Dr. Barnett was born in Japan and came to the US as an orphan immigrant, adopted by an Army Chaplain at age one year old. She grew up in military bases all over the world. Because she was a sickly child, she wanted to be a doctor although it could've been genetic as she tracked down her natural father who was a doctor too! She paid for Harvard/MIT with a military scholarship and spent eleven years on active duty (and several more in the reserves) as a trauma surgeon before leaving the army and becoming a plastic surgeon. She is active in medical politics on the local, state and national level and also has another life as a professional dancer in such unique styles as ethnic dance to fire spinning. She lives in Southeast US with her partner, a musician.