If you go with the flow, sometimes things will turn out better than you could have imagined,” says Marguerite Barnett, MD, founder and owner of Mandala Med-Spa and Yoga Shala in Sarasota, Florida. This laid-back philosophy would be easy to dismiss if you didn’t know Barnett has a history of hard work and success under her belt.
As both a Harvard-educated general surgeon and cosmetic surgeon, as well as an 11-year Army veteran, Barnett’s accomplishments are widespread, but that doesn’t stop her from having a peaceful outlook on the world and her role in it. “We are responsible for the world we have and if you coast along and don’t try to improve it, you’re part of the problem,” she says, and Barnett incorporates this ethical mentality into everything she touches.
Having signed on for a stint in the Army to pay for her Harvard education, Barnett began her medical career as a general surgeon. “I came from a family of doctors, and I love everything about medicine. I went into general surgery because I could do the most stuff,” she says. During her time in the military, she was sent to several out-of-the-way countries, so she decided focusing on a subspecialty might allow her to stay closer to more populated regions, which was what she preferred. “I chose plastic surgery because of the wide variety of procedures I could do: cancer reconstruction, cosmetic surgery and correcting birth defects. Once I finished my schooling, the Army immediately sent me to Honduras, so I got out of the military,” laughs Barnett.