There are 40 full-time faculty members in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. A number of community physicians also participate as adjunct professors.

All faculty members keep an open door policy for student access. Although every student is assigned a faculty advisor to help with problems or questions, any faculty member is available for help with a course question. No specific office hours are kept as instructors are available throughout the school day. Many basic sciences faculty members have research laboratories and conduct ongoing research. Students with an interest in research are encouraged to participate in projects.


Anatomy Faculty

Muhammad Spocter, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomyMuhammad Spocter, Ph.D.
Director and Associate Professor
Donald Matz, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomyDonald Matz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Lauren Butaric, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomyLauren Butaric, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Rachel Dunn, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomyRachel Dunn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Heather Garvin-Elling, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomyHeather Garvin-Elling, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Julie Meachen, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomyJulie Meachen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Sarah Werning, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomySarah Werning, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Anatomy Staff

Jessica Campbell, Des Moines University Master of AnatomyJessica Campbell, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Edward Christopherson, Des Moines University Master of Science in AnatomyEdward Christopherson
Body Donation Coordinator
Ariel Gubatina, Des Moines University Anatomy LabAriel Gubatina
Anatomy Lab Specialist
Linda Jensen
Academic Assistant

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