Dr. Zimmerman specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock. While in medical school, she served as co-President of the Medical Student Honor Council. Dr. Zimmerman completed her internships and residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a fellow in the American College of Physicians (FACP), and a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), a Board of Trustee member of the Arkansas’s Medical Society, and serves on the Governor’s Council for the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.
Prior to settling in Clinton, Dr. Zimmerman grew up in central Kansas where her father worked as a hospital administrator. She earned her BS in Biology, graduating magna cum laude from Sterling College. She also earned a degree in Medical Technology. Upon graduating, she moved to Arkansas to attend medical school in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (MD). She chose to stay at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital for her internship and residency. She continues to maintain close relationships with her attending physicians at UAMS and ACH.
Dr. Zimmerman remains focused on leadership by participating in the BCBS Patient Centered Medical Home Project, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, and the Arkansas PCMH Initiative emphasizing patient access, value-based care, and quality improvement. She founded the first NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home in the greater Van Buren County area. She has been innovative in the implementation of electronic health records, practice population management, and serves on the Physician Advisory Group for Arkansas's PCMH initiative projects. She is a clinical preceptor for the Advanced Practice Nurse programs at the University of Central Arkansas and UAMS. She enjoys her spare time on Greers Ferry Lake with her husband of 35 years, Denny. She has a daughter Shawn Zimmerman, a veterinarian (DVM), who is board certified in Clinical Pathology with a Ph.D in Infectious Disease working at the University of Georgia. She also has a daughter Sheri Ozment, a Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital who resides with her husband Shannon in Wooster, Arkansas.
Helene Gensheimer joined Ozark Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in 2009 as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. As an advanced practice nurse (APN) she works in collaboration with the physicians and independently to care for children from birth through adolescence. She is a clinical preceptor for the Advanced Practice Nurse Program, at the University of Central Arkansas.
Helene graduated from William Paterson College of N.J. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was trained as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the military and subsequently had a fulfilling career as a nurse practitioner in the Air Force. She has a Master Degree of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University as well as a Master Degree of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University. She is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.