Barbara Howard has been working with Dr. Schmitz since 2005. She started her nursing career as a registered nurse in 1975. This journey has endowed her with extensive experience in a variety of areas in the healthcare field, the most rewarding of which has been women’s health care and adolescent health. Barbara attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and completed the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program in 1992. Upon completion, Barbara relocated to Tyler Texas and became the Maternity Coordinator of Smith County Health Department. Barbara focused on youth outreach relating to sexually transmitted infections and family planning. Barbara also had a rewarding experience with Scott & White’s “Worth the Wait Program” as a healthcare educator for adolescent sexual health concerns. This experience has moved her to towards a holistic philosophy in patient care, focusing on the overall well-being of her patients.
Barbara is active in the academic community, serving as preceptor for graduate nurse practitioners during their OBGYN rotations via local universities as well as online programs. Barbara is also active in a variety of nonprofit organizations including Susan G Komen and Outreach Health Disparity for Women. When she is not working at South Austin OBGYN, she can be found providing her care pro bono at Smithville community clinic
Barbara has continued to expand her knowledge and role as a Women’s Health Provider by completing the training certification from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Colposcopy in 2008. Barbara has also trained to provide various methods of contraception including IUD and Nexplanon® insertions.
Barbara has two married children and two grandchildren, who are amazing! She loves to read, hike, zumba, camp, and travel as well as a variety of other outdoor activities. Barbara spends her days charting to the soothing tones of smooth jazz, her preferred choice of music.