AOMA Recipients

Congratulations to the 2020 AOMA Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement
Craig Cassidy, DO, FAOCO

Craig R. Cassidy, DO, FAOCO, has been an AOMA member since coming to Arizona and joining Sanford Moretsky, DO, in practice in 1981. A Fellow of the American College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, he is consistently nationally and locally recognized as a top ophthalmologist in Phoenix. He is the team ophthalmologist for the Arizona Rattlers and the Phoenix Mercury and previously served in that capacity for the Phoenix Suns.

Before attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences to pursue his degree in osteopathic medicine, Dr. Cassidy received his bachelor of science in pharmacy and worked as a registered pharmacist in Kansas. After graduating from medical school, he completed an internship at Zieger-Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan and was Chief Resident at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and Kreske Eye Institute.

Dr. Cassidy and his wife Colleen have been married for 40 years and have five children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Cassidy has served on the AOMA Board of Trustees since 2003 representing the osteopathic specialists. His wisdom and experience provide much-appreciated insight for AOMA governance. He is very deserving of this recognition.

President’s Award
Peter S. Wertheim, MS, DHL

Peter S. Wertheim, MS, DHL, served as Executive Director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association from June 2014 to January 2020. Pete’s career in health care public policy spanned the legislative and government sector, private industry, and not-for profit. For 20 years he was dedicated to developing and implementing good public policy. Early in his career he served as a legislative research analyst and policy advisor to the Arizona House of Representatives. His work as the Chief Legislative Liaison at Arizona Department of Health Services led to the critical funding for a new forensic unit at the Arizona State Hospital. He served in the private sector as a health care lobbyist and was Vice President for Strategic Communications for the Arizona Hospital and Health care Association.

In 2013, Pete became the Communications and Public Affairs Manager for the City of Prescott, just six days before the tragic Granite Mountain Hotshots fire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. His authentic and compassionate mitigation of media relations during this painful time helped the community navigate this horrific ordeal.

Pete received numerous awards for his contributions, including the Senator Nichols Award from the Arizona Public Health Association, the Health Policy Hero Award from the American College of Physicians, the IASIS Health care Chairman’s Award, and the Maurice Miller Advocate of the Year Award from the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers. The Phoenix Business Journal recognized Pete with a 2019 Most Admired Leader Award.

Sadly, Pete lost his battle with glioblastoma multiforme in May 2020. We miss you, Pete.

Excellence in Osteopathic Education
Marc A. Kaplan, DO
Marc A. Kaplan, DO, is a family practice physician in Sierra Vista, Arizona, establishing Kaplan Family Care Center in 1986.

A (near) native Arizonan, Dr. Kaplan grew up in Phoenix. After completing an associate degree at Phoenix College, he earned his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University and received his doctor of osteopathic medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kaplan fell in love with southern Arizona, specifically Sierra Vista, after serving in the U.S. Army as a General Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon at Ft. Huachuca. He is an icon in the community of Sierra Vista, serving the area for nearly 40 years. His enthusiasm for teaching osteopathic students and residents is unparalleled. In addition to maintaining his private practice, he is the Family Medicine Residency Program Director for Canyon Vista Medical Center ensuring future primary care physician residents obtain top-quality education.

Dr. Kaplan has been an AOMA member since 1983 and is a staunch supporter of the Association, its members, and the medical profession. He served as the physician member of the Arizona Board of Optometry from 1995-1999 and is a Member Emerius of the Board of Trustees of the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. In 2009, Dr. Kaplan was recognized by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants with the PA and Physician Team of the Year Award.

Dr. Kaplan and his wife Sandy have been married for 22 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Outstanding Mentor 
Denise R. Sackett, DO
Denise R. Sackett, DO, is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Science Medicine at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA). A graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Sackett is board certified in family medicine. She and her husband S.K. Sackett, DO, own Sundance Medical Associates, LLC in Gilbert, Arizona. Patients, students, and family are her passions.

Dr. Sackett has been a preceptor for students for her entire medical career. Three years ago, she realized that teaching was a real passion and decided to join the academic community at ATSU-SOMA. She has quickly become a favorite faculty member for the students as her passion for teaching is demonstrated daily in her preparation for teaching activities in medical skills, small groups, and lecture format. Her liveliness and enthusiasm is contagious and students enjoy being taught by her and learning along the way. Dr. Sackett is also a dedicated advisor to her students. She keeps an open door and keeps in touch with her students. She has SOMA students shadow her at her private clinic, advises the Student Chapter of the ACOFP, and volunteers to discuss work/life balance and owning a private practice.

Emerging Leader Award
Brandon Abbott, DO, MPH, FAAP
Brandon H. Abbott, DO, MPH, FAAP, has done more in his short career than many who are years his senior. He is a board-certified internist and pediatrician practicing at North Country Healthcare in Flagstaff, Arizona, focusing on transitional care for children with chronic medical illnesses. A member of the first graduating class of A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, Dr. Abbott earned a Master of Public Health at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine during medical school. He completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo before returning to Arizona.

Dr. Abbott is also a part time staff physician for Doctor on Demand, a telemedicine company. He has served on the AOMA Board of Trustees since his days as a student and has contributed to our Association through his leadership, expanded GME through his involvement with the new family medicine residency program at North Country Healthcare beginning in 2020, advocated in policy to testify for increased GME funding, and volunteered his time at many functions such as DO Day at the Legislature and presented lectures at AOMA CME events.

Dr. Abbott and his wife Tiffany live in Flagstaff with their daughters Matilda and Ona.

Student Distinguished Service – AZCOM
Jay Olson, MS, OMS III
Student Doctor Jay Olson, MS, is a third year medical student at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jay grew up in small town Minnesota, attended St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and moved to Arizona in 2015 for his Masters in Biomedical Science before matriculating to AZCOM in 2017.
Jay has been very active in the AOMA as a volunteer and leader, serving on the House of Delegates, Board of Trustees, and Student Legislative Affairs Committee. He also is involved with the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, representing AZCOM on a national level.

Following graduation in 2021, he looks to begin a psychiatry residency, ideally in Arizona.

Outside of health care, Jay enjoys volunteering with RipplePHX – an HIV/AIDS awareness group in Phoenix, cooking, and spending time with his chihuahua, Romy.


Physician of the Year
Steven C. Boles, DO, FASAM

Steven C. Boles, DO, FASAM, a native Arizonan, has been a dedicated member of the Arizona osteopathic community since finishing his training at Phoenix General Hospital in 1983.

After completing rehab in Tucson in 1997 (at the urging of his wife, and the very strong suggestion of the licensing board), Dr. Boles trained under C.J. Shaw, MD, in Addiction Medicine at St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Hospital. He became board certified in Addiction Medicine in 1999, and was the 14th osteopathic physician to become a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in the United States. A past president of the state chapter of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine, he has been listed in Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc selection for Addiction Medicine on five different occasions, from 2012-2020. As an adjunct professor at AZCOM, Dr. Boles has been a Family Practice and Addiction Medicine preceptor & mentor for hundreds of osteopathic medical students. He truly embodies the ideal of modern osteopathic medicine.

Dr. Boles has been happily married to his wife, Natalie, for 26 years. They have three children: daughter Stephanie and sons Jonathan and Bradley. He is honored to be recognized with this award.

Distinguished Service Award
Steve Barclay, JD
Steve Barclay, JD, has been the AOMA contract lobbyist since 2017. Mr. Barclay received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. In law school he was a member of the Notre Dame Lawyer Law Review, serving as Assistant Editor and attended Notre Dame’s London Law Programme, spending his second year of law school in London, England. Mr. Barclay has been repeatedly selected in the government relations practice area in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as one of the Arizona’s Top AV-Rated Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell and ALM. His firm has also received Best Law Firms recognition for the past five years in US News & World Report.

With the resignation, and subsequent passing, of AOMA Executive Director Pete Wertheim, Mr. Barclay has been an invaluable asset to AOMA’s legislative policy process. He also served as a member of the Succession Planning Task Force during the search for a new executive director. Sadly, in 2014 and 2015 Mr. Barclay shepherded the Arizona Medical Association through an almost identical situation when its VP of Government Relations, David Landrith, died of brain cancer.

Steve is a rock and a rock star.

Distinguished Service Award
Charles A. Finch, DO, FACOEP

Joseph V. Klag, DO, FACC, FSCAI, is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at the State University of New York. Dr. Klag has served as the principal investigator in many clinical trials. Before retiring in 2015, he practiced in Phoenix and has been recognized by patients and peers as one of the best physicians in Maricopa County. Dr. Klag has spent greater than 20 years training osteopathic medical students, interns, and residents at multiple institutions. During his career, he was consistently one of the best trainers and dedicated countless hours to teaching.

Dr. Klag and his wife Marsha are active in the community, donating their time, treasure, and talents to worthy endeavors including Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), an organization caring for more than 6,000 vulnerable children in nine Latin American countries. He has been on the regional board for NPH for many years and served as board chairman in 2015. For the past six years, Dr. Klag has hosted an annual golf tournament to raise funds for NPH.

Another project close to their hearts is “Get on the Bus”, a program of The Center for Restorative Justice Works that brings children to visit their incarcerated mothers on Mothers’ Day.

Dr. and Mrs. Klag enjoy dividing their time between the Valley and the White Mountains.

Distinguished Service
Marty Finch, MT-BC
Kelli M. K. Glaser, DO, FACOFP, is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine. A graduate of Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she has worked as an osteopathic medical educator since 2008.

Dr. Glaser is truly committed to a lifetime of service in the osteopathic profession. Before coming to Arizona five years ago she served on the board of directors for the Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine and Denver Regional Osteopathic Medical Society, ascending to the roles of Vice President and President respectively.At the national level, she recently completed ten years of service on the board of DOCARE international where she held multiple executive committee roles including the Presidency. She also serves the osteopathic community by volunteering on bureaus and committees for the American Osteopathic Association, America College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and as a Delegate for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. She has volunteered for the International Primary Care Education Alliance, where osteopathic family physicians are retraining specialist physicians in China to transition into the field of primary care. Dr. Glaser also regularly volunteers at Circle the City in Phoenix providing Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for those experiencing homelessness.

Resident of the Year
Marissa Jacobs, DO
Marissa K. Jacobs, DO, is a graduate of Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Chief Resident in the St. Joseph Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Jacobs has served on the AOMA Board of Trustees as the Resident Trustee for the past two years, marking perfect attendance at all board meetings – no small feat for a resident!

Dr. Jacobs was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to Arizona at age 12. She attended Arizona State University and earned a bachelors degree in anthropology. While at ASU, Dr. Jacobs spent three months in Ethiopia during a study abroad program and this compelled her to pursue a career in medicine.

Dr. Jacobs was recently married to her husband Blake Cormie, a public defender with Yavapai County.

Post-residency, Dr. Jacobs will be joining HonorHealth in their NOAH Clinic, a federally qualified health care center in Glendale, Arizona.

Student Distinguished Service – SOMA
Darien Jourdaine Kinne, OMS IV
Darien Jourdaine Kinne is a fourth year osteopathic medical student at ATSU-SOMA. A staunch advocate for OMM and osteopathy, she was an osteopathic fellow at ATSU-SOMA treating patients in the campus OMM Clinic, adding a fifth year to her medical education.

Darien began her involvement with AOMA in her first year as a student moderator at the Fall Seminar and soon became active with the Osteopathic Charities, DO Day at the Legislature, and most recently as a member of the Student Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Trustees. As a Charities board member, she serves as a liaison between the Board and SOMA students.

After graduation, Darien will begin a family practice residency in Minnesota.