On the Record Summer 2019

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THE RISING TIDE Rising flood waters caused one PA student to go above and beyond to help a community during her clinical rotation.


The Rising Tide


An AT Abroad


Upcoming Events




CSD No-Fee Clinic


Honoring Excellence


Spirit of the Billiken


Faculty Files


Care Without Borders


Strategic Direction


NAP Fellows


DCHS Clinical Corner


Leading the Way



Faculty Files

The DCHS faculty and staff came together to celebrate another great year and recognize a few outstanding achievements.



Follow the journey of one SLU AT alum and see how he ended up working with two different US Paralympic National Teams.

PRECOMMENCEMENT The DCHS Class of 2019 came together one last time to celebrate each other’s accomplishments before graduating.

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A Health Sciences student created an award-winning research poster after conducting her research on a different continent and completely in a different language.

DEAN’S MESSAGE “Welcome to the sixth issue of the Doisy College of Health Sciences magazine, On the Record.”


elcome to the latest edition of On the Record – The Doisy College of Health Sciences magazine. I am delighted that through this exciting publication we are able to highlight various activities and accomplishments that feature our incredible students, faculty, staff and alumni. In this issue, you will learn about several exceptional awards our students and faculty have earned, experience a clinical rotation with one of our students who had the opportunity to help her new community fight rising flood waters, explore the world with a DCHS alum as he travels with the US Paralympic teams and much, much more. SLU is a research university and we are proud of the many students that have the opportunity to present their research at conferences and, often, earn awards for their hard work. In this issue of the magazine, we will highlight an undergraduate Health Sciences student that truly went above and beyond in her research pursuits. This student used her knowledge of Spanish to create a research project about health care accessibility in a small rural town in Peru while not having anyone in the country to assist her. She and her faculty mentor discuss the struggles of international communication and where the research will go from here. In this edition’s Clinical Corner – the portion of the magazine where we share news about clinical education and those practitioners who are so important to our programs – we feature a Medical Laboratory Science student who earned a summer position with the prestigious Mayo Clinic alongside its clinical laboratory professionals. The opportunity will allow this student to work with state-of-the-art equipment and see what professional life is like on the cutting edge of laboratory science. As always, check out our calendar (page 8) for upcoming events, including our 2019 Homecoming and Family Weekend activities. We love having the chance to catch up with old friends while making new ones at all of our events throughout the year; we certainly hope to see you soon. And never forget, every day is a great day to Be a Billiken!

Mardell A. Wilson, EdD, RDN, LDN Dean and Professor Doisy College of Health Science





The Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Speech-LangaugeHearing Clinic, operated by the Communication Sciences and Disorders department, recently changed to a no-fee clinic in order to ensure no members of the community miss out on muchneeded care due to financial concerns.

Two Radiation Therapy students placed first and second in the poster competition at the Chicago Area Radiation Therapy contest.

THE RISING TIDE DCHS Physician Assistant Education student joins a community’s fight against flooding rivers during her clinical rotation

The first day in a new setting can always be a little stressful – meeting new people, learning new tasks, figuring out new surroundings – it all can take some time to feel well-adjusted. Now, imagine if your first day in this new setting involved trying to fight back an oncoming flood. That was exactly the situation in which Saint Louis University (SLU) Physician Assistant (PA) student Emily Sloan found herself when she arrived for her first day of her clinical rotation at Family Medicine in Hardin, IL.

SLU PA student Emily Sloan (left) and SLU PA alumna and clinical preceptor Melissa Zipprich, PA-C, (right) riding in a boat in the flooded Calhoun County of Illinois.


“It has been surreal to watch the

water rise up, then fade away, then come back up. Just when you think it is getting better...it’s actually about to get a lot worse.” - Emily Sloan, SLU PA Student


ardin sits near the banks of the Illinois River in Calhoun County and is close enough to feel the impact from flooding of both the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Heavy rainfall this spring caused the Illinois River to crest at 37.8 feet, which was enough for the county to declare a state of emergency and for the US Coast Guard to close the Illinois River to all commercial and recreational traffic due to the high waters. Family Medicine is the workplace of SLU PA alumna and clinical preceptor Melissa Zipprich, PA-C, and when she welcomed Sloan to the clinic for her rotation, she did not anticipate that one of their first activities would be laying sandbags to try to protect the town from the rising waters. Sloan looked back on her experiences over the recent weeks watching how the changing river levels have impacted the town of Hardin. “It has been surreal to watch the water rise up, then fade away, then come back up. Just when you think it is getting better and roads are opening, it’s actually about to get a lot worse,” Sloan said. “A lot of people here have been comparing it to the big flood of ’93.” As the water continues to rise, Family Medicine, as well as other local residents and

businesses, have had to adapt in order to continue operating in Hardin. “The local high schools bussed in kids to help sandbag, and we’ve been seeing some patients in the parking lot because there’s no ramp into the building right now with the porch entrance being under water,” Sloan said. “They started speculating that the levee would be breached due to heavy rainfall up north, so we packed up the medical office today and moved further up into the city into an empty dentist office so patients can continue to be seen there.” With this natural disaster, the city of Hardin has asked for help from those who are able to give. Family Medicine needs tetanus shots and individuals who are able to administer them and the city needs items such as bottled water, food and, eventually, volunteers to help with cleanup efforts. Those wishing to help or to volunteer can contact Village Clerk Danielle Hurley at (618)578-4762 or stay up to date with ongoing efforts at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Those wishing to donate to the cleanup efforts can also contact SLU Physician Assistant Program Assistant Professor Rhonda Pulver, MHS, PA-C, at rhonda.pulver@health.slu.edu.


AN ATHLETIC TRAINER ABROAD Saint Louis University Athletic Training Alum Travels to Multiple Countries Working with US Paralympic Teams


n the suburbs west of Chicago, IL, in the town of Lombard, you will find Montini Catholic High School. This private high school of about 600 students has all of the classes, clubs and regular activities you would come to expect from a high school in the Midwest – which certainly includes sports. With 22 official sports teams and three club sports teams, the Montini Broncos have their fair share of student-athletes to keep strong and healthy, and from 2016 – 2018, that responsibility fell on Head Athletic Trainer and Saint Louis University Athletic Training alum Connor Doherty, MAT, ATC (Class of 2015). “At Montini Catholic High School, my daily responsibilities focused on working with all of our student-athletes on injury prevention, immediate injury care and evaluation, rehabilitation and return to play,” Doherty said. While the day-to-day tasks of an athletic trainer can certainly be unpredictable, Doherty enjoyed this traditional athletic training role, but Doherty also worked with another, less traditional, team – the United States Paralympic National Soccer Team (USPNT), which would provide him with opportunities to help athletes far beyond the suburbs of Chicago. In the summer of 2018, Doherty was invited to be one of the athletic trainers for the USPNT when they competed in the 13th International Trophy CP Football Tournament in Barcelona, Spain. The USPNT would compete against Paralympic national teams from Argentina, Denmark, Scotland and other countries. Doherty had worked with the

team previously, which helped earn him this opportunity to work with the team in Barcelona. “I worked for Athletico Physical Therapy, who is a partner of US Soccer and helps provide athletic trainers for camps and tournaments for some of their teams,” Doherty said. “In past summers, I have worked camps for the U-16 Boys Team and for the USPNT.” Athletes can only compete on the USPNT if they have previously had a stroke, have cerebral palsy or have had a traumatic brain injury that continues to impair them. Despite the symptoms brought on by their conditions, Doherty said working with the USPNT is, for the most part, just like working with any other highly competitive athletes. “Overall, there isn’t much of a difference between working with the USPNT or a more traditionally-abled team. The USPNT plays seven-onseven with a slightly smaller field and a few adjusted rules, but if you are just watching them play, it is difficult to tell that they have any impairments at all.”

The team that traveled to Barcelona for the tournament was a very youthful and inexperienced one; however, they battled hard throughout the competition and took second place, falling to a more seasoned Argentinian team in the finals. “The highlight of the tournament for me was just how hard the team played against Argentina in the final. Even though Argentina was older, bigger and more experienced, we still fought hard the whole game,” Doherty said. “Also, it was awesome exploring Barcelona for the first time; I was never able to visit when I studied abroad in Madrid during my time at SLU.” It was that time at SLU that Doherty believes truly set him up for a successful career as an athletic trainer. “My education from Saint Louis University definitely set me up for success. All of the professors in the Athletic Training program positioned us to succeed professionally and are always our biggest supporters,” Doherty said. Not long after returning home from Barcelona, Doherty’s experience

“Overall, there isn’t much of a difference between working with the USPNT or a more traditionally-abled team...if you are just watching them play, it is difficult to tell that they have any impariments at all.” - Connor Doherty, MAT, ATC SLU Athletic Training Alum

Connor Doherty (top row, fourth from the right) with the US Paralympic National Soccer Team after placing second in the tournament in Barcelona, Spain.

with the USPNT opened the door to a new professional opportunity, and he accepted a new position as Athletic Trainer for Adapted Athletics at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in the fall of 2018. In this position, Doherty works with Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Track/ Marathon athletes. “Getting to meet all of the athletes here has been great. We have around 45 athletes between basketball and track,”

Doherty said. “It is a very tight-knit community and they have been very welcoming to me.” While working at University of Illinois, Doherty maintained his relationships with the USPNT and actually planned to accompany the team to Seville, Spain in 2019 when they compete in the IFCPF World Cup, but will have to miss the trip due to scheduling conflicts. Doherty remains hopeful that he will have the chance to work with the team again in the future. “I would love to work with the USPNT again and build on the relationships I have with staff members and athletes that I hope I can continue,” Doherty said. While he will not be able to attend the World Cup event, Doherty’s new job has opened new doors to opportunities with the US Paralympic Track team. “The University of Illinois Wheelchair Track team is the only collegiate wheelchair track team in the country, so we have a lot of Paralympians that went to school here, trained here or both,” Doherty said. “I was able to travel with

the US Paralympic Track team to London for the London Marathon. Out of the ten athletes that US Para Track brought to compete in the London Marathon, seven of them currently train with us at the University of Illinois and two more were alumni of the program.” SLU Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, was not the least bit surprised to find Doherty having professional success or to see him working with such unique, competitive athletes. “Connor’s skills and openness to opportunity has led him to this unique professional role,” Breitbach said. “In the Jesuit tradition, he is truly a ‘person for others’.” Doherty hopes to be able to travel with the US Paralympic Track team to Peru in August of 2019 for the Para-Pan Games. “My goal is to just continue to work with teams and athletes that are committed to their health, team success and want to compete at a high level.”

Connor Doherty at the London Marathon. PAGE 7 | ON THE RECORD

mark your CALENDAR Aug. 26

Fall Classes Begin

Sept. 6

Physician Assistant Program Info Session

Sept. 27-29

SLU Homecoming and Family Weekend


Share your knowledge, passion and a meal. Sign up to host a meal for current SLU students in your discipline. This is a chance to connect with current students, tell them about life as a professional in your field and offer advice or words of wisdom to help them on their way. The dates for A Billiken’s Table: Alumni Sharing Knowledge will be from Oct. 28 - Nov. 23. Visit alumni.slu.edu/abillikenstable to learn more and to sign up to be a host.

Doisy College of Health Sciences Homecoming Events • • • • • Nov. 14

Sept. 27: Garden to Table Sept. 28: Cheryl Cavallo Hustle for Your Health 5K Sept. 28: Pancake Breakfast Sept. 28: DCHS Open House and Building Tours Sept. 28: CHS Alumni and Student Reception Physical Therapy Alumni Trivia Night

For more information on alumni or development events, contact Michelle Cohen at michelle.cohen@slu.edu. For general information, contact dchs@health.slu.edu.





The Doisy College of Health Sciences is helping make a difference in the future of health care. A gift generously assists our incredible students in their transformation into the healthcare professionals of tomorrow guided by our talented faculty and staff. Donations are the pillar for sustainable growth to funding scholarships and distinct initiatives that support students and faculty. Your gift is a great way to show pride in the college and support the students that have committed themselves to the service of others through health care. In addition, your gift allows students and faculty to work together pursuing goals that create an impact well beyond the scope of Doisy College of Health Sciences. To make a contribution, contact Director of Development Michelle Cohen at michelle.cohen@slu.edu.

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The Paul C. Reinert Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, operated by the SLU Communication Sciences and Disorders department, makes the decision to become a no-fee clinic

One of the many services the Reinert Clinic can provide is fitting and providing proper hearing aids for those in need.

“We are proud to be able to provide services to a wider population of people who may not otherwise be able to have access...”

- Emily Buxbaum, CSD Director of Clinical Education


hen visitors to St. Louis stroll down the Delmar Loop neighborhood just west of Forest Park, they will notice an interesting attraction laying beneath their feet on the sidewalk: The St. Louis Walk of Fame. While it may not share the same renown as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the St. Louis iteration boasts many world-famous celebrities that were either native St. Louisans or had the formative years of their careers take place here in the gateway to the west. Names on the walk include such stars as: Joseph Pulitzer, Maya Angelou, Lou Brock, Ulysses S. Grant, T.S. Eliot, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and many others. When passing by one star in particular, though, the average person might not immediately recognize the name being honored, even though that person positively impacted the people of St. Louis and the surrounding region for decades. That star belongs to Paul C. Reinert, SJ. Reinert was a Jesuit priest, a scholar, former dean of the Saint Louis University (SLU) College of Arts and Sciences, president of SLU from 1949 – 1974 and chancellor of the university from 1974 – 1990. Believing education should be accessible to all, he worked tirelessly to revitalize both the university and the surrounding midtown community. Reinert was known for his active work towards social justice and his

commitment to serve the St. Louis community; a recipient of nearly 40 honorary doctorates and countless awards for his service, Reinert was foremost a Jesuit and a priest, selfless in his pursuit of educational reform. After his death, a donor wished to memorialize his legacy and established a fund to support the operations of several clinics at SLU. Over 50 years after it opened its doors to the public, one of those clinics still in operation today is the Saint Louis University Paul C. Reinert Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The SLU speech-language-hearing clinic, for decades, has strived to provide clinical education in speech-language pathology to graduate students while simultaneously providing services to those in the community who need intervention. The clinic serves clients ranging from pre-school children to geriatric patients with both developmental and acquired disorders. The clinic’s speech-language pathologists and graduate clinicians provide comprehensive evaluation and intervention in all disorders of speech, language, hearing, swallowing and voice to clients of all ages. The Reinert Clinic is proud to provide instrumental assessments of voice and swallowing with a state-of-the art fiberoptic endoscopic and videostroboscopy machine. The clinic also houses a pre-school

language classroom which provides a speech and language program embedded in an early education curriculum. In addition to speech-language therapy services, the clinic has a full-service audiology clinic and audiologist faculty member who evaluates hearing, administers hearing aids and provides all follow-up services. The Reinert Clinic offers all of these services while also serving as a true classroom for the students of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department – the department that operates the clinic. CSD graduate students get incredibly valuable clinical education working in the clinic while undergraduate students have the opportunity to observe professionals in their future profession in action. The clinic has proudly offered these much-needed services to members of the St. Louis community for decades. In keeping with the university’s Jesuit roots and the spirit of the clinic, the Reinert Clinic has been able to offer its services on a sliding-fee scale, attempting to ensure that no one who needs help, cannot receive it. Recently, however, the CSD department decided to go one step further and make the clinic a no-fee clinic, making absolutely sure that no patient slips through the cracks due to financial circumstances. CSD Director of Clinical Education Emily Buxbaum, MS, CCCSLP, explained the reasoning behind the switch to become a no-fee clinic. “In January of 2019, the clinic transitioned to a “no-fee” model of service. We are proud to be able to provide services to a wider

CSD students performing observation hours at the Reinert Clinic.

population of people who may not otherwise be able to have access to evaluation or intervention services. Many of our clients are uninsured or low-income,” Buxbaum said. “This change is in line with our department’s mission and SLU’s Jesuit values. Providing these services at no charge also enables our students to have broader clinical opportunities and the ability to see clients with a wider range of needs and disorders in our clinic.” With the change from a sliding-fee system to a no-fee clinic, the CSD department expected that they would be able to help more people, and that is exactly what has been happening so far. “We have already seen an increase in our clinic’s enrollment, and we have had to become more efficient and creative with our time and teaching,” Buxbaum said. “Using new technologies in the clinic has allowed us to streamline some of our operations. We have also been able to meet increased needs by starting

therapy groups with clients that have similar goals and needs, such as a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy group and a group for users of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices so that those clients can gain extra benefit from the group environment while working towards their individual goals.” Any change to operations can present new challenges for any clinic. With the switch to a no-fee system, the biggest challenge was easy to predict: funding. “Funding is always an issue for a clinic like ours. Even when we did charge our clients, we operated on a pretty slim margin. We had a sliding-fee scale and, historically, most of our clients have been lower-income, thus we did not collect very much revenue from our services,” Buxbaum said. “We are fortunate to have our space and basic operations provided by the CSD department, but all materials, technologies, consumables, testing protocols, equipment, etc. are up to the clinic to provide. This year, the clinic was graciously awarded a grant for equipment and materials from the Autism Speaks foundation. We have a couple of other small foundation grants pending and hope to augment our operating budget through campaigns for donations and fundraising events so we can continue to keep our equipment running, purchase new therapy materials, update our assessment protocols and provide other practical items to our clients.” The CSD department hopes this switch to a no-fee clinic acts as a yet another step in helping the Reinert Clinic to flourish and continue its impact in the region. “We plan to continue to grow the clinic and its programs, expanding our reach of services and increasing our students’ experiences with clients of all types,” Buxbaum said. “We are also actively pursuing opportunities to partner with other providers in and around SLU to provide interprofessional education and interdisciplinary services to our clients and have many exciting opportunities for expansion on our horizon.” Whatever growth and future changes the Reinert Clinic may have in the future, CSD Department Chair Travis Threats, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP, knows that the students, faculty and staff of the department are just happy to know they are making a difference in the lives of the patients of the clinic. “We are humbled and honored to help those persons with communication and swallowing disorders to have improved engagement and participation with the people in their environments, and thereby improving their quality of life,” Dr. Threats said. “We are especially motivated by being able to help those who would otherwise not be able to receive these therapeutic services.” Bob Gibson threw a harder fastball and John Goodman has been in more movies, but when it comes to impact on the St. Louis region, very few of his St. Louis Walk of Fame co-honorees can match Paul C. Reinert, SJ. After half a century of operation, the speech-language-hearing clinic that bears his name continues to help the people of the region, and the faculty, staff and students of the SLU CSD department are determined to carry on the legacy.

Donate to the Reinert Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which serves the St. Louis community and educates future speech-language pathologists and audiologists:

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“We are proud of all of our extraordinarily dedicated and talented faculty and staff in DCHS, but these five award recipients have truly earned this additional recognition through their outstanding efforts.”

- Dr. Mardell Wilson, DCHS Dean


he Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences recently honored three faculty members, one staff member and one clinical preceptor with various awards at its annual Spring Celebration event in the Allied Health Professions Building on SLU’s Medical Campus. Award recipients received a certificate of achievement and a cash prize to be used toward a future professional development opportunity. The awards presented at the DCHS Spring Celebration included: • • Distinguished Service Award: Lori Jones, PhD, MS, MPH, RD, LD • • Distinguished Teaching Award: Elaina Osterbur, PhD • • Excellence in Clinical Education: Marlene Barron, OTR/L • • Excellence in Scholarship: Rita Heuertz, PhD, MT(ASCP) • • Outstanding Staff Award: Kristin Hrasky Dr. Osterbur was not expecting her name to be announced when the recipients of the awards were revealed earlier in the spring semester. “I was extremely surprised to win the Distinguished Teaching Award,” Dr. Osterbur said. There are a lot of wonderful

DCHS Faculty and Staff Awards Recipients (from left to right): Marlene Barron, Kristin Hrasky, Lori Jones, Rita Heuertz, Elaina Osterbur

2019 RECIPIENTS Distinguished Service Award Lori Jones, PhD, MS, MPH, RD, LD

Outstanding Staff Award Kristin Hrasky

Distinguished Teaching Award Elaina Osterbur, PhD

Excellence in Clinical Education Award Marlene Barron, OTR/L

Excellence in Scholarship Award Rita Heuertz, PhD, MT (ASCP)

instructors in our college, which makes for some tough competition for these awards.” Hrasky was also surprised to find out she was a 2019 award recipient. Recipients of the DCHS Awards receive, among other things, a financial award to be used on professional development opportunities. Hrasky was very grateful that the college is eager to make this investment in its faculty and staff. “I appreciate how much my colleagues and supervisors are devoted to personal and professional development. It helps me feel empowered in my role and I feel my contributions and those of my peers are valued,” Hrasky said. “Additionally, it is very rewarding to work in a place where I feel my coworkers genuinely care about me and others in our community.” DCHS Dean Mardell Wilson, Ed.D., RDN, LDN, was thrilled to be able to honor the award recipients and celebrate all of the hardworking faculty and staff at the college as well as the preceptors at the college’s clinical sites that play a key role in the student experience. “We are proud of all of our extraordinarily dedicated and talented faculty and staff in DCHS, but these five award recipients have truly earned this additional recognition through their outstanding efforts,” Dr. Wilson said. “We are also very happy to be able to add the Excellence in Clinical Education award this year; allowing us to recognize one of our many talented clinical preceptors who play such an important role in the education of our students.” While taking a night to honor those individuals who had gone above and beyond, the rest of the DCHS faculty and staff enjoyed food, refreshments and a night of celebration and fellowship as another successful academic year was winding down.


The 2019 Spirit of the Billiken award recipients



aint Louis University Investigative and Medical Sciences student Mana Yacim was recently honored as one of the university’s Spirit of the Billiken Award recipients at a special awards ceremony in late March. The Spirit of the Billiken Award was created years ago by the Saint Louis University Office of Alumni Engagement. In honor of the university being founded in 1818, the office annually recognizes 18 senior students who are committed to being proud and dedicated alumni of Saint Louis University. The honorees represent what it means to be a Billiken by excelling in academics, leadership, community service, commitment to Saint Louis University and dedication to living the university’s mission after graduation. Recipients were required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply. After applying, select candidates go through an interview process and, from there, a committee determines the 18 winners. Yacim was honored to be one of the few recipients chosen from such a large pool of deserving candidates. Receiving this award gave Yacim the opportunity to see just how far she had come from when she started at the university. “The entire process allowed me to

reflect on my time at SLU and how I will use the numerous lessons I have learned long after I leave SLU,” Yacim said. “It was extremely meaningful for me to have the opportunity to recognize a mentor that has had a profound impact on my time here, Dr. Tim Randolph, a faculty member that

“I believe the Billiken represents someone who is willing to take the lessons they learned from SLU to implement change... essentially leaving the Billiken’s footprints everywhere they go .” does incredible work on campus and through Randolph World Ministries.” A very unique mascot, the Billiken means many different things to many different people. Yacim had the chance to explain what being a Billiken meant to her. “After almost four years as a student here, I have discovered the Billiken is a

transformative figure. It develops and grows within us as we discover what being a student at SLU means,” Yacim said. “I believe the Billiken represents someone who is willing to take the lessons they learned from SLU to implement change locally, nationally and internationally, essentially leaving the Billiken’s footprints everywhere they go.” Clinical Health Sciences Associate Professor, and Yacim’s faculty mentor, Tim Randolph, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), thought Yacim was very deserving of this prestigious award. “Mana has proven herself to be a scholar, a leader and a servant; the attributes we look for and hope to develop at SLU,” Dr. Randolph said. “As a scholar, Mana has been the recipient of multiple prestigious scholarships and has performed well in a rigorous pre-med curriculum while conducting research in my lab. As a leader, Mana has held formal offices in numerous organizations while being an active member in others. Lastly, Mana has served society both in her home town of Jefferson City and here in St. Louis through a handful of organizations such as hospitals and tutoring services. Mana truly represents the ‘Spirit of the Billiken’.” PAGE 16 | ON THE RECORD



I love teaching students how to use radiation as a treatment to help patients win their fight against cancer! I loved the patient interactions I experienced when I was practicing in my field, and I am excited to share that love of compassionate care with my students.” IN HER OWN WORDS


I believe in service to the University and to the community for the goal of contributing to the greater good, so I live the Jesuit mission by participation in community and university service. My participation in community service is always evolving and I am sure that new opportunities to give back to my community will always be an interest of mine.


When I was in radiologic technology clinicals in college, I had a rotation in radiation therapy. At the same time I had an aunt undergoing radiation therapy treatments so I had an interest in exploring it further. During my rotation, I really connected with the patients and the therapists, who encouraged me to consider radiation therapy training after I graduated. I noticed that in radiation therapy, being a therapeutic field, you see your patients every day for a period of 2-8 weeks, and you get to know them well. I liked the work environment and the high level of patient care.


I enjoy paper crafting, especially card making - I love to share handmade kindness! I also love to read, walk my dog, Buddy, and travel. People who come by my office know that I collect glass paperweights.


I love the classic places – Sam’s Steakhouse Burger Bar, Cunetto House of Pasta, and Hacienda Mexican restaurant.


My three children no longer live in the state of Missouri, so my favorite vacation spots are to visit them where they live – San Francisco, California (my son works for Google); Orlando, Florida (my oldest daughter works for Disney); and Manhattan, Kansas (my daughter works for Kansas State University). Lucky for me, they live in fun places to visit!






Saint Louis University Health Sciences student Julia Griffin recently earned second place in Behavioral and Social Sciences division of the university’s annual Sigma Xi Research Symposium for her research poster titled Cost, Quality, and Access of Healthcare in Piura, Peru. The symposium featured over 80 research abstracts ranging across three different undergraduate and graduate categories. SLU Health Sciences Stduent Julia Griffin (bottom row in scrubs, third from left) in the town of Piura, Peru where she conducted her award-winning research.

The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society was founded in 1886. The society has more than 500 chapters in the world; the SLU chapter was founded in 1944. Individuals who have presented or published their work, including participants in the Sigma Xi Research Symposium, are eligible for membership. While Griffin was thrilled to earn second place in her division of the Sigma Xi Research Symposium, her project took a far-from-traditional route to the podium. As a Health Sciences and a Spanish major with a strong interest in service and medicine, Griffin wanted to embark upon a project that integrated all of her passions.

“With no prior research experience on the topic, I was the Principal Investigator (PI) on my Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved project,” Griffin said. “I conducted the project alone in Peru for six months and the whole project was in Spanish.” While she might have been on her own in Peru, she credits her faculty mentor, Health Sciences Associate Professor Elaina Osterbur, Ph.D., for being an invaluable resource back in the United States. “With the unconditional support and guidance of Dr. Osterbur, I decided to complete an independent research project analyzing the cost, quality and

access of healthcare in Piura, Peru (an impoverished community),” Griffin said. “As the PI, I developed a recruitment statement and a 44-question survey from two national surveys with questions assessing these variables.” Dr. Osterbur has mentored students on research projects previously, but said the nature of this project did have a couple interesting obstacles. “The only real challenges we faced regarding our interaction during the project were those related to time zones and internet access,” Dr. Osterbur said. “During her first week in Peru, we set up specific times to talk person-to-person. Because of the limited internet access

in combination with the time zone differences, getting email answers to Julia’s questions and vice versa was challenging.” Griffin stayed in Piura for six weeks. Over that time, she surveyed 105 medical providers and patients in eight different city health centers – conducting all communication entirely in Spanish. When she was not working on her research, Griffin was working as a missionary to help the people of Piura. “I stayed at a parish in Piura and acted as a summer missionary. Working full days, I served the Piura community in a variety of ways through the Parish of Santísimo Sacramento,” Griffin said. “I worked in the community delivering clothes or food parcels, building houses, assisting farmers with their crops or cleaning the orphanage.” After returning from Peru, it was time for Griffin to start the lengthy work of putting together a research article about her findings. “Dr. Osterbur encouraged me to write an article and publish my findings. We completed all statistical analysis before I wrote the 23-page document, which is currently under review at the American Journal of Undergraduate Research,” Griffin said. “I have now presented my research at the Saint Louis University

Learning Community Symposium, the Presidential Scholarship Interview Weekends and the Sigma Xi Research Symposium. I will be traveling to New Orleans in November 2019 to present my research at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference.” Dr. Osterbur is pleased to see others – people, symposiums, publications, etc. - starting to take note of Griffin’s impressive research. “Julia’s success has made me proud,” Dr. Osterbur said. “She has earned this recognition based on the uniqueness of the study, her drive for excellence and outstanding listening skills. I think we made a great team.” Griffin already has plans to continue her work on this project in the future. For her senior capstone project this upcoming school year, Griffin plans to work with her Spanish professor, Dr. Christina Garcia, to translate her manuscript and send the results back to the Piura community. To cap off this stage of her research with a second place showing at the Sigma Xi Research Symposium, Griffin described as an honor, humbling and very rewarding. She was extremely grateful to Dr. Osterbur, her reviewers, study participants, the Parish of Santísimo Sacramento and her constant

supporters for their contributions. When looking back at the work that she has done so far, Griffin could truly describe the experience as life changing. “What initially started as an independent project, has become the most challenging and formative experience of my undergraduate career. With no prior research experience, I conducted a project in Spanish, independently, in a foreign country. I learned about the complex process of research, the ethical considerations of applying to the IRB and methods of how to correctly analyze data. Although conducting the entire project in Spanish was a challenge, I also greatly improved my Spanish skills,” Griffin said. “Through surveying medical providers and patients, I strengthened my patient interaction skills and learned how to effectively communicate,” Griffin went on to say. “My weeks in the health clinics provided me with unique perspectives, as I observed how various health institutions operate. I became more culturally competent by interacting with a diverse population and more educated about the Peruvian healthcare system. Through this incredible experience I have grown so much as an individual, student, leader, Billiken and aspiring physician.”

Julia Griffin presenting her research findings at the SLU Sigma Xi Research Symposium. PAGE 19 | ON THE RECORD



n the fall of 2018, Dean Wilson assembled a team of DCHS faculty, staff and students to create an updated version of the college’s strategic map. The group, led by an outside consultant, used the college’s previous strategic map (one that guided DCHS from 2015-2018) as a starting point and assessed how the map needed to evolve going into the future. The new strategic map was endorsed at the beginning of spring 2019 and can be seen below. The map will help direct the college’s actions through 2022. In addition to updating the strategic map, the college made the decision to adopt a vision statement for the first time. DCHS faculty, staff and students are excited to have a clear mission, vision and strategic map to navigate the college through the ever-changing landscape of higher education.

MISSION Rooted in Jesuit ideals, the Doisy College of Health Sciences serves humanity through education, research and engagement.

VISION The Doisy College of Health Sciences discovers and disseminates knowledge, graduating healthcare professionals who provide holistic, compassionate care driving positive change in the world.


OUR LATEST FELLOWS Two DCHS faculty members were named Fellows of the National Academies of Practice in the spring of 2019


aint Louis University Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Chair Travis Threats, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP, and Program in Physical Therapy Associate Professor Kim Levenhagen, PT, DPT, WCC, FNAP, were inducted as Fellows of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) at the 2019 NAP Annual Meeting and Forum in Pentagon City, VA in early March, 2019. Founded in 1981, the NAP is an interprofessional, nonprofit organization with membership representing 14 health care professions willing to serve as distinguised advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere. The 14 academies of practice within the NAP include: Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology and Veterinary Medicine. To become a Distinguished Fellow of the NAP, individuals must be nominated by a colleague, have their application reviewed by the academy of their profession and then receive a majority vote of the members of the NAP Council. Nominees must be citizens of the United States who have an exemplary career of ten years or more and are committed to interprofessional

practice and accessible and affordable health care for all. Dr. Threats was excited to be honored by the NAP and to have a chance to further the mission of the association as a Fellow. “I felt blessed and proud to be selected as a Fellow of the NAP. To be chosen by an intensive process to be given an opportunity to contribute to this organization’s great cause,” Dr. Threats said. “I have worked on interprofessional collaboration for my entire career. Only by working together can we improve the functional, real lives of the persons we serve.” Dr. Levenhagen was also thrilled to be named a Fellow by an organization whose goals and values closely reflected her own. “The mission of the NAP mirrors my philosophy of patient and learner-centered care. The NAP breaks down silos to foster excellence in health care through interprofessional collaboration,” Dr. Levenhagen said. “To be recognized for my contributions to interprofessional practice as a healthcare practitioner is humbling. I am privileged to be recognized by peers I admire and attempt to emulate.”

Dr. Kim Levenhagen (center) being honored as a Fellow of the NAP.

Dr. Travis Threats (top row, center) being honored as a Fellow of the NAP.


CLINICAL CORNER Clinical placements play an instrumental role in the education of many students at the Doisy College of Health Sciences; they provide students in the advanced stage of their education with real-world experience that they need to become the health care professionals of tomorrow. Here are a few updates on the college’s clinical activities. To contact the clinical coordinator from any of the college’s programs, reference the information on the following page.



aint Louis University Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) junior Logan Stahl was recently chosen to work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in its clinical laboratory alongside the Mayo Clinic laboratory professionals in the summer of 2019. More than an internship, this position is a highly sought-after opportunity for students to work with Mayo Clinic professionals as they interact with blood, tissue and bodily fluid specimens and perform a wide range of tests using both manual techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. The work being done by the professionals and the students can directly affect a patient’s diagnosis. As soon as he received the news that he had earned the position with the Mayo Clinic, Stahl was thrilled to find out what his summer would have in store. “When I found out that I was chosen for the position, I was elated! I truly could not believe it,” Stahl said. “The recruitment employee asked if I needed to take some time to think about it

before deciding if I would accept – I didn’t have to think about it at all and I took the position immediately.” Stahl is eager to expand his knowledge and skill set while working with such a high-profile and impactful organization. “I am really looking forward to the clinical experience I will get while at the Mayo Clinic because it is such a prestigious and state-of-the-art institution,” Stahl said. “I got a position in the Cell Kinetic Laboratory working with Flow Cytometry, which is a technique that I would not get a lot of exposure to in many other labs.” MLS Program Director Amanda Reed, MAE, MLS(ASCP)CM, was not surprised at all to learn Stahl had been chosen for this highly desirable position. “Logan is one of our hardest working students and he always comes to class prepared and he is not afraid to ask questions,” Reed said. “Logan is always eager to participate in classroom discussions and answer tough questions, which are all traits that will serve him

well at the Mayo Clinic.” Reed went on to discuss the impact she believes working at the Mayo Clinic could have on Stahl. “I believe this experience will only increase Logan’s passion for Medical Laboratory Science. He will have the opportunity to experience an area of the clinical laboratory that other students will not get to see,” Reed said. “I believe that this experience will challenge him, but also inspire him to explore less traditional areas of the clinical laboratory as possible career paths.” The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research. The clinic provides expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. Operating in five states, the Mayo Clinic cares for more than one million people a year and their location in Minnesota has been recognized as the best hospital in the nation by US News and World Report.



Timothy G. Howell EdD, ATC, CES, CSCS Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Clinical Education (314) 977-8637 timothy.howell@health.slu.edu

Rabia Rahman, M.S., R.D., L.D. Assistant Professor, Dietetic Internship Director (314) 977-8523 rabia.rahman@health.slu.edu



Emily Buxbaum, MS CCC-SLP Clinical Instructor, Director of Clinical Education (314) 977-7194 emily.buxbaum@health.slu.edu HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (HIM) Teresa T. Neal MHA, RHIA Assistant Professor, Program Director (314) 977-8704 teresa.neal@health.slu.edu MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) Austin Turner, MS, CNMT, PET, RT(MR) Instructor, Clinical Coordinator (314) 977-8601 austin.turner@health.slu.edu MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (MLS) Amanda M. Reed, M.A.E., MLS(ACSP)CM Instructor, Program Director/Education Coordinator (314) 977-8686 amanda.reed@health.slu.edu NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY Crystal Botkin, MPH, CNMT, PET Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator (314) 977-8592 crystal.botkin@health.slu.edu

Sarah R. Walsh, MOT, OTR/L Instructor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (314) 977-8573 sarah.walsh@health.slu.edu PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (PA) Genevieve DelRosario, MHS, PA-C Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education (314) 977-8635 genevieve.delrosario@health.slu.edu Rhonda Pulver, MS, PA-C Assistant Professor (314) 977-8638 rhonda.pulver@health.slu.edu PHYSICAL THERAPY (PT) Carol Beckel, PT, PhD Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education (314) 977-8539 carol.beckel@health.slu.edu RADIATION THERAPY (RT) Sherry Bicklein, MHI, RT(R)(T) Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator (314) 977-8647 sheryl.bicklein@health.slu.edu


Leah Mann (left) earned first place in the Chicago Area Radiation Therapy Conference student poster competition and Lauren Hass (right) took second place.



aint Louis University (SLU) Radiation Therapy students Leah Mann and Lauren Hass won first and second place, respectively, in the poster competition at the Chicago Area Radiation Therapy (CART) conference in April. Mann’s poster was titled Long-Term Outcomes of Photon Radiotherapy in Pediatric CNS Tumors and Hass’s poster was titled Radiation Recall Dermatitis Induced by Tamoxifen in Breast Cancer Patients. Mann and Hass both earned a cash prize for their achievements. SLU Radiation Therapy students Irma Alagic, Semira Alic, Victoria Bockstruck, Erica Bondoc, Alyssa Capizzi, Raveena Chauhan, Alyssa Johann, Emily McHugh, Aslynn Steek and Kelly Stumpf all also competed in the research poster competition. In addition, McHugh and Stumpf competed as a team in the conference’s scholar bowl. CART was founded in 1976 to provide radiation therapists with continuing education, leadership, legislative support and development of future radiation therapy professionals. The annual conference allows radiation therapists


and students from the region to come together and learn, network and advance the profession of radiation therapy. The CART annual conference features a professional program for current radiation therapy professionals and a student program for students enrolled in a radiation therapy education program. SLU Radiation Therapy Program Director Kathy Kienstra, MAT, RT(R) (T), believes the CART conference is an excellent event for radiation therapy students to attend and gain important

experience. “The conference offers the students an opportunity to showcase the SLU Radiation Therapy program, enter their research poster in a competition that allows them to present their posters on a regional level, test their knowledge of radiation therapy against other national radiation therapy programs and attend board exam review sessions with students from other radiation therapy programs,” Kienstra said.

“The conference offers students an opportunity to showcase the SLU Radiation Therapy program, enter their research posters in a competition that allows them to present on a regional level, test their knowledge of radiation therapy against other national radiation therapy programs and attend board exam review sessions with students from other radiation therapy programs.” - Kathy Kienstra, MAT, RT(R)(T) -SLU Radiation Therapy Program Director


TIM HOWELL, EdD, ATC, PES, CES, CSCS “I am in a unique position to help students grow their clinical knowledge, skills and abilities to practice as athletic training professionals. I am fortunate to be able to network with preceptors to ensure students have meaningful clinical placements. Clinical placements are essential for students and their individual success.” IN HIS OWN WORDS

THE JESUIT MISSION I want to give of my time and talents to help students be successful as professionals. I believe everything about my position here at SLU is truly student focused. The absolute best part of my job is when a student comes to tell me they received a job opportunity that they are very excited about. Preparing students to be successful and knowing they will be tremendous advocates for the profession of athletic training is my motivation.


I originally chose to be an athletic trainer because I wanted to be around athletics. From there, I realized that as an athletic trainer I would be directly involved with the direct medical care of athletes. I have been fortunate to work as an athletic trainer at a variety of levels ranging from high school athletics to professional baseball. The profession has been great to me. As an athletic training educator, I now have the opportunity to give back to my profession by helping students reach their professional goals, or at least get them started on their own path.

TIM’S HOBBIES I really enjoy getting outdoors and hiking, golfing and mountain biking. I also enjoy indoor rock climbing..






My favorite St. Louis restaurant is a classic: Broadway Oyster Bar. It’s just hard to get better than that.




My favorite vacation spot (so far) was Oskaloosa Island in Florida. It was a family vacation last summer. There are two great memories from that vacation: 1) we went deep sea fishing and everyone on the boat caught a fish. My oldest son caught and released a dolphin and my wife caught the first fish of her life. 2) I bought a two-meter Prism Parafoil kite and a 20’ tail. It was so much fun to go down to the beach and fly a kite every day for a week with my kids.