Kensington Veterinary Hospital

Meet us

Mission Statement

Our mission at Kensington Veterinary Hospital is to provide our patients and clients with the best in veterinary medical care, progressive and unique treatment options, personalized patient care, unsurpassed service, and honest, open communication. We strive to promote the human-animal bond by improving and comfortably prolonging the lives of the pets we care for. Our compassionate, competent, knowledgeable staff is dedicated to the belief that educating our clients builds trust and understanding, helping to make each visit enjoyable and beneficial to both you and your pets. We hope that your experience with us will make you and your pet feel like part of our extended Kensington Veterinary Hospital family.

Our Veterinarians

Tonya Gossard

Owner of Kensington Veterinary Hospital

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Dr. Tonya Gossard graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2013 and then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery before she joined the team at KVH in 2015. Her and her husband, Greg purchased Kensington Veterinary Hospital in January 2021.

She is a native Minnesotan and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was there that she met her future husband Greg. Looking for a change of scenery, they ventured to San Diego and 18 years later, are still happy to call this city home. They find themselves very busy with their two children, George (5.5), Sam (2.5) and one more on the way (arriving soon!) They also recently added a golden retriever puppy named Stevie and have a one-eyed cat named Gatsby. Life is full and beautiful. Outside of work, the Gossard family loves to travel and enjoy all the outdoor lifestyle that San Diego has to offer.

Dr. Gossard is trained in TCM and acupuncture and has special place in her heart for geriatric medicine. She finds it a great honor to love and care for you and your pets, throughout their lives. Dr. Gossard’s priority as a veterinarian is to honor and share in the sacred human-animal bond and cherishes the opportunity to be a part of your family.

Patricia Ungar

DVM, CVA Former Owner
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Patricia is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a B.S. in Biology from The Colorado College in 1979, and is a 1984 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She originally specialized in equine (horse) medicine, but since 1985 has focused on small animal medicine. She has a special interest in holistic veterinary medicine. In 1990 she obtained her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture, and has completed advanced training in Classical Homeopathy and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Dr. Ungar is a member and Past President (’95) of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. She, her husband, three children and four cats and one dog have lived in the Kensington area since 1987, and they enjoy travel- especially adventure travel when possible, as well as reading, music, movies and theater, and giving back to their community.

Caroline Seitz


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Before beginning her journey to the west coast, Caroline grew up in a small town in The Lone Star State thirty minutes east of Dallas. She originally attended Jacksonville State University on a Division I soccer scholarship, but completed her undergraduate degree in Agribusiness as an Oklahoma State University Cowboy. On the small island of Saint Kitts in the Caribbean, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. When the lecture portion of her studies was completed she moved to Lafayette, Indiana where she completed her clinical year at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. A rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center took her from the Midwest and transplanted her here to the beautiful west coast. Dr. Seitz’s professional interests include cardiology and internal medicine. During her free time, she enjoys exploring all that San Diego has to offer, discovering new restaurants, and being close to the water.

Michelle Mason

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Michelle was born and raised in San Diego. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from U.C. Davis in 1988. She spent three years in Australia working in a hospital specializing in dermatology and exotic animals and returned to the United States in 1991. Dr. Mason is a member of the San Diego County Veterinary medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two daughters, a Labrador retriever mix, two cats and three chickens. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping and skiing in her spare time.

Tomer Ronai


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Tomer grew up on the east coast in the New York area of Rockland County. He graduated with a BS in Biology from Stony Brook University and following a few years in the wilderness Tomer attended Massey University in New Zealand and earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine. Tomer returned from New Zealand to be closer to his family in San Diego while working with veterinary practices in Chula Vista and Eastlake. Dr. Ronai’s professional interests include cardiology and oncology. During his free time he enjoys traveling both at home and abroad (most recently to Uganda and Tanzania in 2019), photography, movies, getting lost in nature, and occasional basketball therapy. Ask him to show you his pictures- they are amazing!

Victoria Jordan

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Victoria is a native San Diegan who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from U. C. Berkeley in 1973 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from U.C. Davis in 1978. After completing an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, she returned to practice in San Diego. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) in 2000. Her special veterinary interests are internal medicine, feline medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Jordan is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. She shares her home with three cats.

Rose Sbardellati, San Diego veterinarian
Rose Sbardellati

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Rose was born and raised in Bakersfield, California and after high school ventured south to attend the University of California, San Diego earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Not wanting to leave San Diego after college, she stayed working as a general manager at Jamba Juice and then as an insurance agent with State Farm. Realizing neither avenue was her truest passion, Rose decided to follow her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and completed her senior/clinical year of veterinary school at the University of California, Davis graduating with highest honors. Following graduation, she was given the wonderful opportunity to join a small animal general practice hospital in Northridge, California before starting her intense 1-year small animal rotating internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center in San Diego. Dr. Rose has always wanted to stay working in small animal general practice and upon completing her internship went to work at Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital in Poway for 3 years. Since her internship days, she has always been interested in working at Kensington Veterinary Hospital and was thrilled when the opportunity presented itself. Dr. Rose joined the KVH family at the start of 2021 and could not be more excited! She is not only passionate about helping her patients, but also looks forward to making a connection with her patient’s owners as she knows that someone’s pet is part of their family. Her special interests include dermatology, dentistry, and internal medicine. When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, she is spending time with her husband, their 2-year-old daughter, and their dog Sarge (a Black Lab/Border Collie) and fluffy brown tabby cat CB (or “Kiki” as their daughter refers to him!). Dr. Rose is very much looking forward to meeting and working with all your families for many years to come.

Our Staff

Marjorie, Certified Practice Manager

Marjorie is our Practice Manager. She completed her BA at SDSU in Speech Communications, has been a primary member of our team since 1990, and embraces the daunting task of managing Kensington Veterinary Hospital. She is our resident ‘match maker’, as she has a gift for pairing animals with forever homes. She is active in animal rescue and rehabilitation, and shares her life with her husband, 2 children and many animals, always including some lovely Labradors!

Jackie RVT

My name is Jackie and I am a Registered Veterinary Technician. I was born in Lima, Ohio, but have spent my whole life in San Diego. I love doing dental procedures and monitoring anesthesia. In my spare time, I hang out with my bunny, dog and cats, and love to be active outside. I love to learn, and am also studying online at the University of Missouri.

Beth, Reception Manager

Beth is our esteemed front office supervisor, retired navy Chief (23 years service). Beth enjoys kayaking, camping and archery, stained glass work as well as other hand arts (including some amazing cartoons- count on Beth to bring a smile to your face!), is a rock and mineral enthusiast, and excellent finder of very old cookbooks. She is well known and very respected for her deep love of animals, and commitment to providing the best level of service for our clients.  She shared her life with her very handsome kitty, Eusi Kima.


Elizabeth has worked in the veterinary field for almost twenty years, and has a deep love of animals. She works nights and weekends with a rescue group she co-founded called “Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends.” There is never a time when she does not have foster animals joining her personal menagerie.


Gabby excels in working with all animals, and especially our difficult to handle patients. Her friendly competent manner makes her a favorite with the doctors and clients as well. She has two dogs and a bird and an especially handsome kitty, and two daughters and a husband to keep her very, very busy, as well as a large family with whom she enjoys spending lots of time.


Paula has years of experience in veterinary hospitals, and vast experience in retail as well. She has varied interests and has just completed the training needed to test for her wine sommelier designation. She enjoys running and exercising and shares her life with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.


Ana was born and raised in San Diego and spent many long summer days at the San Diego Zoo and Sea World with her family. It was after one of these trips that she knew she had to work with animals. Her favorite job was working with penguins and educating the public about them. When not caring for the beloved pets of our clients at KVH, Ana enjoys spending time with her own little zoo at home (she has dogs, cats, and birds), reading, traveling, camping, and cooking/baking.


Elle is from Washington state and has been living in San Diego for the past few years. She loves working with wildlife in addition to cats and dogs, and enjoys spending the rest of her time outside with her dog Charlie, in the water, or with her cat Lilo. We all adore her big, bright smile!


I have always had a love of animals and have been drawn to the veterinarian field. I served over 11 and half years in the US Navy before becoming part of the Kensington family. Getting my degree as a veterinarian technician is my next step in my career. In my free time I would most likely be found hiking, snorkeling, surfing, or just relaxing with friends.

I have two dogs, Koopa Troopa, and Remington. Along with two very large 41 year old tortoises, Jack and CC, that complete my lovable circus team.

Emma, veterinary staff member, with her two dogs

I moved here from England with my Husband and 2 dogs.  We got fed up of the English weather, and sold everything we owned to buy a business and start a new life in San Diego.

We are now the proud owners of Sparks Auto Repair Shop in Santee.

I have been a Veterinary Receptionist since 2003, and I love what I do.

My favorite thing to do is to walk my dogs in the sunshine, go on hikes, and go to the beach.

Kendra, caring vet tech

I am a San Diego native and have lived here most of my life. I started working in the veterinary field as a vet tech in 1999 while living a short time in Illinois. I share my home with my family including my Persian cat, Persephone; my bunnies, Phineas and Fern, and numerous exotic pets. I graduated from medical assisting and also phlebotomy in 2014 but happily decided to return to veterinary medicine. I have a particular interest in feline medicine and nutrition. I hope to spend many more years here at Kensington Veterinary Hospital!

Stephanie, veterinary assistant at our San Diego clinic.

My name is Stephanie V. I’ve been working at Kensington Veterinary Hospital since February 2019. I aspire to work with exotic animals and join a rescue team in the near future. During my free time, I like to roller blade, swim, or have fun at the archery range. I’m a very spontaneous person and will most likely be found exploring coffee shops, Disneyland or other random destinations with friends. But most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Marcella, veterianary assistant with her pet turtle and Chihuahua

My name is Marcela I was born and raised in San Diego. I graduated as a Veterinary Assistant from PIMA in 2017. I’ve been in this field for two years but I have learned so much from great mentors. This job is very challenging at times but also very rewarding—I love my job.

I have two pets at home an 8 year old long haired Chihuahua named Bear, as well as a 15 year old Red Eared Slider turtle named Rocky. On my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, exploring San Diego, or going to Disneyland.

Ariana--vet clinic staff

I have always loved and had animals since I could remember. I have such a passion for helping all animals. I have been in the veterinary field since 2011. In my spare time, I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends, and going to see plays. I have 2 cats and a sweet 14 year old senior corgi mix.


Hi, I’m Harlee! I am a 2019 Biology graduate from Cal State Monterey Bay and hope to one day earn the title of Dr. Harlee, DVM. I want to travel the world and educate the public about the different animals we share this Earth with, how we can protect them and how we as humans can preserve their natural habitats. I am lucky to have had so many amazing opportunities in my young lifetime. My recent experience is working with dogs and cats at the SPCA for Monterey County, and being an Aquarist intern at the Living Coast Discovery Center feeding and caring for reptiles and aquatic animals such as sharks, rays and sea turtles. Learning about and caring for animals has always been my ultimate dream job. When I am not working with animals at Kensington Veterinary Hospital, you can find me at Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo with friends and family and participating in Animal Planet research projects, attempting to aid in the re-discovery of lost species. I am very proud to be a part of the Kensington Vet family.


Haley was born and raised in San Diego. She traveled North for her undergraduate education and received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from CSU, Chico. She has worked as a veterinary assistant the past 2 years in Northern California and San Diego areas. She has a passion for wildlife and aspires to be a Registered Veterinary Technician for the San Diego Zoo someday. She spends her weekends at dog beach or hiking with her German Shepherd Maia and her little Lab Lana. She also has two kitties Sid and Nancy that love to watch TV. She looks forward to meeting you and helping your pets.

Gentle pet grooming by Jules
Jules, Head Groomer

I’ve been working in a grooming salon since 2011 and love it so much I plan on grooming for the rest of my life! I love making pets look pretty and feel great and educating owners on the health benefits of regular grooming. I love all dogs (cats too!) big and small, but my favorite breeds to groom are Poodles and Poodle mixes, Bichons, terriers, and Shih Tzus. I also love grooming Portuguese Water Dogs. I have my certification in animal psychology which, along with lots of patience and love, helps me handle pets that aren’t the biggest fans of grooming. My favorite part of this job is seeing how happy the owners are when they see their furry friends all cleaned up and looking (and feeling) their best.

I recently had the pleasure of taking a Pet Dermatology class which allows me to develop a grooming plan that targets each individual pets needs. I also collaborate with the veterinarians on the more severe skin problems our pets struggle with to ensure the best care possible.

This year I also received my Fear Free certification! If you’re not familiar, the mission of the Fear Free certification program is to “prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in the pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.” For more information visit their website.

Breanna, Bather/Groomer

I’ve been a professional bather for a little over a year now and my goal is to become a full fledged groomer. I’ve been around all types of animals my entire life and have built a little family with my wife, 2 cats, and our dog. We are always looking to see new places and have spontaneous adventures!