Erich W. Ottervanger, D.P.T.’10, & Kiley D. Ottervanger, D.O.’12

Drs. Ottervanger welcomed the birth of their daughter, Hadley Jane Ottervanger, on January 3, 2015. She is a healthy baby weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Erich practices with West Des Moines Physical Therapy, where his specialties include treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and post-surgical interventions. Kiley is a pediatrics resident with […]

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Katie S. Gratz, PA-C’11

Katie Gratz and her husband, Eric, welcomed the birth of their son, Emmett Mathew, on Jan. 8, 2015. Gratz is a physician assistant at Family Medicine of Mount Pleasant, in Mount Pleasant, IA.

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Amy M. Pitzer, D.P.M.’05, FACFAS

Dr. Pitzer is board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She is also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Pitzer is in private practice in Greenville, NC.

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Todd C. Peterson, D.O.’09

Dr. Peterson is finishing a fellowship in adult reconstruction orthopedics at Southern Illinois University. His family is moving back to Des Moines so that he can join the team at Capital Orthopaedics in Clive, IA. They welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte, in October 2014.

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Erin M. Sinram, PA-C’11

Erin Ott Sinram, PA-C’11, and her spouse, Josh Sinram, welcomed daughter Nora Grace on Sept. 27, 2014, which is also Erin¹s birthday. She is a physician assistant at Covenant Clinic, Fairbank, IA, which is affiliated with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. She also was one of five DMU physician assistant alumni recently selected to receive the state-funded […]

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Sean T. Grambart, D.P.M.’01, FACFAS

Dr. Grambart, a Champaign/Urbana, IL, foot and ankle surgeon, was installed February 20, 2015, as president-elect of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons during its annual scientific conference in Phoenix. He practices with the Carle Physician Group, surgery department, in Champaign and at Kirby Hospital in Monticello, IL. He is board-certified in both […]

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Thomas F. Babcock, D.O.’88, Ph.D.

Thomas Babcock, D.O.’88, Ph.D., was among the authors of the article “Aiming for remission in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: the primary care goal,” published in February in Postgraduate Education. He is associate director of scientific publications, medical affairs, with Shire Pharmaceuticals in Wayne, PA.

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Thomas S. Haas, D.O.’88, FCAP

Thomas S. Haas, D.O., FCAP, an anatomic and clinical pathologist at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, WI, is a co-author of five recently published research papers. Two were published in the journal Applied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology of the Society for Applied Immunohistochemistry: “A New Rabbit Monoclonal E-Cadherin Antibody [EP700Y] Shows Higher Sensitivity […]

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Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H., M.H.A.’03

Jami Haberl was recently named executive director of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, a privately led, public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness. The community-focused effort is using the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® to measure progress toward the goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016. […]

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Omar Lateef, D.O.’99

Dr. Omar Lateef is the new chief medical officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a pulmonary and critical care medicine specialist and an associate professor of pulmonary medicine. “I am extremely excited to continue the great tradition of advanced health care at Rush,” he said.

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Steven I. Seidman, D.O.’83

Steven I. Seidman, D.O.’83, will be honored as a fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology, earning the designation FAOCR, during the annual convention and awards ceremony on April 22 in Las Vegas. He is a neuroradiologist with the Michigan Institute for Neurologic Disorders, or MIND, in Farmington Hills.

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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 […]

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