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Des Moines University has a wide variety of experts available to discuss many medical, health and science-related topics.

To set up an interview or for all media inquiries, please contact the marketing and communications office:

Kendall Dillon
Director of Marketing and Communications
515-271-1661
kendall.dillon@dmu.edu

Abbreviation key

ATC – athletic trainer certification
CHES – certified health education specialist
CMD – certified medical director
CMT – certified mortuary technician
CSCS – certified strength and conditioning specialist
EdD – doctor of education
EMT – emergency medical technician
FAAFM – fellow, American Association of Family Medicine
FACFAS – fellow, American Foot and Ankle Surgeons
FAHA – fellow, American Heart Association
M.A. – master of art
M.H.A. – master of health care administration
M.G.S. – master in general studies
M.L.S. – master of library studies
M.O.S. – Microsoft Office specialist
M.P.A. – master of public administration
M.P.A.S. – master of physician assistant studies
M.P.H. – master of public health
M.S.P.T. – master of science in physical therapy
OTR/L – occupational therapist registered/licensed
PA-C – physician assistant-certified
RN – registered nurse

Topics:

Aging

Traci Bush, M.S.P.T., OTR/L
Doctor of physical therapy program director & assistant professor
Geriatrics related to physical therapy; tips to reduce arthritis pain; current therapeutic treatments for arthritis

Kyla Carney, D.O., M.S.
Family medicine faculty
Staying healthy at any age; osteoporosis

George Clavenna, D.O., M.P.H.
Professor
Cataract surgery; glaucoma; macular degeneration

Yogesh Shah, M.D., CMD, FAAFM
Associate dean of global Health & associate professor
Dementia; acute confusion; elder care

Wayne H. Terry, Ph.D.
Associate professor
The biology of aging; theories of aging; general application of aging concepts to clinical medicine; general pharmacology of aging; miscellaneous aging/gerontology/geriatrics topics; factors affecting the aging process; core principles of aging as they relate to health care

Roberta Wattleworth, D.O., M.H.A., M.P.H.
Family practice department chair, professor and director of the simulation lab
Post-menopausal issues; end of life care; right to die issues

Alzheimer’s dementia

Yogesh Shah, M.D., CMD, FAAFM
Associate dean of global health & associate professor
Dementia; acute confusion

Arthritis

Traci Bush, M.S.P.T., OTR/L
Doctor of physical therapy program director & assistant professor
Tips to reduce arthritis pain; current therapeutic treatments for arthritis

Body donation

Clayton J. Carlson, CMT
Anatomical coordinator
Whole body donation; anatomical embalming

Cancer

Kendall Reed, D.O.
College of Osteopathic Medicine professor of surgery
medical education; breast, lung, colon and pancreas cancer

Cardiology (heart)

Gary Hoff, D.O.
Associate professor
Heart disease, particularly heart attacks; hypertension; heart failure

Donald G. Matz, Ph.D.
Anatomy department chair and associate professor
Cardiovascular anatomy

Contraceptive management

Jolene Kelly, PA-C, M.P.A.S.
Physician assistant program director
Women’s health

Roberta Wattleworth, D.O., M.H.A., M.P.H.
Family practice department chair, professor and director of the simulation lab
Contraceptive management; sexually transmitted diseases

Depression

J. Jeffrey Means, Ph.D., M.S.
Behavioral medicine department chair
Effects of traumatic experience, abuse or neglect; dissacociative disorders; self-psychology

Des Moines University history

Kathy Scaglione
Registrar
Des Moines University history

Diabetes

George Clavenna, D.O., M.P.H.
Professor of ophthalmology
Diabetic retinopathy

Adrian Lynne Woolley, D.O.
Assistant professor of family practice and osteopathic manual medicine
Family practice topics

Exercise

Joy Schiller, M.S., CHES
Director of wellness
Nutrition; physical activity; making positive lifestyle changes

Kari Smith, D.P.T., ATC
Physical therapy clinic manager
Pilates

Family medicine

Kyla Carney, D.O., M.S.
Family medicine faculty
Common family medicine topics; staying healthy at any age; anticipatory guidance of infants, children, adolescents

Gregory J. Kolbinger, M.P.A.S.
Assistant professor
Family medicine

Roberta Wattleworth, D.O., M.H.A., M.P.H.
Family medicine department chair, professor
Family medicine issues

Adrian Lynne Woolley, D.O.
Assistant professor of family medicine and osteopathic manual medicine
Family medicine topics

Free Clinics of Iowa

Wendy Gray, M.S.
Executive Director of the Free Clinics of Iowa
Free health care clinics
Free Clinics of Iowa Organization

Gastric bypass

Carolyn Beverly, M.D., M.P.H.
College of Health Sciences medical director & assistant professor
Gastric bypass surgery

General health

Carolyn Beverly, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant professor, Master of Public Health program

Jodi L. Cahalan, M.P.H., M.S., PA-C
College of Health Sciences dean
Preventive medicine

Roberta Wattleworth, D.O., M.H.A., M.P.H.
Family medicine department chair & professor
General health topics

Medical research

Wayne Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of biochemistry
Protein structure and function; recombinant protein expression; protein engineering

Mental wellness

Carolyn Beverly, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant professor
Mental health recovery issues

J. Jeffrey Means, Ph.D., M.S.
Behavioral medicine department chair
Effects of traumatic experience, abuse and neglect; dissacociative disorders

Joy Schiller, M.S., CHES
Director of wellness
Making positive lifestyle changes

Nutrition

Joy Schiller, M.S., CHES
Director of wellness
Nutrition

Opthalmology (eyes)

George Clavenna, D.O., M.P.H.
Professor of ophthalmology
Cataracts; cataract surgery; glaucoma; diabetic retinopathy; macular degeneration; external disease of the eye; oculoplastic surgery; pediatric ophthalmology

Osteopathic manual medicine

Adrian Lynne Woolley, D.O.
Assistant professor of family practice and osteopathic manual medicine
Osteopathic manual medicine (OMM)

Pain

Traci Bush, M.S.P.T., OTR/L
Doctor of physical therapy program director & assistant professor
Occupational therapy and physical therapy; osteoporosis, upper extremity pathology and treatment; ergonomics and occupational health; geriatrics related to physical therapy and occupational therapy; manual therapy; tips to reduce arthritis pain; current therapeutic treatments for arthritis

Pediatrics

Kathy Mercuris, M.G.S.
Associate professor of physical therapy
Pediatric physical therapy

Pharmacology

Edward P. Finnerty, Ph.D.
Professor of physiology/pharmacology
Pharmacology; neuropharmacology; clinical chemistry

Wayne H. Terry, Ph.D.
Associate professor of physiology
General pharmacology of aging

Physical therapy

Traci Bush, M.S.P.T., OTR/L
Doctor of physical therapy program director & assistant professor
Occupational therapy and physical therapy; osteoporosis, upper extremity pathology and treatment; ergonomics and occupational health; geriatrics related to physical therapy and occupational therapy; manual therapy; tips to reduce arthritis pain; current therapeutic treatments for arthritis

Laura Covill, D.P.T., M.H.S.
Physical therapy instructor
Orthopedic rehabilitation; any topic related to physical therapy

Shane McClinton, M.S.P.T., CSCS
Physical therapist
Orthopedic injuries/rehabilitation; injuries/rehabilitation in runners; clinical motion analysis; physical therapy (orthopedic, manual or sports)

Kathy Mercuris, B.S.P.T., M.G.S.
Associate professor of physical therapy
Neurologic rehabilitation; vestibular rehabilitation; pediatric physical therapy

Kari Smith, D.P.T., ATC
Physical therapy clinic manager
Physical therapy

Vassilios G. Vardaxis, Ph.D.
Associate professor of physical therapy
Normal and pathological gait; balance and falls in older adults; lower extremity total joint replacement outcome assessment; measurements and analysis of human movement; biomechanical assessment of seating and lifting

Physician assistants

Jodi L. Cahalan, M.P.H., M.S., PA-C
College of Health Sciences dean
Physician assistants

Jolene Kelly, PA-C, M.P.A.S.
Physician assistant program director
Women’s health; physician assistant issues; Iowa Physician Assistants Society

Gregory J. Kolbinger, M.P.A.S.
Assistant professor, Family Medicine

Podiatry (foot and ankle)

John D. Bennett, D.P.M.
Assistant professor of podiatric medicine
Wound care; limb salvage

James M. Mahoney, D.P.M.
College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery assistant dean for academic affairs
Sports injuries; podiatric dermatology; antibiotic therapy; MRI interpretation; pain management; evidence—based medicine

Kevin Smith, D.P.M.
Associate dean for clinical affairs in podiatry & Foot and Ankle Institute physician
Foot and ankle surgery; lower extremity deformity correction

Robert Yoho, D.P.M., M.S., FACFAS
College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery dean & Foot and Ankle Institute physician
Sport injuries; podiatric medical education; common foot and ankle problems

Public health

Carolyn Beverly, M.D., M.P.H.
Master of Public Health program

Sexually transmitted diseases

Jolene Kelly, PA-C, M.P.A.S.
Physician assistant program director
Women’s health

Roberta Wattleworth, D.O., M.H.A., M.P.H.
Family practice department chair, professor and director of the simulation lab
Contraceptive management; sexually transmitted diseases

Sports injuries

James M. Mahoney, D.P.M.
College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery assistant dean for academic affairs
Sports injuries

Shane McClinton, M.S.P.T., CSCS
Physical therapist
Injuries/rehabilitation in runners; clinical motion analysis

Women in leadership

Jodi L. Cahalan, M.P.H., M.S., PA-C
College of Health Sciences dean
Women in leadership, especially higher education

Carla Stebbins, Ph.D.
Health care administration program director & associate professor
Management/leadership

Women’s health

Kyla Carney, D.O., M.S.
Family medicine faculty
Women’s health issues including pap smears, breast exams, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, etc.

Jolene Kelly, PA-C, M.P.A.S.
Physician assistant program director
Women’s health

Roberta Wattleworth, D.O., M.H.A., M.P.H.
Family practice department chair, professor and director of the simulation lab
Post-menopausal issues; hormone replacement; contraceptive management; sexually transmitted diseases

Wound care

John D. Bennett, D.P.M.
Assistant professor
Wound care

Sources (alphabetical)

John D. Bennett, D.P.M.
Assistant professor
Wound care; limb salvage

Carolyn Beverly, M.D., M.P.H.
College of Health Sciences medical director & assistant professor
Preventive medicine; routine public health issues; gastric bypass surgery; mental health recovery issues

Traci Bush, M.S.P.T., OTR/L
Doctor of physical therapy program director & assistant professor
Occupational therapy and physical therapy; osteoporosis, upper extremity pathology and treatment; ergonomics and occupational health; geriatrics related to physical therapy and occupational therapy; manual therapy; tips to reduce arthritis pain; current therapeutic treatments for arthritis

Jodi L. Cahalan, M.P.H., M.S., PA-C
College of Health Sciences dean
Women in leadership, especially higher education; physician assistants; preventive medicine

Craig Canby, Ph.D.
Master of science in anatomy program director & professor
Anatomical variations; gross anatomy; technology-enabled learning in anatomy

Kyla Carney, D.O., M.S.
Family medicine faculty
Common family medicine topics; staying healthy at any age; anticipatory guidance of infants, children, adolescents; women’s health issues including pap smears, breast exams, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, etc.

Clayton J. Carlson, CMT
Anatomical coordinator
Whole body donation; anatomical embalming

George Clavenna, D.O., M.P.H.
Professor
Cataracts; cataract surgery; glaucoma; diabetic retinopathy; macular degeneration; external disease of the eye; oculoplastic surgery; pediatric ophthalmology

Laura Covill, D.P.T., M.H.S.
Physical therapy instructor
Orthopedic rehabilitation; any topic related to physical therapy

Edward P. Finnerty, Ph.D.
Professor
Neuroscience; pharmacology; neuropharmacology; physiology; clinical chemistry; laboratory medicine

Wendy Gray, M.S.
Executive Director of the Free Clinics of Iowa
Free Health Care Clinics; Free Clinics of Iowa Organization

Matthew Henry, Ph.D
Assistant professor
George Washington Carver Academy After School Program

Gary Hoff, D.O.
Internal medicine department chair & associate professor
Heart disease, particularly heart attacks; hypertension; hypercholesterolemia; heart failure

Jolene Kelly, PA-C, M.P.A.S.
Physician assistant program director
Women’s health; physician assistant issues; Iowa Physician Assistants Society

Gregory J. Kolbinger, M.P.A.S.
Physician assistants; family practice

James M. Mahoney, D.P.M.
College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery assistant dean for academic affairs
Sports injuries; podiatric dermatology; antibiotic therapy; MRI interpretation; pain management; evidence—based medicine

Donald G. Matz, Ph.D.
Anatomy department chair & associate professor
Des Moines University’s Body Donor Program; anatomical variation; cardiovascular anatomy

Shane McClinton, M.S.P.T., CSCS
Physical therapist
Orthopedic injuries/rehabilitation; injuries/rehabilitation in runners; clinical motion analysis; physical therapy (orthopedic, manual or sports)

J. Jeffrey Means, Ph.D., M.S.
Behavioral medicine department chair
Effects of traumatic experience, abuse or neglect; dissacociative disorders; self-psychology; religious and spiritual issues in patient care

Kathy Mercuris, M.G.S.
Associate professor
Neurologic rehabilitation; vestibular rehabilitation; pediatric physical therapy

Kendall Reed, D.O.
College of Osteopathic Medicine professor
Medical education; breast, lung, colon or pancreas cancer

Julie Ronnebaum, M.S.P.T.
Instructor
Cardiopulmonary physical therapy; physical therapy in the ICU/acute care settings

Joy Schiller, M.S., CHES
Director of wellness
Nutrition; physical activity; making positive lifestyle changes

Martin Schmidt, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
Genetics; biochemistry; yeast; cell division; fungal cell walls; molecular biology

Yogesh Shah, M.D., CMD, FAAFM
Associate dean of global health & associate professor
Dementia; acute confusion; elder care

Kevin Smith, D.P.M.
Associate dean for clinical affairs in podiatry & Foot and Ankle Institute physician
Foot and ankle surgery; lower extremity deformity correction

Kari Smith, D.P.T., ATC
Physical Therapy Clinic manager
Physical therapy; Guillian Barre syndrome; Pilates

Carla Stebbins, Ph.D.
Health care administration program director & assistant professor
Management/leadership; psychological type theory (MBTI); physician or clinician/patient communication; empathy

Tim Steele, Ph.D.
Microbiology and immunology department chair & professor
Immune system function; tumor immunotherapy

Wayne H. Terry, Ph.D.
Associate professor
The biology of aging; theories of aging; general application of aging concepts to clinical medicine; general pharmacology of aging; miscellaneous aging/gerontology/geriatrics topics; factors affecting the aging process; core principles of aging as they relate to health care

Vassilios G. Vardaxis, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Normal and pathological gait; balance and falls in older adults; lower extremity total joint replacement outcome assessment; measurements and analysis of human movement; biomechanical assessment of seating and lifting

Roberta Wattleworth, D.O., M.H.A., M.P.H.
Family practice department chair, professor and director of the simulation lab
Post-menopausal issues; hormone replacement; contraceptive management; sexually transmitted diseases; end of life care; right to die issues; family practice issues; general health topics

Wayne Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
Protein structure and function; recombinant protein expression; protein engineering

Adrian Lynne Woolley, D.O.
Assistant professor
Family practice topics; musculoskeletal pain; osteopathic manual medicine (OMM)

Robert Yoho, D.P.M., M.S., FACFAS
College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery dean & Foot and Ankle Institute physician
Sport Injuries; podiatric medical education; common foot and ankle problems