Community Pediatrics emphasizes service to under-served populations including children with developmental disabilities and low income, rural, children in foster care. This section in Pediatrics models collaborative services with partners in the central Arkansas region as well as rural Arkansas. We work with the Arkansas School for the Deaf and the Arkansas School for the Blind, as well as other agencies.

Community Pediatric faculty staff the Southwest Little Rock Community Clinic, which has a complement of bilingual staff members and provides primary care to the under-served population in the community.

Community Pediatrics is the home of the UAMS Head Start Program, one of only three Head Start programs in the country based in an academic health center. Launched in 1965 as a summer program to prepare children for school, Head Start in Arkansas has grown to serve over 11,000 children, birth to five, and their families in all 75 counties. The majority of the programs are administered by non-profit community-based agencies in center-based settings predominantly serving three- and four-year-olds.

In support of UAMS’s commitment to research, the Community Pediatric division collaborates with Children’s HealthWatch, a multi-site research program headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.  This multi-site network of pediatricians and public health professionals continuously monitors the influence of public policy changes on the health and well-being of low-income babies and toddlers in the United States.


Eduardo R. Ochoa, M.D. – Section Chief

Emily Beckett. D.O.

Emily Beckett


Dr. Emily Beckett is a new member of the Arkansas Children’s Southwest Little Rock Community Clinic. She is a general Pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UAMS.

Dr. Beckett received her medical training at the UNT Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX and then completed her Pediatric Residency at UAMS/Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock.

 In her medical training, Dr. Beckett became proficient in treating and caring for a variety of pediatric patients. Her professional passions include international medical missions, immunization education and breast feeding medicine.  

 Outside of work, Dr. Beckett loves spending time with her husband, two dogs and great friends. She is an avid hiker and is most happy when she is outside enjoying the sunshine. She is also part of Fellowship Bible Church at the Midtown campus and enjoys serving on Sundays with her community of faith.  

 “The best part about being a pediatrician is being able to build long lasting relationships with families, and be part of the growth and development of their children. We encounter families when they are most vulnerable with an ill child, seeking guidance and reassurance. That is a sacred relationship that I value and cherish deeply. I love what I do and look forward to serving the Southwest Little Rock Community!”


Chenia Eubanks, M.D.

Sarah Sobik, M.D.



Dr. Sarah Sobik is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UAMS and a general pediatrician who focuses her clinical work at the Arkansas Children’s Southwest Little Rock Community Clinic. She is also a research collaborator at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center where she works to interpret and develop articles on infant and childhood growth and development. Dr. Sobik is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Sobik received her medical training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then completed her pediatric residency at Arkansas Children’s/UAMS. Dr. Sobik is a strong advocate for infant nutrition and breastfeeding practices for all parents. She strives to provide all new parents, especially Mothers, the resources and help they need to reach their breastfeeding goals safely.

“I love my job because I get the best of both worlds. I get to watch an infant grow and develop while helping new parents become skilled in caring for their baby. I also get to focus my time on developing and interpreting some of the latest research and data in infant and childhood nutrition. I am committed to being a lifelong learner in pediatric care!”


Albrey Berber, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

Albrey Berber, DNP, RN, APRN, PNP-PC | College of Nursing









Allison Hester,  APRN, CPNP-PC

Allison Hester







April Lawson Ellis,  APRN, CPNP-PC


Teresa M. Whited, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC









 Additional web links:

Arkansas Head Start Association
American Academy of Pediatrics