Erika was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and has lived in the state of Florida her entire life. Her parents met at the University of Florida in the 1980’s and sent all four of their children to the very same university – the Wert family is quite loyal to the Orange and Blue. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at UF and her major was Health Science with a concentration in Public Health. She then attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. As a medical student, she was selected for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the Society of Teaching Scholars Student Excellence in Medical Education Award. She is proud to now call herself a Triple Gator as she continues her training at UF Health for residency. When not at work, Dr. Wert spends her free time painting, sketching, wood burning, and cuddling her two cats. She and her partner, Dr. Peter Vonu, graduated together and couples matched at the University of Florida. They are excited to build their professional lives alongside their family in Gainesville.