The latest updates about ATSU news, current events, research, and more.

Still Magazine
ATSU President
Scholarly Activity
Museum of Osteopathic Medicine
Story Idea?

Story Idea?

Click here to attach a file

Faculty & staff news


Tom Bowles, network analyst, network technologies, received the Missouri campus fitness award for the third quarter of 2016.

Stephen Calloway, technician, network technologies, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2016. He also received the Missouri campus fitness award for the fourth quarter.

Michael Chang, MNLM, director, alumni relations, was awarded the 2016 Member of the Year Award by Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders for his work in developing leaders in the Asian Pacific community.

Vikki Driving Hawk, MEd, director, National Center for American Indian Health Professions, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2016.

Debra Loguda-Summers became manager for A.T. Still Memorial Library in October 2016.

Katherine Martz is the new receptionist at the Thompson Campus Center.

Barbara Maxwell, DPT, MSc, THE, FNAP, professor and director, interprofessional education and collaboration, was named the American representative for the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative as part of the World Coordinating Committee for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. She will serve a three-year term.

Barbara Maxwell

Dr. Maxwell

Lugene Van Den Bosch, MPA, MA, is the new development specialist for Sponsored Programs.

Jessica Vaughan, development coordinator, university advancement, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Tammy Weidenbenner, support specialist, ITS support services, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2016.


Jack Dillenberg

Dr. Dillenberg

Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, inaugural dean, received the National Network for Oral Health Access Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2016. He was chosen to be Contour magazine’s first op-ed contributor for his perspective on dental education. In addition, he was invited to serve as an advocacy ambassador to the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, a forum for physicians and dentists engaged in improving healthcare for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Dillenberg was named one of the top 32 most influential people in dentistry by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine. He retired from ATSU-ASDOH on June 30.

Mai-Ly Duong, DMD, MPH, ’12, assistant professor, Advanced Care Clinic, received the Humanitarian of the Year award at the 2017 ATSU-ASDOH alumni barbecue in February.

Victoria Green, MS, RDH, joined the School as an instructor. She previously served as senior clinic coordinator for the dental hygiene program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kathleen Jamison, RDH, joined the School as an adjunct professor.

Linda Munoz, clinical education specialist, received the Arizona campus fitness award for the third quarter of 2016.

Jae Park, DMD, PhD, MSD, MS, chair, postgraduate orthodontic program, was re-elected to serve as an American Board of Orthodontics examiner in October 2016. He was also appointed as a doctor’s program chair of 2017 Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Biennial Spring Training Session, held March 3-4 in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, Dr. Park’s article, “Orthodontic uprighting of a horizontally impacted third molar and protraction of mandibular second and third molars into the missing first molar space for a patient with posterior crossbites,” which was co-authored by his research colleagues in South Korea, was selected as Case of the Month for the March issue of American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA, associate dean, Advanced Care Clinic, received the 2017 Jenny Kitsen Award, given by the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). Dr. Perry was awarded for her grant application to AAKP to establish consistent protocols for patients with end stage renal and oral healthcare.

Maureen Perry

Dr. Perry

“There is no consensus in the medical and dental community regarding what a protocol should contain, when it should be implemented, and the type of antibiotic prophylaxis that should be prescribed for patients with renal disease.” – Dr. Maureen Perry on her AAKP award

Hanann Tomeh, DDS, joined the team of CCU directors in the School’s dental clinic.

Robert M. Trombly, DDS, JD, was appointed dean, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Trombly succeeds inaugural Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH.

Robert Trombly

Dr. Trombly

Dr. Trombly received his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1984. He completed a general practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and, in 1991, earned a JD from the University of Denver School of Law. In 2015, he became associate dean for clinical education at ATSU-ASDOH.

He has received several honors including election to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, fellowship in the International College of Dentists, and fellowship in the American College of Dentists. He has held leadership positions in the American Dental Education Association and served as a consultant and reviewer for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


Leslie Axelrod, ND, LAc, is a new adjunct professor for physician assistant studies.

Darien Belluomini joined the Occupational Therapy department in January 2017 as the new administrative  program coordinator. He previously served as the senior administrative assistant to the dean.

Brandi L. Buchanan, OTD, OTR/L, associate professor, occupational therapy, was selected to participate in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s inaugural Academic Leadership Institute in 2016-17.

Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA, dean, was named among the first to  receive the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants’ PA-C Emeritus distinction. In September 2016, Dr. Danielsen served as one of three instructors for the Academy for Academic Leadership’s Compass Program for Academic Advancement online training course. In February, he was elected vice chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants, and in March, he was inducted into the ATSU-ASHS Alumni Chapter of the ATSU Alumni Association.

Gerry Keenan, MMS, PA-C, associate professor, physician assistant studies, and Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA, dean, were honored with the 2017 Award of Excellence at the USA-Karate Arizona ASO award banquet in January.

Gerry Keenan and Randy Danielsen

Keenan and Dr. Danielsen

Jamie Kuettel, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS, is a new assistant professor for physical therapy. Andrea Ruotolo, AuD, CCC-A, became an associate professor and program director for the post-professional Doctor of Audiology program in October 2016. Dr. Ruotolo first joined ATSU in August 2010 as an assistant professor in audiology and then served as adjunct faculty.

Mica Rutschke, OTR, is a new assistant professor for occupational therapy.

Heather Thomas, PT, MS, is a new adjunct professor for physical therapy.

Bonnie Trahan, assistant to the chair, physician assistant studies, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the second quarter of 2016.

Trace Winn is the new senior administrative assistant within the Dean’s Office.


Katherine Adler, DHA, FACHE, associate dean of academics and assessment, was awarded a teaching online certificate from Quality Matters.

Michael Anson is a new admissions enrollment representative. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Lindenwood University.

Erin Breitenbach, PhD, MA, chair, health education, completed the Peer Reviewer Course from Quality Matters.

Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA, assistant professor, was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for Oral Health America beginning January 2017.

Lilia Chavarria, MHSc, joined the College as an adjunct professor.

Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH, associate professor, public health, was invited to be a member of American Association of Pediatric Dentistry work group to develop evidence-based guidelines for silver diamine fluoride use.

Colleen Halupa, EdD, associate professor, doctor of health education, was awarded the Sentinel of Science Award from Publons for 2016. She was recognized in the top 10 percent of peer reviewers internationally in the field of social science. She was tied for 17th place with two other faculty members.

In November 2016, Dr. Halupa became a reviewer for the Journal of Curriculum and Teaching. Her appointment ends December 2019.

Eric Matthews, PhD, associate professor, doctor of health sciences, completed his recertification as a Quality Matters master reviewer.

S.D. Shanti, DDS, PhD, MPH, associate professor, ATSU-ASDOH, joined the selection committee for the Graduate Health Professions Scholarship, a program for minority healthcare professions students at ATSU. In addition, she was a panelist at the International Association of Dental Research meeting in San Francisco, California.

Sheri Walters, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, ATC/L, CSCS, assistant professor, kinesiology, served as part of the medical staff for the U.S. Track and Field Team at the Paralympic Games in Rio. In addition, she was selected by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties to become a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts. She will serve as an item writer for a two-year term.

Sally Willis is a new adjunct professor for the Doctor of Health Administration program.


Prasanna Abeyrathna, PhD, MS, is a new instructor for anatomy.

Sara Amini-Rad is the Area Health Education Center’s new clinical education coordinator.

Kelly Kirkland, MBA, was promoted to business operations manager in December.

Kelly Kirkland


Salomao Segal, MD, is a new associate professor for anatomy.

Karen Snider, DO, assistant dean, curriculum, was selected as a 2017 National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators fellow in the category of Educational Leadership. Her five-year membership will be effective through 2022.

Arielle Willis joined the Area Health Education Center as a coordinator.


Hesham Abdulkarim, BDS, MDS, is a new assistant professor for implantology.

Michael Abels, DDS, is a new CCU director at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Center.

Emilio Jiminez Colon, DMD, is a new assistant professor at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Center.

David Dunivan, DMD, MS, is a new assistant professor for periodontics.

Brittany Evans is the education coordinator at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Center.

Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, became vice dean for clinical education, operations, and community partnerships, effective April 7. She was hired in October as the interim assistant dean for clinical operations.

Nae’Wanda Monroe is the new senior administrative assistant at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Center.

Tina Munroe is the director of clinical operations at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Center.

Hamid Nurrohman, DDS, PhD, assistant professor, and a group of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco received the 2017 Cardiology Research Group Science Award from the International Association for Dental Research for their abstract.

Melissa Parman, MHEA, was promoted to business operations manager in December.

Avanija Reddy, DMD, MPH, is a new assistant professor for pediatric dentistry.

Karl Shanker, DDS, is a new assistant professor for special needs and CCU director.

Joseph Shea, DDS, assistant professor, received the Greater St. Louis Dental Society’s Gold Medal Award in January in recognition and appreciation of his service to the dental profession.


Denise Sackett, DO, is a new assistant professor for family and community medicine.

David Shoup, DO, is a new associate professor for osteopathic principles and practice. He also serves as the medical director for the A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medicine Center Arizona.

Submit faculty & staff news to


Never miss out—get the feed today!