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.

PA program marks 30th anniversary

Happy birthday to the “other white coat” program that is preparing students for a profession expected to grow exponentially in the years ahead. DMU’s PA grads will be ready: The Class of 2011, for example, had a 98 percent first-time pass rate on the certifying exam.

“You just have to start somewhere”

Once upon a time, Laurie Clair was the homeless single mother of a three-month-old. That didn’t stop her from pursuing her professional dream. What sustained her were her enormous work ethic, some strong and loyal supporters and a strategically placed Post-it note.

Keep in mind: 10 tips for brain wellness

We have good reason to worry about losing mental function as we age. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, in 2010 an estimated 35.6 million people worldwide were living with dementia, a number that is expected to nearly double every 20 years. But don’t despair, advises Robert Bender Jr., M.D.

We want to hear from you

Des Moines University is seeking comments about the University from alumni and the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. DMU will host a visit Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2012, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Six leaders join DMU Board of Trustees

They’re a diverse group of leaders in health care, justice and business, but the six new members of the DMU Board of Trustees all share a commitment to the advancement of the University.

Portrait brings profits

A painting of the founder of osteopathic medicine, produced and provided by a DMU professor, pulled in $1,000 to support the activities of medical student leaders.