Message from the Chief

Sowmya Patil, M.D.,B.S.

Sowmya Patil, M.D.,B.S., Interim Section Chief

Welcome to the Division of Adolescent Medicine and we thank you for visiting our site today.

We have a diverse group of experienced faculty and providers who are dedicated to the care of young people from age 12 to 21.  Through years of focused experience with adolescent-age patients, the services provided to teens include everything from managing everyday health and wellness to assisting in the specialized care of adolescent patients living with chronic disease.  Through their focus on mental health and wellness, they also offer care in the behavioral health area, including the diagnosis and management of eating disorders.

Adolescent Medicine providers also understand that there are unique challenges to being a teenager and raising a teenager. They seek to help both their young patients and their parents navigate the years from childhood to young adulthood with an emphasis on not only physical wellness, but also mental and emotional wellness and resiliency.

Mission Statement

We strive to promote the health and well-being of adolescents across the state of Arkansas through high quality, specialized care tailored to the unique healthcare needs of teens.  We will advance our mission through patient-centered clinical practice, medical education, clinical research, and advocacy.

Services offered include

  • Primary Care

o             Annual wellness exams and Sports Physicals

o             Patient Centered Medical Home services

  • Adolescent Clinic Consultative Services

o             Gynecologic/Reproductive health concerns

o             Contraceptive services

o             Sexual health and wellness

o             Behavioral health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD and others

o             Musculoskeletal complaints, including sport-related injury

o             Complex Care to partner with PCPs in the management of teens with complex medical care needs during adolescent years

  • Eating Disorder Clinic Consultative Services

o             Assessment & outpatient management

o             Inpatient consultation

Our Vision:

We champion teens by making them better today and healthier tomorrow through our service as a leader in the promotion of health, well-being, and equity of Arkansas’ adolescents.

Thank you.


Sowmya Patil, MBBS, MD, FAAP
Interim Section Chief of Adolescent Medicine
Course Director Practice of Medicine II

Meet the Faculty:

Karen Young, M.D., FAAP
Karen L. Young, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor
Laura B. Jones, APRN, CPNP-AC
Laura B. Jones, APRN, CPNP-AC
Nicole Garth, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC
Nicole Garth, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC
Ashley Antipolo coat
Ashley Antipolo, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor