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Georgena K. Barnes, M.H.A.’13

Barnes accepted an offer to become the new practice supervisor in the surgery department at The Iowa Clinic in Des Moines, IA. She oversees 15 physicians and 15 staff members and splits her time between the clinic’s downtown and west locations.  

— Anna Hudson

Patrick L. Cornett, M.H.A.’11

Cornett is finishing up a project with Samsung Hospital, Korea’s Centers for Disease Control, and the city of Seoul in fostering understanding and prevention of cerebrovascular disease. His work will include completion of a book detailing the project and its final outcome. Cornett lived in Seoul for about a year before returning to the United […]

— Anna Hudson

Brenda K. Jeffers, M.H.A.’03

Jeffers was named facility administrator of the new DaVita Dialysis unit in Ottumwa, IA. She was also appointed to the board of directors of the River Hills Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Ottumwa. River Hills is one of 14 federally qualified facilities in the state of Iowa. 

— Anna Hudson

Steven S. Williamson, PA-C’09

Williamson and his wife, Tressa, welcomed a daughter, Quinn Lynne, to their family on Oct. 29, 2012. Williamson practices orthopedics with St. Croix Orthopaedics in New Richmond, WI. 

— Anna Hudson

Jaimie L. Perkunas, D.P.T.’05

Perkunas was married on March 10, 2012, and has a private practice, Yoga Therapy for You, in Tucson, AZ, incorporating physical therapy and yoga. She teaches yoga and other classes in California, Mexico and Arizona. 

— Anna Hudson

Jill M. Smith, M.S.P.T.’01

Smith (formerly Staehr) and her husband, Jared, welcomed a son, Landry, to their family on Feb. 13, 2013. Landry joined brothers Parker, 6, and Sterling, 3. Jill is the clinic manager of Madonna Therapy Plus in Lincoln, NE, and became a certified Pilates instructor in 2011. 

— Anna Hudson