Developing a trusting and empathetic relationship lies at the heart of my belief in providing care and serving others. Family Medicine provides the perfect home for this type of practice since we have the opportunity to work with people of all ages and in all stages of life. I strive to know the whole person behind their symptoms, and I work collaboratively with other members of our team to help them bring about changes to improve their health and life. Integrating the mind, body and spirit helps turn good care into great care.
J. Chris Rule, LCSW, is a native of Little Rock and has spent his career in this area serving, teaching and helping others in a variety of settings.
He graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology and obtained his Masters in Social Work from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock, where he completed Masters-level internships in community mental health in North Little Rock and in health policy/child advocacy. He is a Certified Balint Leader by the American Balint Society. He began his graduate teaching career at the UA-Little Rock School of Social Work, where he served as an Adjunct Instructor for ten years. He has worked at the UAMS Department of Psychiatry for 18 years starting as a Project Coordinator in the Health Services Research Division. He joined the faculty of the UAMS College of Medicine and has worked as a clinical social worker serving children, adolescents and adults in school-based and outpatient settings for more than twenty years. He loves teaching and treating others in primary care settings, with special interests in Balint group work, integrated behavioral health, interdisciplinary team-building, and wellness.
He loves to golf, cook, spend time with his family (especially his four grandchildren) and friends, and explore Arkansas and other countries on road trips.