Alumni Spotlight: Blessy Varghese Peacedale, M.H.A.’14

Blessy Varghese Peacedale was a practicing physician in Kerala, India, when her spouse’s employer transferred him to Marshalltown, Iowa. Her decision to accompany him required her to make another decision – whether to pursue an American medical license.  “To complete the USMLE and a residency would have taken three to four years,” she says. “But […]

— Barb Boose

Alumni Spotlight: Kathy Goetz, M.H.A.’12

A nurse since 1979, Kathy Goetz increasingly took on administrative and management roles in her positions with the Iowa Heart Center. She decided earning her M.H.A. degree would allow her “to bring value” to the organization. “I am a life-long learner so going back to school was a great fit,” she notes. In 2013, a […]

— Barb Boose

Lauren R. Brown, M.P.H.’14

Ms. Brown recently accepted a position with Public Health Services of San Joaquin County in California. She is a public health educator in the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program.

— Alumni Relations

Cheryl L. Scott, D.P.T.’07

Dr. Scott became board-certified as a neurologic certified specialist (NSC) in 2014. She continues to be a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS), a certified stroke rehabilitation specialist (CSRS), and certified in the neuro-developmental treatment approach (c/NDT).

— Alumni Relations

Richard G. Nellis, M.S., PA-C’08

Richard Nellis earned a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in both hospital medicine and emergency medicine in 2013. He was also named clinical dyad lead for observation care within Minnesota’s Fairview Health System in 2014.

— Alumni Relations

Sujoy Bose, D.P.T.’11

Dr. Bose transitioned from clinical work to full-time academia in January 2014. He is assistant professor in Marshall University’s School of Physical Therapy in Huntington, WV.

— Alumni Relations

Kristin M. Halvarson, M.H.A.’10

Kristin Halvarson is the executive director at Community Health Services Inc. in Moorhead, MN. She recently received the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni honor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

— Alumni Relations

William H. Koller, M.H.A.’14, M.S.Ed.

Mr. Koller accepted a position as a decision support analyst with Marshalltown, IA, Medical and Surgical Center. He was previously working as a senior functional analyst with General Dynamics Information Technology in West Des Moines.

— Alumni Relations

Eric B. Johnson, PA-C’98

Eric Johnson celebrated his 16th year with Ogden Clinic in Utah. He started working there after graduating from DMU. He also recently finished the Utah Extreme Seven Series, the seven 100-mile ultra endurance runs in Utah, in one calendar year. He is the first person ever to achieve this accomplishment.

— Alumni Relations

MHA faculty earns prestigious credential

Richard Belloff, D.B.A., assistant professor in DMU’s master of health care administration (M.H.A.) program, recently was awarded fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential to signify board certification in health care management. Ann York, Ph.D., P.T., associate professor […]

— Barb Boose

PA students go big, take prize in volunteering

Given the intense curriculum and non-stop schedule of students in DMU’s physician assistant program, they could be rightfully expected to hoard any spare moments of down time for zoned-out sleep. Not so: Despite the high rigor and relentless pace of their academic pursuits, last year members of the PA Class of 2015 set a new record for the most volunteer hours per student. They also scorched their competition – their PA […]

— Barb Boose