About Us

Primary Health Care is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving the medically insured, uninsured and underinsured with their health care needs.

About PHC

Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area.

Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education.

PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 425 employees. In 2019, our clinics and programs served 38,601 patients and clients with over 140,595 encounters.

Serving Patients, Strengthening the Community

We have proudly served Central Iowa for more than 30 years, In that time, we’ve added new locations, expanded our services, upgraded technology, and increased our medical and support staff – all in an effort to provide everyone with a better patient experience and to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Executive Leadership 

Kelly Huntsman

Chief Executive Officer

Nathan Simpson

Chief Operating Officer

Kris Glaser

Chief Financial Officer

Bery Engebretsen

Chief Visionary

Julie Raasch

Chief Quality Officer

Heidi Shreck, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Board of Directors

Ben Bellus

Juan Carlos Cadenillas


Samuel Carbajal

Scott Emison Clair

Karin Derry

Denise Essman

Sandy Hansen

Past Chair

Sergio Hernandez

Janet Hicks

Vice Chair

Ted Johnson


Roger Lacoy


William Schoenenberger

Billie Wade

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