Kris was born in Kokkola, Finland but grew up in Sudbury, Ontario. After graduating from the OVC in 1990, she worked in mixed animal practice in Sturgeon Falls. Returning to OVC, Kris completed her DVSc in Clinical Pathology in 1996, studying the role of plasma alpha-2 macroglobulin as an acute phase reactant in cows exposed to bacterial mastitic pathogens. Subsequently Kris worked in several privately held veterinary diagnostic laboratories and in a small animal practice in Arthur, Ontario before returning the Pathobiology Department as a staff clinical pathologist in 2002. Kris became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2004. She joined the Animal Health Laboratory in 2006 as supervisor of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory.
In addition to enjoying the daily challenges of the rapidly evolving world of veterinary medicine and diagnostics, Kris enjoys attending her son’s soccer matches, and tending to her assorted pets, including a small herd of Highland cattle.