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Julian Gershon, DO, ’52, Englewood, Florida, retired at age 92 after practicing medicine for 64 years.

Julian Gershon

Dr. Gershon

“I’ve earned my stripes; I’ve put in ’52 my time, and now it’s time for some younger docs to take over and carry on the good work.” – Dr. Julian Gershon on retirement


David D. Darden, DO, MPH, NRCME, ’69, accepted the positions of medical director, Volkswagen of America in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and medical director, Bayer Healthcare LLC in Cleveland, Tennessee.


Michael McCance, DO, FACP, FACG, ’74, joined Digestive & Liver Specialists of UP Health System – Marquette in Michigan.

Michael McCance

Dr. McCance

Darryl Beehler, DO, ’75, joined the urgent care department at Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic in Minnesota.


Edward J. Miller, DO, FACOG, ’82, relocated from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to Bisbee, Arizona. He is chief of gynecology for Copper Queen Hospital and Medical Associates.

Edward Miller

Dr. Miller

Keith Olson, DO, MHA, FACHE, FACOFP, ’84, became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Olson serves as regional medical director for Allina Health, family medicine physician at Allina Health Northfield Clinic, and member of the Board of Directors at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Minnesota.

Catherine M. Kimball, DO, C-SPOMM, ’85, was selected as American Academy of Osteopathy’s 2017-18 president-elect. Dr. Kimball is board certified in family practice and OMM and has been in private practice in Waterville, Maine, for more than 20 years.

Scott. A. Blickensderfer, DO, ’87, Granger, Indiana, was elected president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons for 2016-17.

Wayne T. Prokott, DO, FAOCA, ’89, was appointed president of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists in September 2016. He is an anesthesiologist at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan. He also serves as medical director of the Surgery Center at Health Park and as director of anesthesia services at Health Park Endoscopy Center.


Gregory J. Lawler, DO, ’93, was recognized as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member by Continental Who’s Who in recognition of his contributions to the healthcare field. Dr. Lawler is a physician at Bergen Pain Management.

Ryan J. Minnich, DO, ’94, joined the International Association of HealthCare Professionals with his publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Minnich is a family physician at Fayette Regional Primary Care Center in Connersville, Indiana.

J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP, ’94, was named chief health and medical officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in November 2016.

Alicia M. Kuper, DO, ’96, Hilliard, Ohio, is working for Nationwide Children’s Hospital/ Pediatric Academic Association and Ohio State University doing  ambulatory pediatrics.

Craig W. Burns, DO, ’98, joined Florida Hospital Physician Group at the North Pinellas Medical Center in Palm Harbor.


William R. Fulton, DO, ’01, was named chief of staff at NorthBay Healthcare Group in California. In addition, he was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Midlakes High School Graduates of Distinction program. Dr. Fulton is a 1993 graduate of Midlakes.

David G. Sharp, DO, CMD, FACOI, ’02, internal medicine physician at Internal Medicine Physicians PC, was named a 2016 Top Doctor in Omaha, Nebraska.

Rose Bongiovanni, AuD, ’03, was appointed vice president of strategic accounts for Phonak LLC.

Rose Bongiovanni

Dr. Bongiovanni

Dawn Gleason, AuD, ’03, president and CEO of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in central Ohio, retired Dec. 31.

Aaron Florence, DO, ’04, Estes Park, Colorado, is the new chief of staff for Estes Park Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Adam D. Bell, DO, ’08, general surgeon at Valley Medical Center, was named a 2016 Top Doctor in Lewiston, Idaho.

David Lemons, DO, ’09, joined Cox Heart Center Branson in September. He specializes in interventional cardiology.

David Lemons

Dr. Lemons

Katie S. Murray, DO, ’09, joined the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, as the medical director of urologic oncology at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.


Brian Parks, DO, ’10, joined Central Illinois Associates and HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Center for Interventional Pain Management as an anesthesiologist and pain management physician.

Brian Parks

Dr. Parks

Cynthia Hayes, DO, ’11, otolaryngology specialist, joined the medical staff of McLaren Flint at ENT & Plastic Surgery Associates in Michigan.

Joshua Horowitz, DO, ’11, became board certified in interventional and chronic pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is a pain specialist and board-certified anesthesiologist at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, Minnesota.

Joshua Horowitz

Dr. Joshua Horowitz

Chad Englehart, MS, ’12, was promoted to head strength and conditioning coach of the Washington Redskins football team. He previously served as the team’s assistant  strength and conditioning coach.

Andrea Heller, DO, ’12, received an advanced certification in hospice and palliative care from the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Heller is on staff at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

Andrea Heller

Dr. Heller

Carl Kochan, MS, ’12, strength and conditioning coach for the San Francisco Giants baseball team, was named Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.

Justin Garrison, DO, ’13, Kingman, Arizona, completed his residency at Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) in December 2016 and has chosen to stay on staff at KRMC as a family practicioner.

“I’ve developed a relationship with my colleagues during my residency, and I feel that I have been able to get a head start on my career here.” – Dr. Justin Garrison on his decision to remain on staff with Kingman Regional Medical Center

Jan Jones-Schenk, DHSc, ’13; Joan Leafman, PhD, associate professor, health sciences, ATSU-CGHS; and Lisa Wallace, PhD, adjunct professor, health sciences, ATSU-CGHS, co-authored “Addressing the Cost, Value, and Student Debt in Nursing Education,” which was published in the January/February 2017 issue of Nursing Economics.

Teresa Loden, DO, ’13, joined OneWorld Community Health Centers’ Northwest Omaha clinic as a pediatric physician.

Justin Silverstein, DHSc, ’14, published his applied research project, “Causal factors for position- related SSEP changes in spinal surgery,” in the European Spine Journal. Eric Matthews, PhD, associate professor, health sciences, ATSU-CGHS, was the second author on the study and served as Dr. Silverstein’s project facilitator.

Meagen Anderson, PA-C, ’15, joined Sanford Health Fargo, specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Opal Davidson, DHSc, ’15, and Helen Salisbury, PhD, assistant professor, ATSU-CGHS, co-authored “A Comparative Descriptive Analysis of the Strategies used by Healthcare Professionals at a Rural Hospital in Jamaica to Promote Patient Safety” in the August 2016 issue of Journal of Patient Safety & Quality Improvement.

John Lenderink, PT, DPT, ’15, joined Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy in Newton, Iowa.

Matthew Nelson, DO, MPH, ’15, received first place in the American College of Osteopathic Family  Physicians’ Namey/Burnett Preventative Medicine Writing Award competition for his paper on leveraging community assets at community health centers. His paper was published in In-House Magazine in January.

Brandon B. Ryans, DHEd, ’15, MHA, ’09, joined Trident University International’s College of Health and Human Services as a full-time instructor in March.

William N. Tanyi, DHSc, ’15, MPH, ’11, was accepted into the Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership Program that began June 24 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Anneta Bitouni, DDS, MS, MPH, 2016 dental public health residency graduate, had her dental public health project accepted as a poster presentation for the American Dental Education Association annual session in March. Brittany U. Carter, DHSc, MPH, ’16, joined Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute as a research evidence analyst.

Dr. Carter and Mary Beth Kaylor, PhD, RN, adjunct professor, ATSU-CGHS, published “The use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to confirm a diagnosis of high blood pressure by U.S. primary care physicians” in Blood Pressure Monitoring. Dr. Carter co-published “Estimating data from figures using a web-based program: considerations for a systematic review” in Research Synthesis Methods and “Limitations of A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR) and suggestions for improvement” in Systematic Reviews. In addition, she presented a poster, “Declarations of interest management in guidelines developed by the World Health Organization,” at the September 2016 Guidelines International Network conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Oroma B. Nwanodi, DHSc, ’16; Helen Salisbury, PhD, assistant professor, ATSU-CGHS; and Curtis Bay, PhD, professor, ATSU-ASHS, authored “Multimodal counseling interventions: Effect on human papillomavirus vaccination acceptance,” which was included in the May 2016 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Mary McCabe Paine, DHSc, MPhil, RN, ’16, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, joined Hayes Inc. as director of clinical services.


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