Board Members


“It is our intention of growing Heartland Physician Alliance into a significant organization that supports independent-minded physicians, clinics, and practices in managing their own future, improving patient care, and continuing to support their own communities.”

– HRPA Board Members 


Donald Klitgaard Donald Klitgaard, M.D.
Harlan, Iowa

Don Klitgaard, MD, FAAFP, graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Lincoln Family Medicine Program in Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, he practiced full scope Family Medicine and served as Medical Director of the Myrtue Medical Center clinics in Harlan, Iowa.  Dr. Klitgaard has served as the New Physician member on the AAFP Board of Directors, as President and Board Chair of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, and has also been a member of the AMA Committee of Innovators. He is currently Vice-President of the IAFP Foundation and an active member of the AAFP’s Commission on Quality and Practice.

In 2014, Dr. Klitgaard transitioned from clinical practice to a new role as Chief Medical Officer with Accountable Care Associates of Springfield, MA, in addition to serving as the National Medical Director for Healthcare. Since then, he has led the formation of an Iowa-based Medicare Shared Savings ACO, Heartland Physicians ACO, in addition to serving as the CEO and CMO of MedLink Advantage, an ACO management and business consulting services company.

Kevin De Regnier Kevin De Regnier, D.O.
Vice President
Winterset, Iowa

Born and raised in Iowa, Kevin de Regnier, DO, FACOFP, dist. has practiced osteopathic family medicine in Winterset for more than 25 years. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in chemistry and a minor in biology. He graduated from Des Moines University with his DO degree in 1985 and completed a family medicine residency at Des Moines General Hospital. Dr. de Regnier currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and has served on a many local, state and national healthcare boards, committees, and taskforces. Dr. de Regnier and his wife Rae live in Winterset and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. 

Stephen Veit Stephen Veit, M.D.
Cherokee, Iowa

Dr. Stephen Veit is a Family Practitioner.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Chemistry and Psychology.  He attended the University of Iowa Medical School and completed his Internship in the United States Public Health Service in San Francisco, California.  He was on the faculty of the University of California School of Medicine in Davis, California, for 3 years and worked in several Emergency Departments in California.  He has been a Family Practitioner in Peterson and Cherokee, Iowa. Despite his extensive focus on clinical advancements, Dr Veit’s most outstanding feature is his ability to communicate with people.  He likes working with people and invests the time to get to know each and every patient, carefully tailoring his treatment to fit unique needs.  Dr. Veit and his wife Nancy have three grown daughters and a son in law school at Marquette University. 

David Carlyle David Carlyle, M.D.
Ex-officio Board Member
Ames, Iowa

David Carlyle is a Board-Certified Family Physician and Hospice Medical Director in Ames, Iowa. He was the chair of Iowa’s Legislative Healthcare Coverage Commission and has served on legislative committees/commissions for the IAFP, the IAAFP, and the Iowa Medical Society for 15 years. Dr. Carlyle served as chair of the Iowa Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Commission and is also a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Prescription Drug Corporation. His honors include the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 1999 Public Health award, and Iowa Senate Commendations for his children’s insurance and anti-tobacco efforts. He was recently appointed to the United States Advisory Board to the Consumer Operated and Orientated Plan (CO-OP) Program. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his MD from the University of Iowa. In 2012, he was instrumental in creating Heartland Rural Physician Alliance and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Joseph M. Compton Joseph M. Compton, M.D.
Board Member
Dubuque, Iowa

Joe Compton, MD, MBA, FACP, attended medical school, residency, and graduate studies at the University of Iowa. He has practiced internal medicine at Dubuque Internal Medicine for the last 21 years. He has been active in local medical leadership in eastern Iowa for the last 10 years. He participates in IMS-related activities with most recent participation in subcommittees regarding data and transparency. Compton has been active in value-based medicine and policy in the tri-state region and through the independent physician association of eastern Iowa. He has recently held office as Chief Medical Information Officer for Unity Point Health, The Finley Hospital.

Tim L. Grollmes Tim L. Grollmes,
Board Member
Shenandoah, Iowa

Tim Grollmes is the Practice Manager and Senior Administrator at Shenandoah Medical Center.  Prior to his work in Shenandoah, Mr. Grollmes spent twelve years as a manger working for Creighton University in their Cardiac Center and later at the Iowa Heart Center and Methodist Physician Clinic. Over his career, Grollmes’ contributions have centered on service line development, rural health accreditation, and clinical/operational programs and improvement activities.  A good deal of focus has been on startups and management of new healthcare facilities, the creation of new and improved educational, clinical and operational programs, and organizational growth.  He received his Master in Public Administration at the University of Nebraska- Omaha.

Jeffrey Hoffmann Jeffrey Hoffmann, D.O.
Board Member
Guttenberg, Iowa

Dr. Hoffmann graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, and completed his residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. After fulfilling a 4 year Public Health commitment in Rock Rapids, Iowa, he moved to Guttenberg, Iowa in 1991, and has been in private practice since. Hoffmann is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He has served as the President of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, and is currently on the Clayton Ridge School Board. Hoffmann has been married for 35 years to his wife, Carolyn, and have they two sons, Zach (daughter-in-law Monika, and granddaughter, Kathryn) and Alex.

George Kappos George Kappos, MD
Board Member
Polk City

George Kappos is a solo family physician who has been in private practice in Polk City, IA since 2010.  Prior to moving to Polk City he practiced in Ankeny, IA for over 25 years in both private practice and health system clinics.  He is a graduate of Drake University College of Pharmacy and the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, IA.  He is a past president of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, served in the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates for ten years and has been a delegate to the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates for 15 years.