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 […]

— Alumni Relations

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.

— Alumni Relations

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

Erin M. Sinram, PA-C’11

Erin Ott Sinram, PA-C’11, and her spouse, Josh Sinram, welcomed daughter Nora Grace on Sept. 27, 2014, which is also Erin¹s birthday. She is a physician assistant at Covenant Clinic, Fairbank, IA, which is affiliated with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. She also was one of five DMU physician assistant alumni recently selected to receive the state-funded […]

— Alumni Relations

Anatomy word of the month: pituitary

“Mucus, phlegm” in Latin.  Ancient anatomists thought the pituitary produced the mucous secretions of the nose.  The pituitary is a pea-sized gland hanging from a stalk on the undersurface of the brain.  It is well protected in a bony depression, the sella turcica, in the floor of the cranial cavity.  The gland is located near […]

— Bill Dyche