Dr. Margaret Verhey got her first taste of Iowa in junior high, when she lived in Spencer for three years while her father was employed by a company there.
Dr. Verhey, who holds a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, originally planned to design products for the healthcare industry. The more she studied, however, the more she became interested in the actual practice of medicine.
Dr. Verhey completed her medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and served at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, before completing a cardiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. She joined Iowa Heart Center in 1989.
Dr. Verhey currently leads the CHARM program for women. CHARM (Cardiac Health Assessment and Risk Modification) helps identify women at risk for cardiovascular disease while there's still time to make positive changes.
Dr. Verhey is board certified in cardiology, echocardigraphy and nuclear cardiology. She practices at Iowa Heart Center's West University clinic, and staffs the Chest Pain Center at Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines.