Current Student News

Student Council would like to officially announce and congratulate all of the new Class Council officers for the 2014-2015 academic year.  These new officers will assume their roles beginning on September 1st.

First year class elections will be held in late August/early September, and those officers will be announced at a later date.  Congrats again to these student leaders!

AuD 2016:
President:  Alyssa Rohrbach
Vice President:  Nina Buckley
Secretary:  Tiffany Bossie
Treasurer:  Amanda Maioriello

AuD 2017:
President:  Marisa Ragonesi
Vice President:  Jamie Yusupov
Secretary:  Sean Fuster
Treasurer:  Brett Radosti

OT 2015:
President:  Erin Oczkowski
Vice President:  Anthony Ruggeri
Secretary:  Nicole Perry
Treasurer:  John Whitham

OD 2016:
President:  Victoria Galbreth
Vice President:  Vivien Li
Secretary:  Sarah Nowicki
Treasurer:  Nicole Rist

OD 2017:
President:  Lauren Shaffer
Vice President:  Christin DeMoss
Secretary:  Arieneh Tahmasian
Treasurer:  Jenae Stiles

PA 2015:
President:  Samantha Burdette
Vice President:  Anthony Firetto
Secretary:  Lauren Sylvina
Treasurer:  Michelle Jordan

Dr. Jan E. Scharre, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, announced the appointment of Lori Grover, OD, PhD, as dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry last week.

Dr. Grover brings more than 23 years of experience to her new position that includes optometric education, private practice, clinical care of chronic vision impairment, curricular programming, interprofessional education and clinical research that intersects low vision and health services research.

Dr. Grover currently serves as director of the Center for Translational Health Science and is an associate professor in the Department of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.  As a member of the leadership teams for the president and the deans of the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the College of Health Solutions, Dr. Grover provides strategic, academic and operational direction as well as research and planning recommendations to advance the overall mission of the colleges and university. 

She is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she earned her PhD. Dr. Grover was one of the first faculty members at Johns Hopkins University to complete the leadership training program in the Office of Women in Science and Medicine.  Her academic experience includes faculty appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Southern California College of Optometry.

Dr. Grover possesses a record of extramural funding from the National Eye Institute, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private foundations.  Throughout her career, she has served in a number of leadership appointments of professional societies and is a Diplomate of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry.  


Congratulations to Alta Fried '14OT (center of photo), on the publication of her inspiring story! Read all about it in Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners current issue.

Accreditations Awarded

The Occupational Therapy program received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association  (AOTA) earlier this month.

New SLP Program Offers Info on Campus

In honor of May, the “Better Hearing and Speech Month,” the faculty and staff of the Department of Speech–Language and Pathology (SLP) in the College of Education and Rehabilitation provided the Salus community with information regarding the profession of Speech-Language Pathology and an update on the program’s accreditation and construction of the Speech Clinic in the Breyer Office Park building on the Elkins Park campus.

Department chair and program director, Dr. Carolyn Mayo, and SLP faculty and staff were on-hand during lunchtime outside the University’s Café on two days to present information on: Communication Milestones; Stroke Awareness; Health Literacy; Vocal Hygiene for Professors; Accent Modification and Reflux Prevention.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree program will welcome its first class in the 2014-2015 academic year.


Audiology Extern Reception  

On Monday, April 28, the faculty and staff of Osborne College of Audiology gathered in the Bennett Lounge of the Hafter Center to celebrate third-year audiology students before they left campus on their one-year externships.

Audiology Extern Reception

Members of the Class of 2015 pictured in the back row, left to right are:  Samantha Nieves; Jonathan Brittian; Lauren Matsko; Amy Kalenderian; Michelle Okafor; Alisha Latham; Brendon Boudwin; Andrea Graham; Jenna Pellicori; Brittany Viniarski; Elizabeth Swartz; Travis Deputy; Paris Florence; Jamie Guinan and Artem Yusupov. Front row, left to right are: Silvia Benitez-Sienra; Megan Piekosz; Kim Loan Huynh; Dr. Jonette Owens, External Clinical Education coordinator; Jaymee Levine; Lyndsey Spencer; Katie Thompson; Dean Victor Bray, and Seth Weible.


Accreditations Awarded

The Physician Assistant program was granted seven-year continuing accreditation status in March by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC- PA). The next ARC-PA review date is March 2021. 

National American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

L to R: Mrs. Vause, Bethany Rohrs
and Dr. Vause, Director of the Salus University Physician Assistant program.

Many Salus University Physician Assistant (PA) students  recently attended the National American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) conference  held in Boston, MA on Memorial Day weekend.  It was an exciting event for PA students and faculty alike. 

Bethany Rohrs, a first year student, represented Salus University’s PA Program in the AAPA Student Academy Assembly of Representatives (AOR).  The Student Academy  of the AAPA  was created to represent the unique views and needs of PA students.  The AOR is the governing body of SAAAPA and is comprised of one representative from each Physician Assistant  program’s student society. 

As the Salus University AOR representative, Bethany acted as liaison between the students and SAAAPA.  The AOR reviews, deliberations, and votes on resolutions that are submitted to the Board by the student societies.  The carried resolutions set the Student Academy agenda for the upcoming year.  Bethany participated in debate and discussions pertaining to the resolutions, while representing the interests of the students in the Salus PA Program.  The executive branch of SAAAPA is led by their Board of Directors, who are elected by AOR representatives at the annual AAPA conference. 

Bethany had the unique opportunity to run and was elected for the position of Director of Student Communications.  In her new role on the SAAAPA Board, she will work on coordinating efforts at the national level to promote local action by individual student societies and PA students.  Bethany will also serve as Chair for the Communication and Outreach Volunteer Group to fulfill the mission set forth by the AOR resolutions.  She endorses the concept that effective communication requires timely, accurate exchange of information through multiple media to reach a diverse audience.  Bethany looks forward to promoting the PA profession while representing Salus University at the national level in her new role this upcoming year, however, she is just as excited to start her clinical rotations this September.

PhD White Coat Ceremony

A white coat ceremony was held late last month for Ms. Wafa Al-Otibi, a student in the PhD Biomedicine program from Saudi Arabia, who could not be present for the ceremony held in August.

Pictured above are Ms. Al-Otibi, Dr. Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker, founding dean of the Biomedicine program and Ms. Noura Aldossary, who received her white coat in August.