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Biography:<p>Henry West Allen, MD, ARcare&rsquo;s medical director, is a board-certified family practitioner. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.</p> <p>Dr. Allen&rsquo;s academic success was rewarded with the Samuel H. Bell Merit Scholarship and membership in Alpha Epsilon Delta, a premedical honor society. Dr. Allen is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and Arkansas Medical Society. He has been with ARcare since 2004.</p>
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Biography:<p>Melissa Alumbaugh is a certified family nurse practitioner. She worked as a registered nurse for 13 years (2000-2013) prior to earning her master of science in nursing at Arkansas State University in 2013. She joined ARcare later that same year.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Todd Anderson, APRN, earned his bachelor of science in nursing from Harding University in Searcy in 2004. He then worked as an intensive care nurse at White County Medical Center until December 2013. During this time, Mr. Anderson returned to school, completing his master of science in nursing and family nurse practitioner certification at the University of Central Arkansas in 2013.</p> <p>Todd joined ARCare in 2014 as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). He is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.</p>
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Biography:<p>Prasad Athota, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon. He earned his medical degree from Guntur Medical College in India and received his bachelor&rsquo;s degree in medicine and surgery from Andhra University.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Athota completed his internship at Government General Hospital in India and his residency in surgery at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.</p> <p>Dr. Athota is a member of the Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Arkansas Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prior to joining ARcare in 2011, Dr. Athota was the medical director for the Lee County Co-op Clinic in Marianna, Arkansas.</p>
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Biography:<p>Amanda Bailey is a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Arkansas State University with her master of science in nursing in 2008. Amanda joined ARcare in August 2014.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Dr. Craig Bardell is a board-certified family physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska in 1986 and completed his residency training at Wheeling Hospital in 1989. Dr. Bardell joined ARcare in September 2012.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Suzanna Blackburn is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. She earned a master of science in nursing from the University of Central Arkansas, and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. </p> <p>Suzanna is certified in advanced fetal heart monitoring and neonatal resuscitation (instructor). She is also a certified RTS (Resolve Through Sharing) counselor, helping those who have suffered the loss of a miscarriage, stillborn, or baby. </p> <p>With nearly three years&rsquo; experience in an urgent care clinic and 10 years of nursing experience in hospital and clinic settings, Suzanna joined ARcare in 2013.</p> <p>Suzanna is a professional member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and the Arkansas Nurses Association.</p>
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Biography:<p>Monica Bomar, PA, is a certified physician assistant. She earned her master of science in physician assistant studies from Harding University and her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Central Arkansas.</p> <p>Monica has been a family practice physician assistant with ARcare since 2012.</p>
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Biography:<p>David Brightwell is a certified physician assistant. He graduated from Harding University with his master's degree in 2009 and has been in practice since 2010. David joined ARcare in May 2013.</p>
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Biography:<p>Katina Briscoe is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse, family nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse specialist. She earned a master of science in nursing (FNP) from Arkansas State University, as well as a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing (CNS) from Harding University-Searcy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Katina received numerous honors while receiving her education, including the Kathryn G. Harker Memorial Scholarship, Master Board Member Honor from the Arkansas School Board Association, Convocation of Scholars: Outstanding Graduate (4.0 GPA), and Achievement in Medicine and Health Care: Oasis Organization.&nbsp;</p> <p>Katina is a member of the American Nurses Association, Arkansas Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She has been with ARcare since 2006.</p>
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Biography:<p>Cynthia Chandler is a registered advanced practice nurse. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2009 with her master's degree. Since 2010, Cynthia has been caring for patients at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock. She joined ARcare in May 2013.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Steven Collier, MD, is a board-certified family practitioner. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas Medical School and completed his residency in family medicine at Jefferson Hospital in Pine Bluff.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Collier is currently the chief executive officer of ARcare in Augusta and the medical director for multiple nursing facilities throughout Arkansas. He is a board member of the Arkansas Association of Community Health Centers and a county health officer for the Woodruff County Health Department.</p>
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Biography:<p>Amy Marie Daniel, MD, is a board-certified family practitioner. She earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her residency at the University of Arkansas Area Health Education Center, Northeast. Dr. Daniel was the recipient of the Ethel Brickley-Hicks Scholarship and Harold Hedges, III Endowed Scholarship in Family Medicine.&nbsp;</p> <p> Dr. Daniel is a member of the American Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Arkansas Medical Society. In 2007, she was presented with the ARcare Achievement Award. She has been with ARcare since 2005.</p>
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Biography:<p>Lisa Dillon is an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor of science in nursing in 1986 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 1997 she completed her master of science in nursing in the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Central Arkansas.</p> <p>Prior to joining ARcare in 2014, Lisa worked as a nurse practitioner at McAfee Medical Center for 10 years. She also gained experience working in a cardiology practice and an urgent care clinic.</p>
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Biography:<p>Dr. Ritu Gothwal is a board-certified internist. She earned her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Dehli, India in 1994.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Gothwal completed a two-year dermatology residency in India in 1999, and a three-year internal medicine residency in the US (New York Medical College/South Shore Medical Center) in 2010. &nbsp;She joined ARcare in November 2014.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Jennifer Halliburton is a certified family nurse practitioner. She completed her MSN degree in 2013 at the University of Central Arkansas. She joined ARcare in 2014, but she has been providing nursing care since 2007 in various settings, including neonatal intensive care unit and neurosurgery.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Dr. Cleveland Ted Hood is a board-certified family physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in 1975 and completed his residency training at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio in 1978. Dr. Hood joined ARcare in May 2014.</p>
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Biography:<p>Robert Hornbeck, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician. He earned his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Hornbeck completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Prior to joining ARcare in 2012, Dr. Hornbeck practiced with Pediatric Associates of Jonesboro.</p>
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Biography:<p>Terry Hunt, MD, has been a primary care physician at ARcare since 1998. Dr. Hunt earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and completed his residency in family medicine at Area Health Education Consortium in South Arkansas. Dr. Hunt has enjoyed treating patients for more than 20 years.</p>
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Biography:<p>Renee Jones, DO, is an osteopathic physician experienced in pediatric care. She is a graduate of&nbsp;Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (1994).&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Jones completed her residency training at Columbia Tulsa Medical Center where she focused on pediatrics from 1995-1997. She worked as a staff pediatrician for 17 years before she joined ARcare in 2014. &nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p><g class="gr_ gr_7 gr-alert gr_spell ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="7" data-gr-id="7">Rendi</g>&nbsp;Kahoun is an advanced practice registered nurse with more than 15 years of nursing experience. She earned her nursing license in 1998, followed by her APRN certification in 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rendi earned both her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from Arkansas State University in 1994 and 2011, respectively. She has been on staff at ARcare since March 2014.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Robin Kerr is a certified advanced practice nurse. She earned both her bachelor of science in nursing (1994) and master of science in nursing (2009) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. </p> <p>Prior to completing her master's degree, Robin worked as an RN since 1996. She joined ARcare in July 2010.</p>
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Biography:<p>Jennifer Long is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse-family nurse practitioner. She earned both a master's degree and bachelor's degree in nursing from Arkansas State University.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to her position as a family nurse practitioner with ARcare, Jennifer is skilled in CPSI, Trace-Vue, and OBIX.</p>
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Biography:<p>Courtney Manatt, APN, is a board-certified advanced practice nurse and family nurse practitioner. She earned a master of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a bachelor and associate of science in nursing from Belmont University in Nashville.&nbsp;</p> <p>Courtney received numerous honors while receiving her education, including the Florence Nightingale Nursing Award and the Nurse of Distinction Award. She has been with ARcare since 2008.</p>
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Biography:<p>Rebecca McBride is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse. She earned a master of science in nursing (2012) and a bachelor of science in nursing (2009) from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.</p> <p>Rebecca has been a member of ARcare since 2013.</p>
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Biography:<p>Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Linda C. McIntosh is an advanced practice registered nurse. Linda began her education and medical career at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with an associate degree in emergency medicine in 1994, while serving as a paramedic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Linda then received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of State of New York in 1996, followed by her master of science in nursing and family nurse practitioner certification from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1999.</p> <p>Prior to joining ARcare in 2014, Linda worked at White River Rural Health, Searcy Medical Center, Healthcare Plus, and Sherwood Urgent Care.</p>
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Biography:<p>Edward Merritt, MD, is a board-certified family practitioner. He earned his medical degree from Central America Health Sciences University in Belize, where he was honored with the Top Student Award.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Merritt received his bachelor of science in biology from Arkansas State University and completed his internship and residency in family medicine at the Area Health Education Consortium in Pine Bluff.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to his work with ARcare since 2011, Dr. Merritt is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Lawrence Meyer, MD, is a board-certified family practitioner who earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Prior to joining ARcare in 2010, Dr. Meyer was a family physician at Stone County Primary Care Clinic in Mountain View.</p>
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Biography:<p>J. Daniel Moore, MD, is a board-certified family practitioner. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his internship and residency in family practice at the Southwest Family Practice Residency and Clinic.&nbsp;</p> <p>A primary care physician and Director of HIV Services for ARcare since 1996, Dr. Moore also works as the medical director for Soleus Health Care and as a staff physician for White County Medical Center.</p>
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Biography:<p>Janet Oakes, APRN, is an advanced practice registered nurse with over 20 years of experience. She has been a nurse at ARcare since 1991.&nbsp;</p> <p>Janet earned her bachelor of science in nursing with honors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Xi chapter.</p>
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Biography:<p>Dr. Larkus Pesnell is a board-certified family physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock in 1967. He has been with ARcare since 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prior to joining ARcare, Dr. Pesnell worked at Washington Regional Medical Center. He also served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1969-1971.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Randi Perry is an advanced practice nurse with several years of experience in the nursing field. Prior to&nbsp;earning her master's degree in nursing at Arkansas State University in 2013, she had worked as an RN since 2007. Randi joined ARcare&nbsp;in 2013.</p>
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Biography:<p>Rebecca Powers is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. She earned both a master of science in nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.&nbsp;</p> <p>With ARcare since 2010, Rebecca is a professional member of the Arkansas Nurses Association.</p>
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Biography:<p>Denise Purnell-Walker, APN, is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. She earned a master of science in nursing from Arkansas State University and a bachelor of science in nursing from&nbsp;Dallas Baptist University in Texas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prior to joining ARcare in 2011, Denise was an interim CEO, advanced practice nurse and lab director for Lee&nbsp;County Cooperative Clinic in Marianna, Arkansas.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to her work as a family nurse practitioner, Denise has been a patient care provider/ prescriptive authority, nursing supervisor, director for the Arkansas Children&rsquo;s&nbsp;Health Fund, and supervisor over several clinical programs, including the HTN study, cancer cohort study, and collaborative study.</p>
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Biography:<p>Elizabeth Reinhard is an advanced practice nurse and certified nurse practitioner. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with her master's degree in nursing in 2013. Elizabeth joined ARcare in February 2013.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Tara Reynolds, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified OB/GYN. She earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and&nbsp;completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the&nbsp;University of South Alabama. During that time, she received a Best Intern Award&nbsp;and a GYN Oncology Residency Award.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Reynolds is a diplomate of the&nbsp;American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American&nbsp;College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG). She has been with ARcare since 2007.</p>
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Biography:<p>Dan Riner, MD, is a board-certified radiologist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his radiology residency at UCLA Harbor General in California. In 2008, Dr. Riner joined ARcare as a resident radiologist.</p>
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Biography:<p>Susan Roy is an experienced nurse with an advanced practice nurse (APN) certification. In 2003, she completed her master of science in nursing at Massachusettes General Hospital Institute for Health Professions in Boston. She became certified as an APN in 2013 and joined ARcare in 2014. &nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Dr. Mary Shields is a board-certified family physician. She has been practicing in Arkansas since 1999. &nbsp;She earned her medical degree at the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1996 and completed her residency training at Creighton University in Nebraska in 1999. Dr. Shields joined ARcare in 2013. &nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Amy Sullivan is a registered advanced practice nurse and certified nurse practitioner. She graduated from the University of Arkansas Little Rock with a bachelor of science in nursing and the University of Central Arkansas with her master's degree in nursing 2013. Amy joined ARcare in February 2014.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Geral Towne is a certified advanced practice nurse. She graduated from Arkansas State University with her MSN degree in 2014. Geral joined ARcare in July 2014.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>James Townsend is a registered advanced practice nurse. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with his MSN degree in 2012. He worked at Sherwood Urgent Care before joining ARcare in March 2014.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Renata Vaughn is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to her work with ARcare, Renata is an APRN for Care Improvement Plus and EMSI. She is also a professional member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.</p>
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Biography:<p>Dr. Ramon Vista is a family physician with surgical experience. He studied and trained to be a doctor in the Phillipines, earning a medical degree from Cebu Institute of Medicine in 1994 and completing a general surgery residency at Iloilo Doctor's Hospital in 2000.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ten years later, Dr. Vista began a family medicine residency at the University of Arkansas, which he completed in 2013. He joined ARcare later that same year. &nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Jaime Whitehead is a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. She earned both a master of science and bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jaime is a professional member of Sigma Theta Tau Internal Honor Society for Nursing, American Nurses Association, and the Arkansas Nurses Association. She has been with ARcare since 2009.</p>
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Biography:<p>Nikki Williams is an advanced practice nurse and certified family nurse practitioner. She completed her master's degree in nursing at the University of Central Arkansas &ndash; Conway in 2010 and her bachelor's degree in nursing at Harding University College of Nursing &ndash; Searcy in 2005. Nikki joined ARcare in 2014.&nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Lindsey Zielsdorf is a certified family nurse practitioner. She earned her master of science in nursing at Baylor University in 2013. Prior to earning her master's degree, Lindsey practiced as an RN for 14 years. She joined ARcare in 2014. &nbsp;</p>
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Biography:<p>Brandy Leann Gaines, PharmD, is an ARcare pharmacist who earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from Harding University College of Pharmacy in Searcy. ARcare Pharmacy provides affordable medications to our Parkin and Brinkley communities. </p> <p>Dr. Gaines has also received certification as a nursing home consultant and in pharmacy-based immunizations.</p>
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FirstName:Jodi
LastName:Stepp
Location:ARcare Pharmacy - Parkin
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Specialty:Pharmacy
Suffix:PharmD
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