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ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences presents awards to class of 2022

Li-Shann Bigby, right, poses with her Leadership Award from ATSU-ASHS Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Bigby is pictured with Lacee Andrews, MS, instructor.

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences’ (ATSU-ASHS) programs recently presented awards and scholarships to members of the class of 2022, faculty, and staff.

Honors included:

ATSU-ASHS’ Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program

DMSc Capstone Award of Excellence

Daniel Anderson, DMSc, ’22, PA-CA 

“Cross-Sectional Study of Physician Assistant Student Perceptions of Online Education Manuscript”

Dr. Jeff Alexander, capstone faculty advisor

Lisa Clemens, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

“The Efficacy and Cost-effectiveness of a Simulation-based Primary Care Procedural Skills Training Program for Advanced Practice Providers”

Dr. Kevin Kupferer, capstone faculty advisor

Jill Cunningham, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

“Assessing Physician Assistant Faculty Attitudes Towards and Willingness to Incorporate Mindfulness-Based Training into their Didactic Curriculum”

Dr. Kevin Kupferer, capstone faculty advisor

Lamia Laloui, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

“The Impact of Taxane-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy on Breast, Lung, Ovarian, and Prostate Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life: A Literature Review”

Dr. Larry Fisher, capstone faculty advisor

Melissa Ricker, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

“Fellowship ROI”

Dr. Michael Champion, capstone faculty advisor

Howard Ritz, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

“Otolaryngology Physician Assistant Workplace Curriculum”

Dr. Jeff Alexander, capstone faculty advisor

Sherrill Schaaf, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

“Pain Catastrophizing Predicts Medical Disability among US Active-Duty Service Members with Chronic Pain”

Dr. Larry Fisher, capstone faculty advisor

Larissa Wiley, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

“Medicare Chronic Care Management”

Dr. Michael Champion, capstone faculty advisor

DMSc Student Leadership Recognition

Tess Coon, DMSc, ’22, PA-C, class president

Jessica Grice, DMSc, ’22, PA-C, vice president

Kevin Hickman, DMSc, (Dec. ’22), PA-C, USA representative

DMSc Student Ambassador Recognition

Raquel Barreto, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

Kim DeVore, DMSc, ’22, PA-C

Lee Dockins, DMSc, Dec. ’22, PA-C

Laura Solano, DMSc, Dec. ’22, PA-C

ATSU-ASHS Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program

Outstanding Applied Research Capstone: Ilyssa Ruzan, Melanie Tuell, Kathryn Russell, Nathan Suyematsu, Kelsie Mazur, Bradyk Englestead, Mark Jarecki, and Nathan Henderson

Honorable mention (for applied Research Capstone): Kendra Underwood, McKenzie Payne, Carmen Nightingale, and Emily Merhavy

Academic Achievement (top 10%): Courtney VanDamme, Loshua Layton, Kathryn Russell, Doran Porter, Kelsey Cring, and Miche Nakata

Academic Achievement (4.0 GPA): Jessica Norstrom

Clinical Education Award: Ilsa Jones

Clinical Educator of the Year: J. A. Graves

Clinical Education Site of the Year: OrthoArizona

Professionalism in PT: Kathryn Russell, Blair Lebeck

Perseverance Award: Mark Jarecki

ATSU Mission Award: Omar Gomez

Perrys Passion for Service Award: Cassie Harris-Kinnick

Mason Vigg Scholarship award: Kendra Underwood

Pro-Bono National Honor Society: McKenzie Payne, Kendra Underwood, Cassie Harris-Kinnick, Itzel Jimenez, Matt Nelson, and Daniel Schuler

APTA Centennial Scholars Program: Taylor Davis

PT Honor Society: Kathryn Russell

Military Recognition: Robert Vasquez, Carmen Nightingale

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program

Academic Achievement: Lauren Hollister

Academic Achievement: Colleen Wolf

Spirit of OT Service: Aminah Khinnarath

Leadership: Li-Shann Bigby

Doctor of Occupational Therapy program

Academic Achievement: Madison Cherry

Spirit of OT Service: Tim Filion

Leadership: Kara Gore

Doctor of Audiology program

Outstanding Student in Audiology Award: Danica Noskey

Outstanding Student in Audiology Award: Allie Adams

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