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Wednesday November 18, 2015

WRMC welcomes OB/GYN

Gary L. Bebow, administrator/CEO of White River Medical Center (WRMC), recently welcomed Dr. Jason Knott, OB/GYN, to the medical staff. Dr. Knott will be practicing in The Women’s Clinic alongside Dr. Caroline Carlton, Dr. David Taylor, and Mandy Brock, APRN.

As an OB/GYN, Dr. Knott is responsible for providing comprehensive women’s healthcare services including prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care, annual exams, menopause counseling, fertility counseling, hysteroscopic and laparoscopic gynecologic surgery, and family planning.

Dr. Knott is also trained on the DaVinci, a non-invasive robotic surgery system.
He received his Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He completed his residency at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina.

“Dr. Knott is joining an excellent group of OB/GYNs not just on our staff, but in our area,” said Bebow. “Adding him to our medical staff allows us to expand the coverage we provide, which will prove to be a great benefit to women in the region.”

Dr. Knott and his wife, Kim, reside in Batesville. They have two children: Sam, 9, and Alice, 6. He enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, duck hunting, and watching college sports.

“My family and I are happy to be a part of Batesville,” said Knott. “I look forward to practicing in this community.”

Dr. Knott is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call (870) 262-2000. The Women’s Clinic is located on the second floor of the Professional Building on 1215 Sidney St. in Batesville.

INBRE grant and awards lead to important addition to chemistry lab

Four Lyon College students and two faculty members have received awards from the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) for their research efforts and work in various aspects of Lyon’s science programs.

The INBRE Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program gives fellowships to Arkansas juniors and seniors majoring in science, math, and computer science so they may participate in summer research programs at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, or the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. These fellowships also include stipends and budgets for research supplies as well as travel expenses to present the students’ summer research at national conferences.

The students who received these fellowships were Jason Lochmann, ’16, Jean de Dieu Mugiraneza, ’16, Megan Parks, ’17, and Jami Schmidt, ’17.

Dr. Irosha Nawarathne, assistant professor of Chemistry, received a Competitive Instrumentation Award for $49,500, which she used to purchase a Spinsolve Education Benchtop Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer.

Dr. Nawarathne plans to use the Spinsolve in her students’ laboratory experiences related to Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis, as well as for her personal research.

“The effective use of the instrument in our chemistry program and undergraduate research at Lyon will serve as a model for other undergraduate institutions across the country, especially in Arkansas and neighboring states,” Dr. Nawarathne said.

Dr. Cassia Oliveira, assistant professor of Biology, received a Summer Mentored Faculty Fellowship Award for $29,968, which she will use to collaborate with Dr. Alan Tackett (UAMS) and Dr. David Thomas (Lyon) on a research project entitled “Molecular Analysis of Microbial Diversity in Ozark Caves.” They will work to identify new species of microbes in caves in the Ozark region of Arkansas and analyze their importance to human health, as well as establish their roles in their ecosystem.

Dr. Oliveira said that funds from INBRE and the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) will also support summer research opportunities for two biology students, Cathryn Bowers and Lauren Gunderman.

“Research is an important component of undergraduate education and is especially relevant to science majors interested in pursuing advanced degrees in professional programs or graduate school,” Dr. Oliveira said.

Nick Fisher, a sixth grade student at Sulphur Rock Magnet, recently won the Million Word Reader award for reading one million words already this school year. As he headed to the office to receive his award from Stacey Lindsey (right), principal, and Alysia Horton (left), media specialist, Sulphur Rock students and teachers lined the hallway and cheered him to victory.  Photo submitted

Unity-Harris expand primary care in Newport

Unity Health-Harris Medical Center recently announced primary care availability in Newport has been expanded by four physicians. The addition of a new Continuity Care Clinic, located at 1200 McLain St., Suite G, will provide four internal medicine residents, who are included in Unity Health’s inaugural class of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.

“These physicians are fully licensed practitioners who are now residents in training,” said Darren Caldwell, vice president/administrator of Unity Health-Harris Hospital. “They have the capability of building their own practice, with a solid patient base, while serving in Newport. We feel like this is a phenomenal recruitment opportunity, because these doctors will have already grown their own practice over the previous three years. This provides excellent incentive to retain physicians right here in Newport by growing our own.”

A benefit of this type of clinic is the focused attention of all four providers who are following the patient’s medical needs. The Continuity Care Clinic will be available every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (870) 523-9852.


UACCB cosmetology program extends service hours to the public

The cosmetology program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) is extending its service hours to better serve the needs of the community.

“We’ve had a lot of feedback from the public about the need to extend our hours,” said Robi Plumee, cosmetology program director. “This will not only allow us to better serve the needs of the community but will also give our students invaluable hands-on experience.”

The salon in the cosmetology building on campus will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The salon provides a full range of services including shampooing, haircuts, chemical treatments such as permanents, color services, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing. All services are provided by UACCB students under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor.

The salon also offers a $2 discount on all services to senior citizens on Wednesdays.

Plumee said the program has experienced rapid growth since its inception, and that the program is currently looking to hire another instructor. The program is now accepting applications for spring classes which begin January 11. Due to the level of interest, those considering application should apply now, said Plumee.      

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (870) 612-2100. Walk-ins are also welcome. The cosmetology building is located on campus at 2005 White Dr. across from the Roy Row, Sr. and Imogene Row Johns Library. 

Pictured above, Noemi Espericueta removes foils from Osvaldo Espericueta’s hair. Noemi is a student in the University of Arkansas Community College cosmetology program. Haley Bullard, a student in the UACCB cosmetology program, works on styling hair on a mannequin head. Photos Submitted

‘Santa’s Craft Shop’ coming to Newark Elementary   

Breakfast with Santa, bounce houses, face painting, games, crafts, shopping and more will be included in the first Santa’s Craft Shop, sponsored by the Newark Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Newark Elementary School campus.

The pancake breakfast with Santa will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Plates are $5 if ordered and paid for by Nov. 20, and $6 on the day of the event.

From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., the halls of Newark Elementary will feature vendor booths with items for sale. A gift wrapping booth and snack booth will also be available.

For more information, visit the Newark Elementary Facebook PTO page.

Kaylee Leddy of Cave City was inducted October 24 into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club in Little Rock.  Leddy had the Grand Champion Nubian Junior Doe and the Junior Dairy Goat Showmanship at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Rodney Baker, Arkansas Farm Bureau executive vice president, presented the award. The club is an awards program recognizing junior livestock exhibitors who earned championship honors at the Arkansas State Fair. It is sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life. Photo Submitted