Diabetes & Endocrinology

We are happy to announce we are now offering diabetes education and nutrition consulting in our clinic. This program will offer outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) classes with a certified diabetes educator, as well as Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with a registered dietitian who will work with you to meet your individualized needs to better manage your diabetes. Classes will be held on the Arkansas Heart Hospital main campus and MNT appointments will be available in the Little Rock clinic and select satellite clinics. Call today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you reach your health goals and live your best life!

Beth Crowder, PhD, APRN
Director Diabetic/Endocrinology
Dr. Crowder is a Conway native and alum from St. Joseph High School. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in 1990 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, receiving the Faculty Gold Key Award. She was named to the National Dean’s List, Outstanding College Students of America, and was also inducted and remains a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing. After graduation, she began working with Dr. Brian Barlow at Little Rock Cardiology Clinic. She returned to UAMS graduating with her Master’s of Science in Nursing in 1999, receiving the Jane Houston Carter Award. Dr. Crowder then began a collaborative practice with Dr. David Mego. She continued on with her graduate education at UAMS completing her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2005, focusing her research endeavors on congestive heart failure. She later earned her certification as a legal nurse consultant. Dr. Crowder has published manuscripts, authored text book chapters, has assisted with clinic research studies in which Dr. Mego was the primary investigator, and precepts students actively pursuing an advance practice nursing degree. She continues to reside in Conway with her husband Jeff, a Little Rock native, and daughters Ella and Abigail.

Irina Lendel, MD

Marissa Boggs, APRN
Marissa Boggs was born and raised in Germantown, Tennessee. She attended the University of Central Arkansas where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree. During her last year of nursing school, she worked as a patient care partner (PCP) at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in the Progressive Critical Care Unit (PCCU). After graduation, she worked there as a registered nurse for 8 years. She attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her Masters of Science in Nursing degree with honors. She was also inducted into the International Honor Society of Nursing and remains a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is an Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Marissa serves as part of the Diabetes and Endocrinology team with Dr. Irina Lendel at the Arkansas Heart Hospital and Clinic. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and traveling in her spare time.

Shelby Pierceall, MS, RDN, LD
Diabetes Educator / Dietitian
Shelby grew up in central Arkansas before attending Ouachita Baptist University, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition in 2014. She continued her education at the University of Central Arkansas, where she completed her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Science in Nutrition in 2016. Shelby is passionate about meeting her patients where they are, and finding ways to challenge and encourage them to live their best life. She brings an “all foods fit” approach to the table and has a deep desire to see her patients reach their health goals. Shelby is currently pursuing her certification as a diabetes educator, and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and Diabetes Action Committee of Arkansas, while also serving on the leadership board for the Central Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.