Dr. Michael Carozza | Arkadelphia Impacting lives through clinic, book

— Dr. Michael Carozza has only been back in his former college town of Arkadelphia since the fall of 2009, but he returned with a defined purpose.

“I wanted to own my own medical practice in a place where I felt I could make a difference,” Carozza said.

He opened Compassion Women’s Clinic on Oct. 5, offering obstetric and gynecologic services to help manage a woman’s health.

“We only want what is the absolute best for our patients,” he said.

Carozza, 34, and his family relocated to Arkadelphia after he was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia for three years While in the Air Force, Carozza was medical director of the women’s health clinic and oversaw the second-largest women’s health service in the Air Force.

Serving his country was “one of those bucket list things I just had to do in order to reach what I felt like was fulfillment,” he said. Carozza went into the service after completing his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

While attending Ouachita Baptist Uni

versity, Carozza didn’t think he was going

to be a physician.

“I thought I was going to be an engineer

or do something with aerospace. I wanted

to be a part of NASA,” he said.

But chance conversations with different

people made him realize that many of them

were struggling because of medical reasons.

After finishing at OBU in 1998, he went to

medical school at UAMS and graduated in

2002. He chose obstetrics and gynecology

as his specialty because it is a very emo

tional field.

“It’s an overwhelming experience to be

the first person to hold a child and become

intimately involved in a family’s life,” he said.

Carozza is also an author. His book,

Facing the Father: 180 Degrees to God, was

published in 2008. It started out with him

journaling as a way to maintain spiritual

focus through his residency. He plans to

work on another book, which will be a 40-

week devotional to guide women through

the 40 weeks of pregnancy.

His goals include growing the clinic’s

influence in the community, maintaining

strong relationships with his wife and three

daughters, and giving his time and resources

to the benefit of others.

“Hopefully, I can help somebody with

what I have learned” he said.

Family: Melissa, 34; Mallorie, 6;

Cassie, 4; Emorie, 2 Birthplace: Little Rock

Biggest influence: A random

individual came up to me one

day while I was in college and

said,“You are going to be a very

important Christian influence some day.” I think about that statement almost every day.

Favorite TV show: The Cosby

Show - I always thought it was

interesting that an obstetrician saw patients in his basement.

One thing not many people

know about you: I very much

enjoy writing and have recently published a devotional book.

One thing you learned in

kindergarten that you have

carried on throughout your life: Be nice to girls.

Tri-Lakes, Pages 159 on 01/31/2010