Staff Spotlight – Rebecca Harman, DNP, ARNP

Rebecca is an ARNP in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, primarily based out of Des Moines.

I currently am an ARNP in Pediatric Nephrology, with my primary location based in Des Moines to aid in expanding services to the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas. I cover inpatient and outpatient services, and started this position in February 2019. My entire bedside nursing career was at the University of Iowa! I began as a staff nurse in CVICU in 2011 followed by PICU in 2013-2017. I was also a member of the ECMO team at the University. Prior to returning back to the U, I was practicing as an ARNP in the PICU at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, where I continue to practice there on a casual basis.

My fiancé and I moved to Des Moines in August 2018, we currently live in Urbandale. We have 2 pets, a 2 year old black lab named Tucker, and a cat named Beans (which oddly enough, she responds to).

I enjoy spending time at home and visiting with family. I also enjoy staying active with running, cross training and hot yoga. My goal is to get back into training for races, life has just been busy recently! I also enjoy doing craft projects when time allows. My fiancé and I like to check out new or different breweries when we have the opportunity to. I have been busy with planning our wedding for next Spring, so that has been taking up a fair amount of free time!

Most fascinating place I’ve visited or lived? This isn’t necessarily a fascinating place, but it certainly one of my favorites places for many reasons – England! It means a lot to be able to see immediate family and friends when we go over to visit. When living over there previously, we did do some traveling but I was quite young to appreciate the architecture and history that is there. So recently over the last few visits, I have been making it a point to travel to places around England and surrounding areas that I either have never been to, or went to when I was younger to explore more about the areas and actually do some ‘touristy’ things there. I also love the ease of traveling around Europe once you are over there, so my hope is to continue to add additional places to my list as time goes on.

I would eat breakfast for every meal if I could! And, I am a lover of Cadburys chocolate, the real Cadburys made in England of course.

Favorite sports teams? Iowa Hawkeyes is the only team that we can agree on! I am otherwise a fan of the Bears and the Cubs, my fiancé has been determined to get me to cross sides to support Minnesota, however I’m reluctant. I also follow the premier league, and am a Manchester United fan.

Favorite book or movie? I’ve enjoyed the series by Rachel Hollis recently, but otherwise like to read crime/suspense novels.

Fun fact: I have dual citizenship! I was born in England and have moved to the United States on two occasions, so my family became efficient with moving! We moved here permanently when I started high school. We were granted US citizenship in 2010.

Staff Spotlight – Marie Svatek, MD

Dr. Svatek is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I am a General Pediatrician at Cedar Rapids Community Clinic. I have worked for UIHC since March 2017, but provided community pediatric care in Cedar Rapids since 1998. I have my dream job! I have wanted to be a practicing community pediatrician since age 5!

I have a wonderful husband of nearly 25 years, Boe; a 17 year old daughter, Rose, who is a senior at Kennedy High School who is active in Happiness show choir and leadership; and a 15 year old son, Gabe, who is a sophomore at Kennedy High School who is active in Happiness show choir and baseball.

I am the parent food rep for show choir so I feed 60+ high school kids a few days per month at choreography workshops so the cooking keeps me busy! I also am a people person and work hard to maintain friendships with a variety of family and friend groups. I also love to play classical music on my piano!

Most fascinating place I’ve ever lived or visited? I loved visiting Italy when my husband served as a Naval submarine officer in 1997 and also enjoyed living in Connecticut while in residency for 3 years from 1995-1998. The lifestyle on the East coast (food and culture) is quite different from the Midwest. In my opinion NYC is the best city in this country!!!!

I really like to cook at home so my family doesn’t eat out much but I do love FRESH seafood and try to order it when I travel if it’s available!!!!

Favorite sports team? Green Bay Packers- GO PACK GO!!!!

Favorite book or movie? This is tough as I LOVE musicals, especially a live show, but a few in movie form are: Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Funny Girl.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1. Be able to see a Broadway show every day. 2. Be with some of my relatives and friends who live far away on a more regular basis-see my sister in laws and my best friend from medical school weekly. FaceTime does NOT replace being in the same room with a person. 3. Gain insight from my mom and maternal grandmother who died twenty years ago- I miss them as mentors and role models!

Fun fact: On New Year’s Eve each year I identify a color theme for the following year and try to incorporate the color into my daily life. Last year it was PINK- my favorite color as I turned 50 in 2019 so I wanted to celebrate myself. For 2020- I suspect it will be RED as 2 of my sister in laws turn 50 in 2020 and my daughter, Rose, graduated from high school as well so it will be a RED HOT year!!!!

Staff Spotlight – Joanne Kilburg

Joanne is a Sec II in the Child Health Specialty Clinic in Clinton, IA.

I work for the Child Health Specialty Clinic a regional Clinic here in Clinton, Iowa for 8 years. I am the Secretary here, which in the regional clinic world that means a jack of all trades. One minute I can be answering phones, the next I can be babysitting kids, the next I can be fixing phone or Internet problems.

I am a very happy and blessed mother and grandmother. My children are Kyle, Jacob, Chance and Hollie. Chance and girlfriend Chloe have my grandson Emmett. Hollie who is married to Chris have my grandsons Jason and Devon. I also have a grandson Briar who lives in Indiana from my son Jacob who passed away that my son Kyle help raise.

In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends. My new hobby has been walking, since March 30th I have walked almost 3 million steps and have done 3 marathons and my next marathon is coming up in February called the Burry Scurry. I have lost 50 lbs just from mostly walking. My new motto is “eat less move more,” it’s that simple.

I haven’t been there yet but I am planning a pilgrimage walk in Spain on the El Camino De Santiago. I have a nephew who teaches over there so I hope he can go with me and be my interpreter.

My dream job would be to work for the Iowa Donor Foundation because I had a son who was a organ donor and I also have a son who was an organ recipient. Organ donation is so very important and everyone should be an organ donor, it is such a gift to donate an organ.

Favorite meal or restaurant? I don’t have a favorite but I love eating at little Mom & Pop shops or little dives that may not look like the best places but have the best food and that includes food trucks and street vendors. You always get the best food at a reasonable price.

My favorite sport teams are Iowa Hawkeyes, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Chicago Cubs.

Favorite book or movie? I love any autobiography, book or movie, because its about the real person and their true experiences in life. I learn so much from other people’s stories, it’s like having a mentor.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1.) To win the lottery, but not so much that I go wild like the curse of the lottery people, but just enough to pay everything off, help my kids, and retire if I want. 2.) That there was no such thing as freezing rain. 3.) World Peace

Fun fact: I am honorary Irish and proud. I love St. Patrick’s Day and celebrate it every day of the year. My Irish decorations stay up all year round, I just incorporate whatever holiday or season it is with them, for example I have an Irish Christmas tree instead of bulbs I use shamrocks. I even was commodore this year at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Main Avenue in Clinton, it was so much fun. There is a continuous countdown until the next St. Patrick’s Day.

Staff Spotlight – Osamah Aldoss, MBBS, MD

Dr. Aldoss is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology.

I’m in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Director of the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory; and Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. I have been at UI for 6 years.

I have 3 kids (1 boy and 2 girls), and I like to play soccer.

Staff Spotlight – Carol Flansburg, MA, ANRP, CPNP

Carol is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the NICU.

I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and have worked at the University of Iowa for 38 years! I have held numerous positions, Staff Nurse, Night Supervisor, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Nurse Manager, and Nurse Manager.

My husband Rex is a retired plumber, now avid golfer. I have 3 daughters: Tamara (38) is in her first year as a school counselor after spending many years teaching Spanish and coaching cross country & track at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. She & her husband Keith have 2 children Charlotte (2 1/2) and Landon (2). Tara (36) is a pharmacist and is the DIrector of Business Development at Genoa Healthcare. She and her husband Jake live in Lakeville, MN with their daughters Frankie (5) and Annie (3). Christy (31) is an accountant at Murken Thompson in Swisher. She & her husband Justin have 1 son Dewey Ryan (1).

In my free time I like to travel, sew, exercise, read, babysit grandkids, play games, spend time with family.

My dream job is my current position in the NICU (minus the weekends and holidays)! I am fortunate to be part of a nurse practitioner team consisting of some of the smartest and most dedicated women I know. I cannot think of another career that could be more important or more satisfying.

Most fascinating places I’ve visited? I loved both Hawaii and Alaska!

I love the Hawkeyes, and my favorite movie is Gone with the Wind. Favorite book is Where the Crawdads Sing.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be for 1. For all children to be raised in safe, loving homes. 2. A cure for cancer. 3. For my children to continue to be the happy, good people they are today!

Fun fact: Inspired by my daughters, I started running in my 50’s and completed 6 half marathons.

Staff Spotlight – Danielle Rios, MD

Dr. Rios is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology.

I am a neonatologist and work in the NICU during my clinical time. I am also a clinical researcher and have devoted my time to improving outcomes for the most extremely premature infants. I just started here at UI Healthcare on October of this year and am excited to get to know more about my colleagues.

I am engaged to Mark Troutt who is a consultant for oil & gas IT. He grew up in Houston and I grew up in a small town in Arizona. We relocated here from Houston (Go Astros!!).

My favorite thing to do is to travel to new places and experience other cultures. In my free time, I like to read and spend time with friends and family. Currently, all my free time is taken up by furnishing and decorating our new house.

Currently at the top of my favorite places to visit is Greece and specifically Santorini (though all of it was amazing). A close second is Maui where we try to visit often (it helps that it is closer).

My favorite type of food is Sonoran style Mexican food (mostly found in AZ and CA) but I also love Italian food in general and restaurants with homemade pasta.

Fun fact: I love music and I learned to play 5 different instruments as I was growing up. My two favorites were the piano and flute, which I haven’t played for far too long. I am currently attempting to convince my fiancé that we should buy a piano for the house (I kept my flute so I still have that).

Staff Spotlight – Liz Espinoza, ARNP

Liz is an ARNP in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

I have been a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit since December 2018. Prior to moving to Iowa City last year, I spent ten years at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago as a nurse in the PICU, Emergency Department, and on the Critical Care Transport Team.

My husband, Mike, is the Director of Admissions at Kirkwood College. We have two boys- Drew is 6 and a 1st grader, and Zachary is 5 and in Kindergarten.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family! We love to hike and do outdoor activities. My family has a home in Southwestern Michigan, so we spend as much time as we possibly can there as well. I also am currently working on my DNP at Vanderbilt University, so that takes up a lot of my free time! I also am a huge fan of true crime podcasts, though I don’t have as much time to listen here in Iowa as I did in Chicago because my commute is so much shorter!

I know it sounds crazy, but I am basically doing my dream job now! I have always wanted to have a split position doing clinical work, research, and teaching. I currently teach at the College of Nursing in the pediatric acute care nurse practitioner program in addition to my hours in the PICU.

I love Thai food! I have been missing it since we moved to Iowa since we used to have two Thai food restaurants within walking distance from our home in Chicago.

Favorite sports teams? Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Iowa Hawkeyes

If I had three wishes, I would only need one. I would love to be able to spend a few hours with my Dad again. He passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.

Fun fact: Prior to going to nursing school, I was a music therapist for 6 years. I completed my Masters in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa and actually completed many of my music therapy clinical hours with Kirstin Nelson here in the PICU here back in 2002! It was fun for me to come back and see how much it has changed!

Staff Spotlight – Kate Trump, MA

Kate is the Pediatric Echo Coordinator in the Cardiac Echo Lab in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic.

I was the Pediatric Cardiology Specialty MA before transitioning to the Pediatric Echo Coordinator role. My role in the clinic is to coordinate the flow of the Echo clinic, process outside echoes for interpretation by our providers. I also assist in obtaining outside records and imaging as needed for referrals as well as scheduling as needed. I have been in the clinic for 4 years.

My family consist of my husband of 9 years Thomas and a 24 year old son Dalton. I have 2 sisters and 3 brothers as well as 4 Nephews and 5 Nieces and am a great aunt to 2 great nephews and 1 great niece. We also have a cat named Mister.

In my free time I work at HyVee part time in customer service/aisle on line. I also enjoy camping with my family, watching my nieces/nephews play sports and musical events. I enjoy cooking and baking and relaxing with family.

My dream job would be to have a rescue ranch for animals and also to have a safe haven for children of all ages who are abandoned or abused or just need new surroundings to have a better life and to live long and happy.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Amsterdam, Holland.

Favorite restaurant? Texas Roadhouse.

Favorite sports teams? Cubs – Baseball; Rams/Steelers – Football

Favorite book or movie? Good Night Moon / Where the Wild Things are. Sound of Music / Pretty Woman.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be to find a cure for all cancers and illnesses so people can live long healthy lives. To have peace in the world for all I would wish to have a rescue ranch for animals with my family so all animals could live long and away from abuse.

Fun fact: I am the youngest of 6 children and also the youngest grandchild on my dad’s side of the family.

I was born and raised in West Branch and graduated from West Branch High School and Kirkwood Community College.

Staff Spotlight – Amanda Coulter, RN

Amanda is a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator in the Division of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation.

Since graduating nursing school in 2011 I have worked under the Department of Pediatrics at UIHC. From 2011-2013 I worked as a staff nurse on 3JCW which used to be inpatient pediatrics before the new children’s hospital was built. From 2013-May 2019 I worked as the Pediatric Kidney/Liver Transplant Coordinator. Just recently in May I switched to a new role working as a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator running clinical drug trials for rare renal disease under Dr. Carla Nester in the Department of Pediatric Nephrology.

My husband Mike and I met in college. We got married and bought our first home in 2013. In 2014 we welcomed our first fur baby into our family when we got our dog Jack. In October 2017 we had our first child who recently had a birthday and turned two.

In my free time I like to exercise, spend time with my family and friends, and read. I enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling to experience new places.

I have a passion for caring for children which is why I have always worked in pediatrics. My dream job would be serving and helping underprivileged children. Being their advocates through life when they don’t have anyone to advocate for them. Children are so vulnerable and they all need and deserve someone to advocate for them and teach them how to navigate life.

The most fascinating place I have ever visited was Ireland. It is a beautiful country and the people are so kind and welcoming.

My favorite meal would have to be any pasta dish. I am a lover of all things pasta.

I don’t follow sports much but would have to pick the Hawkeyes as a favorite team of course.

Favorite book or movie? I am always up for a good chick flick or romance novel.

If I had three wishes, they would be for peace and kindness across the world. Health and prosperity for friends and family More funding and programs to help serve the underprivileged.

Staff Spotlight – Ana Cary, MD

Dr. Ana Cary is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and works primarily at the North Liberty clinic.

I have been married to Chris Cary for 16 wonderful years. We have a very spunky 7 year old daughter who keeps us busy going to her swim classes and voice classes. I am 100% Mexican and like to think I bring some much needed spice to my husbands life and because of me my daughter is pretty spicy as well.

We enjoy family fun nights-we order pizza and allow everyone to eat while watching a movie together. Of course popcorn is eaten as well during these nights. We also enjoy the beach which is the one of the main things I miss about not living in California anymore. 1-2 times a year we vacation to a sunny beach location. We like Cancun a lot and Hawaii.

My dream job? I would say something not far off from what I do now. I very much enjoy walking beside parents through all the ups and downs of child-rearing. After a while you start to feel like part of the family and routine well checks begin to feel like a visit catching up with old friends. It’s a job that does not feel like work at all which has always been what I’ve considered “just livin the dream”.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Probably visiting my mothers childhood home in Hidalgo, Mexico. It was a shack with only 3 walls. She said that’s how it was when she was growing up as well…..3 walls? What?

Favorite meal or restaurant? Anything my mother makes, she is amazing and the smells from her kitchen can make anyone’s worries and stresses fade away. She visits every Summer and makes anything I want-tortillas, enchiladas, arroz, frijoles, guacamole, tamales. And no, I have not found a restaurant anywhere in Iowa that comes anywhere close to her cooking.

Favorite sports team? The Raiders. I know-not a popular choice but that’s been my team since I was in grade school. I even have a Raiders jacket! I went to the super bowl to watch them play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. I did not wear my jacket to that game because my brother in law was playing for the Bucs so I had to switch teams just that once.

Favorite book or movie? This depends on my mood. I really like romantic comedies (surprise surprise) but I also enjoy all action films. For a favorite book…I feel like I should say something smart, The Red Book….obviously.

I wouldn’t say this is a fun fact but I grew up on a grape farm in central California. My parents still live there in the same house. I grew up completely despising any and all school vacations because that meant I had to work more in the grape field my father owned. It was always his dream to have his own farm because growing up he was a migrant farm worker and he always told himself he would one day have his own farm. Every Summer break I would pick grapes, roll the trays, shake and box them and we sold that to Sun-Maid. We worked from sun up to sun down. Every Winter break I would prune and tie the grape vines. It was NOTHING like A Walk In The Clouds. Also, my mother is one of 13 children and my father is one of 8. I have a whole lot of cousins.