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Dr. TheobaldIn honor of Robert J. Theobald, Jr.’s, PhD, long service to A.T. Still University and its students, Richard Theriault, DO, ’73, created the Robert J. Theobald Jr. PhD, Pharmacology Department Operations Endowment at ATSU-KCOM.

Contributions made to this endowment build an invested fund from which the annual earnings will be directed in perpetuity to support the teaching faculty, department operations, and special needs of the Pharmacology department.

Dr. Theobald’s service to the University began in November of 1976. He has been recognized with the A.T. Still Staff Award for Excellence in teaching twice, and was the 2011 recipient of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Living Tribute award.

For those interested in contributing to the endowment fund, please visit the ATSU web site www.atsu.edu/TheobaldFund .


10683424_10152393752171481_877619569402622355_oCraig M. Phelps, DO, ’84, president of A.T. Still University (ATSU), and Ron Yee, MD, MBA, chief medical officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), announced a groundbreaking, joint research partnership on Nov. 11, 2014. The innovative partnership between ATSU and NACHC will help create and advance interprofessional scholarly activity within Bureau of Primary Health Care supported community health centers, and it will help improve the health status of patients and communities across the nation.

“ATSU is looking forward to collaborating with NACHC on this important initiative focused on improving the health of our nation,” said Dr. Phelps. “Research projects inclusive of basic scientists, clinicians from multiple professions, and ATSU students will seek opportunities to provide timely outcomes for expeditious application.”

In an effort to advance scholarly activity opportunities, ATSU and NACHC will focus on:

  • developing, implementing, and assessing evidence-based medicine guidelines.
  • diagnosing, preventing, and treating diabetes, obesity, skin cancer, metabolic syndrome, traumatic brain injury/concussions, spine pain, and HIV/AIDS.
  • evaluating oral health disease prevention and treatment programs.
  • measuring and encouraging physical activity and its impact on health and wellness.
  • designing, organizing, and evaluating population management teams and patient navigator models.

“Focusing on scholarly activities that are academic, yet practical, helps deepen the relationship and experience of students,” said Dr. Yee.

10293553_10152393751406481_1181485596283901043_oNACHC represents the nation’s safety-net of community health centers. Community health centers receive base funding from the Public Health Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Bureau of Primary Health Care to improve the health status of underserved communities, provide access to health services, and offset some costs of caring for the uninsured.

NACHC and ATSU seek to foster community health scholarship to strengthen this safety-net, and ultimately improve the health status of these communities.

“NACHC’s partnership with ATSU over the years has yielded some of the most well-prepared and dedicated health care professionals, especially in service to vulnerable populations and communities,” said Tom Van Coverden, president and CEO of NACHC. “NACHC fully supports this important work as it will benefit many of our medically underserved communities and further advance quality patient care in community health centers.”

NACHC and the national safety-net of Community Health Centers also support ATSU in many ways, including access to clinical rotations; introductions to potential funding partners; residency development; data gathering; student scholarship opportunities; and national exposure of ATSU’s schools, programs, faculty, and staff.

To see the story on ABC News broadcast affiliate, KTVO, click here



ATSU’s Department of Physical Therapy is seeking candidates who suffer from neck pain. Candidates will be part of a study investigating the use of thoracic manipulation to relieve neck pain. The study is open to anyone 20 years old to 50 years old.

The study will occur in the Interdisciplinary Research Lab located on the Mesa Campus. Participants in the study will be required to visit the research lab four times.

For more information or to enroll in the study, please contact John Heick, PT, DPT, associate professor, physical therapy at jheick@atsu.edu.




MineoBuchanan_PosterArizOTA2014The ASHS occupational therapy (OT) program held their annual research day on September 9 on the ATSU Mesa Campus. Third-year OT students presented five research projects as part of a half-day research seminar that included power point presentations and poster sessions.  For a complete list of topics and presentations see the attached.






ASDOH women join Eugene Anderson, chief policy officer and managing Vice President of ADEA at the International Women’s Leadership Conference in Barcelona, Spain

ASDOH women join Eugene Anderson, chief policy officer and managing vice president of ADEA at the International Women’s Leadership Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Six faculty and staff women from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) recently attended the 5th Annual American Dental Education Association (ADEA) held in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 14-16.

Drs. Michelle Gross-Panico, Klud Razoky, Maureen Munnelly Romer and Janet Woldt, along with Colleen Reidhead and Monica Williamson Nenad, shared their poster presentation, “Assessing the positive and negative aspects of the dental education work environment:  Are we happy and do we know it?” at the conference. Last spring, all ATSU-ASDOH faculty and staff were surveyed to assess job satisfaction factors and levels.

In their study, the researchers concluded that female employees overall are more satisfied with their work environment, which supported their hypothesis. They also recommended that further study is needed in areas of differences in satisfaction to ensure that female employees are given the same opportunities, benefits and support as their male counterparts.

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