Amber Richardson, PhD

Poplar Bluff

Dr. Amber Richardson, PhD is a clinical psychologist working in the Poplar Bluff office. Dr. Richardson possesses a PhD in clinical psychology in addition to a Masters degree in Counseling and Personnel Services. She has been working in private practice and rural health for several years and is joining Missouri Highland’s as part of the organization’s growing behavioral health program. Dr. Richardson has worked in several clinical settings including inpatient mental health, partial hospitalization programs, natural outpatient settings, and outpatient clinics. As a native Poplar Bluffian, Dr. Richardson is excited continue providing services to rural populations in Missouri Highland’s uniquely integrated medical setting.

Dr. Richardson is devoted to providing quality, evidence based care to individuals with a variety of needs, including psychotherapy, counseling, and psychological assessment. Dr. Richardson is currently accepting patients of all ages Monday through Thursday in the Poplar Bluff clinic.

Kristen Alexander, DMD

Dental- Poplar Bluff

Kristen Alexander-Frey, DMD, is from Poplar Bluff, MO. She graduated in 2011 from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Alexander was the first graduate of the inaugural class of 2017 at A.T. Still University, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral health earning her doctorate of dental medicine and certificate in public health. Dr. Alexander has been with Missouri Highlands at the Poplar Bluff Dental clinic since 2017, serving her hometown. She especially enjoys her work with children and helping them learn the importance of good oral health early in life to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles. Dr. Alexander aims to provide a safe and comfortable dental experience for all her patients big and small! During her free time, Dr. Alexander’s hobbies include traveling with her husband and their daughter, kayaking, and baking/decorating cakes.

Amy Manning, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Van Buren

Amy Manning, DNP, APRN, FNP-C is a 2016 graduate of Frontier Nursing University. In December 2017, Amy furthered her education and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through Frontier Nursing University making her one of the few nurse practitioners in Southeast Missouri to hold this degree. Amy has been a registered nurse for 15 years with hospital and home health nursing experience. As a nurse practitioner, she has worked in women’s health and family practice. She lives on a cattle farm near Ellington with her husband and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on her farm, spending time outdoors and boating on the river, and attending church with her family. Amy is accepting patients (children and adults) at the Van Buren Clinic

Ashley Starnes, FNP

Annapolis Family Clinic

Ashley Starnes is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Annapolis Family Clinic. Ashley has had clinical nursing experience in Family Medicine since 2005. She is a 2016 graduate from the University of Missouri- St. Louis with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. Ashley has also received training and now certified in Medication Assistant Treatment (MAT). In Ashley’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ben Starnes and their three sons, Noah, Rylan and Hudson. Ashley is available to see patients 6 months and older.

Richard Hester, M.D.

Poplar Bluff

Richard Hester, MD is a graduate of Ross University in the Caribbean and completed his residency in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Hester has been practicing family medicine for 6 years. While he enjoys treating patients of all ages, Dr. Hester especially enjoys working with children. Dr. Hester relocated from the Kansas City area and his family will soon follow. Dr. Hester’s passion for serving those in rural communities fits well with Missouri Highlands’ vision and mission.

Dr. Hester is now scheduling patients (newborns to adults)

Bradley R. Daniel, D.M.D

Pilot Knob

Dr. Bradley Daniel is a native of Arizona. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Dr. Daniel schedules patients Monday – Friday at the Iron County Dental Clinic located in Pilot Knob, MO.

Marsha Shivley, FNP-BC

Poplar Bluff

Marsha Shivley is an Advanced Practice Nurse that obtained her degree as Clinical Nurse Specialist from Arkansas State University in 1994. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of Missouri- St Louis, becoming board certified in 1995. In most recent years, Marsha specialized as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Missouri University in 2008. Marsha Shivley is a retired ARMY Lieutenant Colonel and a Veteran. Marsha is dedicated to rural healthcare and desires to make a difference in the lives of her patients. She is a member of the First Methodist Church of Poplar Bluff and in her spare time she enjoys being with her family.

Susan M. Norris, FNP-C


Susan Norris, Certified Nurse Practitioner at the Shannon County Family Clinic. Susan has had clinical nursing experience since 1997. She is a 2010 graduate of St. Louis University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing in Family Practice. In addition to Family Practice, Susan has pursued additional training and is certified in Medication Assistant Treatment for opioid addiction and has specialized in treating Hepatitis C. She is also certified in Battlefield Acupuncture as alternative treatment for pain. Susan has been a resident of Shannon County for over 30 years. She considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to serve the community and work close to home. Susan is dedicated to rural life, understands the challenges of rural healthcare, and desires to make a difference in the quality of life of her patients. In her spare time, Susan enjoys riding horses, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Daryl, their children, and grandsons. In addition, Sue is an ordained minister looking forward to a tent ministry in the future; certainly enjoy preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Robin C. Harwell, MS, RD, LD, CDCES

Licensed Dietician and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

Robin joined Missouri Highlands Health Care in December of 2011.  As a registered dietitian, she provides nutrition education at all of the Missouri Highlands clinics on a bi-weekly to monthly basis.

Robin is a graduate of the University of Missouri (Mizzou).  She received a master of science in gerontology from Kansas State (K-State) in May 2011.  She is a certified diabetes educator with over 20 years of experience teaching diabetes management skills.

Call your local Missouri Highlands clinic to schedule an appointment with Robin.