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Geoffrey Hoffa, PA-C, ’00, DHSc, ’14, chair of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences Alumni Board, recently had an article published in the Teamster’s Benefits magazine. The article (p. 48), “Taft-Hartley health funds face many challenges including ACA,” was based on Dr. Hoffa’s applied dissertation for his DHSc program.

From left, Dr. Jae Park and Dr. Paul Castelein

From left, Dr. Jae Park and Dr. Paul Castelein

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, postgraduate orthodontic program, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, was recently invited as an American Board of Orthodontists (ABO) Examiner. He graded the ABO clinical exam as an Examiner at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, August 6-10.

The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. The ABO was first established by Dr. Albert Ketcham and several colleagues who believed that the specialty of orthodontics should have a certifying body. Dr. Castelein, current ABO President, mentions that the original objectives of the ABO were stated in the charter of incorporation as the following “to elevate the standards of the practice of orthodontia; to familiarize the public with its aims and ideals; and to protect the public against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.”


Business Pic LargerSarah Johnston, PhD, assistant professor, kinesiology program, ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies, presented at the International Sports Science Symposium held in Eugene, Ore., July 18-21.

Her presentation, Daniels’ Distance Runners – An investigation of cardiovascular fitness over 45 years, was co-authored by Dr. Daniels, kinesiology program, and Dr. Farris, chair of the physical therapy program.

The study measured the cardiovascular fitness of elite male runners. It was started by Dr. Daniels at the Olympic Trials for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. There were follow-up tests with these same runners in 1993 and 2013. This study now represents the longest investigation of the cardiovascular fitness of former Olympic athletes.

“The data from this study is novel and important because it can help improve the recommendations for physical activity throughout the lifespan,” said Dr. Johnston.


ZM6K8493A.T. Still University researchers are recruiting healthy individuals aged 14 to 24 years old for a study on balance. Researchers are looking at four different balance tests. Individuals interested in participating in this study will need to be available for one 60-minute testing session on the ATSU Mesa Campus. There is no cost for being in this study. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. John Heick at 480-219-6065 or at jheick@atsu.edu.


Dr. Park (ASDOH-POP)Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director of the postgraduate orthodontic program at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, presented a lecture, Diagnosis and treatment of impacted maxillary canines using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), duringthe 2014 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, April 25-29, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. He discussed clinical situations where CBCT is used and factors associated with the orthodontic treatment of impacted maxillary canines.

Dr. Park’s lecture was well received, and he has been invited to be a speaker during the 2014 Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO) annual session in October which will be a joint international conference between the PCSO and the World Implant Orthodontic Conference (WIOC).

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