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International service opportunity in Honduras for DMU alumni

The Global Health department has received information about an upcoming medical service opportunity in Honduras. The trip is a partnership with Grinnell Global Brigades, and the exact community served will be determined by in-country Global Brigades staff. Global Brigades‘ purpose is to provide rural communities with sustainable solutions under a holistic service model in order to […]

— Anna Hudson

Stephen R. Eckstat, D.O.’72

Eckstat was named physician leader of primary care for Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He will provide leadership for family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry and weight loss. He will work in collaboration with an administrative leader to manage planning and organization to ensure efficient operations, quality clinical care and excellent customer service. […]

— Anna Hudson

Dennis P. Dornbier, D.O.’86

Dornbier was named surgery physician leader at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He will share leadership of the surgery division with an administrative leader, working together to ensure coordination and quality of patient care. The surgery division includes general surgery, anesthesia, ENT, hand, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and urology. Dornbier will manage planning and organization […]

— Anna Hudson

Friday recipe: perfectly juicy chicken

Mastering some very basic cooking skills opens doors for dozens of dishes. I recently watched a video blogby “Skinny Chef” Jennifer Iserloh on cooking perfectly juicy chicken breasts, to which some of you will say, “Well, DUH,” while others of you may appreciate as a great go-to recipe when you’re looking for something to cook […]

— Barb Boose

A true sense of community

Last Friday morning I was about 15 miles into my 35-mile commute to DMU when my cell phone rang. The caller ID showed me it was someone here at the University. I answered the phone and right away knew something was not right. The caller asked me where I was, what I was doing, had […]

— Melissa Wilder

Kristina K. Hagen, M.P.H.’10

Hagen and Tyler Russell have announced their engagement and plans to marry on May 5, 2012, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Both are certified personal trainers for Aspen Athletic Clubs and reside in Des Moines.

— Anna Hudson

Robert M. Goecker, D.P.M.’96

Goecker was named chief of podiatric foot and ankle surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL. In addition for caring for patients in the West Coast Podiatry Center offices and performing surgeries at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Goecker lectures extensively on topics related to foot and ankle surgery for other podiatrists nationwide and serves on […]

— Anna Hudson

Carrie L. Smyth, D.O.’10

Smyth (maiden name Kern) and Conor Smyth were married on October 15, 2011, in Red Wing, MN. She is a resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and he is a certified financial planner at Edward Jones Investments in Red Wing.

— Anna Hudson

Melissa S. Strange, D.O.’08

Strange joined the pediatric hospital team at Santa Rosa Memorial in Santa Rosa, CA, in February 2012. She completed a general pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, OH.

— Anna Hudson