Alumni spotlight: Kyle T. Pearson, D.P.M., M.H.A.’11

I attended Luther College in Decorah, IA. My favorite part of my job/residency is acquiring new cutting-edge techniques and knowledge about the medical, podiatric and orthopedic fields on a daily basis. While training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, residents receive top-quality on- and off-service rotations in which we work side by side with residents and attending [...]

Alumni spotlight: Traci A. Bush, D.H.S., M.S.P.T.’95

I am a licensed occupational therapist (University of Missouri-Columbia) and physical therapist (DMU). I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings and currently practice as a PRN therapist in the DMU PT Clinic. I joined DMU in 1997 as the manager of the DMU PT Clinic and part-time faculty member in the DMU MSPT Program. I am currently [...]

Alumni spotlight: Carla A. Stebbins, Ph.D., M.H.A.’93

I’ve worked at DMU in a variety of positions since 1992. I started my career as a student in the M.H.A. program and worked part-time as an academic secretary. I later moved into a staff position for the M.H.A. program coordinating the marketing and enrollment efforts. In 1999, I was offered a faculty position and in 2004 was asked to serve as the director [...]

Alumni spotlight: Ginni M. Peterson, M.S.P.T.’99

I grew up on a farm in Eastern Iowa and attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA, before coming to DMU. I am a part-time physical therapist with Iowa Health in West Des Moines, IA, at an orthopedic outpatient clinic. Patient issues vary from neck pain to foot pain and a lot are post-surgical rotator cuff repairs and total knee replacements. I have an emphasis in working with athletes [...]

Alumni spotlight: Mollie M. James, D.O., M.P.H.’03

I received my bachelor’s degree from Drake University in 1999, my doctorate in osteopathic medicine from DMU in 2003 and my master’s in public health from DMU in 2007. I completed my residency at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA, my first surgical research fellowship with DMU and Mercy and a critical care fellowship at the University of Minnesota. I am a surgical intensivist [...]

Alumni spotlight: Kari R. Smith, D.P.T.’04

I became a certified athletic trainer in 1996 after graduating from South Dakota State University. I earned my masters of science degree from DMU in 1998 and completed the post professional doctorate of physical therapy program in 2004. I worked for six years in private practice clinics in east Des Moines and Altoona before joining DMU. Now I work in the physical therapy clinic [...]

Alumni spotlight: Susan L. Schooler, PA-C’92

I’m an Iowa native. I practiced in ear, nose and throat medicine and facial plastic surgery for five years, in dermatology for four years and in plastic surgery for five years before starting my own practice approximately four years ago. I provide dermatology services and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures at Schooler Medical Professionals in West Des Moines, IA. I enjoy providing [...]

Alumni spotlight: Sarah M. Pavelka, M.H.A.’01

I have more than 11 years experience teaching and coaching in organizational performance and 13 years as an occupational therapist. My background includes speaking and facilitation engagements in business, industry, education and healthcare. My previous employment experiences include service as a quality management director for the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care [...]

Alumni spotlight: Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H., M.H.A.’03

Upon graduation from Iowa State University in community health education, I started my career at the American Cancer Society in St. Paul, MN. From there I moved back to Iowa to earn my degrees at DMU while working at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). At IDPH I was introduced to the world of public health and healthcare preparedness. I took a short break and [...]

Alumni spotlight: Cynthia L. Swoyer, M.P.H.’07

B.S., University of Iowa, 1977; M.P.H., Des Moines University 2007. I am a bereavement counselor at Hospice of Central Iowa in Des Moines, IA. I counsel family members, friends, staff after the death of a loved one; facilitate grief groups throughout the metro on a monthly basis; offer memorial services to metro nursing facilities; offer memorial services quarterly at Bright [...]

Sandra Teague Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sandra Teague was caring, fun-loving, outgoing and relentlessly independent. A racquetball injury and subsequent treatment by a physical therapist opened …