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 in Wichita, KS and Tulsa, OK.

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


Two genetic counselors are part of 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:
Katie Bosanko, MS, CGC
Brina Daniels, MS, CGC

Our team also includes a nurse practitioner, two specialty nurses a Newborn Screening Section and two metabolic nutritionists.

Advanced Practice Nurse:
Suzanne Huetter, MSN, CPNP

Specialty Nurses:
Karyn Haynes, BSN, RN, CPN
Tiffany Moore, BSN, RN, CPN

Newborn Screening Staff:
JoAnn Bolick, BSN, MA, APN, CPNP
Newborn Screening Program Director

Barbara Holcombe, BSN, RN
Newborn Screening Program Director

Krista Heird, BSN, RN, RN-BC
Newborn Screening Coordinator

Renee Bethel, RD
Brandi Nichols, RD

Administrative Staff

Practice Director
Kathy Rich, MHSA

Business Coordinator:
Michael Nash

Administrative Analysts:
Nola Ballinger
Dominique Hamby
Deanna Hardin
Heather Winemiller

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.

Contact Information:
Referrals Fax:  (501) 978-6440
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

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 Clinic
519 Lantham Dr.
Lowell, AR 72745
(479) 750-0125

Jonesboro Genetics Clinic
520 Carson St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 336-2175


Helpful Links:
Arkansas Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention 
Arkansas Department of Health Newborn Screening
Chromosome Disorder Outreach (CDO)
Easter Seals Arkansas
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)