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DentalA.T. Still University (ATSU) received gifts in kind valued at almost $325,000 from Sirona Dental Systems LLC.  Having long been a leader and innovator in the dental industry, Sirona Dental Systems LLC is the world’s largest manufacturer of dental technology

ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) plans to use the equipment to enhance and further educate the students during their first and second years in Kirksville. This will prepare them for their third and fourth years at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic.

“The CEREC equipment from Sirona will allow MOSDOH dental students to learn the most updated technology in dental ceramics while in a pre-clinical setting, working hands-on with digital impressions, computer-assisted design, and chair side milling of final dental restorations,” said Allison Crutchfield, DMD, ’09, director, pre-clinical education and simulation clinic.

Sirona Dental Systems LLC also provided gifts in kind to ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Ariz. Students are able to utilize the newer technology for their pre-clinicals before they work on an actual patient.

“The advanced technology gives us the opportunity to educate the students and better prepare them to compete for future job opportunities,” said Klud Razoky, BDS, associate dean, pre-clinical education & operations.

ATSU will continue to utilize the gifts in kind from Sirona Dental Systems LLC to provide the most advanced dental education for the students.


photoA.T. Still University (ATSU) welcomed representatives from Hawaii’s Chaminade University to the Missouri campus. Brother Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD, president of Chaminade University, was joined by associate provost, Patricia Lee-Robinson. Brother Ploeger and Robinson gave a presentation about Chaminade University and its mission to Hawaii, its commitment to preparing health care professionals, and the similarities between the missions of ATSU and Chaminade University.

Their speaking engagement was a part of A.T. Still Memorial Libary’s open house entitled “A Voyage to Health”. Brother Ploeger and Robinson were introduced by Jaquelynn Pratt, OMS II (KCOM). Pratt is a graduate of Chaminade University.

ATSU President, Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, FAOASM, met with Brother Ploeger, and Robinson to sign three separate articulation agreements between the two Universities to further develop the relationship between ATSU and Chaminade University. These agreements centered on the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and an over-arching agreement between Chaminade University and ATSU as a whole.

The Universities share a common mission of serving the underserved.


shineIn preparation for the new student population coming to Kirksville, Mo., A.T. Still University (ATSU) students partnered with ATSU staff members and other key community leaders to help clean up the downtown area of Kirksville. The community-wide beautification event was created to help showcase downtown. Although this event has taken place for years, Kirksville’s City Council signed a proclamation recognizing Aug. 2, 2014, as the first official Make Kirksville Shine day.

Students, faculty, and community members gathered at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and then went to work. Volunteers were provided with gloves and trash bags to aid in the cleaning efforts.

“They’re the small things we can do to make the property look more neat and tidy and reflect better on what we really are,” said Annette Sweet, Make Kirksville Shine committee member.

ATSU has been a part of this downtown cleanup for several years running. With the City Council now making it official, the amount of volunteers for next year’s event looks to be trending upward.


With the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic well underway, A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health is pleased to announce the kick-off of Missouri Smile Forward. Smile Forward is an uncompensated care fund designed to raise funds for patients with little or no dental insurance benefits and who demonstrate financial need within the new St. Louis dental clinic.

Program funding is provided through the generous support of donors, civic organizations and corporate partners. Smile Forward will grant services to hundreds of individual patients, community programs serving children, women at risk, and medically-compromised patients.

A goal of $75,000 has been put in place, and $5,000 has already been raised. Funds are raised online at www.atsu.edu/stlclinic.

Missourians, a particularly high-risk populations, continue to struggle in terms of accessing dental care services. The state ranks 41st in the nation relative to adults who visit a dentist annually. By offering funding assistance for those most in need of oral healthcare services, ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health students will obtain the variety and number of patient encounters needed to become the best and brightest dental professionals of tomorrow, while also increasing the overall health and wellness of the greater St. Louis community.



US Bank in Kirksville, MO, recently donated $500.00 to A.T. Still University (ATSU).  Half of the amount was donated to the Kirksville Preferred Merchants endowed scholarship fund, and half to the ATSU-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH) general fund.

Wayne Blackman (center) from US Bank in Kirksville presents a check to ATSU's Brooke Kelsey (left) and Cheri Coin (right)

Wayne Blackman (center) from US Bank in Kirksville presents a check to ATSU’s Brooke Kelsey (left) and Cheri Coin (right)

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