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While receiving dental treatment at the ATSU-ASDOH Mesa clinic, a patient received what turned out to be some life-saving information. Bao Huynh, D3, noticed that there was a small mole on the patient’s face. Huynh advised her to have it checked. At Huynh’s suggestion, the patient did follow-up with her doctor and found out that the mole was a melanoma skin cancer. Thankfully, it was found to be in early stages and no further treatment was needed.

ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H., received a letter from that patient in which she stated, “Thank you for teaching your students to watch for other health issues and not only about teeth. I am very thankful that I went to ATSU and was assigned to Bao Huynh. It was certainly was a life-saving experience. I will forever be grateful for her observation and insistence.”


This quarter’s Above and Beyond Award recipients are:

  • Dan Johnson, OMS I; nominated by Dan Martin, wellness programs director
  • Sarah Spencer, associate director of online admissions; nominated by Dan Martin, wellness programs director
  • Thom Van Vleck, student affairs; nominated by Ron Gaber, vice president for student affairs
  • Kaily Ewing, OMS II; nominated by Brian Moore, OMS II
Advanced division
1st place:
 Pat Rigby (Town)
2nd place: James Potter (D.O. Class of 2013)
3rd place (tie):Vineet Singh (Faculty), Scott Templeton (Town)High intermediate division
1st place:
Brennen Kerr (D.O. Class of 2015)
2nd place: Chris Martinez (D.O. Class of 2015)
3rd place: Neil Sargentini (Faculty)

Intermediate division
1st place:
 Giovanni Crosland (D.O. Class of 2015)
2nd place: Jeff Walker (Town)
3rd place: Daniel O’Loughlin (DO Class of 2015)

Low intermediate division
1st place:
 Duat Bui (D.O. Class of 2015)
2nd place: Deepak Agarwal (D.O. Class of 2015)
3rd place: Sandra Raduta (D.O. Class of 2015)

Beginner’s division
1st place:
Ryan Keith (D.O. Class of 2014)
2nd place: Monica Lifferth (Town)


ATSU-KCOM student Alex Swan, OMS II, who served as part of a team of researchers at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, recently had his research project published in BMC Neuroscience Journal. The article, “Proliferative reactive gliosis is compatible with glial metabolic support and neuronal function,” is co-authored by members of the research project team. Swan serves as first vice president for the KCOM Student Government Association and is an ATSU student ambassador.

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ASDOH faculty and students provided free dental healthcare to more than 75 community members at the Mesa Check Fair, in Mesa, Ariz., on Nov. 5.

Dental screenings, fluoride, and oral health education was provided at the event.

Don Altman, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A., M.A., program chair, master of public health – dental emphasis, attended the fair, as well as Josh Payne, D4, Emily Harry, D2, Henry Martinez, D3, Daniel Winokur, D2, Nadia El-Hillal, D2, Irina Nenova, D2, and Eric Bjerke, D2.




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