Meet Our Residents

MaskreyCaiti Maskrey, DO, Chief Resident, PGY4: Caiti was born and raised in Costa Mesa, Calif. In high school she decided to pursue a career in psychiatry in order to help individuals suffering from mental illness. She earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California – Santa Cruz. She earned her D.O. degree from Kansas City University. She is thrilled to finally be living her dream. She is pursuing a career in forensic psychiatry and will start a forensic psychiatry fellowship in 2020-2021. She intends to practice forensic, correctional, and inpatient psychiatry. In her free time she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, snuggling with her two black cats Raven & Nyx while binge watching Netflix, and reading character-driven novels.

BiderErin Bider, MD, PGY4: Erin grew up in Kansas and attended medical school at the University of Kansas. She became interested in psychiatry as an undergraduate student and then fell completely in love with it during her third-year clerkship in medical school. Erin has a passion for women’s mental health and plans to pursue a career in reproductive psychiatry. She hopes to work in an academic hospital after completing residency. In her free time, Erin loves to spend time outside with her husband and dogs, read, and play board games.

DasAparna Das, MD, PGY4: Aparna completed her medical school and psychiatry residency in India. She was attracted to psychiatry as she found it to be an exciting and evolving branch with immense scope and potential for research and innovation. This led her to pursue a residency in psychiatry. After her residency she moved to the U.S. and did observerships in Texas and Florida. She enjoys general adult psychiatry as that gives her a chance to care for patients with a diverse spectrum of psychiatric illnesses covering a wide age range. When not at work she enjoys watching movies, painting and cooks amazing Indian food.

LeaPayton Lea, MD, PGY4: Payton is a native of Fayetteville, Ark. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hendrix College and earned his medical degree at UAMS. He became interested psychiatry during his third year clerkship, where he witnessed the immense role that psychiatrists played in both their patients’ mental and overall health. He is particularly interested in child and adolescent psychiatry. Payton is an obsessive sports fan, plays basketball and tennis, and enjoys collecting new and old vinyl records.

OlsonSamuel Olson, DO, PGY4: Samuel chose psychiatry as his specialty because he most enjoyed his psychiatry rotation during medical school, was very excited about the future developments in the field, and had an affinity for the meaningful relationships that psychiatrists develop with their patients. He has a special interest in the interfaces between medicine, neurology, and psychiatry which makes psychosomatic medicine a field he would like to explore further. He enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hiking in his free time.

PahlsTaylor Pahls, MD, PGY4: Taylor is a native of Little Rock, and is one of our new psychiatric interns. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Centenary College of Louisiana before returning home to Arkansas to attend medical school at UAMS. He decided to pursue psychiatry once he realized that his rotation with the psychiatry department provided him an avenue in which his skills were recognized and appreciated. In his spare time, he enjoys blacksmithing, playing board games, painting, and hiking with his dogs.

RichisonAbigail Richison, MD, PGY4: Abbey is from Galveston, Texas. She attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. UAMS was her first choice for residency training because of the diversity in patients and training sites along with the close relationship between the residents within the program and with the faculty. Abbey’s areas of interest include Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry. Outside the hospital, she enjoys walking her dog, spending time with co-residents at Bark Bar and grabbing a burger from Big Orange.

HallKaren Hall, MD, PGY3: Karen is a psychiatry resident who chose psychiatry as her specialty during her third year clerkship. During that clerkship she rotated through one of the general psychiatry units and the two adolescent psychiatry units at the state hospital, and she immediately felt this was the specialty where she could make the biggest difference. She is currently considering either child/adolescent or geriatric psychiatry but plans to keep an open mind throughout residency. She enjoys learning more about photography in her spare time and takes photos of nature and family members any chance she gets!

JonesKiley Jones, MD, PGY3: Kiley found her passion for psychiatry while on her geriatric psychiatry rotation during medical school. She enjoyed getting to know the patients, incorporating their families into the care plans, and delving into the pathophysiology of their cases. She intends to pursue a career in Geriatric Psychiatry and continue to serve this population of Arkansas. An interesting fact about Kiley is that she grew up on a 400 acre peach farm in rural Arkansas.

KelseyAlex Kelsey, DO, PGY3: Alex is from Hortonville, Wisconsin.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate studies and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.  His interest in psychiatry began during his third-year clerkship which he spent in outpatient general psychiatry.  Alex enjoys the meaningful interactions that psychiatrists share with their patients.  He finds the diversity general psychiatry has to offer interesting and would eventually like to practice in a similar setting.  In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting and casually studying history.

ObregónFabiola Obregón, MD, PGY3: Fabiola grew up in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. halfway through high school. She got a B.S. in Nutrition from U of A – Fayetteville and worked as a dietitian prior to medical school at UAMS. She has lived in California, Iowa, and Oklahoma, but always finds her way back to Arkansas. She hasn’t learned to appreciate winter, since she is happiest at the pool or on her bike around the AR River Trail. When sunshine is scarce, she enjoys coffee/tea at The Meteor, the Mercantile No.1 at Heights Taco, or going to the movies. She is counting down the days until her husband finishes his Neuropathology residency at Johns Hopkins and can join her and their two cats, Misha & Gustavo.

ParconPaul Parcon, MD, PhD, PGY3: Paul was born in Manila, Philippines, and grew up in Los Angeles before his family moved to Arkansas, where he attended the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences in Hot Springs, AR. He and his family moved to Las Vegas, NV, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. While volunteering for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, he became interested in memory loss and neuroscience. He plans to pursue geriatric psychiatry and research in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to develop preventive treatments. He is also an avid collector of limited edition video games.

ProvaznikDouglas Provaznik, MD, PGY3: Douglas is from Fayetteville and received a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Arkansas. He then received his MD from UAMS where he became interested in psychiatry upon experiencing the many curious ways in which human behavior can be influenced by mental illness. What he really loves about the field is how psychiatrists can have a significant impact on the quality of life of not only patients but also their families, friends, and colleagues. He doesn’t have a specific area of interest within psychiatry but is looking forward to exploring more in residency. He’s climbed mountains on three continents.

ShawBrett Shaw, MD, PGY3: Brett was born and raised in Alberta, Canada and then attended undergrad at Brigham Young University. I became interested in psychiatry during my 3rd year rotation during medical school at Texas A&M and have interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but am excited to explore all aspects of the field. I chose UAMS because of its diversity of clinical sites and experiences, and it seemed the right fit with the residents and clinicians I had the chance to meet. I’ve also loved Little Rock so far! I spend most of my time with my wife and daughters but also love sports (hockey & soccer), video games, and exploring the outdoors.

SpurgatStephanie Spurgat, MD, PGY3: Stephanie is a native Texan. She earned a BA in music at Rhodes College and a BS in biology at the University of Memphis. She attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where upon beginning her psychiatry rotation, knew she had found her career of choice. She is drawn to the field because it incorporates so many elements of medicine, including pharmacology, research, enormous opportunity for patient advocacy, and deeply personal patient interactions. She enjoys trail running, mountain and road cycling, and kayaking in her free time.

BrinkleyTodd Brinkley, MD, PGY2: Todd is a proud native of North Little Rock, a two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and a former Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Maintenance Officer in the United States Air Force. His interest in psychiatry blossomed after his third year rotations at the VA and the Arkansas State Hospital and was fully cemented after meeting all of the fantastic people in the psychiatry department. He spends most of his spare time obsessing about soccer, running, and hanging with his family and his pals.

CampKyle Camp, MD, PGY2: Kyle Camp is originally from Cabot, Ark. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and obtained his BS in Biology in 2015. He then attended medical school at UAMS. He has always been fascinated by mental health but his choice to pursue psychiatry was solidified during his 3rd year rotation at the Arkansas State Hospital. During this time, he learned a great deal about mental illness and gained an appreciation for the variety of patients he interacted with. In his spare time, he enjoys going for walks/runs around his neighborhood, power lifting, gaming, grilling, trying new places to eat, and spending time with family and friends.

CowanPhillip Cowan, MD, PGY2: Phillip was born and raised in Fort Smith, Ark. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas and attended medical school at UAMS. He became interested in psychiatry during his preclinical years; he found himself reading about topics in mental health for fun rather than obligation. Phillip enjoys the personal nature of psychiatry. He intends to pursue general psychiatry due to the pace and diversity of patients. He enjoys playing guitar, recording music, and exercising in his free time.

DuhonJace Duhon, MD, PGY2:  Jace grew up swimming the river in Mermentau, La. After completing Semester at Sea and graduating from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., Jace attended medical school at LSUHSC-Shreveport. Jace chose the UAMS Psychiatry family after being blown away during my away rotation. Jace love shooting pool, my pup Gator, cooking Cajun cuisine, cheering on the New Orleans Saints, and hiking/kayaking.

NanceMary Nance, MD, PGY2: Mary grew up in Bryant, Ark., and attended UALR where she got a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She knew early on in medical school that she wanted to do psychiatry and work with children. At this time, she plans to do child and adolescent psychiatry and work with children from difficult backgrounds. She really enjoys getting to know her patients and help them identify and achieve their goals when it comes to their life and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. If she is not with family or friends, she is probably watching a show on Netflix with her goldendoodle, Charlie.

SandersKarina Sanders, MD, PGY2: Karina was drawn to psychiatry during her M3 clerkship at the North Little Rock VA, where she enjoyed the field’s person-driven approach to patient care and had positive experiences with multiple faculty. She was motivated to stay at UAMS because of its variety of training sites in close proximity and the obvious camaraderie amongst residents. She’s keeping an open mind for future career options but is currently most interested in Women’s Mental Health. Karina loves to spend time in the sky piloting a single engine aircraft, on the water at nearby Lake Ouachita, and in the stands cheering on the Razorbacks.

YarpAlison Yarp, MD, PGY2: Alison grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. She has a BS from Emory University with a double major in Biology and Anthropology & Human Biology. Alison earned an MD and MPH from the University of Texas Long School of Medicine in San Antonio. During her third year rotations she was drawn to psychiatry with its emphasis on talking to patients and learning about their lives. While she is undecided on what to pursue within the specialty, she aspires to a future in undergraduate academic medicine as she wishes to work with medical students throughout their training. In her spare time, Alison enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, and trying out new restaurants.

JeffersonErin Jefferson, MD, PGY-1: Erin is from Hot Springs, Ark., and earned a B.S. in Math and Chemistry from Henderson State University. She attended medical school at UAMS and was thrilled when she matched at UAMS for residency. She was drawn to the program’s diverse training opportunities, family atmosphere among residents, and outstanding and supportive faculty. She is currently interested in several different psychiatric specialties including Women’s Mental Health, Child & Adolescent, and Geriatrics. In her free time she enjoys going on the lake, watching The Office and trying new restaurants with her husband, and cuddling with her cat, Catsby.

CatlinDavid Catlin, MD, PGY-1: David was born in California but considers Arkansas home. He attended Arkansas Tech University and received degrees in both Psychology and Business Administration. After college he worked at an adolescent treatment center with a focus on mental health and substance abuse. It was while working at this treatment center that David became interested in psychiatry and substance abuse treatment. After completing a Biology degree at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, David attended medical school at UAMS. He knew that he wanted to pursue his psychiatry residency at UAMS after spending time with the staff and residents there. In his free time, David enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with his family. ​

BurroughsAdam Burroughs, MD, PGY-1: Adam was born and raised in Hot Springs, Ark. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and earned his medical degree from UAMS. He had positive preclinical experiences shadowing at the Women’s Mental Health Clinic and studying drug addiction at the Brain Imaging Research Center. During his clinical years, he found treating mental illness in the veteran population very rewarding, which solidified his plans for a career in psychiatry. He is interested in general adult and consult psychiatry, with a potential future path in academics as a clinical educator.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog (Wookiee Baggins), lifting weights, and road cycling.

PickhardtMaggie Pickhardt, MD, PGY-1: Maggie was born and raised in Fayetteville, Ark. She went to the U of A for undergrad where she majored in biochemistry, then went to UAMS for medical school. She was initially drawn into psychiatry after her Brain and Behavior module during M1 year, then her 3rd year clerkship solidified the interest. She enjoys running, hiking, and anything involving her dogs in her free time.

MinnerRebecca Minner, MD, PGY-1: Rebecca Minner grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and played college volleyball at John Brown University where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology. She made the decision to attend medical school at UAMS knowing she wanted to become a psychiatrist. The UAMS psychiatry residency program was her first choice due to its robust and diverse services, as well as its offering of community mental health outreach opportunities in central Arkansas. She is considering child and adolescent psychiatry at this time. Rebecca enjoys trying out new restaurants, working on puzzles, and being a mental health advocate on social media.

HalstedCody Halsted, MD, PGY-1: Cody is a native of Conway, Ark. He received his Bachelor of Science in philosophy at the University of Central Arkansas, then completed his medical degree at UAMS. He initially became interested in Psychiatry during his 3rd year clerkship experience and was particularly drawn to the unique physician-patient partnerships that can develop throughout mental health treatment.  At the moment, he is interested in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as consult-liaison psychiatry. Cody is an avid sports fan (Go Colts!), and enjoys spending time with his dog while exploring Arkansas.

HayreAnn-Marie Hayre, MD, PGY-1: Ann-Marie was born and raised in Fort Smith, Ark. She earned her BA at Hendrix College, a small liberal arts college in Conway, Ark., where she majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and minored in Music with a focus on piano. Ann-Marie has been a dancer and performer all her life – first with ballet, Irish dance, and baton-twirling, then with her college dance team, and now has transitioned to aerial circus arts. She loves animals and has a particular weakness for the underdogs of the animal kingdom such as possums, skunks, and her own hairless cat, Luna. Ann-Marie decided on Psychiatry during her third year of medical school while on rotation at the UAMS PRI Women’s Unit, where she had her first exposure to inpatient Psychiatry. She is particularly interested in psychosis and psychotic symptomatology, and would like to pursue a fellowship in either Forensic or Geriatric Psychiatry.

SraNatasha Sra, MD, PGY-1: Natasha is a native of Arkansas, having grown up in Cherokee Village. She went to high school at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts in Hot Springs, and was a Donaghey Scholar at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she obtained a BS in biology. She completed her medical school training at UAMS, and found her passion for psychiatry during her third year clerkship. She really enjoys the field of child/adolescent psychiatry, but is keeping her mind open to other fellowship opportunities as she moves through her residency training. She spends much of her time with family, as well as cooking, baking, gardening, and watching Netflix!