Josie’s surgery on December 10, 2020 went remarkably well, and Josie has been able to continue all of her favorite activities such as dancing, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her family. Despite having a heart condition and having to go through so many surgeries, having a healthy, active life is something that’s really important to her, and it’s a goal that Barker has also supported as her doctor.
“When patients get treated for things that are not so minor, sometimes they’re worried about not being seen as a person, just being seen as their condition,” said Josie. “But with Dr. Barker, I really feel like he cares about me as a person. He doesn’t just want me to be successful from a medical standpoint, he wants me to be able to do whatever I want to do in my own life outside of this, and that really makes a difference.”