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A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences’ Department of Physical Therapy (DPT) was selected as the recipient of the “Chief’s Community Partnership Award” on Thursday, October 16 during the annual Mesa Public Safety Awards ceremony.

Since 2013, ATSU’s DPT has collaborated with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department to decrease injuries among the Mesa fire force. Faculty and students work directly with firefighter recruits by providing functional movement screenings, joint mobility assessment, and occasional opportunities for private consultations regarding aches, pains, and muscle or body functions.

The Chief’s Community Partnership Award exemplifies an organization that has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the community through acts and accomplishments that promote a positive interaction between the citizens of Mesa in the Mesa fire and medical department.

“We are so proud of Drs. Cory Manton, Jim Farris and Dana Kernan, and the entire Department of Physical Therapy, for their consistent commitment to serving our communities and strengthening partnerships, particularly with the Mesa Fire Department,” said ATSU-ASHS Dean Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA.

Congratulations to the Department of Physical Therapy faculty, staff and students on this milestone accomplishment, and to all of the outstanding awardees for the great work they do in our Mesa community and beyond.

Faculty, staff and students and members from Mesa Fire proudly pose with the Chief’s Community Partnership Award

ATSU faculty, staff and students, and members from the Mesa Fire Dept., proudly pose during the annual Mesa Public Safety Awards Dinner on Oct. 16.

Ryan and Lori Wycliffe

Ryan and Lori Wycliffe

The Navajo American Indian Reservation in Cameron, Arizona is only three hours from the A.T. Still University (ATSU) campus in Mesa, Ariz., but to the medical and dental students who participated in a Project Pueblo service trip, the area seemed more like a third-world country. Project Pueblo is a 100% volunteer, student-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping families of the Navajo American Indian Reservation. Through the program, short-term, low-cost service trips to impoverished areas are carried out while also raising money and awareness for relevant projects and issues.

Spearheading Project Pueblo are students Ryan Wycliffe, OMS ll, ATSU-SOMA, and wife Lori Wycliffe, D2, ATSU-ASDOH. Lori and her husband met during their undergraduate years on a service trip with Project Pueblo to Cameron, Ariz. “I never thought there would be so much poverty on American Indian reservations in the United States, but I’m glad we could help in a small way to make a difference,” said Lori Wycliffe.

The Navajo American Indian Reservation is the largest American Indian reservation in the country, and it stretches through Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Ryan and his brother, Sean, started Project Pueblo in 2009 to provide basic needs to thousands of residents affected by an economic sanction called the “Bennett Freeze.”  This sanction prevented any development in a 2 million acre area (the size of Delaware) located about an hour north of Flagstaff, Ariz. in the western region of the Navajo American Indian Reservation. Due to the Bennett Freeze, no one in the area could build homes, repair their homes, build roads, or have running water or electricity from 1966 until the freeze was lifted in 2009.  “When the freeze was finally lifted, many families did not have the financial resources to improve their homes or to provide electricity and running water,” said Ryan.

“Since 2009, Project Pueblo has coordinated service trips for over 500 student volunteers, and thanks to generous donations from Johnny Depp, one of Johnny Depp’s fan clubs, other donors, and hundreds of student volunteers, several running water systems and solar electricity systems have been installed.  “We have also repaired many homes, delivered much needed medical supplies, raised awareness, and more,” said Ryan.

During this past spring break, Ryan and Lori organized 18 students from the ATSU-SOMA Class of 2017 and two students from ATSU-ASDOH Class of 2017 for Project Pueblo to improve living conditions for families on the Navajo American Indian Reservation. In one weekend, students finished building a hogan (traditional Navajo home) for a woman who had previously lived with her seven children in an uninsulated trailer.

“Lori and I hope to continue to return to the Navajo Nation in the next few years to provide medical and dental care, in addition to providing basic needs to families,” said Ryan. Project Pueblo wants to expand its efforts in the future by helping to organize dental clinics, medical clinics, health screenings, and health education workshops in this under served area. For more information, check out Project Pueblo at projectpueblo.org, or e-mail Ryan Wycliffe.

hogan exterior

Thomasina Nezatsu service team 2

Meagan Bryne and Garren Giles After Painting


ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) Doctor of Audiology program celebrated its second-year students at the White Coat Ceremony held at the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa on Oct. 4.

Rachel Friedman, AuD, ’08, keynote speaker for the event reminded students that “The white coat is symbolic of the responsibility, privilege and duty appropriate with your life’s work as a professional. The white coat also represents the learning, behavior, values and compassion that it has stood for through past decades and even centuries. You are now responsible to uphold the ethical and professional standards that go along with the art and science of medicine.”

A total of 12 students from the Class of 2017 received their white coats during the ceremony, which symbolizes the triumph and success of  students completing their first didactic year and the beginning of hands-on clinical rotations.


DentalA.T. Still University (ATSU) received gifts in kind valued at almost $325,000 from Sirona Dental Systems LLC.  Having long been a leader and innovator in the dental industry, Sirona Dental Systems LLC is the world’s largest manufacturer of dental technology

ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) plans to use the equipment to enhance and further educate the students during their first and second years in Kirksville. This will prepare them for their third and fourth years at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic.

“The CEREC equipment from Sirona will allow MOSDOH dental students to learn the most updated technology in dental ceramics while in a pre-clinical setting, working hands-on with digital impressions, computer-assisted design, and chair side milling of final dental restorations,” said Allison Crutchfield, DMD, ’09, director, pre-clinical education and simulation clinic.

Sirona Dental Systems LLC also provided gifts in kind to ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Ariz. Students are able to utilize the newer technology for their pre-clinicals before they work on an actual patient.

“The advanced technology gives us the opportunity to educate the students and better prepare them to compete for future job opportunities,” said Klud Razoky, BDS, associate dean, pre-clinical education & operations.

ATSU will continue to utilize the gifts in kind from Sirona Dental Systems LLC to provide the most advanced dental education for the students.


IMG_3224_2Ten second-year ATSU-SOMA students at the Parkside Community Health Center (part of Unity Health Care) in Washington, D.C., had the opportunity to meet recently with District of Columbia Councilwoman Alexander at the facility.

“We discussed what it means to have a medical school present in one of the most under served areas of the Nation’s Capitol,” said T. Blaise Springfield, OMS II, MPH candidate, ATSU-SOMA.

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