“I believe that I am on earth to know, love and serve other people. During my professional career I helped mentally ill children and adolescents, and in retirement I continue to enjoy educating and serving the public to help them understand themselves and others so they can be more talented.”
After medical school and residency, Barbara spent more than 32 years in private practice in Kansas City, using her specialized training to treat numerous adolescents and children with mental health problems. She co-authored a book, Childhood Mental Illness: When Being a Good Parent or Teacher Is Not Enough, and then organized local child psychiatrists to give free educational presentations for parents and teachers over the following three years. Today, she is still active in the medical profession as a member of the Board of Governors for the Missouri School of Medicine, a fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a board member of the Kansas City Medical Society’s Retired Physician Organization. She also volunteers at the St. Luke’s Hospice House, lending support to the patients and their families, and volunteers weekly at the Loose Park Rose Garden. She is the mother of three children.