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Congratulations to Daniel McDermott, MS, PA-C, ’04, on being awarded the 2014-2015 Distinguished Service Award by A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) Alumni Chapter Board.

The DistinguisDaniel McDermott Photohed Service Award award honors graduates who have attained local, national, or international distinction in their profession or discipline. The award recognizes efforts made by alumni to advance the mission of ATSU in support of its programs, thereby ensuring the University’s impact on our community and future generations of students.

According to the nomination, after graduating in 2004, McDermott was promoted to program director at Cuyahoga Community College’s Physician Assistant program based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Three years later, he was selected to serve as assistant dean of academic affairs and again promoted as associate dean of the health sciences division for Cuyahoga Community College’s East Campus. His duties included oversight of seven healthcare programs as well as the courses related to general sciences.

In February 2014, he was named dean of health and human services for Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio. McDermott’s duties include oversight of the fiscal and strategic planning for more tha 22 health and human services programs.

In conjunction with his academic leadership duties, McDermott has remained an ATSU adjunct instructor teaching Advanced Physician Assistant Studies distance education courses.


2013-05-13_Eric-Sauers_01Congratulations to Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, ’97, FNATA, professor and chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) who has been awarded the ATSU-ASHS Alumni Chapter Board Living Tribute Award for 2014-15.

The award honors faculty, staff, and administrators for outstanding accomplishments and/or long-term service to the school. The award is given to those who advance the mission of the University in support of its programs, thereby ensuring the University’s impact on the community and future generations of students. Each recipient has made a lasting impact on the school through outstanding professional, academic, or research-related accomplishments.

According to the faculty nomination, “Dr. Sauers is the ultimate professional and has made a lasting impact on ATSU-ASHS through his outstanding  professional, academic and research-related accomplishments. He is a pioneer in athletic training education, as evidenced by his professional and service activities. His vision for the ATSU athletic training program has made it one of the premier programs in the country. He has worked tirelessly, not only for athletic training, but for the other units in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences.”

Dr. Sauers has been recognized for his professional accomplishments by being named a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2010, as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Training Association Distinguished Educator in 2010, and as the 2011 Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association President’s Award winner for his exemplary service on behalf of the association and/or the profession of athletic training. He was recognized for his tireless efforts in support of association legislative and governmental affairs activities. This past year he was accepted to the prestigious Harvard Macy Institute’s Program for Leading Innovations in Healthcare and Education.


2014-08-14_Ortho GradA. T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) postgraduate orthodontic program celebrated the graduation of its sixth class of residents at The Venue in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 14.

Orthodontic Class of 2014 residents Carolyn Gardiner, DMD, DHEd, Hemali Kothari, DMD, Steven Prince, DMD, MS, DHEd, Payam Owtad, DDS, and Jeremiah Sturgill, DMD, MS, DHEd, presented at the event. Graduates received a certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

“Our graduating class all successfully passed the American Board of Orthodontics phase II examination during their residency,” said Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, ATSU-ASDOH postgraduate orthodontic program. “In addition to academics and clinical excellence, they actively participated in community service during their residency.”

“The school and community recognize and honor the choices and sacrifices the residents have made,” added Dr. Park. “We wish them well and encourage them to keep learning and growing as they venture out to start the next chapter of their lives.”


shineIn preparation for the new student population coming to Kirksville, Mo., A.T. Still University (ATSU) students partnered with ATSU staff members and other key community leaders to help clean up the downtown area of Kirksville. The community-wide beautification event was created to help showcase downtown. Although this event has taken place for years, Kirksville’s City Council signed a proclamation recognizing Aug. 2, 2014, as the first official Make Kirksville Shine day.

Students, faculty, and community members gathered at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and then went to work. Volunteers were provided with gloves and trash bags to aid in the cleaning efforts.

“They’re the small things we can do to make the property look more neat and tidy and reflect better on what we really are,” said Annette Sweet, Make Kirksville Shine committee member.

ATSU has been a part of this downtown cleanup for several years running. With the City Council now making it official, the amount of volunteers for next year’s event looks to be trending upward.


Two members of the ATSU-ASHS Class of 2014 in the transitional audiology program were the recipients of Professional Leadership Awards at a ceremony held on Aug. 7 at the Superstition Springs Golf Resort.  Elizabeth D’souza, AuD and Elaine Kalous, AuD, were presented with the awards for outstanding performance and contributions to the community and profession.

Dr. D’souza started her career as an audiologist and speech pathologist in India and has administration, clinical research and teaching experience in venues including schools, hospitals, research institutions, and in private practice. She also pioneered the development and establishment of a speech and hearing department in a new hospital in India. At present, Dr. D’souza works as a speech and language practitioner in the Connecticut school system and is pursing licensing for a career in educational audiology.

Dr. Kalous is currently in practice at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is lead audiologist for the audiology mobile unit, the acting coordinator and clinical practitioner for the audiology telepractice team and the administrator for the tinnitus management clinic. Her clinical duties span the scope of the practice of audiology, and her unique work with audiology telepractice has placed her in the forefront of training other audiologists and students regarding telepractice and providing services to veterans in areas of Ohio where patients would not have otherwise had reasonable access to hearing healthcare services.

From left, Dr. D'souza and Dr. Parent Buck

From left, Dr. D’souza and Dr. Parent Buck


Also presented at the awards ceremony was the Outstanding Student in Audiology Award for an entry level Doctor of Audiology graduate, awarded to Dr. Mia Pendergrass for her academic excellence and professional growth in the AuD program. According to Dr. Tabitha Parent-Buck, chair of the audiology program, Dr. Pendergrass succeeded in taking the scientific foundations and clinical skills into daily practice, and her outstanding clinical performance highlights how she has developed into a competent and compassionate professional.


Dr. Mia Pendergrass, center, is presented with the Outstanding Student in Audiology Award.

Dr. Mia Pendergrass, center, is presented with the Outstanding Student in Audiology Award.

From left, Dr. Parent Buck and Dr. Kalous


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