Faculty

Northwest_McGhee_LindaLINDA MCGHEE, M.D.

Residency Director

She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1971. Dr. McGhee is double boarded in Pediatrics and Family Practice.

Dr. McGhee has developed a keen interest in the treatment of HIV/AlDS patients and serves on several community, county and statewide boards related to this concern. Since 1992 she has been the Medical Director of the Washington County HIV Clinic, the first county HIV Clinic in the state of Arkansas. She was a past president of the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians, has served on the Arkansas State Board of Health and the Arkansas State Medical Board. She is presently serving as a Commissioner on the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.

Dr. McGhee was born in Malvern, Arkansas. She lives in the country outside of Fayetteville and has two children and two grandchildren. Some of Dr. McGhee’s other interests include independent studies, traveling, community service, reading and gardening.

 

Northwest_BrimberryRonaldRONALD BRIMBERRY, M.D.

Part-Time Residency Faculty, Clinic Director – UAMS Family Medical Center, Springdale

He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1981 and completed his Family Practice Residency in 1984 as well as an Academic Fellowship in Family Practice in 1985 from the UAMS Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Brimberry enjoys teaching practice management skills to the residents, and is very interested in the development of our practice into a Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Dr. Brimberry was chosen by his peers as Vice Chief of Staff Northwest Medical Center-Springdale.

His interests include collecting coins and fishing. He and his wife have a blended fan1ily of four daughters and one son. They live in Fayetteville.

 

Northwest_Gray_DerrickDERRICK GRAY, M.D.

Full-Time Residency Faculty, Springdale

He graduated from St. Matthews University in the Cayman Islands in 2006. His undergraduate degree was received from the Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was saved from a collegiate football career by a knee injury.

Dr. Gray completed his Family Practice Residency at the UAMS NW Family Medicine Program in Fayetteville in 2010.

His special interests include endoscopy, chronic disease management and healthcare for the homeless. Dr. Gray leads a test taking study group for PGY- 2 and PGY- 3 residents monthly.

Dr. Gray has a wife and two sons. His hobbies include reading, running and football. He is an LSU fan. (we try not to hold that against him)

 

Northwest_Macechko_MichaelMICHAEL MACECHKO, M.D.

Full-Time Residency Faculty, Fayetteville

He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2009 and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the UAMS-Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program in 2012.

Dr. Macechko has been accepted into a UAMS Academic Fellowship beginning in September, 2012. He is our newest faculty member.

Dr. Macechko moved to Fayetteville at a young age and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2005. He enjoys spending time with his wife Merin and watching Razorback sports.

 

 

Brittany VaughnBRITTANY VAUGHN, M.D./M.P.H.

Part-Time Residency Faculty

Dr. Vaughn holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and received her medical degree, along with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock in 2008. She completed her residency at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

A native of Fayetteville, she worked as a physician at New West Physicians in Golden, Colorado, before returning to Arkansas in 2014. Her medical interests include women’s health, pediatrics, mental health and international health.

Her hobbies include travel, reading and doing anything outdoors. She has made two trips to Africa – one to South Africa and one to Malawi.

She and her husband, Dr. Mark Vaughn, have a two-year-old daughter, Millie, and a newborn daughter, Mabel.

 

Leigh WadeLEIGH WADE, L.C.S.W.

Primary Care Behavioral Health Faculty

Mrs. Wade holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She completed an undergraduate internship at the Tahlequah Indian Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and graduate internships at Washington Regional Medical Center Hospice and Ozark Guidance Center, both in Northwest Arkansas.

Mrs. Wade has been a practicing social worker since 2000 and has been at UAMS-NW since January 2015. She previously worked at Ozark Guidance Center in Community Mental Health, at the UAMS STRIVE program in North Little Rock and at the White River Hospital in Batesville, Arkansas. Her professional interests include working with children and families and training interns.

Mrs. Wade, who grew up in Forrest City, Arkansas, enjoys hiking, jogging, yoga, gardening and trying new things. She is currently learning to kayak. She lives in Bella Vista with her husband and three furry cats.

 

Northwest_Lois_CoulterLOIS COULTER, PHARM.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy in 1990. She completed an ambulatory care residency in 1991 at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist since 1996.

She worked as a clinical pharmacist at Washington Regional Medical Center for four years before rejoining the AHEC-NW faculty where she had previously worked for over 12 years as a clinical pharmacist.

Dr. Coulter enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

 

 

Northwest_Judkins_HunterHunter Judkins, M.D.

Full-Time Residency Faculty, Fayetteville

Dr. Judkins received his BA in Physics from the University of Arkansas in 1978, and he graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1982. He then went on to complete his Family Medicine Residency at the UAMS Northwest Family Practice Program in 1985. Shortly after, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where he practiced Family Medicine for 28 years. He also served as the Medical Director for the Tanana Valley Clinic beginning in 2004.

He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems including extensive experience with diagnostic and screening colonoscopy including polyp removal and diagnostic EGDs. Dr. Judkins also has extensive experience performing vasectomies.

Dr. Judkins enjoys photography, and he is an avid outdoorsman participating in activities such as biking, running, Nordic skiing and playing the saxophone. He has been married to his lovely wife for 32 years, and they have three grown children. Dr. Judkins is the newest member of our faculty.

 

Northwest_Hudson_JonellJONELL HUDSON, PHARM.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

She graduated from the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy in 1994. She completed an ambulatory care residency in 1995 at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist since 2000.

She worked as a clinical pharmacist at Washington Regional Medical Center for four years before rejoining the AHEC-NW faculty where she had previously worked as a clinical pharmacist.

Dr. Hudson enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys cooking.

 

 

Northwest_Sherwood_DanielDANIEL SHERWOOD, M.D.

Part Time Residency Faculty

Dr. Sherwood graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., with an M.D. in 2000 and completed his residency at the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, also in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief resident.

He worked as a Family Physician in Hayesville and Murphy, North Carolina, for three years, and then went to work with Mercy Clinic in Shell Knob, Missouri, in a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). During this time, he helped oversee an organization that provides an array of services, including temporary safe housing, to local battered women and children.

He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Additionally, he was a national finalist for the “Helping Hands: Making a Difference in Fibromyalgia Award” from the National Fibromyalgia Association/American Pain Foundation in 2009. He is originally from Connecticut and is married to Kelly Olson, with two children. He enjoys model railroading and watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots

 

MARIELIE “HEIDI” AGESILAS, M.D.MARIELIE “HEIDI” AGESILAS, M.D.

Full Time Residency Faculty

Dr. Agesilas is a member of the Family Medicine Residency’s Class of 2014. Originally from Puerto Rico, she graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in July, 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Antillean Adventist University in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She joined the UAMS Northwest faculty upon graduation from our program and has been a staple in the FMC-Springdale ever since.

Dr. Agesilas plays the violin and viola. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and investing time reading a good book. She has studied American Sign Language and has traveled extensively.

 

Sheldon Riklon, M.D.Sheldon Riklon, M.D.

Part Time Residency Faculty

Dr. Riklon joined the UAMS Northwest faculty in August, 2016. He splits his time between the Family Medicine Residency, the UAMS Research Department, and Community Clinic in Springdale. Dr. Riklon is one of only two Marshallese doctors practicing in the U.S.

He came to UAMS from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, where he served as junior clerkship director and as a faculty member in the Family Practice Residency Program. He is a 2001 graduate of that residency program and a 1997 graduate of the Burns School of Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawaii.

He is the inaugural holder of the Peter O. Kohler M.D. Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Health Disparities at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.