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Prenatal Visits

Pregnancy can be both exciting and terrifying.  There are so many unknowns as new parents look to the future.  You will be starting a family of your own and there will be lots of decisions to make.  One of the important decisions will be which health care provider to use for your newborn.  We hope to help make that decision easier.

Same Day Visits

When your child is sick, it is our goal to see your child on the same day you call. Please call as soon as you know you would like your child to be seen.  We are a small clinic so we cannot answer every call when it comes in.  If you leave us a message, we will call you back with an appointment as soon as we can.  Some times we experience a high volume of calls—like on Monday mornings or during flu season.

Newborns & Infants

Once a baby is born, he or she will need a doctor of her own.  We hope you will make Best Start Pediatrics your baby’s medical home.  When your baby is discharged from the hospital, give us a call to schedule the first appointment.  This appointment usually occurs when the baby is 3-5 days old.

Dr. Susan Averitt

Dr. Susan Averitt graduated from world famous Little Rock Central High School.  She attended Millsaps College in Jackson Mississippi.  She went to medical school at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She completed her residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN where she served as chief resident.


Dr. Averitt has practiced general pediatrics in Sherwood, AR; McAlester, OK; and Northwest Arkansas.  Since 2006 she has practiced at the Willow Creek location.  In March 2018, she became a physician owner of Best Start Pediatric Clinic.

Dr. Averitt is married to Derrick and together they are raising three lovely daughters-- Kennedy, Brooklynn, and Carington.  Dr. Averitt says, “being a mother has been a perfect fit for me as a pediatrician. 

"I may not have all the answers, but I know how it feels to be a mom.”


She is interested in all aspects of pediatrics, believing that a child’s health and wellbeing are affected by many factors.  What she enjoys most is becoming a part of the child’s team of loving adults.  “I love to support new mom’s in breastfeeding.  I like encouraging families to read together.  I enjoy educating about nutrition, development, discipline and safety. It is great to be able to watch children grow up and families evolve. 


Outside of work Dr. Averitt enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She is involved in the community supporting schools and local events.  She and her family have several charitable organizations in memory of her daughter, Cameron, who died in 2006 at the age of five.  Because Cameron loved books and reading, they collect children’s books and share them with kids who might not otherwise have their own books to read.  They have a little free library at Butterfield Elementary School and supply books for Best Start’s Reach Out and Read Program.  They have a memorial fund that supports children’s charities. 


Dr. Averitt is the founder of Parents Left Behind, an organization that supports parents who have lost a child. 


Our Team is close and our patients are family.  We have assembled a special group of talented people, each with a specific skill set that combine to create the best experience for you and your family.

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Our Patients Are Family

“They always take our concerns seriously and are happy to help. They have a very fun kid friendly environment and can always seem to fit us in in an emergency.”

Jordan Karasek

Reach Out & Read

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The best opportunity to influence a child's future is in the first five years, a critical window of rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. Children who hear fewer words during early childhood start school developmentally behind their peers and may never catch up.  When families read aloud to their young children, they can give them a better start to life.  We encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day. The effectiveness of the Reach Out and Read model is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a policy statement that recommends early literacy promotion as an essential component of pediatric care. We are now a national organization, currently serving 4.7 million children and their families in the U.S. By giving young children a foundation for success, Reach Out and Read is combatting the effects of income inequality.

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COVID-19 Safety Precautions

from Best Start Pediatrics 

Best Start Pediatrics has taken appropriate and necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our patients and families. We are following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and checklists for patients who may have coronavirus.


  • We offer in-clinic appointments. Please call or text 479-575-9359 or email to schedule a visit with one of our providers.

  • Once your appointment has been scheduled you will receive a confirmation text message.

  • Further ‘Check-In’ instructions will be provided for you following your confirmation message.

  • Do not enter the front lobby if you or your family member(s) are experiencing any illnesses. 

  • Be advised, due to the implementation of these added precautions, we ask that you arrive 15 mins early- in order to give yourself to fill out the required information needed before your appointment.


  • If you or your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call our clinic first to ensure we can arrange for the best care for your child. 

    • Common COVID-19 Symptoms Include: 

      • COVID-19 coronavirus causes a respiratory illness. The most common symptoms are cough, fever and shortness of breath (trouble breathing).

      • Other common symptoms are chills, shivering (shaking), sore throat, muscle pain, headache and loss of smell or taste.

      • The CDC also includes the following less-common symptoms: runny nose, fatigue (tiredness), nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

  • Please try to limit the visitors inside our clinic to only the patient and a parent or guardian. Grandparents, healthy siblings, and other family members should remain at home or in the family vehicle (with appropriate supervision) whenever possible. 

  • If you're bringing a newborn in for his or her first visit, we allow two adults to accompany the baby. 

How to Protect Your Family

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Look for one that is 60% or higher alcohol-based. Avoid making your own hand sanitizer. If made incorrectly, it can burn the skin.

  • Reduce close contact with others by practicing physical or “social distancing." This means staying home as much as possible and avoiding groups. If you do need to run an errand like going to the grocery store or pharmacy for your family, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering.

  • Wear a cloth face mask in public. Learn more about Face Masks and how to wear them. 

  • Teach kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue (make sure to throw it away after each use!) or to cough and sneeze into their arm or elbow, not their hands.

  • Clean and disinfect your home as usual using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.

  • Wash stuffed animals or other plush toys, following manufacturer's instructions in the warmest water possible and dry them completely.

  • Avoid touching your face; teach your children to do the same.

  • Follow local and state guidance on travel and stay at home restrictions.​

How to care for someone in your family with COVID-19

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 ar​e usually able to isolate at home during their illness. However, it may be recommended to take these additional steps:

  • Separate family members with COVID-19 from others as much as possible. The person with the virus should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Ideally, they should use a separate bathroom, if available. Limit visitors in the house.

  • Call ahead before visiting the doctor​​. This will help them take extra steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

  • Avoid sharing personal household items. Don't share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in the home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Extra cleaning for all “high-touch" surfaces. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipes and follow the instructions on the label.

  • Monitor symptoms. Call your doctor or health department right away if the illness gets worse.

Contact Us

We are eager to connect with you!   If you have a quick question please fill out the form below and someone will respond as soon as we can.  For appointments please call.   We look forward to adding you to our growing family!

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