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 First Year Residents

 

 Samantha Banser, D.O.

Samantha completed her undergraduate degree at Wartburg College and her medical schooling at DMU. In her spare time Samantha enjoys everything outdoors-hiking, snow skiing, building snow forts, jogging, gardening, and roofing. Yep-roofing. She recently inherited her grandfather's accordion and would love to learn how to play. if you know of anyone who could teach her, let us know. Hey-maybe she could even work out a trade-she could roof the house of the person who gives her accordion lessons. 

 

Madeline Godar, M.D. 

 

Sabrina Martinez, M.D.

Sabrina received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York and her medical degree before the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She enjoys cooking, baking and eating delicious food. Finally-someone who just says the way it is. We love this about her! She doesn't get all mixed up with fancy phrases like "I enjoy trying new restaurants" or "I enjoy exploring exotic cuisines." No-"I like eating delicious food" period. How refreshing is that? When Sabrina isn't working, you could find her at any good taco shop where she is, you guessed it, eating delicious food.

 

Matthew Molin, D.O. 

Matt is a graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul and DMU. Matt is truly invested in the arts. He has played piano since the age of 10 and has started composing his own music. His favorite band of all time is Creedence Clearwater Revival. He is likely to pull out the swing dance moves at random weddings and he loves exploring new craft breweries. Yes-taste testing beer is a form of art too! And, who but a fan of the arts under the age of 55, even knows who Creedence Clearwater Revival is?

 

 Tyler Olson, M.D.

 

Cameron Overcash, M.D.

Second Year Residents

 

 Kevin Hanigan, D.O.

Kevin completed his undergraduate education at Iowa State University and his medical education at DMU. Kevin has participated in lots of sports-golf, swimming, track, rock-climbing, and more recently-hide and seek with his little girl. Being the soft-hearted soul he is, he even took his grandmother to Tijuana, Mexico because she wanted a "real margarita." He is what I call a real team player!


Daniel Hanson, M.D.

Danny received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and attended medical school at Ross University. Danny is quite well-known for looking just like Ted Cruz. Danny also has a twin brother who looks nothing like him. Switched at birth? I'm just saying-accidents happen! Danny loves Des Moines because of its size, the sports attractions, has tons of restaurants, and it's a great city for young people. Ahh, gee, Des Moines likes you too Danny!


Sarah Jones Ketter, D.O.

Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and attended Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. What drew Sarah to Des Moines you ask? Simple-it was the people and all those amazing little fireflies. The fact that her husband is at another residency in town may have played a small role. Medicine is not Sarah's only talent. She could french braid your hair while walking down the street, riding in a bumpy bus, or even in the dark. There aren't a lot of people who can or would make that claim.


Samantha Keady, D.O.


Eryn McClutchey, D.O.

 
 

Kavita Powaria, M.B.B.S.

Kavita attended Lady Hardinge Medical School. She sepent 6 months in a desert in western India with an infantry regiment where she learned some pretty amazing survival skills. These should come in handy at the Iowa State Fair!


Meredith Swenson, D.O.

Meredith received her undergraduate degree at Calvin College and attended DMU. She enjoys being by the water, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and scrubbing elephants. What? Scrubbing pachyderms is a water activity too!
 

 Valerie Willis, D.O.

Valerie received her undergraduate degree from University of North Texas and her medical degree from University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Valerie likes to nap in her spare time when her cat lets her get by with it She enjoyed traveling to Japan where she was impressed by lots of good food and cat cafes-which is not a place where you eat cats. And, if you are not the fan of cats that she is, you might just keep that to yourself. She practices Kung Fu, TaeKwondo, and HapKido. Don't say you weren't warned. 

Third Year Residents

 

 Lucy Gansebom, D.O.

Lucy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Des Moines University for medical school. In her down time, Lucy loves trying new restaurants and going to the farmer's market.  She went to Italy where she enjoyed the people, weather and the scenery, but she especially liked the food.  Her favorite eatery in Des Moines is La Mie.  Are you picking up on a theme here?  She has been a water skier since the age of 3.  If you are going to challenge her (with eating or water skiing), just know what you are getting into.


Logan Miller, D.O.

Logan received his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Idaho before attending medical school at Des Moines University.  He was a finish carpenter before starting medical school.  He also enjoys extreme sports like motocross, BMX racing, wakeboarding, snowboarding and competitive paintball.  When he was five years old, his dream was to be a garbage truck driver because the mechanical arm on that truck was the coolest thing he had ever seen.  What he loves about Des Moines the most is that he can go to the Iowa State Fair, eat fried butter and no one blinks twice.


Kristen Moriarty, M.D.

Kristen attended Iowa State University in Ames for her undergraduate studies before attending medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  When she was younger, she couldn't decide between being an astronaut or the President of the United States so she went to medical school.  She enjoys reading Sherlock Holmes novels with her husband, James Moriarty, although The Harry Potter series gives her the warm fuzzies. She has also resurrected the term "grody." It's a good word. 


Erik Mortens, D.O.

Erik completed his undergraduate degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa before attending medical school at Des Moines University.  He is a second generation resident in our program.  Erik likes to fix things - cars, mowers, boats, people.  When he was in high school he developed 4 different snowmaking machines and was dubbed "Young Man Winter" by the Des Moines Register.  When he sees something that needs to be done, he springs into action - kind of like a really happy and excited puppy.  


Steffanie Mortens, D.O.

Steffanie received her undergraduate degree from Marquette in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended medical school at Des Moines University.  She is also a painter.  Again - new clinic - need artwork - we could be on to something here.  Steffanie likes to spend time with her husband, Erik , doing absolutely nothing.  After reading his bio, it's hard to imagine when doing nothing happens.



Susana Peralta, D.O.

Susana did her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  She attended medical school at Des Moines University.  Upon completion of medical school, Susana went on a 5,000 mile, 17 day road trip and still managed to make it back here in time to start residency.