Rob Karas, MD
Dr. Rob grew up in a small town outside of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He spent his youth playing sports and hunting with his brothers. He graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan with a double major in German and Finance. After Graduating, he volunteered for 18 months teaching English in Thailand for the government school systems. While working as a volunteer, he changed his career choice from business to health-care.
He graduated from medical school at Indiana University in 1998 and then completed a 3 year residency in Family Medicine. After residency, Dr. Rob worked more than 5 years in a busy emergency room where he served as Director of the ER. He and his family moved to Arkansas to be closer to his wife’s family in 2000. He initially worked in the emergency rooms at Washington Regional, St Edwards and St Mary’s since moving to Arkansas.
In October 2008 he opened his first walk in clinic in Lowell and the Fayetteville clinic opened in 2012. In 2015 he changed the name from Karas Urgent Care to Karas Health Care, as the clinic became the Health Care primary care provider for most of our patients. In 2016 Karas Health Care took over the contract for medical services of the Washington County Detention Center and now have over 30 full time employees.
Initially Dr. Rob’s goal with medicine was to be a missionary doctor overseas. However, that has evolved into a two-fold mission right here, 1) Taking care of patients like they are family and 2) creating a joyful work environment by taking care of his own coworkers like family and knowing that by taking good care of our coworkers, we are taking the best possible care of our patients.
Dustin Hoover, MD
Willard Howard III , DO
Dr. Howard is a graduate of the U of A Fayetteville (GO HOGS!!!) and obtained his D. O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine in Harlingen, TX. After residency he co-started Rutherford Emergency Medicine and worked as an ER physician for 20 years. He values the wellness side of medicine, treating the whole person, the power of good nutrition, exercise and helping his patients better themselves through natural means.
Outside the office, you will find Dr. Howard riding the mountain bike trails of NWA, playing pickleball, hiking, snowboarding, water skiing or birding. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Catherine, family and friends.
Dr. Howard is proud to say he is a native of NWA and even prouder to care for its residents.
Veronica Dockery, PA-C
Veronica Dockery PA-C is a NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Family Practice and Urgent Care. Veronica earned her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science at Harding University in 2004, and graduated from Missouri State's Physician Assistant Program with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. She has been working with Dr. Karas since 2014.
Veronica lives in Fayetteville with her husband and they are blessed with three children. In her free time, Veronica can be found enjoying Ultimate Frisbee, Triathlons, SCUBA diving, hiking, and camping.
Kelsey Camp, APRN, NP-C
Kelsey Camp, APRN, FNP-BC, is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in health and wellness throughout the life span. Kelsey completed a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Harding University, and graduated from UAMS with a Masters of Nursing Science. She has been working with Dr. Karas since 2015.
Kelsey lives in Centerton with her husband and two kids. She enjoys reading, biking, and is a Ben & Jerry's aficionado.
Abby Rudolph, APRN, NP-C
Abby Rudolph, RN, BSN, CCTC, MSN, FNP-C, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Abby obtained her Bachelor of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2005, then her Masters of Nursing Science through Concordia University of Wisconsin in 2016. Abby worked as a thoracic transplant coordinator in Milwaukee, and then moved to Fayetteville in 2011. Abby has been working with Dr Karas since 2016.
Abby lives with her husband and four children in Fayetteville. She enjoys spending time with her kids, running, boating on beaver lake, camping, hiking, trying new foods and restaurants, and traveling.
Emory Klindworth, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Emory Klindworth, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Emory obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Arkansas in 2014, then her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Arkansas in 2020. She spent the last year of her Doctor of Nursing Practice program researching the effects that shared medical appointments have when utilized for young adult patients with type 1 diabetes. Emory grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and has made Northwest, Arkansas her home. She has worked with Dr. Karas since summer of 2020. Emory enjoys spending time with her friends, playing tennis, cooking, biking, and trying new restaurants.
Kasilynn Shaddy, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC
Kasilynn Shaddy, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, is a dual board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in health and wellness throughout the lifespan and comprehensive care to acutely ill adult-gerontology patients. Kasi obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Arkansas Tech University in 2013. She started her career in Dallas, TX as an emergency room nurse, then moved back home to Fayetteville in 2016. Kasi has been working with Dr. Karas since the Fall of 2020.
Kasi lives with her husband and two fur babies in Fayetteville. She enjoys spending her time with her family and friends, cooking, & crappie fishing.
Annelise Gonzalez, PA-C
Annelise Gonzalez is a board-certified Physician Assistant originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2019 with Bachelors' degrees in Kinesiology and Spanish, and graduated in 2021 from Harding University's Physician Assistant Program. During her education, she completed multiple research projects focusing on topics such as the effects of chronic dehydration, language barriers to medical care in correctional facilities, and teenage driver awareness of organ donation registration. She is passionate about Primary Care and continually improving her skills as a bilingual healthcare provider. She has been part of the Karas Health Care team since 2018 and returned as a Physician Assistant in 2021.
She currently lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband and enjoys hiking, jogging, and reading.