Still Magazine


A rundown of all the latest in alumni news

Varidin named Great Pioneer
ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Plato E. Varidin, D.O., ‘54, was selected as one of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine

New staff named to serve alumni
Kamila Scott, originally from Imbler, Ore., is a new assistant director, alumni services

Donor Recognition
The latest news on ATSU donors

Thunderbirds give $75K to DCW
Despite lean times, one charity wants to give more. In a significant community investment to increase access to oral care for the uninsured and underinsured in the West Valley, Thunderbirds Charities has awarded $75,000 to expand Dental Care West (DCW), a university affiliated dental clinic run by ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

faculty news

An overview of all the latest faculty news

In Memoriam
ATSU pays tribute to the following graduates

From the archives
Dr. A.T. Still worked to improve the rope treatment technique by creating a wooden base and leather strap.

Daddy's girls
Twins emulate their father's passion for providing dental care for the poor

66th KCOM grad set to take AOA’s helm
Drs. Levine will become first father-son AOA presidents

A true gift
OT alumna helps others return to life

Improving global health one program, one smile at a time
As a volunteer with Operation Smile, which he has been involved with for seven years, Tom DiDonna, D.H.Sc., ’10, travels into developing countries prior to surgical missions to provide life-saving training in pediatric and adult advanced resuscitation certification courses.

The road now taken
As an undergraduate with two loves, Keith Kattner, D.O., ’89, had to make a choice – to pursue a career in medicine or art.

Letters »

President's Letter
by President Jack Magruder

Editor's Letter
by Kathryn Stroppel

ASDOH gives kids a smile
Sixteen low-income elementary school children in Greater Phoenix will receive comprehensive oral care thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Phoenix Suns Charities to ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

O’Brien honored with President’s Service Awardr
Andrea O’Brien, M.S., associate director of admissions, has earned the prestigious 2010 United States President’s Volunteer Service Award

Good news
The United Health Foundation recently expanded this program by providing an additional $50,000 loanship to a qualifying ASDOH graduating dentist in 2010-11

Suzewits is acting dean
Jeff Suzewits, D.O., ‘88, M.P.H., associate dean for clinical educational affairs, academic officer for OPTIK, and associate professor of Family Medicine, has been named acting dean of ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine until July 1, 2011, while dean Philip Slocum, D.O., ’76, is on requested medical leave.

SOMA accreditation continued
The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation has continued its Provisional Accreditation of ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

From bench to bedside Researchers collaborate at IBRS 2010
More than 80 students, faculty, professionals, and guests gathered October 9 in the Connell Information Technologies Center on ATSU’s Missouri campus for the second annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium

University nets $5.86 million in HRSA grants
Services Administration (HRSA) granted ATSU eight awards totaling more than $5.86 million

NEMO Triathlon makes a splash
A.T. Still University’s 26th annual Northeast Missouri (NEMO) Triathlon was held September 12 at Thousand Hills State Park

Human Movement program holds institute
In August, ATSU-ASHS’ Human Movement program held its second institute at the Phoenix-East Mesa Hilton in Mesa

PTs earn white coats
ASHS’ Physical Therapy program held its annual white coat and pinning ceremony June 21 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa

ATSU considers adding second dental school
ATSU is considering requests by three groups based in southern California, central Florida, and Kirksville to bring to those regions the university’s successful and innovative dentistry program

Welcome, class of 2014
On August 21, ATSU-KCOM‘s newest class of 172 medical students participated in the Induction and White Coat Ceremony

D.H.Sc. student recognized in NurseWeek
Glenn Pascual, D.H.Sc., ’11, has been named as a finalist for NurseWeek’s 2010 Excellence Awards under the management category. NurseWeek’s Nursing Excellence Awards program recognizes the extraordinary contributions of California and Mountain West nurses

ATSU Arizona students celebrate milestone
More than 300 ATSU students confirmed their professional commitment at the annual white coat and pinning ceremony at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater on July 19 in Mesa

Expert on heat illness/stroke visits ASHS
ATSU-ASHS’ Athletic Training program held an educational seminar for students on exertional heat illness titled “Current concepts regarding the prevention, recognition, and treatment of exertional heat stroke,” presented by Douglas Casa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, FNATA

President Emeritus to receive AAO Academy Award
Fred C. Tinning, Ph.D., who served as KCOM president from 1984- 1996, will receive the American Academy of Osteopathy’s 11th annual Academy Award in recognition of his support of osteopathic philosophy, principles, and practices

Native plants topic of museum’s annual tea
The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, formerly known as the Still National Osteopathic Museum, held its annual garden tea event in June. Jason Haxton, museum director, spoke on “Native Plants – Native Cures.”

Fresh paint for a bright future
The water tower on the Missouri campus was painted and branded with the ATSU logo in Fall 2010. The ATSU and Kirksville communities gathered in October for the official unveiling, seen live on local TV

ASDOH graduates second orthodontic class
ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s Orthodontic department celebrated the graduation of its second class of residents at the University Club in Phoenix on Aug. 12

AOA honors President Magruder
President Jack Magruder has been recognized by the AOA with an American Osteopathic Association presidential citation for his dedication to advancing ATSU’s mission and that of osteopathic medicine, for initiating a long-range plan that will ensure the university’s continued success, and for transforming its schools and college into a cohesive university

Better together than alone
D.O./P.A. team, PA students honored

The last word
ATSU Online Financial Services Coordinator Misty Dawn Seidel is “obsessed” with digital photography and taking photos of nature

Arizona campus enjoys Founder’s Day under the sun
A bright and sunny 87-degree day greeted more than 400 staff, faculty, alumni, students, and their families at this year’s Founder’s Day, held Nov. 6 at ATSU’s Arizona campus

OMT challenges at the heart of a profession
Why aren’t larger numbers of osteopathic physicians using osteopathic manipulative treatment? Are osteopathic educators doing enough to educate students in OMT so that they use it in their practice? So that patients understand its value? Is there enough research to support its continuation in the world of evidence-based medicine? What is the profession without it?

Connecting the docs
Loanship benefits students, underserved

A spirit of innovation
KCOM welcomes back classes of ’60 and ’85

ASDOH students change lives in rural Mexico
David, a 6-year-old boy from Chiapas, Mexico, traveled with his family 18 hours by car to receive the second in a series of surgeries to repair his cleft lip and palate. Maria, a young woman in her 20s, walked with a noticeable limp and couldn’t use her right arm. She complained of pain in her left jaw, was diagnosed with temporal-mandibular joint dysfunction, and required multiple restorations. Neither knew their eventual transformations would involve much more than medical care

ASHS holds largest graduation to date
484 students earn master of science or doctoral degrees

An inside look at The Healing Touch
Painter Patricia DeLoss McWilliams was commissioned to create this painting for ATSU, which is meant to inspire and reaffirm the importance to all health professionals of the sacred relationship shared with patients and their families

From logs to hogs, Mexican freighters to blushing brides
Stories on the journey to discovery