Our Story

Recognizing that the people of Union County had limited access to medical care and after hours services, it became clear to independent doctors Gary Bevill, Matthew Callaway, and James Sheppard that a “one-stop” healthcare facility would best serve their patients and the community. In late 1997 and early 1998, they formally joined efforts and put their vision on paper.

By the fall of 1999, the three separate solo practices moved to a new, single story, 20,000 sq. ft. facility. This made their vision a reality! Healthcare services in Southern Arkansas immediately changed as access to convenient care was increased and available seven days a week.

Local and regional growth of the clinic created further demand for services bringing Marcia Ford, APRN to come aboard in early 2000. By the middle of 2001, Dr. Eric Hatley joined SAMA and was followed by Harriette Allison, APRN who joined the practice in 2003.

In 2002, the physicians made an investment that would change the course of the clinic and thrust SAMA into the national spotlight years later. We were one of the first clinics in Arkansas to purchase an Electronic Medical Record system (EMR) and in the years since have worked to maximize the utilization of the EMR System to provide better care for our patients.

In January 2004, we officially became SAMA HealthCare Services PA and for the next four years continued improving upon our processes while staying with a provider base of six. In 2008, we had a change in Administrators as Pete Atkinson MHA joined our team after working for seven years at The Medical Center of South Arkansas.

The next four years were spent preparing for change. President Obama entered the White House in January of 2009. While we did not know how things would change it was apparent from the beginning of his administration that healthcare reform was a top priority. This coupled with President Bush’s pledge in 2004 that all Americans would have an Electronic Health Record by 2014 told us that change was not only coming but coming soon.

In 2012, SAMA was chosen to be a Comprehensive Primary Care clinic meaning that multiple payers were going to invest in our clinic over the next four years in order to transform SAMA into a patient centered medical home. We jumped on this opportunity creating four care teams, hiring additional staff, and changing our workflow. The results of this transformation and the model which we have created have been recognized nationally and spotlighted in articles written by MSNBC, The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society, as well as many others.

Over the next two years, we brought in six additional nurse practitioners, one of which specializes in pediatrics and runs our “SAMA Kids Clinic," and Dr. Deanna Hopson who we built another care team around.

Today we are seeing more patients than ever and our quality is better than ever. Five fully staffed and well organized care teams, our new schedule, and additional providers allow us to see over 100 same day appointments on any given day. We are open 360+ days a year, have a provider on call 24/7/365, and have lab, pharmacy, and radiology services on site.

In the year ahead, we expect to finish a 10,000 square foot expansion and Dr. Lauren Monteith will be joining us in August. We are talking to a Social Worker and a specialist who could possibly be joining us in 2016 as well. We also hope to focus more on geriatrics and population health helping educate and provide preventative services.

“In this world you're either growing or you're dying” according to famous football coach Lou Holtz. We continue to grow each day. Our goal is simple; to provide the best healthcare services we possibly can for our friends and family here in in South Arkansas and to do it for a long time.

Dr. Gary Bevill


Gary L. Bevill, MD


Arkansas has always been my home except for 2 years in Louisiana as a child. From Bearden High School, to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, to UAMS in Little Rock, to my AHEC Residency in El Dorado and establishing a solo practice in 1985, I have enjoyed south Arkansas.

As a freshman medical student, the prevailing thought on family life from my peers was that medicine and family involvement don’t mix. Frankly, they were wrong! It does take a concerted effort, but my understanding wife, two grown children, and now grandkids are the most important things in the world to me and I’m still actively involved in their lives. They are key reasons I enjoy being a Family Physician and most of my outside activities and hobbies revolve around my family.

I also have always loved working with older adults and our “Senior Citizens.”  That is one reason I worked hard to get the additional certifications and specialties in Geriatrics.  Ruby, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who is a duly certified therapy dog by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs makes nursing home rounds with me as a therapy dog.  It is amazing watching the smiles of the nursing home residents as we visit them.

As a founding member of SAMA, I’m thankful daily for what has been accomplished through the clinic and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of each new day.


Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

Secondary Specialty:


General School Education:

Bearden High School- Bearden, Arkansas : 1974 Valedictorian

Undergraduate Education:

Ouachita Baptist University - Arkadelphia, Arkansas : 1978 Bachelor of Science

Medical Education:

University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus : 1982 Little Rock, Arkansas


AHEC Family Practice Residency - El Dorado, Arkansas : 1985
Chief Resident 1985

Academic Appointments:

Associate Professor AHEC South Arkansas : 1985-present
AHEC South Arkansas is a Family Medicine residency program.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine : 1985- Present
Geriatrics- CAQ American Board of Family Medicine : 1991- Present
American Medical Directors Association:  The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine – Certified Medical Director: 2007- Present

In Practice Since:



Medical Director of Hudson Memorial Nursing Home : 1998-present

Physician Assistant

Gabrielle Beaman, PA-C

Undergraduate education: University of North Texas – Denton, TX : Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies concentrating in Biology, Business Management, and Health Promotion 2018

Graduate education: Trevecca Nazarene University, Physician Assistant Program – Nashville, TN : Master of Science in Medicine 2021

I enjoy spending time with my husband, lifting weights, baking, and in the fall, watching Nebraska Husker football! GO BIG RED! I moved to El Dorado with my husband in 2021 and have enjoyed getting to know my SAMA family and our patients! Every day I try to live and do my job with the following Mother Teresa quote in mind “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”


Heather Nix, APRN


Candy Cates, LPN, CM

Samantha Henley, LPN

Amanda Lewis, LPN

Elizabeth Barron, LPN

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Dr. Matthew Callaway


Matthew D. Callaway, MD


My Dad was an orthopedic surgeon here in El Dorado and instilled in me not only the finer points of medicine, but a ‘knack’ for treating work-related injuries and office-based surgeries. A large part of my practice remains treatment of muscle and skeletal related problems.

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

General School Education:

El Dorado High School - El Dorado, Arkansas : 1977

Undergraduate Education:

Hendrix College - Conway, Arkansas : 1981 BA Biology

Medical Education:

University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus : 1989 Little Rock, Arkansas
St Georges University School of Medicine - Grenada, WI : 1986 (Transferred to UAMS)
Columbia University Medical School - New York, NY : 1986 summer classes

Graduate School Education:

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas : 1984 MS Microbiology


AHEC Family Practice Residency - El Dorado, Arkansas : 1993
Baptist Medical Surgery Residency - Birmingham, Alabama : 1991

Academic Appointments:

Associate Professor AHEC South Arkansas : 1985-present
AHEC South Arkansas is a Family Medicine residency program.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Physicians

Dr. Matthew Callaway

Shahreen Chowdhury, MD

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Baylor University in Waco, Texas; Master of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas; Doctor of Medicine at Ross University Portsmouth, Dominica; Family Medicine Residency at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Texarkana, Arkansas. I was certified by the American Board of Family in 2017 and my board certificate is current.

I was raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where both of my parents are professors at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. My husband and I are the proud parents of one son.

The best thing about working at SAMA is that I have access to an unlimited supply of Butterfinger candy bars!

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine



Lauren Roberts, APRN

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas, and my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

My husband Matt and I have been married since 2019, and we just had our first child, Rhett, in February of 2022.

When I’m not working, I love watching sports, mostly football and baseball – mainly the Arkansas Razorbacks!

The thing I love most about SAMA is that it feels like more than a team; it feels like a family.



Yolanda Moody, LPN, CC

Sue Nash, LPN

Jazzmin Kidd, LPN

Takia Tatum, LPN

Tabatha Preston, LPN

Tricia Terrall, LPN, CM

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Dr. Erin Goss


Erin Goss, MD

Specializing in Family Medicine for the past 13 years, Dr. Erin Braden Goss is a primary-care physician trained to meet the diverse health needs of children and families. She received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, completing her residency at the Area Health Education Center associated with UAMS in Texarkana.

Born to Dr. Larry and Dyan Braden, Erin married Camden native Ben Goss, and the couple has two beautiful daughters, Zoe and Emma. Erin’s top priority is the health and well-being of her family, so she understands what it means for you and your family also.


Chelsea Bounds, APRN



Jessica Becerra, LPN, CC

Nikki Barnes, LPN

Melissa Morales, LPN

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I grew up in Little Rock but did live in El Dorado as a toddler. I still remember driving up to Warner Brown Hospital to get my mom and new baby sister in 1964. I was active in marching band and choir at Cloverdale Jr High and McClellan High School and took as many science classes as I could cram in my schedule. I got my B.S. in Chemistry at UCA in 1984 and started at UAMS the next fall. I met my future husband, Rodney Hopson, my senior year of medical school while in Fayetteville for an Ophthalmology rotation. The month of May 1988 was very busy; we both got our degrees and then got married! We moved to Fort Smith, AR for my Residency in Family Medicine at the AHEC. Our first daughter was born while we were there. Next, our son was born while we lived in Hot Springs; I drove to Nashville, AR to work in the ER and did some fill-in at a Family Medicine clinic in Hot Springs from time to time. We moved to El Dorado in 1995 for my husband’s job. Patti Rivers, APN and I first worked together at the Stephens Community Clinic from 1996-1997. The last 2 additions to the Hopson clan, two more daughters, were born during those years. So Patti got to work with an exhausted, nauseated partner for nearly 2 years.

In October of 1997 I started working at the El Dorado AHEC as a faculty member until 2004 when I began working at Interfaith Clinic on a full time basis. Patti joined me there in 2006; we've worked together ever since. Rodney and I almost have an empty nest. We are active with our church family at Marrable Hill Chapel.

When Patti and I first approached Pete Atkinson about working at SAMA we got goose bumps as he began explaining the team concept they were in the process of implementing. We have been the Green Team now since May 2014 and couldn't feel more blessed to work with such a wonderful group of people.

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine


Patti Rivers, APRN

I was bred, born, and raised in Arkansas. I am proud of my upbringing and I have continued the trend by raising my three children in Arkansas. I married a man from Florida 30 years ago and have converted him to Arkansas and he now has a southern drawl. My undergraduate studies was at Henderson State Univeristy and my graduate studies was at UAMS in Little Rock. I have been practicing as a primary care provider in the state of Arkansas for 20 years taking care of all walks of life from rural, non-insured, and now insured families. One of the most important things to me is helping patients to take care and be responsible for their healthcare. Giving them the tools to enable them to become more proactive in their health, diseases, and preventions are vital to change the health epidemic in Arkansas. A team approach will ensure better health outcomes.

I am excited to be apart of SAMA and what SAMA stands for in South Arkansas. I believe that we can make a difference in this community in a positive way and can set the standards of delivering holistic care in a timely manner and becoming aggressive in preventive care.


Kayla DeVault, LPN

Teresa Sherman, LPN CM

Lynn French, LPN

Katrina Renfroe, LPN

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R. Eric Hatley, MD


Early in life, even as a child growing up in Jonesboro, Arkansas, I knew being a Physician would be a lifelong ambition. I decided not to wait that long! My Zoology degree from ASU Jonesboro followed by Medical School in Little Rock sealed my drive to pursue a Family Physician career. During my Residency, I wanted to give back to my childhood community so when just that opportunity presented itself in Jonesboro, I knew it would provide a sound foundation of medical experience. For two years, I learned a tremendous amount about the realities of a medical practice and caring for my Jonesboro patients.

When I learned of the needs and opportunities in El Dorado, it was an easy decision when asked to join SAMA in July 2001. Everyone has welcomed me and my family and the staff has been great to work with.

When not in the office or hospital, there is a high probability I can be found enjoying time with my wife Sarah, son Thomas, and daughter Miriam.  If not at home, the chances of finding me may be slim because I’m probably in the Arkansas woods and streams either hunting, fishing, or both!

Oh! I don’t tell just everyone, but my wife says I’m an excellent cook. I do OK!

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

Undergraduate Education:

Arkansas State - Jonesboro, Arkansas : 1992
BS Zoology

Medical Education:

University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus : 1996
Little Rock, Arkansas


AHEC Family Practice Residency - Little Rock, Arkansas : 1999

Board Certifications:

American Board Family Practice : 1999
National Board Medical Examiners : 1996


Casey Pritchard, ARPN


Lindsay Cranford, LPN, CM

Madison Parker, LPN

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Lauren Monteith, MD


I grew up just a few miles from SAMA Healthcare in the Parkers Chapel area, and I graduated from Parkers Chapel High School before earning my bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. I completed medical school and my residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

I have three amazing children; Collin, Ellyson Kate and Harper, and we are active members of the First United Methodist Church.

In my spare time, I enjoy being with family, traveling and watching sports – in particular, Duke Blue Devil basketball, Indianapolis Colts football and of course, the Arkansas Razorbacks!

I love the diversity of family medicine and being able to take care of people of all ages. As a native of El Dorado, I am proud to serve my hometown.

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine


Jan Porter, APRN

I am a native of South Arkansas, graduating from Parkers Chapel High School and returning home after finishing college. I graduated with my BSN from the University of Central Arkansas, with my MSN from the University of Phoenix and with my post-graduate certificate in Family Practice Nursing from St. Joesph's College in Maine. I have also achieved my Certified Diabetic Educator certification. I have previously worked at MCSA, mostly as an ICU nurse, and then at UAMS AHEC-South Arkansas before coming to SAMA.

My off time is spent with my family, which is quite busy with a daughter, a step-daughter who is in college, and a step-son who works in the oil field. I spend many hours watching my youngest play basketball and softball for the South Arkansas Slammerz. We attend PC First Baptist Church.

I love living in South Arkansas and could not imagine being any where else. My heart belongs to South Arkansas and to SAMA!


Nahi Murphy, LPN, CM

Breana Downs, LPN

Alexis Williams

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I received my Master's of Science in Nursing, specializing in pediatrics, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2013. I obtained my PNP certification from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Prior to receiving my masters degree and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) license, I worked as a NICU nurse at MCSA for 10 years, where I first realized my passion for kids. I love my kid patients and enjoy getting to know their families! When I'm not at SAMA's Kids Clinic, my husband and I are trying to keep up with our 3 kids, Jackson, Ella, and Luke.


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Pete Atkinson

Donna Bevill
Accounting Manager

Nancy New, LPN
Clinical IT/Nurse Manager

Jan Risinger
Ancillary Manager

Carlee Smith
Administrative Assistant

Sam Edgmon, LPN, Walk-in

Susan Taylor, RN
Population Health Manager/Nurse Manager

Stephanie Dickinson, LPN, Float Nurse

Terri Townley
Office Manager


Morgan Mitchell

Melissa Scott

Sherron West

Capri Patterson

Emma Wood

Emily Smith

Dee Castanon


Jenny Hoggard

Shannon Kooms

Michelle Bradley


Angela Shackleford, MLT

Sheila Elmore, MT

Tokoya Sims

Jordan Barron

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Tru Story Counseling, LLC

True Story Counseling Heather Story, Spencer McCullough, Lesley Ford, and Abby Cate are Licensed Professional Counselors, independently contracted with SAMA Healthcare. They work with patients of all ages to provide additional support and coordinate care with each of our providers. Some of the services offered include education about the impact of emotional health as it pertains to medical well-being as well as stress management, life changes, anxiety, grief, trauma, or relational problems just to name a few.

Heather and Spencer were both born and raised in South Arkansas. They met in graduate school at Henderson State University, where each obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Individually, they went on to work in outpatient treatment, working with children and adolescents alongside their families, struggling with various challenges in the school and/or home setting.

Abby Cate is native to Ruston, Louisiana, but has called El Dorado her home for over 28 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor as well as an adjunct professor at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, in the Counselor Education Department. She is actively involved in the community, and shares her passion for working with individuals in outpatient mental health services.

Heather Story has partnered with SAMA Healthcare since October 2017- adding Spencer McCullough in July 2019. As the need for mental health services continues to rise, we are honored to now have Abby Cate working with us. We believe in people’s ability to overcome life’s obstacles, and we enjoy meeting the unique needs of each individual referred by SAMA as well as the surrounding communities.

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Dr. Rex Luttrell, General & Bariatric Surgeon

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