Remembering a musical mother

David Lans, D.O.’81, always knew he would follow his father, Allan Lans, D.O.’58, into medicine, but his mother, Joan, inspired his love of music, art and the humanities. The two alumni have created a scholarship that memorializes Mrs. Lans, celebrates her influence and will soon benefit DMU students.

Doctors Defeat Lawyers

Every fall in Des Moines a battle rages between health care and the law, but we’re not talking in court. The annual Malpractice Bowl lets DMU students and Drake University law students take it out on the gridiron. DMU got the ball rolling in 1998.

Raising the next crop of rural care providers

Roy Fell, D.O.’54, devoted his career to making house calls, managing his bustling clinic and being on hospital call up to four nights a week, all while working to recruit more physicians to his rural Iowa community. How will we fill the professional shoes of such dedicated practitioners?

PA grad built blooming business

As a physician assistant, Kelly Thomason found herself juggling motherhood, a dermatology practice and an increasingly demanding event design firm, Bella Flora. Something had to give. Today, the firm has outgrown its space and routinely has to turn away more than half of their callers.

Perseverance pays off

Dana Jacob Messenger, D.O.’04, knew she wanted to be a doctor since elementary school, when her mother, Joan Jacob, found her dissecting a grasshopper with a box cutter. She and her husband, Andy, also knew they wanted to have children. Perseverance made both goals possible.

Family tragedy triggers career choice

A head-on, 60-mile-per-hour collision left 12-year-old Ashlee Mickle with hip and pelvis injuries; her mother with a broken neck; and her father with bruised organs and many crushed bones. As bad as all that was, though, Ashlee’s brother, Aaron, suffered the worst.

Going to the dogs

Todd Capistrant, D.O.’97, grew up enthralled by the great outdoors and American author Jack London’s stories of survival. Still, that doesn’t fully explain why he and his wife, Anne – who grew up terrified of canines – to respond to a classified ad about a sled dog team for sale.

Great Beginnings

The inauguration of DMU’s new president, Angela Walker Franklin, Ph.D., was a “seminal moment” in the University’s history and future that featured formalities, festivities, a fun run and a 50-passenger bus that trekked more than 1,100 miles to be part of the occasion.

Building Better Leaders

What are the traits, talents and tools that tomorrow’s health care leaders must possess? We asked some tried-and-true chiefs for their must-haves.

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