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Candles, Orchid and Some White PebblesOur Mission

Our mission is to provide our patients with the highest-quality obstetrics and gynecological care in the Des Moines, Iowa region. Our team provides high-quality personalized care by focusing on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health needs and making sure you receive the finest care available.

At our office, we take time to provide you – our patient – with the information you need to understand your options so you can make the right decision for your treatment. We also assist our patients in connecting with other area resources to provide additional assistance and support as needed.

It is rare today for a OBGYN to be in a solo private practice. Dr. Valone is delighted that his patients get to know him and vice versa. Pregnant patients see the same physician for every visit which is in sharp contrast to the large group practices. The advantage to this continuity are obvious.

Ross J. Valone, D.O.

Ross Valone was raised in Warren, Pennsylvania, the oldest of five children. He had four younger sisters. A school assignment in the seventh grade resulted in a paper titled “Becoming a Physician”. From that age this was his goal. The offer of a track scholarship to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio was the stimulus to select this school. As a college student he worked Summers as a scrub nurse in Warren. It was at this time that the future Dr. Valone was influenced by a very demanding and talented Ob/Gyn who was the only obstetrician in the County. Once the student was able to prove himself, the senior physician relaxed the gruff exterior and became a role model and mentor. Medical school was at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (COMS) which brought him to Des Moines after graduation from Miami of Ohio. He continued to work as a scrub nurse while attending medical school. During his junior and senior years he was actually on call for emergency surgeries at Mercy Hospital six out of seven nights every week.

Following graduation from medical school, Ross Valone, D. O. was accepted to the Ob/Gyn residency program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. The boundaries between an MD and a DO were just beginning to evaporate at that time, and the graduate from COMS was the first DO to be accepted not only in Ob/Gyn, but in any program at Johns Hopkins. For the first few years there were numerous questions regarding the differences between an MD and a DO, but eventually as more DOs appeared in residency programs, the questions ended, and it was apparent that any differences were gone.

On July 1, 1979 after 48 hours of work as chief resident in obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Valone flew immediately to Iowa and was on call by 11:00 a.m. for his new boss and future partner, Claude Koons, M. D. The two physicians relocated Dr. Koons’ downtown practice to Iowa, and in 1979 they were the first ob/gyn physicians to office in this growing community. The practice continued for seven years until Dr. Koons relocated to Belfast, Maine. Dr. Koons’ departure resulted in the solo practice of Ob/Gyn for Dr. Valone which he continues today.

Since his first delivery, Dr. Valone has delivered over 8,000 babies. He has experienced the evolution of women’s health care from ultrasounds to fetal monitoring to epidurals to video laparoscopy to sling procedures for incontinence to endometrial ablation. While staying current with new trends and technology, Dr. Valone has maintained a practice that provides personal care without the complexities and depersonalization of a large group practice.

Over the years his interests and hobbies have included wind surfing, riding his Harley Davidson, golf, building and flying a high-performance airplane and playing pitch with his buddies.


Misty Rand

I was born and raised in Iowa and have lived here my entire life. I graduated from Lincoln High School and attended DMACC. I have been working Ob/Gyn Specialists Dr. Valone since January of 2012 as his Office Manager. I continue to work part time at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, in Maternity, as a Surgical Tech and a Patient Care Tech which I have done since 2005. I find great joy in working in women’s health care.

I have been married to my best friend Joe for seventeen years and we have three wonderful sons that keep us very busy.

In my spare time I enjoy attending our son’s sporting events, spending time with family and friends, watching NFL football, playing word games, and hitting the beach in the summer time.


Susie Shaw

I was born and raised in Modesto, California. I graduated from California State University Bakersfield in 1980 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. During that time I met my husband Randy and we moved to Ames, Iowa in 1980. I worked at Mary Greely Medical Center from 1980 to 1989 in the birthing unit. During that time I also taught La Maze and Prepared Childbirth classes at McFarland Clinic.

In 1989 we moved to Des Moines and I started working in labor and delivery at Mercy Medical Center. I have worked with Ob/Gyn Specialists Dr. Valone since 1996 and continue to work part time at Mercy Medical Center as a labor and delivery nurse.

Randy and I have been married for thirty-two years and have three, busy, fun-loving adult children. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my pug, Rudee. I also enjoy gardening, Hawkeye football and have a love for traveling and outdoor sports.

If you’re serious about your health, call us at (515) 225-7201 or stop by our office to schedule an appointment today.

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