DMU announces 2017 Alumni of the Year

Des Moines University applauds its graduates who work every day to enhance the health and well-being of their communities, the nation and the world. These distinguished individuals include this year's Alumni of the Year - Shane McClinton, Steven Grekin and Gage Caudell.

Shane McClinton, M.S.P.T.’01, D.P.T.’07, Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS
College of Health Sciences

Dr. Shane McClinton is a physical therapist at the DMU Clinic and assistant professor in the department of physical therapy, College of Health Sciences. His clinical emphasis is on the management of orthopedic conditions including individuals with persisting pain disorders and endurance athletes.

McClinton coordinates the DMU Running and Cycling Clinic, focusing on movement analysis, injury prevention and rehabilitation for runners, cyclists and triathletes of all ages. He is board-certified in orthopedics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. His current research is on the outcomes of physical therapy treatment for plantar heel pain and injured runners, and examination of characteristics associated with these painful conditions. He has several peer-reviewed publications on the management of lower extremity conditions and running-related injuries and is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences.

McClinton earned his master of science in physical therapy at DMU in 2001 and his doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. He completed a fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy at Regis University in Denver in 2009. He recently completed graduation requirements for a doctorate in philosophy in orthopedic and sports science through Rocky Mountain University in Provo, UT.

Steven K. Grekin, D.O.'89, FAOCD
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Steven Grekin, founder of the Grekin Skin Institute, provides dermatological care within many segments of the medical market in Michigan and is rapidly expanding nationally. His primary mission is to create the vision for service cultures to deliver extraordinary care and medical treatment of a patient’s health and well-being.

Grekin continues his family legacy of more than 100 years of physicians, including seven dermatologists. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in gerontology and his medical degree at DMU, he studied under the tutelage of world leaders in dermatology and gerontology. He has several offices in Michigan with plans for future expansion. In 2014, he merged the Grekin Skin Institute with Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, creating the largest dermatology practice in the country. Grekin also has been a lead researcher at the International Skin Rejuvenation Institute in Paris and Quebec. Through his extensive connections within the dermatology community, he has been able to bring cutting-edge medicines and procedures from pharmaceutical companies to the clinical research division of Grekin Laboratories.

Grekin has provided inspiration and leadership as chief executive officer of Bedside Medical Group, offering a new standard in dermatological care for the elderly. He has taken these services to the bedside for the senior market and is expanding the operations in other markets nationally. He practices at the Warren, Shelby Township, Wyandotte and Lathrup Village locations.

Gage M. Caudell, D.P.M.’05, FACFAS
College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Gage Caudell has been partner and owner of Fort Wayne Orthopedics in Fort Wayne, IN, since 2010. Prior to that, he practiced with Superior Medical Care, a multispecialty physician group in Sheffield Village, OH.

Board-certified in foot surgery and foot and ankle reconstruction by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Caudell is an associate faculty member at the Podiatry Institute in Atlanta. Since 2013 he has been the scientific co-chairman of the comprehensive course on internal fixation for reconstructive surgery and trauma of the foot and ankle of the American Academy of Foot and Ankle Osteosynthesis. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a member of several professional organizations, including the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Podiatric Medical Associations of Indiana and Ohio.

Caudell earned his bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of Evansville in 2001 and his doctor of podiatric medicine degree at DMU in 2005. He completed his residency at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland. A campus leader as a DMU student, he served on the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Alumni Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012 and on the University’s Alumni Association Board from 2011 to 2014.

Part of DMU's 2017 Year in Review

A look back at some of the DMU's accomplishments and highlights from the year.

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