Dr. Kirchner grew up in Los Angeles. She majored in biochemistry and French literature at the University of California, San Diego. She and her German husband met in Bordeaux, France in March 2003 and were married in 2009. Dr. Kirchner attended Washington State for veterinary school, class of 2009, and her first job was with Banfield in Everett, Washington. She moved to Michigan and worked at a private practice, and then moved to Portland on Halloween 2013. Dr. Kirchner recently joined the Tigard team and loves general practice and care about quality of life. She has a 2-year-old son named Peter, 2 cats, and plans for a large breed dog once she gets a fence up.