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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.


Nathalia Marin

Nathalia came here from Colombia with her mother about 20 years ago. After living in New York for about 7 years, she came to Georgia to live with family in Gainesville. After working a couple years in other fields, she found her true passion as an animal caretaker at an Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital in Duluth. Since 2004, she has worked at animal hospitals filling almost every role from kennel help to veterinary technician.

Nathalia met Dr. Baranik about 7 years ago while working at Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital. She has proven herself as a skilled veterinary assistant and advocate for all animals. She has experience with dogs and cats, as well as with other pocket pets like rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits. She is a gentle nurse to all animals, and always seems to help put the animals at ease. We are very grateful to have Nathalia as part of our team at Baranik Animal Care.


Rachel Phillips

Rachel was born and raised here in Atlanta.  She grew up in Doraville with her human family and dogs (Collies), a few fish and birds, and one cat.  She has always appreciated the company of animals.  Though she has worked in many areas (including childcare and assisting at a mortgage company), she enjoys working with animals the most.

Rachel has several years of experience working as a receptionist and veterinary assistant.  She has been absolutely wonderful in getting the office organized, and is a fantastic animal caregiver as well.  We are very lucky to have her here at Baranik Animal Care.  Rachel currently lives in Lawrenceville with her husband and 2 dogs (Harley, the Boxer and Willow, the Chihuahua).