Carla Picardo, MD, MPH
Carla Picardo, MD, MPH grew up in the community she now serves as the owner of and physician provider at Women’s Wellness & Gynecology. She graduated cum laude with a degree in biology from Harvard University. Carla earned her medical degree at Wake Forest University and completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health Sciences University in 2002. After practicing with Community Health Net in Erie for 18 months, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having been awarded a federally sponsored research fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the two-year program, she also earned her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and completed an additional residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. In addition, Carla initiated research related to women’s health services after Hurricane Katrina and the delivery of injectable contraception through pharmacies, both which led to publications in American peer-reviewed medical journals. Carla’s research and clinical interests have afforded her opportunities to give presentations in France, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Kazakhstan, as well as within the United States. She spent a month in Nepal caring for patients in remote villages and in a local hospital. Her appreciation that various forms of medicine can be integrated into western medicine led her to learn about Ayurveda in Portland, Oregon and Thai massage in Chang Mai, Thailand directly from providers.
Carla returned to Erie and joined Erie Women’s Health Partners as an employed Obstetrician and Gynecologist, where she remained for 7.5 years until her employer retired and closed the practice on December 31, 2014. Carla’s desire and commitment to offer outpatient gynecological and women’s preventive services both at the office and community level led to the creation of Women’s Wellness & Gynecology. Carla has maintained her board certification in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She is one of fewer than 50 individuals in the United States who possess this dual board certification. Carla was also appointed to and currently serves as a member of the Erie County Health Board.
Dr. Picardo makes it her goal to balance her professional life and family life – which is always a work in progress. She believes in the power of a healthy lifestyle. Over time, she has found ways to move more, prepare and eat homemade plant based meals, and manage stress through yoga and meditation. She enjoys travel, hiking, and playing backyard baseball with her husband and son.
Holly Klemm, RN
Holly Klemm, RN was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. She attended Edinboro University as well as Mercyhurst University, where she ultimately earned her Registered Nursing degree in 2007. She spent the first 6 months of her nursing career in a medical/surgical rotation at Saint Vincent Hospital. She then accepted a position on the Labor & Delivery unit, where she continued full-time work until 2010. Holly continued with her career in women’s health when she joined Erie Women’s Health Partners in July 2010. She also continued per-diem work on Labor & Delivery until March 2011. She remained at Erie Women’s Health Partners for 4.5 years until her employer retired and the practice closed in December 2014.
Holly’s desire and passion to provide quality health care for women led her to her current position with Dr. Carla Picardo at Women’s Wellness & Gynecology. She looks forward to meeting and caring for each and every patient.
As a wife and mother, Holly believes that women should take the time to invest in their overall health and wellness. She believes this benefits not only one’s self, but family and loved ones as well. Holly has personally felt the advantages of decreased stress/anxiety, improved mood, and increased energy through a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys staying active, reading, watching football and spending time with her husband and 3 daughters
Heather Adams, PA-C
Heather Adams is originally from Franklin, PA. She graduated from Franklin Area Senior High School in 1997, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences, and from Chatham College in 2003 with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Heather relocated to Erie, PA with her husband in 2005, where they have put down both professional and person roots in this community that they love.
Heather’s clinical experience includes specialties such as Neurosurgery and Cardiology, but she spent the majority of her clinical career in Women’s Health. She attributes this to a passion that developed for this area of medicine, compassion and connection with her female patients, and encouragement and inspiration that she received from her Women’s Health colleagues. She served as the full-time Physician Assistant at Erie Women’s Health Partners from May 2007 Through December 2012, and then part time from December 2012 through December 2014 as she transitioned into PA education. Heather began her work in academia as an adjunct professor in 2011 at Gannon University. In January 2013 she joined the Gannon University Physician Assistant Program as a full-time Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator.
Heather’s passion for women’s health care and patient advocacy has led her to develop numerous scholarly works in the form of professional presentations, webinars, and published articles. She enjoys her role as faculty member and student mentor, and looks for opportunities to cultivate interest amongst her students in the area of women’s health. Heather is also an active member of state, national, and specialty PA organizations; specifically serving as the Publications Committee Chairperson for the APAOG. She is involved in her community via Fairview Presbyterian Church, Operation Christmas Child, and Fairview Elementary School.
Heather and her husband, Nick, have two young children, who remain the focus of everything that they do. “As a Women’s Health PA I have the opportunity to impact not only girls and women of all ages, but also their current and future husbands, children, and grandchildren. I see the future in my own children, as well as every one of my patients and I am honored to do my part to brighten that future with each and every encounter.”