Lea Gunnell, MD

Foot & Ankle, Lower Extremity

Dr. Lea Gunnell joins DMOS Orthopaedic Centers with years of foot, ankle, and lower extremity surgical experience, practicing orthopedics in Michigan and Texas. She started her educational journey with an undergraduate degree in engineering from North Carolina State University. She then attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York, where she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2011. After completing a five-year residency at Michigan State, Dr. Gunnell traveled to the University of Washington to complete her fellowship at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Dr. Gunnell’s long list of medical, teaching, and leadership experiences has prepared her to handle simple and complex foot, ankle, and lower extremity procedures. Her undergraduate degree in materials science and engineering gives her a unique perspective on the mechanics and force of bone, muscle and ligament injuries. This distinctive viewpoint, combined with her many years of medical experience, helps her deliver the highest comprehensive care for patients with foot, ankle, and lower extremity pain, injury, or trauma.

Outside of work, Dr. Gunnell, an animal lover, founded the Great Escapes Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, which provides care, training, and homes for over 40 horses and donkeys. She loves to travel worldwide, including hiking in Patagonia, road trips across Brazil, and train trips in Europe. However, she can comfortably enjoy weekend trips to the family lake house or spend time reading.

Location
  • Des Moines · 1301 Penn Ave., Suite 213, Des Moines, Iowa 50316
  • West Des Moines · 6001 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Credentials

Medical Education
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
    Rochester, NY
Undergraduate
  • North Carolina State University
    Raleigh, NC
Associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)
Residency
  • Michigan State/Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
    Grand Rapids, MI
Fellowship
  • University of Washington – Harborview Medical Center
    Seattle, WA
Board Certified
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Surgical Procedures & Techniques

  • Ankle replacement
  • Ankle fusion
  • Midfoot fusion
  • Flatfoot reconstruction
  • Cavus reconstruction
  • Achilles repair
  • Bunion Correction
  • Hammertoe correction
  • General trauma and fracture fixation of the extremities
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Tendon transfers of the foot/ankle
  • Gastrocnemius recession
  • Total knee arthroplasty
  • Total hip arthroplasty
  • Hip fracture fixation
  • Femur fractures
  • Tibia fractures
  • Foot and ankle trauma

Nonsurgical Procedures & Techniques

  • Joint injections
  • Physical therapy/home programs

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