC in July of 2004 as an assistant. He grew up in South Lake Tahoe, where his growing intolerance of constant snow pretty much destined him for a life in Southern California. He escaped to UCSD, earning his bachelor’s degree in animal physiology and neuroscience in 2004. Tyler was a great employee, quick learning and thorough. Then in September of 2006 he was forced by circumstance to move back to Lake Tahoe. Once there, he worked at a very busy multiple doctor practice, and got his Veterinary Technician license in Nevada. Our loss was their gain, and we whined a lot when we heard. But wait, the saga continued to unfold and lo, he came back to us in April of 2007, having found the snow no less annoying and the small town pace stifling. Shortly thereafter he passed his boards and became Registered Veterinary Technician in California. Lucky us, and no more whining! He is now our lead technician and no one cares more about the little beings under their care than he. In 2015 Tyler became our new hospital manager.
He lives with his two cats Phoenix and Sphinx and he couldn’t be happier. A technophile, Tyler understands computers, MP3 players, and anything digital and is willing to share his knowledge freely with the rest of us.
Charlotte was born and raised in San Diego and always had a deep love of animals. After studying at UC Santa Cruz she was eventually able to start off her animal career, putting in all her effort into caring for various kittens and puppies. She was often the one fostering kittens that were too young to go to homes, or caring over night for sick puppies that needed extra TLC. From knowing Dr. Marvil through her work he took notice of her unwavering devotion to animals and offered her the opportunity to join us here at KMVC. She is overjoyed to be here and continues learning all she can in the veterinary field. She is now our current cat lady, having a special fondness and way with our feline patients. She has three cats of her own; Mystic, Crysta and Cheeseball. She is also our first graduate of the CVMA assistant program.
Shana is an enthusiastic technician/receptionist and a graduate of the PIMA Medical Institute’s veterinary assistant program. She hopes to one day get her RVT license and even own her own rescue. She’s currently working on her RVT applications right now! She has a pet family of 2 dogs, Dalila and Lightning. We all appreciate her bubbly nature and willingness to help both in the back and up front with the receptionists.
Michelle was born and raised in San Diego and has always had animals growing up. She graduated from the Pima Veterinary Assistant program in 2013. Currently she has one dog named Abbie. She enjoys anything outdoors, especially riding dirt bikes and going to the beach. Michelle has always had a soft spot for animals in her heart and has known all her life that she wanted to work with them. She’s very excited to start here at KMVC and continue learning everything that the vet field involves.
Gina Ackermann, RVT
Gina is our newest RVT and has been enjoying her new home here at KMVC. She has a strong love of animals from the ones she meets here to the pets she has at home. She has dogs, cats, leopard geckos, chinchillas and a bearded dragon. Gina is also a mother of two boys who keep her busy when she’s not here. A country girl at heart, she loves big trucks and horse riding.
Cristy is a Los Angeles native who loves animals. She graduated from UCSD in 2014 with studies in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. She enjoys arts and crafts, circus arts and photography. When not helping our furry friends here she is helping out feathered friends! She volunteers at the Parrot Sanctuary in husbandry and outreach. As one of our newest technicians she is eager to get to know our clients and has a very gentle nature with all the cats and dogs. She is also a recent graduate of the CVMA assistant program!
Alexis is a San Diego native with a love for animal care. She graduated from high school in 2015 and continued her education at PIMA to become a veterinary assistant. Not long after finishing the assistant program she jumped right into the veterinary technician program. She’s very excited for her graduation and hopes to pass her state exam right away to get her RVT license. She’s very passionate about her job and wouldn’t want to be working anywhere else! She loves her career path and helping animals. At home she has her own 3 dogs; Mojo, Jojo and Scrappy.
Estephany has been a wonderful addition to our technician crew. She graduated from the Pima Veterinary Assistant program in September of 2016. She plans to pursue her technician license once she gets more experience in the field. Currently she has an associates degree in criminal justice, but decided to pursue a career in what she loves: animals. She has a large pet family consisting of 5 dogs; two poodles (Shakira and Noodles), a husky (Goku), a frenchie (Bentley) and a miniature pinscher (Lola Belle). She hopes to expand her doggy family in the future! Aside from dogs her passions include family, photography and reading.
Julie has been a veterinary technician since 2005. She loves the field of veterinary medicine because of her love for animals and their people alike. She truly enjoys helping pet owners to provide quality care for their pets. She and her family moved here from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and though it is a big change, she is excited to learn more of what the pacific coast has to offer. She has previously worked in both general practice and emergency and specialty medicine. Her best friend is an English Lab named Ellie Antonio. She also has a shepherd/hound mix named Zena, and a cat named Princess Callie Cat. She enjoys fostering for various rescues – especially orphaned kittens or special needs senior dogs and cats. When she is not working she spends her time with her other half, Justin, and their daughter, Reagan. They enjoy fishing and hanging out on the beach.