The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Section of Genetics and Metabolism evaluates and treats children with birth defects, developmental delays, inborn errors of metabolism, as well as those with a family history of a genetic condition.

We provide genetic services through our main clinic at the ACH West Little Rock Clinic, as well as inpatient consults, telephone consults, and outreach clinics in the ACH Northwest Arkansas facilities in Lowell and Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Outreach clinics via telemedicine are held to reach Wichita, KS and Tulsa, OK. Additionally, we provide a number of specialty clinics including:

  1. Pediatric Down Syndrome Clinic
  2. Metabolic Clinic
  3. Autism Multispecialty Clinic
  4. Cleft/Craniofacial Clinic
  5. Ocular and Hearing Loss Genetics
  6. Disorders of Differentiation
  7. Vascular Anomalies
  8. Neuro-metabolic/mitochondrion diseases
  9. Neurogenetics

The Genetics and Metabolism clinic at ACH is a primary rotation site for medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as students from the UAMS Masters of Science degree program in Genetic Counseling.

Our clinical laboratory is one of only two laboratories in North America which performs testing for the metabolic condition Trimethylaminuria, also known as “Fish Odor Syndrome.”


Our team includes three medical geneticists: doctors who are board-certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics, and Endocrinology.


Four genetic counselors are included on our team.  These health care professionals help people understand a genetic diagnosis and genetic test results, provide support, serve as patient advocates, and help coordinate additional services for our clinic’s patients.

Genetic Counselors:
Carla Bell, MS, CGC Katie Bosanko, MS, CGC Brina Daniels, MS, CGC Nicole Pederson, MS


Our team also includes a nurse practitioner, three metabolic nutritionists, and a Newborn Screening Coordinator.

Office Staff:
JoAnn Bolick, Newborn Screening Program Director
Sheila Hull, RN III – Genetics Specialty Nurse
Michael Nash, Department Business Coordinator
Dustin Foster and Nola Ballinger, Administrative Analysts

Appointments may be made by referral from a patient’s primary care physician.  Primary care physicians wishing to refer a patient may call the ACH Appointment Center at 501-364-4000 or visit the Genetics and Metabolic Clinic site at ACH.

Genetics Office:  (501) 364-2966
Genetics Fax: (501) 364-1564
Newborn Screening Coordinator:  (501)364-4050
Arkansas Department of Health Newborn Screening Hotline:  866-769-9043
Northwest Arkansas Facility (Lowell, AR): (479) 750-0125

ACH West Little Rock Clinic, (Genetic Clinic) Bella Rosa Shopping Center
16101 Cantrell Road, Suite 114
Little Rock, AR 72223 (501) 364-8957

Northwest Arkansas Facility: (479) 750-0125
Physical Address: 519 Latham Drive Lowell, Arkansas 72745

Helpful Links:
Arkansas Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention 
Arkansas Department of Health Newborn Screening
Chromosome Disorder Outreach (CDO)
Easter Seals Arkansas
Family Village
National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD)
Gene Reviews
Genetics Home Reference
March of Dimes
National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center (NNSGRC)
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)