Weight & Nutrition

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Along with his exceptional work at the Baptist Health Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas, Dr. Paul has helped thousands of patients change their life by performing weight loss surgery at Baptist Health Bariatric Center-Little Rock. Weight loss surgery helps patients regain control of their weight, improve overall health and reduce the risk of serious health concerns in the future. By registering for an educational seminar you can learn more about bariatric surgery and how surgical weight loss can help you live a healthier, happier life.

Along with his outstanding work at the Baptist Health Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas, Dr. Tripurari Mishra is committed to helping patients achieve lasting weight loss through surgical offerings at Baptist Health Bariatric Center-Little Rock. Dr. Mishra will review your options for surgery and if you are a candidate, implement a weight loss plan that’s personalized for you. Weight loss surgery not only treats obesity but other conditions that are associated with this disease such as arthritis, sleep apnea, acid reflux, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Sign up for an educational workshop to find out more about bariatric surgery to see if it’s right for you.

Kelly Basset, APRN attended school at Baptist Health School of Nursing where she obtained her Associate’s Degree. She then received her Bachelor’s Degree at Arkansas Tech University. She went on to complete her Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Chamberlain University. Kelly is American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified. 

Lauretta Helmich APN

Lauretta Helmich, APRN

Lauretta Helmich, APRN attended Polk Community College (Winter Haven, FL) where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She then received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL). She completed her Masters in Nursing as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist at Florida Southern College and is certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center. Later she completed a Post Graduate, Adult Nurse Practitioner at Florida Southern College and is certified through American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Mitchell Kirdy, RDN studied at Harding University for his Bachelor’s Degree. He then completed his Dietetic Internship through UAMS/CAVHS, and is currently completing his Master’s Degree of Clinical Nutrition through UAMS. Mitchell is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian.