Alumni among IOMA officers and honorees

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Des Moines, IOMA represents the more than 1,000 osteopathic physicians practicing in Iowa. 

Elections were held this spring for trustees to the board of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association (IOMA).

DMU graduates serving as trustees include Dustin Arnold, D.O.’96, who was re-elected for a two-year term. He practices with UnityPoint Clinic Hospitalists in Cedar Rapids. Randall Messerly, D.O.’81, who operates Messerly Surgical Care in Manchester, was elected to a one-year term. Elected to a two-year term was Kaaren Olesen, D.O.’97, M.S., owner of Women’s Care Clinic PLC in Urbandale, assistant professor of specialty medicine at DMU and immediate past president of the Polk County Medical Society. Noreen O’Shea, D.O.’84, assistant professor of behavioral medicine, medical humanities and ethics at DMU and a family physician in Des Moines, was re-elected for a two-year term. 

Also elected to the position of speaker of the House was Kevin de Regnier, D.O.’85, FACOFP, dist., president of Madison County Medical Associates in Winterset. In March, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) named de Regnier its 2019 Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year (see article on page 33). 

Other alumni representatives on the IOMA board who were not up for election this year are Brian Meeker, D.O.’84, trustee, with the Vinton Family Medical Clinic; and Dan Arnold, D.O.’99, immediate past president, with UnityPoint Express Care in Rock Island. 

Four alumni were granted life membership in the association, given to regular or honorary members who have reached the age of 70 and have been IOMA members in good standing for 25 years immediately preceding. These members retain all membership benefits.

  • Don Anderson, D.O.’75, was a general surgeon in Des Moines for many years. Upon retirement from surgery, he continued doing consulting. He joined IOMA in 1997. 
  • Mark Bickley, D.O.’80, is a family physician who practices at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. He joined IOMA in 1981. 
  • David Friedgood, D.O.’76, practices at Mercy Ruan Neurology Clinic and Research Center in Des Moines. He is board-certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He joined IOMA in 1980.
  • Linda Robinson, D.O.’80, practices family medicine in Carlisle until her recent retirement to Florida. She joined IOMA in 1982. 

IOMA officers and trustees selected Greg Cohen, D.O.’91, FACOFP, dist., as the 2019 Physician of the Year. The award is given to a member who has exhibited a notable commitment to his or her profession, patients and colleagues. Cohen completed his rotating internship and family medicine residency at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, NY. He is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and is a Fellow with distinction of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. 

In a nomination for the award, one of Cohen’s colleagues wrote, “He practices osteopathic medicine as it was meant to be practiced every day. He is a genuine advocate for his profession. He cares deeply for his patients and works tirelessly for this profession at the local and national levels.” 

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