Family gives thanks this season

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, the Garcia family pauses to give thanks for the newest member of their family, four-month-old Sofia Garcia.

Dr. Burgart with the Garcia Family

Dr. Burgart with the Garcia Family

Parents, Maribel and Luis Garcia, with five-year-old daughter, Rosa, are looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas with their newborn baby. Sofia was delivered earlier this year by Baker Center for Primary Care‘s Dr. Jennifer Burgart at Cannon Memorial Hospital (CMH), a member of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. After spending an exhausting 13 hours in labor and facing a potential cesarean section, Dr. Burgart was able to safely deliver the baby naturally. “Thank God for Dr. Burgart,” said Maribel with a grateful smile. “Nothing builds your trust in a doctor faster than having them deliver your child.”

The Garcias were so impressed with Dr. Burgart’s efforts that the entire family became her patients.

Dr. Burgart, who specializes in family medicine with obstetrics said, “The aspect of medicine that I enjoy the most is partnering with families to provide care from their pregnancy to the birth of their child and beyond. In instances like this one, it is very rewarding to care for Sofia as she continues to grow and develop. Becoming an integral part of a woman’s prenatal development by following her entire pregnancy, delivering her newborn and participating in her child’s development through the lifespan is what truly makes family medicine with obstetrics unique.”

For the Garcias, who live in Linville, family time is invaluable. And the close proximity of Baker Center for Primary Care, means less time traveling and more time spent at home with one another. As the snow begins to fall and travel becomes limited, even Rosa appreciates the convenient Linville location of her doctor, “I like Dr. Burgart because she is close, nice and always brings me a lollipop.”

In addition to selecting Dr. Burgart as their family physician, the Garcias have implemented another new tradition this year as well. Recently, the family visited a local tree farm to cut their Christmas tree. They consider themselves blessed and are looking forward to a happy and healthy Christmas season spent together.

Located at the Sloop Medical Office Plaza next to Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, Baker Center for Primary Care is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Tier 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. The practice is home to Drs. Charlie Baker, Jennifer Burgart and Amy Chidester as well as Donna Tate, FNP, Ella Markland, FNP, Barbara Dean PA-C, and Heather Jordan, CNM. For more information about Dr. Burgart who practices family medicine with obstetrics or any other providers at the Baker Center for Primary Care call 828-737-7711 or visit