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Growing up in south Arkansas, and being a third-generation “country doctor,” Dr. Sheppard has the honor and privilege to help provide medical care to long-term friends and family acquaintances. Being one of the founding partners of SAMA has also given him a sense of satisfaction for helping create a system of healthcare that is second to none in south Arkansas. Over time and circumstance, passions change, and while still a family physician, Dr. Sheppard is transitioning his practice to that of Lifestyle Medicine, which teaches evidence-based healthy behaviors that recognize the link between lifestyle and health outcomes. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and CNS.

The 4Leaf Survey: An Important Diagnostic Tool for Doctors
The 4Leaf Survey: An Important Diagnostic Tool for Doctors

Medical doctors have found the 4Leaf Survey to be a useful tool in helping their patients understand what constitutes a health-promoting diet. Some doctors are now entering the patient’s survey score in their medical records as a vital sign.


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