Every one of us at KVH promises to create a family environment that supports the human-animal bond with compassionate, empathetic care and open, attentive communication. We promise to serve our community by recognizing client and patient needs, educating owners about the different treatment options for their pet, and above all, by providing exceptional patient care.
Owner of Kensington Veterinary Hospital
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.
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.
Dr. Mason is a native San Diegan who grew up here and attended Crawford High School. She attended undergrad at Cornell University in upstate New York for a chance to experience real weather (she did).
She returned to the best coast and attended UC Davis for Veterinary School and after graduation, spent 3 years working as a Veterinarian in Australia. While she was exploring the outback, she met her husband Tony. Then returned to the United States and began working at Kensington Veterinary Hospital in 1994.
Dr. Mason has two grown daughters in other states and lives in San Diego with Tony, one cat, a few chickens and a large vegetable garden.
Her favorite pastimes are hiking local mountains and camping.
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 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 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.
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!
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.
Elizabeth is our front desk supervisor and has been with Kensington Veterinary Hospital for 17 years. She has been in the vet field for over 30 years. She currently shares her home with her 2 pups (Teagan & Sara) and 2 kitties (Lennox & Emmy). She enjoys spending her free time enjoying the outdoors with her 2 pups.
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.
Hi I’m Lynet! I was born in Manhattan New York, grew up in Ensenada Mexico but have spent most of my life in San Diego. During my free time I love to try new restaurants with my husband and hang out with my reptiles, two cats and two dogs. My dream is to be a Marine Biologist to help preserve, study and heal our oceans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chie has diverse experience and achievements in various industries, and finally found her dream profession! Having been in love with dogs her whole life, Chie joined the exciting world of grooming. A graduate of San Diego Grooming Academy, she is a certified fear free dog groomer, bather and stylist with a strong motivation to provide caring and professional services to every pet, and the personalized attention that will keep your whole family happy. Chie enjoys going to dog beaches and hiking with her faithful companion, Luke Skywalker.
RVT and Receptionist
Cheryl is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), and has been working at Kensington Veterinary Hospital since 2001 as a veterinary technician and receptionist. Chances are if your pet had a dental or other surgical procedure, they were in excellent care with her. She left the practice for a few years to go back to school, but couldn’t stay away from her love for animals and values working at KVH. Cheryl is also a Registered Nurse and enjoys the balance of working her RN job, and working at KVH as she calls working here her “passion and a place where pets are in great hands with the high quality of care and veterinary medicine provided by all staff”. Cheryl brings a very calming demeanor to our practice, and prides herself on providing the very best care for your pets while ensuring clients are reassured and educated regarding their pets veterinary care.
Annie grew up in San Diego and has always shown interest in helping animals. She volunteered at the Chula Vista Animal Shelter when she was 16, and continued to show her passion for pets by obtaining her BS degree in Animal Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has then been working as a veterinary assistant and is currently pursuing her RVT license. She’s interested in all things related to our pets including the conventional and integrative medicine we offer, as well as special veterinary diets. Annie owns a German Shepherd and Australian Shepherd/Malamute mix that she loves taking with her to explore the outdoors on her free time.