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RESIZE-haxtonBeing a healthcare practitioner who incorporated mind, body and spirit into his method of healing and treatment for patients, it is no surprise that Dr. A.T. Still was influenced by living among the Shawnee Tribe for a time in his life. It is also through his father’s bloodline that Dr. Still actually claimed his American Indian heritage as a descendant of the now-known Lumbee Tribe.

Jason Haxton, MA, director, Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, shared his knowledge about the foundation of osteopathy and about Dr. Still — the physician and man — in his presentation to ATSU faculty, staff and students on the Arizona campus on Jan. 23.

“Dr. Still’s father, Abram was a Methodist circuit-riding preacher and a physician, whose work led the family to move several times between 1834 and 1841, to circuits in Tennessee and Missouri,” said Haxton. “Finally, in 1851, Abram was assigned to head-up the Wakarusa Shawnee Mission in Kansas.” It was then that Abram, his family and Dr. A.T. Still came to interact with the Shawnees.

“The relationship between them was not good initially, but over time, Dr. Still’s mother and father began to educate and exchange information with the Shawnee Tribe,” Haxton added.

The root of providing care for underserved populations is part of Dr. Still’s osteopathic principles evident today. “At a time when the Still family was at their poorest, they lived in the wild,” said Haxton. “He was known to wear the same clothes repeatedly so that he could serve those with no money.”

For more information about Dr. Still, visit the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine online at: www.atsu.edu/museum


“I traveled many years and thousands of miles to end up four blocks from where I started,” recounted Isaac Navarro, DMD, ’08, and ATSU board of trustees member, during the Jan. 22 George Blue Spruce Hero Healer Luncheon Series.

Dr. Navarro’s travels-literally speaking-are true, but also symbolize thousands of miles in hardships.

During his presentation, Dr. Navarro took students, faculty and staff on a journey back to 1978 to share the adversities and challenges he faced as an adolescent. He explained the importance of the people who coached and encouraged him, and how he eventually overcame unfortunate social determinants as a child.

With the help of mentors or “star fish throwers” as he calls them, Dr. Navarro was guided on a path where he would eventually care for the very patient he was while growing up in Visalia, California.

To-date, Dr. Navarro leads two of Family HealthCare Network’s community health center campuses (CHC)–not only as a dentist and site leader, but as an educator and mentor to patients of all ages, and inspiring others that everyday is a second chance. In collaboration with other CHC colleagues, he is currently working on ways to improve interprofessional processes so that patients are receiving more comprehensive care. He also helps ATSU by referring potential students through the University’s Hometown Scholars program.

During his presentation, Dr. Navarro encouraged students to consider CHCs as a career path, affirming the diverse benefits CHC providers have on underserved and underrepresented patients.

“I’m standing here as living proof that you can help people,” said Dr. Navarro. “The thing about CHCs is you’re there for everybody, truly everybody.”

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shutterstock_110637026 (1)A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Student Academy of Audiology will host the inaugural Hearing, Education And Recreation (H.E.A.R.) Day event. H.E.A.R. Day promotes an educational environment where children and teens with hearing loss can have fun and make lifelong connections with their peers.

H.E.A.R. Day will be hosted on the ATSU Arizona campus and at the neighboring Ross Farnsworth East Valley YMCA on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The estimated attendance is 50 children, ages 5-16. Children will rotate through fun activities like carnival games, rock climbing, and laser tag. After lunch, two informational sessions for both adults and the children will be held.

See the flyer for more details. If you have any questions, please contact 480.219.6124 or by email.



Thomas, Richard S BA0B0863The Student DO of the Year Award Committee announced Richard Thomas, OMS II, as A.T. Still University’s Kirksville of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) Student DO of the Year.

“Congratulations to Richard Thomas on his selection as Student Doctor of the Year! All the candidates were outstanding and represent the wonderful characteristics of students here at KCOM,” said Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, dean of ATSU-KCOM.

Thomas was raised primarily in Scott’s Bluff, Nebraska. Prior to becoming a medical student, Thomas practiced as an attorney. He quickly found that it was not the best fit for him, and wanted to serve a better purpose in life.

“I didn’t feel like I was making a difference. I wanted to get away from the desk-life and make an impact,” said Thomas. “I started following my father-in-law, who is a DO, and I fell in love with the principles of osteopathy.”

Thomas started applying for medical schools shortly thereafter and interviewed with ATSU-KCOM. He noted the family-friendly atmosphere, close relationship between students and faculty, and prestige of the University as reasons for him choosing ATSU-KCOM over any other medical school.

Winning the award came as a surprise to Thomas, but he is honored to be a part of the school’s history.

“It’s an incredibly humbling experience and a great honor, especially when you consider the history of the school and all those who received the award before me,” said Thomas.

Thomas will be formally recognized during the spring awards ceremony, and his application will be considered among other local Student DO of the Year award recipients for National Student DO of the Year.


10714420_857442557622321_8466879083480363454_oAn art auction for Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH) is being held Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at Willo North Gallery in Phoenix. PACH is a non-profit 501c3, completely free, all-volunteer clinic where ATSU physician assistant students are highly involved. PACH was started by faculty member Bob McMullen. The clinic not only provides free preventative healthcare to the underserved community, it also provides us a wonderful opportunity to practice and learn. Learn more about PACH on their website.

The auction will feature wonderful art along with sports tickets, golf packages, gift cards, etc., for auction.

There will also be auctioning of an opportunity to have spend time with some of our AWESOME ATSU faculty.

Faculty members have agreed to donate dinner for winning bidder and a guest at the faculty’s favorite restaurant. 

These are the faculty dinner opportunities:

PA faculty (Dr. McMullen, Mr. Merrill, Ms. MacConnell, Mr. Burkett, Mr. McLeod, Mr. Keenan)

Dr. Danielsen, ASHS Dean

Dr. Simon, ASHS PA Program Chair

Dr. Lohman

Dr. Gilmer

Dr. Robinson

Dr. Wendell

Dr. Fischione

Dr. Phelps, ATSU President (Lunch)

We will be raffling some faculty dinners while auctioning others. This is a great opportunity to get one-on-one time with our wonderful and generous faculty!

If you can’t physically make it to the auction this Saturday, see the following link for the ONLINE/TEXT message bidding:


Remember that MANY faculty dinners will be raffled at the event, so try your best to be there!! The raffle tickets will be $1.

If you have questions, contact Vanessa Mitchell or Amy McMullen.

Thanks in advance for your support! Hope to see you all there!

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