Although we embrace new technology and methods, we remain rooted in our community and committed to the idea of personal care and a long-term relationship with a family doctor. We are one of the few practices continuing to be on call for our patients both nights and weekends rather than outsourcing this service. We feel this is valued by our patients who appreciate talking to their own physician group in a time of illness or crisis. You're not just a number, you have a name and a face at Medical Arts Center Clinic.
Dr. Lynn Q. Beard - internal medicine
Dr. Beard was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Boutiful, Utah. He attended University of Utah and graduated from the University of Utah, College of Medicine in 1980. He did his internship at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. He is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He and his wife Renee have five children. Dr. Beard enjoys traveling, camping, horseback riding, boating and farming. He also speaks French. Dr. Beard joined the clinic in 1983.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Lish - family practice
Dr. Lish was born and raised in Garland, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1987, and did his residency at University of Utah, Department of Community and Family Medicine at McKay Dee Hospital, Ogden, Utah in 1990. His certifications are in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, American Board of Family Physicians, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He and his wife Naomi have four children and one grandchild. Dr. Lish enjoys biking, scouting, skiing, fishing, camping, hunting and gardening. He speaks German and is also an avid U of U fan. Dr. Lish joined the clinic in 1993.
Dr. Lance F. Barker - family practice
Dr. Barker was born and raised in Willard, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University, then graduated from Medical school at Oregon Health and Sciences in 2006. He did his residency at Utah Valley Family Medicine in Provo, then Utah Valley Sports Medicine, also in Provo. He is board certified in Family Practice, and is certified Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support. Dr. Barker and his wife, Katie have four sons. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, reading, and all things BYU. He also speaks fluent Mandarin. Dr. Barker joined the clinic in 2010.
Katelynn Sumko, PA - family practice
Katelynn Sumko is a native of Perry, Utah. After attending Brigham Young University and studying Physiology and developmental Biology, she served a volunteer mission for her church. Katelynn served in Taiwan, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Upon returning home, she obtained her Physician Assistant (PA) training at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She spent her first two years as a PA working in the Greater Washington D.C. area in a busy emergency department. While living in D.C., she met the love of her life, Matthew, and they were married in April 2017. Katelynn and her husband have decided to move west to be closer to family which brings an end to their chapter on the east coast.
Dr. Justin Watkins - family practice, osteopathic medicine
Dr. Watkins has lived in the Mountain West his entire life and is married to Lauren Mund Watkins, who is a native Willard-ite. They have two sons and one daughter. Justin is a proud USU Brigham City graduate and in 2017, he graduated from Pacific Northwest University as an Osteopathic Physician. Justin completed his residency in Family Medicine at Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings, Montana. Justin and his family have become involved in backcountry and downhill skiing, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Dr. Watkins is excited to join the staff at Medical Arts Center clinic in July 2020. He is especially interested in obesity medicine, non-opiate chronic pain management, musculoskeletal medicine (including osteopathic manipulation), dermatology and aesthetic medicine.
Kelsey Bywater, FNP-C - family practice
Kelsey has 3 years of experience as a nurse practitioner working in Family practice. Prior to that, she worked for 18 years as registered nurse in home care, the ER, and pediatrics. She graduated with her doctorate degree from University of Utah in May 2017. As part of her scholarly project in school, Kelsey developed a program to teach providers to screen for domestic violence in primary care. She has been part of Box Elder County Domestic Violence Coalition as well as the Northern Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition. Kelsey is currently the director of Box Elder SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) which provides forensic exams for victims of sexual assault. Her current interests are women’s health, nutrition education, and primary prevention. Kelsey is accepting new patients of all ages.
Kelsey has been married to Chad, a Brigham native, for 24 years. They have 2 adult children and recently gained a son-in-law. They live on a farm with many animals. Kelsey enjoys gardening, quilting, sewing, camping, and spending time with her family.