Three area medical professionals draw praise for their work with UAFS athletics
The UAFS Sports Medicine Department recently recognized Dr. Kyle Jarnagin and Dr. Jody Bradshaw and nurse Jennifer Clark for their dedicated years of service to UAFS Athletics Department and its student-athletes. Jarnagin is owner and operator of Balkman Chiropractic Clinic and has actively helped the UAFS Athletics Department for 15 years in various capacities, serving as team chiropractor and as a member of the Lions Athletic Advisory Council, the Booster Club and various committees. This season, Jarnagin also will be assisting with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes student-athlete programs. "Kyle has been a big part of UAFS Athletics for a long time, and we are lucky to have him around. He's just a great guy who is always willing to help out with whatever we need. Our student-athletes come back from his clinic all the time and talk about how nice of a guy he is," UAFS Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer Brian O'Connor said. "I've always appreciated the support he has given our Sports Medicine Department and me personally. He was a big part of helping me figure things out when I first started as the Director of Sports Medicine five years ago." Bradshaw is an orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Clinic Orthopedics-River Valley and previously at Cooper Clinic. He specializes in sports medicine injuries and has worked with the UAFS Athletics Department for five years, performing more than 15 surgeries and assisting with yearly student-athlete physicals. "Jody and Jennifer are a great team, and we couldn't do what we do without them. I think Jody is the best sports medicine doctor in the Fort Smith area, and I think he gets a lot of enjoyment from working with our student-athletes," O'Connor said. "Since the day I got here, he has always been someone I could turn to for help, and he answers any questions I have. We've developed a good relationship, and we have a lot of trust in each other." Clark has served as Bradshaw's nurse for six years and plays a vital role in communicating with the UAFS Sports Medicine staff, arranging appointments and coordinating Bradshaw's daily schedule among other duties. "Jennifer plays a huge role in communicating with us and finding ways to work us into their schedule," O'Connor said. "She gets a lot of frantic calls and requests from us and always finds a way to help us out. I'm sure we make her job difficult at times and we can't thank her enough for what she does."