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Dr. Popiolek is a native of suburban Baltimore, MD. She is a proud 2004 graduate of University of Georgia, earning her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in Biological Sciences, Animal Science, and Dairy Science. Dr. Popiolek received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 2008.
As a vet, Dr. Popiolek worked extensively in emergency and critical care in hospitals in Baltimore and Southern Louisiana following graduation. In 2011, Dr. Popiolek relocated to London where she served as an internal medicine and critical care consultant at a large, referral hospital. She moved with her family to Atlanta in 2015, and enthusiastically took the position of shelter veterinarian at PAWS Atlanta in July 2016.
PAWS Atlanta has provided her the opportunity to combine her passions of providing high quality veterinary care with animal rescue and rehabilitation.
A self-proclaimed "human Labrador," Dr. Popiolek loves to spend her time outside of work enjoying diverse cuisine and traveling the world with her family. She enjoys every moment with her rescue dog Georgia and her cat, Mr. Lou (A Hurricane Katrina Rescue).
Dr. Erica is originally from Louisville, KY. With over 16 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, she completed undergraduate studies at the University of Louisville. She then graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.
Dr. Erica began her career in veterinary medicine at the early age of 15, where she worked as a kennel tech and vet assistant for Middletown Animal Clinic. She most recently practiced at Blairsville Animal Hospital in the North Georgia Mountains then seized the opportunity to serve Atlanta’s community by forming the new PAWS Atlanta veterinary hospital.
Dr. Erica is our resident Dr. Dolittle. All the animals are drawn to her (and the staff thinks she’s alright too). She enjoys spending time outside of work trying new restaurants, reading, crafting, attending concerts and lectures, and listening to live music with her wife, Hannah. When Dr. Erica succumbs to hanger, Hannah keeps her happy as a chef preparing delicious snacks and meals. Dr. Erica is equally talented in the art of baking, leaving her coworkers begging for more tasty cakes. Dr. Erica and Hannah share their home with two dogs, Layla and Suzie, and three cats, Uno Herring, Boone Trout, and Luna Tuna.
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