Ms. Barnes is from rural southwestern Virginia and received her undergraduate BS degree from the University of Virginia College at Wise. She attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she received her MS in Nursing in 1995. She is licensed by the NC Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified as Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center.
Ms. Barnes started her career as a nurse practitioner with the Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, KY, where she worked in 2 separate rural health community clinics providing primary care to people of all ages. Ms. Barnes has been providing services at Wake Forest University Student Health since March, 2011. At WFU, Ms. Barnes enjoys working with students in all aspects of health including preventative care and acute illnesses and provides women’s health and family planning services as well. Prior to coming to WFU Ms. Barnes provided care to students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Student Health Service for 7 years, from 2004 to 2011. Ms. Barnes was also a nurse practitioner at Yadkin County Health Department for 5 years, working with patients in all clinics, including Family Planning and Women’s Health, Prenatal Care, Pediatrics, and Sexually Transmitted and Infectious Disease.
Ms. Barnes lives in Clemmons with her husband and 2 young children, a son and a daughter, and enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys outdoor activities including container gardening with vegetables and flowers, and outdoor recreation with her children. She also enjoys digital scrapbooking, knitting, and reading.