Dr. Dana Plew, DPM

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Since 1997 I’ve provided podiatric services to all of central Iowa through my clinic; the Johnston Foot & Ankle Clinic.   I treat children and adults for a broad range of lower leg, ankle and foot conditions.  A fairly complete list of the issues I treat can be found on the home page under Foot Care and Ankle Services.  If you are uncertain of what is causing your pain, please call my office for an evaluation appointment.  My staff will take x-rays as needed and a health history that will aid the diagnosis and treatment of your concerns.     Often I am able to suggest exercises that that will assist in your healing as well as provide treatment as needed.

As an avid athlete and outdoor enthusiast, I am  interested in sports related injuries and related podiatric issues.  I employ a treatment modality called radial pulse therapy (RPT) and focal shock wave therapy (EPAT) for many foot and ankle problems.   Both treatment types are used in physiotherapy and sports medicine, providing fast pain relief and restoration of mobility to the area.   These non-surgical therapies alleviate the need for pain killers and help speed your recovery.   The FDA has cleared both RPT and EPAT therapies to treat chronic foot, heel and ankle pain; often providing alternatives to steroid injections, lengthy physical therapy, and even surgery.  I’ve helped patients suffering for years with chronic plantar fasciitis return to living a life pain free.

I am a lifelong resident of the Des Moines community.  I completed my undergraduate program at the University of Iowa and attended medical school at the Des Moines University, graduating with a doctorate degree in Podiatric Medicine. 


My passion is running and I’ve completed multiple marathons over the years, including the Boston Marathon.  I also enjoy travel, hiking, and organic gardening.   I live with my partner and two adorable canines; Scout a rescue beagle and Rowan a sassy Australian shepherd. 

  • Board Certified Podiatrist and Member, American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry

  • Member, American Association of Podiatric Sports Medicine

  • Member, Iowa Podiatric Medical Society

  • Member, American Podiatric Medical Society

  • Member Johnston Chamber of Commerce 



Medical Assistant

Jourdan received her Associates Degree in Applied Science for Medical Assistant in 2014 from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.  A lifelong resident of Chicago, she relocated to Des Moines in 2017 to start her career and the next chapter in her life.


Since moving to Des Moines, Jourdan has worked with various doctors in multiple specialties; gastroenterology, podiatry, pain management, endocrinology to name a few.  She joined Johnston Foot & Ankle Clinic in May of 2022.

            “I really, really enjoy working for Dr. Plew.  She is very educated, nice                and lovely to  work for – couldn’t ask for a better place to work!”


Since beginning her career as a Medical Assistant, Jourdan has received awards of recognition and compliments from multiple physicians and nurses in several clinics.  Her passion for healthcare began as a child and continues to this day.  As a former athlete Jourdan understands the importance of staying active and pain free throughout one’s life; an understanding that underscores her passion for providing the best care possible for her patients.

When not working, Jourdan enjoys visiting family back in Chicago, watching football, outdoor activities, and watching movies.  An optimist by nature, Jourdan’s favorite quote is:

‘When it’s time for you to venture out, don’t let fear have you look back at

 what you left behind.’

Part-time Staff

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After several decades as a Polk County Deputy Sherriff, Tara retired in 2015.  Tara’s passion for helping others was evident throughout her career and continues to this day.  She loves working with the patients at the Johnston Foot & Ankle Clinic on an as-needed basis as it allows her to continue helping others in a meaningful way. 


In her free time, Tara enjoys her grandson, Clay, golfing, and volunteering at her church. 

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After 30 years in the financial services industry, Andrea decided to retire when the Covid pandemic began.  Throughout her career, Andrea has enjoyed working with clients to help achieve their goals and dreams.  Hence, she sought out part-time work to keep her active and social.  Working at the Johnston Foot & Ankle Clinic on an as-needed basis allows her to enjoy her free time and feel a part of a clinic dedicated to helping others stay active and healthy.


In her free time, Andrea enjoys gardening, travel, reading, crafts and volunteering locally.