Dr. Bailey was born and raised in Albany, New York. As a child, she had a passion for two things: animals and anything having to do with space exploration and computers. She decided to pursue a career in computers, attending Russell Sage College in Troy, New York and earning her B.S. in computer science in 1995.
For the next several years, Dr. Bailey had an illustrious career in software engineering, working for companies such as MapInfo, Lotus Development, and Netflix. It was while she was living in Silicon Valley that she became significantly involved with an animal rescue. This sparked her interest in veterinary medicine and infectious disease management.
Dr. Bailey returned to school, completing her pre-veterinary science requirements first at San Jose State University and then at Syracuse University after moving back to upstate New York. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine (California) in 2012.
Dr. Bailey joined a general practice in central New York upon graduation. It was at this practice that she was instrumental in starting an after-hours urgent care service. Through this experience, Dr. Bailey developed an interest in both urgent care and emergency medicine. Her other professionals interests include feline medicine and shelter medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and regularly pursues continuing education in this area.
Dr. Bailey resides in Liverpool with her wife, Kyla; their Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix, Prince; their little Chihuahua, Bijou; and their four cats: Elvis Man-cat, Mini-Manny, Macalicious von Kissy-pous, and Jo-Jo Two-Toes (Don of the Kitty Mafia).
When she is not working, Dr. Bailey enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and growing food in her vegetable and fruit garden. She and Prince have hiked trails in eight states (NY, NJ, VT, MA, CT, PA, FL, and CA). They hike in state parks, county parks, and wilderness areas. But, by far, their favorite hiking challenge is mountains. They have hiked to the summit of over 150 mountain peaks since September 2014. Dr. Bailey and Prince also love to complete hiking challenges that earn them a patch to sew on Prince’s hiking banner.
Fun facts about Dr. Bailey:
She finally fulfilled her childhood dream of going to Space Camp – twice! She attended a one-day space camp for adults at the JFK Space Center in 2006. Then she spent a three-day weekend at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama in 2012.
She has an amateur radio license. Her call sign is KD2CPU.
She designs, builds, and launches model rockets with the Syracuse Rocket Club
She and Prince completed the New York Fire Tower Challenge in just 2 ½ months. That meant hiking to the summit of 23 mountains that have a fire tower on top – 18 in the Adirondacks and 5 in the Catskills. The winter patch took a little longer – three winter seasons.