Melissa M. Deer, D.O.’14

Dr. Deer received the Recent Humanitarian Service Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Simpson College in Indianola, IA, as part of the college’s annual alumni recognition reception on Oct. 17. Her many activities as a student and volunteer include raising funds for the central Iowa chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), which was inspired by […]

— Alumni Relations

Nicholas S. Racker, D.O.’11

Nicholas Racker and his wife, Jenni, have three children, George, 6; Stuart, 4; and Greta, 5 months. A chief anesthesiology resident at the University of Arizona, Racker recently matched into a critical care fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. The family plans to relocate to Portland, OR, in July 2015 so that he can begin his fellowship.

— Alumni Relations

Jessica R. Johannesen Childe, D.O.’10, M.S.A.

Dr. Childe will graduate from the McLaren Greater Lansing orthopedic residency in June 2015 and will then begin a hand and upper extremity surgery fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. She and her husband, J.R., are expecting their first child in June 2015.

— Alumni Relations

Roger Senty, D.O.’58, FACOS

Roger Senty gave a lecture at DMU on Aug. 25 titled “The Post-war Years: the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the New Acceptance.” Senty was appointed chair of the surgery department of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, now DMU, in 1967 and served as dean of the college from 1971 to 1973.

— Alumni Relations

Matthew T. Connell, D.O.’10

Matthew Connell was appointed a gynecology faculty member at the National Institutes of Health. On July 1, 2015, he will begin a reproductive medicine fellowship at the NIH’s Program for Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology.

— Alumni Relations

Anatomy word of the month: coccyx

Our “tailbone” was called the “cuckoo” by the Greeks who thought it resembled the beak of the bird of the same name. This structure is a fusion of three or four vertebral bones, greatly reduced in size, that is attached to the end of our spinal column.  In rare instances an individual is born with an […]

— Bill Dyche