Women’s health: Practitioner offers frank perspective

By Kay Braddock

  When Julia Barron, PA-C, begins talking about women’s health issues, it’s clear she believes in an honest and candid approach.

“I wish there was less of a stigma for GYN health,” Barron said, referring to women’s needs to maintain regular pelvic exams. 
With an open and straightforward style, Barron talks about women’s health issues in a way most might talk about ... ear exams.
“I wish breast health was more talked about too,” she added.
It was announced last week that Barron, who has been offering Family Practice and Women’s Health services at the Prairie Community Hospital and Prairie County Clinic since October of last year, will be here to stay. She replaces outgoing practitioner Larry Masterson, PA-C, who accepted a position at Billings Clinic - Billings.
“This greatly compliments the services we already offer here,” said Prairie County Clinic manager Barb Rittal of Barron’s addition to the facility.
Barron also indicated her enthusiasm to providing a well rounded treatment approach to patient care for all ages.
Barron graduated from Touro University-California with a master’s of Public Health and a master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in General Science with a minor in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 2003.
Before accepting the position at Glendive Medical Center, which is affiliated with Prairie Community Hospital, Barron worked for United Indian Health Services and DBA Humboldt Locum Tenens. She provided medical care to local Native American tribes of Humboldt and Del Norte counties in northern California, assisted surgeons at Mad River Community Hospital and assisted in OB/GYN, Orthopedic and General Surgeries.  
Barron has had training in family practice, pediatrics, OB/GYN, general surgery, oncology/hematology, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, emergency medicine and nonsurgical intervention.  
Barron schedule at the Prairie County Clinic includes Tuesdays and Thursdays and alternating Fridays.
A Women’s Health Clinic, where Barron will also be offering services with Carleen Gaub, PA-C, will be held at the Prairie County Clinic March 27, April 3 and April 10. Appointments can be made by calling 635-5863.

Published Feb. 1, 2012

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