About MANA Physicians and Clinics

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) is an independent physician group that focuses on your health and quality of life. MANA Physicians and Clinics is a physician-owned and led health group in Northwest Arkansas with 130 physicians and providers who share a mission.

With 25 locations across Northwest Arkansas, we offer family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, an array of health specialists, and diagnostic health services. Our mission is to improve the quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare.

Physician-Owned and Led

The MANA Board of Directors has representatives from each department: James Norys, MD, Internal Medicine; Al Gordon, MD; Whitney Manlove Sipe, MD, Breast Imaging; Karl Haws, DO, Family Medicine; Lindsey Barnes, MD, Pulmonary Medicine; Charles Ball, MD, Pediatrics; Allen Moseley, MD, Pulmonary Medicine; Patrick McGowan, MD, Family Medicine; Meredith Mahan, MD, Pediatrics; and Benjamin Lowery, MD, Radiology.

MANA clinics are independent, physician-owned practices. Our physicians can focus on compassionate, quality patient care and retain the personal clinic environment. Physicians make decisions that shape excellent patient care in our practices.

By working together, MANA physicians can responsibly manage the costs associated with health care, improve our practice efficiencies, and enhance overall care for patients. A board of directors elected by the physicians from each department governs our patient-focused practices and policies. The board is advised and assisted by four principal leaders: Jason Wilson, Chief Executive Officer; Paula Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer; John Jordin, Chief Informational Officer; and Terry Hurt, Chief Financial Officer. Meet our board of directors and management team

Our History

MANA physicians and clinics have a reputation for excellence as leaders in the healthcare community for over 60 years.

Established in 1957

  • 1957 – Dr. Joe B. Hall opened a multispecialty clinic on Lollar Lane near Wilson Park in Fayetteville. The land for the new clinic was donated by a community member.  The design mimicked the multispecialty clinics where Dr. Hall studied in the Army and at Duke University. Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic helped attract the first internal medicine and medical specialists to Northwest Arkansas. 
  • 1960 – Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic added one of the first medical laboratories with lab technicians outside a hospital in Fayetteville. Lab tests were done manually, by hand. 
  • 1973 – Dr. Phillip Duncan, Fellowship Trained in Pulmonary Medicine, joined Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic and brought Pulmonary Medicine to Northwest Arkansas. He helped identify COPD in lung patients, a lung disease caused by smoking, that had previously been thought to be emphysema. 
  • 1977 – Dr. William Martin established the first Gastroenterology Department in Northwest Arkansas at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. 
  • 1983 – Drs. Joe T. Robinson and Terry Payton opened Northwest Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, now Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics. Since then the pediatric practice has continued to attract top graduates from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well as other top programs.


  • 1992 – In order to expand, Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic moved and helped establish North Hills Medical Park, a centrally located medical park in Fayetteville near the future site for Washington Regional Medical Center and Interstate 49. Within the clinic, the Gastroenterologists operated the first Accredited Endoscopy Center in Northwest Arkansas, a full-service laboratory, and cardiac treadmill testing.
  • 1994 – A group of family medicine doctors established FirstCare Family Doctors, now MANA Family Medicine, which now has eight (8) locations serving the Northwest Arkansas community with quality family care.
  • 1999 – The three practices partnered to create Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) to share costs and resources while maintaining their independent ownership.

Specialized Care 

  • 2000 –  MANA added urgent care to serve residents, students, and visitors seven days a week. 
  • 2003 – Drs. Danna Grear and Kevin Pope established the first independent breast center in Arkansas, The Breast Center of Northwest Arkansas. The Breast Center was the first in the area to offer digital mammography and the first in the state to offer dedicated Breast MRI.
  • 2005 – MANA opened a gynecology practice, Renaissance Women’s Healthcare, dedicated to educating women about their health from their first appointment through menopause.
  • 2009 – MANA physicians acquired the first 3T MRI in Northwest Arkansas to provide patients and physicians with faster scans and better images.
  • 2012 – The Breast Center added the only Breast Ultrasound Screening for women with dense breast tissue in Arkansas.  
  • 2015 – Millennium Chiropractic Sports Medicine and Rehab came on board to provide injury rehabilitation and sports medicine. 
  • 2017 – MANA Imaging began providing lung cancer screening and was named an Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center. 
  • 2018 – MANA expanded family medicine and pediatrics to Benton County.


Supporting the Health of our Community

To support the health of our community, MANA physicians and staff give back to the community each month through the MANA Charitable Giving program. In addition, our team members have developed two more charitable programs that support the health of our community. Finally, several physicians and staff volunteer their time and expertise with local health programs.