03 Feb 2024 Person of the Month: Rhonda Dixon
FAMILY: I am the mother of two biological children, Hannah, 22, and Jacob, 18. I also have two bonus children, Ryland and Nicki, by way of my husband, James France, MD, who is a retired urologist.
EDUCATION: I graduated from Baptist Nursing School in 1994 as a registered nurse, then attended the University of Central Arkansas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2013.
WORK: I work at Conway Regional Medical Clinic on Prince Street alongside two other amazing providers.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: My church home is the Church Alive. I am immensely proud to call Conway home. I graduated from Faulkner County Leadership Institute in 2010, where I met some amazing community members and learned about our city government, multiple nonprofit service opportunities, and how we as a community can support each other. I have a history of volunteering in the past with Conway Interfaith Clinic, which serves our uninsured friends. Later, I was able to serve there as a provider after returning to finish my graduate degree under the leadership of St. Vincent Infirmary. I had the honor of co-chairing and initiating the first-ever Jack Logan Golf Tournament and helping organize the Conway Fall Classic. I also served on the board of the women’s shelter of Faulkner County.
HOBBIES: I delight in being involved in a monthly book club and enjoy the support and encouragement of a personal trainer at Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, where I believe “movement is medicine” and benefits people of all ages.
My achievements—other than my family being my greatest blessing and becoming amazing young adults, I have no idea. I tend to focus on others, and I am struggling to remember my achievements. I attended a class for developing goals, networking and being successful, and I realized I had achieved a lot of those goals already. I realized how hard I was on myself. We as women tend to criticize ourselves instead of recognizing our successes. It is important to be kind and encourage others, be less hard on ourselves, to build strong relationships, and do something to make this world a better place. I count myself so very blessed and appreciate all the opportunities God has afforded me.
ADVICE FOR SENIORS ON LIVING WELL: The patients I care for who do the best living in their older years are those who continue to move and keep their weight in check.