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July 11, 2018
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Anne Ackroyd, public relations specialist, communication & marketing, delivered a social media presentation in April at the Joint American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Amanda Anders, executive assistant, president’s office, participated in the Kirksville Leadership Institute through the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Miguel Castaneda, general maintenance assistant, Arizona operations, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2017.

Tonya Grimm, controller – financial reporting, finance; Courtney Bonnell, director, finance; and Richard Rieder, MBA, MM, vice president for finance, presented “Innovative Budget Modeling: Responsibility Center Management & Zero-Based Budgeting” at the National Association of College and University Business Officers 2017 Planning & Budgeting Forum in San Diego, California, in September. In January, Grimm and Bonnell presented a webinar on budgeting innovation for financial executives, which was hosted by XLerant Inc.

In October, Grimm was appointed to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.

Deanna Hunsaker, DHEd, was promoted to assistant vice president – enrollment services. She will oversee the Registrar’s Office and Student Financial Aid.

Michael Kronenfeld, MBA, MLS, university librarian, and the team at A.T. Still Memorial Library received the 2018 Thomson Reuters/ Rogers Information Advancement Award from the board of directors of the Medical Library Association.

Whitney Marrs, coordinator, enrollment services, ATSU, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2017.

James Michael Menke, PhD, associate director, A.T. Still Research Institute, received a Tier-A Pipeline to Proposal award of $49,999 from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The funding will support Dr. Menke’s research on traumatic brain injury, including patient needs, resources, and best treatment options for all patients including veterans.

In addition, Dr. Menke developed a more accurate screening tool for oral cancer, using fewer salivary biomarkers to determine the presence of the disease. His research paper was published in the November 2017 issue of Biomarkers in Cancer.

Lisa Nonnenmacher, clerical support, development, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Nancy Parrish, executive assistant, university advancement, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Cathy Poyner, MS, CPA, CITP, analyst, finance, published “Cybersecurity Risk Management: Summer Reading List” in the July-August 2017 issue of The ASSET, a publication of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accounts.

Ann Thielke, JD, RN, was named senior vice president – compliance & administration for Legacy Community Health.

Devon Williams joined Communication & Marketing on the Missouri campus as a public relations specialist in April.


Jonny Brennan, DMD, ’12, MD, MPH, ’11, became the new associate dean of innovation and curriculum last fall.

Russell Crockett, DMD, joined the School as an adjunct professor in November. Dr. Crockett completed his AEGD residency at ATSU.

Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean emeritus, was honored with Oral Health America’s Gala Tribute Award in Chicago on Feb. 21. The award recognizes individuals whose careers have influenced oral health on a regional or national level to achieve measurable change.

Mai-Ly Duong, DMD, MPH, MAEd, ’12, assistant professor, was honored with the 10 Under 10 award from the American Dental Association. The award recognizes 10 new dentists who have made a significant impact on the field less than 10 years after graduating from dental school.

In addition, Dr. Duong was awarded fellowship to the Special Care Dentistry Association in April.

Michele Fiore was promoted to executive assistant in the Dean’s Office. She previously served as senior administrative assistant to the vice dean.

Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, ’14, assistant professor, was awarded fellowship to the Special Care Dentistry Association in April.

Melissa Nieves, MBA, joined ATSU-ASDOH as a clinical technology analyst in January.

Jeff Parent, DDS, joined the School as assistant dean for student clinical progress and success. He previously served at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry where he was a clinical associate professor and served as the interim director of admissions.

Jae Park, DMD, PhD, MSD, MS, professor and chair, postgraduate orthodontics, was selected for a fellowship in the American College of Dentists in October. Dr. Park is also the new American Board of Orthodontics director representing the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.

In addition, Dr. Park’s article, “Application of palatal plate for nonextraction treatment in an adolescent boy with severe overjet,” which was co-authored by his colleagues at Catholic University of Korea, was selected Case of the Month in the December issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Seena Patel, DMD, MPH, ’10, associate director, Advanced Care Clinic, was nominated for the American Dental Association’s 10 Under 10 award, which recognizes 10 new dentists who have made a significant impact on the field less than 10 years after graduating from dental school.

Diana Paz, DBH, MEd, RDH, joined the School in October as an instructor.

Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd, associate dean, spoke at the 19th annual education sessions on patients with special needs at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston on Sept. 29.

Dr. Perry and Mai-Ly Duong, DMD, MPH, MAEd, ’12, assistant professor, developed a series of teaching modules for special needs dentistry in collaboration with the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. The 10 modules are free to access and offer dentists continuing education credits.

Ann E. Spolarich, PhD, RDH, professor and director of research, co-authored a new textbook, “Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Review of Evidence-Based Interventions for Common Oral Conditions.” Faculty members S.D. Shanti, DDS, PhD, MPH, and Marc Shlossman, DDS, MS, served as contributing writers.

Lisa Tran, DDS, MS, joined the School’s periodontal faculty as an adjunct professor in February.

Sharla Wilde, RDH, joined the School as an instructor in November.


Cailee Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC, assistant professor, athletic training, received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Young Professional Committee’s National Distinction Award.

Elliott Charrow, MS, PA-C, ’02, adjunct professor, advanced physician assistant studies, retired after 15 years of teaching occupational medicine and family medicine.

Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C emeritus, dean, and faculty members Gerry Keenan, MMS, PA-C; Sherron Cook, MS, PA-C, ’08; and Jesse Thompson, NREMT, were honored by USA Karate Arizona ASO in January for their “outstanding volunteerism and vital work in assuring competent medical services at karate tournaments and the State USA Olympic National Qualifier.”

Timothy Fearon, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, adjunct professor, physical therapy, received the 2017 Kaltenborn “Teach I Must” Award. He was recognized with this honor at the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in October.

Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD, associate professor, physical therapy, received a three-year, $384,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support her research in neurosciences and neurological disorders.

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, director, athletic training, developed an educational presentation focused on concussions, hydration and nutrition, heat illness, injury prevention, and dynamic warmups. The presentation will be delivered in conjunction with the Positive Play project, an initiative she developed in partnership with city of Mesa Parks and Recreation in 2013.


Kathy Adler, DHA, FACHE, completed peer reviewer training with the Higher Learning Commission. She was selected for Open and Standard Pathways reviews. She also completed Master Reviewer Certification through Quality Matters.

Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, ’12, dean, was appointed to the American Dental Association’s new National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards, representing dental public health.

Bethany Clatt joined the College’s academic advising team in December, working with public health students. Prior to joining ATSU-CGHS, Clatt was a member of the founding staff for ATSU-MOSDOH.

Jack Daniels, PhD, MEd, associate professor, kinesiology, was inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a 1956 and 1960 Olympic medalist in the modern pentathlon and his developments in state-of-the-art coaching techniques. He received Certificates of Recognition from the California House and Senate. He also received a Certificate of Recognition from the mayor of Redwood City, California, in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in track and field.

Paul Frizelle, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, CSCS, ’09, adjunct professor, kinesiology, completed Quality Matters training and is now a peer reviewer.

Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH, associate professor, public health, received the 2017 Evidence-Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award from the American Dental Association and American Association for Dental Research for her accomplishments in teaching and promoting evidence-based dental practice and as an advocate for improving the oral health of citizens in Florida and beyond.

Vera Mitchell, MBA, joined the ATSU-CGHS academic advising team in January, working with health sciences students. She most recently served as academic counselor and clinical placement coordinator with Apollo Education.

Keith Shah, MBA, adjunct professor, health administration, is the new system vice president for data and analytics at Palmetto Health in South Carolina.

Sheri Walters, PT, PhD(c), DPT, SCS, ATC/L, CSCS, assistant professor, kinesiology, was the athletic trainer and physical therapist for the U.S. Women’s Hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.


Ralph Boling, DO, associate professor, surgery, was selected as COMAT Examination chair of obstetrics and gynecology for the National Board of Medical Examiners National Faculty commencing in 2018.

Melissa Stuart, PhD, was named chair of the Department of Microbiology/Immunology in May.

Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, dean, was appointed chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s (AACOM) new Task Force on Ethics and Professionalism. The group is charged with evaluating professional standards and ethics, assessing any changes in curriculum design, and making necessary recommendations to further strengthen the educational system and professional standards. Dr. Wilson also joined the Women’s Health Council for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

In February, Dr. Wilson received the Black Diamond District Champion Volunteer Award and served as the keynote speaker at the Boy Scouts of America Black Diamond District banquet.

In addition, Dr. Wilson and several faculty and staff members from ATSU-KCOM were featured in the January/February 2018 edition of Missouri Medicine. Those featured include Patricia Sexton, DHEd, FNAOME, associate dean, curriculum; Tatyana Kondrashova, MD, PhD, associate professor, family medicine; Peter Kondrashov, PhD, chair, anatomy; Jeremy Houser, PhD, associate professor, anatomy; Melissa Stuart, PhD, chair, microbiology/immunology; Benjamin Schrant, DO, assistant professor, surgery; Lisa Archer, RN, BSN, director, simulation & performance assessment; and Robert Long, technician, curriculum.


Dale DeWan, DMD, MS, returned to his position as director of integrated human sciences. In addition to teaching, Dr. DeWan will serve as a liaison between ATSU-KCOM and ATSU-MOSDOH faculty and help develop a curriculum that prepares students for the Integrated National Dental Board Examination from a biomedical standpoint.

Ammar Musawi, MDS, was appointed as the School’s director of preclinical education and simulation clinic on the Missouri campus. Dr. Musawi served as interim director before accepting this position.


Joy Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, professor, worked with the American Osteopathic Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop an app that combats overuse of antibiotics. The app, called Prognosis SOMA: Antibiotics, uses a game to educate students and clinicians on appropriate prescription of antibiotics.

In October, Dr. Lewis was one of three speakers in an American Medical Association webinar, which was the final part of a three-part series on improving medical education to enhance patient care. During her section, she spoke about how ATSU-SOMA integrates students into the community to be trained in identifying social and economic factors that affect a patient’s health and wellness.

Catherine Shanahan, MD, regional director of medical education, HealthSource of Ohio, was named the 2018 Juan Carlos Olivares Hometown Scholar Advocate of the Year. Hometown Scholars is an initiative of the National Association of Community Health Centers in partnership with ATSU.

Bonnie Wong, DO, ’12, joined A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medicine Center Arizona in December.

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