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Kelly S. Dow, D.P.T.’05

In June 2013 Dow successfully completed and is designated with the clinical specialty of orthopedic manual therapist (COMT). She practices at Marian Joy Rehabilitation Centers in Oak Brook Terrace, IL. 

— Anna Hudson

Ashley J. Alm, D.P.T.’11, M.H.A.’14

Alm completed a post-graduate sports physical therapy residency program in October 2012 through ProRehab, PC, and the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. In June 2013, she received  designation as a sports-certified specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 

— Anna Hudson

Tera N. Diewold, PA-C’08

Diewold (formerly Barrick) and Austin Diewold were married on May 4, 2013. Tera is a physician assistant with Mercy Indianola Urgent Care Clinic in Indianola, IA, and Austin is a superintendent at Brockway Mechanical and Roofing in Burlington, IA. The couple resides in Carlisle, IA. 

— Anna Hudson

Megan M. Foster, D.P.T.’11

Foster passed the neurology certified specialist exam in July 2013. She is a physical therapist with a specialty in neurology with Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, AZ.

— Anna Hudson

Recent DMU Research Successes

Many Des Moines University faculty members and students were recognized for their recent presentations, publications and awards. Faculty names are in boldface. David Rettedal (DPM ‘13) and Dr. Vassilios Vardaxis received the first place award at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine in Orlando for […]

— Mollie Lyon

Stimulating Saturday in neuroanatomy

While interactive learning is happening pretty much all the time at DMU, a particularly engaged group of clinicians came to campus last Saturday for a neuroanatomy review course. Designed for participants to review, dissect and discuss gross anatomical structures of the brain related to rehabilitation of cerebral and cerebellar pathologies, the course was a collective […]

— Barb Boose