Kyla is a native Cedar Rapidian who worked in the human optometric field for many years before deciding on a career change to work with animals. She went back to school at Kirkwood in 2013 and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program in 2015.

She grew up with many critters including fish, dogs, hermit crabs, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, frogs, turtles, snakes, and even tarantulas. She has always had a deep respect and love for all creatures great and small.

Kyla and her husband Matt are avid travelers and have visited nearly all 50 states, numerous countries and 6 out of 7 continents. They share their home with two senior dogs:  Izzy, a 15 year old Maltese/Pomeranian mix, and Gidget, a 14 year old Papillon/Jack Russell Terrier mix.

When she’s not spending quality time with her pups, Kyla’s other hobbies include pollinator friendly gardening, hiking/tent camping at our National Parks, playing the guitar, drawing, reading, adding to her extensive penguin collection, and enjoying culinary and wine tastings.