We are so proud to introduce you to Orthopedic Surgeon, Julie Gladden Barre, MD. Dr. Barre has a specialty in Sports Medicine and treats all ages from high school athletes to couch potatoes to weekend warriors to professional athletes. You may find her professional bio on our website, however, we wanted to spend a few minutes with Dr. Barre and get to know her on a more personal level. Read about it here:
What inspired you to become a physician?
Since I was very young I have always had compassion for those in need and this carried into my initial professional calling as a physical therapist. I loved helping people who had been through an injury or surgery and eventually when drawn into management, my love of patient care continued to lure me back to hands on treatment of those in need. I then decided to return to school and become a physician.
With my unique background as a therapist I understood the process of those who were injured requiring surgery and the often grueling process required to get back to what brings someone joy in life. The human body and the increasing active lifestyle of people in today’s world is what has always fascinated me and propelled my love of Orthopedics.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting people every day and finding out about their lives and occupations. My job is so satisfying and I thoroughly enjoy being able to help get people back on their feet again as well as help them get back to their normal activities of daily living or get back on the field or golf course or tennis court.
What is your biggest challenge?
One of the hardest things to deal with in the field of medicine is when tragedy happens and seeing people go through physical and emotional pain. As a physician it is hard not to feel the pain that patients and their loved ones go through. I like to encourage my patients and establish a team approach so that I am with them every step of the process.
If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a_______.
I can’t imagine not being a physician, however if I had to choose something it would be a chef. Everyone loves food and I thoroughly enjoy pleasing people through creativity in the kitchen.
Your proudest / happiest moment?
I think my proudest and happiest moment is when I had my son during the 4th year of my orthopedic residency. Residency is a grueling time in life and after going through a full 9 month pregnancy during residency, the morning my son was born was one of the most joyful times in my life.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why?
Guatemala. I helped a medical team during a medical mission trip in college and I was so moved by the people in Central America and how grateful they were for the medical care they received.
Any hobbies? Activities?
Beach activities with family, cooking, travel, attending sporting events, exercise.
What’s your next adventure?
I would love to take a trip to Europe with my family someday.
Your guilty pleasure food?
A really good coffee and French pastry.
Dr Barre is aligned with the mission of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates to get her patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life. SOA has three locations and offers same day or next appointments when needed. Check the website at www.SOA.md or call 941-951-BONE (2663) for more information.