Iowa Specialty Hospital

Jody Horstman, ARNP, NP-C

Jody Horstman, ARNP, NP-C
515-327-2000 515-327-2000
Specialties & Services
Primary Clinic
Iowa Weight Loss Specialists - Des Moines
5901 Thornton Avenue
Suite 101
Des Moines, IA 50321

Practice Information

Joined Iowa Specialty Hospital

June 2017

Medical Interests

Medically supervised weight loss; pre and post bariatric surgery care

Listen to my podcast about Medically Supervised Weight Loss

Education & Professional Certification


Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner


University of Cincinnati - Master of Science in Nursing; Mercy College of Health Sciences - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Professional Societies

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Iowa Obesity Society, Obesity Medicine Association

Professional & Personal Interests

Hobbies and Personal Interests

Biking, traveling, exercise, and reading.

Community Involvement

P.E.O. Women’s Philanthropic Education Organization

Patient Comments

January 31, 2024

Jody is always upbeat, smiling, happy to see me, answers all questions, is helpful and shows concern in my journey, and lets me know the side effects of meds and the best ways to take them. I like that she's also concerned about meds that will up my heart rate and finds me the safest options possible that will help with sugar cravings and promote weight loss.

January 15, 2024

I have recommended Jody to several friends!

January 11, 2024

Jody is always so kind, honest & very engaged with the feedback that she provides. I've never left an appointment with questions unanswered.

December 30, 2023

I have highly recommended this place to several people who are going now and are very happy!

December 19, 2023

I have already recommended the clinic to my niece. I am more than happy with this location so far.

December 4, 2023

Jody gave me options and I appreciate that she lets me decide what I want to try.

November 20, 2023

Jodi made me feel at ease, like zero judgement. Weight gain just sucks , Its embarrassing. Appreciate no hint of judgement .

November 17, 2023

I love working with Jody. She is an active listener that is solution focused.

November 15, 2023

Jody is the best! I love how she understands the effects of PCOS and how that may affect my regimen. She is very good at providing all the options and is very informed.

November 10, 2023

Jodi is so good. Never makes me feel bad. Very professional.

November 9, 2023

Love Jody.

October 20, 2023

I think I have recommended Jody to about 5 or 6 other people so far!

October 17, 2023

Always a great experience

October 13, 2023

Jody is great. She hears and understands my concerns.

October 2, 2023

Jody Horstman is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable about her specialty, takes time to ask questions and get to know your personal successes/struggles, and always has good advice and tips for you that are not just generalized, but helpful to you and your struggles. She is very understanding and always has great ways to educate and options for success!

September 29, 2023

Good plan

September 29, 2023

Jody has been a fantastic care provider. She has provided me resources every visit and guided me gracefully through my weigh loss journey.

September 22, 2023

Jody is great!

September 22, 2023

Jody's the best, she always listens to me and tries to solve my concerns.

September 21, 2023

Jody is amazing, a great listener, problem solver and supportive.

September 13, 2023

Recommended my sister

September 1, 2023

I am learning a lot about myself, my eating habits and how to control them. Also, what types of exercises are good for my age group.

August 31, 2023

Jody is amazing!

August 24, 2023

Jodi has been so great during the last 5 plus years. I am so thankful to get my life back. She has guided me on this journey with kindness and caring.

August 17, 2023

Team approach and everyone is focused on my best results/outcomes. Very responsive to my specific needs and concerns.

August 3, 2023

Jody always shows care and concern for the medical part of my appointment but I truly appreciate the non-judgmental way she makes me feel. Being overweight is such a personal and very sensitive area and I appreciate the care in which it is handled.

July 20, 2023

FINALLY, a provider that listens, acts, and fully explains!!! Thank you!!!

July 17, 2023

Provider pretty consistent with positive care and reinforcement.

July 14, 2023

I consider myself an informed person. Jody brought some of my issues to light that I have never once considered. Since she did that, my overall well-being has been better. My binge eating has stopped. I have been losing weight and my ultimate goal to just be generally more active with my family has been incredible. I am incredibly grateful she ripped the bandaid off and had the difficult convo (it was a mental health issue rather than a physical health issue). And I appreciate that I can be brutally honest and she takes it all in stride.

June 23, 2023

She was amazing. Very kind and compassionate. I want all of my future appointments to be with her.

June 22, 2023

10/10 will always recommend

June 22, 2023

Jody was awesome! Communication and discussion about history, lifestyle etc was great. Awesome all around!

June 20, 2023

I've had some health concerns this spring and then a torn meniscus. Jodi recommended seeing a PT for suggestions on getting around and some activity until I can have my knee surgery. She was so positive and encouraging that I'm determined to not totally go off the wagon in my weight loss journey.

June 20, 2023

Like I said Jody is Awesome

May 19, 2023

Good experience as always

May 17, 2023

Jody is the epitome of an excellent provider. She is engaged from the time she enters the room to when she leaves. She asks lots of questions and also truly listens to the answers. With me, she jumps on board w/any medication concern & offers alternates or a complete resolution. I've never questioned that she wants me 100% successful in my weight loss goals/efforts - she supports me as a true team player always & I appreciate having her lead my team.

May 12, 2023

Have already recommended to friends and family

April 27, 2023

Jody is awesome. She's interested in my continued success!!

April 27, 2023

Jody is incredibly easy to communicate with, especially when dealing with vulnerable health (weight) related issues.

April 25, 2023

Felt comfortable and she listened to my concerns

April 23, 2023

She's amazing!

April 7, 2023

Jody is one of the best. She takes her time and listens to you. She gives you the best possible care.

April 5, 2023

Jody is amazing, always listens and truly cares.

March 29, 2023

Jody was very willing to listen and I felt she truly cared about how I was feeling and my concerns

March 29, 2023

Everyone is informative and helpful.

March 17, 2023

I recommend Iowa Weight Loss to anyone and everyone.

March 1, 2023

I've already recommended to others.

February 28, 2023

Jody is the best. She is always there to listen and help

February 22, 2023

Jody did a great job of listening to me and giving me options. She is the right person for me.

February 20, 2023

100/10 will always recommend Jody!

February 8, 2023

Jody is amazing. I have started seeing her more than my normal dr. as she is great and never rushed.

February 7, 2023

Love Jody! Very kind and willing to listen to "my story" with my weight.

February 6, 2023

Jody does an awesome job listening and problem solving

February 2, 2023

Jody is amazing!

January 26, 2023

Jody was great. Took the time to ask me several questions and listen to me before, during and after.

January 25, 2023

Honestly Jody is the best. She really gets the mission of IWL and truly cares about each and every one of us. I recommend IWL and Jody to anyone who is looking for guidance in a healthier lifestyle and weightloss because she truly listens and develops a plan based on the individual person.

January 19, 2023

Would recommend *Jody to anyone - Very caring & knowledgeable.

December 28, 2022

*Jody is wonderful! She has helped me lose weight.

December 21, 2022

Jodi is the best. Very caring and very helpful!

December 13, 2022

Jody was very attentive and listened to my concerns. She did a very good job of explaining each medication and what they did. This really helped with making a decision on which medication to try. Very impressed with my first visit in a very long time.

December 13, 2022

Jody was very thorough and easy to talk to

December 13, 2022

Everyone at Iowa Weightloss is great!

November 30, 2022

She was very helpful in answering my questions and a real nice person to talk with!

November 29, 2022

Best care EVER! VERY PERSONABLE and actually listened!

November 23, 2022

Jody does an excellent job.

November 12, 2022

100/10 will always recommend your clinic. I feel listened to and valued each and every visit. Your staff truly cares about its patients and improving upon our quality of life.

October 15, 2022

Jody is an asset to your clinic. She is a great listener and has suggestions for issues which have concerned me.

October 12, 2022

She is great! She is very supportive!

September 26, 2022

I have said since my first appointment with Iowa Weight Loss that I will always recommend them to anyone and everyone. I have had the BEST experience with every person at the clinic and while in the hospital during surgery.

September 21, 2022

Jody is so informative. Non judgemental. Creative in finding interventions to help me

September 17, 2022

I have recommended the clinic to several

September 7, 2022

Jodi continues to be supportive and encouraging in my weight loss journey. Answers my questions at length and helps me understand any concerns I have in depth.

September 7, 2022

Jody H is an amazing provider. Very compassionate and personable.

August 24, 2022

Very friendly staff!

August 17, 2022

I have told many people about this clinic!

August 17, 2022

I love Jody and have referred someone already.

August 10, 2022

Jody is an awesome person!!

August 8, 2022

Jody was great as per usual. Always listens, always has great ideas to try. Very engaged.

August 5, 2022

I love Jody.

July 30, 2022

I am so happy with Iowa Weight Loss Specialists.

July 15, 2022

She was very attentive and caring.

July 9, 2022

Jody always listens and allows time for questions

July 8, 2022

Jody has been very kind and she works very hard to answer any questions I have and finds every possible solution to help my Situation. I trust her with my health and care.

June 21, 2022

Jodi is the best! I have recommended her to two people who have made appointments so far.

June 14, 2022

She is the absolute best!!!

June 8, 2022

Jody listens intently and is easy to talk with!

June 8, 2022

Jodi is so caring, patient, knowledgeable and engaged within my appointments. I have a trust & comfort built up w/her, which is valuable to me!

May 30, 2022

I tell everyone who asks me about Jody and your clinic. I try and refer anyone who wants to know about my weight loss.

May 20, 2022

*Jody is exceptional! She's so patient and helpful. She really cares.

May 20, 2022

Jody is outstanding!

May 18, 2022

Jodi is wonderful. I can talk to her and ask questions and she is helpful with no judgement

May 6, 2022

Service was excellent!

May 5, 2022

Jody is seriously the BEST. She has been with me on my weightless journey and has been the best coach I could have ever asked for. Even if I come in and am down about something from the previous month I always walk out feeling like I can take on anything.

April 26, 2022

This was my appointment buddy with Jody and I am very pleased with with the ease she builds a rapport with patients. I will 100% choose to see her again.

April 25, 2022

I love *Jody she is very caring thorough & over all an excellent provider.

March 30, 2022

From the moment she walked in I felt welcomed and cared for!

March 26, 2022

Jody is always informative and easy to talk to.

March 25, 2022

Jody is knowledgeable and so thoughtful with me. She listens, considers my perspective, and then offers solutions or explanations.

March 17, 2022

Jody makes me feel very comfortable

February 16, 2022

Jody always listens to my opinions & concerns.

February 13, 2022

Dr Jody is the best

February 13, 2022

This place is the best! Jodi is so helpful, she cares about my issues.

February 4, 2022

Jody is always the best listener and I feel that she honestly cares about my progress and concerns

February 1, 2022

Jody is fantastic and really wants to know how I feel I'm progressing.

January 24, 2022

I could not ask for a better provider. Jody is so very compassionate and understanding.

January 20, 2022

Jody is simply the best. She listens, understands and wants to help me be the best I can be. She is encouraging, knowledgeable and understanding. I wish I could make her my primary care provider!

January 15, 2022


January 13, 2022

Jody is very knowledgeable. She caught drug interactions that the pharmacy did not. Jody shows passion and great care in her interactions with me. She celebrates my weight losses and helps dig in to find why/how weight gains.

December 15, 2021

There was no fat shaming! Thank you for that!

December 14, 2021

I love her! She is the Best, very helpful & caring.

December 12, 2021

I Highly recommend

December 8, 2021

Love Ms. Jody!

November 28, 2021

I have already recommended her to a few friends

November 28, 2021

I brought a friend to start diet management. She agreed with my opinions of the clinic. The atmosphere is so very accepting, respectful, and positive

November 22, 2021

Positive, helpful, encouraging

November 14, 2021

I would highly recommend friends to get make an appointment!

October 25, 2021

Jody takes the time to really understand me. Her recommendations are always based on me specifically and not a generalized health care plan. This is the first time in my life I have cared this much about my health and I truly think it's in part because she cares so much about all of her patients.

October 19, 2021

I would not be returning if the experience did not meet my expectations. I referred my granddaughter to Jody!

October 11, 2021

Jodi was great! She spent quite awhile listening to my concerns and talking through ways to work through them. I greatly appreciated her willingness to talk through everything and help. I never felt rushed. I did feel like she was listening snd caring about what I had to say.

October 11, 2021

I'm always raving about the clinic & Jody & Val!

October 6, 2021

She is a great doctor and has a totally knowledge about my situation. She is always trying to find ways to assist me on a better way, giving me new ideas and recommendations about food, meditations techniques to be more relax or suggesting me website with recipes. I think she is considered as a doctor.

September 27, 2021

Jody show empathy and care for my difficult situation. She provides me with positive feedback and gives alternatives when I made less than positive healthy food choices.

September 27, 2021

Jody is always very engaged during my visits, she listens to my thoughts or concerns and then shared her professional feedback for a resolve!

September 27, 2021

You need a very very good button for Jody, she was excellent!

September 27, 2021

I've never felt so seen or heard by a provider. Seriously, top notch care at IWLS. The staff is why I feel comfortable here and *never* judged. This Includes the ladies at the front desk, the nurses, the dietitians, and of course the PA/Doctors.

September 23, 2021

Jody was amazing

September 13, 2021

Can't say enough good things about all the staff and providers
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