A southern California native, she attended medical school at UC-Irvine and finished her residency at UC San Diego. During her residency, Dr. McKennett worked at the San Ysidro Health Center and eventually witnessed its incorporation into what would become the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. As a former Chief Resident of the UC San Diego program and a current Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UC San Diego, Dr. McKennett facilitates a strong educational liaison with the UC San Diego FP Residency program. She has maintained an active clinical practice in the south bay for over 20 years, including emphasis on obstetrics, prenatal care, and gynecologic procedures. She was named in San Diego Magazine's "Top Doctor" list, and she is a 2004 recipient of the esteemed CAFP Teacher of the Year award.