Dr. Dawn Barker Finds Greatest Joy in Helping Others

February 22, 2019

She grew up in a big city and initially went in to accounting, but Dr. Dawn Barker has now found her true calling practicing medicine in a closer-knit community.

“I went in to accounting because I wanted a schedule that allowed me to be home for our daughter after school and flexible enough that I could go on field trips,” Dr. Barker said. “Once she started high school, those needs were gone and I could explore what I really wanted to do. My greatest joy has always come from taking care of others.”

Dr. Barker began her medical training with pre-med classes in her hometown, at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She then received her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. At that point, she and her family were ready for a change in address.

“I completed my training in a rural community,” she said. “After spending time in both the city and small-town America, there was just no turning back. My husband’s family is from St. Louis and mine is in Kansas City, so we wanted a community in between the two. Of all the places we looked, Lebanon just felt like home.”

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Dr. Barker would like nothing more than for her patients to be so healthy they rarely need her services. “I am passionate about prevention,” she said. “I grew up in a family affected by heart disease and diabetes. It was heartbreaking watching loved ones suffer through painful surgeries, strokes, amputations and a decreased quality of life. I strongly encourage my patients to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. I’ll be focused on keeping you healthy.”

When she isn’t caring for patients, you can bet Dr. Barker is somewhere learning a new skill. “I am constantly changing hobbies,” she shared. “I’ll knit for a while, then switch to rappelling. Then I’ll paint for a while before focusing on organizing a tea party for Kindergarteners.”

You can find Dr. Dawn Barker at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Lebanon, 331 Hospital Drive, Suite C. To make an appointment, just call 417-533-6500 or click the box below.

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