McKenzie was born and raised in Southern Oregon. After attending Oregon State University, she worked at a cat and dog clinic in Medford for 3 years. This is where her passion for animal care and client education really started to unfold. Although she likes dogs, she has always had a preference and deep respect for cats. In fact, anytime she is asked about her hobbies or talents, “cat-petting” always makes the list! After re-locating to Portland, she joined the Cat Care Professionals team in 2007. In her free time, McKenzie shares her home in Sherwood with her husband, their young daughter, and their cat.