College of Health Sciences News and Updates

Hannah J. Lokenvitz, PA-C’07

Lokenvitz and Matt Lokenvitz were married November 2012. Matt is the high school business and technology teacher and head baseball coach for Hampton-Dumont Community High School in Hampton, IA, and Hannah is a family medicine physician assistant at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion, IA. 

— Anna Hudson

Kurt A. Helmrick, PA-C’91

Helmrick practices at the Ellsworth Medical Clinic in Ellsworth, WI. The clinic received one of the two nationwide award from the Million Hearts Initiative, a public-private effort by the Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative has a goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The award was based on […]

— Anna Hudson

Rick M. Willenbring, D.P.T.’10

Willenbring and wife, Whitney F. Willenbring, D.P.T.’10, met at Des Moines University and since graduation have been enjoying lives and careers as traveling physical therapists. They have lived in six different states in the past two years, gained a lot of experience, and met many wonderful people along the way. The couple currently resides in […]

— Anna Hudson

Carissa L. Janssen, D.P.T.’08

Janssen and husband, Austin, welcomed a son, Levi Evan, on May 31, 2012. Carissa is a physical therapist with Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. The family resides in McCook Lake, SD. 

— Anna Hudson

Joshua J. Gustafson, PA-C’09

Gustafson and wife, Megan J. Gustafson, PA-C’09, welcomed a son, Carter Scott, to their family. Joshua is a physician assistant with Dermatology, PC in West Des Moines, IA. The family resides in Ankeny, IA. 

— Anna Hudson

Alicia R. Rasmussen, D.P.T.’11

Rasmussen and Aaron Rasmussen were married on June 6, 2012. She is a physical therapist with Heartland Area Education Agency in Johnston, IA. Aaron is a personal trainer with Aspen Athletic Clubs. The couple resides in Des Moines, IA.  

— Anna Hudson

Melissa J. Lawler, M.P.H.’10

Lawler and Scott Lawler were married on June 17, 2006. They welcomed a son, Braeden Michael, to their family on July 23, 2008, and a second son, Colin Benjamin, on August 31, 2011. Melissa is currently working on her nursing degree. The family resides in Rochester, MN. 

— Anna Hudson

Blake A. Hardy, D.P.T.’05

Hardy was selected for the Iowa Physical Therapy Association’s highest award: the Olive Farr Distinguished Service Award in April 2012. Hardy is the first DMU physical therapy alumnus to receive this award. He and his wife, Kerry L. Hardy, D.P.T.’05, reside in Adel, IA. 

— Anna Hudson

Welcome to our MHA executive residency students!

This week, the Des Moines University community will welcome to campus students in the master of health care administration (MHA) program’s inaugural executive residency. These on-campus programs, each of approximately five days, will immerse students in real-world scenarios that integrate theory into practice. DMU’s MHA degree is designed for early- to mid-career working professionals who […]

— Fritz Nordengren