Our Physicians

David S. Dwyer, M. D.
Elizabeth A. Brown, M.D.
Valerie K. Kounkel, D.O., FAOCO
Jeffrianne S. Young, M.D.
Beth M. Amspaugh, M.D.

Bio FPO

David S. Dwyer, M. D.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • General Ophthalmology: Routine Eye Exams, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Cataract Surgery and Laser Surgery

Education

  • B.S. from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • M.D. from University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois

Residency

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri

Accreditations

  • Licenses: Iowa State Medical License, Missouri Medical License
  • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Instructor for the University of Iowa

Professional Memberships

  • Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Iowa Eye Association
  • Iowa Medical Society
  • Polk County Medical Society

Interests

  • Boating, water skiing, private pilot
Bio FPO

Elizabeth A. Brown, M.D.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • General Ophthalmology, including Routine Eye Exams, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Eye Emergencies, and Other Eye Diseases
  • Performs Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, Eyelid and Brow Surgeries
  • Clinical Associate Professor: University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology
  • Special interests include Premium Intraocular Lenses, Repair of Eyelids, Neuro-ophthalmology

Education

  • B.S. from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • M.A. from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • M.D. from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Residency

  • LDS Hospital, Internship in Transitional Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • University of Minnesota, Ophthalmology Residency, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Accreditations

  • License: Iowa State Medical License
  • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Maintenance of Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member and former Councilor, Polk County Medical Society

Interests

  • Writing, traveling with family, water skiing, gardening

Recognition

  • Named a "Top Doc" by DSM Magazine
Bio FPO

Valerie K. Kounkel, D.O., FAOCO

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • General ophthalmology, including routine eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, uveitis and other eye diseases
  • Performs cataract surgery using new technology intraocular lenses, laser vision correction(LASIK, ASA), glaucoma laser surgery
  • Special interests include laser vision correction

Education

  • B.S. from Morningside College, Sioux City, IA
  • D.O. From Kirksville College Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO

Internship

  • Riverside Hospital, HFHS, Trenton, MI

Residency

  • Ohio University-Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH

Accreditations

  • Licensure: Iowa State Medical Board
  • Board Certification: American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellowship: American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology 2005

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Polk County Medical Society
  • President, Des Moines Ophthalmic Society
  • Sigma Sigma Phi - Honorary Osteopathic Fraternity

Interests

  • Golf, biking, boating/fishing with family
Jeffrianne S. Young, M.D.O

Jeffrianne S. Young, M.D.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • General Ophthalmology, including Routine Eye Exams, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis, and other Eye Diseases
  • Performs Cataract Surgery, Laser Glaucoma Surgery, Eyelid and Brow Surgeries
  • Special interests include Cosmetic Procedures including Cosmetic Eyelid and Brow Procedures, Cosmetic Fillers and Botox for the Face, and Medical Grade Skin Care for the Face

Education

  • B.A. from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • M.D. from University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Residency

  • Lahey Clinic, Internship in Internal Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, Ophthalmology Residency, New Haven, Connecticut

Accreditations

  • License: Iowa State Medical License
  • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Maintenance of Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Memberships

  • President, Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program XIX, Class of 2017
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Women in Ophthalmology
  • Member, Des Moines Ophthalmic Society

Interests

  • Enjoys art, music, running, travel and spending time with her family
Bio FPO

Beth M. Amspaugh, M.D.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • General Ophthalmology, including Routine Eye Exams for Adults and Children, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis and Other Eye Diseases
  • Performs Cataract Surgery, Laser Glaucoma Surgery and Eyelid Procedures
  • Special interests include Family Eye Care, Research Trials

Education

  • B.A. from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
  • M.A. from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • M.D. from University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin

Residency

  • St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, Internship in Internal Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Ophthalmology Residency, Indianapolis, Indiana

Accreditations

  • License: Iowa State Medical License
  • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Maintenance of Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Volunteer Physician Network, Polk County Medical Society
  • Eye Care America Public Service Program, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Interests

  • Hiking and nature, languages and history, faith and family

Contact Us

Physicians Eye Clinic
2101 Westown Pkwy.
West Des Moines, IA
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Phone: (515) 225-2566
Fax: (515) 225-2425
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Mon.-Fri.: 8 AM-5 PM
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