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From Small Town Kid to Northwest Arkansas Doctor

Steven Kempson, M.D., grew up in a small town in East Arkansas called Bald Knob, where visits with his local doctor inspired him to become one himself.

“We were a one-doctor little town,” he says. “I thought he could do anything.”

Dr. Kempson said that he’s wanted to be a doctor for as long as he can remember. Now a family medicine physician, Dr. Kempson recently joined the active medical staff of Northwest Health, practicing at Northwest Family Care – Westside.

Dr. Kempson decided to focus on family medicine because it allows him to see a wide range of ages and see many different situations and ailments.

“I like the relationship aspect of that,” he said.

Dr. Kempson believes it is important for him, as a doctor, to sit with his patients and listen to them, so he can help them reach their healthcare goals. He thinks it is important to take the necessary time with each person. Dr. Kempson has spent the past year of his career in an urgent care setting. This experience reminded him that he likes the relationship-building aspect that he gets to see as a primary care doctor.

He likes to largely focus on preventative care, such as cholesterol levels, cancer screenings, mammograms and other preventative exams.

The most fulfilling part of his job is watching a patient’s quality of life improve. He likes being able to find a solution to a patient’s problem, treat them, and see them get better.

Dr. Kempson has three daughters. One is a teacher in Texas, another is a student at the University of Arkansas, and the other is a recent graduate of the university.

“I’m a sports nut,” he said. He added that he is a big Razorbacks fan and loves all sports.

Dr. Kempson received his medical education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He then completed a family medicine internship and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – AHEC Southwest in Texarkana.

Dr. Kempson sees patients ages two years old and older. He also offers same-day appointments and walk-in visits.

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