The Adolescent and Sports Medicine Center, located at Clinic 4 on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, provides health care services for teens and young adults ages 12 to 21 in these areas:

  • Acute medical diagnosis and treatment
  • Adolescent medicine consultations
  • Asthma
  • Athletic training and sports physical therapy
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders diagnosis and treatment
  • Gynecology
  • Immunizations
  • Mental health services for emotional and behavioral problems common in teens
  • Nutritional consultation and obesity evaluation and treatment
  • Primary care
  • Sports Medicine consultation and pre-participation evaluations

Appointments can be made by calling 501-364-1849. Same-day appointments are available daily.

Staff members seek to provide accessible high quality, developmentally appropriate, confidential medical and psychosocial health services to adolescents and their families of the region. Medical and psychological professionals at the Adolescent Center strive continually to advance adolescent health care through clinical practice, education, clinical research, and advocacy.

Services are provided without regard to inability to pay. A full-time financial counselor on site will assist with insurance issues. A Center physician is on-call 24 hours a day, and emergencies are treated at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital emergency room.

Physicians’ research interests include sports medicine and eating disorders, diabetes and obesity. The basic education mission is to educate primary care physicians and others who are interested in learning about the appropriate health care for adolescents and young adults.

For more information, please see The Adolescent Eating Disorders Program.


Sowmya N. Patil, MBBS, MD, FAAP – Interim Section Chief

Sowmya Patil


Dr. Sowmya Patil is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She received her medical training in India at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and completed her pediatric residency training at UAMS/ACH. She is both a pediatrician and an educator, and teaches medical students and residents in the College of Medicine at UAMS and also at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Patil is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Patil practices general pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock, primarily at the Circle of Friends (COF) resident continuity clinic, and the resident teaching clinic. Dr. Patil is the Interim Section Chief for the General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Divisions, and is also the Medical Director of the ACH Circle of Friends Teaching Clinic.

Dr. Patil is a strong advocate for immunizations and effective communication skills and places great importance on patient-doctor relationship.

“The favorite parts of my job are interacting with patients and families to collaborate with them to assess their wellbeing and help the children reach their maximum potential. I enjoy teaching the rising pediatricians the value of good communication skills and developing good patient centered care. My family has made the beautiful city of Little Rock our home for many years and enjoy everything the city has to offer.”


Ashley Antipolo, MD, FAAP  – Medical Director

Ashley R. Antipolo, M.D. | UAMS Health


Dr. Ashley Antipolo is a pediatrician in the Adolescent Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. As the Medical Director of the Adolescent Clinic, she is dedicated to serving the medical needs of teenagers across the state of Arkansas and understands that her teen patients have issues that affect their health in changing and often challenging ways.  In addition to patient care, Dr. Antipolo also teaches and trains medical students and residents on how to provide comprehensive care to adolescent patients.

In addition to her service to the Adolescent Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Antipolo also works as a Medical Information Officer in the section of Clinical Informatics.  Through this role for Arkansas Children’s, she works with colleagues and staff across the healthcare continuum to improve the quality, safety, & usability of healthcare information technology.  She has a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and is also an educator for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship.

Dr. Antipolo received her medical training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her pediatric residency at UAMS/ACH.

“As a physician and mom, I know how important it is for families to feel & be supported, especially when it comes to their medical care.  Because I dedicate my clinical practice solely to the health and well-being of teenagers, I also know that each of my young patients is an individual experiencing family, friends, school, and life in their own way.  My goal as their doctor is to ensure all of their medical needs are being met while creating a safe space for each patient to begin their own healthcare journey, gaining confidence and independence as they progress into adulthood.”

Brian H. Hardin


Michael Paul Israel

Michael Israel, M.D.


As a non-surgical sports medicine physician, Dr. Michael Israel treats a multitude of sports-related medical issues. He works closely with orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and coaches to provide comprehensive treatment to patients. He is the only physician in Central Arkansas with specialty training in both pediatrics and sports medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics and Pediatrics and serves as the co-director of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine program.Dr. Israel earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. After residency, he completed his sports medicine fellowship training at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Israel has provided sports coverage for many high schools and colleges and serves as the sports medicine director for the athletic programs of the Little Rock, Jacksonville, Pine Bluff, and White Hall School Districts. He also is an active is a member of the Arkansas Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.


Nicole Garth, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC

Nicole Garth


Nicole Garth is a nurse practitioner who specializes in pediatrics. She earned her master’s degree in acute care pediatrics from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a 2020 graduate from the doctoral nursing program at UAMS, where she completed her project titled, and “Implementing an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) screening in the Adolescent clinic.”

She is a strong advocate for pregnancy and STI prevention. She also believes in great nurse-student relationships. They are the next generation of providers.

“The best part of my job is working with the children. I enjoy talking with them and encouraging them to go out and be great, no matter what it is they love to do, there’s a need for it. I also enjoy training future practitioners. Teaching them the skills necessary to one day provide, evidence-based, cost-effective care to their patient-population.”


Laura B. Jones, APRN, CPNP-AC

Laura Jones


Laura Jones, APRN, is a Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). She received her Bachelor of Science in 1998 and her Master of Nursing Science in 2010 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing. She is Pediatric Nursing Board Certified and is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

Laura practices in the Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorder Clinics on the Arkansas Children’s Hospital campus where she sees and treats patients for well care and prevention/management of common adolescent acute illnesses and chronic conditions. Laura also has a special interest in treating patients with eating disorder diagnoses.