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Healthy Connections, Inc., continues its Behavioral Health program expansion with the addition of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Nicole Meggers.

Meggers, who specializes in mental health therapy with children, will work out of the Hot Springs Central Avenue Clinic, home to Healthy Connections Pediatrics Clinic. The address is 3604 Central Avenue. Call (888) 710-8220 to schedule an appointment.

The LCSW is part of the Behavioral Health team, working with clients in order to help deal with issues involving mental and emotional health. Meggers’ specialty is working with children and those young adults 25 and under.

“I love working with kids. I’ve always worked with children. Even before graduate school, my jobs were always centered around kids,” Meggers said. “That’s where my passion is.”

Meggers graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Social Work in 2010 with her master’s degree. After becoming a LCSW in 2014, she began work at Living Hope in Hot Springs. The Hot Springs native said she excited to begin her new journey with Healthy Connections.

“I think it’s going to be a great, new adventure,” she said. “I’d love to be a part of helping to build the pediatrics program.”

Healthy Connections currently operates nine clinics throughout West Central Arkansas. This includes two clinics in Hot Springs at 3604 Central Ave., and 102 Chippewa Court. At Central Ave., Healthy Connections has a family medical clinic, pediatrics, cardiology podiatry and behavioral health. Other services offered include BioTE Hormone Replacement Therapy, Botox and Joint Injections.

The pediatrics clinic features Jeremy Porter, MD, and Melanie Newman, APRN. They work in the kid-friendly clinic to take care of children of all ages. Meggers will serve as the therapist for children. She’ll also have the ability to refer patients to Charl Buxton, PMHMT, who is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the clinic.

“I just feel like the children need that source of stability because they have no control over their environment and surroundings. It’s important to have somebody who can help them navigate through their situation.”

“As a child, I grew up in a family full of addiction. I was one of the only ones who did not choose to go down that path. My past experience is what led me to want to work with kids.”

Meggers is able to see both established Healthy Connections patients and can take referrals from other healthcare providers.

Healthy Connections’ Behavioral Health program features Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) in Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, and Mount Ida, who diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral health issues.

Learn more about Healthy Connections’ Behavioral Health program at www.healthy-connections.org/bh. And learn more about the Pediatrics program at www.healthy-connections.org/pediatrics.