FASMA Podiatrist Featured in MissHeard Magazine

Published Monday July 6, 2015

In a recent article, Dr. Jennifer A. Gerres sat down with teen magazine MissHeard.  The magazine focuses on autonomy, empowerment, and community and seeks to capture and share the complex and diverse experiences of teens of all backgrounds.  Dr. Gerres discussed her profession, her appearance on Jeopardy!, and the need for more women mentors in medicine.  When asked about why she decided to study and practice podiatry, Dr. Gerres answered:

“After college, I studied to be a surgical technologist, which is a great profession. I knew that I wanted to be a surgeon and this allowed me to experience all types of surgical specialties. I was very lucky to go on two surgical missions to the Dominican Republic and there I had one of my first experiences with podiatry, or more importantly, lack of podiatry. On my return home, I learned what a podiatrist could do and I decided it was the career for me. Podiatry has everything: trauma, infections, sports medicine, and correction of foot and ankle deformities. It’s a profession that combines geometry, physics, and biology.”

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

Jennifer Gerres, DPM, is a 2010 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Gerres completed a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic in her native Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in Reconstructive Rearfoot Surgery.
During residency, Dr. Gerres served as Academics Coordinator, where she organized resident-run, weekly evidence-based medicine lectures concerning pertinent topics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. In addition, she supervised yearly research initiatives, to ensure that each resident published completed research, and that each resident presented at least one poster, lecture or manuscript at a national scientific meeting. During residency, she also served at Adjunct Faculty at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, where she taught students in Surgical Pharmacology. While attending Des Moines University, Dr. Gerres served as a Basic Surgical Skills Teaching Assistant, Lower Limb Anatomy Teaching Assistant, and University Peer Tutor.  As a published researcher, seasoned presenter and former Jeopardy! contestant, Dr. Gerres combines empathic patient care with an academic curiosity and lifelong learning.