Speaker Bios (Little Rock)
Richard Urso, MD
Richard Urso is a medical doctor and scientist who graduated AOA with highest Honors from the University of Texas, School of Medicine. He continued with 5 years of postgraduate training and research and is the sole inventor of an FDA approved wound healing drug. He’s gone on to repurpose many other medications for usage in scarring, wound healing, inflammation, and viral infection. He’s the former Chief of Orbital Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He’s been involved in Covid-19 since March 2020 discussing pandemic response and he has treated over 1100 COVID patients. He’s been in the White House, in Congress and the Senate and worked with members of the FDA, the CDC and the NIH. He’s been actively involved in his state, with both the Governor’s office and the Texas Senate.
Kat Lindley, DO, FACOFP
Dr. Kat Lindley is a board-certified family physician in Brock, Texas. Her passion has always been helping people. As a young adult, who fled a war-torn country (former Yugoslavia) she lived in many different countries working as a nanny and taking care of others. Eventually her travels led her to United States and medical school in Florida. She became a family physician because she loved the idea of taking care of the whole family, from the young ones to the older ones and seeing the family grow. Later in her career, she became interested in helping find solutions in improving the overall healthcare system as she has seen with her own eyes that some things were broken, and many patients were left wondering how to navigate the murky waters of the system. Her favorite part of that work led her to creating many networks especially within veteran community. Her work helped her in becoming involved in legislative issues in healthcare and veteran health.
As a mom of 5, she enjoys watching her children grow and succeed in their endeavors, and that also sparked her interest in being involved locally as a School Board Trustee. Our future is our children, and making sure they succeed is one of the most important things we as parents can do.
Heather Gessling, MD
Dr. Gessling graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and went on to medical school and residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She lives in Columbia, Missouri with her family. Dr. Gessling was Chief of Staff at her hospital in Missouri through the COVID pandemic with thousands of patients under her care. By implementing preventative measures and early outpatient treatment she was able to keep her patients healthy throughout the year. When her hospital required that she take the COVID-19 vaccine, in spite of having had COVID and recovered, she resigned from her position and started her own clinic where she could treat patients as she sees fit.
Dr. Gessling worked with Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Richard Urso, Dr. Pierre Kory, and Dr. John Littell to author the Physician’s Declaration, an International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists. She continues to be a voice of truth and an advocate of early, effective treatments for COVID-19. Keeping families healthy, happy, and productive is her main goal. Her new clinic utilizes the Direct Primary Care model in order to care for her patients without the constraints of insurance companies, enabling her to provide accessible care that is comprehensive and excellent. Her website is gesslingfamilywellness.com.
Dr. Kirk Milhoan, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC
Kirk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University. He received his PhD from UCSD in Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology, focusing on cellular mechanisms of cardiac inflammation, specifically the role of platelet activating factor in activating the myocardial inflammation process. He then received his medical degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a third-year medical student. He completed his pediatric residency at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base and pediatric cardiology fellowship at San Diego Children’s Hospital/UCSD. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Academy of Pediatrics. He served thirteen years in the United States Air Force as a pediatric cardiologist and flight surgeon and served two tours in Iraq. He is the medical director and co-founder, with his wife Kimberly D. Milhoan, MD, FASA of For Hearts and Souls, a non-profit organization specializing in the international care of children with congenital heart disease. As the medical director and diagnostic cardiologist for the organization, he has voluntarily served the needs of tens of thousands of children with heart defects in Bolivia, Honduras, Mongolia, Mexico, Kurdistan, Iraq, Israel, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Kosovo, Tibet and Nepal. The organization has performed over 700 invasive pediatric cardiac procedures internationally. Kirk is also the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel South Maui. He and his wife have treated many patients with COVID-19 through their federally recognized free mobile medical clinic in Maui.
Dr. Amy Beard
Dr. Amy Beard was born and raised along the banks of the Mississippi River and has called Little Rock, AR home for the past 20+ years. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. She became a Registered Dietitian after completing a Dietetic internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She worked for several years as an RD before pursuing a career in medicine. Dr. Beard has always known that a healthy diet and lifestyle were keys to optimal health. Feeling limited by her degree in dietetics, Dr. Beard completed a Doctorate of Medicine from the College of Medicine at UAMS in Little Rock, AR. She then went on to complete a three-year residency in Family Medicine in Fayetteville, AR and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. While working as an ER and Family physician Dr. Beard quickly realized that the pathway to optimal health begins with patient empowerment and a better understanding of the root causes of chronic disease. To further her understanding of the root causes and mediators of chronic disease, Dr. Beard pursued and completed a certification in Functional Medicine. She is an advocate for changing our current healthcare model to one that is dedicated to prevention, early assessment, and improved management of complex, chronic disease by intervening at multiple levels to correct core clinical imbalances and thereby restoring each patient’s functionality and health to the greatest extent possible.