About Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC

Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC stands committed to offering compassionate care to families and individuals in Paragould and neighboring regions. Our skilled medical providers, enriched with years of experience, have served a diverse patient population across Northeast Arkansas. We aim to go beyond mere symptom treatment, delving into the root cause of medical conditions, and emphasizing overall health and well-being. Guided by principles of integrity and compassion, we're honored to serve our community. Discover more about the deep expertise and credentials of our team below. Your health is our mission, and we're here for you.

Meet Our Team 

Dr. Vincent Lee, MD, DABFM 

  • From Forrest City, AR 
  • BS Biology and Psychology, Hendrix College, 2006 
  • MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2010 
  • Residency: UAMS Family Medical Center (AHEC) - Northeast - Jonesboro, AR, 2010-2013 
  • Certifications: Board Certified and Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine (DABFM), Certified Medical Examiner (DOT), Medical Review Officer (MRO)  

Dr. Vincent Lee, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, is deeply committed to serving the Northeast Arkansas community. His practice, Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC, founded in Paragould, AR, on March 1, 2022, stands as a testament to his dedication to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for individuals of all ages. With a focus on both diagnosing and treating various illnesses, Dr. Lee emphasizes the importance of preventative care, regular health checkups, and guiding patients towards a healthier lifestyle.

As an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Arkansas Medical Society, Dr. Lee's commitment to healthcare extends beyond his practice. Serving as the County Health Officer for Greene County, he plays a pivotal role in advocating for public health, with a focus on policy initiatives, health education, emergency preparedness, and response planning.

Before founding Carriage Hill Family Care, Dr. Lee co-owned and directed Paragould Family Care, P.A., where he was recognized for his leadership in patient care and clinic management. He also contributed significantly to the field of wound care as a member of the Advanced Wound Management Team at St. Bernards Wound Healing Center, showcasing his expertise in both acute and chronic wound management.

Raised in Forrest City and maintaining strong family ties in the area, Dr. Lee's roots in Northeast Arkansas fuel his unwavering commitment to enhancing the health and wellness of the community. His extensive professional journey, marked by significant achievements and an ongoing dedication to medical excellence, positions him as a leading figure in family medicine in the region.

Cecil Massey, MSN, FNP, APRN  

  • From Pocahontas, AR 
  • BSN, Arkansas State University, 1998 
  • MSN-FNP, Arkansas State University, 2000 
  • Certifications: Credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Medical Examiner (DOT)

Cecil Massey, MSN, FNP, APRN, is a highly skilled and compassionate Family Nurse Practitioner with a rich background in healthcare. As a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, his dedication to nursing excellence is evident. 

Proudly serving in the United States Navy from 1985 to 1991, including a support role in Operation Desert Storm, Mr. Massey’s commitment to service extends beyond the healthcare field. His military experience has instilled a deep sense of discipline and devotion, which he brings to his nursing practice. 

Playing a pivotal role in the establishment of Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC, Mr. Massey’s extensive experience in nursing, surgery, and patient care has been instrumental since its opening on March 1, 2022. His approach to healthcare is characterized by a deep commitment to providing personalized and comprehensive care. His expertise not only enriches the services offered at our clinic but also embodies our mission to deliver high-quality care to our community.


Teresa Gonzalez, MSN, FNP, APRN   

  • From Beech Grove, AR 
  • BSN, Arkansas State University, 2007 
  • MSN-FNP, Arkansas State University, 2010 
  • Certifications: Credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Teresa Gonzalez, MSN, FNP, APRN, is an accomplished Family Nurse Practitioner with an extensive nursing background that began in 1987. Her professional journey includes significant roles as a staff nurse and nursing coordinator, showcasing her versatility and commitment to nursing excellence. 

During her tenure at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center from 2003 to June 2010, Mrs. Gonzalez excelled in various capacities, including House Supervisor and roles in the ICU, Emergency Room, and Medical/Surgical Unit. Her diverse clinical experience provides a solid foundation for her advanced nursing practice.

As an active member of the Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA) and the American Nurses Association, her involvement in the nursing community is marked by continuous learning and professional development.

Joining Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC from its inception on March 1, 2022, Teresa Gonzalez has been a cornerstone in establishing the practice. Her depth of experience, coupled with a compassionate approach to patient care, makes her a vital part of our team. Her dedication and expertise are integral to our mission of delivering superior healthcare services to our community.


Latoya Coward, MSN, FNP, APRN   

  • From Bono, AR 
  • BSN, Arkansas State University, 2008 
  • MSN-FNP, Arkansas State University, 2011 
  • Certifications: Credentialed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2011

Latoya Coward, MSN, FNP, APRN, is a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in pediatrics and family practice. Her expertise in managing a broad spectrum of chronic and acute conditions, coupled with her commitment to preventive wellness across all age groups, makes her an invaluable asset to Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC.

As a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Mrs. Coward's dedication to delivering quality healthcare is evident in her professional achievements and her approach to patient care.

A long-time resident of Northeast Arkansas, Latoya has been a part of the Paragould community since 2012. Her leadership role as the president of the Junior Auxiliary of Paragould in 2016-2017, and her ongoing commitment as a lifetime member, highlight her deep-rooted connection to and engagement with the local community.

Since the establishment of Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC on March 1, 2022, Latoya Coward has been instrumental in shaping the practice. Her passion for healthcare, combined with her extensive experience and strong community ties, contributes significantly to our team's ability to provide compassionate and quality care to our patients.


Lauren Willmer, DNP, FNP, APRN   

  • From Lake Village, AR 
  • BSN, Arkansas State University, 2012 
  • DNP, FNP-C, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2015 
  • Certifications: Credentialed by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Medical Examiner (DOT)

Lauren Willmer, DNP, FNP, APRN, plays a pivotal role at Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC, having been a key member since the practice's inception on March 1, 2022. Her advanced degree as a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner signifies her deep commitment to providing exceptional healthcare services.

Her credentials, issued by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, attest to her qualifications and dedication to the nursing profession. Lauren’s expertise is complemented by her compassionate approach to patient care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized attention and the highest standard of medical care.

Lauren's unwavering commitment to her patients and her craft has made her an invaluable member of our healthcare team. Her skill set and caring personality contribute significantly to our mission of delivering quality healthcare to the community we serve.


Allyssa Beall, MSN, FNP, APRN   

  • From Knobel, AR
  • BSN, Arkansas State University, 2015
  • MSN-FNP, Arkansas State University, 2019
  • Certifications: Credentialed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner, also Certified in Botox Cosmetic

Allyssa Beall, MSN, FNP, APRN, has a rich background in healthcare, marked by diverse experiences and a commitment to both traditional and aesthetic medicine. Her journey began as an RN in an intensive care unit, where she spent five years honing her skills in critical patient care. She later transitioned to serving as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in an urgent care setting, before moving into family medicine in Paragould, AR, in 2020.

Joining Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC on November 1, 2022, Allyssa has become a key member of our team, bringing with her a blend of clinical expertise, compassion, and a dedication to community involvement. Her proficiency in Botox treatments complements her broad medical skills, reflecting her commitment to comprehensive healthcare that includes both traditional and innovative approaches.

As an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a contributor to local initiatives through the Junior Auxiliary of Paragould, Allyssa's engagement with her community is evident. Her unique combination of medical knowledge, aesthetic expertise, and warm, patient-centric care ensures that every individual she treats receives the highest standard of care, feeling supported and valued.

Sara Diane Underwood, MNSc, FNP, APRN  

  • From Bay, AR; resident of Paragould, AR since 1987
  • LPN, Arkansas Northeastern College, 2011
  • BSN, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2015
  • MNSc, Family Practice, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2021
  • Certifications: Credentialed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Educator

Sara Diane Underwood, APRN, has a distinguished career in nursing, characterized by a steadfast dedication to healthcare excellence and patient-centered care. Beginning her journey as an LPN in 2011, Diane has accumulated a wealth of experience, including significant roles in ICU and GI Lab settings, primarily at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Her academic achievements include an Associate's RN degree earned in 2013, a BSN from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2015, and an MNSc in Family Practice from the same institution in 2021, where she graduated with Honors. As a Certified Nurse Educator and a credentialed Family Nurse Practitioner, Diane embodies a unique blend of clinical expertise and educational prowess.

Diane is an active member of professional societies like Phi Theta Kappa and the Arkansas Nurse Practitioners Association. Specializing in Family Practice, she delivers comprehensive, high-quality care that aligns with the core values of Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC. Diane joined our team on October 16, 2023, bringing her extensive experience and compassionate approach to patient care.

Laura Needham-Puckett

Laura Needham-Puckett, EdS, LPC-S, RPT-S  

  • From Blytheville, AR
  • BS Psychology, Arkansas State University, 1997
  • EdS Psychology and Counseling, Arkansas State University, 2000
  • Doctoral Courses in Psychological Assessment, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, 2010
  • Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified

Laura Needham-Puckett, EdS, LPC-S, RPT-S, joined Carriage Hill Family Care, PLC on February 12, 2024. She brings a wealth of expertise in mental health therapy, addressing a wide range of concerns across the lifespan, including work with children, adolescents, and adults. Her comprehensive education, culminating in a Specialist in Education degree, combined with her professional certifications, showcases her dedication to psychological health and counseling. Laura's background includes a strong focus on trauma-focused therapy, and she has played a significant role in the development of mental health services in her previous positions at various clinics and schools. This experience highlights her clinical and administrative strengths. 

Her commitment to mental health care, especially in the realms of youth and family dynamics, makes her an invaluable addition to our team. We are excited for her to bring her comprehensive and compassionate care approach to our patients at Carriage Hill Family Care.

CH Family Care Team

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