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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 

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Medical Assistant/Office Manager

Kerry has worked in the healthcare field for more thanb 20 years beginning with bedside care for patients in a clinic setting to now managing Dr. Plew's podiatry clinic.  She excels at patient relationship building, and is very committed to providing an exceptional experience for all who seek help with Dr. Plew.  

          "I am excited to learn from Dr. Plew and continue learning about the field of

             podiatry.  I am proud of the great environment we have created for our patients."

Kerry recentedly relocated back to the Des Moines area after living in Cedar Rapids.  In her free time Kerry loves to spend time with family and frients, enjoys the outdoors and delights in playing with her much loved dog, Finn.

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. 

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