DMU alumni are Iowa’s family physician leaders

DMU alumni continue to serve as key leaders of the Iowa chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). At the chapter’s annual conference last fall, Joseph Bergstrom, D.O.’97, a family practice physician from Bettendorf, IA, was installed as president-elect. Board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice, he is the director […]

— Barb Boose

Tami S. Gudenkauf, D.O.’92

Gudenkauf is an emergency medicine physician at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, IA. Twice a year she participates in medical service trips to Haiti. Her daughters, Emily and Jeni, have accompanied her on the last two trips, and her father usually goes along to do construction.

— Anna Hudson

Charles E. Jaffe, D.O.’97

Jaffe practices with Lake Heart Specialists in Libertyville, IL. He is active at three local hospitals and is chair of the department of cardiology at Advocate Condell Medical Center. He is happily married to his wife, Randi, and they reside in the north suburbs of Chicago with their three children Sam (13), Alexa (10), and […]

— Anna Hudson

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

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