College of Health Sciences News and Updates

Todd C. Schemper, D.P.T.’08, M.S.P.T.’99

Schemper and his wife, Denise, welcomed daughter Sarah Dawn to their family on September 15, 2011. Sarah joins a brother, Zachary, and sister, Kate. Todd manages the downtown Des Moines clinic of Work Systems Rehab and Fitness. 

— Anna Hudson

Erica C. Field, M.P.H.’07

Field works for the American College of Radiology (ACR) in Philadelphia as a regulatory associate in the protocol development and regulatory compliance department for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). RTOG is one of four groups within ACR that develop or work with clinical trials.

— Anna Hudson

Melissa N. Gentry, PA-C’03

Gentry recently purchased a local practice from a retiring physician to continue providing high-quality mental health care to individuals in Ottumwa, IA. She is also the secretary of Iowa Physician Assistant Society. 

— Anna Hudson

Robert E. Weissinger, D.O.’89, PA-C’84

Weissinger was appointed chief medical officer of hospice/palliative medicine and of the palliative medicine fellowship program at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, IA. He is certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He provides education to clinicians and patients on the importance of hospice and palliative […]

— Anna Hudson

Roberta A. Wattleworth, D.O.’81, M.H.A.’99, M.P.H.’04

Wattleworth completed six years as vice coordinator then coordinator of Level III of COMLEX for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. She was asked to join its board of directors and will be inducted in December in San Diego. She is a professor of family medicine at Des Moines University and resides in West Des […]

— Anna Hudson

Seriously sugared

That many popular children’s breakfast cereals are high in sugar is not new news. What’s alarming is that over the years food manufacturers have done little to change that and may in fact be packing even more of the sweet stuff into those kid-alluring, colorful boxes. A study released last week by the Environmental Working […]

— Barb Boose

Satisfied?

I’d like to believe health care professionals are committed to patient satisfaction, but going forward the level of “care quality” will take on greater importance: Starting in October 2012, according to Healthcare.gov, Medicare will reward hospitals “that provide high quality care for their patients through the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program…for the first time, hospitals […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: go hungry

This Sunday marks the end of National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week,a national endeavor created by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness to promote education, action and awareness about these two critical issues. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2010 annual report […]

— Barb Boose

Jay W. Christensen, M.H.A.’01

Christensen is the recipient of the John Fisher Alumni Award from his undergraduate, Buena Vista University (BVU), in Storm Lake, IA. The award was established in 1970 and named for BVU’s 14th president. This outstanding service award recognizes a former student who possesses a consistent and persevering dedication to the qualities for which BVU stands. He is […]

— Anna Hudson

Stormy L. Weis, D.P.T.’11

Weis and Kyle Wilson announced their engagement and upcoming wedding. The couple will be married on December 10 in Creston, IA. She is a physical therapist with Professional Physical Therapy Association at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, IA, and his employer is the Creston News Advertiser.

— Anna Hudson

Brandon J. Wegehaupt, PA-C’11

Wegehaupt joined Avera Orthopedic Associates in Mitchell, SD, where he resides. He is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and the Iowa Physician Assistant Society.

— Anna Hudson