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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 0 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 19 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 22 min

UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 46 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 55 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 4 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 43 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 40 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 9 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

Current Estimated Wait:
2 hr 18 min

Valerie's Weight Loss Success Story

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valerie after weight loss with children

"I was usually in constant pain when I tried to be active pre-surgery. I was always tired, had high blood pressure/cholesterol and my weight had gotten to the point where it was affecting both my own life and the lives of my family. I would get turned away from rides at Disneyland and my kids would be confused as to why they couldn’t get on the ride. It felt impossible to explain to them I was the reason. 

Valerie pictured with family before surgery.

Finally, while I was pregnant with my son, my OBGYN told me I wouldn’t live to see him graduate. It was then I knew I had to do something. I didn’t want to go through life like this any longer. Honestly, I wouldn’t even consider what I was doing as living. I wanted my lifestyle to change. I was desperate to be present and active in my kids’ lives and I decided I’d do whatever it took to play, laugh and watch them grow. 

After doing the research and consulting with my primary care doctor, I decided on Gastric Sleeve surgery in 2014. It took extensive research and I quickly learned this would not be the ‘easy way out.’ Throughout the process, you have to make sacrifices all of the time and endure some very painful days. It’s a lifelong journey and commitment, and one you can never take a step back from. 

Since the surgery, I have lost 150 pounds. I can ride on ANY ride I want and get to see the elation on my kids’ faces. I no longer have to shop at specialty stores to find something that might actually fit. I play softball, volleyball, run and ride my bike all of the time with no pain or exhaustion. 


If you are on the fence about having surgery, my advice is to make sure your mind is in the right place. This is a complete lifestyle adjustment. You must follow the instructions given and cut out all the bad things in your life, especially the ones that put you there in the first place. You didn’t gain the weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight either, but you will be happy with the results. This is not an easy process, but it did save my life. 

I can’t say enough about the weight loss team at UnityPoint Clinic. Dr. LaMasters really cares about you as a person, and as a family. To her, you are not a number or a statistic, but rather a part of a lifelong family and support system. The way she comes and speaks to you and your family on a personal level is something I’ve never experienced before with a physician. It shows that she truly cares about you and your success. Thanks to this process, I will happily watch my kids AND my grandkids graduate."

- Valerie B.