Student Features

Student Features


Jade DeArmond

Jade DeArmond – Medical Laboratory Sciences

Meet Jade DeArmond from the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences program. She is our student feature!  My name is Jade DeArmond and I’m from the small town of Warren, Arkansas! Most recently I lived in Russellville where I got my undergraduate degree, so at heart I’m a small-town girl.  [READ MORE ABOUT JADE]


Tia McDonald

Tia McDonald – Audiology

My name is Tia McDonald. I am a 4th-year audiology student at UAMS.  I am from the great state of Maryland; home of Old Bay, the Blue Crab, and Berger Cookies (Berger Cookies= life, look these up…you won’t be disappointed😊 ).  I am at the very beginning of my career goals. I chose to join the US Army to pursue audiology in the military.  [READ MORE ABOUT TIA]


Foster Boadi Amoah

Foster Boadi Amoah – Medical Laboratory Sciences

My name is Foster Boadi Amoah. I am originally from Ghana, West Africa and relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 2013. I am on active duty in the Navy and currently enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program pursuing my second baccalaureate degree. [READ MORE ABOUT FOSTER]


Alicia Bratten

Alicia Bratten – Ophthalmic Medical Technology

My name is Alicia Bratten and I am currently a senior in the Ophthalmic Medical Technologies program in the College of Health Professions. I have been living in Arkansas for 3 years with my military husband and two fur babies. A common question that I get is “Where are you from?” My answer is always “Planet Earth” since my father was also in the military and we moved all over the world every few years. [READ MORE ABOUT ALICIA]


Sabrina Spencer

Sabrina Spencer – Dietetic Internship Alumni

Hello! My name is Sabrina Spencer, and I am originally from Allen, Texas, which is just north of Dallas. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from UT Austin and recently graduated from the UAMS/CAVHS dietetic internship this past May. I am now a Registered and Licensed Dietitian upon passing the CDR exam in June (2018). [READ MORE ABOUT SABRINA]


Sheila Beaston, EMT

Sheila Beaston – Emergency Medical Technician Alumni

My name is Sheila Beaston, and I am originally from Illinois and currently live in Greenbrier, AR. I spent 11 years at Visalia, California where I started out as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I went on to become a Medial Assistant, Home Health Aide, and initially passed the National Emergency Medical Technology Registry back in 1990. [READ MORE ABOUT SHEILA]


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Loni Cooper, DPT – Physical Therapy Alumni

My name is Loni Cooper and I am a physical therapist in Northwest Arkansas. I recently graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in May 2018. Shortly after, I accepted my first job in an outpatient setting where I am working towards building a pelvic therapy caseload and advocating for this specific area of physical therapy.  [READ MORE ABOUT LONI]


Seth Eiland

Seth Eiland – Physician Assistant Studies

Meet Seth Eiland in our UAMS Physician Assistant Studies Program in the UAMS College of Health Professions. He is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP Hello, my name is Seth Eiland and I am a Physician Assistant student here at UAMS. I was born and raised in Camden, AR. Although I have become accustomed to living in [READ MORE ABOUT SETH]


Lauren Grogan

Lauren Grogan – Medical Laboratory Sciences

Meet Lauren Grogan in our Medical Laboratory Sciences program. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Lauren Grogan and I am originally from North Little Rock but recently moved to Beebe. I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field but I never felt the traditional medical route was for me. [READ MORE ABOUT LAUREN]


Erica Gardner

Erica Gardner – Audiology

Meet Erica Gardner in our Doctor of Audiology program. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Erica Gardner. I grew up here in Little Rock. My parents moved to the city right before I was born and I graduated from Little Rock Central High School. I chose Audiology because of my cousin, Aaron. [READ MORE ABOUT ERICA]


Sylvia Alobuia

Sylvia Alobuia – Dental Hygiene

Meet Sylvia Alobuia in our Dental Hygiene program. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP “Self-confidence is the foundation of all great success and achievement.” My name is Sylvia Alobuia, and this quote by Brian Tracy is one I have held dear to my heart since my family and I relocated to the United States in [READ MORE ABOUT SYLVIA]


Emily Youngblood

Emily Youngblood – Dietetic Internship

Meet Emily Youngblood in our Dietetic Internship program. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Emily Youngblood. I grew up in San Diego until I was 14 and have lived in Little Rock since then. From the time I could stand on a step-stool, I was interested in cooking. My entire childhood I [READ MORE ABOUT EMILY]


Raven Hefner

Raven Hefner – Medical Laboratory Sciences

Meet Raven Hefner in the UAMS Department of Laboratory SciencesMedical Laboratory Science program. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Raven Hefner, and I am honored to be given the opportunity to share my story with the health care community! I was born in Jacksonville North Carolina at the Marine Base Camp Lejune, Oorah! [READ MORE ABOUT RAVEN]


Carson York

Carson York – Physician Assistant

Meet Carson York in our Physician Assistant program. He is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Carson York and I grew up in Salem, a small town in north central Arkansas. After high school, I attended the University of Central Arkansas where I received a bachelor’s degree in biology. When I was going through the application [READ MORE ABOUT CARSON]


Nicolis Russell

Nicolis Russell – Ophthalmic Medical Technology

Meet Nicolis Russell in our Ophthalmic Medical Technology program. He is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Nicolis Russell. I have family and friends that call me Nico, because of the untraditional spelling of my name. I also don’t mind when people call me Nic, because I realize that is the traditional “nickname”. I [READ MORE ABOUT NICOLIS]


Heather Wallace

Heather Wallace – Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Meet Heather Wallace in our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in the Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Heather Wallace. I grew up in Pine Bluff, AR but moved to Fort Smith, AR. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a Bachelor’s degree in [READ MORE ABOUT HEATHER]


Kendra McCraney

Kendra McCraney – Respiratory Care

Meet Kendra McCraney in our UAMS Respiratory Care Education Program in the UAMS College of Health Professions. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Kendra McCraney. I am from Helena-West Helena, AR. I chose Cardio-Respiratory Care after shadowing my aunt, who is a respiratory therapist. I aspire to work towards leadership in respiratory therapy via the [READ MORE ABOUT KENDRA]


Joanna Murphy

Joanna Murphy – Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Meet Joanna Murphy in our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in the Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences. She is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Joanna Murphy. I am originally from a little town in Iowa called Algona, but I have lived in Little Rock for the last 3 years. I have always known that I [READ MORE ABOUT JOANNA]


Shanario Whitfield

Shanario Whitfield – Cytotechnology

Meet Shanario Whitfield in our UAMS Cytotechnology Program in the UAMS Department of Laboratory Sciences. He is our featured Student Highlight #UAMSCHP My name is Shanario Whitfield I am from Nassau, Bahamas. By profession I am a Medical Technologist, with extensive experience in Medical Microbiology. One day I discovered an opening for a Cytotechnologist position at the Princess Margaret [READ MORE ABOUT SHANARIO]