We believe in the power of community and taking care of our neighbors. Our mission is to be of service by providing folks with competent and compassionate healthcare. Listening to your health concerns and making them our priority is what we are here to do. It’s our pleasure to treat each of our neighbors with grace, dignity, and respect. Welcome. We’re so glad you’re here.
Our Barn Door Health Story
Barn Door Health started long before the first nail was hammered in the space you see today. As a child, I grew up in western Nebraska spending much time with my idol, my grandmother, Ellen Martin. A formidable, self-made woman, who commanded respect and inspired awe, she would let me tag along when she made her rounds on her vast farming lands. I was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity. Those times were so special to me. During our drives, we’d stop at barns on the properties and she’d tell stories about their history and the labor of love and grit it took from many people to create them.
As I grew older, I found myself spending time in our barns learning the value of hard work and the character building experience of caring for the animals under our watch. I would return to the barns as often as I could and found new reasons to come back over time. Throughout my adolescence, I spent time in my barn loft “office” patching up friends who’d sustained battle wounds during our epic bb gun wars. I wrapped a few arms after falls from treehouses and removed a good few fish hooks, too. You know how your soul tugs when you bump into something you were meant to do? During those days spent fixing up my buddies, I felt the first sparks of a desire to follow in the footsteps of my many family members who went into the healthcare field. That’s how I began my journey to the place I love to be most today, Barn Door Health. I’m happiest when I’m in service to my community doing what I love, keeping my friends healthy. The best part of all? I get to do it in a place that reminds me of my roots in Grandma Ellen’s barns all those years ago.
Meet Our Team
Michael Martin, AS, BST, BA, LDHS, CTT, MBA, BSN-RN, MSN-FNP-C
I grew up in Western Nebraska splitting my time between my hometown of North Platte and Lake McConaughy. Throughout my formative years, I spent most of my time working on our family farms, fishing, hunting, building cars and racing them. I had a wonderful childhood in many respects. In high school, a great teacher and mentor of mine, Mr. Kalblinger, introduced me to Skills USA and VICA vocational school where I sharpened my passion for automotive skills. I took an interest in automotive welding after performing well in competitions. I followed that passion to Southeast Community College Milford to take part in the Chrysler apprenticeship program. During this time, I met my best friend Chad Gilbert. After Milford, I moved to Kansas City and worked in a dealership as a drivability technician. Chad and I went on to attend Pitt State Automotive Manufacturing Management School. I lived on a farm during autobody school which made me feel like I had a little piece of Nebraska with me. After autobody school, I returned to racing full time and moved to Sophia, NC to live and work with my godfather, Roy Hill, at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School. After some time, I decided to continue my education at Pitt State and earned my Master of Business Administration Degree.
Once I graduated, I moved to Blair, Nebraska to take a position with Woodhouse dealership as a shop foreman. I worked hard at Woodhouse and enjoyed every minute of it. As much as I loved cars, it was always in the back of my mind that I was not doing what I was meant to do with my life. I was on a detour, a fun one, but a detour nonetheless. So, I packed up and moved back to Kansas City to live with my best friend while I formed a plan to pursue healthcare as a career. Over the next several years, I worked in a laboratory while I attended nursing school at the University of Missouri Kansas City. UMKC was an extremely tough program that prepared me to take on the challenge of the Georgetown University Family Nurse Practitioner program in Washington, D.C.. Upon graduation, I knew city life was not my calling and I longed to be in a place that brought all my great loves together: family, friends, the countryside, community, and racing. Only one place fit the bill for me, Sophia, NC. Nebraska raised me, Kansas City gave me my best friend and my wife, and Sophia called me home. Over the course of 9 months, I built my dream into reality nail by nail with my own hands along with help from friends and family; it was a real labor of love. I’m proud to welcome you to the place where my journey led me, Barn Door Health.
Favorite Food: Donuts (special occasion only 😉)
Favorite Hobby: Building furniture such as the barn doors in my practice, fishing, hunting, playing with my dogs, building cars, and going on adventures with my wife, Heather
Favorite Color: Hot Pink (I own a hot pink race car, it’s my lucky color)
Pets: Three Labrador Retrievers, Max (15 years old) is the boss, Cash (7 years old) we call him the professor; he’s very proper and polite, and Scotch (5 years old) somehow still alive after jumping off every high point he can find; Scotch is a wild man.
How’d you meet your wife?: It involves a billboard, Grammy winning musicians, and coffee…if you want to hear the craziest story you’ve ever heard ask me for the details sometime.
Hidden Talent: I have the memory of an elephant. I can tell you what you had for lunch two years ago.