Kickie was born and raised in New Orleans, La. She attended Our Lady of Holy Cross College focusing on business management until evacuating to Austin with her canine Nyko post hurricane Katrina in late 2005. In January of 2006 Kickie discovered her true passion for the veterinary field upon beginning a career with Emancipet. Since then she has worked with a variety of veterinary establishments including the local animal shelter, internal medicine department of a specialty hospital, private practices, mobile vaccine clinics, home euthanasia, non-profit high volume specialty/orthopedic surgery and spay/neuter clinics. She specializes in fostering hospice, special needs and medical cases ranging from dogs and cats to pigs and wildlife for multiple organizations. At the center of the household is her husband Jameson, 8 canines, 1 feline and a very diva pot belly pig named Penelope Aretha Maple. Kickie finds great joy in being able to give back to a community that welcomed her with open arms years ago.