Dr. Hoover graduated from Tempe High School (Arizona) in 1992, before heading to the University of Arizona. In 1996, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and went to work in a lab dedicated to diabetes research. She then moved to a lab at the University of California, Irvine where she researched wound healing and gut immunology. After 4 years of lab work, she attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences to earn her Doctorate of Osteopathy in 2004.
Accepted into the Health Profession Scholarship Program, Dr. Hoover was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2000. In 2007, Dr. Hoover completed residency at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency Program. She performed her internship under the "guidance" of LTs Peffley and Lucas. Despite their influence, two years later, she was appointed to be the Chief Resident. In 2007, Dr. Hoover became board certified in Family Medicine.
After residency, Lieutenant (LT) Hoover was assigned to and deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 in Iraq. Although she was primarily assigned to a Shock Trauma Platoon, she also traveled under armed convoy from camp to camp, providing care for her marines as well as humanitarian care to local inhabitants.
Following her operational billet, she worked for another year as a family medicine physician at Naval Hospital Bremerton and Bangor Branch Clinic before resigning her commission as a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR). She continued supporting the residency as a civilian faculty hospitalist until 2012.
Her family moved to Oregon in 2012 for her husband ("the other Dr. Hoover”) to attend optometry school at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Dr. Hoover accepted a family physician appointment with Kaiser Permanente in West Salem, Oregon. In addition to her clinic responsibilities, Dr. Hoover revived prenatal care in her family medicine clinic and established an osteopathic manipulation clinic. She took on additional leadership responsibilities including assignment as the Regional Primary Care Quality Chief.
In 2017, Dr. Hoover decided she wanted a change of pace and pursued a position that offered a greater potential for local community involvement and flexibility. She joined her former Navy shipmates and residency mates at Oregon Family Health in Dallas, Oregon.
Barbara Hoover grew up in Tempe, Arizona, the second oldest sister of four girls. In high school, she was a member of the swimming team, participating in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle. She also played the flute and piccolo in band all four years..
While at the University of Arizona, she not only majored in Microbiology, but minored in chemistry. She met the love of her life in a neuroscience lab they both worked in and eventually married him in 1996. While working as a microbiologist, she decided she enjoyed spending time with people too much to stay in the lab. During this time, she volunteered at a local osteopathic hospital and developed a deep admiration for the care they provided and the manner in which they did it. In 1996, she and her husband moved to California to attend graduate and medical schools.
In 2003, Barbara and her husband began expanding their family with the addition of Christoph. He was joined by Camden (2006) and Alivia (2010). Oh ... and don't forget Gwen, their beloved English black lab.
Beyond medicine, Barbara enjoys visiting vineyards and tasting wines with her husband. Additionally, as they having a child with special needs, they are active advocates for local autism support. Barbara has a passion for cooking and looks for any opportunity to play with her children. One of her favorite activities with them is creating art. Lastly, the Hoover family is known for taking day-trip hiking expeditions. Their top two favorite outings are Silver Falls and Basket Slough.