Leadership Team

Ann Lee Burch

Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences

Phone: 480.219.6061
Email: aburch@atsu.edu

Dr. Ann Lee Burch is the dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Dr. Burch received her EdD, from Teachers College Columbia University in 2005, her Masters of Public Health from Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and her Masters of Science from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1989. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a major in Psychology in 1981. Prior to her appointment as Dean, Dr. Burch served as the vice dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. She began her service to A.T. Still University as Chair of Physical Therapy within the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2008.

Dr. Burch’s past professional experiences include her appointments as Director of Physical Therapy at the International Center for the Disabled in NYC, Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Centro Medico Campus and faculty positions at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Mercy College and the University of New England. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of Common Sense Media’s advisory board for the Arizona branch.

Dr. Burch resides in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband Steve and has three adult children, Andres, Ruby and Trevor who live, work and learn in NYC and Chicago.


marlene salas-provance

Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Vice Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences

Email: marlenesalasprovance@atsu.edu

Dr. Salas-Provance, is professor and vice dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Salas-Provance received her doctorate in speech science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her masters of health administration from the University of Missouri School of Medicine-Columbia. She holds both a bachelors and masters in Speech Pathology from New Mexico State University.

Prior to her appointment as vice dean, Dr. Salas-Provance served as associate dean of academic and student affairs for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. She served as assistant dean and chair in the College of Education, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montevallo (AL). She held faculty positions at Fontbonne College and St. Louis University, in St. Louis, MO.

She has made extensive professional contributions to the American, Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA), serving on the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, member of the Financial Planning Board, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations and was a founding member and coordinator of SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is an ASHA Fellow and received ASHA’s highest awards for “Special Recognition in Multicultural Affairs” and “Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement.”

Dr.Salas-Provance has served as a clinical educator throughout her academic career, especially related to children with cleft lip and palate. She is a member of an international medical team with Rotaplast International and has traveled worldwide for over 15 years to provide clinical services to children with cleft palate. She implemented a program for graduate students in speech pathology to provide clinical services in Spanish to children with cleft palate in Lima, Peru. In addition to Lima, Peru she has provided clinical services in China, Bangladesh, Philippines, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Venezuela.

Dr. Salas-Provance is coauthor of the textbook Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech-Language and Hearing Science (Plural Publishing, 2019) which meets the needs for training students in healthcare professions regarding practice with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Her research is focused on attitudes towards disability by diverse populations and addressing the use of language interpreters during healthcare and educational encounters.

Over the past ten years she has lectured extensively to international audiences, both in English and Spanish, including as invited speaker for the Congreso Internacional en Trastornos de la Comunicacion at Escuela de Fonoaudiologia (Speech Language Pathology / Audiology) de la Universidad de Talca, Chile and for the Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Lima, Peru, Endoscopic Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. She was invited keynote speaker for the First International Congress in Speech-Language Pathology and Orthodontics in the area of cleft lip and palate in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Salas-Provance was selected for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Program and attended the National Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington DC (2017) for advancing female executives in higher education.


Department Staff

Linda Brozewicz, MS
Data Manager

Mellissa Eisenmann Conrad
Executive Assistant to the Dean

Sheree Fiske
Clinical Affairs Officer

Kristen Harris, MBA
Financial Manager

Amber Kuamo’o, BS
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice Dean

Faculty and staff

The ATSU-ASHS faculty philosophy is to provide students with a combination of personal attention and pedagogical expertise. To ensure each student has a thorough understanding of required material, faculty use a variety of teaching techniques, incorporating technology and hands-on experience. Whether it is through office visits, additional reference materials, tutoring programs, or review sessions, students have diverse support systems to make the most of their education.

Many full-time faculty members at ASHS are active practitioners in their respective fields and/or participating in state and national associations. Each faculty member is committed to teaching students the most current techniques and principles. This includes extensive interprofessional opportunities for both students and faculty.

Students interact with their peers in other healthcare professions in the anatomy and research courses, for example, which are taught by faculty across healthcare fields. The student-run probono clinic presents an excellent opportunity for faculty to practice their clinical expertise while providing an interdisciplinary experience for students.

Across the School, faculty are dedicated to their scholarly endeavors through successes in grant writing, publications and presentations across many professional venues and active research in the Interdisciplinary Research Center on campus.

As part of the School’s focus on promoting community engagement, faculty join students in innovative service projects and community partnerships especially as they meet the needs of underserved populations.