McKayla was born and raised in Bemidji, MN and attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for her undergraduate degree and graduated in 2018. Then she went on to pursue her masters degree in speech language pathology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated in 2020. She enjoys working with patients of all ages, but especially working with people that have swallowing disorders. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family outdoors. She also enjoys fishing, and the beach. Being on the lake is her favorite!