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Edward Stiles, DO, ’65, presented “Use of Sequenced OMT (Osteopathic Manual Treatment) and AGR-H model to Identify and Resolve Control Parameters inhibiting Optimal Motor Control in a BioTensegrity System: Measured Utilizing a Pressure Sensitive Treadmill” at the 2018 International Fascia Research Congress in Berlin.


Gary G. Doss, DO, ’78, Port Huron, Michigan, retired from his orthopedic surgery practice in September. In his 35-year career, Dr. Doss has received many honors, including the Friend of Kids Award from Port Huron Schools, Michigan State Medical Society Community Service Award, Special Recognition Award from Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and Humanitarian Award from St. Louis Metropolitan Hospital Association.


Robert Jackson, DO, ’81, Kirksville, Missouri, received the 2018 Medical Honoree Award from the Arthritis Foundation of Missouri. The award is presented annually to a member of the medical community who has dedicated his or her career to improving patient outcomes and reducing the suffering of those afflicted with arthritis.

Dr. Jackson is a rheumatologist and is the president and founder of Premier Specialty Network (PSN). His organization provides medical specialists to rural community and critical access hospitals where specialty care might not otherwise be available. PSN offers outreach specialists to hospitals in numerous states, including Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Kentucky.

Dr. Jackson previously served as associate dean of academic affairs and chair and associate professor of internal medicine at ATSU-KCOM.

Steven F. Rubin, DO, FACOFP dist., ’84, received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). Dr. Rubin is a family medicine physician in Paramus, New Jersey, and is affilated with Valley Hospital. The ACOFP Lifetime Achievement Award honors outstanding individuals who have demonstrated career-long service to patients, osteopathic family medicine, and ACOFP.


David Sly, DO, FAAFP, ’90, Sioux City, Iowa, joined Unity-Point Clinic Family Medicine – Sunnybrook.

J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP, ’93, chief health and medical officer for NASA, delivered the keynote address for Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s 2018 White Coat Ceremony.

Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, ’94, was named a 2019 Top Doctor for cardiovascular disease by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Scott Mattoon, MS, PA-C, ’99, joined Interlakes Orthopaedic Surgery in Geneva, New York.


Larry Engelmann, AuD, MS, ’00, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a past president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. He recently published a two-part article titled “Branding the Lie or Branding the Truth: The Need to Differentiate Audiologists from Hearing Aid Dealers” in Audiology Today.

Ernest C. Edwards, AuD, ’01, Lynchburg, Virginia, retired after 53 years as a professional audiologist.

Jodi Glass, AuD, ’02, was elected to Aldersbridge Communities Board. Dr. Glass will serve as a trustee for the nonprofit organization, which provides long-term care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and independent living services for seniors in Rhode Island.

Josh L. Leahy, MS, PA-C, ’04, Mesa, Arizona, received the Aces of Hearts award from Arizona Emergency Medical Systems Inc. for saving a fellow mountain biker after cardiac arrest in 2018.

Aaron Newcomb, DO, ’04, Carbondale, Illinois, earned his board certification in preventive medicine. As a physician at Shawnee Health Care, he is also board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine.

Jamie L. Wagner, DO, FACOS, ’04, presented the 2018 Fred C. Tinning, PhD, Founder’s Day Osteopathy Lecture, “‘Living the Dream’: The 21st Century Osteopathic Physician,” on the Missouri campus in October.

Jayna M. Williams-Neuman, AuD, ’04, was appointed manager of hearing aids for the Everett Clinic in Everett, Washington.

Amit Gosalia, AuD, ’06, was elected president of the Audiology Practice Standards Organization (APSO). APSO was created to develop, maintain, and promote national standards for the practice of audiology.

Erin Ezzell, DO, ’07, joined Southeast Hematology/Oncology at the Southeast Cancer Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Judy Huch, AuD, ’08, was honored as the 2019 Women of Influence Community Service Champion by Tucson Local Media.

Melinda Brown, MHA, ’09, was named director of the Gipson Center for Healthcare Leadership at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. This new program will start a bachelor’s in healthcare administration in fall 2019. She is married to Mark Brown, DO, ’11.

Abigail Mitchell, DHEd, MSN, RN, CNE, FHERDSA, ’09, Buffalo, New York, was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Lifetime Achiever as a professor at D’Youville College School of Nursing.

Joni Raneri, DPT, ’09, Tucson, Arizona, was named associate administrator for Banner – UMC Tucson and Banner – UMC South.


Johnnie Sexton, AuD, ’10, Raleigh, North Carolina, was named the practitioner winner of the 20th annual Oticon Focus on People Awards, which celebrates outstanding people who have made a positive impact on the hearing-impaired community.

James Buhanan, DMD, ’11, was named dental department chief at the Veterans Affairs center in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Michele Doughty, DHEd, ’11, was recognized as one of Med-EdPORTAL’s 2018 Top 10 peer reviewers out of more than 300 individuals.

Ryan N. Miller, DO, ’12, joined the medical team at Idaho Physicians Clinic in Blackfoot, a member of Bingham Healthcare. An ATSU-KCOM graduate, he treats injuries of the hands and wrists.

Christina Radous, AuD, ’12, joined the clinical team at Metro Hearing LLC in Glendale, Arizona.

Abrahim Caroci, DMD, MPH, ’13, was one of 109 individuals and organizations in the world to be honored with the Golisano Health Leadership Award. The Golisano Health Leadership Awards were launched in 2016 to recognize individuals and organizations furthering the cause of Special Olympics and improving access to healthcare, fitness, and wellness programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Justin Garrison, DO, ’13, and physician assistant Kurtis Manley from Kingman Medical Center were awarded Physician/Physician Assistant Partnership of the Year by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants. The award recognizes a working physician and physician assistant duo who collaborate to improve patient care and exemplify the unique relationship of trust, collegiality, and mutual respect that is essential in healthcare. Dr. Garrison is a graduate of ATSU-KCOM.

Brent Smith, DHSc, ’13, co-authored “Effects of hip strengthening on neuromuscular control, hip strength, and self-reported functional deficits in individuals withchronic ankle instability,” which was published in the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.

Katie Muth, MS, ’14, was elected to Pennsylvania’s 44th Senatorial District in November. She is a graduate of the Athletic Training program at ATSU-ASHS.

Ryan Schmidt, DO, ’14, Casa Grande, Arizona, joined Sun Life’s Casa Grande Center for Women. Dr. Schmidt is an ATSU-SOMA alumnus.

Karl Burris, PT, DPT, ’15, was selected as one of the 2018 recipients of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Emerging Leader award. The Emerging Leader award honors individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to the profession and the organization as they begin their physical therapy careers.

Heath Hall, MHA, ’15, was named CEO of Monticello Health Services in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Terry Janes, DHSc, ’15, Sykesville, Maryland, joined Righttime Medical Care as regional director of operations, overseeing the leadership, direction, and coordination for Righttime Medical Care centers and directing and developing methods to improve delivery of patient services and corporate growth plans.

Justin Lange, DO, ’15, Craig, Alaska, joined PeaceHealth Medical Group on Prince of Wales Island as a primary care physician. He is an ATSU-KCOM graduate.

Royce Aldea, PT, DPT, DHSc, DCE, ’16, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, became director of clinical education for the Dominican College Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Brittany U. Carter, DHSc, MPH, ’16, is the new director of health and research at Wellsource, a company that develops health risk assessments.

Joy Rosenberg, AuD, MEd, PFHEA, ’16, was involved in developing the first professional registration for educational audiologists in the United Kingdom. The new system will benefit children and young people who are deaf, as well as their families.

Kara Dragone, DMD, MPH, ’17, presented “Periodontal Plastic Surgery” in December on the Arizona campus. Dr. Dragone is a second-year periodontics resident at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and is researching the bone regenerative capability of magnesium.

Cristin Haase, DMD, MPH, ’17, was featured in the cover story for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s fall 2018 publication, Winds of Change.

Breanne Jaqua, DO, MPH, ’17, Toledo, Ohio, was appointed to serve on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Emergency Medicine. As the resident member on this review committee, Dr. Jaqua will also serve on the ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents. She is an ATSU-SOMA alumna and emergency medicine resident physician at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center.

Angela Kogut, MS, PA-C, ’17, Kingman, Arizona, joined Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Pain Management Clinic.

Deepak Kumar, AuD, ’17, of The Audiology Clinic, received the Excellence in Business Award for excellence in clinical diagnostic services from Ireland’s Public Sector Magazine. The award is given to local governments and public-private partnerships in Ireland that have demonstrated outstanding service, a strong record of success, and general business excellence.

Kathie Thomas, DHA, ’17, MPH, ’11; Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA, assistant professor, health administration, ATSU-CGHS; and John Fick, EdD, FACHE, associate professor, health administration, ATSU-CGHS, published an abstract, “Examining the relationship among hospitalist continuing education, hospitalist communication competency, and stroke patient outcomes: A discussion of findings” in Michigan Academician.

In addition, they presented “Examining the relationship among hospitalist continuing education, hospitalist communication competency, and stroke patient outcomes: A discussion of study implications” at the 2019 Annual Conference of Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters at Alma College.

Megan Aspelund, DO, ’18, received second place in the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine for her narrative medicine essay. Dr. Aspelund’s essay, “Finding Health in Sweden,” was based on her fourth-year international rotation she completed in Sweden as an ATSU-SOMA student.

Genita Hyacinthe, DHSc, ’18, and Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, CIP, associate professor, health sciences, ATSU-CGHS, authored “Laboratory information system-electronic health record interconnection, usage, and functionality in ambulatory care settings,” which was published in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of Health and Medical Informatics.

Muizz Merchant, DMD, ’18, joined the Schaumburg Dental Studio team in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Nathan Palin, MS, ’18, is the new tactical strength and conditioning program manager for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is an ATSU-CGHS graduate.

Lisa Sand, MS, ’18, joined the Orthopedic Surgery department at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Northern Orthopedics Clinic in Brainerd, Minnesota, as a physician assistant.

Jennifer Wilbers, DHA, ’18, MHA, ’04; Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA, assistant professor, health administration, ATSU-CGHS; and John Fick, EdD, FACHE, associate professor, health administration, ATSU-CGHS, authored “Do United States inpatient acute-care hospitals with lower 30-day readmission rates have more satisfied patients?” The paper was presented at the 2019 Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research held in conjunction with the 2019 Leadership Congress of the American College of Healthcare Executives in Chicago.

They also authored “Do 30-day readmission rates matter to patient satisfaction of inpatient acute-care hospitals in the United States?” The paper was presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters at Alma College.

Feras Ziadat, DMD, ’18, joined the dental firm of Ehrbright & Hankel DDS in Casa Grande, Arizona. He is a graduate of ATSU-ASDOH.


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