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.
Katie Moss, D.V.M.
Dr. Katie Moss grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area of California where she developed a love for animals. At the age of 13, she was miraculously able to convince her parents to become a foster family for cats and kittens with a local rescue group. This is what sparked her interest in veterinary medicine and lead her to start a career at a local clinic as a veterinary assistant. She obtained her bachelor’s in Biology from the University of California, Merced. For veterinary school, she graduated with high honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Caribbean completing her clinical year at Texas A&M University. After graduating vet school, Dr. Moss moved to San Diego with her fluffy black cat (Sasha) and derpy island dog (Henny) to join her husband who is stationed here with the US Navy. Her interests in veterinary medicine include pain management, and fear free practice. In her free time, Dr. Moss enjoys hiking with her pup, yoga, reading, and baking.
Michael Boling D.V.M
As a child, Dr. Boling could usually be found surrounded by animals. When not spending time with the family Golden Retriever, Barney, he was frequently pet sitting the neighborhood dogs. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated Summa cum Laude with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Engineering. Eighteen months later Dr. Boling started his own technology company, which eventually provided special effects systems to the television industry, including CNN, ESPN, Fox, and Univision. Despite the exciting nature of technology, Dr. Boling knew something was missing. After some soul searching, Dr. Boling re-discovered his real passion – caring for cats and dogs. In 2004, he sold his business and entered veterinary school at the University of Georgia, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2008. During vet school, Dr. Boling focused his studies on small animals.
Prior to joining Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, Dr. Boling worked at small animal hospitals in Los Angeles, Chicago, Michigan, and Atlanta. There he also worked with several dogs and cat rescue organizations providing care ranging from vaccinations, to spay and neutering, to treating emergency patients. His particular areas of interest include internal medicine, neurology, and feline medicine. Dr. Boling is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
When not working, Dr. Boling enjoys time at the gym, playing tennis, and going to the movies. He especially enjoys time with his husband, Rob, and their cats, Christie, Maggie, and Andy.
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!
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.
Christopher Gutierrez, RVT
Chris was born and raised in San Diego. Currently attending San Diego Mesa College to become an RVT. He enjoys hanging out with friends, playing basketball, and listening to music and of course being with his two dogs Tito and Tobby. He previously had work in power washing and carpet cleaning so we greatly appreciate his cleanliness! He’s very happy here at KMVC and is constantly learning new things every day. While he’s still quite young he’s enjoying life while helping out all our patients here.
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 two cats of her own; Crysta and Cheeseball. She is also our first graduate of the CVMA assistant program.
Shana is a born and raised San Diegan and has grown up wanting to be in the veterinary field. Shana is a graduate of the PIMA Medical Institute’s veterinary assistant program in 2007 and has been a Veterinary Technician ever since. She hopes to one day own her own rescue for older and geriatric pets. She has a pet family of 2 dogs, Lightning and Reta May and 1 kitty named Kylo Ren. We all appreciate her bubbly nature and willingness to help both in the back and up front with the receptionists.
Aida is a desert girl who moved to San Diego in 2006 to continue her schooling. She attended Cal State San Marcos and studied Sociology and Psychology. Ultimately she decided that her true calling was with helping animals and in 2006 joined the veterinary field. She is currently working on becoming a registered veterinary technician! She lives in Lakeside with her fiance and her 5 fur babies (2 cats, 3 dogs). On her off time, Aida enjoys Taco Tuesdays, hiking with her pups, traveling, Disneyland and adventure!
Ricky grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in LA. He went to UC Santa Barbara in 2013 to study biology. He never had pets growing up but developed a strong love for them through others, In 2018 he finally adopted a dog of his own, a mellow husky named Alaska. He moved down to San Diego after school since he missed being close to quality surfing and also wanted a city with an urban, lively vibe. Ricky worked at a veterinary ER hospital for 6 months before joining our KMVC family. He wanted to join a general practice environment for something different. He hopes to eventually learn enough to work in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation projects. He spends most of his free time surfing, as well as running and hiking with Alaska.
Keith is originally from Northern California outside San Francisco. He has always had a strong passion for animals and their owners he spent a large portion of his life in the military. when he left the military in 2011 he decided to pursue his other passion of cooking which eventually brought him down to San Diego. He is currently attending the Animal Behavior College for Veterinary Assistance, following his true passion for animals and striving to become a veterinary technician. He currently lives in Lakeside with his two dogs Tufal and Butter Cup. He also enjoys hiking with them and all-around spending time with his dogs.
Ana graduated from UCSB with a degree in Environmental Studies but was unsure what type of work she wanted to engage in upon graduating… She conferred with her friend, another UCSB alumni, and his beautiful husky, Alaska, and low and behold she learned of an opportunity to work at a Veterinary Clinic in her hometown of San Diego! With her extraordinary love for dogs and puppies it was a dream job! With a couple of encouraging woofs from Alaska, Ana was ecstatic when she joined the KMVC Team as a receptionist! As a San Diego native, Ana loves going to the beach, watching NCIS and Brooklyn 99 re-runs, and loving on all of the puppies and kitties that come into KMVC!
Curtis grew up in rural Southern California on a horse ranch where he quickly became attached to an array of animals. As a kid he spent his days helping train horses with his Grandfather and always had a passion for helping his animal friends. Curtis will graduate from San Diego State University in May of 2020 and he hopes to one day run an animal sanctuary of his own. His interests are in anything outdoors related. He loves to hike, fish, ski, ride dirt bikes, you name it! Nothing will come close to his love for his best friend Gunner though who is his beautiful Collie that never leaves his side.
Stephanie grew up in Orange County and has always had an extraordinary love for animals. She attended culinary school to pursue her other love of creating delicious pastries. She eventually came to San Diego as a trainer for newly opened restaurants, but she decided that her true passion was helping animals. She began to attend school to become a registered veterinary technician and found KMVC to help guide her on her journey. She spends her free time cuddling with her fur babies: Kaya, Gatsby, Pixel, and Potato and going on adventures around San Diego.
Sean made the trek to San Diego from his home in Washington, D.C. in 2015 to attend San Diego State University. During his time there he studied kinesiology, nutrition, and sociology. He has recently graduated with the class of 2019 and elected to stay put in North Park. He has always loved animals (owning dogs, reptiles, amphibians, and rodents) and intended to be a conservationist or zoologist growing up. Although there were a few changes in direction, his passion for animals brought him full circle landing him here at KMVC. He aspires to go to veterinary school to work with dogs, cats, and exotics. He enjoys working out, traveling, hanging with his family and friends, and eating good food.
Codey moved to San Diego in 2015 from Minnesota with his husband, also named Cody. He studied Animal Science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Growing up he always had a passion for raising and caring for animals. His first pet was a cat that he and his sisters had picked out before he was even born and since then has always had a pet in his life. Currently he has 2 pets: a cat named Lightning and a dog named Auron. In addition to working at KMVC he is very active in the world of conservancy and is a board member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers San Diego chapter. While not at work Codey spends time enjoying the weather of Southern California, playing video games, reading, or listening to and/or playing music.