Alumni News

Todd Capistrant dons serious cold-weather gear for dog-racing.

Going to the dogs

Todd Capistrant, D.O.’97, grew up enthralled by the great outdoors and American author Jack London’s stories of survival. Still, that doesn’t fully explain why he and his wife, Anne – who grew up terrified of canines – to respond to a classified ad about a sled dog team for sale.

Alumni News, Fall/Winter 2011, Featured
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Family tragedy triggers career choice

A head-on, 60-mile-per-hour collision left 12-year-old Ashlee Mickle with hip and pelvis injuries; her mother with a broken neck; and her father with bruised organs and many crushed bones. As bad as all that was, though, Ashlee’s brother, Aaron, suffered the worst.

Alumni News, Fall/Winter 2011, Featured
The Messenger family

Perseverance pays off

Dana Jacob Messenger, D.O.’04, knew she wanted to be a doctor since elementary school, when her mother, Joan Jacob, found her dissecting a grasshopper with a box cutter. She and her husband, Andy, also knew they wanted to have children. Perseverance made both goals possible.

Alumni News, Fall/Winter 2011
Kelly Thomason

PA grad built blooming business

As a physician assistant, Kelly Thomason found herself juggling motherhood, a dermatology practice and an increasingly demanding event design firm, Bella Flora. Something had to give. Today, the firm has outgrown its space and routinely has to turn away more than half of their callers.

Alumni News, Fall/Winter 2011
Doctors bag

Raising the next crop of rural care providers

Roy Fell, D.O.’54, devoted his career to making house calls, managing his bustling clinic and being on hospital call up to four nights a week, all while working to recruit more physicians to his rural Iowa community. How will we fill the professional shoes of such dedicated practitioners?

Alumni News, Fall/Winter 2011