Ozark Guidance provides a comprehensive approach to the treatment of mental health issues. Our multi-disciplinary medical team includes a staff of psychiatric physicians and nurses, who are experts in these medical conditions and the management of medications, and their supporting staff. Our Psychiatrists have received medical degrees and then gone on to complete residencies in general psychiatry and in many cases fellowships specializing in areas such as child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation/liaison psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, addiction psychiatry
CHRISTOPHER DEBERNARD, MD, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Dr. DeBernard comes to us by way of time spent at the University of Virginia earning a BS in chemical engineering in 2000, and then at Tulane University earning his medical degree in 2011 and completing his combined residency in 2016. His time between undergrad and medical school was spent consulting in the IT and engineering sectors.
As a dual-board-certified physician in both internal medicine and psychiatry, he is perfectly positioned to guide the medical services team to provide optimized patient care and better enable us to fulfill our mission by providing compassionate, quality behavioral health services to the people of Arkansas. Dr. DeBernard feels driven to treat the whole person-both the mind and the body and has interests in mood illness, psychosis, and recovery services.
JARROD ADKISSON, MD
Dr. Adkisson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he earned the Joe Purcell Memorial Leadership award. He earned his medical degree from the U of A for Medical Sciences. He completed his General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Arkansas where he was honored for his involvement in community activities by receiving the Pfizer Community Leadership award. He completed his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is professionally affiliated with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
DONNA ROCHA, MD
An honor graduate from North Little Rock, Rocha was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Dallas. She earned her medical degree and completed her Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where she served as Chief Resident. After Residency, Rocha was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where she educated incoming physicians for eight years.
For the last several years Dr. Rocha has been caring for the mental health needs of patients, in the Houston, Texas area, in the general medical setting. She believes “it is imperative that we not only review your psychiatric
ESTER SALVADOR, MD
Dr. Salvador earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas in Houston and graduated from the University of
Dr. Salvador is professionally affiliated with the American Psychiatric Association, Arkansas Psychiatric Society and the American Medical Association.
JENNIFER PENNE, AP
Jennifer Penne is an Advance Practice Nurse. She earned her associate’s degree at St. Luke’s College of Nursing and Allied Health, and completed her Bachelor’s at South Dakota State University. Her Master’s in Nursing was received from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is Board Certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
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