Meet Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, KOLR10's New Medical Correspondent

Published 05/29 2013 10:36PM

Updated 06/03 2013 07:47AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dr. Janette Nesheiwat works as an emergency room doctor in northwest Arkansas, but she'll soon be taking on a new role as KOLR10's medical reporter.

But there's more to this physician than just medicine. Taking care of others is in her blood.

Dr. Nesheiwat learned her calling at an early age at the hospital where her mother was a registered nurse.

"I would go and kind of watch her take care of the children and I just kind of fell in love with it."

But Nesheiwat had bigger dreams. After spending four years in Army ROTC in college, she completed advanced officer training in Washington.

"It was a great experience, a great leadership experience." She was on her way to a career in the military. "I wanted to become an Army doctor, but at the time they were more looking for officers and my heart was se on becoming a physician and taking care of others."

Today, you can find Dr. Nesheiwat in the emergency room at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

"I have a little variety. I see all sorts of patients."

But this Johns Hopkins-trained doctor now has a new title: KOLR10 Medical Correspondent, a position she calls the most rewarding of her career.

"Just being able to educate, provide information and encourage people in the community to stay on top of their health, get their routine yearly physicals. If they're ill, don't wait until it's too late. Go in and see your doctor and take care of yourself."

One of her most trying times as a physician would come when she wasn't wearing the white coat.

"We are heading to the village of Negan. There is no medical help, no doctors, they have broken hips."

In 2010, Dr. Nesheiwat led a medical relief mission to Haiti, a trip that still moves her today.

"We organized an airplane filled with supplies and we were able to go over there and provide care for hundreds and hundreds of people out in the villages, where people were affected by the earthquake, but just didn't have any means to help, food and water and clothing so that was definitely a great experience I will cherish."

Even though she's traveled the world, her heart is in the Ozarks.

"When I came up here and got recruited to do my residency training, I just fell in love with it. I thought it was beautiful and I decided to stay and it became home to me." (:04)

You can see Dr. Nesheiwat's reports Thursdays on KOLR10 News at Ten. This week, find out what to do if you or your child is bit by a poisonous snake.

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