Dr. Nichols began her career with Midwestern University on the Glendale Campus where she served as Internal Medicine Director for the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and as Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Education while practicing as a physician. Dr. Nichols has been a member of the AOA since 1981 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999. While Dean of CCOM, she has been instrumental in created a caring, compassionate, and respected osteopathic medicine program and has mentored thousands of physicians.
Dr. Nichols is a board-certified internist currently residing in Oak Brook, IL. She graduated from what is now the Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and entered a residency training program in internal medicine at the former Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa. In addition to her board certification, Dr. Nichols earned a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internist.
Dr. Nichols has received many honors and awards including the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association's Physician of the Year award; AOA Mentor Hall of Fame Inductee; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the CCOM Alumni Association Board of Governors; Fellow of the Institute of Medicine-Chicago chapter; recipient of the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society Distinguished Service Award; Clinician of the Year from Mesa General Hospital; and the Horizon Award from the American Osteopathic Foundation.
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