Our Story

Why Southern Caregivers?

Southern Caregivers was established in 2015 and started in Magnolia, AR with a passion to provide quality care for an underserved population. Southern Caregivers has now expanded to Hot Springs, Searcy, and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to provide paraprofessional services to clients in their place of residence, thereby assisting them to realize his or her highest level of independence and quality of life. 

Blake and Landon have grown up in the same communities and been friends for years. They both chose nursing as a career with a passion for helping others. While working in their field, as well as with their own family members, it became evident that there is a strong need for quality and dependable care within their own communities. This turned into them further pursuing their passion by opening Southern Caregivers.

MEET BLAKE:

Blake Watson was born and raised in Magnolia, AR. He attended college at Southern Arkansas University where he received his pre-requisites in nursing. He then graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. Blake has 7 years of combined nursing experience in the Emergency Room, ENT, and Family Medicine Clinic. He is happily married to his wife Morgan and has two kids, Owen and Madilynn. Blake enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, and being outdoors.

MEET LANDON:

Landon Stuart was born and raised in Camden, Arkansas and currently lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He attended Harding University where he received his pre-requisites. He then obtained his Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Southern Arkansas University. Land has over 5 years of nursing experience, all of which were in the operating room  . Landon is married to his wife, Sam, and has two sons, Graham and Sawyer. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hunting, playing golf, watching sports and being on the lake. Landon is a big Razorbacks, Cowboys, and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Meet Sam:

Sam was born and raised in Hope, Arkansas, but now resides in Prescott with husband David and daughter Kami. Sam attended Texarkana College in 2009 where she received her LPN training and license. 5 years later she went on to receive her Associates in Nursing Degree from Southern Arkansas University. Sam has 11 years of combined nursing experience in various fields such as Personal Care, Home Health, Hospice, Long-Term Care (nursing home), the Operating Room, and Med-Surge and Step-Down Unit floor nursing. When Sam isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and spending time outdoors preferably on the water somewhere. Sam joined the Southern Caregivers team in September 2019 as the RN, Marketing Director. 

MEET Morgan:

Morgan Watson was born and raised in Magnolia, AR. She attended Southern Arkansas University where she received her prerequisites in nursing. She then graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. Morgan has 8 years of combined nursing experience in labor and delivery, nursery, gynecology, pediatric day health care, and nursing management. She is happily married to one of our owners, Blake Watson, and has two beautiful kids, Owen and Madilynn. When not working, Morgan devotes time to Magnolia Junior Charity League, a charitable organization that serves the children of Columbia County. Morgan also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and doing anything outdoors.

Meet Heather:

Heather Allen grew up in Star City, AR and currently resides in Searcy, AR. She attended UAMS where she obtained her nursing prerequisites and then went on to receive her Registered Nursing degree from Jefferson School of Nursing. She has over 6 years of nursing experience in a variety of environments including: Rehab, Outpatient Surgery, Hospice and Home Health. Heather enjoys spending time with her husband Eddie and their three children Kyler, Bryson, and Jace. They love to hunt and fish, but their biggest past time is mud riding.  

MEET Charlene:

Charlene Hooten has a love for those with dementia and their families and has spent the last year and a half as the Director of the Caring Place adult day program for dementia patients located in Hot Springs.  She managed the day program that provided programs and services for those with a dementia and provided support and respite services for their families. Charlene also served as the Outreach Director for Alzheimer’s Arkansas for three years.  During that time, she set up 10-12 educational workshops per year across the state with professionals speaking on dementia, specifically Alzheimer disease.  She also started the lunch and learn series at Alzheimer’s Arkansas, a monthly educational session that talks about various issues of caregiving. Charlene also had positions as Hospice Specialist for Gentiva Healthcare (now Kindred Hospice) and Marketing Specialist for Compass Point Healthcare.  Charlene grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, graduating from Cutter Morning Star School and completing her Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Central Arkansas. She also is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Personal Care Assistant. She is married to local attorney Benjamin Hooten, has two daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.

Meet Jennifer:

Jennifer spent the first 15 years of life growing up in NW Arkansas, after which she traveled the country with her mom who worked in the OR as a Surgical Technician. In 2008, Jennifer settled herself and family back home in Arkansas and currently resides just outside Malvern, AR. She brings 18 years of experience in Administrative Business Management and a passion for caregiving to Southern Caregivers. Outside of work, she enjoys anything outdoors with her blended family of 8 – Doug, her husband and children:
Jason, Andy, Anastasia, Ashlyn, Kaylee and Hunter. They love sports of all kinds, hiking, kayaking, camping, motorcycle trips and jeep rides. Jennifer loves helping people and prides herself on the ability to listen and empathize with clients and caregivers alike.

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