College of Health Sciences News and Updates

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

They got spirit, yes they do

Early in August, Annie Losinske and Sarah Barnett, members of the DMU Physician Assistant Class of 2014, realized last week was going to be a tough one for the class, with two big exams on the schedule. Capping off the week was Saturday’s White Coat Ceremony, a special event in which students in DMU’s clinical […]

— Barb Boose

Lori J. Boyd, D.P.T.’10

Boyd is a physical therapist with West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene and recently passed the pediatric clinical specialist exam. She resides in Anson, TX. 

— Anna Hudson

Deborah S. Keller, M.S.P.T.’93

Keller passed the orthopedic clinical specialist exam in February 2012 and is a full-time physical therapist for Frazier Physical Therapy, a private, outpatient clinic in Silsbee, TX. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Lumberton, TX. 

— Anna Hudson

Craig M. Drayden, M.H.A., M.P.H.’11

Drayden earned his registered health information technician credential from the American Health Information Management Association and recently accepted a position as a health information management supervisor in Dallas, TX. He will begin doctoral studies for a Ph.D. in information science with a concentration in health informatics this month. 

— Anna Hudson

Sara A. Moeller, PA-C’12

Moeller joined Trimark Dermatology in Fort Dodge, IA, under Dr. Carey Bligard. Moeller is a member of the Iowa Physician Assistant Society and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is a Fort Dodge native.

— Anna Hudson