Hometown: Owatonna, MN
Undergrad School: University of Northern Iowa
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Class: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – Class of 2012
Were you surprised by anything in the program?
To be honest, I don’t feel I was surprised by anything too earth-shattering. I didn’t expect that by the end of the first semester I would have already dissected and identified just about every anatomical structure of the entire human body!
Any advice for prospective students?
I believe everyone considering medicine needs to shadow a variety of different fields. Don’t simply decide what kind of doctor you want to be based on a TV show. Get in touch with local physicians of many disciplines and spend time watching them work. I grew up wanting to be a cardiologist based on nothing more than the fact I have a heart condition and have dealt with many cardiologists in my life. Once I shadowed doctors outside the field of cardiology, I realized there are so many more options I never even knew existed. That is how I stumbled upon the field of podiatry, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision!
I enjoy running the many trails around the city, playing guitar with my wife and watching just about any sport. We’ve been to several baseball and hockey games while living here in Des Moines and hope to make it to an arena football game sometime. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and watching The Office and The Amazing Race.
I first heard about DMU from a podiatrist I shadowed during undergrad. He is involved in a residency program, and told he me if I was seriously considering podiatry, DMU is where I should look first. Based on his recommendation, I paid a visit to Des Moines. My wife and I were instantly drawn to the community surrounding the university and could easily envision ourselves living in Des Moines for a number of years. During my interview day, I experienced the professional and driven attitudes of both the faculty and students I met at DMU. The facilities are state of the art, with highlights being the anatomy lab and simulation labs. After being accepted to DMU, it was a no brainer, I was moving to Des Moines!
I hope to move back to Minnesota after completing my residency and work for a multispecialty clinic in the Twin Cities area.
Favorite thing about Des Moines:
The Downtown Church. I was worried about finding a place to belong outside of school (because you can only spend so much time studying), but once my wife and I stepped foot inside this church, we were surrounded by a community a young people who genuinely care for others. We’ve been able to establish friendships that will extend well beyond our time in Des Moines.