Welcome to the Primary Care Department

Selecting a primary care physician is an important decision. We know you have many choices for your heathcare provider, and whether you’re searching for a family physician, pediatrics or internal medicine physician, doctors and providers at The Iowa clinic strive to make sure every patient experience is exceptional every time.

By choosing a primary care physician or provider from The Iowa Clinic, you can be confident knowing that your family practitioner is part of a comprehensive team of specialists. If you face a health issue, rest assured you have direct access to 40 specialties all working on the same team.

The Iowa Clinic offers eight convenient locations for family medicine: Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines. All of our doctors are board certified or board eligible. We value the patient-provider relationship and invite you to get to know our physicians by watching their video bios. At The Iowa Clinic we look forward to providing care through our commitment to the Five Star Experience. Schedule your appointment today.

Stories

Ring, Ring, Ring…If there were an alarm clock that could save your life, would you get it?

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe The Iowa Clinic’s Care Coordination & Management program, launched in May 2014, alerts you to things you should do for your body. It’s free — and it could save your life. Just ask Robert Van Hook, a patient of The Iowa Clinic. Van Hook, 64, is a busy man. He travels a lot for work and, when he’s home in Altoona, his days fill quickly. So even though…
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When Doctors are Connected

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe When communication between medical professionals works like a well-oiled machine, patients’ diagnosis is faster. Getting in to see the right specialists is faster. And getting on the road to recovery is, well, faster. Trisha Joseph’s story is a perfect example. When Trisha Joseph, 35, of West Des Moines arrived at The Iowa Clinic Urgent Care last April, she knew the pain in her stomach wasn’t normal. What…
Read More

Kick Depression to the Curb

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe Aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, running, and kick-boxing may reduce the need for medications in some individuals diagnosed with depression. Everyone knows that exercising produces a long list of benefits, from improving how you look and feel to reducing the risk of countless health conditions and diseases. Now, it appears regular exercise may also help some people with depression reduce or eliminate the need for antidepressants.…
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Physicians & Providers

Internal Medicine

Family Medicine

Pediatrics

Patient Information

Family Medicine & Internal Medicine

Family Medicine and Internal Medicine physicians serve as primary care physicians.  Both have attended four years of medical school, followed by a three year residency.  The focus of the residency is what differentiates the two areas.  Family practice physicians’ training focuses on caring for the whole family, including pediatrics and OB/GYN care.   Internal medicine training focuses on disease facing adults.  Both types of physicians are required to take ongoing medical education courses throughout their career.

Both Family Practice and Internal Medicine physicians can treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, conduct health screenings and comprehensive physical exams, provide primary, wellness and preventative healthcare. They can be your partner in monitoring and managing long-term illnesses and conditions including diabetes and high cholesterol.  If they diagnose a condition requiring specialist follow up, they can coordinate that care with the specialty physician.

When it comes to selecting a primary care physician, there are several things to consider that may help you make your decision. How complex is your health and family medical history? How important is the geographic location of the provider and the access they have for appointments? Is the doctor board certified or board eligible? At The Iowa Clinic we have 8 locations throughout the metro area and we offer same day and next day appointments Monday-Friday. All of our doctors are board certified or board eligible in their specialties. Many of our doctors and providers have video profiles (found on their individual provider page on this website)  so you can get to know them before you schedule an appointment.  By choosing a primary care physician from The Iowa Clinic you can have the confidence in knowing that your doctor is part of a comprehensive team of specialists. If a health problem is discovered, you will have direct access to more than 200 specialists and healthcare providers, all working on the same team.

Pediatrics

Pediatricians are considered primary care physicians for kids – trained to care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents. They also attend four years of medical school followed by three years of residency training. They provide preventive care for healthy children and treat children who are injured or ill. They specialize in childhood diseases, growth and emotional health.

M.D.s & D.O.s

We have both Medical Doctors (M.D.s) and Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.s) practicing at The Iowa Clinic. The main difference is in the type of four year medical school they attend (medical or osteopathic). Following medical school, both obtain graduate medical education through internships and residencies. Like M.D.’s, D.O.’s may choose to practice in any specialty area. Each must pass similar examinations for licensure and board-certification.

Advanced Practice Providers

Many primary care physicians also use advanced practice providers to help take care of their patients. Advanced practice providers are Nurse Practitioners (ARNP’s)  and Physician Assistants (PA’s) who are trained to manage patient care under the supervision of a physician. They are licensed to provide care, as well as to order diagnostic tests or prescribe many medications.
A Nurse Practitioner has completed a registered nursing degree program as part of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, they have master’s degree from an accredited nurse practitioner program. Physician Assistants also have a bachelor’s degree and then complete a master’s level degree in a physician’s assistant program, and may specialize in many fields of medicine including family medicine.

What is a Medical Home?

A “Patient-Centered Medical Home” combines, consolidates, and connects all aspects of your healthcare. And The Iowa Clinic is one of few Iowa providers to receive the NCQA’s highest, Level-Three Medical Home certification.

Imagine having a single primary care team that has a 360-degree awareness of your health situation -your health history, current concerns, prescribed medications, other medical providers, and more. This same team proactively communicates with you, supports you, maintains your records, and provides access to 24-hour emergency care. This is a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and it’s how The Iowa Clinic is helping patients achieve better health.

“I want to provide the best possible care to my patients, but that can be challenging when someone receives treatment in multiple locations with multiple providers,” says Christina Taylor, M.D., an Internal Medicine physician with The Iowa Clinic.”A Medical Home has the people, processes, and record keeping in place that make it possible for me to get a more holistic view of a patient’s health. A good electronic medical record and Medical Home better equip me to care for my patients.”

According to a January 2014 report released by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (pcpcc.org), Medical Homes have been shown to produce:

  • Improvements in health indicators, such as better controlled blood glucose in diabetic patients, blood pressure, and blood pressure levels.
  • Increased use of preventive services, including patient screenings and immunizations.
  • Improvements in access to primary care clinicians as well as non-face-to-face visits.
  • Improvements in patient satisfaction.

Research also shows that Medical Homes reduce healthcare costs.”When you prevent disease, you also save money. But that’s not why Medical Homes exist,” says Robert Lee, M.D., a Family Medicine physician at The Iowa Clinic. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Lee worked with national medical organizations to help create the Medical Home certification standards.

“The process to become a certified Level-Three Medical Home is extraordinarily detailed,” says Dr. Taylor.”There are a multitude of requirements, and each one has to be proven, documented, and verified.”

Click here to learn more about our Medical Home certification.

Videos

Services & Treatments

Family Medicine Services

  • Well Child (including newborns) and Well Adult Exams
  • Comprehensive Evaluation and Management of Chronic/Complex Conditions
  •  Acute Illness
  • Preventative Medicine and Guidance on Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Evaluation of Other Conditions (such as rashes, moles, difficulty or pain with muscles and joints etc.)

Internal Medicine Services

  • Well Adult Exams and Physicals
  • Comprehensive Evaluation and Management of Chronic/Complex Conditions
  • Care During Hospitalization
  • Preventive Medicine and Guidance on Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Acute illnesses

Pediatric Services

  • Same-Day Sick Visit Appointments
  • Prenatal Consults
  • Immunizations * We stand behind the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations regarding vaccination.
  • Well Child Check-Up
  • Sports & Camp Physicals
  • Full Lab and Radiology Services Available On-Site

 

 

Patient Stories

Ring, Ring, Ring…If there were an alarm clock that could save your life, would you get it?

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe The Iowa Clinic’s Care Coordination & Management program, launched in May 2014, alerts you to things you should do for your body. It’s free — and it could save your life. Just ask Robert Van Hook, a patient of The Iowa Clinic. Van Hook, 64, is a busy man. He travels a lot for work and, when he’s home in Altoona, his days fill quickly. So even though…
Read More

When Doctors are Connected

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe When communication between medical professionals works like a well-oiled machine, patients’ diagnosis is faster. Getting in to see the right specialists is faster. And getting on the road to recovery is, well, faster. Trisha Joseph’s story is a perfect example. When Trisha Joseph, 35, of West Des Moines arrived at The Iowa Clinic Urgent Care last April, she knew the pain in her stomach wasn’t normal. What…
Read More

Kick Depression to the Curb

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe Aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, running, and kick-boxing may reduce the need for medications in some individuals diagnosed with depression. Everyone knows that exercising produces a long list of benefits, from improving how you look and feel to reducing the risk of countless health conditions and diseases. Now, it appears regular exercise may also help some people with depression reduce or eliminate the need for antidepressants.…
Read More

Contact

Main Locations

The Iowa Clinic – Altoona

(515) 875-9000
Family Medicine
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
160 Adventureland Drive, Suite C
Altoona, IA 50009

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The Iowa Clinic Ankeny Campus

(515) 875-9000
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Pediatrics
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1410 SW Tradition Drive
Ankeny, IA 50023

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Methodist Medical Center – Plaza II

(515) 875-9000
Internal Medicine
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1215 Pleasant Street, Suite 206
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Center Street Internal Medicine

(515) 875-9000
Internal Medicine
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1221 Center Street, Suite 8
Des Moines, IA 50309

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The Iowa Clinic – Indianola

(515) 875-9000
Family Medicine
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1504 N 1st Street
Indianola, IA 50125

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The Iowa Clinic – Johnston

(515) 875-9000
Family Medicine
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5501 NW 86th Street, Suite 300
Johnston, IA 50131

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The Iowa Clinic – Urbandale

(515) 875-9000
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
4323 NW Urbandale Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322

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The Iowa Clinic – Waukee

(515) 875-9000
Family Medicine
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
120 NE Dartmoor Drive
Waukee, IA 50263

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The Iowa Clinic West Des Moines Campus

(515) 875-9000
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Pediatrics
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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