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Congratulations to the 2019 AOMA Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement
Arthur J. Mollen, DO

Arthur J. Mollen, DO is probably the most recognized osteopathic medical physician in the state of Arizona. He has been a visible advocate and ambassador for good health for over 40 years. Dr. Mollen was the first DO to be featured on local television and radio as a medical correspondent and is the founder of the Phoenix 10K/Half Marathon, an annual event established in 1976. 

Dr. Mollen graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by internship at Phoenix General Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona where he was Intern of the Year in 1971. An Active Duty Captain in the U. S. Air Force, he completed  postgraduate training in Allergy and Immunizations in San Antonio, Texas. 

Dr. Mollen is the founder of The Mollen Clinic and the Mollen Immunization Clinics of North America. In 2008, Dr. Mollen and his wife Paige Mollen co-founded the Mollen Foundation. The Foundation works with community centers and schools to increase access to fresh, affordable food and promote health habits for future generations.

From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Mollen was Chairman of the U. S. Olympic Committee for Arizona. In 2007, he was recommended for the position of United States Surgeon General. Dr. Mollen is the author of five best-selling books on health and fitness. He competes as a marathon runner and a tri-athlete and has completed three Boston Marathons and several Ironman half marathons. 

Dr. Mollen is thrilled and honored to be the recipient of this award.

President's Award
Kendra Gray, DO

Dr. Kendra Gray is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at at the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix where she also completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.   She received her medical degree from  Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Gray is an active adjunct faculty member both at her alumni college and at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, as well as the University of Arizona College of Medicine.   

Dr. Gray has completed award-winning research related to various topics in women’s health and has current research projects exploring  electromyography of the uterus and pelvic floor during labor and parturition. She has a particular passion for implementation of multidisciplinary quality improvement projects related to maternal trauma and maternal obesity.  Much of her inspiration comes from the time she spends serving on the Perinatal Maternal Mortality Review Board for the State of Arizona. 

Dr. Gray served as the Resident Representative on the AOMA Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2017 and now as a Member at Large. Her passion and dedication to the osteopathic profession are an asset for the future of AOMA and healthcare.

Dr. Gray has lived in Phoenix for the past 13 years with her husband, Jonathan, 8-year-old daughter, Lydia, and 3-year-old son, Roman. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but is now proud to call Arizona her home.

Humanitarian 
Michelle D. Mifflin, DO
Michelle D. Mifflin, DO, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and Director and Osteopathic Faculty Advisor for Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.). Under her guidance, the program has grown from a student club to a university-wide organization recognized for its One Health Focus. 

Dr. Mifflin has aspired to be a physician for as long as she can remember. It was never a question of “if,” only “how.”  In her family home in Nebraska, service was the norm for Dr. Mifflin. Inspired by her family’s goodwill activities, she participated in extensive volunteer projects through multiple local organizations.

When her first husband’s military service took them to Germany is 1992, Dr. Mifflin volunteered with the medical clinic on their military base, and began working with the American Red Cross. In her full-time volunteer position as Health and Safety Director with the American Red Cross, she performed over 400 hours of volunteer time during her 18 months there.

For Dr. Mifflin, giving back begins at “H.O.M.E.” but extends to her greater community. She is grateful to her parents, Linda and Ralph Mifflin for their principles, and especially to her husband Clyde Van Barcum and stepdaughter Carsyn for their unequaled love and support. She is humbled to receive this award.

Outstanding Mentor 
Carlton A. Richie III, DO, FAAFP
Carlton A. Richie III, DO, FAAFP, is an associate professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. A graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, he is one of the team physicians for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team and the Cesar Chavez High School Champions. Most importantly, he has made significant contributions to the teaching of osteopathic students and residents, combining osteopathic manipulative medicine with his love of sports. 

Approachable and enthusiastic, Dr. Richie is a favorite lecturer at AZCOM and medical conventions. He is beloved by his students. Voted a “Top Doc” by Phoenix Magazine for both family practice and sports medicine, Dr. Richie has practiced in Phoenix since 1999. He is currently affiliated with One Medical Group. 

Dr. Richie and his wife Bunnie Richie, DO, have been married for 22 years and have two daughters, Grace and Sloane.

Student Distinguished Service - AZCOM
Kelly A. Champlin, MS, OMS II
Student Doctor Kelly Champlin, MS is a second year medical student Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Master of Science in the Science of Healthcare Delivery from Arizona State University. She gained experience in fundraising and development at Ballet Arizona for several years before she returned to academics and completed a Health Policy Internship with AOMA.

This year, Ms. Champlin has served as President of the Student Government Association and Student Representative on the AOMA Legislative Affairs Committee. She also serves as the Student Delegate from AZCOM to the AOMA House of Delegates. Ms. Champlin plans to seek future opportunities that will encourage advocacy and foster personal and professional growth as she discovers her career path during her rotations in the East Valley. 

In addition to being a student, Kelly devotes her time to friends and family. She enjoys cooking with loved ones, dabbling in photography, and lots of podcasts. 

Physician of the Year
Shannon A. Scott, DO, FACOFP

Shannon A. Scott, DO, FACOFP is an influential and passionate advocate for the osteopathic profession, contributing her time and talent on the state and national levels as a leader, teacher, mentor, advisor, and colleague.    

Dr. Scott is Assistant Dean and Associate Clinical Professor at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She is also the Medical Director at Midwestern University’s Multispecialty Clinic.

Dr. Scott is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at Honor Health in Scottsdale, Arizona, serving as their first DO chief resident in the program. She completed the Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Health Policy Fellowship in 2013.

Dr. Scott was recently elected as the Third Vice President to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees. She served as AOMA President in 2016-2017. For the past 8 years she has served as the AZCOM faculty advisor to the Student Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, receiving the student mentor of the year award in 2017.

Dr. Scott and her husband have been in the Valley since 2000 and have two children, Carson and Sydney. Her family enjoys traveling, skiing, running, dancing, and baseball.  They are certainly a family on the move.

Volunteer of the Year
Kristen S. Nelson, DO, FAOCO-HNS
Kristin S. Nelson, DO, FAOCO-HNS, is an invaluable volunteer for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. She served on the AOMA Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2016, including as President in 2015-2016. Since “retiring” from the Board, she continues to serve as a Delegate to the AOMA House of Delegates for District 3, is a member of the Nominating Committee and Chair of the Awards Committee. Her dedication is tireless.

Dr. Nelson is a Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate and is board certified in Otolaryngology – Facial Plastic Surgery.  Following her residency, she completed a fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery at the Body Sculpting Center in Scottsdale, AZ, under the tutelage of Marvin Borsand, DO.

Dr. Nelson is currently a Senior Medical Director at United Healthcare, where she oversees a group of approximately 20 medical directors. Previous to obtaining her DO degree, Dr. Nelson received an undergraduate degree in Engineering Mechanics from the University of WI-Madison and a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, completing her thesis research at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. She currently lives in the Lower Arcadia region of Phoenix with her son, Lake (13) and daughter, Meadow (8). Dr. Nelson is passionate about national and international travel, having previously helped the medically underserved in Belize and India. 

Excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education
Charles A. Finch, DO, FACOEP

Charles A. Finch, DO, FACOEP embraces his roles in clinical care, medical education and community service with compassion and commitment to excellence. He grew up in the area, attending elementary, high school and college in town. Both a Brophy Bronco and a Sun Devil, Dr. Finch was introduced to the osteopathic profession early in his high school years. Mentored by numerous Osteopathic Physicians and their spouses, Dr. Finch learned early on the importance of the Osteopathic Family. He is married to his beautiful wife, Marty, and they have two daughters – Morgan and Bailey. 

A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Finch practices at Scottsdale Healthcare. He is a partner with Scottsdale Emergency Associates, which he joined after completing his residency in emergency medicine at Maricopa Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as medical director for the Scottsdale Fire Department and the Fire Science Paramedic/EMT Program at Mesa Community College.

Long dedicated to educating tomorrow’s clinicians, Dr. Finch is a clinical professor of emergency medicine and chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he has developed a curriculum on grief and bereavement. He also teaches at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona and is an active presenter at medical conferences.

Distinguished Service
Marty Finch, MT-BC
Marty Finch, MT-BC, is a woman with a song in her heart. A board certified music therapist, Mrs. Finch received her Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy from Arizona State University. She is active with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and has served as a board member and past vice president of both the Western Regional Chapter of the AMTA and the Arizona Music Therapy Association. She has worked with children of all ages – from preschool to high school- as well as adults. Her expertise includes relaxation, teamwork, health and wellness, and education regarding music therapy, especially with individuals dealing with grief, chemical dependency, and special needs.

Mrs. Finch has served on the board of the Arizona  Osteopathic Charities since 2008. She met her husband Dr. Charles “Chip” Finch, the founder of Stepping Stones of Hope, a non-profit addressing the shortage of grief support-based programs and education, when she volunteered to be a musician for the organization. 

Mrs. Finch is grateful and blessed to have the love and support of her husband, Dr. Chip Finch and their two daughters, Morgan and Bailey. 

Student Distinguished Service - SOMA
Jennifer L. Oster, MPH, OMS IV
Jennifer Oster, MPH is a fourth year osteopathic medical student at ATSU-SOMA. 
Passionate about osteopathy and OMM, she tells just about everyone she meets about osteopathy and that they should all get a treatment. She dedicates her time to mentor many pre-med and medical students across the U.S. She is also known for her motivational support to students at SOMA. During her clinical rotations, Jennifer advocated for performing OMT and was successful in making a few believers along the way.

Jennifer began her involvement with AOMA in her first year through the Osteopathic Charities, DO Day at the Legislature, Founder’s Day Grant Committee, and now as a member of the Student Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Trustees. She is a strong proponent of AOMA in Arizona as well as in her home state of California. As a Charities board member, she serves as a liaison between the Board and SOMA students. Her leadership has raised student involvement to a new level. Being passionate about working with medically underserved populations, she has dedicated an extensive amount of time volunteering to address health disparities in both Arizona and California. Recently, her work was recognized by Kaiser Permanente, making it the first time they recognized an ATSU-SOMA student for dedication to deliver culturally responsive care.