River Valley Medical Wellness opened in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the already growing opioid and mental health crises facing the state and the country. In just three years, the business has grown from serving 30 patients to over 3,600, with coverage spanning 62 of the 75 counties in Arkansas.

 

“When we started, we had no idea the real depth and enormity of the crisis,” said River Valley founder Dr. Kristin Martin. “As more people have reached out for help, our team has risen to meet the need. We are a team that responds well to crises, and we don’t ever turn someone away who needs help.”

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Kristin Martin, D.O., M.S., FAAFP, FASAM, FACOFP

River Valley Medical Wellness has clinics in Russellville and Hot Springs, and Dr. Martin and her team are on a mission to provide lifesaving care to even more people. Through a partnership with the Arkansas Mobile Opioid Recovery nonprofit, RVMW will help deploy mobile health clinics in all corners of the state. These mobile units will provide integrated care to those in need — especially those in rural and underserved areas, where access to mental health and addiction care is even more limited.

 

“Instead of expecting everyone to come find us, we actively reach out to serve patients where they are,” Dr. Martin said. “By reaching out and recognizing the barriers for our patients caused by social determinants of health, we are able to serve these communities unlike many others.”

 

As an independently owned practice, RVMW is able to provide individualized care in a way that larger, corporate-owned clinics cannot. Meeting patients where they are — in everything from mental health and addiction care to traditional primary care needs — is the hallmark of Dr. Martin’s team. The providers are board-certified and specialists in their areas, working together to give patients wraparound services with access to the resources they need to be successful. The clinic also has five peer recovery support specialists, whose lived experience with addiction and mental health gives patients an even deeper level of understanding and support.

 

Dr. Martin’s experience as an osteopathic physician adds another important dimension to the care RVMW is able to provide. In addition to serving as the president of the Arkansas Society for Addiction Medicine and being board certified in both family practice and addiction medicine, Dr. Martin brings a comprehensive approach to medical care that treats people rather than symptoms.

 

“Oftentimes, we find that there is a more fully developed root cause that is causing those symptoms,” she said. “We believe that mind, body and spirit are all interconnected. What patients feel physically is often related to an underlying emotional feeling. It’s important to acknowledge and respect that.”

 

This is especially vital for addiction care because the use of opioids can be connected to both physical and psychological pain, trauma and stressors. River Valley’s integrative approach to substance use disorder combines medical treatments with evidence-based therapies such as mental health care and peer recovery support. The clinic has licensed therapists and counselors who specialize in addressing conditions such as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to addiction. This holistic method has been shown to be incredibly effective in helping individuals overcome their addiction.

 

“Individuals receive treatment for their physical, mental and emotional well-being, which is essential for lasting recovery,” Dr. Martin said. “We believe in all pathways to recovery. Each individual is unique, and we are committed to providing practical solutions to each patient’s complex medical care.”

rvmwellness.com | 833-479-4325

​2600 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801 | 1820 Central Avenue, Ste M Hot Springs, AR 71913

 

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