Amber L. Buyck, PA-C’08

Buyck and her husband, Derek, welcomed a daughter, Norah Mae, into their family on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 12:34 a.m. Buyck is a surgical physician assistant at Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons in West Des Moines.

James N. Weston, PA-C’05

Weston is the lead physician assistant for orthopedics at Evanston and Skokie Hospitals in Skokie, IL, where he practices with North Shore University Health Systems.

Sheena K. Cortner, PA-C’09

Cortner (maiden name Wright) and Malcolm Cortner were married in August 2011. She works in emergency medicine with Iowa Health System in Des Moines.

Heather M. Dederman, PA-C’09

Dederman and her husband, Nick, welcomed their first child, Katelyn Corrine, on Dec. 18, 2011. The family resides in Norfolk, NE, where Dederman practices emergency medicine with Faith Regional Health Services.

Danniele S. Anderson, PA-C’11

Anderson (maiden name Richardson) joined Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, IA, and practices family medicine and women’s health at the McCrary Rost Clinic in Lake City.

Alissa A. Paul, PA-C’07

Paul (maiden name Hallstrom) and Joe Paul were married on February 17, 2012, in Roseville, MN. She practices at Minute Clinic in Woodbury, MN, and he is a senior negotiation consultant at Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

Melissa Pechan, PA-C’04

Pechan and her husband, Brian, welcomed a daughter, Jocelyn, on December 12, 2011. Jocelyn joins sister Maya at the family’s Oregon, WI, home. Melissa is a neuroendovascular surgery physician assistant in Oregon.

Patricia L. Dearduff, PA-C’93

Dearduff retired from the Polk County Health Department and now serves as a volunteer and a harpist for Hospice of Central Iowa, taking music to the very sick and dying. She and her husband, James, reside in Clive, IA.

U.S. Army Captain Barbara A. Krugler, PA-C’01

Krugler was named 2011 Iowa Physician Assistant of the Year. She served in Afghanistan from November 2010 through July 2011. She practices at the Veterans Administration Central Iowa pain clinic and resides in Adel.

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