Bio for Dr. Kristina (Kristy) Baranik
Dr. Baranik was born in Miami, Florida and has lived in Georgia since she was six years old. Ever since she was in kindergarten, she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her first dog (the family dog), Sheba, a black Lab, began an obsession with animals that has only grown stronger with age. Today, Dr. Baranik lives with many cats and dogs; most are foster pets that failed to get adopted.
Dr. Baranik graduated from UGA’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1999. She later received her D.V.M. from UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.
After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Baranik worked at a spay/neuter clinic in Augusta, GA and at Animal Care Hospital in Lawrenceville, GA, and later, at Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital in Norcross, GA. After working in Norcross for seven years, she felt she could better serve her patients at her own practice in Suwanee, GA, hence the creation of Baranik Animal Care.
During Dr. Baranik’s education at the College of Veterinary Medicine, she became involved in animal rescue and welfare, and has continued to serve in animal rescue through fostering cats and dogs and providing medical services and advice to many different animal rescue groups in Gwinnett and Barrow counties. In addition to her dedication to dog and cat rescue, Dr. Baranik has developed much interest in the management of chronic diseases, like diabetes and kidney failure. She very much enjoys seeing dogs and cats live well into their golden years and managing the issues that arise with advanced age.