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“Let go and let God”

“As a practicing surgeon, I thought I was God, and everyone affirms it. I found out that I’m a normal human – one day I was a physician, the next day I might not have a job. That was good life training.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Really getting away from it all

“I started pretty young competing with a bullwhip… In one competition, we had to hit a bandana out of a cardboard-cutout man’s back pocket and a cigar out of his mouth. I won that competition.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Disciplined lifestyle offers an energized escape

“I’m 43. Herein lies the challenge: There is no master’s level in the professional shows, so I’ll have to compete against 20- and 30-year-olds. But I do it to inspire and encourage women of all ages.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Keeping the wheels turning

“My wife, Julie, gave me a bicycle on my 50th birthday. I wasn’t as appreciative as I probably should have been. Now, seven years later, I own three bicycles….I’ve set a goal of riding 25,000 miles total by my 60th birthday.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Life is complicated; birth control doesn’t have to be

Almost half of all pregnancies in Iowa and across the U.S. are unintended, one of the highest levels in the developed world. An Iowa initiative is working to counter that, giving women and men resources to avoid the stork.

Fall 2012
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Modified instruction in the tango, says Marnie Coutts, D.P.T.’12, can help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their gait, balance, cognition and social lives. She says it combines the “art of connection” with the “science of movement.”

Tango: more than just a dance for Parkinson’s patients

Alumna Marnie Coutts wants more than two to tango: She says the Argentinian version of the dance can benefit people with this debilitating disease.

DMU Profiles, Fall 2012
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Huxley, IA, physical therapist Rob Drew, here cheering on the Ballard girls’ basketball team at the girls’ state basketball tournament in March, was given the Sports Medicine Award by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

PT alumnus receives state sports medicine award

After 15 years of mending athletes and reviving their spirits, Rob Drew got his time in the spotlight for doing what he finds “very rewarding.”

DMU Profiles, Fall 2012
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DMU dominates West Penn’s podiatric residency. Graduates in the program and CPMS students recently on rotation there include, from left, Colin Zdenek, John Erickson and Kyle Moore, members of the CPMS Class of 2013; Class of 2012 members Erica Evans, John Baca and Tee Adeleke; Phil Richardson, D.P.M.’11; Kyle Peterson, D.P.M.’10; Matthew Hentges, D.P.M.’11; Brian Dix, D.P.M.’11; Peter Stasko, D.P.M.’09; and Jared Maker, D.P.M.’10. True to the camaraderie among West Penn residents, the group had gathered for a picnic.

DMU grads rock West Penn podiatric residency program

DMU podiatric medical students and graduates enjoy a top-choice residency program they say feels like a family.

Alumni News, Fall 2012
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