Kathy grew up in sunny southern California. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside, medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to starting her medical toxicology fellowship, she worked for a year as a community physician in the northern Bay Area.
Kathy is currently a junior fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Her academic interests include toxicology as it relates to public health and public outreach and education.