KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The A.T. Still University (ATSU) Board of Trustees met July 27-28 in Santa Fe, N.M., to elect new members and appoint officers at its quarterly meeting.

New board members are Isaac R. Navarro, DMD, ’08, of Visalia, Calif., and G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, of Marion, Ohio.

ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM, ’84, says, “We are honored to welcome Drs. Navarro and Drew as members of the Board of Trustees. As alumni, they can draw from their experiences as former students and now practicing healthcare professionals and help the Board advance the mission of the University.” 

 Dr. Navarro, a 2008 graduate of ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, is the Medical Director of Family Health Care Network in Woodlake, Ivanhoe, and Three Rivers, Calif.

 Dr. Drew, a 1987 graduate of ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a practicing, board certified dermatologist, has been a member of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association (KOAA) Board of Trustees since 2004, and served as KOAA president from 2010-11.

 The following continuing board members were appointed as officers: Clyde H. Evans, PhD, of Needham, Mass., is chair, Robert W. Uhl of Phoenix, Ariz., is vice chair, and James Cannon, DHA, PA-C, ’97, of Chesapeake, Va., is the newly appointed secretary. 

 “As chair, I look forward to working with new and returning board members to continue the tradition of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still and to bring our University to even greater prominence,” says Dr. Evans.

 Members named to serve on the Audit Team include: Reid W. Butler, JD, chair, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ronald W. Winkler of Kirksville, Mo.; Clyde H. Evans, PhD, and Robert W. Uhl.

 The following will also continue their service on the Board: Manuel C. Bedoya, DMD, of Tucson, Ariz; Daniel L. Biery, DO, FACOI, FACG, ’72, of Phelps, N.Y.; Chester W. Douglass, DMD, PhD, MPH, of Newton, Mass.; Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, ’71, of Tulsa, Okla.; Robert L. King, JD, of Lexington, Ky.; Paul A. Lines, DDS, MS, of Tempe, Ariz.; and Dorothy M. Munch, DO, ’85, of Williamsville, Mo. The Board of Trustees is comprised of 14 members.

 Dr. Evans and Dr. Phelps expressed their appreciation to ATSU Board of Trustees members who completed their term of service at the July meeting. Those included Cynthia D. Byler, DO, ’95, MPH, ’04, of St. Louis, Mo.; Kenneth A. Burdick, JD, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Carl G. Bynum, DO, ’75, MPH, of Jefferson City, Mo.; and John G. Robinson of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The next board meeting is scheduled during Founder’s Day, October 26-27, 2012, in Kirksville, Mo.


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Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, inaugural dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH-ATSU), was recently interviewed by Arizona Money Radio 1510 on July 19.  Dr. Dillenberg discussed ATSU, ASDOH and our relationship with Thunderbirds Charities during the interview. Listen to the interview.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine SM, Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, have partnered to develop a new digitization project documenting Missouri’s World War I history. 

“Over There: Missouri and the Great War” is a statewide, collaborative effort to place documents, photographs, artifacts and other media into a single digital archive.  The project partners received a Library Services and Technology Act Digital Imaging grant from the Missouri State Library for$47,803 to develop the project. The grant was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Said Debra Loguda-Summers, curator, “We welcome the chance to work with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis on this World War I project. Showing the role of osteopathy in World War I and examining the public and private collections in Northeast Missouri for artifacts that represent that period of time.”

Brian Grubbs, project director based at the Springfield-Greene County Library District, added, “We are very excited to work with the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine SM and the Missouri History Museum. Each of the partners has successfully completed digital imaging grants on Missouri history, and brings a vast knowledge to the table.”

The First World War reshaped much of the modern world, and Missourians actively contributed to various aspects of the war effort.  Missouri industries fulfilled military contracts to supply mules, munitions and other goods to Allied armies.

According to the Missouri State Archives, more than 156,000 Missourians served in the war.  Prominent Missourians who fought in the war include Gens. John J. Pershing and Enoch Crowder, the future President Harry S. Truman, and Walt Disney. The last surviving U.S. veteran from World War I, Frank Buckles, was a Missouri native. 

Later this summer, project partners will begin to canvas the state searching for WWI collections.  “Not only are we looking for material in museums, archives, and libraries,” Grubbs said, “but we will include private collections and family heirlooms in this project.” 

More information about how the public can contribute to the project will be made available in the coming months.    

This project seeks to enhance the understanding of Missouri’s role in the Great War in preparation for the centennial remembrance beginning in 2014.


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Funding establishes pediatric dental suite for underserved children

MESA, Ariz. – The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has announced that A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) is a recipient of its premier Grand Slam Award given to non-profit organizations serving Arizona.

The $50,000 award establishes the Arizona Diamondbacks Pediatric Dental Suite at ATSU-ASDOH’s dental clinic in Mesa. The dental suite consists of two child-friendly rooms that offer a warm, nurturing environment for children to receive care.

“We are taking our young patients out to the ball park without leaving their dental chair thanks to the generosity of the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH. “Our pediatric patients will receive the best dental care in a fun environment with Baxter and views of center field.”

The pediatric dental suite will allow an increase in the existing clinic’s capacity by 19.9 percent from current levels as well as help ATSU-ASDOH students to improve their knowledge about the specialty of pediatric dental care.

A portion of the funds from the Grand Slam Award will go toward providing uncompensated oral care for children from low-income families. Children ages birth to 12 from working poor families receive care at ATSU-ASDOH’s pediatric clinic. Most of them are uninsured (93.77 percent) or have parents who are either unemployed or are struggling to pay their bills.

“We are proud of the new D-backs pediatric dental suite at A.T. Still University and are thrilled that this grant will assist families that are unable to afford proper dental care treatments,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “The suite looks fantastic, and we know that it will put smiles on the faces of many young D-backs fans in the years to come.”

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation established the Grand Slam Awards in 2002 to make a larger impact on community organizations by providing a grant for up to $100,000. The D-backs will award five local organizations with Grand Slam Awards throughout the 2012 season, including A.T. Still University ($50,000), Make-A-Wish Foundation ($50,000), Kitchen on the Street ($100,000), Florence Crittenton ($100,000), and Children’s Museum of Phoenix ($100,000). The grants are made possible by fundraising efforts by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and by contributions from the D-backs partnership group.


The first dental school in Arizona and the nation’s first truly public health dental school, ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health has been educating dentists and serving the state’s oral healthcare needs since 2003. The school and dental clinic use an educational model that matches an exceptional team of motivated, experienced faculty with students in pre-clinical and clinical phases of their training.

ATSU-ASDOH places special emphasis on patient care experiences through simulation, integration of biomedical and clinical sciences, and problem-solving scenarios to achieve clinical experience and includes a strong component of public health, leadership, and practice.

In addition to oral health issues and dentistry skills, students are encouraged to be caring, community-minded healthcare providers. Graduates are expected to become leaders in their communities and managers of public, not-for-profit, and private sector oral health organizations.

About the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation

Established in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation focuses its efforts in three main areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare, and children’s programs of all types, including education and youth baseball field development. Through fundraising activities, the team’s charitable arm has raised and donated more than $30 million to the Arizona community. The cornerstone of giving for the foundation is the “Diamonds Back” Field Building Program, which has built or refurbished more than 30 youth baseball fields in Arizona since 2000. The D-backs became the first professional sports team to win the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award, which names the organization as the most positive team in the world and recognizes organizations that positively impact their community through corporate responsibility.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo.– Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA, has been appointed to the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Altman serves as associate professor, director, public health and research for A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and chair, Department of Public Health for ATSU-School of Health Management (ATSU-SHM). He received his doctor of health sciences from ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences in March 2012.

Dr. Altman will serve a five-year term as a diplomat of the profession. Before board appointment, eligible dentists must have an MPH degree and complete a dental public health residency. They must also take a 2 ½ day comprehensive oral and written exam.

Dr. Altman hopes to bring his administrative expertise to help organize the infrastructure of the board. He has experience working for city and state health departments in Texas and served as dental director for the Arizona Department of Health. He joined the faculty at ATSU-ASDOH in 2006 to develop and initiate its Master’s of Public Health-Dental Emphasis program.

“I am honored to have been appointed to my specialty board and will work hard to make sure those candidates who wish to become Diplomates of the profession are competent in all aspects of dental public health,” said Dr. Altman.

The purpose of the American Board of Dental Public Health is:

  • To protect and improve the public’s health by the study and creation of standards for the practice of dental public health in all of its aspects and relationships
  • To grant and issue dental public health certificates to dentists who have successfully completed the prescribed training and experience requisite the special knowledge and ability needed for the practice of dental public health
  • To ensure continuing competency of diplomats 

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