Joseph M. Yankey, D.O.’08

Dr. Yankey, a physician with the Iowa Clinic Urgent Care Clinic in West Des Moines, was featured as the “Iowa Clinic Physician Spotlight” in the “Your Local Health” section of the Des Moines Register on March 1. He joined the clinic in December 2014 after practicing with the Mercy East Village Family Practice Clinic in Des […]

— Alumni Relations

Kaaren R. Olesen, D.O.’97, M.H.A.

Dr. Olesen opened the Women’s Care Clinic in Urbandale, IA, which provides gynecological care with an emphasis on menopause and perimenopause, in February. Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, she offers – in addition to the traditional fee-for-service insurance model – concierge services in which patients pay a monthly or yearly fee for extended appointments and access […]

— Alumni Relations

Jennifer A. Gerres, D.P.M.’10

Dr. Gerres in March joined Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic LLC in Silver Spring, MD, and Washington, DC, as a foot and ankle surgeon and podiatrist. She previously practiced at Maple Springs Foot Center in Gaithersburg, MD.

— Alumni Relations

Erich W. Ottervanger, D.P.T.’10, & Kiley D. Ottervanger, D.O.’12

Drs. Ottervanger welcomed the birth of their daughter, Hadley Jane Ottervanger, on January 3, 2015. She is a healthy baby weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Erich practices with West Des Moines Physical Therapy, where his specialties include treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and post-surgical interventions. Kiley is a pediatrics resident with […]

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Katie S. Gratz, PA-C’11

Katie Gratz and her husband, Eric, welcomed the birth of their son, Emmett Mathew, on Jan. 8, 2015. Gratz is a physician assistant at Family Medicine of Mount Pleasant, in Mount Pleasant, IA.

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DMU students seek to be part of the solution

Last year Daniel Cole, D.O.’16 became one of 16 current and past DMU students who’ve landed, since 2009, prestigious summer internships through the University’s Global Health Pathways of Distinction program. But he was the first to work in the area of climate change. Supervised by Carlos Dora, M.D., Ph.D., a coordinator in the department of […]

— Barb Boose

In Our Backyard

If you don’t believe climate change is having a negative impact on America’s Heartland, ask Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. In 2008, he and local leaders across Iowa had to respond to a  so-called 500-year flood. Two years later, parts of the state were hit by three near-500-year floods. Those were followed by three years […]

— Barb Boose

Amy M. Pitzer, D.P.M.’05, FACFAS

Dr. Pitzer is board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She is also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Pitzer is in private practice in Greenville, NC.

— Alumni Relations

Todd C. Peterson, D.O.’09

Dr. Peterson is finishing a fellowship in adult reconstruction orthopedics at Southern Illinois University. His family is moving back to Des Moines so that he can join the team at Capital Orthopaedics in Clive, IA. They welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte, in October 2014.

— Alumni Relations