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On July 25, ATSU-ASHS Occupational Therapy (OT) program and ATSU-ASDOH dental students provided education at the East Valley Child Crisis Center.  Rachel Diamant, Ph.D., M.S., OTR/L, B.C.P, associate professor, occupational therapy, ASHS, and Brandi Buchanan, OTD, OTR/L, assistant professor, occupational therapy, ASHS, organized a week-long life skills camp for the children at Child Crisis Center.

The camp was designed  for OT students to teach children about a healthy diet, basic age-appropriate mealtime planning and cooking, and social and school-readiness behaviors. The ASDOH students were invited to instruct a session about brushing and keeping teeth healthy.

“This event was a great success and partnership with ASDOH and Occupational Therapy department,” said Yvette Thornton, R.D.H., B.S., participation coordinator for Dentistry in the Community, ASDOH.

The following students participated at the event: Trish Mussi, OT, ’13; Brandon Jones, OT, ’13; Hannah Stillings, OT, ’13; Breanna Trocki, OT, ’13; Heather Headington, OT, ’13;  Blair Van Overbeke, OT, ’13; Meyer Zahler, D3; and Lacy Patterson, D3.


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This past July, select ASDOH faculty and students participated in a medical and dental humanitarian expedition to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Staff and students worked on patients ranging in age from 3 to 60. The team did more than 300 restorations and close to 100 extractions during their expedition.

The team consisted of: Robert and Diana Wake; Jerry Schweikert, D.D.S.; Shad Morris and family; Tannaz Malek, assistant professor of periodontics, ASDOH;  Brooke Ahlstrom, D4; and Scott Morrison, D.D.S., M.S.D., MAEd, associate dean of education, ASDOH.



George C. Carlson, Ph.D.

George C. Carlson, Ph.D., professor of physiology at KCOM, will be leaving ATSU on August 31 to assume the position of chair of physiology at Midwestern University’s Glendale, Ariz., campus.

“He has been a valuable member of the ATSU-KCOM faculty since 1994 and will be missed,” said KCOM Interim Dean Jeff Suzewits, D.O., M.P.H. “We wish him well in his new role.”


Ken and Marla Jones

Vice Chair of ATSU’s Board of Trustees Ken Jones, D.O., and his wife, Marla, attended the banquet at the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona . Dr. Jones gave a welcome from the board at the school’s inaugural commencement ceremony on June 3.


Michael French, co-director of A.T. Still University’s Area Health Education Centers Program at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, was elected president of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health (MCOH) at its membership meeting held in Columbia, Mo., on June 17. MCOH is a statewide organization whose mission is to “improve oral health for all Missourians through public awareness and sound public policy.” Among the organizational partners in the Coalition are the Missouri Primary Care Association, Missouri Dental Association, Missouri Dental Hygienists Association, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance and Missouri Area Health Education Centers. In addition to his role with ATSU and MCOH, French also serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Rural Health Association and board of trustees of the National Rural Health Association.

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