Elizabeth Burgner

Elizabeth Burgner

A Tennessee native, Elizabeth had a 20+-year career  in Customer Service and Account Management  before leaving the corporate world to pursue her passion for animal welfare full-time in 2004.   She spent most of her spare time fostering, bottle-feeding, and holding adoption events with several small rescue groups prior to becoming a founding member of Companion Animal Rescue League (CARL) in 2003,. Recognizing the lack of available spay/neuter resources in her home county of Gwinnett, in 2009 she co-founded Planned PEThood of Georgia. CARL remained a well-respected rescue group and later merged into Planned PEThood. Elizabeth’s emphasis has always been on outstanding customer service, collaboration with other organizations, and accommodation of clients’ individual needs. When presented with a challenge, particularly one involving an animal in need, her usual response is “We’ll figure it out.” Elizabeth and her husband, Cliff Brown, are the proud pet parents of a rescued dog who is very smart for her breed, and several cats.

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Dr. Jennifer Odum

Before coming to Planned PEThood in 2015, Dr. Odum served as the veterinarian at local Atlanta municipal shelters for 7 years. Dr. Odum’s years of service at local area shelters, make her one of the most experienced shelter veterinary medicine practitioners in the Atlanta area. Dr. Odum also has extensive experience in both cruelty/neglect cases and forensic exams and served from 2011 to 2014 as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Extension Service Law Enforcement Training Institute/National Animal Cruelty Investigations School. Dr. Odum has been in the veterinary field since 1995 and earned her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.

Dr. Odum oversees medical policy and procedure for our veterinary team at our Duluth Spay/Neuter Clinic, Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement, and for our rescue operations. In her down time Dr. Odum spends time with her husband and three children.

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Dr. Christina Simpson

Dr. Simpson
Dr. Simpson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. After working in general practice for three years, she joined our team at Planned PEThood. When Dr. Simpson isn’t working, she enjoys the company of her husband, two dogs, Zeke and Pepper, and her collection of more than 300 beta fish. Dr. Simpson shows and breeds Beta fish in competitions.

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Akisha Navarre, RVT

Akisha Navarre

Akisha is a registered veterinary technician (RVT) with almost ten years of clinical experience. Her training and work history are a huge asset to Planned PEThood’s patients. She is skilled in pet first aid and CPR, and oversees our daily surgery patients alongside our veterinarians. She is mom to three cats, one dog, and a human child. In her down time, she enjoys reading, watching anime with her daughter, and considers herself an MMO gamer.

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Andrea Harbeson

Andrea HarbesonAndrea’s love for animals has been prevalent since she was young. She grew up on a farm with horses, cats, dogs, chickens, and cows. When she was younger she showed horses. Andrea started working in rescue about 8 years ago. She is experienced with fostering bottle babies and difficult medical cases. In her free time, she is a self proclaimed video game nerd and cool mom to her son.

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Malin Savland

Malin joined the Planned PEThood team officially in April 2020, but she has been an active volunteer for years fostering both cats and dogs. She has always had a love for animals since she was a kid – dogs, cats, bunnies, horses – you name it. Malin grew up riding horses in Sweden. That’s right, she was born and raised in Sweden! She moved to the US in 2012. Currently, Malin has two rescued pit bull mixes that are spoiled rotten. In her spare time she LOVES to travel the world and check off her never ending bucket list. She recently just finished an African Safari!
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Jane Stewart

Jane StewartA South Carolina native, Jane Stewart began her career in rescue as a foster parent and volunteer. She was shocked by the number of animals that lost their lives simply because there was no place to put them. From that moment, she made it her life’s passion to help animals in need. Jane has worked in animal rescue for the past thirteen years serving as the Executive Director at the Georgia SPCA and Athens Area Humane Society.

Jane has been married to Tim Stewart for 30 years. Together, they have two children, two cats, and three dogs. They even have three grand-dogs and a grand-cat! Though she is a Clemson Graduate, her family are strong UGA Dawgs Fans. They spend most of the football season in Athens at Football games. Jane loves the DAWGS as much as the Tigers (she says).

Jane said, “I am very excited to work with a group that approaches rescue as a problem solver and not just a band-aid.”

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