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Karen Snider, D.O.

Karen Snider, D.O., KCOM OMM acting chair, was named a co-recipient of the 2011 Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year Award. Dr. Maria Nagan of Truman State University also received the award.

Dr. Snider was selected by the Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi for her recent outstanding accomplishments in scientific research and was nominated by her peers. A formal awards presentation will take place in Spring 2011.

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For a second time in six months, ASDOH students and faculty traveled to Clinica Betel in Atoyac, Mexico, to provide services to the medically underserved residents of this rural town. Eleven dental students, one AEGD resident, and two ASDOH faculty members left Jan. 8 for a seven-day mission trip.

The ASDOH student volunteers became involved because of Tim Lukavsky, D.D.S., assistant professor, ASDOH. This is the 14th year that Dr. Lukavsky has participated in the project sponsored by Latin World Ministries. Eric Harris, D.D.S., ASDOH adjunct faculty member, also participated in the trip.

Upon arriving in Atoyac, a small town located about two hours from Acapulco, students met up with 25 other healthcare professionals including general surgeons, plastic surgeons, optometrists, nurses, and other volunteers from Louisiana and Texas.

“Each day we were up by 7 a.m. and headed to the clinic to be amazed by the line of patients that had been arriving all night to receive treatment,” said ASDOH third-year dental student Tanner Flaherty. Students worked until 8 p.m. each night.

“This trip we were able to bring more students, which allowed us to see more patients and provide more treatment to each patient,” said Flaherty. “It wasn’t uncommon to do five to 10 fillings and one to four extractions on one patient.” Provided treatment included fillings, extraction, partial dentures made into complete dentures, root canal therapy, and cleft palate surgeries.

“One day provided a humbling experience when we saw 20 patients with special needs,” said Flaherty. “One patient that I remember was a little girl with cerebral palsy, and her body was too rigid to sit up in the chair. Her father laid her down in the dental chair. I expected to see a terrified girl, but instead she looked up at me with her big eyes, gave me a big smile, and opened her mouth as big as she could. It was a true pleasure and humbling experience to treat this young girl.”

By the end of the week, the ASDOH group treated 250 patients. “The group of students worked hard and made this a memorable experience,” said Dr. Lukavsky. “My fellow classmates and I were reminded from this experience that that behind every tooth there is a person that appreciates the knowledge and talent we have to provide them with care,” added Flaherty.

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Ryan Hutman, multimedia specialist, academic technologies, received ATSU’s Employee Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2010. Hutman was recognized for his hard work by Tracie Rogers, Ph.D., program director, assistant professor, human movement.

“Ryan’s attitude makes him a joy to work with, and I am so thankful he was able to support the Human Movement program during our Institute,” said Dr. Rogers.  “I honestly do not know what I would have done without his help. Ryan truly went above and beyond and I appreciate his dedication and am thankful to have him as an ATSU colleague. He defines excellence!”

The award is given to an ATSU employee that meets the following requirements:

  • Must have at least one year of employment and be a non-supervisory hourly or salaried employee.
  • Contributes to a positive institutional image by their attitudes and personal actions displayed.
  • Displays courteous, pleasant, and professional behavior in all circumstances.
  • Communicates in a manner that contributes to a well functioning department and institution.
  • Treats patients, students, visitors, and/or coworkers with care, concern, and respect at all times.
  • Takes the initiative to recognize a job that needs to be done, and does it without expecting to be recognized.
  • Has a well-groomed appearance that is consistent with the job requirements.
  • Has not received the award for the past two years.

Lee Daniels, academic support coordinator

Lee Daniels, academic support coordinator at ATSU’s School of Health Management for the public health program, received the 3rd quarter 2010 Employee Excellence Award. Daniels has been with the University since 2008.

According to her co-worker who nominated her, “She is always upbeat and cheerful, even under trying circumstances. She relates very well to students; even the difficult students have expressed respect for the way she has dealt with them.Lee is an asset not only to the M.P.H. program, but also to the School of Health Management and A.T. Still University. She presents the institutional image that supports and enhances the image of ATSU.”


KCOM Acting Dean Jeffrey Suzewits, D.O., '88

On December 10, ATSU President Jack Magruder appointed Jeffrey Suzewits, D.O., ’88, as acting dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine until June 30, 2011.

Dr. Suzewits has been with ATSU since June 2006 serving as associate dean for Clinical Educational Affairs and OPTIK. He is an associate professor in the department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Community Health. Prior to coming to KCOM, Dr. Suzewits served in many capacities at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Suzewits is a 1988 graduate of KCOM, completed his residency at the Springfield Family Practice Residency Program at the SIU School of Medicine, and is a fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also completed a master’s in public health from the University of Illinois – Springfield.

“I am confident that Dr. Suzewits will carry out his new duties in an exemplary manner,” Dr. Magruder said. “Please join me in welcoming him to his new role as acting dean of KCOM, the founding institution of osteopathic medicine.”

Dr. Suzewits began his duties December 13.

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