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Tonya Watson (right) accepts the Still Well Award.

Tonya Watson, MBA, PHR, assistant director, human resources, Mesa campus, was recently awarded the Still Well Distinguished Achievement and Advocacy Award. The award is given in recognition of unwavering personal and professional commitment to promote, encourage, and facilitate wellness experiences for students and employees.

“Tonya has been instrumental in the development of the Still Well and Still Healthy programs on the ATSU Arizona campus,” said Dan Martin, MA, director, ATSU Wellness programs.  For years she has dedicated herself to employee and student wellness though fitness assessments and seminars.  She was chosen for the award because of her longstanding commitment and continuing involvement.”

Congratulations, Tonya!

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Congratulations to Erin Breitenbach, DHEd program chair, upon acceptance into the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Dr. Margaret Wilson

ATSU has named a new dean for the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), Margaret Wilson, D.O.

“We at ATSU are very pleased to have Dr. Wilson assume the position of dean of KCOM. Dr. Wilson possesses significant knowledge and experience in the field of medical education and will guide her program in a very positive direction,” said Dr. Douglas L. Wood, senior vice president-academic affairs.

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Kay Kalousek, DO, MS, AAHIVS, FACOFP

ATSU recently announced the appointment of  Kay Kalousek, DO, MS, AAHIVS, FACOFP, as the new dean of  A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA).

“We are very pleased that Dr. Kalousek will join ATSU as dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona,” said Dr. Douglas L. Wood, senior vice president-academic affairs and founding dean of ATSU-SOMA.  “Her extensive experience in medical education will guide her as dean and will help her continue to move ATSU-SOMA in a positive direction.”

Dr. Kalousek is currently the associate dean for academic and student affairs for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. She earned her DO degree from COMP, where she additionally serves as an associate professor of family medicine. As a frequent academic lecturer, Dr. Kalousek presents on a variety of health topics, including “Clinical Care of the HIV-infected Patient” and “Healthcare for Minority Groups.”

“Dr. Kalousek will continue on the path of innovation and excellence as the new dean of ATSU-SOMA. She will work closely with our other deans to help ATSU educate highly competent and compassionate healthcare professionals,” said ATSU President Jack Magruder.  “She will be an excellent leader, and we are fortunate to have her join our university.”

In addition to her wide university-level background, Dr. Kalousek brings considerable clinical expertise to the dean’s position.  She has been a consulting and supervising physician in a medical group and clinic and holds staff membership in a West Covina, Calif., hospital.  She also has engaged in numerous volunteer activities to provide free medical care for the homeless.

“Dr.Kalousek brings significant educational experience and a passion for serving underserved populations to ATSU,” adds Dr. Craig Phelps, executive vice president for strategic initiatives and ATSU President-designate. “We welcome her to the ATSU family, and we look forward to working together.”

Dr. Kalousek will assume her duties of Dean of ATSU-SOMA on July 1, taking over from Interim Dean Dr. Thomas McWilliams.

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Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer

Luetkemeyer visits ATSU

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer traveled the 9th district on March 12, making a stop at ATSU’s Gutensohn Clinic in Kirksville, Mo. During his visit to the Kirksville Family Medicine (KFM) Resident Clinic, Luetkemeyer met with pre-med students from Truman State University and students, senior residents, and physicians at ATSU to discuss the direction of healthcare in Missouri and the nation.

KFM Director Robert Schneider, D.O., hosted the event and led the Congressman on a tour through the clinic before he sat down with the group for a question and answer session.

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“I wanted to be sure that the residents are politically aware of policies that may affect their delivery of care in this state,” Dr. Schneider said.

The group discussed topics on healthcare costs, access, and the importance of healthcare education in Missouri.

[read more…KTVO and Kirksville Daily Express]

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