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Dr. Hunter returns to
practice at home

Dr. Cassie Hunter returns to practice in home county

John Bland
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Dr. Cassandra Glenn Hunter has returned to her native county as the newest physician on staff at the Lawrence County Family Clinic in Walnut Ridge. A native of Lynn and a 2006 graduate of Black Rock High School, Hunter completed her family practice residency in July.

"I've always been kind of interested in science," Hunter said. While in high school, she participated in the Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) program, a two-week summer program that allows students to shadow health professionals and attend health-related workshops. "I really liked it," Hunter said.

"From there, I did a lot of shadowing," she added.

Hunter said she saw how much work it was going to take to become a doctor, looked at other options and decided, "We're gonna make it work."

"It's completely doable," Hunter said. This is her message to high school students from small schools who have an interest in the medical profession. It's the message she gave students at a Hillcrest High School Career Day.

"Even coming from a tiny school, I felt like I had as much of a chance for success as anybody," she added.

At Black Rock High School, Hunter played basketball, participated in the 10th class of the Lawrence County Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership (RJYL) group and served as treasurer of the Arkansas chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The daughter of Randy and Belinda Glenn of Lynn, she was valedictorian of the BRHS graduating class of 2006.

Hunter went on to attend Arkansas State University and obtained a bachelor's degree in biology in 2009. On July 25, 2009, she married her husband, Rickey James Hunter of Lynn, whom she had dated since her 10th grade year. Rick is the son of Corky and Geniave Hunter of Lynn.

She then entered medical school at UAMS in Little Rock. While the Hunters lived in Little Rock, Rick taught junior high social studies at Watson Chapel in Pine Bluff.

After graduating from medical school in May of 2013, Cassie continued her training with a family residency at UAMS Northeast in Jonesboro. She worked at both St. Bernards and NEA Baptist Memorial hospitals.

She completed her residency training in July, and she and Rick had a son, Nash Harvey Hunter, on July 21, 2016. The Hunters reside in Bono, and Rick is farming with the Glenn family in Lynn.

Now that she is getting settled as a practicing family physician, she said she is enjoying getting to know the families for whom she provides medical care. She said she especially enjoys working with pediatric patients and women's healthcare.

"I love it - the variety of it," she said.

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