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Nicholas K. Ford, D.O.’03

Dr. Ford was recently honored with an appointment as a board member and examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiologists. He also was granted the designation of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Anesthesiologists in September 2014.

— Alumni Relations

Anna Ruelle, D.P.M.’95, WCC

Dr. Ruelle  received the 2014 Outstanding Work in Diabetic Wounds Award from the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO), the nation’s largest wound care certification and member organization. The award recognizes her contributions to the promotion of diabetes education, volunteer service in the treatment of diabetic wounds, recruitment/mentoring of other wound care professionals, […]

— Alumni Relations

Kristin M. Halvarson, M.H.A.’10

Kristin Halvarson is the executive director at Community Health Services Inc. in Moorhead, MN. She recently received the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni honor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

— Alumni Relations

Merrell K. Kauwe, D.P.M.’14

Dr. Kauwe earned the award for best poster presentation by a resident at the fifth annual DMU Research Symposium on campus on Dec. 4. He was the presenting author of research titled “Quantification of Rotational Correction Achieved During First Metatarsal Cuneiform Joint Fusion.” Kauwe practices in Fort Dodge, IA. One of his co-authors on the research […]

— Alumni Relations

Nathan S. Coleman, D.P.M.’12

Dr. Coleman earned the award for best oral presentation by a resident at the fifth annual DMU Research Symposium on campus on Dec. 4. He was the presenting author of research titled “First Metatarsal Phalangeal Joint Range of Motion Following Implant Arthroplasty.” Coleman is a resident with UnityPoint Foot and Ankle in Fort Dodge, IA. […]

— Alumni Relations

Carol L. Kuhle, D.O.’85, M.P.H.

Dr. Kuhle advanced to consultant in the division of preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She has a fellowship and QAC in geriatrics as well as a fellowship in preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine at the Mayo Clinic. She received her M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her current area […]

— Alumni Relations

Laura Heath, D.P.M.’12

Dr. Heath, a podiatric physician with the Phoenix Veterans Administration Health System, presented her research at Desert Foot 2014, the high-risk diabetic foot conference, in Phoenix in November. She presented results in 40 patients who were successfully treated with dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (dHACM) graft to full epithelialization. Participants in her study had undergone prior […]

— Alumni Relations

Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H.’03, M.H.A.’03

Jami Haberl recently was named executive director of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness. The community-focused effort is using the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® to measure progress toward the goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation […]

— Alumni Relations

William H. Koller, M.H.A.’14, M.S.Ed.

Mr. Koller accepted a position as a decision support analyst with Marshalltown, IA, Medical and Surgical Center. He was previously working as a senior functional analyst with General Dynamics Information Technology in West Des Moines.

— Alumni Relations

Eric B. Johnson, PA-C’98

Eric Johnson celebrated his 16th year with Ogden Clinic in Utah. He started working there after graduating from DMU. He also recently finished the Utah Extreme Seven Series, the seven 100-mile ultra endurance runs in Utah, in one calendar year. He is the first person ever to achieve this accomplishment.

— Alumni Relations

Melissa M. Deer, D.O.’14

Dr. Deer received the Recent Humanitarian Service Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Simpson College in Indianola, IA, as part of the college’s annual alumni recognition reception on Oct. 17. Her many activities as a student and volunteer include raising funds for the central Iowa chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), which was inspired by […]

— Alumni Relations

Nicholas S. Racker, D.O.’11

Dr. Racker and his wife, Jenni, have three children, George (6), Stuart (4) and Greta (5 months). A chief anesthesiology resident at the University of Arizona, he recently matched into a critical care fellowship at the Oregon Health and Science University. The family will relocate to Portland, OR, in July 2015 so that he can […]

— Alumni Relations