College of Health Professions


May 17, 2022

UAMS Alumnus Named Clinician of the Year at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Memphis

David Wise

Kristen Holmes

Kristen J. Holmes, PT, DPT, 2018 doctoral alumnus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was named the 2021 Clinician of the Year by her peers at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Memphis. Each year, Encompass Health recognizes employees providing exemplary service and outstanding care to patients. The Clinician of the Year is…


May 16, 2022

McMillan Recognized as State’s New Dentist of the Year

Ben Boulden

Ashley McMillan, left, receives the 2022 Cynthia Caceras Baker New Dentist Award from Keith Jones, the 2021 recipient. The award is named in honor and memory of Cynthia Caceras Baker, who passed away unexpectedly while serving on the ASDA New Dentist Committee.

At an awards luncheon in April, Ashley McMillan, D.D.S., experienced a welcome surprise —receiving the Cynthia Caceres Baker New Dentist of the Year Award from the Arkansas State Dental Association.


May 13, 2022

Student Spotlight: Sydney Chastain Moves from Courtside to Bedside, Imaging Sciences

Ben Boulden

Sydney Chastain is scheduled to complete her studies in Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences in August. She also works a full schedule as a patient care technician in the UAMS Medical Center.

Whether on the basketball court as a point guard, a patient care technician in the UAMS Medical Center, or a Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences student, Sydney Chastain’s dogged determination has helped her excel. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, Sydney was never the tallest player on the court when she was on the University of…


April 29, 2022

College’s Faculty Never Stop Learning, Study for Advanced Degrees

Ben Boulden

Bridget Fitzhugh, left, Megan Lane and Cherika Robertson are among about 20 UAMS College of Health Professions faculty members who are pursuing advanced degrees.

Some faculty members in the UAMS College of Health Professions have headed back to school — a role that gives them greater insight into their own students. About 20 professors and instructors out of 81 in the college are pursuing advanced degrees in postgraduate programs or have recently completed them.


April 7, 2022

Program’s New Motion Analysis Equipment Enhances Research, Education

Ben Boulden

Nadia Marconi, left, demonstrates a motor task to a student volunteer while using the new motion-capture system.

Mobility has come to the motion capture technology that the UAMS Department of Physical Therapy uses for teaching graduate students and for research. Plans call for its use to be extended to patient care in the near future.


March 22, 2022

Dental Hygiene Students Treat Afghan Refugee Families

Ben Boulden

An Afghan refugee woman receives a dental assessment at the UAMS Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Since late November, UAMS dental hygiene students have given dozens of Afghan refugees something many of them have never before received – dental care.


March 17, 2022

Dietetics, Nutrition Programs Mark Anniversaries with Online Celebration, Guest Lecture

Ben Boulden

UAMS Dietetics through the Decades: the Dietetics Internship program in the College of Health Professions' Department of Dietetics and Nutrition celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment.

Alumni, faculty and students celebrated March 10 the dual birthdays of programs in the UAMS College of Health Professions’ Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. College and university leaders spoke on Zoom about the history and achievements of the programs leading up to the anniversaries.


March 9, 2022

Research about Mask Mandates in Arkansas Schools Published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

News Staff

Research published in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds that face masks were effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas K-12 schools.

LITTLE ROCK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains research on mask mandates in Arkansas school districts and how the mandates helped to limit COVID-19 at the schools.


March 2, 2022

Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student Inspired to Innovate

Ben Boulden

Occupational Therapy doctoral student Brenna Ramirez stops for a photo on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

When Brenna Ramirez graduated with a degree is in kinesiology, she didn’t follow the typical sports path. Instead, she began working as a registered behavioral therapist, providing services to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.


Virtual Festivities Celebrate College’s Half-Century Milestone

Ben Boulden

During a week of celebrations in late November and early December, faculty and staff of the College's Department of Physical Therapy show off their 50th anniversary sweatshirts.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many of the festivities online, the UAMS College of Health Professions still managed to celebrate 50 years of excellence.



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