On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) will announce the global expansion of Text2Floss – an innovative, mobile-based program promoting oral healthcare – at the 89th Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting.

In conjunction with ATSU-ASDOH, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association will officially announce its commitment to the continued success of Text2Floss through its global expansion where Latin America will be highlighted. Through a live broadcast, the program’s capabilities will be demonstrated by ATSU-ASDOH’s Dean, Jack Dillenberg, DDS, and program founder, Tony Hashemian, DDS, assistant dean of Global Oral Health.

Text2Floss is a free mobile information service and a not-for-profit initiative designed to raise the awareness of and promote oral health through text message technology backed by technological support from CellTrust Corporation.

Through a seven-day text message exchange, Text2Floss is available on a live platform at www.Text2Floss.com. Additionally, ATSU-ASDOH has started the development phases in a mobile app for the iPhone, which will forge a link between oral health and overall health.

“The widespread global use of cell phones combined with the popularity of text messaging makes Text2Floss a powerful and cost-effective medium for oral health messaging,” said Dr. Hashemian. “Text2Floss has the potential to reach people globally.”

The Greater NY Dental Meeting, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, will broadcast the Text2Floss expansion in Spanish at www.freeman-cloud.com/text2floss2013 (Users must be equipped with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to view the webcast.)


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6.18.13-HM-300x225Human Movement alumni gathered June 18 during the week of the Human Movement Institute held in Gilbert, Ariz. Attendees received updates from Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, dean, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS); Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA, chair of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences; and Tracie Rogers, PhD, director of the Human Movement program. Below is a recap of the highlighted updates:

  •      ASHS has seen tremendous growth. What started out as a school with four programs and 60 students has evolved into a nationally recognized school with 12 programs, and more than 1,340 students and 80 faculty members in just 18 years.
  •      The Human Movement program has grown quickly since its inception several years ago, now with more than 300 Human Movement alumni across the country!
  • We continue to expand the program with exciting initiatives, including an upcoming scholarship and regional alumni events. Please stay tuned for additional details.

Please visit the alumni Facebook page to see additional photos and future event dates!


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Kirksville, Mo. – A.T. Still University (ATSU) President Craig Phelps, DO, has announced the appointment of Norman Gevitz, PhD, as the University’s new senior vice president – academic affairs, effective July 2013.

“Dr. Gevitz will be joining ATSU at a very pivotal time in our history,” President Phelps said in his announcement. “He brings us tremendous depth and strength in all the right areas. He has had a distinguished career in health sciences teaching and scholarship, a long and proven track record of securing and sustaining funding, and years of outstanding academic leadership. Also, in true ATSU fashion, Dr. Gevitz has a deep and abiding commitment to community service.”

GevitzDr. Gevitz served as an educator, researcher and leader for more than thirty years in both private and public institutions. He is currently at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) – College of Osteopathic Medicine where he served as professor of history and sociology of medicine and director of the Academic Medicine Scholars Program.

Prior to his time in New York, Dr. Gevitz served for 12 years as chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has held various academic administrative positions, including co-director of the undergraduate rehabilitation counseling degree program at the Illinois Institute of Technology and director of the medical humanities program at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Dr. Gevitz is the author of The DOs:  Osteopathic Medicine in America; and he has extensively published results of his research in peer-reviewed journals focusing on the history and future of osteopathic medicine, and the history of dentistry, pharmacy, and medical ethics. In addition, Dr. Gevitz has been involved in numerous grants, both public and private, including funding for research, health science training programs, and community service projects since 1983.  For the last 15 years, he has served as faculty for the nationally known Health Policy Fellowship and more recently as Associate Director of the Program.

“As the chief academic officer for the University, Dr. Gevitz will continue to strengthen ATSU’s growing academic programs and our unwavering commitment to excellence in all we do,” President Phelps said. “I am abundantly confident that Dr. Gevitz is prepared for this critically important leadership role, and I look forward to working with him in implementing ATSU’s Strategic Plan, including key initiatives of interprofessional education, a center for teaching and learning excellence, and diversity.”


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MESA, Ariz. – On March 1, A.T. Still University (ATSU) and community partners celebrated the grand opening of the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, an ATSU center of excellence generously funded by the Audiology Foundation of America.

The ATSU-affiliated AFA Institute offers a full-range of audiology services through traditional and innovative patient care, while also integrating the whole-person approach into treatment.

Patients can expect to receive diagnostic and rehabilitative healthcare, access to a full line of hearing aids and assistive listening devices, as well as other specialized hearing and balance services.

Most major insurance carriers are accepted, and patients of all ages seeking hearing or balance care may qualify.

The AFA Institute is designed to be a center for teaching and learning, which means students at ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) seeking their Doctor of Audiology Degree are able to directly assist licensed audiologists in patient care.

“I’m most excited about being able to give our students an outstanding educational experience while also reinforcing the importance of community service,” said Troy Hale, AuD, institute director. “The AFA Institute offers ATSU-ASHS’ students hands-on clinical training, business practice experience, collaborative interdisciplinary learning, research opportunities and community interaction.”

ATSU’s AFA Institute is a nonprofit facility, which means that any revenues generated will go toward worthy endeavors like student scholarships and community service projects.

The AFA Institute mission aligns with ATSU in providing exceptional whole-person patient care and leadership in a comprehensive healthcare education setting. For more information on the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, visit www.theafainstitute.com.


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MESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) has teamed up with AJ’s Fine Foods for Smile Forward, an ATSU initiative that provides funds to those in need of dental care.

Throughout the month of March, customers have the opportunity to donate to Smile Forward at all Arizona AJ’s Fine Foods locations.

ASDOH 088Program funding is provided through the generous support of donors, civic organizations and corporate partners. Smile Forward has granted services to hundreds of individual patients, community programs serving children, women at risk, and medically-compromised patients equating to more than $170,000 in services since 2005.

“ATSU thanks Bashas’ Family of Stores for allowing us to feature Smile Forward at their AJ’s Fine Foods store locations,” said Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean, ATSU-ASDOH. “Funds raised will allow us to continue supporting the oral healthcare needs of underserved individuals in our community.”

Donations can be made at check-out in any increment, and 100 percent of proceeds raised will go to fund Smile Forward patient care.  Patients receive treatment at two University-affiliated clinics: ATSU-ASDOH Clinic in Mesa or Dental Care West located in Glendale.


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