Barbara earned a nursing degree from Davis and Elkins College 1987, and a bachelor’s degree at West Virginia University 1988. She received her master’s degree in Nursing at Yale University in 1991, specializing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Clinical training included practicums in an inner city Community Health Center, private medical practices, a Homeless Clinic and North Central Bronx Public Hospital.
In West Virginia, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the St. George Medical Clinic, in private practice with Dr. Sam Roberts and then for University Health Associates WVU Department of Medicine Section of Nephrology.
She earned a Doctorate in Naturopathy for Health Care Professionals from Clayton College of Natural Health in 2007, which incorporated study of herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, reflexology nutrition, and mindfulness in stress management. She studied Contemplative Healing with Dr. Christph Klonk and Dr. Phil Weber through Menla Holistic Health from 2006-2016, and was awarded certificate of completion.
Barbara completed training as an Acudetox Specialist through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association in 2017, and helped facilitate legislation in West Virginia to allow this treatment to become more widely available to the public.