Foot & ankle specialists: podiatrist vs. podiatrician?

If you’re looking for a physician to treat problems of the foot and ankle, such as a recurring corn/callus, hammertoe/bunion deformity, ankle instability/sprains, flat feet/heel pain, foot ulcers, ingrown toenails or any other foot problems, you must be looking for a podiatrist. I have only heard the term “podiatrician” used once and I believe it […]

— Tea Nguyen

Will you paint the town green?

Some people always party for St. Patrick’s day. Some people ignore it. Even though I have the Irish blood (in case my red hair & freckles didn’t tip you off..) I don’t generally do much for it. Our family tradition is a bit random but fun – my mom always makes chocolate cake for breakfast […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: Cuban-style pork & sweet potatoes

Even though it’s finally starting to feel like spring, it’s not warm enough to start grilling out and I’m still using my slow cooker at least once a week. This recipe has the perfect combination of sweet citrus from the orange juice and spicy from the rotel. Yum! What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe? Cuban-style […]

— Andrea Cooley

Crazy combos

Some days, I crave for a snack that comes in pairs like strawberry + Cool-Whip, pretzels + peanut butter, chips + salsa, and especially McDonald’s fries + ice cream cone…really! If you have not tried this sweet and salty pair, give it a try. You might be surprised at how lovely this pair can be. […]

— Tea Nguyen

Study break material!

We all love to browse adorable things online, admit it. And sometimes taking a cuteness break is a good way for your brain to refresh. And what’s cuter than animals?! So here’s a few of my new faves…. Be a fan of Giant George, the world’s tallest dog. Judging from his Facebook status updates, George […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Funny Bone

If you like standup comedy, and don’t mind a little adult humor, check out The Funny Bone in West Des Moines. I was just there on Saturday evening with some friends and I had a good time just hanging out and getting my funny bone tickled all night long. If you sign up for their […]

— Tea Nguyen

It’s countdown time!

Less than 2 months away….May 1. It’s the Saturday we wait all winter for.It’s the first downtown farmers’ market!!! From 7 a.m. until noon each Saturday until the snow flies again, we’ll all wander around eating delectable goodies & loading our bags with produce, flowers & crafts. What fresh Iowa fruit or veggie are you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Kidsfest!

If your kids like Spiderman, Princess Leia, Veggie Tales or Diego, you should know… Today (March 5) through Sunday at 4 p.m. is KIDSFEST! in the Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building. There’s snacks, entertainment, crafts, competitions, scavenger hunt and more! What fun! It’s a fun way to let kids run around & blow off […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: sour cream coffee cake

I will be the first to admit that I am addicted to coffee (you don’t want to be around me if I haven’t had my daily cup o’ joe). And what better to go with my morning coffee than coffee cake? Unfortunately coffee cake (and most delicious pastries) are high in fat and sugar–that’s why […]

— Andrea Cooley

Grab some popcorn & a soda, it’s movie time!

Today Metromix Des Moines picked their favorite movie theaters in the area which makes a nifty lil guide for next time you wanna catch a flick. I happen to know DMU students are fond of the Cobblestone 9 theatre on Tuesdays when they have $1 popcorn, $1 drinks & $2.50 candy. Or, if you go […]

— Courtney Tompkins

That’s my classmate!

Adam Lang, a third-year CPMS student, wrote this article on diabetes! So if you see him around campus, give him a high-five for representing our profession and our college. You can also find more podiatric articles at this website so surf around at your leisure and learn about the profession. (Picture: And yes, he loves […]

— Tea Nguyen

Fresh produce sold locally?

I encourage you to take a look at this website and  learn more about locally grown produce provided by farmers who just want you to eat fresh and healthy foods. By purchasing from this website, you are investing in your local community and reducing your carbon footprints. Now that is something to chew on. Once […]

— Tea Nguyen

Anatomy word of the month: jugular

This is the major vein in the neck draining blood most importantly from inside the skull. The Latin jugulummeant “the throat, yoke or collar”. The ancient Greeks referred to this structure as the “sacrificial vein”, likely a reference to cutting the throat of animals sacrificed to their gods.

— Bill Dyche

Student research spotlight: Julia Maynard

Julia Maynard first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at Rockhurst University. Her interest in research began while taking a required genetics lab, where students had to set up experiments to determine the chromosomal loci of a specific trait. This interest was confirmed during her molecular biology class, where students worked with zebra […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Jeffrey Means

J. Jeffrey Means, M.Div., Ph.D. is associate professor and chair of the behavioral medicine department. In addition to his role at the University, Means serves as the director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center where he also has a part-time psychotherapy practice. Means’s academic journey has taken […]

— Seth Stevenson

Vote for the worthy couple!


Remember my older post on my friend Matthew who was going through some tough times with leukemia? Well I have good news to share! He’s back on his feet and is moving forward with his own wedding planning. More details can be found here.

(Please don’t hesitate to vote for them too while you’re there!)

— Tea Nguyen

Gluten-free? Peanut-free?

If you have food allergies, traveling to a new city, like say to Des Moines for a school interview, may be daunting. How do you scope out a safe place to eat? I saw a cool new site recently started, called allergyeats.com, but it still needs info for our area. Are there other sites like […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: vanilla coconut granola

I love granola. I munch on it for a mid-morning snack, stir it into yogurt and put it on ice cream. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy, sweet and depending on your recipe, salty. So I was excited to come across this recipe for vanilla coconut granola on the ReadyMade magazine food blog. Doesn’t the […]

— Andrea Cooley

Breakfast, the meal of champions

Since we recently survived international pancake day and IHOP’s national pancake day, I thought I’d share the fact that I have a small addiction to breakfast foods. Like I could eat them all 3 meals every day and life would be good. I’m a fan of pancakes on Facebook. I want to make Pioneer Woman’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins