UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Our Providers

Laser Vision Correction (Lasik) Surgeons

S. Ejaz Husain, MD, FACS
Associated Ophthalmologists

S. Ejaz Husain, MDDr. Husain graduated from Brown University and received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Brown University School of Medicine.  He completed his Ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he also completed a two-year surgical fellowship program in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Husain was a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine where he taught Anterior Segment and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Husain has been involved in laser vision correction since 1994. He has authored over twenty research articles and educational chapters in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is the recipient of the prestigious Paul Kayser scholarship awarded by the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology for Refractive Surgery. He is certified to perform Custom LASIK, Custom Advanced Surface Ablation (Flap free laser vision correction) and is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Surgical expertise for Dr. Husain includes all type of Refractive Surgery, Lifestyle Cataract Lens Surgery, and Laser Vision Correction.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, American College of Eye Surgeons, American Medical Association and the Iowa Medical Society.

Valerie K. Kounkel, DO
Physician's Eye Clinic

Valerie Kounkel, DODr. Kounkel graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicne and completed her internship at Henry Ford Health System-Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Trenton, MI. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Ohio University-Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Dr. Kounkel is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology.

She is a member of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology,  American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Osteopathic Association and the Polk County Medical Society. She is President of the Des Moines Ophthalmic Society.

Dr. Kounkel is a clinical instructor for Des Moines University and the University of Iowa.

Dr. Kounkel has been performing laser vision correction and cataract surgery since 2000. She performs custom and standard LASIK, advanced surface ablation, and cataract surgery using new technology lenses to correct astigmatism.

Cataract Surgeons

Beth Amspaugh, MD
Physician's Eye Clinic


Beth Amspaugh, MDDr. Amspaugh received her medical education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. She completed her internship with St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center in Indianapolis, Indiana and her ophthalmology residency with Indiana University School of Medicine, also in Indianapolis.

Dr. Amspaugh is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Elizabeth Brown, MD
Physician's Eye Clinic

Elizabeth Brown, MDDr. Brown received her medical education from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City. She completed her internship and transitional residency with the Latter Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and her ophthalmic residency with the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Brown is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.