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Archive for March, 2010

Two recent graduates from ATSU-ASHS’ Transitional Audiology program were named Professional Leadership Award recipients by the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA).

Award winner Johnnie Sexton, Au.D., ’10, has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing for 33 years, and was one of the first educational audiologists in North Carolina. He is also founder and chair of Project EARS, a non-profit foundation dedicated to issues related to children with hearing loss.

Award winner Kristiina Huckabay, AuD., ’10, served as clinic supervisor at Virginia Mason Center in Seattle, Wash., where she coordinated annual CEU conferences for the Listen for Life Center and a Dreambuilder’s Ball. She has also served as a faculty member at the University of Washington as a lecturer and clinical supervisor.

Both award recipients were nominated by the ATSU-ASHS Audiology program faculty and chair and submitted to the AFA for consideration. They were chosen based on their positive attitude, strong work ethic, involvement in professional activities, quality patient care, and services for underserved patients.



ATSU Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM

ATSU Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, has been named for a second consecutive year to the coveted annual list of “Top Docs” in Phoenix Magazine. Dr. Phelps is listed as one of the Valley’s top sports medicine doctors, a specialty that has only been part of the issue for two years.

“It is humbling to be selected, as there are many great physicians working hard each and every day to help their patients and community,” said Dr. Phelps. “I am thankful to ATSU for a great education and opportunity to still see patients, and all of the docs who have mentored me along the way. And of course to Stacy, my spouse, who puts up with all the late night and weekend, calls, games, and travel.”

Phoenix Magazine features 689 of the Valley’s best physicians in 44 different specialties, as chosen by their peers. In addition to serving as the university’s provost, Dr. Phelps is in private practice and is the team physician for the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.


Nets for Nets tournament winners, The Madmen

Students from ASHS and SOMA recently put their hoop skills to the test during the Nets for Nets basketball tournament held on March 20 at Skyline Park in Mesa, Ariz. The event was sponsored by the American Medical Student Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Nine teams from SOMA and ASHS participated, and the Madmen team from the ASHS Physician Assistant program won the tournament.

Each player’s $10 entrance fee was donated to Nothing But Nets, a non-profit organization that sends mosquito nets to Africa to help protect families from malaria. In addition, ASHS and SOMA faculty and staff also donated money, making a total donation of $1050.

“This event is important because we can help change people’s lives by making a nominal donation,” said Amber van den Raadt, SOMA ‘13. “A day of fun at the park with a little healthy competition out on the basketball court could potentially save a life that might have been lost due to malaria.”


ATSU-ASHS online Advanced Physician Assistant program student Elaine Yildiz has been named a “Top Doc” by the Silver Star Families of America and MilitaryConnection.com. She is currently a  physician assistant at North Chicago VA Medical Center.

This patient-nominated and patient-selected award is designed to recognize excellence in military and veterans healthcare. According to Dr. Chowdary Jampala, Yildiz’s supervisor, Yildiz “exemplifies the VA’s commitment to integrating mental health and primary care.”

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ATSU-ASHS Athletic Training program faculty member Tamara McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, was featured on FOX 10 news Friday, March 12 in a story about sport-related concussions in young athletes. Dr. McLeod and her research team were recently awarded a $102,153 grant from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment to continue sport-related concussion research.