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2024 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Holly Birkey
DMOS Orthopaedic Centers
Corporate Chair

Holly has spent the past 22 years working primarily in healthcare working in a variety of roles including marketing, sales, physician relations, community outreach and fundraising.

In her free time, she spends time with her family, reading, traveling, and watching live music but mostly running kids to practices and games. She has a daughter Audra and a son, Noah, a partner Joe, and a fur baby named Ella.

She is honored to serve as the Corporate Chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis Iowa and to help raise awareness for those that live with Arthritis.

Join or support Holly’s team, DMOS Orthopaedic Centers.


Joyce Brown RN
Iowa Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center
Medical Honoree

Joyce Brown, RN has been working with Rheumatology patients for over 40 years. She started her education at the University of Iowa but was unable to complete her nursing degree initially because of health issues. In 1980, Joyce began her time working with Dr. Theodore Rooney at COMS, now the Des Moines University, as Medical Assistant. Dr Rooney and Joyce began caring for large numbers of rheumatology patients and a dream was born to start a clinic. Joyce returned to nursing school and officially joined Dr Rooney on July 11, 1987, as an RN.

Joyce has worked as a Clinical Nurse for 38 years and a Research Coordinator for 30 years. Joyce shares that her dream of providing Rheumatology care that was based on scientific knowledge and individualized, compassionate care has been fulfilled. After her retirement in June of 2024, Joyce reflects on her love for her patients and her Iowa Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center family.

Join or support Joyce's team, Team Nurse Joyce at IOCC.


Olivia Lee
Juvenile Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Olivia started showing symptoms in December 2016 and was diagnosed in January of 2017 at the age of 9. The diagnosis was quick once her knee was drained. Today at the age of 16, she has a few flareups, and any activity involving her knees is more difficult. She enjoys volunteering at her church and devotes some days to self-care. Her hope for the future is to become pediatric rheumatologist. This goal stems from her involvement with the Arthritis Foundation and her desire to help others with arthritis. She is happy to be an honoree and to show others that Kids Get Arthritis Too!

Join or support Olivia's team, Olivia's Warriors.


Corinthia Hoose
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Corinthia started showing symptoms at age 6, within 3 months she was using a wheelchair and was diagnosed with severe idiopathic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. At that time steroids and NSAIDs were the only option until methotrexate became available at age 8. The Arthritis Foundation and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics were pivotal in the treatment and development of new medications for her to try, including Enbrel which would eventually help get her out of the wheelchair at age 14.

At 36, she is on a great treatment plan with a wonderful team of doctors. Having just had her first joint replacement, she is preparing for another hip surgery this fall with nothing but optimism. She enjoys volunteering at her church coffee bar, works part time at a local coffee shop, and spends weekends with her boyfriend and their pets.

Join or support Corinthia's team, Corinthia’s Conquerors.