Mission Statement

“Improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.”

Vision Statement

“Healthy Connections, Inc. is an organization focused on enhancing the health of people and the community-at-large through a professional, caring staff who are motivated, enthusiastic, respectful, energetic and committed to effective partnerships”.


Our Journey of Care: Empowering Communities for 25 Years

Welcome to Healthy Connections, where our story is one of unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of Western and Central Arkansas. For a quarter of a century, we have been on a remarkable journey, dedicated to providing exceptional medical, dental, and behavioral health services to the diverse and vibrant communities we proudly serve.

Our journey begins with a simple yet powerful belief: healthcare is a fundamental right, not a privilege. This foundational principle has guided us since our inception, shaping our identity as a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) deeply rooted in compassion, community, and excellence.

A Beacon of Compassion: Our story is one of compassion, woven into every interaction with our patients. We understand that health journeys can be challenging, and often, our patients face various barriers to care. Yet, it is precisely these challenges that drive us to break down the walls of uncertainty, to be a beacon of hope and empathy. We believe that every individual who walks through our doors deserves the utmost care, respect, and understanding, regardless of their circumstances.

Embracing Our Communities: Community is at the heart of everything we do. We are not just healthcare providers; we are active participants in the lives of the communities we serve. Whether it’s through local events, school programs, or collaborating with churches, we strive to be an integral part of the rich tapestry of Western and Central Arkansas.

Pioneering Excellence: Our commitment to excellence sets the standard for our services. We continually strive to provide the highest quality of care, ensuring that our patients receive nothing less than the best. Our diverse team of dedicated healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, and more, is driven by a shared vision of delivering excellence in every aspect of healthcare.

A Future of Promise: As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we look to the future with optimism and determination. Our goal is clear: to be the employer of choice and the medical provider of choice in the communities we serve. With a wide range of medical services, including cardiology, women’s health, obstetrics, podiatry, and specialized care for HIV patients, the LGBTQ+ community, and those battling opioid addiction, we are poised to continue making a difference in the lives of many.

Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey of care and compassion. We invite you to explore our website further, get to know our dedicated team, and discover how Healthy Connections can be a trusted partner in your healthcare journey. Together, we will build healthier, happier communities for years to come.

Board of Directors

  • Derwood Brett, Chairman
  • William Edwards II, Vice-Chair
  • Al Gathright, Secretary
  • Kim Armstrong. PhD
  • Billie Holsomback
  • Dalton Hopper
  • Bruce W. Jones
  • Sherry Johnston
  • Steve Rook, PhD
  • Stephen Warrick, PD

Senior Management Team

  • Tony Calandro, Chief Executive Officer
  • Susan Singleton, Chief Financial Officer
  • Doreen Tapley, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Lonnie Sessler, M.D. Chief Medical Officer
  • Thomas Jefferson, M.D. Associate Medical Director
  • Jessica Hood, Director of Nursing
  • Todd Griffin, Director of Human Resources
  • Tosha Lance, Director of Revenue Cycle
  • Andrea Wright, Director of Practice Management
  • Tina Allison, Director of Ancillary Services
  • Heath Larner, LPC, Director of Integrated Behavioral Health Services.