Mackenzie grew up in a small town in the Nicola Valley. She is the oldest of three children and the only girl. Her family is very close-knit, and holidays are still spent together visiting new places near and far, camping, or just hanging out together. Growing up, Mackenzie spent many hours dancing and playing various sports & watching her brother play sports. Throughout her childhood, there were fish, a gecko, a stray cat, a hamster, but one constant was always dogs. When she is not at work, she can be found on a hike or paddleboarding with her dog, Tembo!
Mackenzie graduated from the University of Victoria with a science degree with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. Her goal was always to work with animals. The clinic gives her many opportunities to spend time with a plethora of them.