2017 College of Allied Health Professions Alumni Award Recipients
Chelsea Dockins Reischl, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM ‘08
Medical Laboratory Science – Early Career Achievement Award
Chelsea Reischl earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from UNMC in 2008 and her Masters of Business Administration from Bellevue University in 2010. She gained experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist with Alegent Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion, NE and then joined Westroads Medical Group, PC for three years where she was promoted to a Medical Laboratory Supervisor role.
In 2011 Chelsea shifted gears and entered into a sales role with Fisher Scientific. She currently serves as a Research & Safety Division Sales Representative with the company. She is a results-driven professional and has a successful record of performance accomplishments and awards in highly competitive markets selling to Fortune 100 corporations and large university accounts. In 2015, she earned the company’s highly prestigious President’s Council Award that recognizes outstanding performance and leadership. She is a four-time recipient of the 100% Sales Achievement Recognition Award, she has received a Spot Award and two Sales Merit Awards.
Chelsea has been actively engaged in the activities of the Nebraska Chapter of American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science since she was a student at UNMC. She has held many board positions over the years, including President, and has enjoyed chairing many of the past Spring Laboratory Meetings.
Chelsea and her husband, Adam, have a four-year-old son, Mason, and a French Bulldog named Elly. They enjoy traveling, especially to the beach, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Dave Arthur, PA-C ‘75
Physician Assistant – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Dave was in the inaugural class of physician assistants at UNMC, graduating in 1975 with a class of 15 graduates, the first to begin serving as PAs from Nebraska. After finishing his two years of study, Dave contacted a physician to ask for a job as a PA. The physician responded that he was not sure what Dave could do. Dave responded that he was there to help the doctor and that they would find out together. That physician hired Dave and they have been together ever since, practicing in North Platte.
Caring for patients as the first PA-physician team in the state for the past 42 years speaks to the dedication and commitment Dave has for this profession and for patient care. He is highly respected by his co-workers, beloved by his patients (now crossing three generations), and treasured by his supervising physician. The Nebraska Academy of PAs named David the PA of the Year in 1975, in honor of his commitment to patient care in Nebraska.
Dave and his wife Mary reside in North Platte, Nebraska and have three children. He enjoys raising and showing Lovebirds and is a judge for national bird shows. He has been actively involved with Scouting and currently participates with the St. Patrick’s High School Activities Association.
Sue E. Schuerman, PT, GCS, MBA, PhD ‘75, ‘98
Physical Therapy – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Sue Schuerman earned her bachelor of science in physical therapy from UNMC in 1975. She worked as a staff physical therapist and later clinical supervisor at University Hospital, Omaha, NE from 1975 to 1979. In 1979, she joined Lifemark (later Healthfocus) serving as Director of Physical Therapy and later Director of Rehabilitation at several hospitals in Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
She began her academic career at UNMC as an assistant professor, researcher, and clinician in 1991. Sue earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth in 1990 and a doctorate of philosophy in medical studies in interdepartmental areas from UNMC in 1998. She became a board certified geriatric specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) in 1993. Sue relocated to Las Vegas, NV in 2000 with her husband joining the Department of Physical Therapy at UNLV as an adjunct faculty member and then in 2005 as assistant professor and ultimately as the Director of Clinical Education in 2007. She retired from UNLV in 2015 and continued to do home care in Las Vegas until 2017.
Providing good clinical care of geriatric clients has been Sue’s primary passion in her career and she has continued to provide that care in association with her administrative duties and later teaching responsibilities. She is very proud of her teaching over the years and gets great joy from seeing former students at professional association meetings. To maintain a sense of “family” while traveling about the country, Sue stayed active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the state chapters where she was located throughout the years. She has served in a variety of volunteer and elected positions in state chapters and she served on the Geriatric Specialty Council of the ABPTS and later as the Women’s Health Council liaison on the ABPTS. She received the Mary Ellen Sacksteder (founding Director of the Division of Physical Therapy Education at UNMC) Award for service to the Chapter from the Nebraska Chapter in 2000.
Sue’s husband was Raymond E. Records, MD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at UNMC from 1969 to 1989). Ray passed away in late October of 2016 so Sue is relocating back to Nebraska in the summer of 2017 where she has a number of family members and will also be closer to her step-daughter & family in Minneapolis. She loves to hike with her 2 dogs and to garden.
James B. Temme, MPA, RT(R)(QM), FASRT, FAEIRS ‘73, ‘74, ‘84
Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jim went from a farm in rural Nebraska to a one-year army deployment in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Combat Infantry Badge. After military service, he earned an AS Degree (73) in Columbus, NE, a bachelor’s degree (74) from UNMC, and an MPA (84) from UNO.
Jim’s entire professional career has been at UNMC, as faculty, program director, and administrator within the Department of Medical Imaging Therapeutic Sciences (MITS). He is proud to have taught/mentored so many students.
The Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Science (AEIRS) awarded Jim Fellow status in 95. Active in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for over 43 years, he has participated in every ASRT conference since 75. He has served as a delegate of the House of Delegates (HOD) and in 2006 was appointed to the first Commission of the HOD. He was honored as a Fellow of the ASRT and served five years on their Board of Directors and as president during the 2011-12 year. He received Life member status in 2016 for dedication to his profession.
Jim was also awarded life member status with the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologist (NSRT) after years of voluntary professional service to NSRT, including service as president. He is member of the NE Medical Reserve Corp and the Omaha Metropolitan Medical Response System. As a member of the National Disaster Medical System, he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and to Joplin, Missouri after the 2011 tornado. His most recent service was in January, working with RAD-AID International helping set up a radiology clinic in Tanzania, Africa.
Jim and his wife Kathy are very proud of their family. They have four adult children, and as he gets closer to retirement plans to enjoy their grandchildren, travel, and volunteer in community activities.
Mary F. McGaughey, CT(ASCP) ‘10
Cytotechnology – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Mary McGaughey obtained her B.S. in Biology from Creighton University and worked in sales after graduation. After many years, Mary decided to “dust off” her biology degree and return to her love of science.
She obtained her cytology degree from the College of Allied Health and upon graduation went to work in a newly created position at Nebraska Medicine that uses her High Complexity License to merge the duties of a cytotechnologist and a pathology assistant. By working in both areas Mary floats between the Main Campus, Bellevue and Village Pointe covering the frozen section laboratories and doing fine needle aspirations.
In her free time Mary loves to golf, snowboard and travel with family and friends. She is grateful to everyone who has accompanied her on this journey, especially her family (Brian, Gabi and Josh).
Todd M. Stover, BSRS, CCP, LP ‘87, ‘92
Clinical Perfusion – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Todd Stover is the Director of Perfusion Services for the CHI Nebraska Cardiovascular Service Line. In this role, he is responsible for cardiac surgery quality outcomes relating to Society of Thoracic Surgeons national benchmarks and latest evidence best practices. He is also a team leader and resource for perioperative and facility blood management programs and participates in day-to-day clinical activities of the open heart surgery team and works with team members, surgeons and anesthesia staff to improve outcomes and processes.
He began his healthcare career in 1986 as a radiologic technologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center working in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and the cardiac cath lab. Since then, he has served as a perfusionist assigned to Children’s Hospital and UNMC in Omaha and Director of Perfusion Services and Invasive Cardiology in Kearney.
Todd is originally from Fremont, Nebraska. He and his wife, Jill, have three children. Todd enjoys golf, shooting, hunting, Husker football, traveling and began a farming operation in 2012.
Barbara Robertson, MA, RD, CNSC, LMNT ‘82
Medical Nutrition – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Barbara Robertson was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. She attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado earning a BS degree in Food Science and Nutrition in 1981. She completed her internship in 1982 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska, which was being directed by Sandy Stork. After her internship she was hired at UNMC as a clinical dietitian. Because of her enjoyment of her work as a clinical preceptor for the dietetic internship and Sandy's encouragement, she went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Continuing Education in 1989, from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received the Teacher of the Year award in the School of Allied Health at UNMC in 1991. She has continued to practice as a clinical dietitian in a variety of specialty areas along with her role as a clinical preceptor for the Dietetic Internship for 30+ years.
Barbara has served as an adjunct instructor in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions during her clinical career. Her dedication to teaching has benefited dietetic interns, medical students and residents, pharmacy students, and other allied health students throughout her tenure. She has supported learning for colleagues as well as students through her work with the Teaching Improvement Project System (TIPS) program, in conjunction with Sandy Stork. Barbara has supported continuing education opportunities for her nutrition therapy colleagues through ongoing coordination of a monthly journal club. She models the values associated with competence, lifelong learning and professional ethics in her clinical practice. Dietetic interns note that she provides a safe and stimulating learning experience that promotes critical thinking and helps them thrive. Their relationship with her, and their reliance on her guidance, often extends well beyond graduation.
Barbara counts it a privilege to be able to contribute to the education and development of young nutrition professionals. She is indebted to those who came before her that were great role models personally and professionally. She strives to pass on to others what has been given to her. She is daily thankful that her Lord gives her the opportunity to use her skills for His purposes. For "fun" she likes to listen to worship music, study scripture and walk (briskly).