Circle of Life Staff

Our Care Team

Andrea Read  DO, FACP, CHCQM

Executive Medical Director

Dr. Read serves as Medical Director of Circle of Life Hospice. She joined Circle of Life in 2021 and serves at our Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Lyon College in Batesville, AR. Prior to joining Circle of Life, she served as Chief Medical Officer Clinically Integrated Network with Community Quality Alliance in Springdale, AR. Her board certifications include The American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics.

Stephen Carter  MD, HMDC

Hospice Physician

Dr. Carter serves as a hospice physician. He joined Circle of Life in 2014 and serves in our Legacy Village facility. He graduated from UAMS College of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Prior to joining Circle of Life, he served as Medical Director of the Perry County Nursing Center and practiced at the Morrilton Medical Clinic for 26 years. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Connie Butler  MD

Hospice Physician

Dr. Butler was born in Nebraska and grew up on a ranch. Much of her work ethic and love for people come from her solid rural roots. She attended college at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Biology, she attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she received her Medical Degree. Subsequently, she completed her residency in Family Medicine in Wichita, KS. Since residency, she has been a pillar in the Cassville, MO community, where she has practiced primary care for nearly 18 years.

Ashish Mathur MD

Hospice Physician

Dr. Mathur was born and raised in South Africa and came to the United States to study engineering. He completed his studies in medicine in the Dominican Republic.
After graduating in 2001, he returned home to Botswana and worked in the state hospital caring for HIV patients. In 2007, he completed his family medicine residency in Tulsa. Most recently, he has worked at the Gentry Medical Center for the past 17 years. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Spanish.

Sabrina Lawrence  RN, BSN

Director of Inpatient Services

Sabrina Lawrence serves as Director of Inpatient Services for Circle of Life. She joined Circle of Life in 2022 and currently provides leadership for both inpatient facilities, Springdale and Bentonville. 


Duritha May  RN

Director of Outpatient Services

Duritha May serves as Director of Outpatient Services for Circle of Life. She joined Circle of Life in 2016 and provides leadership to our teams that care for our patients in their homes. 


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When a patient first enters hospice, members of the Circle of Life team visit the patient and family to learn their needs. Hospice team members make regular follow-up visits based on the care plan that the patient, family, and hospice team establish together.

The Circle of Life doctor will work with the patient’s community doctor to manage pain or other symptoms. If necessary, the Circle of Life hospice doctor will visit a patient’s home.

Circle of Life RN nurses visit patients regularly to see how they are doing, teach caregivers how to take care of their loved ones, and answer medical questions that arise. They assist in coordinating the care and contact the physician frequently to help manage symptoms for comfort.

Circle of Life social workers help patients and families learn coping skills and ways to keep patients comfortable in their homes. They also help patients and families formulate goals of care, provide resources through referrals, and assist patients and families in identifying needs and accomplishing their end of life wishes.

Circle of Life spiritual counselors – chaplains – are available to talk (or just listen) about any personal or spiritual concerns. These may or may not be religious discussions. Our chaplains help people find comfort and answers within their own beliefs. Chaplains offer spiritual and emotional support to people of any faith background, or no faith background.

All of our hospice aides are licensed, certified Nursing Assistants who have passed a state certification exam and have experience in hospice care. Hospice Aides visit patients periodically according to their physical needs to help with things such as bathing and dressing.

Circle of Life volunteers can help patients and families in a variety of ways. They can do things such as sitting with patients so caregivers can take a break (respite care), running errands for the busy caregiver, or helping patients and families with creating special memoirs. Volunteers are required to attend ongoing training during the year and have completed an extensive training upon orientation to Circle of Life.