Foot Clinic Now Available in Hot Springs

Foot pain? Fungal infection? Unsightly toenails?

Healthy Connections now has a solution in Hot Springs. We’re proud to welcome podiatrist Dr. Richard C. Bennett, DPM, to the clinic location at 3604 Central Avenue, Suite D, in Hot Springs.

Dr. Bennett has more than 25 years of experience working as a podiatrist in downtown Chicago. He recently relocated his practice to Hot Springs to become part of the Healthy Connections family.

“Everything just clicked,” Dr. Bennett said of his decision to move to Hot Springs. “All the infrastructure is here to have everything I need.”

Healthy Connections has nine clinics throughout southwest Arkansas, including two in Hot Springs. Podiatry now joins our lineup that already featured primary care and preventative medicine, general dentistry, behavioral health, cardiology, pediatrics, and physical therapy.

Dr. Bennett is proficient in a wide range of foot and ankle problems, from routine to complex. He performs annual comprehensive diabetic foot exams and educates patients on how to best manage their condition. He diagnoses and treats basic foot conditions such as heel and arch pain, manages orthopedic deformities surgically and conservatively, performs office surgery for ingrown nails, abscesses, warts, and other skin lesions, and performs routine foot care.

His office also offers the latest FDA approved treatment for fungal infections of the toenail, putting patients’ safety and comfort first.

One area where Dr. Bennett sees a lot of patients concerns diabetes. In the past, patients coming in reporting foot problems have, after consulting with him, been referred to other specialists for timely diagnosis and treatment.

“A big part of podiatry is preventing their condition from getting worse,” Dr. Bennett said.

After an injury as a cross country runner in high school, Dr. Bennett pursued a career in podiatry. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University (Chicago) and graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Healthy Connections accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance companies.

To learn more, please visit Call 501-463-4074 to schedule an appointment or go online at

Healthy Connections, Inc., was founded in 1998 as a home visiting program and was recently named a finalist for Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the Arkansas Business 31st Annual Business of the Year Awards.




HCI Finalist for Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Healthy Connections, Inc., has once again been selected as a finalist for the 31st Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards in the Nonprofit Organization of the Year category.

Presented by The Hatcher Agency, The Arkansas Business of the Year Awards recognizes the state’s top businesses, nonprofit organizations, and executives. Arkansas Business readers nominate businesses, executives and nonprofits for the awards, which are determined by an independent panel of judges.

Healthy Connections is a finalist along with Arkansas, serving primarily the underserved population surrounding Mena, Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Mount Ida and De Queen. Hunger Relief Alliance, SHARE Foundation, and Mainline Health Systems, Inc.

Healthy Connections has nine clinics throughout southwest Arkansas,Healthy Connections features 19 primary care providers, two pediatrics providers, three cardiology providers, seven dental providers, six behavioral health providers, and additional providers in podiatry and physical therapy.

Healthy Connections will be recognized at the awards banquet in Little Rock on March 6, 2019.

Earlier this year, Healthy Connections, Inc., was named one of the Best Places to Work in Arkansas by Arkansas Business.

See the complete list of finalists and more at:

Wright Named Employee of Year

Andrea Wright has been named the 2018 Healthy Connections Employee of the Year.

The announcement was made at the annual Christmas Party and Employee Appreciation Dinner held on December 1 in Mena. Wright is the Inventory Manager and works at the Mena Health Park Lane facility.

To see the complete list of award winners, please visit

Healthy Connections Awards Winners

At its annual Christmas Party and Employee Appreciation Dinner on December 1 in Mena, Healthy Connections named its annual employee award winners.


Healthy Connections has been named one of Arkansas’ Best Places to Work two consecutive years. 


Employee of the Year

Andrea Wright


Provider of the Year

Julie Oglesby, LMFT LPC

Melanie Newman, APRN


Behind the Scenes Hero

Seth Singleton

Michelle Gibson

Amanda Barrett

Tonya Myers

Mary Smith


Game Changer

Myca Dean

Meghan Smith

Chris Gillenwater, APRN


Customer Service

Yanel Rios


Support Staff Super Star

Michelle Miller

Peggy Vines

Celene Viana


Rising Star

Amy Stvartak, APRN

Tracy Kennedy, LAC


Rookie of the Year

Traci Pulley

Brittney Sims

Jeffrey Slatton

Tammy Wells