Midwestern University’s Littlejohn Society Welcomes Three New Members

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October 09, 2018 | Glendale, AZ

2018 Littlejohn Award Winners 2018 Littlejohn Award winners Laurie J. Miller, RVT, CVT, CVPM, Jose A. Hernandez, Ph.D., and Shannon C. Scott, D.O., FACOFP.

Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., honored three new recipients of the Littlejohn Award at the University's annual recognition dinner held in September at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona.

This year's honorees are alumna Shannon C. Scott, D.O., FACOFP, Assistant Dean, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Medical Director, Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic; faculty member Jose A. Hernandez, Ph.D., Chair, Biochemistry, College of Graduate Studies; and staff member Laurie J. Miller, RVT, CVT, CVPM, Practice Manager, Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic.

Dr. Scott is a 2004 graduate from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University. She has been employed by the University since 2005, beginning as a Clinical Instructor, and began practicing at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic in 2008 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Scott became a Clinical Associate Professor in 2013, and was promoted in 2017 to the position of Medical Director for the Multispecialty Clinic and Assistant Dean for AZCOM. She has earned multiple honors, including the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Young Physician of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year from the Student American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SACOFP). She has also served as President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA). Dr. Scott earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University.

Dr. Hernandez, the current Chair of the Department of Biochemistry in the College of Graduate Studies, came to Midwestern University after working as a Fulbright Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. He joined Midwestern University in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, and was promoted to Chair in March 2017. Dr. Hernandez received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

Ms. Miller has served as Practice Manager at the Midwestern University Animal Health Institute since 2014. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Companion Animal Clinic. Ms. Miller came to Midwestern after serving as a Veterinary Practice Consultant with the American Animal Hospital Association in Phoenix. She is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, a Certified Veterinary Technician, and a Registered Veterinary Technician. She earned her associate's degree, magna cum laude, from Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993.

The Littlejohn Awards take their name from the Littlejohn brothers, physicians who in 1900 founded the American College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery, the precursor to the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the founding college of Midwestern University. The awards, which have been presented annually since 2000 by Dr. Goeppinger, are Midwestern University's highest honor. Littlejohn Award winners are selected from Midwestern faculty, staff, and alumni for their outstanding service to the community, healthcare professions, and the University.

Midwestern University extends the warmest congratulations to these outstanding representatives of the University and the healthcare community.