My name is Betsy Hendricks and I am a Medical Doctor. I attended college at UCA and graduated with Highest Honors in Biology. My minor fields of study were Computer Science, Mathematics and Physical Science.
I completed Medical School at UAMS in Little Rock. I finished my residency in Family Medicine in June of 1998. During my 3rd (and final) year of residency, I was a Chief Resident. I attended the 1997 American Academy of Family Physicians‘ Annual Scientific Conference as a Resident Scholar. When I completed residency, I was presented with the Resident Teaching Award and named the Outstanding Graduating Resident of my residency program.
My dream, while going to medical school and working as a resident, was to someday have a Holistic Medical practice. In light of this dream, I chose to use my elective time as a resident to study natural therapies. My lectures and presentations to the Family Medicine faculty and residents were always on nutritional or other natural medicine topics.
From July until December of 1998, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UAMS. While no longer teaching on the UAMS campus, I do occasionally have a medical student or resident visiting the Arkansas Center for the Study of Integrative Medicine, learning about our way of practicing medicine.
I continue to learn, not only conventional medicine, but also natural and holistic medicine. I attend medical conferences highlighting pharmaceutical solutions as well as conferences focusing on supporting the body‘s healing process in the most natural way possible. I study functional medicine - how is the body supposed to work and what do we need to do to support the body in healing? What do we need to do to remove the obstacles to healing?
I also learn from my patients. I have learned more about fibromyalgia from my patients that from all my years of medical training. I have learned about the significant role of gluten intolerance in many chronic illnesses from a Gluten Intolerant group who asked me to be a guest speaker at one of their monthly meetings.
I have attended conferences of the American Holistic Medical Association, a DAN! Conference of the Autism Research Institute, functional medicine conferences, UAMS sponsored conferences and have studied the role of sound in evaluation and treatment with Sharry Edwards.
I don‘t have all the answers, but like many of you, am continuing to look for these answers. We can look for these answers together.