Our Clinic Family

At Chenal Family Practice our staff takes the time to know you personally. When you become a patient, you are joining a “family”.

Robert Kennedy, M.D.

 Dr. Kennedy moved to Arkansas at the age of seven. He received his education in Central Arkansas beginning with a BS from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He attended and graduated from St. Vincent school of Nuclear Medicine and continued at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he received his M.D. in 1992 and completed his Internship and Residency in Family Practice in 1995. He worked in several family medicine clinics including Otter Creek Family Clinic and Timber Ridge Rehabilitation Center where he served as Medical Director from 1996 to 1999.

In 1997, Dr. Kennedy opened Chenal Family Practice with the mission to promote wellness and preventative care. Dr. Kennedy’s goal in establishing the clinic was to ensure that each patient received an ample amount of the physician’s time and attention and treated as if they were his own family members.

He is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and the Pan American Allergy Association.

Dr. Kennedy is married with one son and enjoys the outdoors and traveling with his family. In addition to his medial practice, his is a Wild Life Rehabilitator for squirrels and other newborn animals. He loves being an Arkansan and serving both his patients and community.


Katharine Hurst, M.D.

Dr. Katharine Hurst received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in 1995. Dr. Hurst completed her combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center and Scott & White Memorial Hospital and clinic in Temple, Texas

In 2002, after residency, Dr. Hurst relocated to Hot Springs where she worked with St. Joseph's Mercy Medical Center as a primary care physician and Medicaid Clinic Administrator. During this time, she also volunteered and worked as Medical Director with the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic along with working as an Urgent Care Physician and Internist at the Convenient Care Clinic and Hot Springs Internal Medicine.

Dr. Hurst moved to Little Rock in 2012. She enjoys spending time with her two teenage daughters, Sophie and Sarah and enjoys the outdoors including hiking and relaxing on the beautiful lakes of Arkansas. She also enjoys flower arranging with her mom and belongs to two garden clubs in Hot Springs.

Dr. Hurst is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics and is practicing as a primary care physician at Chenal Family Practice offering comprehensive patient evaluation with emphasis on wellness and preventative care.

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Our Clinic Physicians