When Dr. Richard Eccles was in medical school he knew that he wanted to open a pediatrics practice in a small town. Both he and his wife had grown up in rural Arkansas and wanted to raise their children in a similar environment. He jumped at the opportunity to open a practice in Booneville, Arkansas. This was a win-win for both Dr. Eccles and Booneville. Dr. Eccles fulfilled his dream of practicing in a small town and Booneville has a much-needed pediatrician.
Dr. Eccles had been involved in Reach Out and Read while a resident at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He brought Reach Out and Read to his pediatric practice in Booneville because he knew it would be a great way to build trust with parents and invest in the development of his young patients.