Class notesPosted: July 11, 2018
Joseph Turcillo Jr., DO, MD, FACP, ’59, Malibu, California, was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) Awards Gala in Los Angeles on March 21. For the past 14 years, Dr. Turcillo has served as a volunteer medical practitioner at MEND, a nonprofit organization that provides care to people living in poverty. In addition, he is a member of the Medical Education Committee of Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and serves on the board of governors of City of Hope.
Keith D. Peterson, DO, ’60, Lacey, Washington, recently moved from Phoenix to be with family.
Edward G. Stiles, DO, FAAO, ’65, Lexington, Kentucky, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Committee on Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy on March 23 at the academy’s annual convocation in Dallas.
W. Hadley Hoyt, DO, ’68, Osage Beach, Missouri, celebrated his 50th year of practicing medicine. He is currently a physician at Jefferson City Medical Group ENT & Sinus Surgery Clinic.
Gary M. Kilian, DO, ’73, currently volunteers with church administration and a local stable. He enjoys bowhunting, canoeing/kayaking, and spending time with his 10 children and 15 grandchildren.
Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP dist., ’73, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in March.
Ernestina T. Agresti, DO, ’75, a family practitioner at Sierra Rose Family Physicians, affiliated with the Sutter Roseville Center, was named a 2018 Top Doctor in Roseville, California.
Andrew B. Limbert, DO, ’75, Clarkston, Michigan, was recertified in orthopedic surgery. He practices at Oakland Bone & Joint Surgery PC in Bloomfield Hills.
Mark D. Schneider, DO, ’76, was named a 2017 Top Doctor in Downey, California. He was also recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional of the Year in the field of medicine. Currently, he serves as program director of the Family Medicine program at PIH Health – Downey Hospital. Dr. Schneider also holds academic positions with Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific as an associate professor of family medicine and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California and Nevada as an adjunct assistant professor of family medicine.
Charles W. Craft, DO, ’78, joined Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine as adjunct assistant clinical professor of family medicine and Mercy Clinic Health System, Fort Smith, as a staff physician in fall 2017.
Dixie J. Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP, ’80, was named the 2018 president of the American Osteopathic Foundation in January. In addition, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in March.
Michael E. Murray, DO, ’83, retired from hair transplantation after 30 years. His current interests include golf, guns, art collection, and car collection.
Catherine M. Kimball, DO, ’85, Waterville, Maine, was installed as the 2018-19 president of the American Academy of Osteopathy on March 24. Dr. Kimball has been in private practice for more than 30 years and has served as chief of staff for Inland Hospital since 2012. She is board certified in osteopathic manipulative medicine and family practice.
David Bremer, DO, ’89, a family medicine physician, retired in December after 37 years of practice. He was a member of the medical staff at MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare and served as its chief of staff in 1995, 2003, 2011, and 2012. Dr. Bremer delivered several generations of babies in Clare and cared for thousands of area residents. He also served as the athletic physician for Clare Public Schools and as an advisory board member for Tendercare Inc.
Richard Tomczyk Jr., DO, ’90, joined Lehigh Valley Physician Group Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American College of Surgeons.
Steven DeLee, DO, ’96, joined Hazel Dell Family Care at Riverview Health in Carmel, Indiana.
Gregory Lakin, DO, JD, ’98, was named chief medical officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in January. Dr. Lakin currently serves as medical director for Valley Hope Rehabilitation Center.
Saroj Misra, DO, ’98, received the Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in March.
Kelly D. Burchett, DO, ’99, Centerville, Iowa, joined Mercy Medical Center-Centerville as an otolaryngology specialist. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
Pedram Ilbeigi, DO, ’00, a urologist with the Urological Institute of High Desert, and affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center and Victor Valley Global Medical Center, was named a 2018 Top Doctor in Apple Valley, Colorado.
Mona Sedrak, MS, PA-C, ’00, joined the University of Cincinnati Clermont College as the new associate dean of academic affairs in February. She previously served as senior associate dean of academic affairs in the School of Health & Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
Tonia L. Skakalski, DO, ’00, Sharon, Pennsylvania, joined Steward Medical Group as an OB-GYN physician in March. She is board certified and is a fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Bret Ripley, DO, ’01, was appointed dean of Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, effective Jan. 1. He served as chair of the college’s Family and Internal Medicine department since 2013, as well as interim dean in 2015 and 2017.
Michael D. Mauro, DO, ’04, is the new orthopedic spine surgery specialist at Healthpointe in Southern California. As a board-certified spine surgery specialist, Dr. Mauro specializes in general orthopedic disorders as well as cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal disorders.
Robert C. Trotter, MS, PA-C, ’04, Sandpoint, Idaho, joined Kaniksu Health Services’ Veterans Clinic specializing in family and emergency medicine. Trotter has been practicing medicine for 23 years, most of which has been in underserved areas of Alaska.
Christopher J. Wolf, DO, ’04, Chesterfield, Missouri, joined Bluetail Medical Group as a sports medicine and regenerative orthopedic specialist in November. In addition to his role, Dr. Wolf is team physician for the North American Prospects Hockey League CarShield AAA Hockey teams in St. Louis.
Jamie Moenster, DO, ’05, became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons during the convocation ceremony at the November 2017 annual Clinical Congress in San Diego. Dr. Moenster is currently practicing at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona with offices in Tucson and Sierra Vista.
Maj. Matthew D. Kuhnle, DO, ’06, was selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel. From November 2016 to May 2016, he was deployed as the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Syria surgeon.
Heather O’Laughlin, AuD, ’06, opened Lane Audiology Clinic, an affiliate of Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, Louisiana. She is licensed by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Pathologists and Audiologists and is certified in clinical competence by the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Stella Turk, AuD, ’06, Poughkeepsie, New York, was appointed college registrar at State University of New York at New Paltz in January. She previously served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders.
Katherine Tucker Whitfield, DO, ’06, joined Paris Women’s Center in Paris, Tennessee, as an OB-GYN physician. She was previously a staff physician with the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Jonni McClure, AuD, ’07, joined Mimbres Valley Medical Group in Deming and Silver City, New Mexico.
Denise Sheppard, AuD, ’07, Calhoun, Georgia, joined Gordon Hospital’s Ear, Nose, & Throat clinic in January.
Robin Pasquale Alverson, AuD, ’08, a practicing clinical audiologist, was reappointed to the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology.
Mike Van Manen, DO, ’08, Pueblo, Colorado, joined Hanson Clinic in Pueblo West as a general orthopedic surgeon with an emphasis in tactical sports medicine. He previously served in the U.S. Navy for nine years, including a four-year tour at Naval Hospital Twenty-nine Palms in California.
David Ballou, MS, ’09, is the new head strength and conditioning coach for Indiana Hoosiers football. A former Hoosier fullback, Ballou spent 2017 as University of Notre Dame’s co-director of football strength and conditioning.
Coty L. Richardson, MS, ’10, Eugene, Oregon, opened a fitness facility specializing in corrective exercise and performance enhancement.
Michael G. Saper, DO, ’10, became an assistant professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in March 2017. He is the first DO in this department. His clinical responsibilities are at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a dual fellowship-trained sports medicine and pediatric orthopedic surgeon. His subspecialty is pediatric and adolescent sports medicine.
Adam T. Waterman, DO, ’10, joined The Corvallis Clinic’s Immediate Care Center in Corvallis, Oregon, as a family medicine physician in November. He previously served at the Bangor Health Clinic at U.S. Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington, where he practiced in 2016-17. He also practiced in the Family Medicine Department at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam from 2013-16.
Sarah Coors, DO, ’11, completed a clinical fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children’s Hospital in June and started working as an attending neonatologist at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston in July. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dr. Coors plans to move to South Asia in summer 2018 to work as an academic neonatologist in a developing country, teaching and improving care for babies and children.
Clarence R. Brackett, PT, DPT, OMT-C, ’12, Cowpens, South Carolina, has been a physical therapy clinician for 17 years. He currently works in an outpatient setting at a hospital in Spartanburg.
A 1999 graduate from the Master of Physical Therapy program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Brackett completed the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at ATSU in 2012 and a manual certification series from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2013. His work was recognized in the community newspaper by a former patient who received comprehensive care on her road to recovery.
Dr. Brackett has been a loyal supporter of the Mason Vig Memorial Scholarship in ATSU’s Physical Therapy department. His passion for orthopedics allows him to strive for greater opportunities and more educational adventures in the future. Aspiring to teach one day in the profession, he hopes to gain additional manual skills, provide services to the sports environment, and encourage clinicians of the next generation.
Allison Tims, DO, ’12, is a new family medicine physician with Dignity Health Medical Group – North State in Redding and Redd Bluff, California.
J. Wyatt Lines, DMD, ’13, Silver City, New Mexico, was selected as Hidalgo Medical Services’ (HMS) chief dental officer in February. He served as the primary dentist at the HMS Lordsburg Clinic since October 2015.
Robert MacArthur IV, DMD, MPH, ’13, is the new dentist for Aleutian Family Dentistry Inc. in Unalaska, Alaska.
Cynthia Cruz, PT, DPT, ’15, received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the ATSU-ASHS Alumni Chapter Board. The award honors graduates who have attained local, national, or international distinction. Dr. Cruz’s contributions to her field include educating students, alumni, and clinical instructors about advanced degrees in physical therapy. She has encouraged more than 30 physical therapists in Puerto Rico to pursue a doctorate, elevating the profession and improving patient care.
Matthew Nelson, DO, MPH, ’15, was named Outstanding Resident of the Year in Family Medicine by the American Osteopathic Foundation and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. The ATSU-SOMA alumnus is a third-year resident with an honors track in obstetrics at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Lauren Boucher, OTD, ’16, MS, OTR/L, ’14, Wharton, New Jersey, was selected as the 2017-18 Jefferson Township Public Schools Educator of the Year. She received her recognition and honors at the Chamber of Commerce dinner on April 12.
Hareem Hasan, MS, ’16, and Sarah Everman, PhD, assistant professor, kinesiology, ATSU-CGHS, co-authored an article titled “Elevated Hemoglobin A1C is Significantly Associated with Decreased Post-Exercise Heart Rate Recovery in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus,” which was published in November 2017 in the International Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Research.
Veeve Holtz, MS, ’17, recently published her book, “FKS MedFit Presents: A Solution to Avoiding Falls in Older Adults: Aging Has Ups and Downs— Falls Shouldn’t Have Anything to Do with Them!” The book relates to her passion for helping older adults improve their health and well-being, with the specific goal of helping them avoid falling.
Holtz is a graduate of ATSU-CGHS’ Kinesiology program with concentrations in geriatric exercise science, corrective exercise, and orthopedic rehabilitation. During her time as a student, she was the first at the College to participate and become a master trainer for the Still Standing Fall Prevention Outreach Program.
Kirsten Linaker, DMD, ’17, joined Davenport & Davenport Dental Practice in Tucson, Arizona.
James Randolph, PT, DPT, ’17, and his wife, Amy Randolph, PT, wrote “B Is for Biceps: Anatomy for Children,” an interactive rhyming book that uses the alphabet to teach children anatomical terms.