She grew up the youngest of five on a farm in northeastern Oklahoma, graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, and began her career providing primary care in rural Arkansas through the National Health Service Corps. She then chose to specialize in obstetrics & gynecology, and did her residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, after which she joined a small practice near Nashville.
Recognizing the impact that the menopausal transition can have, she became passionate early in her practice about offering a balanced view, and considering the benefits and risks of hormone therapy. Dr. Netherton joined the North American Menopause Society in 1989 and gained certification as a Menopause Practitioner as soon as the designation was offered. She embraced the challenge of interpreting the evolving information available after the 2002 WHI results and continued to provide reassurance and treatment options to her patients.
She and her husband enjoy choral singing and travel. They have recently relocated to live near two grown children in the Hudson Valley, and they look forward to getting acquainted with the Northeastern United States and Canada.