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ATSU0210-2A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) welcomed E. Lee Rice, DO, ‘73, FAAFP, FAOASM, during Founder’s Day week. Dr. Rice was the speaker for the Missouri campus’ Founder’s Day Osteopathy Lecture. He is the CEO and Medical Director for Lifewellness Institute in Sand Diego, Ca.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other guests gathered in McCreight classroom on the Kirksville campus to listen to him speak. His presentation, “Osteopathic Medicine: Wellness on Steroids”, focused primarily on the importance maintaining a state of wellness for the body, mind, and spirit.

“The key is being “weller” than well,” said Dr. Rice.

ATSU’s heritage is based on the practice of humanistic healthcare through an integrated approach that includes the body, mind, and spirit of each patient.

“It’s not enough just to be free of disease. What we want to do is have joy, happiness, balance, and fulfillment in our lives. That’s what we do for our patients, and for each other,” said Dr. Rice.

To view Dr. Rice’s lecture, click here.


ATSU-NACHC-scholarly-activty-opportunityThe National Association of Community Health Center’s (NACHC) chief operating officer, Dave Taylor, presented to faculty and staff of A.T. Still University’s Mesa campus on Thursday, October 23.

He visited with campus employees to celebrate the kick-off of ATSU’s scholarly activity partnership with NACHC, which will support the Bureau of Primary Health Care community health centers.

NACHC represents the nation’s safety-net of community health centers. These 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 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 our schools, programs, faculty, and staff.

The partners will collaborate to market, win acceptance of concepts, gain access to data, and fund accepted scholarly proposals.

A similar event will be held on the ATSU Kirksville campus November 11, 2014, featuring Ron Yee, MD, MBA, chief medical officer of NACHC.


Shaun SommererShaun O. Sommerer, PhD, has accepted the position of vice president of university advancement for ATSU. Dr. Sommerer currently serves as vice president for development , Arizona Health Sciences, for the University of Arizona Foundation in Tucson, Ariz. He will begin his role with ATSU Dec. 8, 2014.

​In his role with the University of Arizona Foundation, Dr. Sommerer managed and oversaw development operations for all University of Arizona Health Sciences colleges, Centers of Excellence, and the comprehensive Cancer Center. He managed the principal, major, and sustaining gift programs, resulting in more than $30 million and 15,000 individual gifts annually for the health sciences.

“ATSU looks forward to Dr. Sommerer joining our advancement team,” said Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, ATSU president. “We are confident his academic and major gifts experience will help advance the University’s mission, schools, and programs.”

Prior to Dr. Sommerer’s position with the University of Arizona Foundation, he served as a lead development officer for several institutions of higher learning, including University of Nevada (Las Vegas, Nev.), University of Michigan – Western States Office (Pasadena, Calif.), and Saint John’s University (Collegeville, Minn.). As a former chair of physical sciences, director of research, and assistant professor of chemistry for Barry University (Miami Shores, Fla.) and Penn State University at Erie (Erie, Pa.), Dr. Sommerer brings a unique, strong blend of successful academic and fundraising experience to ATSU.

​Dr. Sommerer earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Saint John’s University, a master of science degree at South Dakota State University (Brookings, S.D.), and a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla).


shutterstock_115075681 (1)Have you ever wanted custom-fitting earbuds for your headphones or other mobile devices? The ATSU chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology is making earmold impressions available from Oct. 20 to 31. You can order custom-fit hearing protection or listening molds for your iPod and/or other devices.

A variety of products, including sound plugs, musician’s plugs, earbuds for headphones and more are available. Prices for the custom earmolds range from $75 to $130, depending on the style.

Check out the flyer for detailed information regarding dates and times.


KornhoffSome child might be getting a new bike for Christmas thanks to a sandwich in Straight A being named after ATSU-ASHS physical therapy student Michael Kornhoff, DPT, ’16. According to Kornhoff, the “Mikey Boombatz Chicken Parmesan sandwich” was named after a character that Rodney Dangerfield used to joke about.

“Rodney Dangerfield used to joke about his bad doctor, Vinnie Boombotz,” said Kornhoff. “To me, it kind of fit for a health science school.  Eric from Straight A and his staff discussed it and renamed it “Boomer’s Chicken Parmesan” because boombotz might have been taken as being offensive. To be a good sport about it, I told them that I was going to donate a dollar for each sandwich they sold on Oct. 9 to Operation Christmas Child.”

Kornhoff says that the special sandwich will continue to be part of the Straight A menu on selected days.

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