Your Management Team

Northwest Arkansas's Naturopathic Physicians

Tara Hickman uses naturopathic perspectives to find and correct underlying imbalances. She believes in supporting the body’s natural healing mechanisms as much as possible to achieve optimal health. In addition, by finding subtle imbalances, like food sensitivities, hormone issues, or nutrient deficiencies, she can help tailor a plan that will help you body work better and help you feel your best.

Tara Hickman obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, and her doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. The naturopathic medical program at SCNM is one of five accredited,4-year programs that train students in both conventional and complementary medicine. To obtain licensure, students must complete 2 years of basic medical sciences, 2 years of clinical training with over 400 patient contacts, and pass 2 national board examinations. Tara completed additional clinical training in naturopathic children’s care, and is passionate about giving kids the best start in life by teaching them to love and appreciated the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Besides children’s health, Tara loves to work with patients with energy issues and digestive complaints by identifying food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies.

Laurell Matthews  was raised in Fayetteville and earned her bachelor’s in biochemistry from University of Kansas. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle.

Bastyr University is one of five accredited naturopathic medical schools in the United States offering a four-year, graduate level naturopathic medical program with educational standards recognized and approved by the US Department of Education. The program includes education in biomedical sciences and laboratory diagnosis as well as natural therapies such as botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, bodywork, hydrotherapy, and counseling. Laurell also completed over 950 hours of clinical internship at the Bastyr Center For Natural Health, where she saw over 400 patients. Upon completion of her training, Laurell passed national board examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.


*Special Note
Arkansas does not currently provide licensing for naturopathic physicians.
We will not be able to diagnose or specifically treat disease conditions as a primary care physician. We require that you have seen your primary care providers for any conditions that you are requesting help for, and that you are following the treatment recommendations.  Licensing efforts are underway. Please visit for specific information on licensing efforts and how you can get involved.